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Chelsea are looking for a top striker to sign next summer and the Blues targeted to 24-year-old forwards to revamp their squad: Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata.

Antonio Conte is keen on Real Madrid‘s striker, that he already signed in summer 2014 for Juventus but didn’t have the chance to coach since he left the Bianconeri during the pre-season.

The Spaniard is not a regular starter under Zinedine Zidane but it won’t be easy to convince Real Madrid to sell him, since the Merengues signed him back from Juventus last summer after he improved his playing during the two seasons he spent in Italy.

But Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo would like to re-sign Everton star Romelu Lukaku, and among the reason to put the Belgian player under contract again there is the fact that Emenalo wants to prove José Mourinho wrong.

It was the Portuguese manager, in fact, that allowed Lukaku to permanently join Everton in summer 2014, with the Toffees that paid £28m to bring him to Goodison Park.

The Nigerian director was the man who alerted Chelsea to Lukaku when the Belgian was at Anderlecht, and is ‘determined’ to be proven right about the striker.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed rumours about an Alexis Sanchez‘s move to Chelsea next summer.

The Chilean’s striker quotes this week have hardly done much to ease Arsenal fans concerns about their top forward’s future, with Sanchez saying he wanted to stay in London, but at a “winning team”, hinting he wanted to sign for Chelsea:

“He has one and a half year contract it’s not an immediate concern for Arsenal Football Club,” Wenger said today during a press conference, although the former Barcelona player can negotiate a free transfer in well under a year, a fact that can reduce his value on the market and can make his exit from Gunners easier.

 

 

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Chelsea have a long-standing interest in James Rodriguez, while Real Madrid have reportedly targeted Eden Hazard for next season according to Marca.

If Real Madrid want to sign the Belgian striker, hovewer, they have to sell an attacking player and the Colombian, even if he has expressed his desire to stay at Santiago Bernabeu, is not satisfied by his playing situation with the “Blancos”.

The situation can develop in the following weeks and during the summer transfer window the two clubs can seal a very important deal.

 

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante revealed that his career could change when, in summer, 2015, he was close to join Olympique Marseille instead of signing for Leicester City.

The French midfielder eventually signed for the Foxes and was a key-man in the incredible title-winning campaign last year and signed for Chelsea last summer, where he became a key-player for Antonio Conte‘s side as well.

“Among the clubs that most wanted to recruit me were Marseille and Leicester,” Kante told Canal +.

“I thought I had to go through a stage in France. I remember the generation of [Mamadou] Niang, [Franck] Ribery and Samir Nasri and it was a team that I liked, especially in the Champions League.”

Kante also had his say on the PFA Players’ Player of the Year Award, with the midfielder remaining humble and suggesting others deserve the gong ahead of him.

“There are quite a few players in the Premier League who deserve this award.

“There is Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and David Luiz in my team.”

 

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Diego Costa continues to scare Chelsea fans with uncertain comments about his future.

Speaking to TF1 programa Telefoot, the Spanish striker praised French sides claiming that, despite being happy at Chelsea, everything can happen in the future:

Marseille have constructed a nice project. PSG, we know, are respected in Europe.

Monaco also have a wonderful project and have some great players. Ligue 1 is developing.

“I am very happy at Chelsea but anything can happen in football. If I need to make a change, France is a country where I have never played. So why not?”

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José Mourinho travelled to Croatia to scout two Chelsea targets yesterday: the Manchester United boss was in Zagreb to watch Inter players Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic.

The winger was suspended for the World Cup qualifier against Ukraine, but the Special One met ex Real Madrid striker Predrag Mijatovic, that became his agent some months ago to understand if a move to Old Trafford is possible.

The Red Devils are ready to place a € 40m offer to Inter but Suning, new Nerazzurri owners since last year, are not keen in selling the Croatian international and will consider only offers from € 60m on: also Chelsea were interested in him and will find the same situation in case they would like to bring Perisic to Stamford Bridge.

Marcelo Brozovic, instead, can leave Inter next summer and Inter can listen offers for him as, after the signing of Roberto Gagliardini and the growth of Geoffrey Kondongbia, the midfielder is a not a regular starter anymore.

It’s rumoured that Monaco would like to offer € 50m for him, but Manchester United and Chelsea are in the race for the 24-year-old as well since they have been tracking him for at least one year.

 

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Some Chelsea‘s fans didn’t like Diego Costa’s comments who said he has “done everything to come back to Atletico Madrid“.

So, some Blues supporters use Twitter to express their disappointment at the stiker’s words: “The way Costa’s been playing lately shows how he doesn’t want to stay in Chelsea; let him go and get players that want us” or Get £60-£70m for Diego Costa in the summer and go all out for Lukaku win win” and “Costa should be allowed to go to China. Bellotti is a good player” are just few of the comments posted on the social network during the day.

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Diego Costa admitted today that he really wanted to leave Chelsea last summer and his former team-mate Pato reveals that he won’t be surprised if the Spanish striker will move from Stamford Bridge in the next transfer window.

The Brazilian forward became friend with Costa during his spell at the Blues last year and, after moving to Villareal in summer 2016, he then joined Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian, whose manager is Italian football legend Fabio Cannavaro:

“I became a partner of Diego Costa at Chelsea,” Pato told Marca.

“He could help a lot. We do not know anything, but I know for sure this summer we will sign a major player, high level.”

When pushed further, he added: “I don’t know. I limit myself to playing.”

Chelsea already sold three players to Chinese sides in the past year: Ramires ( Jiangsu Suning) Oscar ( Shanghai SIPG) and John Obi Mikel ( Tianjin Teda) and Costa allegedly received huge offers from a coupld of Chinese clubs last January, a thing that led him to an argument with manager Antonio Conte, who left him out of the squad for a week.

Pato, anyway, admits he is not the person who can take transfer market decisions at his club:

“It’s Fabio Cannavaro who deals with these things, along with the president.

“I am sincere in this.”

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Chelsea star Diego Costa admits he pushed for Atletico Madrid return last summer but he was forced to stay at Stamford Bridge since the Rojiblancos didn’t wait for him.

“Atletico knows I have a special feeling for the team, I lived the best moment of my career there. El Cholo [Diego Simeone] knows it wasn’t impossible for me to come back to Atletico,” Costa told to Spanish media El Larguero.

“The relationship with Conte didn’t start well because when he arrived I told him I wanted to go to Atletico. Chelsea’s fans love me a lot, even more than in Atletico, figure that!

“When Atletico had to wait for me they didn’t, there was still a month to go in the transfer market.

“I’ve done everything to come back to Atletico Madrid but I wouldn’t fight the same to return. When Atletico didn’t wait for me, I had to go to Conte with the tail between my legs.”

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Thibaut Courtois claimed he has no intention to leave Chelsea: the Belgian goalkeeper was often linked to Real Madrid but speaking to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser he stated he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge:

“I have two more years of contract left,” Courtois said.

“In London everything is going well for me and I am happy. At the moment we have not talked about a renewal. Now we are focused on winning the league, even though we have a ten-point advantage.

“Both the club and the coach want to keep calm now and not think about renewals.”

His current deal runs out in 2019 and he admits he can’t see himself moving to Spain anytime soon.

“We will see at the end of the season whether they offer me something, but at the moment there is no offer.

“Would I like to be offered a new deal? Sure.”

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