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West Ham are considering to loan Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore who is set to return from Ajax, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 21-year-old scored 14 goals in the Eredivisie and would reportedly consider a season-long loan to another Premier League side, with also Newcastle interested in the Burkina Faso international.

It is also understood Traore could fill the gap following Romelu Lukaku’s departure at Goodison Park as Everton are looking for a striker.

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Chelsea target Alexis Sanchez is considering a move away from The Emirates Stadium as he seems not interested in signing a new deal with Arsenal.

The Chilean, who is preparing for the incoming Confederations Cup, told journalists: “I’m looking at what my agent is doing. For now, I’m focused on the Confederations Cup in Russia and trying to do well,”.

“The truth is that my agent will see to it. He knows and he will sit down with the club to look for the best option for me. I’d like a lot of things but I’m only thinking about the national team.”

Several reports understand that Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Manchester City are all plotting a summer move for the ex-Barcelona winger.

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Leonardo Bonucci could leave Juventus this summer and Chelsea are considering a swap with Nemanja Matic going the other way, according to The Sun.

The Blues are reportedly set to place a £48m bid plus the Serbia international to lure the Italian defender from Juventus Stadium. It is understood Antonio Conte is a huge fan of the 30-year-old, who could strengthen and improve the defense.

Bonucci is considering a departure from Turin following an altercation with manager Massimiliano Allegri earlier this campaign.

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Eden Hazard will be out at least two-three months for a fractured ankle.

The Belgian ace underwent surgery in London past Monday after picking up the awful injury while training with his national team on Sunday.

Hazard is set to miss the whole pre-season and the first games of the next season, that’s why Chelsea boss Antonio Conte identified the player who can cover Eden during his recovery and that can also challenge him in order to motivate him more in the next months.

This player is Leicester City star Ryhad Mahrez, who is set to leave the Foxes this summer.

The Algerian wrote in a statement at the end of the season:

“Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester City I wanted to be totally honest and transparent with them and have therefore informed the club I feel now is the time for me to move on,” read the statement. 

“I had a good discussion with the chairman last summer and we agreed at that time I would stay for another year in order to help the club as best as I could following the transition of winning the title and the Champions League.”

Conte would like to sign Mahrez also because he give him more tactical options: the Italian coach implemented his favoured 4-3-4 formation to perfection last season, it’s believed he wants to build a squad that could switch to 4-2-4 during matches.

Anyway the deal won’t be easy as Leicester rate the former PFA Player of the Year at £50 million, a fee that Chelsea are unlikely to splash on him.

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CIES Football Observatory recently published a stat regarding Chelsea‘s ‘conservative strategy’ under Antonio Conte this season.

An official statement read: “Weekly Post number 191 of the CIES Football Observatory presents turnover strategies followed in domestic league matches of the 2016/17 season by clubs from 27 top division European leagues. Chelsea FC holds the record for the highest percentage of minutes played by the 11 most employed footballers: 85.5%. Conversely, Manchester United is among the 50 clubs with the highest turnover rate”.

Chelsea stand on top of highest percentage of minutes played by the 11 most employed footballers, with Premier League rivals Tottenham on 11th position. Also West Bromwich Albion are mentioned as they produced an 81% percentage, while former Blues’ manager José Mourinho followed a totally different strategy.

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German defender Niklas Sule, who joined Bayern Munich from Hoffenheim on a £20m move, has revealed the reason why he wanted a move to the Bundesliga giants instead of Chelsea.

The 21-year-old told German publication Bild: “There was interest from Chelsea, but Bayern are among the top three clubs in the world so I didn’t have to think about it long,” 

“Going to England would have come too early for me. No club from England could have stimulated me as the offer from Bayern did.”

 

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Michy Batshuayi has confirmed that he could leave Chelsea following a disappointing first season at Stamford Bridge. The Belgian star told French outlet RMC Sport the future is out of his hands: “I’m not the master of my destiny. – he said – Chelsea bought me, they can do what they want with me,” 

“I’m going to finish with the national team and then I expect I’ll have a few phone calls. I’ll see with my agent and the club.”

It is understood a host of Premier League sides, including West Ham United and Olympique de Marseille, already tried to lure Batshuayi from Stamford Bridge on loan in January.

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“My agent knows what’s going to happen,” Everton striker Romelu Lukaku revealed today, in an interview while training with Belgium National Team.

The 24-year-old told SkySport News HQ reporter Gary Cotterill: “I know what I want to do, and whenever something happens, you guys will know.”

We reported earlier today that Bayern Munich have joined Chelsea and Manchester United in the race to sign Lukaku from Premier League outfit Everton, according to the Manchester Evening News.

 

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The Daily Star reports Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata is pushing for a move to Chelsea after confirming he won’t join AC Milan in the incoming transfer market window.

It is understood Antonio Conte made the Spaniard a main target on his summer wishlist and Morata himself reportedly asked Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to leave the club in order to join the Blues.

The 24-year-old, who has struggled to get game time under Zinedine Zidane this campaign, recently said over his future plans: “To return to Madrid and win the Champions League is incredible. We have matches with the national team. After that, we’ll see”.

“The only thing I’ve done is play, train and enjoy things with my team-mates and it doesn’t depend on me”.

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Chelsea and Manchester United are pondering a summer move to strengthen their midfield as Bayern Munich will sell both Douglas Costa and Renato Sanches, according to reports in The Sun.

It is understood Juventus have an edge for Douglas Costa, while Portuguese 19-year-old Renato Sanches could reportedly leave Carlo Ancelotti‘s team only on a season-long loan.

The Blues are monitoring the situation, with Bayern Munich who have reportedly joined the race to snatch Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea’s hands.

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