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Kepa Arrizabalaga is currently heading to London as a permanent move to Chelsea is set to be completed, according to reports in Spain and England.

However, earlier this morning Athletic Bilbao have confirmed the 23-year-old’s release clause has been activated.

The signing of Kepa will become the world’s most expensive fee for a goalkeeper.

Thibaut Courtois is expected to become a Real Madrid player in the next few hours, with Mateo Kovacic also on his way to Chelsea as a part of the £35m deal which will land the Belgian international to Santiago Bernabeu.

More to follow…


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Reports in Italy claim Maurizio Sarri has cancelled his trip to London scheduled for today, as Chelsea still have no deal with Napoli’s chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis on his release clause.

It was reported yesterday that the Partenopei had agreed to finally release the Coach from his contract, for a fee of around €5m.

That would have seen Sarri fly out to the U.K today to sign a two-year contract with an option for a third to be announced once Antonio Conte’s deal is resolved.

However, speaking on Radio CRC Premium Sport Naples based journalist Raffaele Auriemma expressed his doubts upon the deal.

According to him, Sarri has been advised by his lawyers not to fly to London today, because that could spark legal action from Napoli.

The issue is that while there may be a basic agreement on €5m, it is De Laurentiis who must receive offers from Chelsea, not the sporting director or anyone else.

It appears that hasn’t happened, so everything is on hold until the chairman gives the go-ahead.

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Maurizio Sarri is expected to be announced as the new Chelsea manager in the next few days.

The former Napoli boss has reportedly targeted Dries Mertens, José Maria Callejon, Elseid Hysaj and Raul Albiol to bolster Chelsea team ahead of his move to Stamford Bridge.

DRIES MERTENS – €28m buy-out clause (30th June 2020)

JOSE MARIA CALLEJON – €23m buy-out clause (30th June 2020)

ELSEID HYSAJ – €50m buy-out clause (contracted until 30th June 2021)

RAUL ALBIOL – €8m buy-out clause (contracted until 30th June 2020)

Chelsea are also keeping tabs on Juventus defender Daniele Rugani despite his agent recently ruled out a potential move to Stamford Bridge as “no formal offers have arrived, he is happy to be there and Juve are happy with him”.

Moreover, it is understood contacts to land Jean-Michael Seri to Stamford Bridge have been productive.


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Gazzetta dello Sport claims Maurizio Sarri is ‘very close’ to Chelsea but warns his Napoli € 8m release clause will return in a matter of weeks.

The Italian sports paper claims Chelsea have prepared a ‘lucrative’ two-year contract for Sarri, which includes an extend option for a third season, while Blues legend Gianfranco Zola will assist him at Stamford Bridge.

However,  Chelsea would have to hurry their negotiations with Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis as the manager release clause, which expired at the end of May, will become effective again ‘at the start of July’.


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Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is finally set to be named Chelsea manager next week and wants to bring in four key players this summer, according to reports in Italy.

Speculations have always suggested that Antonio Conte is set to leave the Blues this summer despite two successful seasons in charge, winning the Premier League in his first campaign and then the FA Cup last month.

However, the ex Juventus manager has remained to be the head coach of the club, even though Sarri was replaced by former Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli, with his contract with the Azzurri being still valid at the moment.

Chelsea failed to pay the €8m buyout clause – which expired last week- in the Italian’s contract while Laurent Blanc was also being lined up as a potential candidate.

However, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Sportitalia and more Italian publications, the final negotiations from Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia are set to be completed this week and the Stamford Bridge side will have a new manager.

That will mean Conte could get a payout of around £9m since he still has one year left on his deal.

The former Italian national team coach is reportedly on the list of Real Madrid candidates to take over from Zinedine Zidane, who shocked everyone by stepping down from the role after three Champions League title wins in a row.

That might mean that Chelsea can avoid paying out for Conte to leave, should the Spanish side really go after the former Italy national team head coach.

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A new strong candidate has emerged in the last few days to take Antonio Conte‘s place on Chelsea‘s bench and become the new Blues’ manager.

According to reports by the Daily Mail yesterday and Italian La Gazzetta dello Sport today, now the favourite to be appointed is Laurent Blanc.

On the other hand, it seems Maurizio Sarri has fallen out of favour as Chelsea don’t want to pay SS Napoli  his release clause.

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MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 15: Mauro Emanuel Icardi of FC Internazionale Milano celebrates his third goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and AC Milan at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 15, 2017 in Milan, Italy.

Chelsea are looking to improve their squad this summer after a disappointing season saw them finish fifth in the Premier League, failing to qualify for the next Champions League.

And one area the Blues will be particularly keen to strengthen is their attack with £ 80m new striker Alvaro Morata that partially fulfilled the expectations after a patchy season.

Spanish outlet Don Balon, known for their bold transfer claims, say the Blues have made an offer of £96m (€100m) for Serie A top-scorer Mauro Icardi.

It is believed the 25-year-old has got a £ 102m release clause, valid only for clubs outside the Serie A, that can be exert before July 15th.

Real Madrid have been linked with a move for the Inter striker after his stunning forms his season.

The Argentine, who was not selected for the World Cup in Russia due to his bad relationship with Leo Messi, netted 29 goals in just 34 Serie A matches to help Inter finish fourth and secure Champions League qualification.

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Former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is willing to take the reins at Stamford Bridge following a meeting with Chelsea‘s representatives yesterday, as London Evening Standard confirmed earlier this morning.

The Italian will reportedly ask Roman Abramovich to sign some players from Napoli and a two-year deal if Chelsea trigger the £7million buyout clause, which is valid until the end of the month.

However, reports also in England confirmed Sarri will be the successor as coach if Antonio Conte leaves the club in the next few days.

We reported Chelsea target Mauricio Pochettino has extended his contract at Tottenham Hotspur until June 2023 yesterday, while Serie A side Napoli replaced Sarri with former Blues’ boss Carlo Ancelotti.

BREAKING – Mauricio Pochettino signs new Tottenham Hotspur deal until 2023


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Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea, a story that could begin at the end of this campaign, but only at one condition: Roman Abramovich will have to pay the Italian coach release clause to appoint him.

In fact, according to our sources close to SS Napoli, the Italian side will let the manager who led them to almost win the Scudetto this season go only if the club that would like to sign him will pay the € 8m ( £ 6.5m ) release clause.

This clause, anyway, is valid only until the end of this month, after that the destiny of Sarri will completely be in the hands of Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis, that last week revealed he is going to meet the former Empoli boss in the next days to speak about his future.

Should Sarri force his way out of Napoli after the end of May, when the clause won’t be no longer valid, he would have to negotiate his exit with his current club: De Laurentiis, who’s got a strong personality and pride, could even choose to keep him under contract without giving him the responsibility of the first team, our sources revealed.

That’s why De Laurentiis and Sarri are going to try to find a friendly solution about their future during the meeting they will have this week, with the manager who could eventually decide also to remain at Napoli.

What is certain, it’s that Napoli demands the release clause to be paid to let him go.

Meanwhile, Chelsea would have to find a mean to part ways with Antonio Conte, that has still got a year of contract at Stamford Bridge.

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Eden Hazard against Everton last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Neymar chose to join to Paris Saint Germain in the most sensational transfer market move in football history: Barcelona are about to cash a world record € 222m (£ 199m) fee for the Brazilian star, even tough the way this will happen is a little bizarre.

In fact, it’s rumoured that the company linked to PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Qatar Sports Investments, are going to pay Neymar € 300m ( £ 260m) to be the Qatar 2022 World Cup testimonial, so the player himself can pay his release-clause and join the French side as free-agent, so that the huge expense won’t be recorded and they can avoid FFP.

With such a big amount to invest on the market and the necessity to re-invest them and find a replacement for Neymar, Barcelona are ready to splash this cash on some of the best players in Europe.

The Blaugrana targeted three major footballers: Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, Juventus’ Paulo Dybala and Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

The Catalan club wants to sign at least two of this stars to substitute Neymar and to show their power on the market after losing one of the best players in the world.

The Blues forward is still recovering from a broken ankle injury and won’t be back on the pitch until September, at least, but Barcelona are ready to place a £ 100m ( € 120m) to secure his services.

It would hard for Chelsea to reject such an offer and the Blues will have also to find a player to replace the Belgian star, but with £ 100m to re-invest it will be easier.


Chelsea head-coach Maurizio Sarri had his say following his side's 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. The Italian boss told SkySports: "I only saw the match...