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Edin Dzeko is furious at AS Roma after the Italian club forced him to accept Chelsea move.

The former Manchester City striker recently bought a house in Rome with him and his wife expecting to spend a long time in Italy.

Chelsea interest in him was sudden surprised both Roma and the player but the speed in which the club agreed to sell the Bosnian goalscorer has angered him.

There is no suggestion Dzeko will reject a move to Chelsea and demand to remain at Roma, but the player has made his feelings known to the Italian club.

The Italian capital side are almost forced to sell players to fulfill FFP agreement with UEFA before the end of June, otherwise they could find themselves in trouble and even out of next European club competitions, should they qualify.

Reports from Italy say the current AS Roma forward has agreed to the switch to Stamford Bridge, but that the two clubs are still deciding on a transfer fee.

Dzeko will join Chelsea alongside his current Roma team-mate, full-back Emerson Palmieri, and the Serie A pair are expected to cost the Blues a combined £ 44m.

Antonio Conte will finally have the striker he asked for after Chelsea failed in several pursuits this month.

 

 

 

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill features on the cover of the latest edition of Chelsea, the Blues official magazine.

In the exclusive interview Cahill gave to the magazine and part of which is reported on Chelsea official website, the English defender talks about his experience with the Blues.

You realign your goals as you go along, because you always need goals,” Cahill tells the official magazine. “You start off just wanting to play in the Premier League – when you’re young, you see the guys ahead of you and living the lives they lead, and it’s there for you if you want it and you work hard enough. That’s your first goal. Then they keep coming: score your first goal; go to a big team; win a trophy; get a first international cap. It never stops. It’s hard to reflect on things when you’re in the season. I just keep going the way I’m going. But then you look at it: yeah, I’ve been here six years, won six trophies, all the goals I’ve scored and the England caps that go along with it. I see my time at Chelsea from the day I signed up until now as a total success.”

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Sky Sports pundit and Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claims Real Madrid will do everything to sign two Chelsea stars: Belgian internationals Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard.

“Real Madrid need big names and they have lined up Courtois, they want Hazard,” the Spaniard revealed.

“Those are the kind of names they want for next season. Doesn’t mean they will get them, but that’s the shopping list they have.

“It’s becoming clearer in the minds of the directors of Real Madrid they need another striker, that Karim Benzema has to be sold. He doesn’t even have the backing of the fans.

“Real Madrid will always do their plan of getting a Galactico every year or couple of years and they realise their front men are getting older, it’s more difficult for them to score.”

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Chelsea legend Marcel Desailly is not concerned about a potential Eden Hazard move out of the West London club.

With Real Madrid keeping to track the Belgian star and ready to place an unbelievable bid to sign him, Desailly reckons Chelsea would be prepared to face his departure:

“Even when Drogba left, one of the great players, the spirit of the club continued,” the former Blues captain told Goal.com.

“They continued to win. We will be sad if Hazard has to go but I am sure that Roman Abramovich is still passionate about the club. He will bring in another player that can allow the club to be at the same level again.”

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New Chelsea signing Alvaro Morata reveals the real reason he signed for the Blues and it’s all about the boss, Antonio Conte:

“Yes. I had various offers this summer, not only Chelsea and Manchester United but also from different leagues,” the Spanish striker told the Daily Mail.

“It was a good situation for me. The most important and best conversation I had was with Conte, he wanted me to come here. At the start of the summer, I didn’t know that Chelsea were interested in me. I thought they were in for a different player.”

“But I spoke with Conte several times and not only this summer. I felt in debt to him. He signed me for Juventus but left very quickly to manage Italy. I always wanted to play for him after that. It was only two months with him but it felt like I’d known him forever. When I knew he wanted me this summer, I didn’t think twice. I did everything I could to make the move happen.”

The Spain international returned to Real Madrid in summer 2016 after spending two years at Juventus but he already knew that his time at the club where he grew up as a players wouldn’t be so long:

“Last summer it was close. Cesar Azpilicueta was a bit annoyed because he had already started house-hunting for me last summer. We’d even got estate agents on board. This time Cesar has sorted everything!”

“When I spoke to Conte last summer, I said “If I’m going to leave Real Madrid, it will only be for Chelsea”. I remember I was with my wife after hearing him out conversation and I said “Chelsea are going to win the league this season.” And that’s exactly what happened. Now we need to repeat it!”

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has landed in Madrid today to finalize his move to Atletico after being AWOL with the Blues for a couple of months.

The Spanish forward arrived from Brazil to undergo a medical and discuss his deal, that will be signed only in January 2018, when the Colchoneros ban on the transfer market will end.

Meanwhile, Costa will train with his new team-mates to be ready to come back in action next year.

The Diego Simeone‘s side will pay £ 50m to Chelsea, £ 10m more of what the Blues paid in 2014 to sign him, and will earn £ 6m-per-year, ChelseaNews24 exclusive sources reveals.

This is the end of a summer-long saga that started when the Brazilian-born striker fell out with manager Antonio Conte in the end of the last season, with the Italian boss telling him that he was not in his plans anymore via sms before holidays.

After failing to sign Romelu Lukaku, who preferred a move to Manchester United, the Blues completed the signing of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid to replace Costa.

 

 

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Swansea striker Fernando Llorente is close to join Chelsea.

The Spanish forward could be soon reunited with Blues boos Antonio Conte, who worked with him at Juventus.

Following positive talks int the past days, the Welsh side and Chelsea are close to find an agreement.

Llorente has been targeted by the Blues for almost a year and was close to sign for the West London club also last January, when Diego Costa seemed on the brink to move to China.

The two Premier League clubs now have a little more than 24 hours to find an agreement on the fee.

 

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Diego Costa is negotiating with Chelsea to be released so to join Atletico Madrid back, but now the Spanish side are not the only ones to be keen on the Blues striker.

Olympique Marseille have joined the race to sign the Brazilian born star, as their chairman Jacques-Henri Eyraud has revealed:

“I like his claw, his way of playing, as a fighter,” he told SFR Sport.

“He has a difficult contractual situation, but we have shown that we can move well in the market. Under certain conditions, I think that signing him would not be impossible.”

Meanwhile, it has been reported removal men have been called to the Surrey home of Costa.

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Chelsea are ready to splash £ 38.5m to sign Antonio Candreva from Inter.

The Italian winger was signed only one year ago from the Nerazzurri, who paid £ 19.7m to Lazio to secure his services.

Candreva’s first and only season at San Siro was full of high and lows but Blues manager Antonio Conte knows the player very well since he was one of his key-players in the Italian national team and he’s really keen to sign him.

Chelsea need a player like Candreva to have more attacking options, especially now that Eden Hazard hasn’t still recovered from his ankle injury and that new signing Alvaro Morata has to adapt to a new idea of football.

Candreva knows Conte and his playing style and would be faster in adaptation.

This deal, that seems to be close, would push away Ivan Perisic from Manchester United, since Inter don’t want to sell both of their wingers and are trying to convince the Croatian international to stay and decline Red Devils‘ offer.

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone dropped a big hint about Diego Costa joining back the Spanish side next January.

The Brazilian born striker was left out of Chelsea squad after falling out with manager Antonio Conte and now he’s looking for a new club.

The Colchoneros cannot sign any player in this transfer window for a market ban, but they can do it in January 2018 and that’s when Costa can return to Atletico, as Simeone almost confirmed in a press conference yesterday:

All the players want to stay, they want to achieve even better goals and get even better,” Simeone speaking ahead of the Audi Cup tournament in Germany.

Diego Costa? If he comes in January… We can’t say anything about that yet.

“I won’t speak about him now. He is a player of Chelsea. We will talk about the boys who are here now, because we have a late start to the season. That is what is important.”

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