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Legendary Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo has joined New York City FC, the same team who recently signed Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.

Pirlo was recently linked with a move to Chelsea or Liverpool after a hugely successful career in his home country.

But, he denied these rumours and assured the media that he would stay at now-former club Juventus. But, along with other legends of the game such as Lampard, Kaka, David Villa and Steven Gerrard, he decided to continue his glimmering career in the rapidly growing MLS.

The club of New York issued a special statement on its website:

New York City FC are delighted to announce the signing of World Cup and UEFA Champions League winner Andrea Pirlo. One of the most decorated and respected midfielders in soccer, Pirlo will become the team’s third Designated Player and arrives to New York City FC on a free transfer from Juventus, 2015 UEFA Champions League Finalists.”

While Pirlo told NYCFC.com:

“I have been wanting this experience for a long time and now that the opportunity materialized I wanted to take it. This is a Club on the rise and shares my same hunger to achieve important results in the League. I am hoping to win.

“I had several opportunities to play outside of Italy, but I never had a doubt in picking New York for the enthusiasm of the people that come watch the team.

“I met with the coach, Jason Kreis, and he gave me a fantastic impression of the Club. He has well defined ideas in mind, and I am sure we will get on well and create a good relationship to train well and try to win together.

The 36-year old is expected to make his debut against Toronto FC this Sunday at the Yankee Stadium.

 

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ESPN Brasil reveals that 19-year-old striker Kenedy is going to officially sign a 5-year contract with Chelsea this week.

According to the Brasil sources Kenedy has been purchased by a group of investors who will sell him to Chelsea for a fee of around £6.4 million. The transaction is expected to close this week.

It is said that Jose Mourinho is keen for Kenedy to gain some valuable first-team experience at Chelsea. The Brazilian youngster will join ,,the Brazilian contingent” at Chelsea with Willian, Oscar, Ramires, Felipe Luis, Lucas Piazon and Wallace already at Stamford Bridge.

Besides Chelsea, also Barcelona, Manchester United and Juventus have been linked with the young player. However, everything indicates that Chelsea won the race for his signature.

The fact that the transfer is already decided might suggest an emotional letter, Kenedy posted on his Instagram addressed to the club and his fans

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Sky Sport sources reveals that Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran is close to sign a four-year deal with Brentford.

According to the rumours, McEachran is going to complete a permanent transfer to Brentford on Tuesday. It is said that Brentford have paid a fee believed to be in the region of £500,000 for the midfielder.

The 22-year-old midfielder joined Chelsea senior team in 2010. He made 11 appereances scoring no goal. In  2012 he was loaned out to Swansea City where he played only in four games. The next season he joined Middlesbrough again on a season-long loan. And for the next three seasons he was changing the clubs on different loans, in 2013 it was Watford, then Wigan Athletic while the last season he spend in Dutch Vitesse.

Josh McEachran was considered one of the most promising Chelsea’s youth starlets, winning the FA Youth Cup and the European Under-17 Championship with England in 2010.

In 2012 he was announced as a  part of the 80-man shortlist for the Great Britain football team in the London Olympics.

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 Leeds United are closing in on former Chelsea goalkeeper Ross Turnbull.

The 30-year-old goalkeeper is set to join Leeds United from Barnsley. It is said that Turnbull will be a backup  for Marco Silvestri’s at the team. Former Chelsea goalkeeper will be  Leeds’ fifth summer signing this season.

Turnbull joined Chelsea on a free transfer in 2009, signing four-year-deal. He played for the Blues from 2009 till 2013 as a permanent second place keeper to regular starting goalkeeper Petr Čech. That is why he made only 7 appearances.

In 2013 he joined Doncaster Rovers on a one-year-deal. Then on 23 July 2014 he signed a two-year contract with League One side Barnsley.

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Turkish Fanatik, reveals that Atletico Madrid is keen on signing Gokhan Töre from Besiktas. The newspaper suggests that the former Chelsea player is understood to be the replacement for Arda Turan.

According to the Turkish Fanatik, Atletico Madrid made a bid for Besiktas winger in the region of €14 million. What is more it is said that Töre had to comeback from his holiday to Istanbul in order to discuss personal terms with Besiktas and Rojiblancos.

Gokhan Töre scored nine goals and provided 11 assists in all competitions for Besiktas during the last season. The 23-year-old winger joined Chelsea Youth Club between 2009-2011. However he has never made a debut in Chelsea senior team as he was sold to Hamburger SV in 2011.

It is said that Diego Simeone considers Gokhan Töre as a replacement for Arda Turan who is going to leave Vincente Calderon soon. Various reports claims that Turan is really close to sign for Chelsea but according to the latest information, also Barcelona is working hard to bring the player at Camp Nou.

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Morgan Schneiderlin

Former France head coach Raymond Domenech spoke about Southampton talent Morgan Schneiderlin who is set to join Manchester United in this transfer window.

According to Domenech, a move to Chelsea would have been better for his career:

“For him, [United] is a good move: if he wants to be with the French national team, then he has to be in this Champions League – but if he stays at Southampton, no luck.”

United are better than Southampton, sure, but it’s not [Manchester] City, it’s not Chelsea. For him, the first thing is to leave Southampton.

“After, if he gets a team just behind the three big teams, it’s good.

“Maybe after, he’ll come through. He is good enough for the Champions League.

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ARDA TURAN

Arda Turan’s agent Ahmet Bulut hints an arrival of his player to the Premier League, where Chelsea and Manchester United are challenging to sign him:

He intends to leave Spain this summer. It is his will to go out to play in the Premiership, that is where he would like to continue his career at this time,” Bulut said to the Spanish paper AS.

Meanwhile,  Barcelona presidential candidate Josep Maria Bartomeu sparked off speculation that Turan could be joining the La Liga champions over the transfer window.

“He’s [Arda Turan] a good player, with great quality and perfectly matches what Luis Enrique is wanting this coming season, which is why I, as a pre-candidate, urge the interim committee to take the necessary steps to sign the player. When all parties are in agreement, and above all the manager, that the player is the one we need, the thing to do is to bring him in under the best conditions possible,” he was quoted as saying by Marca.

Also Barcelona player Andres Iniesta was quoted by Marca, stating about Turan: ““A really great player, sensationally talented. If he ends up coming, he’ll be welcome. He’ll add to the squad. It’s always important to improve the team”.

Barcelona got a FIFA market ban for the whole 2015, that means that Arda Turan or any other player “signed” in this session will be able to play only from January 2016.

A reason why Chelsea and Manchester  United got an advantage over them in the race to the Turkish star. Who will win?

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RADAMEL FALCAO

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp commented latest Chelsea signing Radamel Falcao on the English network.

According to the former Liverpool player, Falcao will be a second choice in the squad:

He’s going to find himself on the bench an awful lot next year.

I watched Radamel Falcao in his Atletico Madrid days and he was one of the best centre forwards I think I’ve ever seen.

Now he’s gone to Chelsea and probably what Chelsea need is a striker that’s going to be happy not to play, and maybe have to fill in at times when there is an injury, because you look at the players he’s going to be contending with like Diego Costa, who is going to be first choice.

“I think every Chelsea fan knows that. Then they’ve got Loic Remy.

So what he (Falcao) is saying is ‘I’m happy to come and I’m happy to be part of the squad’.

“I find that a little frustrating, really. I think he’s a better player than that.

It just feels to me that it’s a good move for Chelsea because they’re going to get a striker that’s happy not to play and he might be able to come in and make the impact on the odd occasion, but he’s not going to be starting too many games there if Diego Costa is fit.

 

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ARDA TURAN DIEGO COSTA

Atletico Madrid attacking midfielder Arda Turan was linked to Chelsea in the past weeks, and the Turkish player admitted on his Twitter account that he’s dealing with 3-4 European top clubs.

Spanish media reported that a deal with Barça is closed but until official statements everything can happen, so his former team-mate Diego Costa spent words of appreciation for him, to try to push him to Chelsea:

“It’d be fantastic if [Arda] came to London.  Things are a lot easier with Arda on the pitch: Arda, Filipe and I were together at Atletico and it was a pleasure to play alongside them,” he said praising his Turkish friend.

“In addition, Arda is an incredible person.  He invited us to his house many times and we had a great time together.  I especially liked the Kebab he offered us.  He was a great host, the entire team would go to dinner at his house.

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Brentford have almost completed the signing of Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran on a 4 year deal.

The 22 year old had a medical on Friday and then will complete the move in the next couple of days.

Dutch Head Coach, Marinus Dijkhuizen will be very familiar with the player after his time at Vitesse last year – where McEachran was on loan – since he was managing Eerste Divisie side S.B.V. Excelsior.

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