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After Didier Drogba departure Chelsea need a new striker to revamp the attack and the boss, Jose Mourinho, confirmed the Champions of England are looking for a new good forward to challenge Diego Costa and Loic Remy for a “number 9” shirt in the Blues starting XI.

The Portuguese coach said:

We have to buy a striker because we want to have three strikers of a good level.

We do not want to have just one [transfer target]. Then you lose a good position on the negotiation table.”

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Bamford was hugely impressive last season

Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford will probably join Newcastle next season.

The English forward, that spent last season on loan to Middlesbrough failing the promotion to Premier League when losing the Playoff final with Norwich, is one of the players on the top of the list of the new Magpies manager, Steve McLaren, that will be announced soon for his new job.

Chelsea have told Newcastle that Bamford‘s price-tag is £ 10m

Sunderland, West Brom and a clutch of other clubs are also keen on the forward, according to the Newcastle Chronicle, however that fee is likely to act as a deterrent.

It’s understood Bamford would be keen on a move to the Magpies but QPR striker Charlie Austin is believed to be the St James’ Park club’s top priority during the transfer window.

 

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Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is reportedly keen on signing Chelsea striker Loic Remy.

The former Newcastle coach worked with the Frenchman during the pair’s time at St. James’ Park

According to Inside Football, Pardew will do his utmost to bring Remy on Selhurst Park. The 28-year old could be lured to the south London side by the lure of first team football, something which isn’t guaranteed at Stamford Bridge.

Remy arrived at Stamford Bridge last summer for £11.6 million from QPR. He made 29 appearances this season, scoring nine goals. He has also played for Newcastle, Lyon, Marseille, Lens and OGC Nice.

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Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi dismissed all rumours regarding a move to Chelsea by signing a new contract in Italy recently.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was reportedly very keen on a transfer for the Argentinian, who was seen as a perfect replacement for the outbound Didier Drogba.

The 22-year-old decided to explain his reasoning for declining a move to the Premier League, stating he wants to be part of the success which he believes Inter will soon achieve:

“It’s been a great week and I’m pleased to have extended my contract.

“It’s a fantastic thing for me and for Inter,” Icardi said.

“I’m confident the club will do everything it can to build a great team and get back to winning ways.

“We’re a young squad and I’m sure players will come in that will help us to improve.

“San Siro is one of the best stadiums in the world and when it’s full it’s even more beautiful.

“Playing in front of our fans in a Nerazzurri Meazza is a wonderful thing.”

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ANTOINE GRIEZMANN

Atletico Madrid chairman, Enrique Cerezo, dismissed all the talks about Antoine Griezmann moving away from Calderón: the Rojiblancos’ striker that was linked more than once to Chelsea in the past month but Blues boss José Mourinho  has already dismissed claims he is set to meet the attacker’s £43m release clause.

Speaking to Radio 4G, Atletico president revealed:

Fans can now dream but I think the team is very good. We’re going to make two or three purchases. Griezmann? He is not for sale.

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Falcao joins Chelsea on loan from Monaco

Colombian striker Radamel Falcao was linked to Chelsea in the past days, as the Blues need to revamp their attack and speaking to the paper El Tiempo the forward, who played on loan to Manchester United from Monaco in this campaign scoring 4 goals in 27 appearances, admitted that now he wants to stay concentrated on Colombia, his national team, that is going to play Copa America since next week:

“I know I have been linked with Chelsea.

“I am trying to stay out [of it]. I am just thinking about working with Colombia, for now. My agent is taking care of all the negotiations.

The agent, Jorge Mendes, is the same of Chelsea boss José Mourinho ( and Diego Costa) so the negotiations can be carried on in an easier way.

“I would like to continue in the Premier League. My future will be decided in the coming weeks.”

 

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Speaking to Chelsea website one of the Blues best talents, Dominic Solanke, analysed the season that just ended, focusing on the Youth teams triumphs.

To define the campaign, he started like this:

“It’s been brilliant,”

“Last season was good for me with winning the Youth Cup and the European Championships with England Under-17s, but this season has been even better.

“The Youth League was a competition we all wanted to win, it’s only been running two years so to win it in its second year was very good for us.

“It’s amazing to have been crowned the best Under-19 team in Europe. We got to sample a lot of different places and cultures in the tournament, and to come out on top shows the level we’re at.

“I’ll never forget making my first-team debut. It was an amazing opportunity for me to go out and play in front of all of those supporters. I can only learn from that type of experience. I was the youngest ever player to do it for the club as well so I was really pleased.”

Solanke impressed this season scoring 41 goals across all competitions, including in the FA Youth Cup final.

Tammy Abraham is another very striker in Chelsea Academy and has also been extremely prolific in the last campaign: Solanke admits their healthy rivalry brings the best out of both players.

“I got around 20 goals last season and everybody was telling me I’d have to do the same, but I managed get double it so it’s been a really good season for me. Everyone in football is competitive and the fact myself and Tammy are both scoring helps push us both on”

Solanke travelled with the first team in the post-season tour in Thailand and Australia: he also managed to score the winner against Thailand-All Stars in Bangkok:

“When the season finished I was told I’d be going on the trip and it was a chance for me to impress”

“I managed to score against the Thailand All-Stars and it was the winning goal, so that was good for me”

“It was the best time to impress because there weren’t so many of the first-team players there and we all managed to get some game time. When those opportunities come along you have to take them.”

Solanke had the chance to play with footballers like Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Eden Hazard and he was impressed by their really welcoming behavior towards the youngsters:

“Having people you know here helps you because you feel more comfortable and you can speak to them whenever you need to, but all the first-team players have been really helpful”

“They’ve done brilliantly this year and the experience was an enjoyable one for all of us”.

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Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has confirmed that the club is interested only in completing a permanent deal for Radamel Falcao.

But, according to the Mirror, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is only keen on a season-long loan deal for the Colombian striker.

According to rumours, Falcao desperately wants to move to London in order to stay in the Premier League, so much so that he is willing to cut his £265,000-a-week wages. He is also insisting on making the deal before the beginning of Copa America.

Monaco has set a £43.5m price tag for the 29-year old, who has also played for Athletico Madrid and Porto. However, after a disappointing season on loan at Manchester United, the fee requested  may be a problematic issue for Chelsea.

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With Radamel Falcao’s signature seeming increasingly imminent, former Blues striker Gianluca Vialli has given his thoughts about the suspected move to TalkSPORT.

Vialli, who played for Chelsea between 1998-2000, said:

“Knowing how good Mourinho is at getting the best out of his players, and Falcao is an extraordinary striker, they will be even stronger.

“Can he play with or instead of Diego Costa? I don’t know.

“But definitely the more great players you have in your side, the better.”

 

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RAHEEM STERLING LIVERPOOL
Sterling wants to leave Liverpool

According to the Daily Express Chelsea and Real Madrid will challenge this summer to sign Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling after Bayern Munich pulled out of negotiations.

The 20-year-old is expected to leave Anfield this summer citing a lack of success with the club and talks over a new deal have completely broken down after he declared his desire to leave the club a couple of weeks ago.

Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been linked with a move for the England youngster.

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