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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is aware a difficult period is beginning both for him and for his team: the Blues have to play a lot of game during the Christmas period and then the January transfer window will soon open.

Chelsea’s coach would like to improve his team during this period, but only if he and the club will find the right players and the right “occasions”: “I’m very happy to work with these players. At the same time, if there is the possibility to improve our squad, I think the club will try to do this”. – Conte said – “A difficult period is starting, especially for every club, for every coach. In this period there are a lot of rumours. I think the best way for me is not to read [anything] and then to try to improve our squad if this is possible. If, I repeat, this is possible”.

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According to Brazilian website UOL, Willian‘s future at Stamford Bridge is not very sure, especially if Antonio Conte will mantain his role as the Blues manager.

The Brazilian website claim they have spoken with two sources close to the player who said that “it’s needed patience with the manager” and that “First we need to wait and see if the manager is staying to take a decision, because he almost left in the middle of the year” 

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Some Chelsea‘s fans didn’t like Diego Costa’s comments who said he has “done everything to come back to Atletico Madrid“.

So, some Blues supporters use Twitter to express their disappointment at the stiker’s words: “The way Costa’s been playing lately shows how he doesn’t want to stay in Chelsea; let him go and get players that want us” or Get £60-£70m for Diego Costa in the summer and go all out for Lukaku win win” and “Costa should be allowed to go to China. Bellotti is a good player” are just few of the comments posted on the social network during the day.

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WILLIAN

With the transfer rumours continuing to circulate, Juventus are reportedly preparing a move for yet another Chelsea player.

The Serie A defending champions are now supposedly poised to approach Willian. After Mohamed Salah was poised to stay at fellow Serie A combatants Fiorentina and the sale of Oscar was declared “completely impossible,” one would assume that Juventus would try their luck outside of Chelsea’s walls. However, Juventus appear to be on a mission to secure more talent.

Willian has impressed at Chelsea with his high work rate and pace, assisting the Blues to a dominant league title last season. Having only missed 2 matches, manager José Mourinho may value the Brazilian too much to let him go easily.

However, with Juan Cuadrado reportedly staying put at Chelsea, Willian may not be as unsellable as he was prior to the arrival of the Colombian. Juventus may be able to capitalise on Mourinho’s apparent belief in Cuadrado by offloading him with the burden of deciding which of the two wingers will feature in the first team.

While Chelsea are highly unlikely to let go of such a key player, Juventus may be able to make an offer they can’t refuse.

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Chelsea Starlet Ruben Loftus-Cheek is another player that could be traded away in José Mourinho’s efforts to secure Asmir Begovic.

With long time goalkeeper Petr Cech crossing over the River Thames to Arsenal, Mourinho has turned his attentions to finding a replacement, with Begovic poised to fill his spot.

Where Chelsea loanee Victor Moses was linked for the swap deal wit Stoke City, Loftus-Cheek is now also a potential option for the Premier League side.

However, with a prominent player already signed to his rivals, Mourinho will most likely be reluctant to let go of Loftus-Cheek, given that the young player has already begun to impress in the early stages of his career.

Loftus-Cheek, 19, prompted high hopes from his debut match, where he came off with a 100% pass rate. Despite a good showing from Moses during his loan spell last season, Stoke may want to capitalise on Chelsea’s situation.

Whether it be Victor Moses, Loftus-Cheek or any other Chelsea player, it appears that Mourinho will not relent in his pursuit of Begovic.

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Mitrovic has made an impact in a short time.

With the deal for Radamel Falcao apparently finalised, Chelsea are linked to yet another striker.

Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic could be approached by Chelsea during the transfer window, according to the Daily Mail.

Mitrovic, having scored 23 goals last season, has attracted attention from a number of clubs, including Swansea and Newcastle. However, the 20 year-old is reportedly seeking Champions League football in order to advance in his career.

A younger forward like Mitrovic could be beneficial to Chelsea’s future and stability, with the possibility of Diego Costa being hit with injury woes and Falcao only guaranteed to be here for a season.

Anderlecht have valued the striker at £15million; a reasonable price for a player who has scored 44 goals in his 90 appearances for the club. Regardless, Chelsea would not have to solely rely on his talents.

With talks of a dynasty being established, it is probable that Chelsea will make a move for young players like Mitrovic.

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Aubameyang's pace could be a catalyst for more attacking play.

Chelsea are reported to have shown interest in Borrusia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Stamford Bridge is on an ever increasing list of potential destinations for the striker next season, despite the fact that Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has claimed that “Aubameyang is a Dortmund player.”

Chelsea still need another striker if they want to avoid the turmoil that occurred during Diego Costa’s periods of injury and suspension, with Aubameyang being the latest name to be linked with the Blues.

Aubameyang, like Costa, is 26 years old – an ideal age for a Chelsea side looking to establish a dynasty with younger players that still have first team experience.

Dortmund’s prized striker is reportedly valued at around £28million; most certainly an affordable price for Chelsea, given that other targets such as Antoine Griezmann have been valued at over £30million.

While this remains mere speculation for now, Chelsea’s striker issue remains unsolved.

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KEVIN DE BRUYNE
De Bruyne was unable to break into Chelsea's first team.

Manchester City Captain Vincent Kompany spoke highly of former Chelsea player Kevin De Bruyne.

Kompany stated that the arrival of De Bruyne at the Etihad would make him “one of the happiest guys on the team.”

De Bruyne, who transferred from Chelsea due to lack of playing time, has been been an integral part of a Wolfsburg side that came second in the Bundesliga and won the DFB Pokal this past season.

In an interview with Goal.com, Kompany shared his remarks on the Chelsea outcast: “Kevin is a phenomenal talent. He’s a game-changer, he’s efficient in front of goal but he’s also a great passer, which is probably his biggest quality.”

De Bruyne should be able to settle into Manchester City, having played alongside Kompany for the Belgium national team for a number of years, however it is unlikely that Wolfsburg will be easily willing to let him go. He is reportedly being valued at around £40million.

Although reports state that only informal contact has taken place so far, De Bruyne’s return to the premier could be an opportunity to show Chelsea what they missed out on.

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Bamford has piqued the interest of a number of clubs after his loan spell at Middlesbrough.

Following a successful loan spell at Middlesbrough, Patrick Bamford has reportedly been sought after by Everton.

After a number of lacklustre showings in the past season, Everton manager Roberto Martinez looks to boost his attack  – and perhaps sees Bamford as a suitable player to form a partnership with former Blue Romelu Lukaku.

During his loan spell, Bamford scored 19 goals in the Boro’s plight for top division football, reportedly attracting the attention of a few clubs in England and Spain.

With reports of Falcao coming to Chelsea, it seems furthermore unlikely that Bamford will make an appearance for the defending champions next season. Arguably, going on loan to a team that still competes for European football will be beneficial to the development of the 21 year-old. An outright purchase would save Bamford from the purgatory that is the Chelsea loan system.

Although Bamford has expressed a desire to play for Chelsea in the future, he may chose to play the blues next season – even if it’s a different shade.

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Sterling's high price may keep him at Anfield.

Following Liverpool’s £50million valuation of Raheem Sterling, Chelsea are unprepared to seek the signature of the young winger.

While Sterling has refused to sign a contract extension with Liverpool, Manchester City have already reportedly been rejected for their £25million plus bid. Manager Brendan Rodgers has also previously claimed that the 20 year-old will be staying at Liverpool.

Nevertheless, a number of teams have reportedly lined up to compete for Sterling’s signature, including Arsenal, Real Madrid and an ambitious Macclesfield Town, who are attempting (jokingly, one assumes) to raise £50million via crowd funding.

Raheem Sterling was also on Chelsea’s radar, who were reportedly prepared to sell Oscar and Juan Cuadrado to fund the bid, according to the Daily Star. However, the pricing for the winger appears too grand, especially when one considers that their current best winger is PFA player of the year, Eden Hazard.

While Sterling may not be at Anfield for much longer, the chances of him playing at Stamford Bridge appears to be next to none.

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