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Former Valencia manager Gary Neville says Chelsea rivals in the title race will have to ‘produce the greatest run in Premier League history’ if they want to catch Antonio Conte‘s side this season.

Neville told Sky Sports MNF: “I don’t think it’s so much about whether Chelsea will drop points – they will”.

“It’s whether the others are capable of putting together, potentially, the greatest run in Premier League history to win 14, 13 games on the bounce on the way in”.

“You’re still relying on Chelsea losing three or four matches and winning 13 or 14 games. I’m not sure we’ve got the trust in the other teams yet to think they can do that”.

Manchester City have now 52 points following their last victory against Bournemouth, while Chelsea are leading the table with 60 points so far.

“The fact that Europe’s starting again for many of the teams will make it even more difficult – Neville added – I think Chelsea are strong favourites, it could happen, but Chelsea would have to get injuries to key players – that’s the one thing that would cause a big problem to Chelsea,” 

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Asmir Begovic is set to stay at Chelsea as one of the main Blues targets to replace him, Salvatore Sirigu, is close to join Osasuna from Valencia.

As reported by Calciomercato.com the Italian goalkeeper was the main Antonio Conte‘s choice to replace the Bosnian one, but with the ex PSG player set to be loaned to Osasuna, the Courtois’ number two is not free to move, as Chelsea wasn’t able to find a good substitute for him.

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West Ham have joined Crystal Palace in the race to sign Chelsea striker Loic Remy, according to SkySports.

French website Le 10 Sport reported this morning that the Eagles have reached an agreement with Chelsea for the loan of the French forward with a €12m option to sign him on a permanent move, but also West Ham seem to be keeping tabs on the 29-year-old.

The Hammers are said to be keen also on Juventus forward Simone Zaza and Manchester City star Wilfried Bony, but Slaven Bilic has reportedly made Remy a top target to revamp the attack despite Crystal Palace’s interest.

 

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Another Chelsea target for the defence that is set to join another side, this time a huge Blues rival: after the goalless draw against Leicester City last night, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed that the Gunners are close to sign a new player:

“Yes we are close [to another signing],” Wenger told BT Sport. 

“But I would say spending in itself is not a quality. Spending and buying the right players is a quality.

“I am a bit fed up to always respond to the same things. We look and analyse absolutely everything and we have to make the right decisions.”

The player should be Valencia centre-back and German international Shkodran Mustafi, for whom the Northern London side offered € 30m.

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According to the Daily Mail Arsenal are really close to sign Chelsea target Shkrodan Mustafi by tomorrow.

It’s believed that the current Valencia defender has already agreed personal terms with the Gunners, that will pay around € 30m to the Spanish outfit to secure his services.

According to the Mail report the German international has already accepted a five-year contract with Arsenal, worth around 75,000 pounds per week, which works out to be 19.5 million pounds over the duration of his contract.

Another defense target gone for Chelsea.

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Valencia centre-back and Chelsea target Shkodran Mustafi is edging even closer to joining Arsenal after the Gunners have reached a deal on a £30m basis, according to SkySports.

The German international, who has been heavily linked also with a move to Chelsea, is under contract with the Spanish side until June 2019 but might consider a move to the Premier League to play the Champions League despite Antonio Conte is said to be a great admirer of the 24-year-old.

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Chelsea are looking for a centre-back on the market and the new name for the Blues is Valencia defender Shkordan Mustafi.

The German international impressed in Spain and Arsenal, who are desperately looking for a player to replace Per Mertesacker after his serious injury, were keen on him but now Chelsea are ready to hijack the move.

According to sources coming from Spain, Antonio Conte wants to sign the ex Everton defender and Chelsea are ready to bid € 30m  ( £ 25m) to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

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Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Chelsea and Manchester United target Andre Gomes from Valencia, despite La Liga giants Real Madrid were keeping tabs on the 22-year-old, according to reports in Spain.

Also Chelsea, Juventus and Manchester United had shown interest in the former Valencia ace, but the La Liga champions have just confirmed the deal.

It is understood Chelsea had a €40m (£33m) bid rejected by Valencia for the midfielder earlier this summer, whilst Barcelona are said to have to pay around €54.5m  (£46m) for the Portugal international.

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Chelsea are lining up a summer move to sign Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, should Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci reject the Blues’ offer.

The 24-year-old Italy international was released by Everton in 2012 but succeeded in winning the World Cup in 2014 and currently plays a pivotal role for La Liga side Valencia.

Mustafi is not expected to be eager to leave Spain, anyway his ownership is currently esteemed around £25m and Chelsea are reportedly considering to meet the price-tag.

 

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Real Madrid are lining up a summer move to sign Valencia‘s ace Andre Gomes amid Chelsea interest, according to Express Sport.

The La Liga giants are reportedly ready to bid £42m for the 22-year-old, who is set to feature with Portugal in tonight’s final against France.

Also Chelsea are keeping tabs on Gomes and the Blues had already placed a £40m bid turned down by Valencia last week.

Incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has put the Portugal international top of his summer wishlist after failing to land Radja Nainggolan from Roma.

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