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Chelsea have placed an opening bid in the region of £27m to sign midfielder Leandro Paredes from Russian Premier League giants Zenit St Petersburg, according to reports in the London Evening Standard.

It is understood Blues’ boss Maruizio Sarri is confident the board will find a replacement after Cesc Fabregas completed his permanent move to AS Monaco earlier last week.

Chelsea are keeping tabs also on Cagliari starlet Nicolò Barella, who reportedly prefers a move to a Serie A club when the current season comes to an end, with Napoli and Inter Milan heavily linked with a move for the 21-year-old.

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Maurizio Sarri is no longer Napoli manager, as the Azzurri appointed former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti today.

The deal was confirmed a couple of hours ago and now Sarri is free to look for a new club.

Yesterday he was close to sign with Zenit St. Petersburg and that was the reason why Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis decided to open a quick negotiation with Ancelotti, who signed in less than 24 hours, but today reports from Italy suggest that Chelsea are trying to convince him to move to Stamford Bridge.

Roman Abramovich has been keeping tracks of the coach that almost guided Napoli to an historical Scudetto this year for months and tomorrow Sarri’s entourage is expected to meet Chelsea directors to discuss about a possible deal.

Meanwhile Chelsea has to find a way to part ways with Antonio Conte, who has still got a year on in contract and doesn’t want to break it without a payout.


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Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is discussing his contract with Napoli in this moment at Filmauro ( the movie production company owned by the Azzurri chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis) headquarters in Italy as Blues target Maurizio Sarri is keen for a move to Zenit St. Petersburg.

The negotiations became yesterday, when Sarri informed De Laurentiis he was going to accept the offer received from the Russian club – who released Roberto Mancini ten days ago to let him join the Italian national team.

Ancelotti will sign a 2-year-deal with an option on the third one, earning € 6m per year.

With Sarri on his way to Russian Super League and Ancelotti to Napoli, Chelsea will have a limited choice should they part ways with Antonio Conte as it was rumoured: former FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and current Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic.

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Chelsea are still keeping tabs on AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas, who won’t join Zenit St Petersburg despite the Russian giants had already set his medical in Rome on Wednesday morning.

The Greek star allegedly wanted to be paid in euros instead of rubles, which are the currency of the Russian Federation.

It Zenit St Petersburg had found an agreement with both AS Roma and Manolas on a £30m move and the player were set to undergo his medical yesterday, before the deal was stopped


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Zenit St Petersburg have confirmed the signing of defender Branislav Ivanovic from Chelsea.

The 32-year-old star has put the pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal to join the Russian Premier League Side.

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Chelsea vice captain Branislav Ivanovic

Chelsea legend Branislav Ivanovic officially moves to Zenit St Petersburg on January 2017 transfer window deadline day.

The Serbian defender, who scored in his last Stamford Bridge appearance last Saturday, posted a selfie of himself with a Zenit training t-shirt, probably after undergoing a medical.

Here is the snap:


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Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is in Russia as he needs to undergo a medical ahead of permanent move to Zenit St Petersburg.

It is understood the 32-year-old centre-back has already agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal to join the Russian Premier League Side.

The transfer market window in Russia remains open until tomorrow night, so the deal could be even confirmed after UK’s deadline at 11pm.

Also West Bromwich Albion were said to be interested in signing Ivanovic, anyway manager Tony Pulis dismissed any further rumor earlier this morning.


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Tomorrow night’s clash at Anfield comes in very strage moment of the season, since it will be played in the last hours of this January transfer window.

Branislav Ivanovic and Asmir Begovic are in negotiation with other teams and have a chance to leave Chelsea before Liverpool’s match asked if they will be selected for the game against Reds,  Conte replied:

“Until now yes, after the training session I will decide for this.”

Asked if Ivanovic already took a decision on his future, he said:

“I spoke to him about this decision, he’s in talkings with other clubs but until now we don’t know anything and we have to wait.

“He gave a lot to Chelsea, we have to see if he’s able to play for many years, at those levels, if you are not playing a lot you can decide to make the decision to go for another team.

“When you start the season and you start to train with a group of players, you create a bond, so you are sorry to see them go, the same was for Oscar and Mikel, so we have to prepare for the situation.”

When asked about Begovic’s situation, Conte replied:

“Until now I haven’t news about Asmir, he wants to go to play every game, but he knows our situation really well, if we are able to find a good replacement he goes, otherwise he stays with us to fight with the team, to fight in the title race.

“I’ve been in football for many years and I am used to this kind of situations for players and managers, if I can help my players to be happy I am glad, but I have also to be sure the situation don’t penalise the team.

Asked how it feels to play such an important game during the last hours of the transfer window, Conte said:

“Tomorrow at 11 pm this transfer window shuts down, it’s very strange that it finishes after our game, it’s very strange.

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Antonio Conte didn’t want to reveal much about this transfer window during today press conference but the Chelsea boss gave, anyway, some hint about players that can leave the club.

The first one is Asmir Begovic, who is considering an offer from Bournemouth: for this reason, Celtic goalkeeper Ryan Gordon was linked to Chelsea as a possible substitute:

“I don’t know about many names I read, for sure there is this situation about Begovic and Bournemouth, but he is an important player for us, also in the chaning room, I like his commitment, if we get a player to substitute him he can go, otherwise he can stay here.

“Begovic will play tomorrow? Yes, he starts, he is a Chelsea player and people have to understand this, and for me he stays.

“I understand why he [Begovic] has to leave, but also the players have to understand me and the club. We are open to help him, if there are the conditions he will leave, otherwise, this is the situation.”

Rumours today suggesteted that Branislav Ivanovic is close to leave Chelsea after nine years, with offers from WBA and Zenit St Petersburg:

“I don’t know about his chances to leave, there are a lot of speculations, a lot of lies, but also there is some truth in some situations, there are four days to finish this window, and then we will see this situation.

Continuing to speak about the transfer window, Conte said:

“I don’t know what will happen before the end of this transfer window, if we stay with these players I am very happy as well.

“I think we have to improve our squad with the number of players, because in some roles we don’t have many.

“I don’t reveal what know about the transfer window because it seems you know more than me [he jokes] but anyway, I repeat that if some players are coming it’s to improve the squad, and I will have confidence in them, but if no one comes I am happy as well.”

ChelseaNews24 asked Conte if the youngsters tha have been with him since the start of the season will stay or will go on loan and if they got a chance to play tomorrow:

“Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Chalobah will stay for sure, Ola Aina maybe goes on loan, tomorrow we won’t see them.”

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West Bromwich Albion are ready to place a late bid to hijack Zenit St Petersburg deal for Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, according to reports in England.

It is understood the Serbian star has been offered a two-and-a-half year contract by the Russian Premier League side, who would pay him around £82,000-a-week in wages.

Also West Ham, Everton and Leicester are reportedly considering to make a move for the 32-year-old, who didn’t make an impact at Stamford Bridge under new manager Antonio Conte since the Italian boss switched to a 3-4-3 formation in October.

Ivanovic could consider to join a Premier League side as his family is well-settled in London, according to reports.


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