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Inter Milan have announced the appointment of Antonio Conte as their manager after the Italian put the pen to paper on a three-year-contract.

The former Chelsea boss led the Blues to the Premier League title in 2017 before lifting an FA Cup back in 2018.

Current Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri could join Conte in Italy as he reportedly received a massive offer from Serie A champions Juventus following the victory in Europa League final earlier on Wednesday in Baku.

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Lucas Piazon has joined Serie A side Chievo Verona on loan until the end of the season, Chelsea have confirmed via their official website.

The 25-year-old spent last season on loan with Fulham before returning to Stamford Bridge ahead of a further move.

Piazon was an unused substitute in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg victory over Tottenham earlier last week.

Chievo Verona are currently struggling at the bottom of Serie A table having earned just 8 points from 21 games (the club also received a three points deduction).

 

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Gonzalo Higuain has today joined Chelsea on loan until the end of current season, with an option to make the deal permanent or extend his loan spell at Stamford Bridge for the 2019/2020 campaign as well.

Upon completing his move to the club, the Argentine striker said: “When the opportunity to join Chelsea presented itself I had to take it. It’s a team I’ve always liked that has a lot of history, a wonderful stadium and they play in the Premier League, a league I’ve always wanted to play in.

I now hope I can give back that trust Chelsea have shown me out on the pitch. I can’t wait to start and I hope to adapt as soon as possible”.

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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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Reports from Italy and England suggested a potential January move for Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella as Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri urged to find a replacement before letting Cesc Fabregas leave Stamford Bridge.

It is understood the Spaniard has agreed a more lucrative long-term deal with the Ligue 1 side, however the move has been reportedly put on hold until tonight’s Carabao Cup clash against Spurs.

The Italian ace emerged as a potential substitute in midfield and Maurizio Sarri has been a huge admirer of the 21-year-old since his spell in charge at SSC Napoli.

Despite a reported £45m move for Barella could reasonably look unlikely just a week following the £58m signing of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund, we understand a £45m deal would be suitable for both sides even in the January transfer window.

If Chelsea would bring in two highly-rated talents among the prospect of a possible transfer ban in a near future, Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini could reinvest a part of the huge transfer fee to find a replacement [Nahitan Nandez from Boca Juniors, according to their president], with a project financing for a new multi-purpose stadium still ongoing.

Ergo, a surprise move for Barella in January does not reasonably look unlikely anymore.

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was asked to provide a comment regarding his former player at Napoli Kalidou Koulibaly, who suffered racist chants from a small minority of fans at San Siro on Wednesday. Before the game, an Inter Milan fan died following clashes outside the stadium.

The Italian boss wanted to show his support towards the Napoli defender: “You know that in Italy there are some problems in football. Especially for Naples, I think.

“We stopped two matches when I was there, one against Lazio in Rome [Lazio-Napoli on 3rd February 2016], and another against Sampdoria in Genoa [Sampdoria-Napoli on 13rd May 2018]“.

“I am sorry for Kalidou because he’s a wonderful man. I’m very sorry for him and in Italy we can do more about this problem”.

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Last week some rumours circulated about a possible return of midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea in January after the London club have sent him to play for Ac Milan on a season-long loan.

Speaking to SportWitness however, Bakayoko’s agent Federico Pastorello strongly denied these rumours: “Bakayoko is happy in Milan and Milan are happy with him. It was known he would need a bit of time, but everyone is convinced he can contribute a lot to their season”. Pastorello said. “All this chatter about a return to Chelsea in January is completely unfounded.”

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Chelsea midfielder Jorginho is enjoying a great start to the season after having joined the Blues from Serie A side SSC Napoli on a £57m move last summer.

The Brazilian born metronome has attempted 180 passes in the London derby against West Ham United last time out, which is the highest number for a player in a single Premier League game.

Jorginho has also scored a goal for Chelsea so far, converting into goal a penalty against Huddersfield Town earlier last month in the opener of 2018/19 season.

Chelsea failed to get their fifth win in five Premier League games but managed to earn a positive  draw against London rivals West Ham United at Olympic Stadium last time out.

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While on international duty with ItalyChelsea‘s midfielder Jorginho spoke to the Blues official website about his impact with the Premier League.

Jorginho himself is enjoying is new life in England: “The Premier League is really nice, it’s wonderful,’”he said. “It is also quite difficult to explain certain things. You need to experience them personally to take it all in. I enjoy the high tempo of the matches and the fact that all the players get involved 100 per cent in the games. There is a big difference to Serie A, in terms of rhythm, physicality. Everybody knows this, of course, but I am enjoying it a lot”.

According to the new Chelsea midfielder there is a big difference not only on the pitch during the matches, but also when the team are training: “To understand the difference with the infrastructure in England you have to experience it,” Joriginho added. “At Cobham, we have 38 pitches. Enough said.’

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Despite having three more years on his contract with Chelsea, defender Davide Zappacosta has not excluded the chance he could go back to Italy, especially if he doesn’t find enough space in the starting XI under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

Could I return to Italy? Yes, Inter had been after me,” Zappacosta revealed. “My agent Alessandro Lucci had told me about their interest, although I’ve always remained focused on Chelsea”.

Now, the summer transfer window is closed, so Inter Milan or any other team could try to sign the Blues’ wing-back in January: “Could I return in January? I have three more years on my contract here and I only want to think about doing well with Chelsea”. Zappacosta went on. “There’s a lot of competition here, but I want to win a place in the team. After that, it’s clear that if I didn’t find much room, I don’t think any player would like that.”

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