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Arsenal earned a 3-1 win at home against Valencia despite a slow start to the first-leg of Europa League‘s semi-final. The Spanish side got the upper hand earlier in the first half, before Alexandre Lacazette netted twice to complete the comeback in a vivid first half.

A goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the extra-time means Gunners have a good opportunity to win the clash on aggregate. And also chances to see an all-English Europa League final are still alive.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri had his say also on Arsenal 3-1 win at Emirates Stadium: “I want the final against any team, Arsenal or Valencia. For me it’s exactly the same. I want the final and this time I don’t want to play the final, I want to win.

FT – Eintracht v Chelsea 1-1, Pedro scores vital goal in Frankfurt

 

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Chelsea will face Slavia Praha in the Europa League’s quarter-final. The Blues’ will play the first-leg on Thursday 11th April away before hosting the Czech side on 18th April at Stamford Bridge.

Should Maurizio Sarri‘s men go through the next-stage, they will play against Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals. Here’s the draw in full:

ARSENAL v NAPOLI 

VILLARREAL v VALENCIA 

BENFICA v EINTRACHT FRANKFURT 

SLAVIA PRAHA V CHELSEA

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Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has confirmed the club have set personal terms with Michy Batshuayi, despite Chelsea want a permanent move for the Belgian striker.
Speaking at a press conference along with former Blues‘ star Cesc Fabregas, Vasilyev told journalist: “It’s true that a striker could help the team”.
“We’re just looking to good opportunities on the market. We have an agreement with the player and with Valencia but not with Chelsea”.

“They want a [permanent] transfer. Everything could go very quickly in football so we’ll see.”

Batshuayi headed back to Cobham after spending the last six months on loan with La Liga side Valencia.

 

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Michy Batshuayi’s loan deal at Valencia will come to an end as the Belgian international is set for a return to Chelsea in the January transfer window, sporting director Mateu Alemany has confirmed earlier this week.

“The player knows this and we hope that soon it can be solved for the good of all the parties,” he said.

The former OM striker struggled to make an impact with the La Liga side as he scored just three goals in 23 appearances.

Batshuayi, who has scored 19 goals in 53 matches with Chelsea since joining in July 2016 under Antonio Conte‘s management at Stamford Bridge.

 

 

 

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Michy Batshuayi has today joined Valencia on a season-long loan from Chelsea, both clubs have just confirmed the deal.

An official statement from the La Liga side read: “Valencia CF and Chelsea FC have reached an agreement this Friday for the loan of Michi Batsuayi until the end of the season”.

The Belgian star failed to make a single appearance under Maurizio Sarri’s management as he returned from holidays just a few days ago following the World Cup 2018 in Russia.

Batshuayi spent last mid-season on loan at Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.

 

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Chelsea have made Valencia full-back Joao Cancelo their top target to strengthen their defense ahead of incoming new season, according to SkySports.

It is understood Blues’ star Victor Moses needs a back-up in his role and also Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus are said to be interested in the Portuguese 23-year-old.

Valencia are reportedly asking a fee in the region of €50m for Cancelo, who is contracted at Mestalla until June 2021.

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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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