Chelsea are on the verge of making Ross Barkley their first signing of the January transfer window
Sky Sports news are reporting a deal is nearly done with only a medical needed to complete the signing.
Sam Allardyce only confirmed yesterday that the England midfielder is back to full fitness following a lengthy spell on the sidelines. He did, however, admit that he has had no choice but to let the midfielder leave. Speaking ahead of the club’s Merseyside derby FA Cup 3rd round tie, Allardyce said:
“I think that we are resigned and the club was resigned before I got here that we’re going to lose Ross and I can’t see that changing,”
Chelsea fans may have mixed feelings on signing another midfielder. Tiemoue Bakayoko may have struggled since joining the blues from Monaco. However, youth product Ruben Loftus Cheek has shown great potential whilst on loan at Crystal Palace. His form has seen him recently earn an England call-up, much to the delight of blues fans.
Liverpool born Barkley appeared on the scene as a 19-year-old for his local club. He has gone on to make 179 appearances and also has 22 England caps (source: Wikipedia)
We’re not even quite at the end of the calandar year, and barely half way through the season, but already rumours of how our heroes will look as they take to the field NEXT season are making there way onto social media.
And first up is Chelsea. I’m sure other clubs will follow suit in the new year.
Now, if it’s real, there’ll be a hint of red on the new shirt. Not something that tends to go down well with blues fans. However, I for one quite like the design. In truth though… It does look as if somebody has simply added a few red and white bits to the current shirt.
As for the away kit… I do like the idea of returning to a yellow shirt. It looks like quite a simple design, but it doesn’t need to be too fancy in my opinion.
Source: Footy Headlines
Stay tuned for the next batch of… ‘Is This Chelsea’s New Shirt’ Coming soon I expect.
Reports this morning are suggesting that Jose Mourinho wants his former player, Eden Hazard at Old Trafford
The Sun believe the Portuguese coach wants Manchester United to table a bid of around £90m for the Belgian playmaker.
It is believed Hazard doesn’t have the best of relationships with Mourinho and was instrumental in his departure from Stamford Bridge two years ago. Any suggestion of a fallout is only pure speculation though.
It is also unlikely Chelsea would entertain bids for one of their best players, with Amtonio Conte constantly hailing him as one of the best, especially from a rival.
Having said that the former Lille man, who joined the blues for £32m in 2012, has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal, and let’s not forget that Chelsea recently sold Nemanja Matic to United.
Real Madrid are likely to bid for the Belgian, with Zinedine Zidane a long term admirer.
So, is a Mourinho – Hazard reunion a realistic possibility, or are we just going through the motions of crazy rumours as the transfer window edges closer?
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Antonio Conte has revealed his plans for Chelsea’s Carabao Cup quarter final during this afternoon’s press conference, as Bournemouth visit Stamford Bridge tomorrow evening.
The Italian has vowed to mix things up as games come thick and fast over the busy Christmas period.
On the injury front David Luiz remains sidelined and Charly Musonda also has a knock that has kept him out recently. Morata was described as “working very well” following his recent absence due to a back problem. Marcos Alonso will miss out due to suspension.
Conte did confirm that Michy Batshuayi and Kenedy will definitely start, and also hinted that youngsters Dujon Sterling, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu may well be involved.. “These players could be involved, why not” added the blues boss. “These players are the future for Chelsea”
Ampadu looks the most likely having already featured in competition this season.
It’s fair to say Conte is keen to use this competition to give squad players a chance, but there is obviously still a huge desire to progress to the next round, as explained by the former Juventus coach…
“Every competition is serious and our task is to try and win the game, to reach the semi-finals. It’s right in this competition to give the opportunity to the players that aren’t playing with regularity. This is very important”
It remains to be seen what the starting XI will be at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, but one thing is for certain that Chelsea cannot take their opponents for granted. Eddie Howe is without Daniels and King due to injury, and hinted at changes. Especially as the cherries travel to the Etihad at the weekend. However, two blues old boys, Nathan Ake and Asmir Begovic may well be involved against their the club they left last summer.
Antonio Conte has just finished his latest pre match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Southampton the visitors to Stamford Bridge.
First up the Italian spoke of availability following injuries such as Alvaro Morata, who missed the midweek win at Huddersfield. The Spaniard is a maybe with Conte confidently informing the press filled room that the striker has trained the past couple of days and is in contention to play this weekend.
Another notable absence recently has been David Luiz. Amid stories of talks between the two with the Brazilian desiring to sort out his future with the transfer window imminent. Conte spoke of the latest of his injury problems stating his has a big inflammation on his knee and doesn’t know when the former PSG man will be back. Make of that what you will. However, it will certainly not put any rumours to bed in the short term.
Continuing on the absentee front it’s good news as there have been no further injuries this week.
How Chelsea line up remains to be seen, but bare in mind the blues face Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday before the busy festive period and so changes and players being rested is a huge possibility.
In reference to playing without a recognised striker on Tuesday night… Conte explained it’s an advantage as it doesn’t give the opponent a point of reference. Adding “keeping a good balance remains the key” A possible hint that Morata may not figure from the start perhaps? One possible replacement to lead the line is Batshuayi. On the Belgian… “He is part of my squad. He was out for three weeks because he had a problem in his ankle and then he struggled a bit to find the right physical condition. Now he is starting to stay in good form”
With 3 points being paramount to any prolonged title challenge… The former Juventus coach said “We must find the right solution to contend for the title and challenge Manchester City”
On Southampton… The Italian is certainly not underestimating the visitors and commented the blues will find it difficult tomorrow due to the saints “young and fast players” Picking out Long, Bouffal, Tadic and Austin as the most dangerous. He went onto mention how unlucky they were in losing late on at the Etihad recently.
Out of favour Chelsea defender David Luiz is in talks with blues boss Antonio Conte over his future according to reports this morning.
Re-signed from PSG last summer in a £30m deal, the Brazilian played a huge part in Chelsea’s title success last season, but has found regular appearances hard to come by of late, with youngster Andreas Christensen proving a perfect replacement.
Luiz originally lost his place in the team after being sent off against Arsenal. He has also suffered with injury problems of late, making a total of 13 appearances of which 8 have been in the Premier League.
A huge character and personality within the dressing room at Stamford Bridge, the man known for his trademark curly locks may well be seeking some answers about his future with Bayern Munich reportedly showing an interest.
Whether the no nonsense Conte will give him the answers he wants to hear remains to be seen.
With the transfer window reopening in just over two weeks, this story could run for some time as their are bound to be other suitors for the 30 year olds signature.
Should David Luiz look for pastures new? Or should Antonio Conte restore him to the starting line up?
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It has been confirmed that Chelsea’s exciting youngster Charly Musonda has signed a new deal with the blues that keeps him at Stamford Bridge until 2022.
On signing Musonda told Chelseafc.com
I am very happy and very proud. I came here very young and am very happy to continue my journey here. I love this club so it’s a great moment for me and my family. Now I want to establish myself and progress into the team and stay here permanently.’
The young Begian spent last season on loan at La Liga club Real Betis. This season the 21 year old has been a regular addition to the first team squad and made his full debut in the Carabao Cup against Nottingham Forest, a game in which he scored. He has gone on to make a total of 5 appearances and is seen as having huge potential to become a star at Stamford Bridge.