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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Italian winger Federico Chiesa is wanted by Tottenham and Liverpool according to reports in Italy.
Italian newspaper La Stampa suggest the Fiorentina youngster would command a fee of a staggering £53m.
The 20 year old broke into the Fiorentina first team last season, and has gone on to make 48 appearances for Viola, appearing on the scoresheet on 8 occasions. He was called up to the Italian nation squad for the first time earlier this year, but is yet to be capped.
The youngsters father is former international striker Enrico Chiesa who turned out for no fewer than 10 clubs in his homeland, amassing in excess of 500 appearances.
Whether Spurs or Liverpool would be willing to fork out that sort of money remains to be seen. Despite the inflated market in recent years, £53m for potential does seem excessive. However his versatility may be attractive to any potential buyer as he is comfortable playing across midfield as well as playing as a forward.
Fulham’s teenage star Ryan Sessegnon is reportedly edging closer to a move to a Premier League giant.
The 17 year old has recently changed his agent and it is believed to be a move that could improve his chances of securing a move away from Craven Cottage with reports suggesting Manchester United and Tottenham are interested.
He and twin brother Steven have both signed with USM who also look after Harry Kane amongst others.
The youngster burst onto the scene for the cottagers last season, making his debut aged just 16 years and 81 days. He has since gone onto make 53 first team appearances, scoring 11 goals. He plays on the left as either a left back or left winger.
During the summer he was part of the England Under 19 squad that victoriously won the Euro U19s Championship. He finished joint top goal scorer with 3 goals
Reports have suggested Fulham could ask for a fee of around £50m for the youngster who has been likened to Gareth Bale.
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.
It’s been a big week for Chelsea Football Club as the Diego Costa saga finally looks to be coming to an end. I won’t go into the whole episode as it’s dragged on for some time now and most Chelsea fans are pleased that it is coming to an end.
Diego played a huge part in securing two League titles in three years and for that I, like most blues fans will be eternally grateful. However, it’s been obvious he doesn’t want to be at Stamford Bridge and his petulance was often his Achilles heel as well as being what made him his snarling best at times. so it’s ‘Adios Amigo’ and best of luck.
Now there’s a new kid on the block…Alvaro Morata. The fellow spaniard has made a decent start for Chelsea with 3 goals in his opening 5 games in the Premier League. Following the Costa sale many pundits and experts asked the question as to the whether the former Real Madrid man could emulate his predecessor? It was also noticeable that he had scored all 3 goals with his head.
Well, yesterday at Stoke City’s Bet 365 Stadium he answered those uncertainties with a display that even the staunch Morata backers wouldn’t have expected. A fine hatrick that showed his finishing ability is of the highest order and all 3 with his feet I must add. It brings his total for the season to 6 in 6 games and shows he has settled into the Stamford Bridge fold perfectly.
Costa gave passion and power and some will argue the Brazilian born striker is a better finisher. Morata on the other hand still needs to adjust to the physical nature of the Premier League. He’s a very different player to Costa and if I had to liken him to anybody, it would be another famous Spanish striker who donned the number 9 shirt at Stamford Bridge… Fernando Torres. Now before you shout “What you on about?” Despite the obvious link, I’m talking more about the Torres that graced Anfield. Pace and a great finishing ability as shown by Alvaro’s 2nd goal yesterday.
It’s still early days as to whether Morata will turn out to be a prize asset and a suitable replacement, but for now it looks a great bit of business as reports suggest Chelsea are making around £58m on the sale of Costa. Which is pretty much the down payment made for Morata. Add-ons being subject to his success could make the fee rise to £70m. So potentially the blues have sold a player 4 years older and replaced him with a fresh young player full of experience but still with plenty of potential who could lead the line for a good few years to come at potentially the paultry difference of £12m. A great bit of business and well done to the powers that be at Stamford Bridge for not giving in to the reported demands of Costa and the fees offered by Atletico.
What do you think… Will Morata prove to be a great bit of business and a perfect replacement?
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