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Conte speaks on rumours linking Chelsea to superstar

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has implied that he would very much like to bring Arturo Vidal to Stamford Bridge but would not go as far as confirming if there are talks going on or plans in place to complete the move.

It is has been reported on several occasions that The Blues’ boss is eager for new signings to join the club in the January window as he seeks a stronger second half of the season but there have been reports he has names listed for summer moves with his former star Vidal mentioned.

The Bayern Munich dynamic midfield enforcer is getting to the end of his contract with the Bavaria club which is at the end of next season and was reported to be in talks with his ex-boss (Conte) regarding a move.

The Chile international was a player for Conte at Juventus before the Italian manager resigned in 2014 and Vidal left for Bayern a year later.

Conte was full of praise for Vidal but there was no insight as to whether Chelsea are planning a move towards signing him.

“I must be honest, it’s not right to talk about a player from another team – especially if you try to link this player with us,” he said after his side’s victory over Brighton on Tuesday. “But (Arturo) is a fantastic player. I have a great respect for Arturo, and we spent many years in Juventus together. If we go to war, I’d always want him with me.”

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Sarri makes shocking claim on his Napoli successors

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has made a claim that could be a big blow to his successor at Napoli having claimed that his record cannot be beaten by anyone at the club.

The Italian manager left the Italian club in the summer to join the West London side after fellow countryman Antonio Conte was asked to quit his job as the Blues manager.

Sarri was immediately replaced by Carlo Ancelotti who has soon taken over as well to impress at the club and most notable is the 1-0 victory he had over English Premier League giants Liverpool in the Champions League.

The Chelsea boss, therefore, stated that his record last reason will continue to speak for him despite being sacked by the club at the end of last season.

Sarri has been severally criticized by the Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis for not bringing a trophy to the club but that won’t affect the blues boss who is of the opinion that he has left a legacy in Naples which is more visible in numerical terms.

However, despite being severally criticized by the Naples president, Sarri said all he can do is to thank Aurelio de Laurentiis for the opportunity he handed him to do what he did which cannot be cancelled.

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Maurizio Sarri finally releases highly-rated star on loan

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Chelsea boss has finally agreed to release highly rated star Ethan Ampadu to have a loan move in the winter transfer window which reopens in coming weeks.

Reports according to Nizaar Kinsella of Goal.com says the decision was made by the Italian boss in order to hand the youngster the opportunity of gaining a first-team experience to enhance his progress.

Also, with the prospect already shown by the Wales international, there is a need for the West London side to keep him away from suitors who are already monitoring his progress.

Ethan Ampadu was subject to speculations of leaving the club because of the lack of playing time at the Stamford Bridge despite his huge talent and that is why the Italian boss made the decision ahead of the winter window.

The 18-year-old has been identified as part of the future of the West London team which is the reason why interests from Cardiff, Aston Villa and Derby County has been turned down.

Ethan Ampadu started making his name when he played for Exeter City as he became the youngest player to appear for the club’s first team at the age of 15.

It is unclear how long Ethan Ampadu will remain on loan but he will definitely be recalled as soon as there is a need for him at the Stamford Bridge.

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AS Roma to stop Chelsea move for No.4 defender with new bumper deal

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Kostas Manolas

Italian outfit AS Roma are making serious moves to keep Kostas Monolas at the club by offering him a new bumper deal so as to keep away interest from English Premier League outfit Chelsea.

Kostas Monolas has long been a subject of speculation away from his Italian side where he has been for the last four years and making over 180 appearances for the Italian club in all competitions.

He has been an asset to the club and losing him will be a big miss for the club having learnt of the Interest from the North London side.

The Blues are not alone in the bid for Kostas Monolas with reports that German outfit Bayern Munich, Italian side Juventus are also monitoring the Greece international central defender.

With a release clause in his current contract of about £31.5 million, it is believed that a whole number of suitors will be ready to meet the demands of the club having established that Kostas Monolas is worth the price.

However, Corriere Dello Sport reports that a new deal will be handed to the 27-year-old central defender which will also attract a new and improved pay and it is expected to reflect on his release clause as well.

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This Chelsea midfielder is confused about his next move

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas seems to be confused about his next move having hinted that he is contemplating on whether to remain at the club or move elsewhere.

The former Barcelona star has severally complained about his lack of playing time at the Stamford Bridge under manager Maurizio Sarri but seems to still be in love with the club.

With speculations surrounding his future, the Spanish international is heavily linked with a move away from Stanford Bridge and Italian giants AC Milan are believed to be interested in his service.

However, Fabregas’ current contract with the West London side will be expiring at the end of the season and there has been no offer on the table for him from the club which brings the confusion of what next to do.

This leaves the former Arsenal star waiting for any developments that will arise and also looks good for him but at the moment, he is reported to be confused about where his future lies.

Fabregas had stated that he is open to a return to the North London side where he had his first spell in the English Premier League with lots of good memories.

There is, therefore, no assurance that Fabregas would be allowed to return to the Emirates Stadium with the new manager Unai Emery not having him in his plan.

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Chelsea in advanced talks for No. 7 top striker

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Chelsea are believed to have gone a step further in their bid to sign West Ham United striker Marko Amautovic.

Latest report reveals that the West London side have beaten rivals Manchester United for the footballer as they have held advance talks with him.

The Stamford Bridge side are keen on adding more options to the attack with their both strikers Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata not firing this season.

Both former Arsenal and Real Madrid Players have been inconsistent in their performances which have forced the club to be in search for new players.

Although, manager Maurizio Sarri is of the opinion that the both strikers should not be blamed so as not to mount pressure on them as he believes they will bounce back soon.

The Italian boss also praised the World Cup winner for his impact in the team explaining that he might not score goals but have been able to create chances for others to score.

However, the lastest report says Sarri is now ready to add more options with Marko Amautovic and he is willing to pay within the sum of £30 million.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are unbeaten so far this season and they sit second in the Premier league table with two points behind league leaders Manchester city.

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Why Chelsea will have Mauro Icardi for ‘free’

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There are indications that West London club Chelsea will not struggle to have Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi sign for the club.

This is after it was revealed by Italian daily newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport as quoted by talkSPORT that the Serie A side are already preparing for a sanction from UEFA for breaching the Financial Fair Play(FFP) regulations.

Therefore, Inter Milan could make use of Argentina international striker Marco Icardi to raise the sum of £50 million by the end of this season.

However, the player who is valued far over £50 million will be allowed to leave at that amount for no lesser bargain so as to meet up with the UEFA demands.

This places Chelsea on a better advantage to go all out for the player knowing that they will not struggle to get him out of the San Siro.

Inter Milan striker Marco Icardi is also interesting Manchester United with the club ready to release him to any suitor who is ready to meet their demands as well as that of the player.

Meanwhile, Chelsea United are keen on defenders which hands Chelsea the free ride to have striker Marco Icardi as early as in the January transfer window.

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Chelsea star player vows not to return

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Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi has denied reports that he will be cutting his loan spell short in order to make a return to the Stamford Bridge.

Michy Batshuayi who seems to be enjoying his loan spell with Spanish side Valencia has hinted that he will be seeing out his loan contract before returning to the West London.

Although, the Belgium international has not been impressive in his performance at Valencia and that is why he is reported to have a return back to the Stamford Bridge.

Michy Batshuayi, therefore, denied all speculations that he might be sent to another club for a second loan spell from Valencia this window as he made it clear that he will be in with the Spanish side until the end of the season.

He described the speculations making the round as rumours, stressing that he has no issue with the club and the club and manager which makes life good for him.

Michy Batshuayi had a first loan spell at the German outfit Borussia Dortmund where he had an impressive performance at the club which sparked the insinuation that he would be having a permanent stay with his owners but that did not happen.

There are, therefore, fears that Michy Batshuayi would be allowed to leave the Blues anytime a suitor comes begging for him.

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What Chelsea must do in January window, Jimmy Floyd

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Chelsea hero Jimmy Floyd Hasselbank has advised his former club to move in for a new striker in the coming winter transfer window if they wish for a silverware this season.

The West London club have been saved this season by their midfielders with Belgium man Eden Hazard and English youngster Ross Barkley rescuing the Blues on several occasions.

Chelsea would have suffered an embarrassing loss to Manchester United when the Red Devils were battling with form but for the introduction of Barkley who came in for the rescue.

The Blues have done well this season with their unbeaten run so far as well as their sitting in the second spot in the Premier League table with two points behind league leaders Manchester City.

All of their positives and achievements this season have been with little or no efforts from their two strikers, Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata who are both shy of goals this season.

According to Hasselbank, any club that must challenge for the Premier League trophy needs three firing strikers which his former side now lack to enable them close the gap on City.

Hasselbank expressed delight that all other things have changed at the club since the arrival of Maurizio Sarri from Napoli as they now hold the ball more and make use of it rightly when going forward.

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Another Chelsea defender joins the exit list

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Davide Zappacosta

Another Chelsea defender has joined the list of those who are set to leave the Stamford Bridge at in the coming winter transfer window.

Tuttosport reports that out-of-favour defender Davide Zappacosta would be leaving the West London side in January as he seems no longer in the plans of manager Maurizio Sarri.

Davide Zappacosta was signed from Torino by former Italian manager Antonio Conte in 2017 but he has struggled to make a mark at the Stamford Bridge which makes it difficult to secure a starting role.

Earlier reports in the summer had claimed that Davide Zappacosta would be leaving to the Italian side Inter Milan and that did not happen but there are indications that it is time for the defender to have his leave so as to secure starting role elsewhere.

Suggestions are that Davide Zappacosta will not remain in the English Premier League as he would rather move elsewhere in Europe.

However, Davide Zappacosta joins the list of Nigerian international Victor Moses and former Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater as players who could be on their way from the club.

Chelsea are having enough options in the defence and most especially the midfield but there is no doubt that they will be needing options in the attack.

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Willian tells Sarri who to replace Morata, Grioud?

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It is no longer news that Chelsea are in search of a striker knowing that they have got under-firing strikers this season and they might be on the lookout for their replacements.

French striker Olivier Giroud and Spanish striker Alvaro Morata have both not impressed this season with most of the goals being scored by midfielders and most especially, Belgium international.

Although manager Maurizio Sarri is yet to make any complaints of his strikers, instead he has stood by them and acknowledged their little impact on the team.

However, there are indications that Chelsea star Willian is unhappy with the lack of spark in the attack and might be indirectly telling the Italian boss to move for Everton striker Richarlison.

This is as the Brazilian expressed his admiration for the striker, rating him as the greatest surprise in the Premier League this season with his quality.

Richarlison has scored a total of 6 goals for Everton this season having arrived from Watford in July and that has earned him a call to the Brazilian national team where he scored twice and was quite impressive.

There is no doubt that the Blues Italian manager will have his attention drawn to the Everton player and might be tempted to move in for him anytime in the future.

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