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Chelsea pull out of race to sign another Man united target

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Reports within the last 42 hours had suggested that Premier League champions Chelsea have joined the race to sign Arsenal contract rebel Alexis Sanchez.

However new reports say the West London club has dropped their interest. without acting on it.

While the move seemed to make sense, considering the club’s obvious need for reinforcements in the attack, Sanchez’s wage demands have put off those in charge at Stamford Bridge.

The Chilean international is demanding between £350,000 and £400,000 from his new club, this, however, will alter Chelsea’s salary structure as their highest earner gets about half that on a weekly basis. And with some of their star players still in negotiations regarding a new deal, signing and paying a new player that hefty sum doesn’t seem like the way to go.

Sanchez turns 30 later this year and his lack of re-sale value is another reason while Chelsea have dropped their interest.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte had earlier said he doesn’t believe his side are in the running to sign the former Barcelona star even with all the reports going on and that turned out to be accurate as the Chelsea transfer team continue to look elsewhere for their January attacking buy.

Chelsea face Norwich City in an FA Cup third round replay on Wednesday night after a goalless draw at Carrow Road earlier in the month, with new signing Ross Barkley set to miss out as he was discovered to be cup-tied.

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Chelsea tackle Manchester City for Tottenham’s want-away star

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Chelsea are in crunch battle with Manchester City for Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen who is reportedly ready to end his stay at Wembley stadium this month.

The former 26-year-old playmaker still has a running contract with Spurs until 2020 but the North London club have offered him a contract extension which he reportedly turned down.

According to the Sun, the Danish star is willing to end ties with Mauricio Pochetino’s men and he’s far from reaching an agreement with the club’s hierarchy over a new deal.

Having seen the turn out of events between the two parties, top European clubs are keeping a close eye on Eriksen’s signature as they hope to lure the pacey player out of Wembley.

Spanish media outlet AS reported on Monday that La Liga side Real Madrid are keenly interested in the Denmark international and Santiago Valverde could make an official bid for his services this week.

The Santiago Bernabeu outfits are far from last season’s form and Solari is willing to add some world-class stars, including the Tottenham man, to his squad this month.

Chelsea are also linked with Eriksen’s services as Sarri continues to find a solution to his attacking problems.

In the report, AS suggested the former Napoli manager is willing to release Davide Zappacosta — who has fallen out of favor at Stamford Bridge — to any suitor in order to create space for the Tottenham man.

However, no club made an official approach towards signing the player and he still remains an integral part of Mauricio Pochetino’s side.

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Finally, Chelsea invite Barcelona for talks over tar player’s deal

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English Premier League side Chelsea will be happy to have Spanish La liga giants Barcelona come forward for talks over a deal for France international Olivier Giroud.

The Spanish La Liga outfit are reported to be considering a move for the former Arsenal player and the West London side are willing to hold talks for a possible deal as Chelsea will be ready to let him leave.

Barcelona are believed to be in search of a striker with former Liverpool man Luis Suarez losing out of form and would need a backup.

Olivier Giroud has not been in the best of form for the West London side since joining the club. Although, he has been defended by manager Maurizio Sarri, stating that he might not score goals but has been able to provide assists and help to pressure the defence.

The World Cup winner has scored only 10 goals in his 42 appearances for the West London side since he joined last January.

However, the Blues will not mind having Olivier Giroud leave the club this winter window and he is believed to be given out for about £13 million which would be well affordable for Barcelona.

Meanwhile, Sarri is keen on Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain as the player to strengthen the team for the remaining half of the season.

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Confirmed! Morata on his way to Spain

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata will be on his way to Spain to join La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid in coming days, before the end of this winter transfer window.

This is after Sky Sports report that the West London side are already in advanced talks and that a deal could fall in place that will ensure his move.

The former Real Madrid player has fallen out of favour in the manager Maurizio Sarri team as a result of the lack of which makes him linked away from the club.

Earlier reports claimed that Alvaro Morata’s agent stormed London to hold discussions with the West London side in a bid to sort out the departure of the Spanish striker.

Sevilla were reported to be keen on the striker as they hope to take advantage of the situation at the Stamford Bridge but they might not succeed with Atletico Madrid looking to be winning the race.

However, Chelsea are reported to be ready to let him leave for a fee of about £45 million so as to bring in a new replacement for him to the Stamford Bridge.

Alvaro Morata is expected to link up with Diego Costa who just left the Stamford Bridge this last summer window.

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Cardiff, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace compete for former Chelsea star

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Former Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi could still feature in the Premier League this season but not with the Blues, that’s according to Sky Sports News.

The 31-year-old star is a free agent after terminating his contract with Chinese side Tianjin Teda last month and host of Premier League clubs are trailing his signature.

Sky Sports report that the Super Eagles (Nigeria national team) captain is being tracked by Cardiff and Crystal Palace who are both aiming to avoid relegation by the end of the season.

Cardiff are struggling to cope with the League’s capacity and quality, hence, they are looking to sign the experienced player who spent 11 years at Stamford Bridge.

The highly-rated media channel also reveal that the Bluebirds have reached personal terms with the player as he will be on a ‘pay as you play’ deal.

Crystal Palace are not struggling at the moment, but their safety is not guaranteed yet. They currently occupy the 14th position on the League standings with 22 points, four points above the drop zone.

The Eagles have been inconsistent in their performances at the middle of the park and Hodgson is aiming for Mikel’s ability to control his midfield setup.

Championship side Middlesbrough are equally in the race to sign the calm and quality midfielder this month.

The Boro are targeting promotion to the country’s top flight league and they hope to sign the free agent as soon as possible.

Mikel spent 11 seasons with Chelsea and he helped the Stamford Bridge outfits win many trophies including FA Cup, Premier League, Champions League, Capital One Cup, and Europa League.

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N’golo Kante on his way out of Chelsea?

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English Premier League outfit Chelsea powerhouse N’Golo Kante could just be on his way out of the Stamford Bridge according to claims made by football finance expert Kieran Maguire.

This is after it was reported that the West London side will be bringing in Leandro Paredes to the Stamford Bridge in coming days.

The West London side recently parted ways with former Barcelona and Spanish star Cesc Fabregas who joined the French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco and they are keen to replace him before the end of this winter transfer window.

Football finance expert opines that the coming of Leandro Paredes could cause some shakeups in the Maurizio Sarri side as he would be going straight into the team which means that Jorginho and N’Golo Kante will not be accommodated in the same team.

He noted that the Italian boss might be forced to make a decision that will ensure the exit of one of the two holding midfielders so as not to create duplicate of functions.

Already there have been hitches with the coming of Jorginho as N’Golo Kante was drifted to a more wide position which according to reports his uncomfortable for him.

However, suggestions are that N’Golo Kante could just be the victim knowing that the former Napoli boss is more confident in Jorginho for a defensive role than the former Leicester City man.

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Sky Sports reporter hints on expectation for Higuain, Wilson Chelsea move

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English Premier League outfit Chelsea are the only big side that have completed a deal in this winter transfer window and they are yet to add more before the end of the month.

The Blues are lacking a cutting edge in their attack and they wish to have a solution in order to record a successful second half of the season.

The likes of Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud are not in good goalscoring form which makes it necessary for the West London side to make moves for new additions.

However, Chelsea have been linked with Argentina international and AC Milan star Gonzalo Higuain and Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson with the hope of having their signature in this winter window.

Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett has therefore given the hint that the West London side will not be bringing both strikers to the club but will rather move in for one.

According to give, the Argentina international remains the first option for manager Maurizio Sarri but a move will be made for the Premier League striker should the deal for Higuain fails to work through.

Meanwhile, the Italian Serie A side are keen to stop the player from leaving the club this winter window.

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Why Chelsea will no longer move for Hirving Lozano

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It has been revealed that English Premier League side Chelsea might no longer move in for PSV winger Hirving Lozano in this winter window.

This has been traced to the fact that the West London side sealed a move for German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic some days back.

The Blues were the first to announce a major deal among other big Premier League sides for Christian Pulisic and immediately loaned him back until the end of the season.

However, the West London side were interested in the signature of Hirving Lozano but there are suggestions he would no longer move that direction because of the number of wingers already on ground at the Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Italian Serie A outfits Napoli and Inter Milan are all reported to be keen on the signature of the star player and with the latest development from the Premier League side, they will now stand a better chance on landing Hirving Lozano.

The winger is believed to be interested in a move away from PSV and reports claim that he will jump at any luring deal that would be placed on the table for him.

Chelsea are now interested in the signature of attackers that will replace Alvaro Morata, who is not in good goalscoring form.

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Shock destination of Anthony Martial revealed

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Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has again been linked with a move away from the Old Trafford with reports that he would be heading to the West London outfit, Chelsea.

The report claims that Anthony Martial is yet to sign a contract extension with the Red Devils and is not close to doing that with claims that he is bent on leaving the club.

The former Monaco star was keen on a move away from the club when he fell out with former manager Jose Mourinho and he is yet to get over that from all insinuations.

Chelsea have therefore emerged as shock suitors for the France international and they are reported to be monitoring the situation with the hope of landing him as soon as in this winter transfer window.

Arsenal were also believed to be in the race for the star striker but should he quit United, Chelsea are tipped as favorites to land him.

Speaking in an interview with RMC Sport, Anthony Martial’s agent Philippe Lamboley gave the hint when he stated that he is unsure if his client will sign a new deal at the Old Trafford.

He added that offers have already been received by for the player and he expects a big development in coming days.

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How did Chelsea win the race for Christian Pulisic?

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How English Premier League side Chelsea won the race to sign German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic remains a surprise to many.

The West London side were the first to announce a major deal amongst the top English sides after they announced the signature of Christian Pulisic in this January window.

Following the announcement of the deal, an agreement was reached between both sides to have him return back to the German outfit on loan until the end of the season.

The West London side were not alone in the race as several European top guns also indicated interest in the star player and were keen to land him as well.

English Premier League leaders Liverpool were earlier leading it eh race to sign Christian Pulisic but withdrew which leaves the Stamford Bridge side and other big guns in the race.

However, Borussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc noted that the Blues were not the only side ready to meet with the asking price but failed to explain how they won the race.

He stressed that ether was another club keen on the signature of the star player but how the West London side managed to win the race is unknown.

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Agent confirms Chelsea star is no longer leaving

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David Luiz is set to remain at the Stamford Bridge much longer after his agent claimed that the player is already in talks with the club over a new deal.

The Brazilian was reported to be considering leaving the club after the West London side refused to hand him a two-year deal according to the doctrine of the church which claims that a player should not be handed more than a year extension if he is over 30 years of age.

Mores, David Luiz has returned to the starting XI under the new manager Maurizio Sarri after being sidelined by former Italian boss manager Antonio Conte.

However, David Luiz’s agent Kia Joorabchian confirmed that the Brazilian international defender is still needed at the Stamford Bridge as he noted that talks had already begun with the player.

He said an agreement is being reached between both parties but failed to give the hint if the player had shifted ground or the club.

Meanwhile, the Blues have not hidden their desire to keep the former PSG player over time only for the club’s doctrine which is being adhered to.

The agent has now expressed confidence that negotiations will go as planned between both parties.

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