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Marko Arnautovic linked with Chelsea after Carroll deal fails

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Another day another player linked with Premier League champions Chelsea. This time the player in question is Austrian international Marko Arnautovic.

At this point, it is unknown if the club actually come up with the names but according to reports, Chelsea are eyeing a move for West Ham’s in-form forward Marko Arnautovic.

The Blues are well known to be in the market for a new forward before the close of this month’s transfer window despite star man Eden Hazard stating earlier that the squad is well stocked in that department.

Arnautovic is the latest in a long list of players to be linked with the club.

The 28-year old signed for West Ham in the summer from fellow Premier League team Stoke City and had struggled initially under Slaven Bilic but has now recovered his best form under new boss David Moyes, scoring his first goal for the club against Chelsea in a 1-0 victory for the Hammers.

He has now found the back of the net 6 times in 19 Premier League appearances this season, this has apparently drawn the Stamford Bridge club to him.

It is highly unlikely that West Ham will be open to selling the Austrian international this month, however, as he has become very crucial to their progress in recent weeks.

The Blues, however, are reportedly close to signing Roma’s Edin Dzeko in a double deal also involving his Roma teammate Emerson Palmieri and so it is unclear if the interest in Arnautovic will be backed up with an official bid.

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Chelsea could pay more as target gets improved profile

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Chelsea target Sandro Tonali has had his profile improved with his first national team call-up at the age of 18.

Roberto Mancini is not willing to take any chance on the player so as not to be snatched by other countries that are monitoring his progress, hence decided to hand him a place in the Azzurri side.

The likes of Juventus and Manchester City have all lined up for the Serie B Brescia player and they have been told that they will have to pay as much as £35 million to have him move away.

The young lad told CalcioMercato journalist Giacomo Brunetti of his experience and feeling with his first call to the national team.

Sandro Tonali stated that his first day with the team was as calm which helped him settle with other players as they all expressed their delight in seeing him in the national colours.

He added that he had learnt from his senior teammates and hope it continues but noted that the best decision for him was to have stayed with Brescia and not moving to Europe.

However, Sandro Tonali refused to speak on the interest for him from the Stamford Bridge but was quick to express his pleasure at being compared with legendary player Pirlo.

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Real Madrid ready to take the gamble on Chelsea powerhouse

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Emerging reports indicate that Spanish giants Real Madrid are ready to take a big gamble as they consider moving for Chelsea powerhouse N’Golo Kante to bolster their midfield.

This was reported by Spanish newspaper Don Balon which states that the French midfielder is being monitored by Madrid president Florentino Perez and he is ready to break the bank to have the player.

Los Blancos are willing to pay the sum of £140 million for the player with the hope that it may tempt the West London club into releasing the player.

Kante is one of the most important players and an asset to the Chelsea team having grown to be one of the best midfielders in the world.

His impact at Leicester City ensure they won a record League title while he was able to win it double at the Stamford Bridge the following year.

The 27-year-old also made a big impact at the Russia 2018 World Cup where he helped his France national team win the tournament.

His value has since skyrocket and he is expected to remain at the Stamford Bridge for a longer period of time despite interest coming from the Spanish giants as well as French side Paris St Germain.

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Finally, Chelsea make their plan known for Ethan Ampadu

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Chelsea have made their plans known for their 18-year-old starlet Ethan Ampadu for the future after the player has been unused by manager Maurizio Sarri since the beginning of the season.

Instead of allowing him to waste on the bench without seeing any game, the West London club have decided that Ethan Ampadu will move away on a loan deal.

However, Aston Villa and Derby County are all suitors for the young lad who has shown prospect of being a world-class star.

This is the second consecutive season for Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea team and was only favoured under the former manager Antonio Conte with about 7 appearances in the last season’s campaign.

The player is believed to be okay with any decision made by the club over his future on whether to be allowed to go on a permanent deal or a loan deal but he is more interested in playing regularly.

Reports say he is already receiving interests from clubs and the offers available for him are to be considered within the coming months before the opening of the winter transfer window in January.

The West London club have got lots of options at the middle leaving the competition too strong for Ethan Ampadu knowing that the Italian manager will not take the gamble in fielding younger players.

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Maurizio Sarri’s effect – How Sarri turn Chelsea to tittle contender

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Chelsea ended ties with Antonio Conte last season after series of unimpressive results which lead to their inability to qualify for this season’s Champion League competition.

In all fairness, Antonio Conte didn’t do too badly while at Stamford Bridge as the former Juventus manager led the team to a Premier League glory and FA Cup glory in just two seasons.

However, his unhealthy relationship with his employers and players, coupled with unwanted results, lead to his dismissal by the end of last season.

After many rumours over Conte’s replacement, Chelsea eventually reached an agreement with Maurizio Sarri to become their manager.

The blues have been in a great form since Sarri took over from his compatriot in August and they are presently looking much like title contenders.

The former Napoli manager didn’t just change the club’s tactic from 3-4-3 to 4-3-3, he equally brings confidence, hopes and belief to the whole team.

His experience and tactical approach to games is one of the requirements needed by the Blues to return back to reckoning after failing to win the Premier League trophy last season.

One area that has witnessed major transformation under Sarri is the Blues attacking front line.

Towards the end of Conte’s reign, the Stamford Bridge outfits found it so hard to score goals despite creating much goalscoring chances.

The goalscoring crises forced Conte into completing a shock move for former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud during January transfer window.

Despite signing the Frenchman, Chelsea’s complacency in front of goal continued as Alvaro Morata and Giroud couldn’t get the goals needed.

After 12 Premier League games under Sarri, Chelsea fans are happy with club’s decision to hire the Italian manager.

This is as a result of the resurgence they’ve seen in their strikers which have seen them scored 26 goals.

Apart from the Blues newfound goalscoring feat, every segment of the team are experiencing tremendous transformation and that might just be enough to see them win the League.

Sarri’s effect on the team has also seen a highly defensive midfielder N’Golo Kante feature in a more advanced position at the middle of the park alongside summer signing Jorginho.

The Frenchman who is publicly known as no-nonsense midfielder is being converted to an attacking midfielder and he’s being awesome in his new role.

Furthermore, the addition of Keppa Arrizabalaga has somewhat brought confidence to the team’s defenders who have kept five clean sheets from 12 matches.

Though Chelsea played a goalless draw against Everton last night, they are definitely in the race for Premier League glory this season.

Meanwhile, it seems to be a very interesting race for the title this season as Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City are yet to taste defeat in the League.

Manchester City thrashed their bitter rivals and neighbours Manchester United 3-1 at Etihad to remain at the top of the table.

Jurgen Klop’s men recorded a 2-0 victory over Fulham yesterday thanks to goals from Salah and Shaqiri. They remain second on the log.

Chelsea are third on the table but on the same points with Liverpool.

Writing off Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal in the race for the title definitely look too soon as the three are still very much in the chase.

Arsenal have been brilliant since Emery took over from 68-year-old Frenchman Arsene Wenger. They might be the dark horse in the tittle race.

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Real Madrid have turned attention to Chelsea target

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Spanish giants Real Madrid have turned their attention to Chelsea target and AC Milan forward Suso as a replacement for Gareth Bale who is believed to be on his way out of the club.

Before now, Chelsea were pointed to be the front-runner for the forward with a bid believed to be made for a deal to be in place in the winter transfer window which opens in the coming month.

However, they might not have it all easy with the strong interest already shown by the La Liga giants in the player as they prepare for life without Bale.

Bale is out of favour at Real Madrid having lost his form despite the exit of Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus which hands him the free ride to also reign.

The former Tottenham player is also believed to be having a sour relationship with some key members of the Real Madrid team and they are reported to be pushing for his exit from the management.

Suso, as been praised to be the big thing expected to hit Europe and most big guns, are making efforts to have him join their camp.

There are fears that Chelsea will miss out on the AC Milan with the emergence of Real Madrid.

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Chelsea prepare for life after Willian, Pedro with Mexico international

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Chelsea are already raising concerns about the age of their star wingers, Brazilian international Willian and Spanish international Pedro who are all within 30 years.

This is an indication that both Blues players might not last longer at the Stamford Bridge with the club already preparing to bring in replacements even before they are gone.

PSV winger Hirving Lozano has been pointed as the best fit for both players and the West London side are reported to be preparing a bid to have him switch over to London ahead of the winter transfer window which opens in coming month.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is desperate to have the player’s signature having learnt that Manchester United and Arsenal are also interested in the 23-year-old.

A release clause of about £42 million has been placed for the player should any club seeks for his signature but that is not a big deal for the Italian manager who is bent on having the player join his side in coming months.

Howbeit, the former Napoli boss has won the heart of the Chelsea owners with his great performance which has helped his side gone unbeaten so far in this competition. He is expected to have the backing of the management as well in having some additions so as to stand a better chance of winning a title.

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Chelsea swoop in to sign another Real Madrid player

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Chelsea are reportedly gunning for the signature of Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio with a bid to make a move in the winter transfer window which opens in the coming month.

Asensio who is much younger is expected to come fill the space for Spanish player Pedro and Brazilian Willian who are not living up to expectations and also having age as a disadvantage to them having both clocked 30.

Asensio’s quality is in no doubt will fit into the Chelsea team with manger Maurizio Sarri willing to break the bank for the Spanish winger

The Spanish international is also interesting a number of big clubs who are monitoring his progress with the likes of Liverpool also showing some interest.

The former Mallorca player who joined Bernabeu in 2015 for a fee of £5 million has made a lot of progress with his fee already raised to the sky. He has got a release clause of about £75 million considering the investment on the 22-year-old.

The decision would be left for Real Madrid to make on either releasing the player or not but the West London team will do all it takes to lure him to the Stamford Bridge as soon as the January transfer window.

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Another claim made on Eden Hazard’s future

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A latest claim has been made on the future of Chelsea star Eden Hazard by his brother Thorgan.

Thorgan reveals that his brother has not considered leaving the West London side despite speculations linking him away from the club.

Hazard has been linked with Real Madrid with the Champions League holders keen on having his signature to fill the space already created by Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo who is now with the Italian champions Juventus.

The Spanish giants had accused Chelsea of keeping Hazard against his wish, describing it as a form of slavery of the layer.

Meanwhile, Hazard himself fuelled the speculations of his move when he claimed to be nursing a long term wish of playing at the Bernabeu, adding that it has been a fan of the club as a child.

All is expected to remain calm with the claim by Thorgan who says his brother will be going nowhere, noting that he still has his heart at the Stamford Bridge where he hopes to win the Champions League.

Howbeit, Hazard is yet to sign a new deal with his employers despite the whole speculations some weeks ago that he is ready to hold talks with the club.

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Sarri has mixed feelings after Everton draw

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is has expressed a mixed feeling after his side recorded a goalless draw against Everton on Sunday.

The Italian manager is unhappy because he observed that his side have been starting games very slowly of lately which he thinks is a major reason for the draw on Sunday.

It is actually an issue for the former Napoli boss who dismissed the insinuation that his players are having physical problems because of the level of training and hard work his side have done behind closed doors.

He suspects that his side are having a mentality problem which he thinks must be addressed immediately.

On the other hand, manager Sarri is confident that his side can still challenge for the trophy as he dismissed fears of his side are already out of the Premier League race.

According to him, other teams will drop some points just like his side which makes it a balanced situation for all team.

Meanwhile, the West London side are still unbeaten in all competitions this season which puts them on the right track for a title win this season.

The Italian manager has expressed the desire to win a trophy this season with his eyes set on the Premier League and also the Europa League so as to play in the Champions League next season.

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Chelsea deal almost done? Target prepares for move with his ‘crash decision

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Emerging reports indicates that Chelsea target Daniele Rugani has started preparing for life in London after it was reported that he has begun learning English ahead of the January window.

The Italian was linked with the Blues some days back with contacts reported to have been made. It seems there is an understanding between both parties and the player is sure of a deal as he as with his latest move.

It was earlier reported that the player is disappointed with his lack of playing time at Juventus and will want to link up with his Chelsea but Chelsea are told they will have to pay within the range of £30 million to have his signature.

However, Chelsea are expected to move for the player with a bid in the January transfer window since there is a sign of an agreed deal for the player.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are also reported to be interested in a deal for the player but they seem not to be favourite in this case knowing that they will not be fully involved in the January transfer market.

With the transfer window yet to be declared open, Chelsea are sure to be involved with manager Sarri already handed the boost of funds.

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