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Chelsea agree deal with Edin Dzeko as Batshuayi awaits outcome

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According to reports from Italy, Chelsea have reached an agreement with Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko as regards a move from AS Roma.

The Premier League champions are believed to have agreed to terms with the Italian side in a bid to sign both Dzeko and his teammate Emerson Palmieri.

While a deal for the 23-year old left-back had been sorted out for days, the club needed to agree to terms with the striker and his representatives.

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Now according to these reports that have also been concluded as the Blues have caved into the demands of the 31-year old, offering him a two-and-a-half-year contract – which is above the one-year club policy for players 30 years and older – worth £100,000 a week.

This will most likely see the club get the former Manchester city man but could draw the ire of senior players at the club, who have failed to get contract extensions above one year.

Similarly, this move comes as great news to striker Michy Batshuayi who is keen on a move away from Stamford Bridge on loan but has been repeatedly blocked by manager Antonio Conte.

Conte had confirmed that the Belgian will only be granted his loan move when a replacement is brought in.

Batshuayi has been criticized for his many poor displays this season and has failed to gain the trust of his manager which has seen him decide on a temporary move elsewhere in order to boost his chances of going to the World cup with the Belgian national team.

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Arsenal, Chelsea Target Closing In On Wolves Move

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AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie is closing in on a move to Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers according to the newest reports from the British media.

Franck Kessie is in his third season at seven-time champions AC Milan after joining the Rossoneri from fellow Italian Serie A outfit Atalanta.

According to Birmingham Mail, Wolves are edging closer to a January transfer for Frank Kessie.

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It was revealed that the earlier reports claimed that the Midlands club had agreed on a move for the Ivorian international star since the summer but that is wide off the mark.

Franck Kessie had previously been linked with the London duo of Arsenal and Chelsea.

The Ivorian midfielder was a transfer target for the two London clubs in the summer though the Blues were unable to make any transfer due to the FIFA ban.

Chelsea were handed a transfer ban for two windows after they were deemed to have breached rules about signing players under the age of 18 by world football’s governing body FIFA.

The West Londoners appealed to FIFA over the ruling but their appeal was thrown out thereby prompting them to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) with the ruling expected later this month.

 

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Chelsea Star Ruled Out Of US Games

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United States national team manager Gregg Berhalter has named a 23-man squad for the upcoming Concacaf Nations League clash with Canada and Cuba.

Chelsea star Christian Pulisic was conspicuously absent from the list of players released because of injury.

In-form Pulisic will miss the US games as a result of the hip injury sustained during the last Premier League match at home to Crystal Palace.

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Christian Pulisic scored one of the goals as Chelsea beat fellow London side Crystal Palace 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea took the lead through topscorer Tammy Abraham before Christian Pulisic added a second goal with both strikes coming during the second half of the game.

Christian Pulisic is one of the in-form forwards in European football after netting five goals in his last three league games and he would be a big loss for the United States.

Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley will also miss the US Games as he was left out of the squad named as a result of the ankle injury sustained during the MLS Cup final loss to Seattle Sounders.

Seattle Sounders beat Toronto 3-1 to win the MLS Cup.

The United States will face Canada in Orlando on Friday before traveling to play Cuba in Georgetown.

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Fenerbahce Eyeing January Transfer For Chelsea Star

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Turkish Super League giants Fenerbahce are reportedly plotting a move for Chelsea winger Pedro Rodriguez ahead of the winter transfer window.

This is according to the publication from Football Whispers which revealed that the Turkish top flight club wants to sign the Spanish international during the January transfer window.

Pedro Rodriguez started the new season in the Chelsea XI before he succumbed to an injury in September.

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The former Barcelona winger has not been able to regain his place in the Blues starting lineup since returning from injury.

Pedro Rodriguez is now the fourth choice winger at Chelsea presently under the guidance of manager Frank Lampard.

He is behind the trio of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic and Willian.

Without Pedro Rodriguez in the Chelsea starting XI, the Blues have been able to win their last six games in the Premier League.

They recorded their sixth league win in a row following the 2-0 win over London rivals Crystal Palace.

Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic scored in the second half to hand the Blues the three points at stake.

The win over the Eagles saw the Blues move up by one place on the Premier League table as they maintained their eight-point deficit to leaders Liverpool at the summit.

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Premier League Title Race Is Done And Dusted, Jose Mourinho Reveals

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Former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes that the Premier League title race is done and dusted after the events at Anfield on Sunday evening.

Jose Mourinho has been working in the media in the past months and he was in the Sky Sports studio as a guest analyst for the blockbuster league game between Premier League contender Liverpool and holders Manchester City.

After the game, Jose Mourinho said that Liverpool have wrapped up the league title after beating Manchester City 3-1 at home.

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Before the Premier League match, Jose Mourinho had said that Liverpool will win the league title if they manage to beat defending champions Manchester City and he maintained that stance after the Reds achieved that result.

Liverpool took the lead through Fabinho in a controversial manner after Manchester City were refused what looked like a genuine penalty appeal.

The ball had struck Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold’s hand before Fabinho produced a stunning strike to give his team the lead.

Mohamed Salah added a second goal for the hosts to give Liverpool a 2-0 lead at the interval.

Sadio Mane extended that advantage at the start of the second half but Liverpool were denied a clean sheet with the late strike from Bernardo Silva.

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Premier League Leading Goalscorers Revealed

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The race for the Premier League Golden Boot is hotting up after two of the frontrunners found the back of the net on Saturday.

Jamie Vardy and Tammy Abraham continue to set the pace as both players were on the scoresheet for their respective clubs earlier this weekend.

Leicester City striker Vardy continued his impressive goalscoring record against Arsenal after he scored and assisted another one to propel the Foxes to a 2-0 win at home to the Gunners.

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He opened the scoring in the last quarter of the game before providing the assist for James Maddison to score the second goal.

It was the 11th league goal of the season for Jamie Vardy.

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also in the picture for the Golden Boot Award but the Gabonese international star was unable to add to his tally of eight league goals against Leicester City.

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham became the second player to hit double figures in the Premier League after he netted his 10th league goal of the season during the 2-0 home win over fellow London side Crystal Palace.

Leading Goalscorers:

Jamie Vardy – 11 Goals

Tammy Abraham – 10 Goals

Sergio Aguero – 9 Goals

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 8 Goals

Raheem Sterling – 7 Goals

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Premier League: How Leicester, Chelsea Close Gap On Liverpool After Respective Wins

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Former Premier League champions Leicester City and Chelsea have moved within five points of league leaders Liverpool after their respective wins on Saturday.

Leicester City and Chelsea got the better of London clubs Arsenal and Crystal Palace at home respectively.

In one of the week 12 games in the Premier League, Leicester City scored two second-half goals to secure a 2-0 win over Arsenal.

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Jamie Vardy gave the Foxes the lead with a fine finish at the end of a flowing move before he provided the assist for the second goal scored by James Maddison.

Vardy has now scored nine goals in nine league starts against the Gunners who are one of his most favorite teams in the Premier League.

The retired England international is now the leading goalscorer with 11 league goals this season.

The result meant that Leicester City have now won their last four games in the league and also secured three wins from the last three home games against the Gunners.

Earlier, Chelsea got the better of fellow London rivals Crystal Palace courtesy the goals from Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic.

Chelsea have now won their last six games in the league.

With the respective wins, Leicester City and Chelsea have moved to within five points of leaders Liverpool.

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EPL: Frank Lampard Bags Another Award

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has been named the Manager of the Month for October.

The former Blues midfielder was rightfully named the recipient of the award after leading Chelsea to three wins in the month of October.

Frank Lampard won the award ahead of the likes of Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, Brighton and Hove Albion boss Graham Potter and Aston Villa manager Dean Smith.

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Frank Lampard and Chelsea have won their last five games in the Premier League, and that has propelled them six points clear of the nearest challengers Arsenal in the race for the top four places.

Chelsea are fourth on the Premier League table at the moment after recording 23 points from 11 league games ahead of London rivals Arsenal who are in the fifth position with 17 points from the same number of games played.

Lampard and Chelsea started October with the thumping 4-1 away win over Southampton through goals from Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante and second-half substitute Michy Batshuayi.

Chelsea went on to beat Newcastle United 1-0 at home courtesy the second-half strike from left-back Marcos Alonso.

The last league game of the month was the 4-2 win at the home of Burnley with American international Christian Pulisic netting a hattrick.

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Likely Chelsea XI Ahead Of Crystal Palace

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West London giants Chelsea would be hoping to continue their recent form in the Premier League ahead of their London Derby clash home to Crystal Palace who are one of the best teams on the road this term.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has led the Blues to five straight wins in the Premier League since the 2-1 loss at home to league leaders Liverpool.

Since the Liverpool defeat, Chelsea have won games against the likes of Southampton, Burnley, Newcastle United, Brighton and Hove Albion as well as bottom team Watford.

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Frank Lampard has one or two changes to make for his starting XI ahead of the Crystal Palace game.

The former Chelsea midfielder will have to name a substitute for Italian international Jorginho in his starting lineup with the player suspended for the game against Eagles at Stamford Bridge after accumulating five yellow cards.

French World Cup winner N’Golo Kante is likely to come in for the suspended Jorginho in the Chelsea midfield.

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount is also likely to miss the Crystal Palace game because of injury.

Likely Chelsea vs Crystal Palace: Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori, Emerson Palmieri; Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley; Christian Pulisic, Willian and Tammy Abraham.

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