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Chelsea are yet to make a decision over Davide Zappacosta’s future at Stamford Bridge ahead of next season.

The right-back joined the Blues during the previous transfer in January but failed to get regular action as Antonio Conte preferred Victor Moses ahead of him throughout the season.

With new manager — Maurizio Sarri — set to take over from the Italian manager, it remains unknown if the 26-year-old will be given much chance to showcase his qualities in the upcoming season.

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Meanwhile, despite being a fringe player in the Blues squad, Italian Serie A club Inter Milan have identified the player as one the defenders they want to get this summer as part of their decision to make wholesome changes to the squad left behind by their outgoing manager Joao Cancelo and his assistant Davide Santon.

According to Premium Sports and Gazzetta dello Sport in one of their respective reports last month, the Blues have placed a €30m price tag on his signature but that seems too high for Inter to release.

The latest report surrounding the defender’s future, according to Tuttosport, suggests that the former Scuddeto Champions are very much keen on luring him to the San Siro Stadium but they are willing to beat down Chelsea’s asking price to the nearest minimum.

Should Chelsea fail to give them a positive response as regards the player’s deal, the Serie A side are reportedly going to cool interest in him while they turn attention to Manchester United’s want-away defender Matteo Darmian, who is valued at €20m by the Old Trafford outfits.

Meanwhile, Sime Vrsjalko and Aleix Vidal are being tracked by Inter Milan, who recently returned to the European scene for the first time in more than five years.

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Jose Mourinho appointed as Tottenham’s manager

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Jose Mourinho has been appointed as Tottenham’s new manager after the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino, He has sign a contract that will see him become head coach until 2023 season.

Jose Mourinho who had been sacked by Manchester United and was out of work since December intensified over the last few days to become Tottenhams head coach and completed the negotiation in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Jose Mourinho said:

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“I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters. The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me.

Tottenham will travel to take on West Ham United and Jose Mourinho will definitely lead them to glory..

Chairman Daniel Levy has this to say

“reluctant” to sack Pochettino, whose Spurs side lost to Liverpool in last season’s Champions League final, but explained the decision had to be made in the “club’s best interests”.

Jose Mourinho won three Premier League titles with Chelsea, and is one of only three managers to have won the UEFA Champions League twice with two clubs, but we strongly disagree if signing Jose Mourinho was at the best interest of the club after failing to win the Premier League title with Manchester United.

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EPL: Why Jose Mourinho Is Favourite To Replace Pochettino At Tottenham

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Former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is in line to replace Mauricio Pochettino as the Tottenham Hotspur manager according to the latest reports emanating from the British media.

Its no longer news that Tottenham Hotspur have sacked Mauricio Pochettino from his managerial job at the club after leading the 2019 Champions League finalists to a poor start to the present Premier League campaign.

Spurs are languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table and they are a long distance away from their target of a top-four finish.

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The North Londoners have just 14 points from 12 league games this season and they are in 14th position on the log.

In addition, they are 11 points adrift of their target of a top-four finish.

According to experienced journalist David Ornstein of The Athletic, Jose Mourinho is in talks with Tottenham Hotspur over their vacant managerial position.

Jose Mourinho has been without a managerial job since being sacked as the Manchester United manager at the end of last year though the Portuguese has been linked with several jobs in the past.

The former Inter Milan and FC Porto man has been touted as the manager for teams like Arsenal, Newcastle United and Benfica.

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How Chelsea Maintained England Record

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Premier League giants Chelsea have maintained their record as the biggest conveyor of players for the England national team after Nigerian-born defender Fikayo Tomori made his debut for the Three Lions earlier this week.

Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori made his first appearance for the England national team on Sunday night.

He was a second-half substitute for Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold during the Euro 2020 qualifier with Kosovo.

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Fikayo Tomori played the final six minutes of the game which ended in a 4-0 win over hosts Kosovo.

It was the final Euro 2020 qualifier for England who have already booked their place at the tournament billed for 12 cities across the European continent next summer.

With his (Fikayo Tomori) debut for England, Chelsea have now been responsible for nine of the last 21 debutants for the 1966 world champions.

The nine players started their football careers at the Chelsea training ground in Cobham, West London between age 6 and 10 as confirmed by assistant coach at Chelsea, Jody Morris.

The players are Jack Cork (Burnley), Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) and Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea).

Others are Mason Mount (Chelsea), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea).

Fikayo Tomori was eligible for Nigeria before he made the decision to represent England.

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Update On Eden Hazard Prediction For Man City vs Chelsea Clash

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Former Chelsea player Eden Hazard has made his prediction for the upcoming Premier League clash between Manchester City and Chelsea.

Premier League champions Manchester City host Chelsea in a week 13 league game scheduled to take place at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening.

Eden Hazard was asked to make his prediction for the game during an interview with Sky Sports.

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The Belgium international player is backing the Chelsea youths to cause an upset against Manchester City.

According to him, Chelsea have the quality to get a win at the home of the Premier League champions.

Eden Hazard spoke to reporters ahead of Belgium’s final Euro 2020 qualifier against Cyprus on Tuesday night.

The Belgian international also mentioned the 6-0 defeat suffered by him and Chelsea in the corresponding fixture last season.

According to Eden Hazard, it was a dark day for him and his former Chelsea teammates as they were put to the sword by a rampant Manchester City side.

Eden Hazard believes that Chelsea are better equipped to deal with the threat of Manchester City this time around.

Chelsea have won their last six games in the league and are in third position ahead of the game.

The Blues have one more point than Manchester City after 12 games.

Eden Hazard left Chelsea for Real Madrid in the summer in a deal said to be around €100m.

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Euro 2020: Chelsea Star Maintains Perfect Record

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Chelsea midfielder Jorginho was amongst the goals as Italy ran riot against Armenia in their final qualifier for Euro 2020.

The ex-Napoli player scored a 75th minute penalty to aid his team to a 9-1 win over Armenia in what was a Group J game.

Jorginho became a Chelsea player last summer following his £57m transfer from Italian Serie A giants Napoli.

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The emphatic win over Armenia ensured that the Italians finished their Euro 2020 qualifiers without any blemish.

It was their 10th straight win in the qualifiers as they ended Group J with a perfect record of 10 wins from the 10 games played.

Italy manager Roberto Mancini has been able to transform the fortunes of the team within a short space of time after the four-time world champions failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

The Italians were the second team to book their place at Euro 2020 behind Belgium.

Against the Armeninans, Lazio striker Ciro Immobile and AS Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo svored two goals apiece.

Apart from the trio of Jorginho, Immobile and Zaniolo, Bologna winger Riccardo Orsolini, Fiorentina forward Federico Chiesa, AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli and Inter Milan star Nicolo Barella were also on the scoresheet.

Edgar Babayan got the lone goal for the visitors.

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Man Utd Target On Four-man Transfer Shortlist At Real Madrid

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Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland is on a four-man transfer shortlist at Real Madrid according to Spanish media outlet El Desmarque.

Erling Haaland is a top transfer target for fallen Premier League giants Manchester United after his influential start to the current season in the colours of Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg.

The 19-year-old striker has seven goals in the Champions League which is more than any other player has scored in the competition this season.

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In total, Erling Haaland has found the back of the net 26 times in 18 games for Red Bull Salzburg this term.

Apart from Manchester United and Real Madrid, major European teams like Napoli, Barcelona, Arsenal and RB Leipzig are also keen on the signature of the Norwegian international.

The other three players on the aforementioned four-man transfer shortlist are Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze and Everton striker Moise Kean.

Callum Hudson-Odoi recently came back from a lengthy injury layoff and has signed a five-year Chelsea contract until 2024 but that has not stopped the interest of Real Madrid in the England international.

The Chelsea Academy graduate broke into the first team at the start of last season and Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is said to be a big fan of the player.

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Chelsea Target Could Leave Napoli For Free, Agent Reveals

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The agent of Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj has revealed that his client could leave the Italian Serie A club on a free transfer.

Mario Giuffredi made this known during an interview with Radio Punto Nuovo as he revealed that Napoli could have gotten €50m for his transfer last summer when Premier League giants Chelsea were on his trail.

Albanian international right-back Elseid Hysaj was expected to join Chelsea from Napoli last summer when Maurizio Sarri became the Blues boss but the move didn’t happen.

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Elseid Hysaj has less than a year left on his Napoli contract at the moment meaning that the 25-year-old could leave the club for free if he’s not sold during the upcoming winter transfer window.

He has been restricted to just four Serie A appearances this season mainly due to fitness and injury problems.

Elseid Hysaj has made over 175 appearances for Napoli since joining them from fellow Italian club Empoli in 2016.

He worked with Maurizio Sarri at Empoli before the Italian tactician was appointed the Napoli manager in 2015.

Elseid Hysaj teamed up with Sarri at Napoli one year later and the same thing was expected at Chelsea when the Italian manager was named the Blues boss.

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Man City To Rival Chelsea For English Left-back

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Europa League winners Chelsea have Premier League champions Manchester City to contend with in their quest to sign Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell.

According to media outlet 90min, Manchester City have lost patience with French World Cup winner Benjamin Mendy and they are targeting Ben Chilwell as his replacement.

Benjamin Mendy has struggled for fitness for the majority of his time at Manchester City since his move from French Ligue 1 club AS Monaco.

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The French left-back joined Manchester City from AS Monaco in a £50m deal in the summer of 2017.

Benjamin Mendy has been injured for a better part of his Manchester City career.

Ben Chilwell has been a key player for Leicester City this season as the Foxes continue to punch above their weight in the Premier League.

Leicester City are second on the Premier League table after 12 games.

The Foxes have 25 points and they are eight points off league leaders Liverpool.

Chelsea are also keen on Ben Chilwell as manager Frank Lampard is on the search for a long-term signing at left-back and the England international fits the bill.

Frank Lampard fuelled the transfer rumours linking Ben Chilwell with Chelsea by liking an Instagram post from the player at the end of last week.

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