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Chelsea and other suitors of Kalidou Koulibaly will have to explore other options as President of Napoli, Aurelio De Laurentiis has disclosed that the Senegal international has signed fresh terms in a contract extension with the Italian club.

This development comes as a blow to English Premier League clubs Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool that have been rumoured to be interested in the services of the 27-year old.

De Laurentis also noted that several bids were rejected from “top clubs” including a £80m offer on the table for the highly-rated centre-back.

Since the departure of former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri to Chelsea, he has been accused of raiding his former club in search for fits for his new London side. So far, Sarri has been able to lure Jorginho to Stamford Bridge, hijacking a “done deal” from Guardiola in what has drawn sticks from Manchester City fans.

The Blues are also rumoured to want Jose Callejon, but De Laurentis is determined not to do further business with the Blues after losing their head coach and star player in the space of one month.

The former Racing Genk player has scored 12 goals in 228 league appearances for Napoli.

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Report: West Ham Stance On Emerson Palmieri Revealed

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Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri is attracting keen interest from a Premier League club according to British media outlet TalkSports.

It was revealed that Premier League club West Ham United want to sign the 26-year-old from their fellow London team.

Hammers’ boss David Moyes wants to add quality to the left-back department of his team, and Emerson Palmieri is his prime target.

Left-backs Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku have not been able to convince David Moyes that they can consistently perform well for his team.

Aaron Cresswell is a shadow of the player that earned England caps, while Arthur Masuaku has flattered to deceive since signing for the club from Greek club Olympiacos.

Emerson Palmieri joined Chelsea from AS Roma for £17.5m in January 2018 and he has seven caps for the Italian national team.

He has made just 55 appearances for the Blues in his time at the club and the signing of another left-back in Ben Chilwell from Leicester City means that he would find regular playing time hard to come by.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has several options for the left-back position from the aforementioned Ben Chilwell to club skipper Cesar Azpilicueta to Marcos Alonso.

Inter Milan and Juventus are also big admirers of Emerson Palmieri in the transfer market.

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Gary Neville Makes Roman Abramovich Prediction

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has made a big prediction about Chelsea after the Blues splashed a lot of money on new signings this summer.

During his punditry job on Sky Sports, Gary Neville said that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will expect his club to fiercely challenge both Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title after spending a lot of money.

Manchester City and Liverpool are regarded as proper title challengers and Frank Lampard & his players could come under serious pressure if they don’t make a sustained challenge for the Premier League title.

Chelsea have spent over £200m on new signings this summer and that has raised expectations rapidly at the club with many believing that they have enough quality to fight for the league title.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich has spent the most money this summer since he bought the club in 2004 and the Russian would be expecting a good level of success from manager Frank Lampard who has been backed in the transfer market.

Chelsea have signed seven players this summer and the spendings won’t stop there as Senegalese international shot stopper Edouard Mendy is close to joining in a £23m deal including add-ons.

Mendy underwent his Chelsea medicals on Monday.

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The Real Reason Declan Rice Won’t Sign For Chelsea Revealed

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English journalist Alex Crooks has revealed that Chelsea won’t be able to sign West Ham United star Declan Rice this summer despite the fact that the Blues are pushing for a deal to happen.

Chelsea have spent most of their money on new players in European football this summer but that has not stopped them from pursuing a deal for Declan Rice. Blues manager Frank Lampard is said to be a big admirer of the England international.

TalkSports expert Alex Crook said that Chelsea won’t be able to pull off a deal for Declan Rice as the transfer would require an outrageous offer from the Blues. Recent reports stated that Chelsea will have to spend at least £80m to sign Rice.

The journalist also established that West Ham United owners David Gold and David Sullivan are not ready to face another backlash with the sale of a top player like Declan Rice.

The West Ham owners were heavily criticised when they sold exciting winger Grady Diangana to newly promoted outfit West Bromwich Albion in an £18m and they don’t want a repeat with Declan Rice.

Rice was a Chelsea player before the club released him from the club at the age of 14.

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How Chelsea Would Be Win The EPL If They Sign Aubameyang

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Chelsea legend Alan Hudson has urged the Blues to sign Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in order to wrestle the Premier League title from Liverpool this season.

Alan Hudson told CaughtOffside that he would back Chelsea to win the Premier League title this season ahead of champions Liverpool and Manchester City.

According to him, the combination of Timo Werner and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the Chelsea forward line would be too deadly for the rest of the league to handle.

Chelsea have signed seven new players since the start of this transfer window in July but Alan Hudson is still not convinced about their status as a Premier League title challenger.

Alan Hudson also turned out for Arsenal during his glittering football career and he has praised Aubameyang for his quality.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been the major source of goals for the Gunners since joining in January 2018 in a £56m deal which was a club record.

He has scored four goals in his last three games for Arsenal including a brace in the FA Cup final. The Gunners beat Chelsea 2-1 in that game to lift the trophy for the 14th time.

Aubameyang has one year on his contract though several reports claimed that the Gabonese international has agreed a new three-year deal.

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Chelsea To Rival Spurs, Others For Hellas Verona

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Chelsea will have to rival three other European heavyweights in the hunt to sign highly rated Hellas Verona centre back Marash Kumbulla.

According to Italian media portal L’Arena, Chelsea must see off Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan and Lazio to sign the 20-year-old Albanian international before next month.

The transfer market will end on the 5th of October.

Marash Kumbulla was born in Italy but he has already been capped by Albania. He’s attracting a lot of interest from far and near after a stellar campaign for Hellas Verona in the Italian Serie A.

He made 25 appearances in the league as the centre back cemented his place in the Hellas Verona team.

In total, Marash Kumbulla scored one goal in 26 games in all competitions.

Chelsea will face a very big threat for Kumbulla with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is desperate to bolster his options at centre back especially after the exit of Jan Vertoghen.

Belgian international Vertoghen has joined Portuguese giants Benfica on a free transfer this summer at the end of his deal at Tottenham Hotspur.

Mourinho saw his team suffer an opening weekend defeat in the Premier League this season following the 1-0 loss to Everton. His defence suffered against the Toffees and Mourinho will be looking for improvement in the form of new defensive signings.

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Chelsea Closing In On €20m Goalkeeper Deal

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The Athletic has confirmed that West London giants Chelsea are about to wrap up a deal for a goalkeeper as they prepare for their season which kicks off at Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday night.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and his players will start their Premier League campaign this term with a duel with the Seagulls.

According to report via The Athletic, Chelsea are keen to provide serious competition for first choice goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and are about to wrap up a deal for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

The 28-year-old has already agreed on personal terms with the Blues and a transfer fee of €20m, including €5m, has been agreed for the player.

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga had a shaky season last term and was dropped by manager Frank Lampard. His form has prompted the Blues to hit the transfer market for a new shot stopper to provide competition for the Spanish international.

The Blues have spent a lot of money this summer and that might not stop when the transfer for Edouard Mendy has been wrapped up. The club is said to be interested in re-signing Declan Rice from London rivals West Ham United.

Chelsea have already spent close to €300m on new players this summer.

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Everton Tipped To Sign Chelsea Star After Major Sky Reveal

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Merseyside giants Everton have been tipped to wrap up a loan deal for Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori as former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips believes that it would be a smart signing for the Toffees.

Sky Sports had earlier revealed that the 22-year-old centre back is closing in on a loan transfer to Everton after he was pushed down the centre back pecking order at Stamford Bridge this summer courtesy the new signings at his club.

Kevin Phillips told Football Insider Dylan Childs that Fikayo Tomori has played with better players at Chelsea and that the England international would be a very good signing for the Toffees as a result.

Fikayo Tomori is close to an exit at Chelsea after the club strengthened their centre back position with the signings of free transfers Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr.

Chelsea signed Brazilian star Thiago Silva after his contract with French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) expired at the end of last season. Malang Sarr also joined at the end of his contract at French Ligue 1 side OGC Nice.

Fikayo Tomori would be the fifth summer signing at Everton if his loan deal is confirmed officially.

He made 22 appearances for Chelsea last season.

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Conte Ready To Offload Eriksen For N’Golo Kante

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Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte wants to offload Christian Eriksen this summer despite the fact that the Danish international playmaker just joined the club in January.

Eriksen left Tottenham Hotspur to join Inter Milan during the last January transfer window in a €20m deal but he has not been able to produce his best form in the Nerazzurri shirt.

Calciomercato said that Antonio Conte has decided to move Christian Eriksen on as he’s too lazy to fit into his style.

Antonio Conte wants to strengthen his midfield for the new campaign and he’ll have to offload players to make space for new arrivals.

Apart from Christian Eriksen, Croatian international midfielder Marcelo Brozovic is also up for sale with Conte targeting Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal and Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.

Recent reports claimed that Inter Milan offered Chelsea the chance to sign Christian Eriksen or Marcelo Brozovic in their bid to sign Kante but the proposal was thrown out by the Blues.

Chelsea want £60m for French World Cup winner Kante and Inter Milan might not be able to pay it.

Kante has spent four seasons with Chelsea on the back of his transfer from Leicester City in 2016 in a £32m deal.

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