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Sad news for Chelsea fans ahead of January transfer

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Reports coming in from West London side Chelsea might not be too good for the fans to learn as the possibility of having an addition of a striker in the winter transfer window has been ruled off.

This is the opinion of former Man United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov when he hinted that there will not be a new signing for attackers in January.

Before this development, there have been speculations of expected deals in the winter window which so many names already mentioned as potential buys.

All of the speculations have come to be because of the poor form of the forwards at the Stamford Bridge at the moment which is gradually getting manager Maurizio frustrated.

The likes of Willian, Pedro, Olivier Giroud are all not in good form and the midfielders left with the responsibility of scoring goals for the club.

Dimitar Berbatov noted that the Italian boss has already given up on his side’s pursuit for the league title which means he will not be doing much as he will only work towards qualifying for the Champions league especially after their two defeats to Tottenham and Wolves respectively.

Also, Dimitar Berbatov stated that there has not been any open criticism of Giroud and Morata by the Chelsea boss.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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Chelsea Given Permission To Speak To 41-year-old Man Over Managerial Position

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Chelsea have been given the permission to speak with Derby County manager Frank Lampard over their vacant managerial position.

Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard is the top transfer target for his former club in the bid to replace Maurizio Sarri who left Stamford Bridge earlier this month.

The latest development was confirmed by the official Twitter account of English Championship club Derby County on Tuesday afternoon.

Italian tactician Sarri left Chelsea earlier this month to take the Juventus job after just one season as the Blues boss.

The 60-year-old led Chelsea to third place at the end of the recent Premier League season in addition to leading the Blues to two major finals.

Sarri and Chelsea lost the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City on penalties before they won the Europa League title by beating London rivals Arsenal in the final.

Frank Lampard is expected to be his replacement at Chelsea after a superb season as the Derby County manager.

The Chelsea legend led the Rams to the playoffs before losing the final to Aston Villa via a 2-1 defeat.

Frank Lampard attained legendary status at Chelsea after he scored 211 goals in all competitions during his 13-year stay at the West London club.

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Man City Stance On Kalidou Koulibaly Revealed

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Premier League champions Manchester City have no interest in signing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly during this transfer window despite the numerous transfer links involving him and the club.

This is according to the report from the Manchester Evening News (MEN) which revealed that Kalidou Koulibaly does not even figure in the list of centre back transfer targets for the Premier League champions.

Manchester City are already closing in on a world-record transfer for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire this summer.

The Citizens will pay £80m for the England international centre back in addition to weekly wages of £280,000 thus making him one of the highest earners in the Premier League.

His £80m transfer fee would eclipse the world-record fee of £75m paid for Liverpool Virgil Van Dijk when he moved from fellow Premier League club Southampton at the start of last year.

The £75m transfer fee for Virgil Van Dijk has been money well spent for the Reds after the Dutch international skipper helped to transform the Liverpool defence.

Apart from Manchester United and Chelsea, Italian champions Juventus have also been linked with a move for Kalidou Koulibaly this summer with a transfer fee of £107m slapped on him.

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Inter Milan €25m Off Valuation For Ex-Chelsea Star

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Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan still have a lot of ground to make up in their quest to sign Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku this summer according to the latest reports emanating from the Italian media.

Former Chelsea star Lukaku is the top transfer target for Inter Milan during this summer’s transfer window upon the request from newly appointed manager Antonio Conte.

According to the specific publication from popular Italian transfer news outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter Milan are set to make a bid of €60m for Lukaku who has a valuation of €85m.

Inter Milan are €25m off the valuation for Lukaku with Manchester United not willing to accept a swap deal.

The Nerazzurri had earlier offered long-term transfer target Ivan Perisic in a proposed swap deal for Lukaku, but it was turned down by Manchester United.

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has also been mentioned as a sweetener in a swap deal for Romelu Lukaku but Manchester United are adamant that only a cash deal will be enough to sanction the sale of the Belgian international star.

Romelu Lukaku has spent two years at Manchester United since his £75m move from fellow Premier League club Everton thus making him the second most expensive player in the history of the club after Paul Pogba.

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Chelsea Set To Announce New Manager In The Next 48 Hours

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West London giants Chelsea will announce their new manager later this week according to the latest media reports coming out of the media in the United Kingdom.

The Blues have been without a manager since the exit of Maurizio Sarri was confirmed last week.

According to the exclusive report from TalkSport, Chelsea will name the replacement for Maurizio Sarri in the next 48 hours.

It was revealed that former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will be officially announced as the replacement for Maurizio Sarri.

Lampard has done a very good job since being named the Derby County manager last summer and he’s expected to be the replacement for Sarri.

Italian tactician Sarri left Chelsea for Italian Serie A giants Juventus whom he has penned a three-year deal with until the end of the 2021/22 season.

The former Empoli and Napoli boss left Chelsea after just one season in charge.

While he was at Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri won his first trophy of his managerial career via a 4-1 win over Arsenal in their Europa League final clash.

Maurizio Sarri won his first trophy as a manager via the Europa League.

He also led Chelsea to third place on the Premier League table at the end of the just concluded season as well as the Carabao Cup final which Manchester City won via penalties.

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Chelsea Target, Neymar To Take Huge €14m Pay Cut

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Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker Neymar will have to take a massive pay cut for him to join Spanish champions Barcelona this summer according to popular media portal Mundo Deportivo.

It was revealed that Neymar was given an upgrade in salary upon his move from Barcelona to PSG two years ago.

Neymar was on a yearly salary of €22m at Barcelona before his move to PSG where he earns €36m on a yearly basis.

The 27-year-old signed for PSG after the French Ligue 1 giants activated the €222m release clause in his then contract with Barcelona.

The PSG transfer made him the most expensive player in the history of world football till date.

Neymar has already told senior PSG officials that he wants to leave the club for Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona this summer.

According to him, he shouldn’t have left Barcelona in the first place.

Barcelona will have to break their transfer record to re-sign Neymar who scored 105 goals in 186 appearances for the Blaugrana during his four-year spell at the club.

The record is currently held by Philippe Coutinho who joined Barcelona from newly crowned European champions Liverpool in January 2018 in a deal believed to be around £142m including add-ons.

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Ex-Chelsea Star Is A Great Signing For Real Madrid

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Chelsea legend Ricardo Carvalho has thrown his weight behind the transfer that took Belgian international star Eden Hazard to Real Madrid earlier this summer.

In a chat with Marca, Carvalho said that Eden Hazard is a shrewd addition to the Real Madrid setup.

According to him, the former Lille player is a great signing for the Los Merengues who paid €100m to secure his transfer from Chelsea.

Eden Hazard is part of a major spending spree at Real Madrid who have made a big step to rectify the mistakes of the last campaign which ended without the three major trophies namely the Champions League, Spanish La Liga and the Spanish Copa Del Rey.

Real Madrid made two managerial changes as the team struggled for form throughout the season.

In the end, they were unable to recover from a poor start to the season especially in the Spanish La Liga where they finished in third place behind champions Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Eden Hazard ended his seven-year association with Chelsea to seal a drama move to Real Madrid where he will work with his football idol, Zinedine Zidane.

Apart from Eden Hazard, Real Madrid have also signed striker Luka Jovic, defenders Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy this summer.

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Chelsea Legend Trusts Roman Abramovich To Get Lampard

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Chelsea legend Marcel Desailly has put his faith in club owner Roman Abramovich over the decision to appoint Derby County manager Frank Lampard the new manager.

Roman Abramovich has made the decision to appoint ex-Chelsea midfielder Lampard as the managerial replacement for Italian tactician Maurizio Sarri who left the club earlier this month to take the Juventus job.

Former Blues centre back Marcel Desailly talked about Chelsea and the vacant managerial position in a chat with the London Evening Standard.

According to him, Roman Abramovich has always made the right choice on the appointment of managers at Chelsea and he’s trusting him to do the same now.

Derby County manager and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has been picked as the man to replace Maurizio Sarri as the Chelsea manager though the Blues will still have to negotiate his release from the Rams.

The English Championship club wants £4m for the release of their manager though they are still optimistic that Lampard will finish the job he has started at the club.

Frank Lampard did well last season after leading the club to the Championship playoff final before they were beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa who will play Premier League football as a result of the win over Derby County.

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How Ex-Chelsea Star Took Pay Cut For New Man Utd Contract Revealed

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Manchester United midfielder Juan Manuel Mata reportedly took a significant pay cut to sign a new contract at the Theatre of Dreams.

According to the publication from The Sun, Spanish international Mata took a £45,000 pay cut to extend his contract at Manchester United beyond this summer.

Juan Manuel Mata had few days left on his previous Manchester United contract before he signed a contract extension last week.

The former Valencia and Chelsea player has signed a new two-year deal at Old Trafford with the option of a third year.

Mata signed for Manchester United in January 2014 while David Moyes was still the Red Devils boss.

The former Premier League champions paid £37.1m to sign the 31-year-old from Chelsea at the start of 2014.

He was linked with a lot of clubs before the Spaniard finally settled for a new deal at Manchester United.

Mata was previously on a salary worth £180,000 on a weekly basis but that has changed to £135,000 with the new contract announced earlier this month.

He was a transfer for clubs like Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona, Italian Serie A giants Juventus, Spanish club Valencia as well as Premier League giants Arsenal whose manager Unai Emery worked with Mata at Valencia before the player joined Chelsea eight years ago.

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Frank Lampard Told To Take Chelsea Managerial Job

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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has told former international teammate Frank Lampard to take the vacant managerial job at Chelsea.

While he was on the Instagram Stories of Didier Drogba (Chelsea legend and former Chelsea striker), Rio Ferdinand told Frank Lampard that he should take the Chelsea job and that the West Londoners need him.

Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard enjoyed many years of international football together for the Three Lions of England.

Frank Lampard is a former Chelsea midfielder that has attained legendary status at the club following his outstanding contributions to the Stamford Bridge outfit.

The 41-year-old scored 211 goals during his 13-year stay in West London to emerge as their all-time leading goalscorer.

Frank Lampard has impressed a great deal as the Derby County manager after just one season on the job and the ex-England international midfielder is the overwhelming favorite to take the Chelsea job as a replacement for Maurizio Sarri who has gone to Italian champions Juventus.

Sarri has signed a three-year contract at Juventus shortly after leaving Chelsea

Derby County are desperate to hang on to the services of Frank Lampard with club owner keen to offer him a lucrative offer worth a whopping sum of £10m over a four-year period.

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West Ham Pull Out Of Race To Sign £60m Chelsea Target

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Premier League club West Ham United have pulled out of the race to sign Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson this summer according to the publication from the London Evening Standard.

The Hammers are one of several clubs linked with a move for the England international attacker.

West Ham United initially had an interest in Callum Wilson but the £60m asking price from Bournemouth has made it a no-go area for the East London giants.

Apart from West Ham United, Callum Wilson has been linked with other Premier League clubs like Everton and Chelsea.

The 27-year-old was in very good form for the Cherries during the just concluded Premier League season.

He scored 14 goals and also provided seven assists in 30 games in the Premier League.

Callum Wilson was seriously linked with West London giants Chelsea during the winter transfer window in January but the move didn’t see the light of the day.

Chelsea won’t be able to make a move for Callum Wilson this summer due to the two-window transfer ban hanging over their head.

The Blues were penalized by world football’s governing body FIFA for wrongdoing in the signing of players under the age of 18 though it must be pointed out that they have appealed the ruling at CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sports).

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