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Diego Costa on his way back to Chelsea?

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Former English Premier League attacker Peter Crouch has made a big claim for the West London side Chelsea having stated that they could bring back the Spanish striker to the Stamford Bridge.

Diego Costa left the West London side officially last January as a result of his outburst with former Blues manager Antonio Conte to re-join Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid.

The Brazil born Spanish international is known to be a big figure at the Stamford Bridge as he has not only got goals to score but also dramas to display on the pitch with his big fighting spirit.

Peter Crouch is of the opinion that the Blues are yet to recover from the absence of the 30-year-old as he opines that returning Diego Costa to the Stamford Bridge should not be a big deal for the West London side.

According to him, manager Maurizio Sarri has no striker as potent as Diego Costa in his team with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud both struggling to deliver goals so far this season.

With the Italian reportedly seeking for a replacement for the under firing attackers, Peter Crouch has advised that Diego Costa be returned to the Stamford Bridge in order to return the team back to winning ways.

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 on the verge of sealing deal for Bundesliga winger

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English Premier League outfit Chelsea are close to sealing a deal for German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey in coming days, according to reports from Germany.

The report claimed that the West London side have already made official contact for the star player while talks are expected to resume so as to have the deal finalized before the end of this January winter transfer window.

According to The Mirror, the Blues have held talks with Leon Bailey and an agreement seem to have been reached but the deal is currently being threatened by the interest from their English Premier League rivals Tottenham and Arsenal.

Leon Bailey’s representative has therefore confirmed that talks have been held between his client and Italian boss Maurizio Sarri who wishes to have his service at the Stamford Bridge.

The speculations of Leon Bailey’s exit from the German Bundesliga outfit came as a result of his lack of playing time at the club. He has only seen 8 games so far this season which is not enough for a growing player.

However, the outcome of the talks between both teams will determine the success of the deal as Leon Bailey will not wish to join the West London side and continue as a bench player.

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Mourinho makes big Salah confession

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Former Manchester United boss has lamented his inability to have Egyptian international Mohamed Salah established under him when he was in charge at the Stamford Bridge.

The former United boss had signed Mohamed Salah to the Stamford Bridge but was unable to make good use of him before he left to the Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma and now at the Merseyside club Liverpool.

Last season was one of the best of Mohamed Salah’s football career as he helped the Reds team to reach the Champions League finals in addition to finishing second in the Premier League last season with his goals.

This season alone, Mohamed Salah has not changed as he has now scored a total of 17 goals and handed 8 assists in the 30 games under his belt which makes him one of the best the English League can boast of at the moment.

However, the former Chelsea boss confessed that he was unable to get the best from the player as he wished that Mohamed Salah had given this best under him at the Stamford Bridge.

With his feat and impressive performance, Mohamed Salah now has a release clause of about £150 million in his contract with the Reds which is expected to end in 2023.

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Chelsea to release out-of-favour midfielder on loan

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There are suggestions that Chelsea out-of-favour midfielder Danny Drinkwater will be leaving the Stamford Bridge this winter transfer window on a loan move.

This is after the former Leicester City star got missing in the Jurgen Klopp’s team without playing time.

It was earlier suggested that the former Premier League champion will be leaving the West London side alongside Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas who is now with the French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco.

Danny Drinkwater who helped the Foxes win the English Premier League title in 2016 immediately joined the West London side only to become a bench player and he is reported to be keen on leaving the club to secure a playing time elsewhere.

Indications are that the Blues are not willing to part ways with the star player which is the reason why they may be forced to give him out on loan with a number of Premier League sides already indicating interest.

Fulham are reported to be in the lead for the recruitment of Danny Drinkwater on a loan deal as they hope to add more strength to their squad through to the end of the season.

In order to make the deal work through, Fulham are reportedly ready to send Timothy Fosu-Mensah back to his parent club Manchester United to create the space for Danny Drinkwater.

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In-demand EPL full-back on Chelsea’s radar

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Chelsea will do all within their powers to land Crystal Palace star Aaron Wan-Bissaka before the end of this winter transfer window, according to The Mirror’s Adrian Kajumba

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has impressed so far this season which is the reason why he has attracted a number of clubs with Manchester United also keen to land the star defender.

It is no longer news that the Red Devils are keen to land a central defender and they have been attracted to Aaron Wan-Bissaka but they are believed to be behind the West London side in the race.

However, reports claim that Crystal Palace are already aware of the interest coming for the 21-year-old but they will only be interested in having him leave the club in the summer transfer window.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka only had his debut for the Eagles in February last year but has established himself in the tea, to become the defender to reckon with.

Meanwhile, the Blues will make all efforts to convince Crystal Palace after they must have submitted a luring offer that will seem difficult to reject.

The Blues are keen to beat off competition from North London side Arsenal for the top four finishes so as to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

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Chelsea to battle Real Madrid in interest for Tottenham star

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English Premier League outfit Chelsea are reported to be ready to battle Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid over the signature of Tottenham star Christian Eriksen.

Christian Eriksen has been fantastic for the North London side which is the reason why he has been attracting a number of big clubs.

The Spanish outfit had indicated interest in the star player over the past weeks with reports that they are already preparing a bid that would be submitted to the Premier League side.

Christian Eriksen joined the Merseyside club in 2013 from Ajax and has since become one of Premier League most impressive player.

So far, Christian Eriksen has got his contract running with the North London side until 2020 but manager Mauricio Pochettino is not ready to force a decision on the player but will rather let him make the decision best for him.

Meanwhile, the Blues are already preparing to part ways with Belgium international Eden Hazard who is on his way to Real Madrid and Christian Eriksen could just be the perfect replacement for him.

Reports claim that the West London side will be ready to break the bank to land Christian Eriksen so as to add more depth to the already existing and robust midfield.

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Ligue 1 Star player keeps Liverpool, Chelsea waiting

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English Premier League duo Chelsea and Liverpool will have to keep waiting on the decision of French Ligue 1 outfit Lyon star Nabil Fekir as he is yet to give his consent to the reported interest.

The two Premier League sides have shown strong interest in Nabil Fekir with offers already submitted but it is reported that he is on no rush to make a decision on whether to remain with the French side or move ahead.

However, Nabil Fekir made it clear that he is happy at the moment at the French Ligue 1 outfit but hinted that he is opened to securing another experience elsewhere just like every other player will wish for.

The French man, therefore, made it clear that he is currently holding talks with his representatives and family on the matter and has already held talks with the club’s president to know the plans they have got for him.

Meanwhile, Nabil Fekir noted that he is not under any pressure to make whatever decision that regards to his career which would let it public but at the moment he is focused on playing for the French outfit in addition o recording success with the club.

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Why we lost to Arsenal, Sarri

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has given a hint on why his side suffered a humiliating 2-0 defeat in the hands of the North London outfit Arsenal on Saturday evening

The West London side were not only defeated but were outplayed by Arsenal which is the reason why the Italian boss lashes out on the players as he puts the blame on them.

It has been an inconsistent performance by the West London side since their defeat to Tottenham which ended their 18 games unbeaten run and that has to be corrected by the former Napoli manager.

However, he stated that he lost because some of the players in his team seem difficult to motivate as he noted that he had made efforts to do that after their defeat to the other North London side Tottenham but that has not worked yet with the defeat.

Meanwhile, the Blues boss is ready to take a part of the blame because his side failed to show up completely against the Gunners team.

However, the game between both sides have been reduced to three points which leave the race for a top-four finish very open and more competitive especially with United coming from behind.

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Arsenal 2 : 0 Chelsea – Three talking points from the game

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The Gunners returned to winning ways as they thrashed Chelsea 2-0 to the Emirates stadium in one of Saturday’s Premier League game.

The Blues had defeated Arsenal in Emery’s first game of the season, Maurizio Sarri’s side narrowly overcame the Gunners’ challenge 2-1 at Stamford Bridge last year.

However, yesterday’s game was totally different from the previous fixture in August 2018 as the North London club dominated the Blues for the most part of the game.

Emery’s men deservedly took the lead in the 14th minute when Lacazette powered a beautiful shot past Kepa Arrizabalaga who was busy all through the clash.

The home side doubled their lead after 25 minutes when Laurent Koscielny scored with his shoulder.

The Blues were made to chase the game before half time and they couldn’t find the back of the net throughout the mouthwatering and entertaining game.

Here are the top three talking points from the game.

There’s more to Ozil’s omission than Emery’s ‘tactical reason’

It has been long I saw Ozil play a full match. It’s either he was subbed out or he was subbed in by Emery.

In fact, it’s been a while he featured in Arsenal kit and Emery keeps providing ‘tactical reasons’ for the player’s regular omission.

In a game that’s as classic as Saturday’s fixture, every Arsenal fans would expect the German star to be in the starting lineup so as to create more chances with his creativity.

But the former Real Madrid playmaker was surprisingly left out of the starting XI which further suggested that there are off-field crises between the player and the Spanish tactician.

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Arsenal vs Chelsea – Three talking points

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The Blues were defeated by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, thanks to goals from Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny.

However, here are the concluding part of the top three talking points that emerged during the encounter.

Morata’s switch to Madrid is imminent after another omission

Alvaro Morata’s move away from Stamford Bridge dominated transfer podcasts during the week as it is believed he could be heading back to La Liga later in the month.

Many rumour mongers revealed Maurizio Sarri has reached an agreement with AC Milan for Gonzalo Higuain who will serve as Morata’s short-term replacement for the rest of the campaign.

Despite being in top and perfect condition prior to Saturday’s fixture, Sarri decided to leave the striker out of his travelling squad which means the Spaniard is partially out of Stamford Bridge.

Next week will decide whether the 26-year-old is set for Atletico Madrid’s move or not.

Unai Emery’s substitutions must improve

Emery’s substitution has left so much to be desired since the start of the season and Saturday wasn’t exempted.

The Spanish manager surprisingly subbed out lively Alexandre Lacazette for Alex Iwobi in the 67th minute, a decision that didn’t go well with the Gunners fans who voiced their displeasure against the ex-Sevilla manager.

Lacazette scored the first goal of the night and he troubled the Blues defence throughout the day, he deserves to full-time action.

Saturday wasn’t Aubameyang’s day as he was quiet all through the night. The Gabonese ought to have been taken off for Iwobi, not Lacazette.

Irrespective of the Result, Arsenal remain in the fifth position with 44 points but they are now three points behind Chelsea in the race for Champions League spot next season

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Hazard sends “hold on” message to Real Madrid

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It has been established that English Premier League outfit Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard could be on his way to Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid.

The Belgium international star Eden Hazard has refused to commit his future to the West London side which places him on the way out of the club.

A number of clubs came knocking for the star player having known his availability but the Bernabeu outfit seem to have won the race with claims that an agreement has already been reached with Eden Hazard.

According to Marca, Los Blancos seek Eden Hazard as a replacement for star player Cristiano Ronaldo who left the club at the end of the season to Italian Serie A outfit Juventus.

However, the latest report hints that the Belgium international is preparing to join the Spanish side but has told Madrid to keep it cool until the end of the season as he needed to concentrate on his game.

However, the West London side are already in search of a replacement for the Belgium international playmaker as they wish to bring in a new playmaker.

Meanwhile, the Blues are desperate to land a striker because of the lack of cutting edge in the team as Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata have run dry of goals.

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