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Chelsea now have Fabregas replacement

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English Premier League side seem to have identified their replacement for Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas as they hope to land him in this winter transfer window.

Cesc Fabregas only left the West London side in the last couple of hours to French Ligue 1 outfit where he will reunite with his former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry who is now the manager of the club.

The Spanish man was in need of regular playing time and that could not be guaranteed him under the Italian manager Maurizio Sarri, in addition to his inability to secure just one-year deal from the Stamford Bridge.

There is a doctrine in the West London side which refuses the cub from handing more than a year contract extension to players who are 3o years of age or more.

However, reports claim that the Blues have identified Zenit’s Leandro Paredes as a possible replacement for the former Barcelona man.

Leandro Paredes is a player with big quality and he is undoubtedly one of the best in the Russian top flight.

The Blues are willing o cash in on him so as to land him before this winter transfer window closes.

Meanwhile, the West London side are keen to win Arsenal in the race for the top four spots as they have the Champions League qualification in sight.

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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 keen on Heerenveen winger

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English Premier League outfit Chelsea are reported to be monitoring Heerenveen winger Arber Zeneli and could make a move for him before this January winter transfer window comes to an end.

Arber Zeneli will be out of contract with his club in June which makes him available this winter with no talks of a new deal on the table for him at the moment.

Should Heerenveen refuse to have the Kosovo international, 23 leave before the end of this month, they risk the chance of losing him for free at the end of the season with the keen interest coming from the West London side for him.

The West London side are on the verge of losing their star player and Belgium international Eden Hazard which makes Arber Zeneli a good fit knowing that he has got age on his side and has shown good prospect.

However, the Blues are reportedly preparing scouts to send to watch his game against Ajax this weekend so as to make a final decision on him.

The Blues will face a number of competitions from English Premier League sides as they are all keen to land the player as well.

Suggestions are that Arber Zeneli will not hesitate to jump into an offer from the West London side when it is finally tabled.

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Chelsea join host of EPL sides for highly-rated playmaker

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Christian Eriksen

There is a long list of suitors, including English Premier League sides who are all interested in the signature of North London outfit Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen and West London side Chelsea are reported to have joined the race.

The Blues will now join the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, and Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid to compete for the signature of the star playmaker.

Christian Eriksen is a major part of the Mauricio Pochettino side and has been an unchanged figure with his class performance season-in, season-out. This has attracted a number of interests.

Tottenham will now be tempted with luring offers that could have them consider selling the star player with the likes of Real Madrid and Man City ready to break the star player.

The Spanish side have identified the Danish ace as a possible replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo who has left the club in the last summer to join Italian Serie A giants Juventus.

It is therefore uncertain what the decision of the North London side would be as they are yet to receive any official bid for the player but suggestions are that Tottenham will not let Christian Eriksen leave the club in this January winter transfer window.

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Chelsea ready for £40m deal with Everton

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Michy Batshuayi

English Premier League outfit Chelsea are reportedly ready to have Michy Batshuayi sold to Everton in this winter transfer window.

Michy Batshuayi has been recalled from his loan at the Spanish La Liga outfit Valencia after failing to impress at the club.

Everton are reportedly ready to have the signature of the star player with the Blues ready to hand him out for £40 million on a permanent deal but the Toffees are requesting loan deal.

Meanwhile, Everton cannot land him on loan anymore as they have already got Chelsea’s French defender Kurt Zouma on loan.

However, they are keen on having Michy Batshuayi as they struggle to put up quality performances in the attack and have identified the star player as a good fit who can rekindle his career at Everton.

Everton are therefore not alone in the race for Michy Batshuayi as French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco are also all out for his signature with the Thierry Henry side out to have a perfect second half of the season by strengthening their squad.

Monaco recently landed Spain international Cesc Fabregas from the West London outfit which means Michy Batshuayi will be the second capture from the Stamford Bridge should they win the race ahead of Everton.

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Chelsea not losing sleep over signature of star player

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Gonzalo Higuain

Sky Sports report that English Premier League side Chelsea are not losing any sleep over their wish to bring in Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain to the Stamford Bridge before the January winter transfer window ends.

The report, therefore, claims that the Blues are confident that they can at least, secure a loan deal for Gonzalo Higuain with an option of a buy.

The West London side are looking forward to parting ways with Spanish striker Alvaro Morata with manager Maurizio Sarri keen to have him leave for the Argentina international before this winter transfer window is over.

Italian Serie A outfit AC Milan are reported to be reluctant to let him leave the club in this winter window as they have got no replacement for him despite the fact that he has not been in the best of form.

However, from latest development, AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso seems to have given up on losing the player as he claimed that the decision is left for Gonzalo Higuain to make as he would not be forced to stay.

Meanwhile, Gonzalo Higuain has a past relationship with the Italian manager and will hope it is continued at the West London for the remaining part of the season.

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Chelsea tackle Manchester City for Tottenham’s want-away star

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Christian Eriksen

Chelsea are in crunch battle with Manchester City for Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen who is reportedly ready to end his stay at Wembley stadium this month.

The former 26-year-old playmaker still has a running contract with Spurs until 2020 but the North London club have offered him a contract extension which he reportedly turned down.

According to the Sun, the Danish star is willing to end ties with Mauricio Pochetino’s men and he’s far from reaching an agreement with the club’s hierarchy over a new deal.

Having seen the turn out of events between the two parties, top European clubs are keeping a close eye on Eriksen’s signature as they hope to lure the pacey player out of Wembley.

Spanish media outlet AS reported on Monday that La Liga side Real Madrid are keenly interested in the Denmark international and Santiago Valverde could make an official bid for his services this week.

The Santiago Bernabeu outfits are far from last season’s form and Solari is willing to add some world-class stars, including the Tottenham man, to his squad this month.

Chelsea are also linked with Eriksen’s services as Sarri continues to find a solution to his attacking problems.

In the report, AS suggested the former Napoli manager is willing to release Davide Zappacosta — who has fallen out of favor at Stamford Bridge — to any suitor in order to create space for the Tottenham man.

However, no club made an official approach towards signing the player and he still remains an integral part of Mauricio Pochetino’s side.

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Finally, Chelsea invite Barcelona for talks over tar player’s deal

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Olivier Giroud

English Premier League side Chelsea will be happy to have Spanish La liga giants Barcelona come forward for talks over a deal for France international Olivier Giroud.

The Spanish La Liga outfit are reported to be considering a move for the former Arsenal player and the West London side are willing to hold talks for a possible deal as Chelsea will be ready to let him leave.

Barcelona are believed to be in search of a striker with former Liverpool man Luis Suarez losing out of form and would need a backup.

Olivier Giroud has not been in the best of form for the West London side since joining the club. Although, he has been defended by manager Maurizio Sarri, stating that he might not score goals but has been able to provide assists and help to pressure the defence.

The World Cup winner has scored only 10 goals in his 42 appearances for the West London side since he joined last January.

However, the Blues will not mind having Olivier Giroud leave the club this winter window and he is believed to be given out for about £13 million which would be well affordable for Barcelona.

Meanwhile, Sarri is keen on Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain as the player to strengthen the team for the remaining half of the season.

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Confirmed! Morata on his way to Spain

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata will be on his way to Spain to join La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid in coming days, before the end of this winter transfer window.

This is after Sky Sports report that the West London side are already in advanced talks and that a deal could fall in place that will ensure his move.

The former Real Madrid player has fallen out of favour in the manager Maurizio Sarri team as a result of the lack of which makes him linked away from the club.

Earlier reports claimed that Alvaro Morata’s agent stormed London to hold discussions with the West London side in a bid to sort out the departure of the Spanish striker.

Sevilla were reported to be keen on the striker as they hope to take advantage of the situation at the Stamford Bridge but they might not succeed with Atletico Madrid looking to be winning the race.

However, Chelsea are reported to be ready to let him leave for a fee of about £45 million so as to bring in a new replacement for him to the Stamford Bridge.

Alvaro Morata is expected to link up with Diego Costa who just left the Stamford Bridge this last summer window.

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Cardiff, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace compete for former Chelsea star

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Former Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi could still feature in the Premier League this season but not with the Blues, that’s according to Sky Sports News.

The 31-year-old star is a free agent after terminating his contract with Chinese side Tianjin Teda last month and host of Premier League clubs are trailing his signature.

Sky Sports report that the Super Eagles (Nigeria national team) captain is being tracked by Cardiff and Crystal Palace who are both aiming to avoid relegation by the end of the season.

Cardiff are struggling to cope with the League’s capacity and quality, hence, they are looking to sign the experienced player who spent 11 years at Stamford Bridge.

The highly-rated media channel also reveal that the Bluebirds have reached personal terms with the player as he will be on a ‘pay as you play’ deal.

Crystal Palace are not struggling at the moment, but their safety is not guaranteed yet. They currently occupy the 14th position on the League standings with 22 points, four points above the drop zone.

The Eagles have been inconsistent in their performances at the middle of the park and Hodgson is aiming for Mikel’s ability to control his midfield setup.

Championship side Middlesbrough are equally in the race to sign the calm and quality midfielder this month.

The Boro are targeting promotion to the country’s top flight league and they hope to sign the free agent as soon as possible.

Mikel spent 11 seasons with Chelsea and he helped the Stamford Bridge outfits win many trophies including FA Cup, Premier League, Champions League, Capital One Cup, and Europa League.

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N’golo Kante on his way out of Chelsea?

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English Premier League outfit Chelsea powerhouse N’Golo Kante could just be on his way out of the Stamford Bridge according to claims made by football finance expert Kieran Maguire.

This is after it was reported that the West London side will be bringing in Leandro Paredes to the Stamford Bridge in coming days.

The West London side recently parted ways with former Barcelona and Spanish star Cesc Fabregas who joined the French Ligue 1 outfit Monaco and they are keen to replace him before the end of this winter transfer window.

Football finance expert opines that the coming of Leandro Paredes could cause some shakeups in the Maurizio Sarri side as he would be going straight into the team which means that Jorginho and N’Golo Kante will not be accommodated in the same team.

He noted that the Italian boss might be forced to make a decision that will ensure the exit of one of the two holding midfielders so as not to create duplicate of functions.

Already there have been hitches with the coming of Jorginho as N’Golo Kante was drifted to a more wide position which according to reports his uncomfortable for him.

However, suggestions are that N’Golo Kante could just be the victim knowing that the former Napoli boss is more confident in Jorginho for a defensive role than the former Leicester City man.

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Sky Sports reporter hints on expectation for Higuain, Wilson Chelsea move

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Gonzalo Higuain

English Premier League outfit Chelsea are the only big side that have completed a deal in this winter transfer window and they are yet to add more before the end of the month.

The Blues are lacking a cutting edge in their attack and they wish to have a solution in order to record a successful second half of the season.

The likes of Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud are not in good goalscoring form which makes it necessary for the West London side to make moves for new additions.

However, Chelsea have been linked with Argentina international and AC Milan star Gonzalo Higuain and Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson with the hope of having their signature in this winter window.

Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett has therefore given the hint that the West London side will not be bringing both strikers to the club but will rather move in for one.

According to give, the Argentina international remains the first option for manager Maurizio Sarri but a move will be made for the Premier League striker should the deal for Higuain fails to work through.

Meanwhile, the Italian Serie A side are keen to stop the player from leaving the club this winter window.

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