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Chelsea won’t stop at nothing to sign £105-m rated star

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West London outfit Chelsea are desperate to land Joao Felix from SL Benfica in the coming summer transfer window after sending scouts to watch him play.

The Mirror reports that Wolverhampton Wanderers are also keen on the star as they are also preparing a bid for him as well.

Joao Felix has impressed so far this season and has earned the praise from the press and also clubs who are all pushing to land him.

Suggestions are that the Blues will have to make more effort in their pursuit for Joao Felix as he is being wanted by a number of clubs with claims that he would not remain with Benfica after this season despite having a contract at Stadium of Light until 2023.

With Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovacic dropping in form and not giving manager Maurizio Sarri the needed performance, he has resulted to move in for Joao Felix because of his creative ability.

Joao Felix will also serve as a good cover alongside new signing from Borussia Dortmund Christian Pulisic for Belgium international who is believed to be leaving the club to Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid at the end of the season.

However, Joao Felix is understood to have £105 million as his release clause.

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

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Sarri gives the biggest shock in Champions League claim

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There are already insinuations that West London outfit Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri does not give a damn about qualification to the Champions League next season after a claim attributed to him.

The Italian boss has always been confirmed with the issue of securing qualification to the Champions League and that seems to be pissing him up as he claimed that there is no big deal about playing in the European biggest competition.

According to Maurizio Sarri, the Champions League is being overrated by journalists as they keep talking about it.

He noted that his major aim is playing good football and winning the English Premier League title as well as the Europa League, stressing that the attention must not all be on the Champions League, adding that people give the competition too much importance

However, Maurizio Sarri is still keen to have his team finish in the top-four as he noted that he has his attention on the remaining Premier League games which he claimed would be very difficult.

Meanwhile, the mandate given to the former Napoli boss is to secure qualification to the Champions League ahead of the coming season and that is yet to be done with competition from Arsenal, Tottenham and Man United.

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Nice president challenges Sarri for Giroud

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French Ligue 1 outfit Nice president Gauthier Ganaye has challenged Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri over the future of Olivier Giroud at the Stamford Bridge.

Olivier Giroud has been linked away from the West London outfit over lack of playing time with reports claiming that he would be leaving as soon as the season is over.

However, manager Maurizio Sarri recently stated that an agreement has been reached between the club and the former Arsenal striker for him to remain at the club, insisting that Olivier Giroud will be at Chelsea next season.

This has been challenged by Nice president who claims that a move is possible because his club are already considering a move for the World Cup winner at the end of the season.

The Nice President noted that Olivier Giroud’s contract with the Blues is already expiring at the end of the season while no agreement has been reached. He added that his club are aware that his salary wills e huge but they are ready to meet with that.

However, Olivier Giroud has been criticized for not scoring goals for Chelsea as he has been blamed for the lack of cutting edge in the team but the club have insisted on keeping him ahead of coming season.

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Sarri blasts Giroud, critics over playing time

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Manager Maurizio Sarri has replied France international striker Olivier Giroud for claims that he has not got enough playing time this season.

Olivier Giroud has been linked away from the West London outfit and the major complaint has been his lack of playing time as he insists that he is in his peak and has got the only opportunity to play regularly before age begins to tell on him.

However, Maurizio Sarri has refuted all claims, insisting that he has handed enough playing time to the former Arsenal striker. He explained that Olivier Giroud has played 39 games so far this season across all competitions, which to him is enough for a player who has not been delivering goals.

Most of the opportunities for a starting role given to the World Cup winner has come from Cup competitions and that has been his major concern as he seeks to play often in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, the Italian boss stated that the striker has been very useful to his team and will only hope to have him around in the coming season, having claimed that an agreement has been reached with the club to have him remain ahead of coming season.

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Why Maurizio Sarri will not press for Europa League win, fans won’t like this

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There is no doubt that West London outfit Chelsea fans will grow more furious with manager Maurizio Sarri especially after suggesting that he does not have to win the Europa League before securing qualification to the Champions League next season.

According to the Italian manager, a top-four finish can help solve the problem as well as meet the target, not minding if he goes through the season without a trophy.

The mandate given to Maurizio Sarri when he took the job after coming from Italian Serie A outfit Napoli was to return the club to the Champions League next season and that has been a very difficult task for him to carry out owing to the inconsistent performance of his team so far this season.

There are therefore suggestions that the target can be met by the former Napoli boss if he ends up winning the Europa League this season as they are currently in the semi-final but he seems to have his attention more on finishing in the top-four.

Maurizio Sarri’s team have been handed a big advantage after Tottenham, Man United and Arsenal all lost their weekend games. They will be hoping to make good use of it by winning all of their games left this season.

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Why Chelsea can still finish top-four

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There are suggestions that the West London outfit Chelsea can still finish in the top four of the English Premier League as they play their fixtures against Burnley later on Monday.

The Blues team are currently in the fifth position in the league table but they have a major advantage as Tottenham, Man United and Arsenal all lost their weekend games respectively.

At the moment, the Blues team have played 34 games and already have 66 points, same with fourth-placed Arsenal with a point below Tottenham who have also played 34 games both.

However, should the West London outfit win their 35th game against Burnley later on Monday, they will take two steps forward to land in the third position in the Premier League table ahead of Tottenham and Arsenal.

It is claimed that the Blues team could just continue from there to avoid any defeat again in the league and that could mean playing in the Champions League next season as all hope is not lost.

The manager Maurizio Sarri team is however not favourites to finish in the top four but the situation changed as soon as Tottenham, Arsenal and Man United all lost at the weekend.

However, a top-four finish could help Maurizio Sarri keep his job.

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Todd Kane waiting on Chelsea for transfer window

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West London outfit Chelsea have got Todd Kane on loan with Hull City but the player remains stranded as he cannot make a decision over his future without an agreement from his parent club.

The right-back has spent the season with Hull City and the loan deal is set to come to an end but no words yet from the West London outfit with the season already rounding up.

Todd Kane expects to have words with the Blues to determine his future as his contract is set to expire in a couple of months which has not been made.

However, it is unclear if manager Jurgen Maurizio Sarri will be ready to have Todd Kane ahead of the coming season, not minding if the transfer ban on the team is lifted or not.

It has been reported that Todd Kane’s agent is set to hold talks with the club because of the need to have the player progress with first team football which he is yet to see in the English topflight.

Meanwhile, the Blues team have been handed transfer ban which would take them out of the coming two transfer window and that will play a major role in determining the future of their loan players, especially those that have impressed.

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Chelsea reject bid for star defender

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West London outfit Chelsea are reported to have rejected a bid from Brighton & Hove Albion to secure the signature of youngster Reece James ahead of the coming summer window.

Reece James has been on the radar of the EPL side but it is claimed that the Blues team are not ready to part ways with the young lads they have viewed him as a major part of the club’s future.

At 19, Reece James is yet to see a first team football in Chelsea before he was sent on loan but there are suggestions he would return soon with manager Maurizio Sarri looking to work with younger players after Callum Hudson-Odoi was forced on him.

It is claimed that the EPL team have already made an attempt with a £10 million to lure the West London outfit but that has not worked with the Blues team keen on keeping the star player.

Reece James only signed a four-year contract with the Blues team and there is no doubt that they will want him to see out his contract and graduate to playing in the Premier League with a first-team football.

Meanwhile, the Blues team will only hope that Reece James is encouraged by the wish of the team to keep him for the long term.

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Tammy Abraham returning to Stamford Bridge?

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West London outfit Chelsea have got a lot of issues regarding the coming summer transfer window as they will not be allowed to sign a new player owing to the transfer ban on them by the world football governing body for disobeying transfer laws.

More so, they have got some players who are keen on leaving the club and there might be no opportunity to have them replaced while those currently on loan are not looking forward to returning back.

Tammy Abraham is one player the West London outfit have been asked to pay much attention to because of his fine form with Aston Villa so far this season as he has already landed 25 goals, the first to achieve that for the club in four decades.

West London outfit have been urged to have some of their players return to the Stamford Bridge, knowing that they will not be participating in the coming summer transfer window and if they do, they might not be able to compete in the coming season.

One major issue for the Blues team this season is their lack of cutting edge and Tammy Abraham has been able to give the hint that he will be able to meet with the club’s demand for a prolific goal scorer but it is unclear if manager Maurizio Sarri will seek to have him return.

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Chelsea finally make up their mind on Hazard replacement?

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There are suggestions that the West London outfit Chelsea have finally made up their mind on a replacement for Belgium international Eden Hazard who is keen to leave the club as soon as the season ends.

Eden Hazard has been linked with a move away from the Stamford Bridge after failing to agree on a new deal with the club and he is rumoured to be heading to the Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid ahead of the coming season.

This makes the Blues team seek for a replacement and they have been linked with a move for La Liga outfit Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho as the hope to have him return to the English Premier League.

Philippe Coutinho was formerly in the English Premier League with Merseyside outfit Liverpool before forcing a move away from the club.

Life seems not to go in the direction he thought as he is not favoured in the team as a first team player which is the reason why he seeks to leave the club for another experience.

Should the West London outfit happen to win the appeal for their transfer ban, they will be willing to land the star player in the coming summer transfer window.

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Why Eden Hazard is the best EPL player

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The latest statistic has shown that Belgium international and Chelsea star Eden Hazard is the best player in the English Premier League as far as the season is concerned.

The star player has been in great form and he has been the solution to the lack of cutting edge in the Chelsea attack as he has provided most of the goals while he has been able to lift the team with his fine form.

However, there have been arguments about who the best player should be in the English Premier League with Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk and Man City’s Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero already tipped and nominated for the EPL player of the year award.

Data and statistic website WhoScored.com in their rating have the Belgium international 7.79 ahead of Raheem Sterling who scored 7.67.

However, the stat reveals that Eden Hazard has scored 16 goals and provided 12 assists which means he is ahead of all of his rivals in contributing to goals.

Meanwhile, this could just be his last season in the English Premier League and he could leave with ovation very high as Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid seems to be his destination ahead of the coming season.

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