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Willian does religious act before talks with Chelsea

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West London outfit Chelsea are expected to sit with Brazilian international Willian for a new deal but that will be happening after the star winger has been baptized.

Willian was pictured spending his time outside football in Israel and was baptized in the River Jordan as a religious obligation to prove commitment to one’s faith.

The Brazilian international has got his contract running with the Blues team but it is set to expire in 2020 which makes the talks for a new deal very necessary.

Chelsea have made it clear that most of their players will not be leaving the club in this summer transfer window despite being linked because of the fact that they will not be able to land replacements for them.

Chelsea are currently under a transfer ban for the next two transfer windows and there are no signs that the judgment would be upturned before the close of the window despite claims of appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports.

The Brazilian international has also made it clear that he wishes to remain with the West London outfits for the coming season especially after playing a role in winning the Europa League finals title against Arsenal.

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

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EPL: Why Kurt Zouma Will Sign For Everton Revealed

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In-form Premier League side Everton are keen to bring Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma back to the club before the end of this transfer window.

This is according to French news outlet Le 10 Sport which stated that the Toffees want to reinforce their defensive options with the signing of Kurt Zouma who spent a successful loan spell at the club during the 2018/19 campaign.

French international Zouma played 32 league games at Everton under manager Marco Silva during the 2018/19 season.

Kurt Zouma is the second Chelsea centre back to be linked with Carlo Ancelotti and Everton.

Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori was previously a target for Everton but it looks like the Nigerian-born England international will be staying at Stamford Bridge for this season.

The Blues want to sell a centre back this summer after the free transfer acquisition of Brazilian player Thiago Silva.

He left PSG to join the Blues after the expiration of his contract with the French champions.

His arrival has left central defenders like Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori fighting to stay at Chelsea.

Centre backs Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen started the Premier League clash at West Brom at the weekend as the Blues were forced to a 3-3 draw by the Premier League newcomers.

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EPL: Man United in shock move for Chelsea star

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English Premier League outfit Man United are reported to be considering a move for out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante after making an inquiry about his availability.

The 29-year-old World Cup winner has been linked away from the West London club as he can no longer boast of regular playing time under manager Frank Lampard.

It is claimed that the Blues are willing o let go of the former Leicester City man but will not let him leave for a cheaper price than £46 million as a lot has been invested in him.

The Blues are also keen on the signature of West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice and will want to offload the French midfielder to be able to bring in the Englishman.

However, Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now considering the option of adding to his book this season if an agreement would be reached with the West London club.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants an extra muscle to his midfield that will help Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek and N’Golo Kante is being considered as an option.

The only uncertainty is the fact that the £46 million might be too high for the Red Devils to meet and that could force them to back out of the deal.

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Report: Man United In Shock Bid For Chelsea Midfielder

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Manchester United have been surprisingly linked with a shock transfer swoop on their Premier League rivals, Chelsea.

The Daily Mirror said that the Red Devils have started talks with the representatives of Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.

The 2018 French World Cup winner has been targeted by Manchester United in a stunning development with the Blues said to be open to the sale of the battling midfielder.

It was also stated that Kante will have to take a pay cut to sign for the Red Devils in this window.

N’Golo Kante earns around £290,000 following the new contract he signed during the 2018/19 season.

The former Leicester City star is the highest paid player at Chelsea and he has three years to go on that aforementioned contract.

He was linked with Spanish team Real Madrid at the start of the year before the transfer rumours of a £60m move to join Antonio Conte at Inter Milan.

Kante worked with Conte while the Italian was the Chelsea manager from 2016 to 2018.

He won the Premier League title in his first season as a Chelsea player under Conte.

Chelsea are potentially eyeing West Ham United player Declan Rice as his replacement with the Blues keen to re-sign the 21-year-old England international.

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EPL: Chelsea ‘To Make £40m Bid’ For Declan Rice

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Chelsea are prepared to make a bid for West Ham United star Declan Rice according to the latest reports coming out of the British media.

Blues boss Frank Lampard has made Declan Rice a transfer priority and time is running out if they want to re-sign the utility player. England international Rice can play as a defensive midfielder and as a centre back.

The Sun revealed that Chelsea are readying a £40m bid for Declan Rice as it was disclosed that the Blues want to take advantage of the financial constraints of their London rivals.

West Ham United have placed an £80m valuation on Declan Rice but the club needs to sell players to fund the signing of new players.

Chelsea are the big spenders in European football this summer following the transfer splurge of over £250m made this summer.

Blues boss Frank Lampard is a big fan of Declan Rice with reports claiming that he wants to sign the player to primarily feature as a centre back.

Lampard and Chelsea will definitely take their spendings to the £300m mark if they can bring Rice back to the club seven years after he left.

The English player was released by Chelsea as a teenager.

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EPL: Arsenal’s chances of landing Jorginho discussed

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English Premier League outfit Arsenal have been recently linked with Chelsea star Jorginho as they are finding it difficult to agree on a deal with Atletico Madrid for Thomas Partey.

The Chelsea man has been tipped to be an alternative in the Gunners’’ search for a midfielder as the player is reportedly out of favour at the Stanford Bridge with the Blues boss making moves to bring in another midfielder.

Jorginho was earlier tipped to join Italian Serie A outfit Juventus but the chances of that happening again is now very slim with the sack of Italian boss Maurizio Sarri.

However, it is reported that Arsenal’s chances of signing Jorginho are dependent on Frank Lampard‘s ability to snap up the signature of West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice.

It is understood that Frank Lampard is making another last push to bring in the player. West Ham United have insisted that they will not sell the player this transfer window.

However, the opportunity to sign up Jorginho awaits the North London club if Chelsea are able to sign Declan Rice but that might not happen again should Arsenal secure the signature of Houssem Aouar.

Houssem Aouar has made it clear he wants to join Arsenal and the latest reports have claimed that Lyon could soften their stance on him.

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EPL: Chelsea Hope To Raise £40m From Goalkeeper Sale Next Summer

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West London giants Chelsea are hoping to raise at least £40m from the sale of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga next summer according to the report via the Daily Mirror.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is no longer the number one goalkeeper at Chelsea following the arrival of Edouard Mendy from French club Rennes earlier this week.

According to British media outlet Metro, the Blues have made Kepa Arrizabalaga available for a loan transfer in a bid for the Spanish international to regain his form and confidence to enable the club sell him for a big transfer fee next summer.

The 25-year-old has lost form and confidence in the Chelsea goal. He has been responsible for at least one goal in each of the two Premier League games played by the Blues this season.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is the most expensive goalkeeper in the world after Chelsea paid a then club-record fee of £71m for the Spaniard. He joined the West London team from Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish La Liga.

New goalkeeper signing Edouard Mendy is expected to assume the number one goalkeeper role at Chelsea for the remainder of this season.

Mendy, 28, joined Chelsea in a £22m deal this week after weeks of negotiations between the Blues and Rennes.

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EPL: Chelsea Agree Personal Terms With Rice

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Chelsea have spent the most money amongst European clubs during this year’s summer transfer window and it looks like their transfer splurge has not ended according to the Daily Express.

The Blues have spent almost £250m on transfers this summer and the report via the aforementioned British media outlet stated that the West London giants have agreed on personal terms with Declan Rice paving the way for the club to sign him if they can agree on a transfer fee with the Hammers.

Declan Rice spent the majority of his youth career at Chelsea before he was released at the age of 14.

West Ham United signed him almost immediately and the England international went on to represent the first team and he has not looked back since then.

Declan Rice is an important member of the West Ham United squad and he has a valuation of £80m on his head.

Chelsea will take their transfer splurge over the £300m mark this summer if they are able to re-sign the midfielder with the Hammers reluctant to lower their asking price.

The Hammers hierarchy came in for some rough treatment from the fans earlier this month following the sale of young winger Grady Diangana and the sale of Declan Rice would even cause more problems at the club.

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EPL: Aouar, Partey may not join Arsenal but this player might

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Arsenal fans already have their attention on the club’s two major targets for the midfield role but that might not happen because of the difficulty in sealing the deals.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar from Lyon are the two targets for the Gunners this summer window after the signing of Willian from Chelsea and Gabriel Magalhaes from French Ligue 1 outfit, Lille.

The Gunners have been making efforts to convince both Lille and Atletico Madrid over the deal but that has proved difficult as both clubs are not willing to negotiate the asking prices for their players while efforts to reduce the financial burden by including a player as a swap deal was turned down.

It is now understood that the North London outfit might not be able to seal the move for either of the players and will now consider other options with Chelsea midfielder Jorginho as a possible deal as Sky Sports reports that Mikel Arteta is keen to add another midfielder to his books.

Jorginho has been linked away from the Stamford Bridge to join former manager Maurizio Sarri at Juventus but the speculations have been laid to rest with the sack of the Italian manager. The player could still leave the West London outfit with Arsenal considering submitting an offer.

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