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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has praised the quality of new signing Christian Pulisic ahead of the Blues’ Premier League opener against top four rivals Manchester United.

Lampard and Chelsea start their Premier League campaign with a difficult away game with the Red Devils.

In his latest press conference ahead of the Manchester United game, Frank Lampard told reporters about the qualities of Christian Pulisic.

Lampard passed a vote of confidence in the United States of America international.

Chelsea agreed on a £57.1m fee with Borussia Dortmund for the player during the winter transfer window in January.

Pulisic went on to spend the second half of last season at Borussia Dortmund before he joined his new team this summer.

The 20-year-old is seen as the direct replacement for Eden Hazard who left Chelsea for Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid this summer.

Real Madrid spent an initial fee of €100m on Eden Hazard to sign him this summer.

The transfer was a record for Spanish club Real Madrid.

His last game for Chelsea turned out to be the Europa League final which ended in a 4-1 win for the west London giants.

Hazard scored a brace during the game to lead Chelsea to victory.

Segun is a regular contributor to Thewistle and has worked at several publications, including BEIn and talkSport.

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EPL: Chelsea Confirm Starting Lineup vs Newcastle United

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard would be hoping to build on the last win in the Premier League when he takes his players up north to face Newcastle United.

Lampard and his players returned to winning ways following the emphatic victory over struggling Burnley last weekend.

Jorginho (penalty), topscorer Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi were on target as Chelsea thrashed the Clarets 3-0 at home and that win was enough to maintain their place in the top four.

Ahead of the Newcastle United, Chelsea have a good advantage in the race for the top four places in the Premier League which will guarantee a spot in the Champions League.

Chelsea occupy fourth spot on the log and they have a five-point lead over fifth-placed Manchester United.

The Blues can extend their lead over Manchester United to eighr points with a win over the Magpies on Saturday evening as Manchester United don’t play until Sunday.

Manchester United have a tough game on paper as they travel to take on a Liverpool side with a perfect record at home.

Chelsea XI vs Newcastle United: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Reece James, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta; Jorginho

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Roman Abramovich Endorses Chelsea’s Bid To Make £120m Signing

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has approved the multi-million pounds pursuit of Borussia Dortmund player Jadon Sancho according to The Metro.

Recent reports had claimed that Chelsea are in talks to sign Jadon Sancho who is an England international who made his debut for the Three Lions against Croatia towards the end of 2018 in what was a UEFA Nations League game.

Apart from Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United are also interested in Jadon Sancho who could cost up to £120m.

Chelsea have a good business relationship with Borussia Dortmund and that could work in their favour as they try to prise Jadon Sancho from the German Bundesliga club.

Jadon Sancho has scored nine goals and nine assists in 15 games in the league to further show his importance to Borussia Dortmund who sold Christian Pulisic to Chelsea in a £57m deal last year.

Chelsea had agreed a deal with the Germans for Christian Pulisic in January 2019 but the American international didn’t join them until last summer.

The same transfer strategy could be applied by Chelsea as they try to sign 19-year-old Sancho who is seen as the man to replace Eden Hazard at the club.

Hazard left Chelsea for Real Madrid at the start of this campaign.

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Graham Potter Provides Transfer Update On Lewis Dunk

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Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter has given a transfer update on his skipper Lewis Dunk who has been linked with Chelsea this month.

The center-back position is one of the let areas targeted by Chelsea for reinforcement and Brighton captain Lewis Dunk is a major transfer target for them.

Chelsea are active in the transfer window after their embargo was lifted by CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sports).

The Blues were slapped with a two-window transfer ban by FIFA for violating the rules of signing players under the age of 18.

Chelsea had an appeal rejected by FIFA before they took the case to CAS who delivered a ruling on the matter at the start of last month.

The Blues had the transfer ban halved by CAS and that freed them up for transfers this month having served the first transfer window ban last summer.

Chelsea fans are restless with the lack of transfer activity despite the lifting of the aforementioned transfer embargo.

On transfer target Lewis Dunk, Brighton boss Graham Potter is relaxed amidst the links with Chelsea.

According to him, the 28-year-old defender has a long-term contract at the Amex Stadium and that the player is very important to his team.

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French Midfielder To Choose Between Chelsea Or Man United

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Highly rated Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare has the option of choosing between Chelsea and Manchester United before the current transfer window ends on January 31.

This is according to Sky Sports which stated that the player won’t make a decision on his future until after the game between his Lille side and PSG in the league on January 26.

Boubakary Soumare is one of the young players that Lille are expected to cash in on during this January winter transfer market.

The French midfielder has been one of the top performers for Lille this season and he has made 23 appearances till date including six games in the Champions League.

Soumare and Lille crashed out of the group stage last year in the Champions League after they finished last out of four teams in Group H which had Chelsea, Valencia and Ajax Amsterdam.

Chelsea and Valencia finished in second and first place respectively thereby qualifying for the last 16 of the competition, while Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam have dropped down to the Europa League after finishing third surprisingly in the group.

Real Madrid, Valencia and Arsenal were all in the running to sign Boubakary Soumare alongside Chelsea and Manchester United but they have all pull out to leave only the two clubs in the running.

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Chelsea Identify ‘ Signing’ To Replace Willian

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West London giants Chelsea have identified the player to replace winger Willian if the Brazilian international eventually leaves the club this summer.

Chelsea winger Willian has been in very good form for his club this season and he has been one of the standout performers for the Blues this season as they remain on course to qualify for Champions League football next season ahead of others like Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

Willian has six months left on his Chelsea contract though the club has offered the 31-year-old a new deal but he’s holding out for two years.

The Brazilian international wants a two-year contract rather than the one-year offer on the table.

Chelsea will pursue the move for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho in the summer as they see him as the long-term replacement for Willian on the right wing.

The Blues are expected to face stiff competition for Jadon Sancho who has shone for Borussia Dortmund since he joined the Germans from Manchester City FC of England three seasons ago.

Jadon Sancho has been one of the best players in the German Bundesliga over the last two seasons and it would take at least £100m to secure his transfer.

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‘Waste Of Money’ – Chelsea Fans Unimpressed With Possible £47m Signing

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Chelsea fans have been left unimpressed with the tansfer links of a move for Real Madrid playmaker Isco.

Several Blues fans took to their various social media accounts to vent their frustration over the club’s move for Isco who has made just six league starts for Real Madrid this season.

The Real Madrid player was called the Spanish Jesse Lingard by the Chelsea fans who are almost certain that his signing would be a waste of money.

Spanish media outlet El Desmarque had said that Chelsea want to sign Isco in a £47m deal and that the club has been in contact with the agent of the player.

Chelsea have not signed a replacement for Eden Hazard who left for Real Madrid at the start of this season in an £89m deal and Isco could be the man to replace the Belgian international in the playmaker role at Stamford Bridge.

Isco has been the victim of the goof performances from Federico Valverde in the Real Madrid midfield this season.

The 21-year-old has kept senior midfield colleagues like Luka Modric and Isco on the Real Madrid bench this season.

His form has been key for a Real Madrid team that’s joint top on the La Liga table.

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Offer Made, Chelsea Ahead Of Man United To Sign This Attacker

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Chelsea are ahead of Premier League rivals Manchester United in the race to sign Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Dani Olmo before the transfer window ends this month.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the Blues have an almost free run to sign Dani Olmo who had previously interested other English clubs like Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Goal had stated that Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona were favourites to sign the 21-year-old playmaker ahead of Chelsea and Manchester United but the injury to Luis Suarez has changed their stance on signing him.

The priority for Barcelona is to sign a replacement for the injured Luis Suarez who’s likely to miss the rest of the season.

The Uruguayan international has underwent knee surgery and rehabilitation will take at least four months thus effectively ruling him out of the business end of the current campaign.

Mundo Deportivo revealed that the priority for Barcelona has moved from signing Dani Olmo to finding a replacement for the aforementioned Luis Suarez.

This development has left Chelsea as the frontrunners to sign Spanish international player.

Recent reports disclosed that Chelsea made an offer for the player at the start of this month.

For now, the only January signing at Chelsea is young midfielder Bryan Fiabema.

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Chelsea Desperate To Complete £47m Transfer In Few Days Time

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Chelsea fans are still waiting for their first major signing of this January winter window though it must be pointed out that the Blues have already signed Norwegian teenager Bryan Fiabema who will go straight into the youth teams at the club’s Cobham training ground in London.

Bryan Fiabema has joined Chelsea from Tromso but that’s not the kind of signing to get the Blues faithful off their seat.

The Chelsea fans might not need to wait for long for a wow signing with the club seriously interested in Real Madrid playmaker Isco who has not been the first choice pick at the Spanish this season.

Isco has been restricted to just six La Liga starts this season and that is partly due to the form of Federico Valverde.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has opted for the midfield trio of Federico Valverde, Toni Kroos and Casemiro for the majority of the league games as the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu outfit fight for the La Liga title with holders Barcelona.

Both Real Madrid and Barcelona are deadlocked at the top of the league table with 40 points.

Spanish media portal El Desmarque revealed that Chelsea are eyeing a £47m transfer for Spanish international playmaker Isco.

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