Chelsea have been handed a major boost on the injury front ahead of their Premier League meeting with leaders Liverpool later this weekend.
The Blues host Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening and they could welcome back star midfielder N’Golo Kante into their team.
N’Golo Kante has been blighted by a troublesome ankle problem for the larger part of the new season and that has restricted him to just two appearances.
His first appearance of the season came against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup which Chelsea lost on penalties after the two teams played out a four-goal thriller at the end of regulation time and extra time.
Kante made his second appearance of the new season in week two of the new Premier League campaign as Chelsea played out a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester City.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard talked about Kante during his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of the Liverpool game.
Lampard confirmed that Kante is back in full training and that the French World Cup winner is in line to return to the starting XI for the Liverpool game.
The former Blues midfielder would be hoping that his team bounces back from the Champions League defeat at the hands of Spanish giants Valencia on Tuesday ahead of their meeting with Premier League leaders Liverpool.
EPL: Dani Ceballos Next Move After Chelsea Draw Revealed
Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos has dropped a transfer hint that suggests that he won’t be at Arsenal beyond this season.
Dani Ceballos signed for Arsenal on loan this summer after he was declared surplus to requirements at Real Madrid and the Spaniard has high hopes of a possible transfer to Arsenal on a permanent deal before injury struck last year.
The Spanish international was a regular player in the Arsenal XI while Unai Emery was the Gunners boss and before he picked up a hamstring injury last year November which ruled him out for two months.
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His return coincided with the start of the managerial reign of Mikel Arteta at Arsenal and the Real Madrid loanee is yet to play a single minute under the Spanish tactician though he has been in four of the Arsenal squads under him.
After the Chelsea game, Dani Ceballos replied Arsenal teammate Hector Bellerin on one of his social media posts to suggest that he would be leaving Arsenal this summer.
Hector Bellerin celebrated with a social media post after he rescued a point for his team via a 2-2 draw and Ceballos responded to that post by saying he’ll miss the left foot through which the fellow Spaniard scored.
Bellerin was making his first appearance for Arsenal after six weeks out with hamstring problem.
EPL: Chelsea Finally Identify N’golo Kante Replacement
West London giants Chelsea are keeping tabs on Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare who’s seen as a long-term replacement for key player N’Golo Kante.
The interest of Chelsea in Boubakary Soumare was confirmed by The Athletic with Kante linked with a move away from the club.
The French international player was previously linked with a transfer to Real Madrid last year though the Spaniards have since moved on from him to other midfield options like Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Donny Van Der Beek who’s expected to sign for the Los Merengues this summer after an agreement of £47m was reached for his transfer as per the report from various media outlets.
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N’Golo Kante has uncharacteristically missed several games for Chelsea this season due to several injuries stemmed from his decision to play through the pain barrier for the Blues in the Europa League final last season.
Kante was rushed back from injury to face Arsenal in the final of the Europa League which ended in a 4-1 win for Chelsea.
Boubakary Soumare is only 20 years but he has enhanced his reputation after his impressive performances for Lille since the start of this campaign.
Soumare is also attracting interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United.
EPL: Confirmed Chelsea Lineup vs Arsenal
Chelsea have been very poor in the Premier League in recent weeks as highlighted by the disappointing 1-0 loss at the home of injury-hit Newcastle United at the weekend in their last league game and it doesn’t get better when they face London rivals and rejuvenated team Arsenal at home on Tuesday night.
The Blues can take solace from the earlier meeting between the two teams this season in the Premier League which saw Chelsea come from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 away from home with the aid of two late goals.
Chelsea have won just one of their last four games in the Premier League but they are still able to hang on to their place in the top-four positions on the league log.
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They have a five-point advantage over fifth-placed Manchester United and a win over Arsenal will extend it to eight points with the Red Devils not in action until Wednesday when they face Burnley at home.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard could make some changes to his team especially in defence ahead of the London Derby clash with the Gunners.
Chelsea XI vs Arsenal: Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Emerson Palmieri; Jorginho, Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante; Willian, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham.
Victor Moses Arrives Milan For Inter Milan Medical
According to Sky Sports, Chelsea winger Victor Moses has arrived Inter Milan ahead of his medical.
Inter Milan director Piero Ausilio had earlier said that the Nerazzuri has an agreement in place for Victor Moses with Chelsea and the player is in Italy to complete his transfer.
He had six months left on his loan deal to Turkish Super Lig giants Fenerbahce whom he joined from Chelsea in an 18-month loan deal in January 2019.
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Victor Moses had a very good start to his loan career with the Turkish club last season but he was not able to enjoy the same level of success at the start of this campaign as he has struggled for fitness thus restricting him to just six matches this season in the colors of Fenerbahce.
If he joins Inter Milan, Victor Moses would be the fourth player from the Premier League to join the Italians in the last six months after Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Ashley Young.
Romelu Lukaku and Sanchez joined the Nerazzuri last year, while Young was a £1.3m signing from Manchester United.
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PSG Delivers Firm Verdict On Edinson Cavani Transfer
French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) officials have delivered a firm transfer verdict on striker Edinson Cavani who is a target for both Manchester United and Chelsea.
According to Goal via one of its publications, PSG sporting director Leonardo and club manager Thomas Tuchel see Edison Cavani as an important part of their squad and they don’t want him to leave the club this month despite the fact that the Uruguayan international player has six months remaining on his PSG contract at the moment.
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Several clubs are ready to offer PSG some money for the final six months of the player’s contract but club officials prefer to lose his services this summer on a free transfer.
Edinson Cavani had been a regular in the PSG starting XI for several years until last summer when the French champions signed Mauro Icardi on loan from Inter Milan in the Italian Serie A.
Mauro Icardi has taken his spot in the first team aided by the injury to Edison Cavani at the start of the season.
Atletico Madrid are in pole position to sign Edison Cavani and have already offered €10m for him though it was turned down by PSG who says he is not for sale.
EPL: Why Timo Werner Prefers Liverpool To Chelsea
Chelsea might lose out to Premier League rivals Liverpool in the race to sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner who has painted the German Bundesliga with goals this season.
This is according to German publication Bild which stated that Timo Werner prefers a move to Liverpool over Chelsea.
It was revealed that the German international wants a transfer to the Premier League this summer which is a plus to both Liverpool and Chelsea.
Timo Werner was initially linked with a January move to the Premier League only for him to confirm that he’ll be staying with RB Leipzig throughout this season.
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The petite German attacker has been in red-hot form for RB Leipzig who are at the summit in the top flight of German football.
RB Leipzig have a four-point lead at the top of the German Bundesliga table after 18 games and Timo Werner has contributed immensely to that achievement.
Werner has scored 20 goals in the league this season which is more than any other player in the division and alongside Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski who also has 20 goals to his name.
In total, Timo Werner has scored 25 goals in 25 games for his club who are also in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Victor Moses Set For Inter Milan Medical
Chelsea player Victor Moses is closing in on a move to Inter Milan whose manager Antonio Conte is eager to reunite with the former Super Eagles of Nigeria star.
Victor Moses is set for a medical at the San Siro club though Italian publication Corriere dello Sport stated that Inter Milan will have to convince Turkish giants Fenerbahce to cut short the player’s loan deal at the club.
The Chelsea loanee has been at Fenerbahce since last year January having joined them on an 18-month loan deal with the option of a permanent transfer afterward.
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Victor Moses has six months left to run on that loan deal though he has not been a regular for the Turkish team this season due to injury problems.
Chelsea are his parent club and they don’t have any problem sanctioning a loan move to Inter Milan on the condition that the Italians will pay £10m for his transfer in the summer after his short-term loan deal has ended.
Victor Moses played his best football for Chelsea under Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte and they could link up again at the San Siro.
They won the 2016/17 Premier League title together with Victor Moses as a right wing-back.
Boubakary Soumare final decision made
The Premier League duo of Chelsea and Manchester United have been dealt a big transfer blow after Boubakary Soumare said that he’ll be staying at his club until the end of the present season at least.
Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare is a major target for both Manchester United and Chelsea but the two English clubs might need to wait untill this summer to get their man after the latest development from the player himself.
In an interview with French publication L’Equipe, Boubakary Soumare said that he wants to do a full season at Lille thereby ruling out a switch during this winter transfer window.
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Boubakary Soumare wants to concentrate on playing well for Lille this season before thinking about any move away from the club.
He has been a top performer for Lille this season and was in action during the Champions League group stage campaign which ended in December.
Lille didn’t make it to the next stage of the competition after they finished last out of four teams in Group H.
Valencia, Chelsea and Ajax Amsterdam all finished ahead of Lille in the group with the first two securing their spots in the last 16, while Ajax drop down to the Europa League.