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Ex-Chelsea Defender Set For Premier League Return

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Former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is closing in on a return to the Premier League after a three-year absence.

The 36-year-old is having his medicals at newly promoted Premier League side West Bromwich Albion ahead of joining them on a free transfer.

He is a free agent after leaving Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg at the end of last term.

Branislav Ivanovic scored 26 goals in 221 Premier League appearances in the colours of Chelsea from 2008 to 2017.

During his time at Chelsea, Ivanovic won the UEFA Champions League in 2012 and the UEFA Europa League in 2013.

He also won three Premier League titles at Chelsea under three different managers namely Carlo Ancelotti (2009/10 season), Jose Mourinho (2014/15 season) and Antonio Conte (2016/17 season).

West Brom manager Slaven Bilic confirmed the imminent arrival of Ivanovic as he said that the ageing defender will add experience to a youthful team.

Slaven Bilic is a former Croatian international footballer who has managed West Ham United in the Premier League. He masterminded West Brom’s return to the top flight at the end of last season as the Baggies finished in second position behind champions Leeds United at the end of the English Championship season last term.

The top two teams secured automatic promotion to the Premier League.

I am Segun Amuda , Journalist at Thewistle.com. You can also find my articles here on topics related to Football. Outside Blogging, I have a keen interest in watching English Premier League Games. For any queries or issues related to articles on our website, kindly get in touch.

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EPL: Chelsea already know their fate with this target

Timothy Aiyeku

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Erling Haaland

West London outfit Chelsea have learned that they will not be able to land their top target and Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland as he favours a move to the Spanish la Liga outfit Real Madrid in the summer window.

According to ABC, the Borussia Dortmund striker has been attracting interest from several clubs across Europe with Man United also making an attempt to land his signature but he is more determined to join the Spanish La Liga giants by snubbing interests from the English Premier League, including Chelsea.

The 20-year-old is one of the hottest teenagers in Europe as he is attracting interest from several to[p clubs with a move away from the German Bundesliga outfit very likely in the next summer transfer window.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane had hinted earlier that he is a big fan of the 20-year-old and it has been reported that he has held talks with the player’s camp over a possible move as soon as the summer transfer window is opened again.

The Norwegian international found the back of the net 21 times in 24 games for the german Bundesliga outfit and he could be on his way but for a fee of £68 million with his contract expected to run out in 2022.

Real Madrid have identified a number of players including Liverpool target and Paris Saint Germain forward Kylian Mbappe as possible signings for the summer transfer window as the club prepares for massive recruitment and reshuffling of the team.

However, the West London outfit will have to make move for other targets if they must bring in a new striker next season.

Manager Frank Lampard risks being sacked because of the inconsistent results from his team so far this season. An improvement is highly demanded by the club or he could be forced to leave earlier than expected.

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EPL: Chelsea told why they were lucky against Man United

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has boasted that the West London club Chelsea were only lucky to have avoided a defeat against his side in the Premier League’s goalless draw on Saturday at the Old Trafford.

All odds went in favour of the Red Devils ahead of the game as they earlier enjoyed a 4-1 win over Newcastle in the previous Premier League game and another 2-1 win against French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League but that they failed to find the back of the net, no thanks to Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy who made some impressive saves.

The Blues had their own share of opportunity just like the Red Devils but none of the teams had their chances converted but Ole Gunnar Solakjer was confident that his team did not win the game because of the absence of fans at the Theatre of Dreams.

Man United manager admitted that both teams were busy during the week s they were involved in European competition which reflected in the game during the first half but the second half saw his team mount more pressure on their visitors.

He, therefore, affirmed that if the Stadium was full, there would have been more urgency to push his team into pressing harder for a goal as he added that he wishes to have the fans back.

However, the proposed return of fans to Stadiums this month has been postponed due to the rise in the cases of the coronavirus infection in England.

The last time fans had access to the Stadiums was last season when the coronavirus pandemic first broke out an forced the game on a short holiday. The game eventually returned across the globe but without the fans to be able to stop the spread as a result of the crowd.

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EPL: N’Golo Kante’s time at Chelsea might be finally over

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NGolo Kante

After watching N’Golo Kante’s performance in the goalless draw between Chelsea and Man United, one could be forced to conclude that N’Golo Kante’s time at Chelsea might be over as his game continues to drop.

The West London outfit had an opportunity to steal all three points when they had a breakthrough into the Red Devils’ 18 at the other end. The ball got to the former Leicester City midfielder but his poor touch on the ball made him lose it and that happened to be Chelsea’s final attack in the game as he also had a number of such changes in the game.

N’Golo Kante joined Chelsea as a match-winner and a leader who can win a game for the team with his brilliant performance but that was not seen against Man United as he has not been his usual self this season. No wonder he was linked away from the club during the summer transfer window.

Going to the social media after the game, it’s obvious that the fans have taken note of the World Cup winner and they are more concerned about having him get back to his best as the player he was known for.

Some of the fans via their tweet stated that he was good off the ball but he is not the player that he used to be on the ball. He is also accused of breaking the transition from the defence to the attack with his passes.

Others even argued that he should have been substituted from the game for Matteo Kovacic or Olivier Giroud to help the attack.

With all of the concerns raised and expected to be observed by manager Frank Lampard, he could have his playing time reduced and that could lead to his exit as he currently has suitors across top European clubs.

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