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Chelsea F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 14 Dec 18:53

Chelsea Ladies' Emma Hayes announces she's expecting twins

Hayes, whose team sit second in the Women's Super League, recently ruled herself out of contention for the England vacancy. She signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the club in October.

Chelsea F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 14 Dec 17:59

Transfer news LIVE: Mesut Ozil eyes Manchester United move

With less than three weeks until European sides can splash the cash in January, work behind the scenes at major clubs across the continent is intensifying. Join Sportsmail for the latest.

Chelsea – teamtalk.com 14 Dec 17:49

Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool line up ?50m Coutinho replacement

Liverpool are lining up a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, while Liverpool target Javier Mascherano has been offered a €7million a year deal, according to Thursday’s European papers.

 

KLOPP WANTS KOVACIC

With Liverpool almost resigned to losing Philippe Coutinho, Jurgen Klopp is looking towards Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic to replace him.

That’s according to Spanish outlet Diario Gol. Klopp is pondering a January move for the 23-year-old Croatian, who he believes can go some way to filling the boots of Coutinho.

Kovacic has only made three La Liga appearances and has yet to start this season under Zinedine Zidane, but with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco and Casemiro, Dani Ceballos and Marcos Llorente all ahead of him in the pecking order he will be allowed to leave.

According to ESPN in August, Kovacic has a release clause of €50 million.

 

BARCELONA LINE UP SURPRISE JANUARY MOVE FOR BLIND

Barcelona are lining up an unexpected January move for out-of-favour Manchester United defender Daley Blind, according to reports in Spain.

The La Liga pacesetters have struggled for options in defence this season and their options look set to be further depleted in January with Javier Mascherano likely to leave the Nou Camp.

The club are busy scouring the globe for reinforcements and Palmerias centre-back Yerry Mina is expected to sign for around €9million.

However, the club are still looking for more cover and Marca claims the club has identified Blind as a possible target.

The versatile Dutch star started the first three matches of the season for Jose Mourinho, but has been a periphery figure ever since, with his last Premier League appearance coming on September 23 when he came on for the final minute of their 1-0 success at Southampton.

Blind joined United for £13.8million in 2014, but at 27, is approaching his peak and wants to be playing more.

Man Utd: Collymore wants five to leave

The defender is contracted to United until the summer, though the Red Devils do have a one-year option on his deal.

However, Marca claims the two clubs could agree a deal in January, which would see the player move to the Nou Camp for a similar fee for which United bought him, with the player due to hold talks on the move in the coming days.

If a deal can be agreed, it is expected the transfer would go through without too many hitches with Mourinho unlikely to stand in Blind’s way as he looks to clear the decks for some possible arrivals of his own.

 

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Malaga are interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura (RMC Sport)

Javier Mascherano has been offered €7million a year to move to Manuel Pellegrini’s Hebei China Fortune (Mundo Deportivo)

Real Madrid have offered Juventus their pick of anyone one, or all, Karin Benzema, Luka Modric, Marcos Llorente, Dani Ceballos and Lucas Vazquez as part of any deal for Paulo Dybala (Don Balon)

Details have emerged about the ‘premium fee’ Liverpool will pay RB Leipzig for Naby Keita next summer (Bild)

Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Arsenal are making aggressive pushes to bring precocious footballers to England from Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy. Goalkeeper Ramon Vila, defender Joel Lopez, midfielders Alex Rico and Nico Gonzalez, winger Robert Navarro and strikers Ansu Fati, Pablo Moreno and Jaume Jardi are all being targeted (Mundo Deportivo)

Liverpool will miss out on a deal for Sime Vrsaljko with the right-back agreeing to join Napoli in January from Atletico Madrid (Corriere dello Sport)

Fabinho is keen to leave Monaco at the end of the season but has ruled out a departure when the transfer window re-opens next month (L’Equipe)

Juventus are favourites to sign Brazilian Fabinho, with any deal likely to spell the end of their efforts to sign Emre Can (Calciomercato)

Chelsea will offer Monaco Michy Batshuayi as part of any deal to sign Thomas Lemar (L’Equipe)

Islam Slimani: Attracting interest from several sides

Sporting Lisbon have left open the possibility of re-signing Islam Slimani from Leicester in the January transfer window (A Bola)

Angel Di Maria has spoken of his unhappiness at his lack of game time for PSG

Inter Milan are looking to bring Gerard Deulofeu to the club on loan during the winter window (Tuttosport)

Jose Mourinho is stepping up his efforts to sign Inter Milan’s Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario as a replacement for Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Manchester United (Corriere dello Sport)

Andres Iniesta says he would be annoyed if Neymar wound up at Real Madrid – less than a year after leaving Barcelona (Sport)

Iniesta is hopeful that Javier Mascherano will stay put at Barcelona despite the Argentine being linked with a move away from the Camp Nou in January (Sport)

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio is being strongly linked with a move to the MLS (Tuttosport)

AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has rushed to the defence of Gianluigi Donnarumma after he was targeted by fans before the club’s 3-0 win over Verona on Wednesday. The teenage goalkeeper is said to be looking to leave the club in thes ummer, just a matter of months after signing a new deal

Real Madrid will end their interest in Thibaut Courtois with a deal for Spain international Kepa Arrizabalaga close (Marca)

Arda Turan’s wages could scupper his hopes of finding a way out of Barcelona in January (TRT Sports)

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Chelsea F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 14 Dec 17:07

Manchester United make enquiry for Chelsea star Willian

Manchester United have made enquiries for Chelsea midfielder Willian but the Premier League champions are reluctant to sell in January. He has been frustrated at the lack of starting opportunities.

ESPN FC - Chelsea News 14 Dec 17:05

Christensen, Courtois show pros and cons of Chelsea long-term loans

The Exploding Heads recap the midweek Premier League fixtures, including some social media expertise from Benjamin Mendy. Antonio Conte doesn't mince words about Chelsea's title chances after his side temporarily reduced their gap with Man City to 11 points. Chelsea's hold over Thibaut Courtois is looking more precarious than ever and the speculation over his future as he edges toward the final year of his contract, which expires in June 2019, is likely to overshadow the rest of this season. Last week, the goalkeeper laid out in full the family situation that pulls him toward Spain despite his general satisfaction with life at Stamford Bridge. Real Madrid are long-term admirers of his talents and Chelsea's appeal will ultimately count for nothing...

Chelsea F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 14 Dec 16:56

Toni Kroos chooses Paul Scholes over Lampard and Gerrard

When asked who was best out of Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in a live Q&A on Twitter, Kroos picked Scholes. The tweet from Monday night's Q&A session has gone viral.

Chelsea F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 14 Dec 16:45

Cesc Fabregas meets 'Malcolm the monkey' on Instagram

During his Arsenal days, Cesc Fabregas was no stranger to carrying the team on his back. The midfielder seemed to be in his comfort zone when he did the same for 'Malcolm the monkey' on Instagram.

Chelsea – teamtalk.com 14 Dec 16:41

Chelsea on alert as Palace star is handed blunt warning

Roy Hodgson has warned the goalless Christian Benteke he is willing to use Bakary Sako as a striker and that Crystal Palace “cannot afford to carry anyone”.

The club-record £27million signing is yet to score in 12 appearances this season, and despite being their only senior recognised striker, is under growing pressure after Sako came off the bench against Watford to score.

Hodgson had begun to convert Sako from a winger while Benteke was injured, and on Tuesday he scored a poacher’s goal when being the first to react to rebounds from Heurelho Gomes’ saves.

Despite Hodgson’s team having a convincing attacking threat at Selhurst Park, they are yet to score away from home in 2017/18, a concern that could be intensified when on Saturday they visit Leicester.

“Sako has done well and he scored a good goal by following the ball in,” said the 70-year-old manager. “He did that and when the goalkeeper couldn’t hold it, he scored from the rebound.

“We haven’t been following the ball in as well as we’d like. It’s something we preach but don’t always actually manage to produce, but he did. He followed the shot in, and when the goalkeeper couldn’t hold it he scored from the rebound. That alone is something we find very positive.

“He has improved in terms of his understanding of what we want from him. He gets closer and closer and I am not afraid to use him. It didn’t surprise me that he scored that goal.”

Asked about Benteke, who on Saturday against Bournemouth was so desperate to score he ignored team orders to take a late penalty he missed, Hodgson said: “Of course him not scoring is a concern to us, him and the fans.

“He needs to keep working hard and make a good contribution to the team. We can’t afford to carry anyone, let alone a goalscorer who isn’t scoring goals.

“We won’t keep reminding him about it. I wouldn’t be gaining a great deal by doing that.”

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Benteke in January, according to the Daily Mirror last month.

Antonio Conte is looking to add another striker to his ranks to compete with Alvaro Morata and the Palace striker is high on his list of targets.

Palace travel to Leicester without injured central defenders Mamadou Sakho and Damien Delaney, and full-backs Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Joel Ward, at a time when the hosts have won their past four fixtures.

Martin Kelly is expected to deputise for Fosu-Mensah and Ward at right-back, and Hodgson said: “Leicester are a good team with good players and Claude Puel has done well.

“It is no surprise they are doing well; it is not that long ago they were the champions of England.

“We have to be respectful of them and fear the quality they have. We would have been, even without their recent results.”

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Chelsea – teamtalk.com 14 Dec 13:29

Euro Paper Talk: Blind?s 14m move to big boys; Di Maria admits PSG woes

Barcelona are closing on a deal for an out-of-favour Manchester United man, while Real Madrid have given Juventus their pick of five players as part of a deal to bring Paulo Dybala to the Bernabeu, according to Thursday’s European papers.

 

BARCELONA LINE UP SURPRISE JANUARY MOVE FOR BLIND

Barcelona are lining up an unexpected January move for out-of-favour Manchester United defender Daley Blind, according to reports in Spain.

The La Liga pacesetters have struggled for options in defence this season and their options look set to be further depleted in January with Javier Mascherano likely to leave the Nou Camp.

The club are busy scouring the globe for reinforcements and Palmerias centre-back Yerry Mina is expected to sign for around €9million.

However, the club are still looking for more cover and Marca claims the club has identified Blind as a possible target.

The versatile Dutch star started the first three matches of the season for Jose Mourinho, but has been a periphery figure ever since, with his last Premier League appearance coming on September 23 when he came on for the final minute of their 1-0 success at Southampton.

Blind joined United for £13.8million in 2014, but at 27, is approaching his peak and wants to be playing more.

Man Utd: Collymore wants five to leave

The defender is contracted to United until the summer, though the Red Devils do have a one-year option on his deal.

However, Marca claims the two clubs could agree a deal in January, which would see the player move to the Nou Camp for a similar fee for which United bought him, with the player due to hold talks on the move in the coming days.

If a deal can be agreed, it is expected the transfer would go through without too many hitches with Mourinho unlikely to stand in Blind’s way as he looks to clear the decks for some possible arrivals of his own.

 

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Real Madrid have offered Juventus their pick of anyone one, or all, Karin Benzema, Luka Modric, Marcos Llorente, Dani Ceballos and Lucas Vazquez as part of any deal for Paulo Dybala (Don Balon)

Details have emerged about the ‘premium fee’ Liverpool will pay RB Leipzig for Naby Keita next summer (Bild)

Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Arsenal are making aggressive pushes to bring precocious footballers to England from Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy. Goalkeeper Ramon Vila, defender Joel Lopez, midfielders Alex Rico and Nico Gonzalez, winger Robert Navarro and strikers Ansu Fati, Pablo Moreno and Jaume Jardi are all being targeted (Mundo Deportivo)

Liverpool will miss out on a deal for Sime Vrsaljko with the right-back agreeing to join Napoli in January from Atletico Madrid (Corriere dello Sport)

Fabinho is keen to leave Monaco at the end of the season but has ruled out a departure when the transfer window re-opens next month (L’Equipe)

Juventus are favourites to sign Brazilian Fabinho, with any deal likely to spell the end of their efforts to sign Emre Can (Calciomercato)

Chelsea will offer Monaco Michy Batshuayi as part of any deal to sign Thomas Lemar (L’Equipe)

Islam Slimani: Attracting interest from several sides

Sporting Lisbon have left open the possibility of re-signing Islam Slimani from Leicester in the January transfer window (A Bola)

Angel Di Maria has spoken of his unhappiness at his lack of game time for PSG

Inter Milan are looking to bring Gerard Deulofeu to the club on loan during the winter window (Tuttosport)

Jose Mourinho is stepping up his efforts to sign Inter Milan’s Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario as a replacement for Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Manchester United (Corriere dello Sport)

Andres Iniesta says he would be annoyed if Neymar wound up at Real Madrid – less than a year after leaving Barcelona (Sport)

Iniesta is hopeful that Javier Mascherano will stay put at Barcelona despite the Argentine being linked with a move away from the Camp Nou in January (Sport)

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio is being strongly linked with a move to the MLS (Tuttosport)

AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has rushed to the defence of Gianluigi Donnarumma after he was targeted by fans before the club’s 3-0 win over Verona on Wednesday. The teenage goalkeeper is said to be looking to leave the club in thes ummer, just a matter of months after signing a new deal

Real Madrid will end their interest in Thibaut Courtois with a deal for Spain international Kepa Arrizabalaga close (Marca)

Arda Turan’s wages could scupper his hopes of finding a way out of Barcelona in January (TRT Sports)

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ESPN FC - Chelsea News 14 Dec 12:54

With City so far ahead, Premier League focus may shift for the chasing pack

The Exploding Heads recap the midweek Premier League fixtures, including some social media expertise from Benjamin Mendy. The FC panel discuss the positive impact Pep Guardiola has had on English football and whether or not his City side can finish the season unbeaten. Although it was a narrow 1-0 victory, Jose Mourinho was happy for Man United to follow their derby loss with three points. If nothing else, Jose Mourinho said all the right things after Manchester United's unconvincing 1-0 victory over Bournemouth on Wednesday night ensured that Manchester City's 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League did not stretch any further. "If the title is over, I'll go on holiday tomorrow, to Brazil or Los Angeles." Mourinho said. "But I think it is over in May. We play match after match, one at a time. And I believe all the teams behind, the third, fourth, fifth, sixth are going to...

Chelsea – teamtalk.com 14 Dec 11:58

The making of Leon Goretzka, the midfielder wanted by everyone

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Chelsea – teamtalk.com 14 Dec 11:39

Paper Talk: Arsenal face rival for Real Madrid star; Shaw and Ings on the move

Arsenal are facing competition from AC Milan to land a Real Madrid target, while Newcastle’s bid to land two top targets could be back on, according to Thursday’s papers.

ARSENAL TO BATTLE MILAN FOR REAL STAR

AC Milan have reportedly joined Arsenal in the race to sign Real Madrid youngster Dani Ceballos, according to reports in Italy.

Calciomercato claims that the Italian giants a ready to launch a bid for the midfielder, who has played just 186 minutes in La Liga so far this term.

The Gunners were linked with a move for the 21-year-old earlier this week after it emerged that the former Real Betis star was looking for a move away in a bid to secure regular first-team football, according to the report in the Daily Mirror.

Ceballos has struggled to impress Real boss Zinedine Zidane since making the move to The Bernabeu over the summer.

Arsenal chief is searching for new midfield talent as he prepares for the possibility that Mesut Ozil will leave the club in the New Year.

Ozil is out of contract in the summer has been strongly linked with Manchester United and Barcelona, although Wenger stated earlier in the week that talks over a new deal for the German were ongoing.

 

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Liverpool are reportedly facing strong competition for Napoli in their bid to sign £22m-rated Atletico Madrid star Sime Vrsaljko (Daily Mirror)

Jose Mourinho is lining up Inter Milan’s Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario, 24, as a replacement for Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Manchester United (Daily Mirror)

Real Madrid have agreed a £22m deal for Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga – and that could mean Thibaut Courtois and David de Gea are now off their hit list (Daily Mirror)

Andres Iniesta says he’s not worried about the prospect of former Barcelona team-mate Neymar joining Real Madrid, but he would be “annoyed” if it happened (Daily Mirror)

Malaga have launched a bid to re-sign striker Sandro Ramirez, who has made little impact since his summer move to Everton (Daily Mirror)

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is confident loan stars Leo Bonatini and Diogo Jota will agree to join the club on permanent deals (Daily Mirror)

Bournemouth are demanding £15million for striker Benik Afobe (The Sun)

Bristol City hope to sign 20-year-old Everton midfielder Liam Walsh for £1million.

West Ham have entered the race for Reading defender Liam Moore (Daily Express)

Leicester and Huddersfield are monitoring young Chelsea midfielder Kyle Scott’s situation after he hit a stalemate with the club in talks over a new deal (The Sun)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says Eric Bailly may need surgery as he struggles to recover from an ankle problem (Daily Express)

Rafa Benitez’s moves for Danny Ings and Luke Shaw could be back on thanks to Newcastle’s impending takeover (Daily Express)

Zinedine Zidane is desperate for Real Madrid to sign Chelsea star Eden Hazard, according to reports (Daily Star)

Manchester United star Juan Mata believes goalkeeper David de Gea is undervalued outside of England (Daily Star)

Millwall chairman John Berylson is considering moving the team out of Lewisham if the threat of a compulsory purchase order resurfaces (Daily Star)

Amanda Staveley has made a second bid in her attempt to buy Newcastle United although current owner Mike Ashley is yet to accept it and could ask her to increase the offer for a second time (Daily Telegraph)

Michy Batshuayi could be on his way out of Chelsea on loan in January and might form part of the package they offer to Monaco for Thomas Lemar (The Times)

Mesut Ozil favours a move to Manchester United over Barcelona should he leave Arsenal in the coming months (Daily Mail)

West Ham will sign ‘two or three new players’ in January, according to the club’s co-owner David Sullivan (Daily Mail)

Jose Mourinho has given Manchester United’s players most of Christmas off to spend with their families (Daily Mail)

Fears over relegation are delaying the completion of Amanda Staveley’s deal to buy Newcastle – she does not want to pay the full price to Mike Ashley if the club goes down at the end of 2017-18 (Daily Mail)

Brighton fans have been told their faces must not be covered with scarves, hats or hoods when they enter the Amex Stadium ahead of the FA Cup date with bitter rivals Crystal Palace on January 8 (Daily Mail)

Stevenage striker Danny Newton, a recruit from Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy, is being followed by QPR, MK Dons and Barnsley (Daily Mail)

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ESPN FC - Chelsea News 13 Dec 14:48

Conte's outburst on Chelsea's title hopes

Antonio Conte believes Chelsea have to win every game in the league to catch Man City.

ESPN FC - Chelsea News 13 Dec 14:09

Willian happy at Chelsea despite Manchester United speculation

Antonio Conte doesn't mince words about Chelsea's title chances after his side temporarily reduced their gap with Man City to 11 points. Willian has told Chelsea fans he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge amid speculation of a possible reunion with former boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. Willian, 29, has not been a regular starter this season but marked his return to the side with a match-winning display in Tuesday's 3-1 win at Huddersfield. "I'm happy here and the fans can be calm," he said after Chelsea turned in a much-improved display at the John Smith's Stadium. "I'm always happy here at Chelsea. I really like this club...

ESPN FC - Chelsea News 13 Dec 14:04

Will Monaco bite on Chelsea's offer of Michy Batshuayi for Thomas Lemar?

Stevie Nicol assesses the latest transfer rumours surrounding Mesut Ozil, Daniel Sturridge, Donnarumma and many more. With the calendar soon turning over to the new year, the gossip ahead of the January transfer window is heating up. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest rumours. Chelsea to offer Batshuayi as bait for Lemar Chelsea are looking to tempt Monaco into selling Thomas Lemar by offering Michy Batshuayi as a makeweight, reports the Telegraph. The Belgian striker is out of favour under Antonio Conte, who left him on the bench for Tuesday's 3-1 win over Huddersfield despite Alvaro Morata missing...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC 26 Jun 21:32

Lyon sign Chelsea's Traore for 8.8m

Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore joins Lyon for a fee of £8.8m on a five-year contract.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC 26 Jun 18:37

Hazard, Ba & Cabaye invest in NASL club

Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Crystal Palace's Yohan Cabaye are among the investors backing a new football club in the United States.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC 26 Jun 12:53

Chelsea close to deal for Bakayoko

Chelsea are close to signing midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from French champions Monaco and the deal could be completed this week.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC 23 Jun 19:18

Shield proceeds to be given to Grenfell

Proceeds from the 2017 FA Community Shield will be donated to support those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC 22 Jun 13:29

Juve get 'substantial offer' for Sandro

Juventus receive a "substantial offer" for Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro, who is reported to be a target for Chelsea.

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