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Chelsea look to offer Victor Moses an Improved Contract

November 28, 2016

Chelsea are looking to hold contract talks with Victor Moses due to his recent improved performances for the Blues.

Moses performances in a new wing-back position for Chelsea has spark interest in the player from a host of European clubs including Spanish giants Barcelona.

Moses has been a key figure in Chelsea’s great start to the season including a seven-match winning run in the Premier League.

Chelsea beat Spurs 2-1 on Saturday and Moses scored the winner, he has also previously found the net in wins against Burnley and champions Leicester City.

Moses improved contract would partly be to acknowledge his current contribution to the team but also to ward off interest from any other clubs.

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Chelsea must move for new defenders in transitional phase

October 6, 2016

When Antonio Conte was announced as Chelsea manager supporters will naturally have assumed that their defensive struggles of the 2015/16 campaign were at an end. The Blues conceded over 53 goals in the failed defence of their crown, but the Italian’s success in forming stoic outfits at Juventus and as Italy manager, brought confidence of another charge for the Premier League title.

However, Chelsea have endured a stuttering start to life under their new manager, taking 13 points from their opening seven matches of the term. Senior players have struggled to match their performances of two years ago, suggesting that Conte could be prepared to move them on.

Although the Blues are marginally off the pace in the race for the crown, trailing Manchester City by five points, they remain one of the contenders to lift the trophy in May currently being backed in the latest Premier League betting odds at 16/1.

John Terry gave Chelsea a huge boost towards the end of last season when he renewed his contract for one year, ensuring that defensive reinforcements were not a necessity with Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and Kurt Zouma present in the squad.

Conte’s men started the campaign on a strong note, claiming victories in their opening three matches against West Ham, Watford and Burnley. However, the first signs of defensive problems reared their head in a 2-2 draw against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Gary Cahill made a horrendous error to allow Leroy Fer to put the Swans ahead, although the Blues salvaged a point when Diego Costa scored a late equaliser. The England international has struggled this season, continuing his issues from last term and Euro 2016 when he allowed Kolbeinn Sigthorsson to find the back of the net in the Three Lions’ humiliating loss to Iceland.

Branislav Ivanovic has also failed to find his best form, prompting suggestions that he could leave the club in the near future. The Serb has been a steady operator for the Blues, but at the age of 32 his days at right-back appear to be numbered.

As a result, Chelsea have been on the search for new defenders and re-signed David Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain after failing to land their primary targets over the summer. The club reportedly missed out on the signings of AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, forcing them to go back to the Brazilian for additional depth at the back.

Due to Cahill and Ivanovic’s struggles along with Terry’s age, the signings of Romagnoli and Koulibaly would have been a massive boost for Conte’s long-term plans. The Milan defender is only 21, while the Napoli centre-back is 25 and entering the prime of his career.

Should Chelsea sign either of those players over the next year their defence would be in good shape, allowing Conte to mould them into copies of Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli, who helped his Juventus teams dominate Serie A.

The Blues have also been linked with Burnley’s Michael Keane, a transfer that would echo their move to sign Cahill from Bolton Wanderers in 2012. Keane is on the rise in the Premier League having been an integral part of the Clarets’ push back to the top flight and has already put in a series of promising displays this season. His form was good enough to earn him a call-up to the England squad for their clash against Malta and has shown enough potential to be a mainstay of the national side for the years to come.

The next couple of transfer windows will be an important step for Conte as he seeks to put his stamp on the club. Chelsea are entering a transitional phase and must get it right to remain in contention for major trophies.

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Why Eden Hazard must outshine himself at Euro 2016

March 15, 2016

What’s worse than having a miserable season and watching your only hope of competing in the next Champions League campaign disappear? Well, having your out-of-form star player swap shirts with the opposition, halfway through a European tie you’re losing is surely up there. While Guus Hiddink was vocal about his disappointment regarding the whole Eden Hazard-Angel Di Maria saga, the interim manager underplayed the incident in order to avoid any disappointment in the dressing room atmosphere ahead of a testing period.

Hazard has had a rollercoaster of a season, with poor performances, transfer speculation and general discontent there for all to see. After Jose Mourinho got the sack, the Belgian revealed he apologised to the former manager due to feeling partly responsible for Chelsea’s poor performance following a phenomenal season where he was mentioned in the same breath as world-beaters like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, from being termed as one of the best in his profession, he’s fallen down the pecking order at the club itself and his potential transfer-related comments and aren’t going down well with the Stamford Bridge faithful.

With the Euros just around the corner, the winger needs to make sure he gets back to his very best and starts firing on all cylinders in June. Belgium are available at odds of around 11/1 to win the tournament in the international football betting. But if their star fails to find his feet, they could exit as early as the group stages. Rivals Sweden, Italy and the Republic of Ireland all have aims higher than just participation.

So what exactly has Hazard got to do to set things right and start regaining praise from the football world?

For starters, he needs to make a decision on where his future lies. After recently stating his interest to join PSG, he has got a lot of flak for not helping Chelsea to deal with the rough patch they’re going through. But if the Belgian is determined on the move abroad, so be it. Sheltering a disinterested player could prove infectious for the rest of the squad and that’s the last thing Chelsea need right now. However, the twist in the tale is that he can’t move until the summer and that’s when the Euros take place. So, all the transfer hullabaloo isn’t really helping any party.

If he could just get his act together for now with Chelsea, and help them finish their season strongly, he would attract the attention he seemingly desires from the big clubs. It would also help him rediscover his much needed form, which would aid his country in achieving the target they’ve set for France.

Should the storyline go in this manner, he could yet sidestep the landmine. But should it not, Hazard would find himself being picked out as the scapegoat for club and country in the space of just a couple of months. If that isn’t enough motivation to do well, what is?

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Chelsea ready to splash out £50million on Diego Costa

April 14, 2014

It has been reported that Chelsea have agreed a £50million deal for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa.

It is believed that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is desperate to sign a world class striker for next season, and according to reports in Spain, Chelsea have already struck an agreement for the Spanish international star.

Costa who has so far scored over 30 goals for Atletico this season, will come face-to-face with his proposed new club Chelsea when Atletico meet Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final on the 22nd of April.

The deal should be completed on June 30th and will equal the £50m club-record fee Chelsea paid Liverpool for Fernando Torres.

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Zouma Must Avoid Loan Pattern at Chelsea

February 4, 2014

Chelsea have once again beaten off interest from their Premier League rivals in securing a new signing, with St. Etienne defender Kurt Zouma securing a £12 million to Stamford Bridge on deadline day.

The 19 year old has been loaned back to the French side until the end of the season, suggesting Mourinho is happy with his current defensive options as Chelsea continue to compete in three major competitions.

Given Chelsea’s interest, as well as that of a host of other top clubs, it is obvious Zouma is one of the hottest prospects in European football, but he must be wary of the impact the loan move which keeps him in France may have on his future in London. Chelsea’s record of youth development is pretty poor, and there are a number of big-name youngsters who have proven surplus to requirements once they actually arrive at the club.

Three examples – all involving Belgians – spring to mind. Kevin de Bruyne was signed in but only broke into the first team squad at the start of this season, and has already been shipped on to Wolfsburg for £17 million. Romelu Lukaku continues to impress wherever he plays – though this is never at Chelsea – and Thibaut Courtois, on loan at Atletico Madrid, looks like he will stay there despite already being one of the finest goalkeepers in Europe.

Zouma will hope to break into Jose Mourinho’s first team as soon as possible, so as not to follow in the footsteps of so many other potential superstars who sign for Chelsea.

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Matic Returns to Stamford Bridge

January 15, 2014

At the time of writing, Chelsea are on the verge of completing the signing of Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic from Benfica in a deal believed to be worth about £21 million.

Matic, who’s strength and excellent first touch make him an ideal holding midfielder, left Stamford Bridge only three years ago, being used as part-exchange in the deal that brought David Luiz to London. Mourinho, however, clearly sees the Serb as the next piece of the puzzle as he tries to make this season’s improving Chelsea team his own.

Since Claude Makelele left for Paris St-Germain in 2008, Chelsea have struggled to find a suitable replacement in front of the back four, with Jon Obi Mikel never quite making the position his own and latterly Ramires proving more effective further forward. Matic differs from Mikel in particular in that he is somewhat more creative, and is as comfortable starting moves off as he is breaking them up. David Luiz has been employed in the holding role a number of times over the last eighteen months at Chelsea, foremost for this very reason.

The Serb returns a much more established player, having now played 56 times for Benfica in all competitions, and having been named Primeira Liga Player of the Year for the 2012-13 season, his last full season at the Portuguese giants.

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If PSG Want Mata, Chelsea Must Sell

December 18, 2013

Reports continue to circulate that, given the limited success of creative midfielders Javier Pastore and Lucas Moira, PSG are ready to splash another £40million to take Juan Mata from Chelsea.
Incomprehensible to many English football fans as the headline may be, it should be taken with a pinch of salt. Should Chelsea actually sell Mata? No. Well, probably not. Should manager Jose Mourinho play him more? Yes.

Mata remains a consistent player on the field – at Chelsea only Eden Hazard (2.5) averages more key passes per match in the Premier League this season than the Spaniard (2.3, more than the heavily vaunted Ramsey or Rooney) – and his increased work-rate has only added to his already exceptional game.

It is true that Chelsea have too many attacking midfielders to play them all every game (though Vincente Del Bosque or Sam Allardyce might give it a shot) but that Mata isn’t the more regular starter of them all baffles the mind, given his influence since joining Chelsea from Valencia in 2011. Given his own record, it’s difficult to argue with any decision Mourinho makes, but it’s equally tough work finding evidence he is right not to include the diminutive playmaker on a more regular basis.

The issue here is of course that however good he is, Mata cannot influence proceedings on the pitch from a seat on the bench any more than you or I (unless you are really, really good). With two ‘Fans Player of the Year’ awards in the two seasons he’s been at Chelsea, the Stamford Bridge faithful would find his exit particularly unpalatable, but seeing him wrapped up in the dugout must arguably be worse.

The game needs players like Mata, and if there is a spot for him in PSG’s first team then the truth is a sale would be the best move for all parties, sad though that is for any regular follower of the English game.

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Lukaku involved in transfer tussle

September 2, 2013

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is involved in a transfer tussle between Everton and West Brom. Both clubs are interested in signing the Belgium striker on a season-long loan deal. The youngster spent last season on-loan at West Brom and scored 17 Premier League goals for the Baggies.

West Brom look like favourites to re-sign the Belgium international ahead of the Toffee’s, but Everton are still believed to be in the hunt for striker. Either club could sign the striker. The 20-year-old is very highly-rated and is expected to have a big season ahead of him. However, he would not get much first team football at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea linked with Gustavo move

July 28, 2013

According to the Sunday People, Chelsea could make a £15million move for Bayern defensive midfielder Luis Gustavo. The Brazilian midfielder faces increased competition for places in the Bayern midfield in the new season, after the Bavarians brought in Mario Gotze and Thiago.

Gustavo now looks surplus to requirements. The midfielder has already been linked with a move to fellow Bundesliga club Wolfsburg, but it seems a move to the Premier League maybe be a more attractive proposition for the Brazilian international.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has stated that he is happy with his current squad, but could still make a move if the right player became available.

Wayne Rooney 4/7 to sign for Chelsea before 3rd September 2013. Click here to bet.

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Chelsea complete swoop for Chilean starlet

July 24, 2013

Chelsea have completed the £3million signing of Chilean starlet Christian Cuevas from O’Higgins in the players home country. The youngster can play at both left-back and on the left side of midfield.

Cuevas impressed while having a trial with the Blues in February and the 18-year-old has now joined the club. Cuevas is a Chile under-20 international and rated as a player with a bright future in the game.

Another young Chelsea player Wallace is wanted by Italian teams Inter and Roma, who are looking at signing the full-back on a season-long loan deal.

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