ARSENAL AND CHELSEA TO CONSIDER SIGNING BARCA STAR

Arsenal and Chelsea will consider moves for Ronald Araujo should the Barcelona centre-back fail to agree a new contract at Camp Nou, Express Sport understands. The 23-year-old Uruguayan has become a cornerstone of Xavi’s side since forcing his way into the first-team set-up under Ronald Koeman. Araujo has been one of only few shining lights during arguably the darkest period in Barcelona’s illustrious history.

Barcelona chiefs are keen to award the defender with a new bumper contract that reflects his value to his manager but so far, negotiations have struggled to bear fruit. Instead, the La Liga giants are now fearing they will lose their ball-playing centre-back on a free transfer. Talks are continuing between the two parties with Barca still hopeful they will find an agreement with Araujo and his representatives. Continue reading

MALOUDA ADVISES CHELSEA BOARD ON TUCHEL

Former Chelsea winger FlorentMalouda has advised the West London outfit on the culture of hire-and-fire at the club as he drummed support for current manager Thomas Tuchel. Malouda discussed the managerial position at Chelsea in a chat with the London Evening Standard as he advised the board to put an end to the constant dismissal of managers at the club. According to him, it looks like Chelsea have found the right man for the manager’s job at the club and that German tactician Tuchel is that man as he encouraged senior club officials to give him space to do a job for a long time to come.

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Malouda is adamant that ex-Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint Germain (PSG ( boss Tuchel can be a long-term manager at Chelsea.
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SANCHO OPENS PREMIER LEAGUE ACCOUNT

It looks like Jadon Sancho is beginning to find his feet at Manchester United after he opened his Premier League account during the big game at Chelsea over the weekend. The England international scored the opener as Manchester United and Chelsea shared the points at the end of regulation time.

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Manchester United fans were excited in the summer when the club finally signed Sancho from German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund after making several attempts in previous transfer windows. The Red Devils paid the princely sum of €85m to secure his transfer from Dortmund.
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MORATA, DYBALA TO MISS CHELSEA GAME

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Juventus have been handed a big blow on the injury front following the news that both forwards Alvaro Morata and Paolo Dybala will miss the Champions League Group H clash with holders Chelsea when the two teams meet on Wednesday night. Juventus play hosts to Chelsea with the two teams targeting a win to maintain their unblemished start to the new Champions League season.

Argentine international Dybala had to be substituted just after he opened the scoring in the first half of the Sampdoria game at the weekend due to injury. Juventus were able to record back-to-back league wins for the first time this season thanks to the 3-2 win at home to Sampdoria buoyed by the opening goal from Dybala. Ex-Palermo attacker Dybala exited the game with a muscle injury and around the midway point of the Serie A encounter. He had earlier given Juve the lead on 10 minutes. Continue reading

LACAZETTE OUT OF CHELSEA GAME

Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette has been ruled out of the London Derby clash with Chelsea this weekend after failing to recover from Covid-19. The status of the Arsenal striker ahead of the Chelsea game was revealed by the Gunners’ medical team on Thursday. According to the statement released by the Arsenal medical team, Lacazette failed to recover from the Covid-19 that prompted him to miss the Premier League opener at fellow London team Brentford.

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said that French international Lacazette was ill in his pre-match press conference for the Brentford game played at the Brentford Community Stadium on Friday night alongside strike partner Pierre-EmerickAubameyang. It has now been revealed that Lacazette and Aubameyang were two of the four Arsenal players that missed the Brentford after testing positive to Covid-19. Brazilian winger Willian and Icelandic international shot stopper Alex Runnarsson also tested positive to Covid-19. The Gunners were said to have tried to postpone the game at Brentford to no avail after the four positive tests as mentioned above.
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BAYERN END INTEREST IN CHELSEA WINGER

German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have reportedly ended their interested in Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi having tried to sign him in the previous transfer windows. The status of Bayern’s interest was confirmed by Times journalist Constantine Ecklervia Twitter. It was stated that the Bavarian giants pulled out of the bid to sign the Chelsea player due to their inability to offer him the six-figure weekly salary he earns at Stamford Bridge.

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England international Hudson-Odoi broke into the Chelsea first team squadfew seasons ago and he went on to sign a long-term deal at the club to ward off the interest from Bayern Munich. The English winger earns more than £100,000 at Chelsea on the back of signing the new lucrative deal.
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CHELSEA RECORD BIG WIN OVER LEICESTER

West London giants Chelsea have been able to avenge their FA Cup final defeat at the hands of fellow Champions League chasers Leicester City after the two teams met again three days from the final at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday. Their latest meeting was in the Premier League and it could decide the destination of the two Champions League spots up for grabs.

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Chelsea and Leicester City have now met three times with their latest encounter at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
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KOVACIC OUT OF MADRID CLASH

Chelsea have been dealt a big blow after key midfielder Mateo Kovacic failed to recover in time to take his place in the squad for the Champions League clash with Spanish La Liga champions.

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Real Madrid host Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Tuesday night and Croatian international Kovacic will miss the game against his former club as a result of injury.
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Chelsea And United Enter Transfer Tussle For Serie A Defender

Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea are set to enter into a transfer battle with both clubs interested in signing Gianluca Mancini from Italian Serie A club AS Roma. The outstanding defender is highly rated and also widely considered as one of the stand-out performing defenders in the Italian league. He has now emerged as a top transfer target for clubs overseas, including the Blues and the Red Devils who both want to sign defenders in the summer transfer window.

The report is coming from the Express, who claim that Chelsea have been tracking the defender since last season and have been monitoring his progress before going on to make a move for him. Mancini, 24, is a product of the Fiorentina academy and has also played for Perugia in a loan stint. After Perugia, Mancini played for Atalanta before eventually signing for Roma back in 2019.
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CHRISTENSEN REVEALS KEY TO CHELSEA FORM

Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has revealed the key to the form under new manager Thomas Tuchel. Andreas Christensen is enjoying a new lease of life under the new manager and has started the last four games in all competitions, a feat that the player admits has not happened for the many years. Andreas Christensen spoke to the official website of Chelsea about the renaissance witnessed under Thomas Tuchel, who was appointed as the new Blues boss last month as the replacement for the sacked Frank Lampard.

According to him, Thomas Tuchel has encouraged the players to do the simple things as often as possible and also urged the Chelsea boys to stay away from complicating things on the pitch. Andreas Christensen believes that this has been the key to a good defensive record under Tuchel and the excellent defensive record has been the foundation needed for the team to achieve results. Continue reading