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Chelsea charged by UEFA over Malmo crowd trouble

The Blues and their Swedish opponents were hit by charges in the wake of Thursday night’s Europa League clash Chelsea and Malmo have been charged by UEFA following supporter unrest during their Europa League match in Sweden on Thursday. Chelsea have been charged over pitch invasions by their supporters and Malmo for setting off fireworks. Both clubs have been charged with the throwing of objects by their fans during the last-32 tie, which Chelsea won 2-1. Maurizio Sarri had called for calm ahead of the match in Malmo (Martin Rickett/PA) Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was hugged by a pitch-invading fan at the final whistle and the culprit’s grip was released only when the Belgium forward handed over his shirt. The fan was one of at least four from the home stands who encroached on to the playi...

Chelsea ‘confident of lowering Gonzalo Higuain fee’

Chelsea are confident of signing Gonzalo Higuain for less than Juventus’s £32m asking price as the Italian giants need to free up some wages, according to a report. Chelsea are reportedly confident that Juventus will sell on-loan striker Gonzalo Higuain on the cheap at the end of the season. The 31-year-old joined the Blues on an initial six-month deal in January with the option to make that permanent in the summer. Higuain has impressed during his first four games for the West London outfit, even if results have been poor during that spell, scoring twice in the 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town to earn the acclaim of his teammates. Chelsea were asked by Juventus to pay around £32m to land the Argentina international on a full-time basis, but ESPN reports that the Blues believe they can...

Chelsea want Zinedine Zidane to replace Maurizio Sarri?

Chelsea consider an approach for Zinedine Zidane as the speculation surrounding the future of current head coach Maurizio Sarri continues, according to a report. Chelsea are reportedly considering an approach for Zinedine Zidane as speculation surrounding the future of current head coach Maurizio Sarri continues to gather pace. Sarri only took charge of Chelsea last summer following a successful period with Napoli. The Blues made a strong start to the campaign, but their Premier League form has been inconsistent in recent weeks, which has seen them drop out of the Champions League positions. Chelsea were thumped 6-0 at Manchester City on Sunday afternoon and the odds on Sarri being sacked have been slashed following the disappointing result at the Etihad Stadium. Chelsea assistant Gianfran...

Blues will figure it out – Pulisic

Chelsea signing Christian Pulisic is backing his new club to come good by the time he joins them from Borussia Dortmund in the summer. The Premier League side signed the 20-year-old for £58million in the January transfer window and immediately loaned him back to the Bundesliga leaders. Pulisic is keeping a close eye on events at Stamford Bridge, which have seen Maurizio Sarri come under increasing pressure, particularly in the wake of the 6-0 humbling at Manchester City on Sunday, which saw Chelsea drop to sixth in the Premier League. The winger has got faith that things will turn around in west London. “It’s tough for me to say,” Pulisic said. “They’ve had some tough results but I know they’re going to work it out. “They’re a great team with great players and a good coach. So they’re goin...

Manchester United ‘make enquiry about Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic’

Manchester United reportedly make an enquiry about the availability of Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who has also been linked with Chelsea, Juventus and Bayern. Manchester United have reportedly enquired about the situation of Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic. Rakitic has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou at the end of the season after talks over a contract extension stalled. The 30-year-old’s agent has ruled out the possibility of his client leaving the Spanish champions this summer, but that has not prevented clubs from keeping tabs on his situation. Spanish publication Sport reports that Manchester United have now joined Chelsea in the race for Rakitic’s signature, having both asked about his availability. Other European giants such as Juventus, Inter Mila...

Maurizio Sarri looking for Chelsea to bounce back against Malmo

Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea face the first of a series of short-term tests at Malmo on Thursday night as the Italian faces a crucial period which could determine his future as head coach. The 60-year-old has not heard directly from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich since Sunday’s humiliating 6-0 loss at Manchester City, the Blues’ opponents in the Carabao Cup final on February 24. Sarri maintains lifting the League Cup is a realistic target, but the first goals are the Europa League last-32 tie with Malmo, the first leg of which takes place in Sweden. Sarri says at the moment the team has short-term targets, with each next game the most important, starting with tomorrow’s. #MALCHE — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 13, 2019 In between comes Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round meeting with Manchest...

Torino want Chelsea loanee Ola Aina on permanent deal?

Torino are reportedly ready to sign Chelsea youngster Ola Aina on a permanent deal during the summer transfer window. Torino have reportedly decided that they are prepared to sign Chelsea defender Ola Aina on a permanent basis. Chelsea have allowed Aina to spend the season on loan at the Serie A outfit, with the Italian side having the option to push through a £9m transfer at the end of the campaign. The 22-year-old penned a new three-year contract at Stamford Bridge before his departure but according to The Mirror, Torino want to keep the Nigeria international. Aina has made an impact at wing-back, with the academy graduate making a total of 16 starts and four substitute outings this season. The player has made just three substitute outings for Chelsea in the Premier League. Read Next: Re...

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri’s fate rests on Europa League success?

Chelsea may reportedly have to deliver success in the Europa League in order to keep his job at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has reportedly been tasked with winning the Europa League in order to keep his job at Stamford Bridge. Sarri has started to come under fierce pressure after the club’s recent poor form in the Premier League, and it has left the Blues in danger of missing out on next season’s Champions League. Chelsea only sit one point adrift of fourth-placed Manchester United in the top-flight standings, but United are currently one of the form teams in the division. The West Londoners can also qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League in May and according to The Telegraph, Sarri may have to be successful in Europe in order to remain i...

Maurizio Sarri hasn’t spoken to Roman Abramovich since Manchester City mauling

Maurizio Sarri says last Sunday’s humiliating loss at Manchester City did not prompt direct contact from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. The Blues’ 4-0 loss at Bournemouth last month was Chelsea’s worst since September 1996, until City inflicted further embarrassment on Sarri’s side, who suffered their biggest defeat in 28 years. Following the Etihad Stadium setback, Sarri said in an interview with an Italian broadcaster that he “never” speaks to Abramovich, an owner not renowned for his patience. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is not renowned for his patience (Jed Leicester/PA) Speaking ahead of Thursday’s Europa League last-32 first leg with Malmo in Sweden, Sarri insisted his comments had been mistranslated when if he had spoken to Abramovich. “No, not this week – not in the last three ...

Arsenal, Chelsea ‘monitoring AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie’

Premier League duo Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly monitoring AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, who has also been linked with Paris Saint-Germain. Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly keeping tabs on AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie ahead of a possible summer bidding war. Kessie has established himself as a key member of Gennaro Gattuso‘s first team since his arrival at the San Siro in 2017 and has featured in 21 of his side’s 23 Serie A outings so far this term. The 22-year-old’s contract does not expire until 2021, but Milan may be tempted to cash in on him if they receive a good enough offer. The Italian giants remain concerned about Financial Fair Play and could try to avoid sanctions by offloading players such as Kessie, who is valued at around €30m (£26.3m). Calc...

Chelsea ‘could keep Eden Hazard with Zinedine Zidane appointment’

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard would be prepared to sign a new contract with the club if Zinedine Zidane was appointed head coach, according to a report. Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard would reportedly be prepared to sign a new contract with the club if Zinedine Zidane was appointed as Maurizio Sarri‘s replacement. Sarri’s position as head coach of the Blues is currently the subject of intense speculation, with Sunday’s 6-0 defeat at Manchester City leaving them down in sixth position in the Premier League table. The odds on Sarri being sacked have been slashed following the disappointing result at the Etihad Stadium. The former Napoli boss reportedly has two weeks to save his job, with the Blues facing Malmo twice, Manchester United and Manchester City in three separate comp...

The fixtures that could decide Solskjaer’s Manchester United future

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tasted defeat for the first time in his 12-game reign as Manchester United’s interim boss when Paris St Germain handed out a Champions League lesson at Old Trafford. A run of 10 wins and one draw before that reverse had prompted popular calls for him to be installed as Jose Mourinho’s permanent replacement, and his chances could rest on what United do over the remainder of the season. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look Solskjaer’s next seven games and the role they could play in that decision. February 18: Chelsea (a), FA Cup fifth round United have an opportunity to extend their pursuit of a 13th FA Cup success when they head for Stamford Bridge, where they were denied a league victory by Ross Barkley’s late equaliser in October. However, they will face a Blue...

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