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Manchester United want Reece James from Chelsea?

Manchester United ‘keep tabs’ on Chelsea defender Reece James, according to a report. Manchester United have reportedly been ‘keeping tabs’ on Chelsea defender Reece James. James, who came through the youth system at Chelsea, has made 42 Championship appearances for loan club Wigan Athletic during the 2018-19 campaign. Over the weekend, it was claimed that Brighton & Hove Albion had a £10m bid rejected for the 19-year-old. However, according to the Daily Mail, the Blues will also have to resist interest from United, with the Red Devils ‘continuing to track his progress’ ahead of a potential £15m bid. James signed a new four-year deal with Chelsea last summer despite the fact that he is yet to make his first-team debut for the Premier League club.

Gianfranco Zola: ‘Chelsea to complain about offensive Burnley comment to Sarri’

Gianfranco Zola expects Chelsea to lodge a formal complaint with the Football Association after Burnley‘s backroom staff “offended” boss Maurizio Sarri in the teams’ 2-2 Premier League draw. Head coach Sarri refused to talk to the media after Chelsea’s lacklustre home draw with the Clarets, incensed at being sent off and claiming he was abused by the visiting coaching team. Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger and Burnley goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer had to be separated by the officials at the final whistle, as a gripping encounter ended in ugly touchline scenes at Stamford Bridge. Tempers flare on the touchline after the match (Adam Davy/PA) David Luiz and Ashley Westwood then clashed as the teams left the field, and that after Gonzalo Higuain had thrown a bott...

Result: Chelsea held by battling Burnley at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea draw 2-2 with Burnley in Monday’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge, with all four goals being scored in the opening 24 minutes. Chelsea have failed to capitalise on some favourable weekend results as they played out a 2-2 draw with lowly Burnley in Monday evening’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. © Reuters Maurizio Sarri made four changes to his starting lineup on the back of the victory over Slavia Prague here four days ago, a result that keeps Chelsea’s campaign alive on two fronts, but it was one of those who retained his place in the side that had the first shot on goal. Eden Hazard’s corner was cleared back into his path and his stinging shot from a tight angle was too hot for Tom Heaton to handle, though his defenders were able to help ...

Manchester United ‘refusing to pay more than £60m for Philippe Coutinho’

Manchester United are reportedly refusing to pay more than £60m for Philippe Coutinho this summer – less than half the sum Barcelona bought him for in January 2018. Manchester United are unwilling to pay more than €70m (£61m) to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona this summer, according to reports. Coutinho’s future at Camp Nou has come under scrutiny in recent months following an underwhelming first season-and-a-half at Barcelona since his big-money move from Liverpool in January 2018. The Brazilian has fallen behind Ousmane Dembele and sometimes Malcom in the pecking order under Ernesto Valverde, starting just 19 La Liga games this season. Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for Coutinho, but Don Balon reports that they will only p...

Real Madrid to begin talks over £173m Harry Kane move this week?

Harry Kane will be the subject of talks between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur in London this week, according to a report. Real Madrid chiefs will reportedly head to London this week to begin discussions with Tottenham Hotspur over a £173m deal for striker Harry Kane. The England international has been an on-off target for Los Blancos over the past couple of years thanks to his incredible scoring success in the Premier League. Despite missing parts of this season with an ankle injury, Kane has struck 17 times in the top flight to take his overall tally in the competition to 178 goals. According to Don Balon, Madrid are not put off by Tottenham’s huge valuation of the player and they hope to make a breakthrough in negotiations in the coming days. The report indicates that Kane coul...

Report: Liverpool initiate contact over Nicolas Pepe

Liverpool are reportedly in control in the race to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille as they have established contact with the French side over a summer transfer. Liverpool have reportedly moved to the front of the queue in the race to sign Nicolas Pepe after making a formal enquiry about the Lille forward. The Ivory Coast international’s agent confirmed at the weekend that a number of clubs have showed an interest in the £75m-rated attacker. Arsenal are considered long-term admirers of Pepe and Chelsea see him as a possible replacement for Eden Hazard, while Bayern Munich and Manchester United have also been touted as possible suitors. French outlet Le10 Sport suggests that Liverpool have stolen a march on each of their rivals, however, as they have established contact with Lille about t...

Chelsea ‘want Philippe Coutinho to replace Eden Hazard’

A report claims that Chelsea want Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho to replace Eden Hazard, who is expected to join Real Madrid in the coming months. Barcelona ace Philippe Coutinho has reportedly been targeted by Chelsea to become the heir to Real Madrid-bound Eden Hazard. The Blues allegedly accept that their star player Hazard will quit this summer after years of flirting with the Spanish giants. Finding a replacement will not be easy, but Telefoot claims that the West London outfit have one target in particular lined up. Chelsea believe that Coutinho can do a job for them should he replicate the form shown at Premier League rivals Liverpool, which earned him a nine-figure move to Barcelona in January 2018. Should they miss out on the Brazil international, the report indicates that Ma...

Maurizio Sarri: Champions League given “too much importance”

Maurizio Sarri believes the Champions League is overhyped. The Chelsea boss concedes Europe’s top-tier competition remains the world’s premier club tournament, but insists its importance is overstated. Chelsea must win the Europa League or secure a top-four Premier League finish to qualify for next term’s Champions League. Sarri’s Chelsea will face Eintracht Frankfurt in the last four of the Europa League (Steven Paston/PA) Exclusion from the continent’s top table hampers recruitment and hits revenue, leaving Sarri’s employers possibly unimpressed with his Champions League views. “I think the media give the Champions League too much importance,” said Sarri, whose future at Chelsea remains far from stable. “Of course it’s the most ...

Sean Dyche backs VAR development

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has a very personal reason for believing VAR has to be maintained and perfected following the latest controversy with the system. Fernando Llorente’s crucial third goal for Spurs in their Champions League quarter-final with Manchester City was allowed to stand after referee Cuneyt Cakir checked footage and ruled that the striker had not handled the ball prior to it hitting his hip and going in. It was not clear whether the best angle of the incident was shown to the referee and there was still more drama to come in injury time as City thought they had scored the goal they needed when Raheem Sterling struck from close range. The scenes of celebration resembled those that followed Sergio Aguero’s famous Premier League title-winning goal in 2012, but the...

Zinedine Zidane wants Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe, Christian Eriksen?

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane wants to add Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe and Christian Eriksen to his squad ahead of next season, according to a report. Zinedine Zidane has reportedly informed Real Madrid chiefs that he wants to sign Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe and Christian Eriksen this summer. The Frenchman is expected to be heavily backed ahead of next season as a major overhaul is required to rejuvenate Los Blancos’ stale squad. Plans are already in place for the upcoming transfer window, with a big-money deal recently being agreed for Porto defender Eder Militao, and El Confidencial suggests that three other big names are on Zidane’s radar. Chelsea forward Hazard remains Madrid’s number-one target, it is claimed, while Paris Saint-Germain striker Mbappe and Tottenh...

Chelsea ‘reject Brighton & Hove Albion’s £10m Reece James bid’

Brighton & Hove Albion fail with a £10m bid for Chelsea defender Reece James, according to a report. Brighton & Hove Albion have reportedly failed with a £10m bid for Chelsea defender Reece James. The 19-year-old came through the youth system at Chelsea, but is yet to make his first-team debut for the club. The teenager has been in outstanding form on loan at Wigan Athletic this term, though, scoring three times and contributing three assists in 42 Championship appearances. According to The Sun, Brighton launched a £10m offer for James, but Chelsea rejected the bid as they are not interested in selling the England Under-20 international. James signed a new four-year contract with the Blues before leaving for Wigan last summer. Read Next: Chelsea ‘refusing to budge on £100m Ha...

Chelsea ‘refusing to budge on £100m Eden Hazard asking price’

Blues do not want to lose Eden for anything less than £100million. Chelsea are still holding out for £100million to sell Eden Hazard to Real Madrid. The Blues are understood to be standing firm on their valuation of star forward Hazard, determined not to lose their talisman at a knockdown price. Madrid continue to expect precious little delay on completing a deal to sign the Belgium playmaker this summer. Eden Hazard has been in flying form for Chelsea (John Walton/PA) But Chelsea are insisting that Madrid meet their valuation of their top asset, despite Real wanting to pay £85million for the 28-year-old. Hazard’s Chelsea contract expires next summer and the 100-cap Belgium flyer has refused to sign new terms with the Blues. The 19-goal star is enjoying his best-ever season at the St...

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