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City are currently second in the Premier League table, 22 points behind leaders Liverpool and 10 points ahead of fourth-placed Chelsea.

Sheffield United are the team in fifth place at the moment, with 39 points from 26 games.

However, Tottenham, Wolves and Everton are all within three points of Chris Wilder’s side.

There will also be competition from Manchester United and Arsenal, who are ninth and 10th in the table respectively.

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15 feb 2020  
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  • “It looks a terrific signing and particularly at the price as well,” Holland said on talkSPORT.

    “A few alarm bells start ringing don’t they, he’s 26 years of age, he’s been playing in Holland for his entire career.

    “Why hasn’t he moved sooner? And why is the price so cheap?

    “Watching him last year in the Champions League, he’s a real player.

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    14 feb 2020  
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  • Frank Lampard is plotting a major summer rebuild at Chelsea after they complete a £37m deal for Hakim Ziyech.

    But the Blues have no intention of paying Borussia Dortmund’s £100m asking price for Jason Sancho, with Manchester United favourites to land him.

    Ajax winger Ziyech will move to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season after the two clubs agreed a deal worth an initial £33m plus add-ons yesterday.

    That looks a bargain for the 26-year-old Morocco star, who has been involved in 92 goals in 113 games for the Dutch club.

    But while Lampard is pushing to make sure he is just one of many signings this summer after missing out in the last two windows, Chelsea will not be breaking the bank on a marquee name.

    That would suggest England star Sancho is out of reach, although the Blues have registered an interest in the 19-year-old.

    Chelsea are in the market for a striker and a goalkeeper, with Kepa Arrizabalaga’s place under threat, and are also eyeing a left back, with Leicester’s Ben Chilwell among potential targets.

    The Blues also look set to wave goodbye to ageing wingers Pedro and Willian, and veteran centre forward Olivier Giroud, as part of a major squad shake-up.


    Ziyech was holding out for a move to Chelsea after turning down the likes of Roma and Sevilla and Ajax coach Eric ten Hag claims he expected it to happen “one or two years earlier.”

    Team-mate Donny van de Beek has tipped him to be a success in London, saying: “He will do very well there. It’s a nice club for him.”

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    Ziyech himself has expressed his delight at becoming a Chelsea player, saying: “Happy to be fit again so I can enjoy these last months on the pitch, where I belong.

    “Received a lot of warm and positive messages during my absence and I hope to create just a few more beautiful memories than we already have.

    “Very happy with my next step, but first I have some unfinished business to handle.”

    https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/chelsea-planning-summer-transfer-overhaul-21493795

    14 feb 2020  
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    Chelsea blev utan nyförvärv i januarifönstret.

    Nu har de gjort klart med Ajax-stjärnan Hakim Ziyech.

    26-åringen ansluter till Londonklubben i sommar.

    Chelsea och Ajax är överens om en övergång för Hakim Ziyech.

    Mittfältaren har varit på väg bort under flera år, men har valt att stanna i klubben. Nu är det alltså klart, Ziyech lämnar för Premier League och Chelsea.

    26-åringen blir kvar i den nederländska storklubben fram till sommaren och ansluter 1 juli till Londonklubben.

    Kostar 400 miljoner

    Ajax bekräftar den officiella övergångssumman på deras hemsida.

    Den nederländska klubben får drygt 420 miljoner kronor för Ziyech. Summan kan stiga till 460 miljoner kronor vid eventuella bonusar.

    – Ziyech till Chelsea? En transfer skulle hända, vi förväntade oss det för eller senare, sa Ajax tränare Erik ten Hag i går innan matchen mot Vitesse.

    Dominerade mot Chelsea

    Under hösten möttes Ajax och Chelsea i Champions Leagues gruppspel. Chelsea vann en av matcherna, och de andra slutade i ett oavgjort resultat – 4–4.

    Ziyech gjorde tre assister och dominerade i mötet på Stamford Bridge. En insats som gjorde att Chelsea verkligen fick upp ögonen för mittfältaren.

    Hittills har 26-åringen gjort 49 mål på 160 tävlingsmatcher för Ajax.

    13 feb 2020  
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  • Londonlaget lyckades besegra Birmingham med 2–0 hemma på Kingsmeadow.

    Norska Guro Reiten gav Chelsea ledningen med 1–0 strax före halvtid innan den engelska landslagsanfallaren Bethany England punkterade matchen med sitt 2–0-mål i den andra halvleken.

    Segern var den tolfte av 14 möjliga den här säsongen för Chelsea som alltjämt är obesegrat i ligaspelet. Trots ett förlustfritt facit är laget bara tvåa bakom Manchester City som samtidigt besegrade Bristol med 1–0 på hemmaplan.

    City är med en poängs försprång serieledare, dock med en match mer spelad.

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    13 feb 2020  
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  • Hakim Ziyech looks set to join Chelsea this summer after an agreement was reached with Ajax over a transfer.

    It will keep Frank Lampard happy, who was disappointed a deal could not be reached in the January market.

    A fee of around £38m has been agreed with Ajax for the winger, who Blues fans will know all about.

    The 26-year-old grabbed three assists in their Champions League encounter at Stamford Bridge in an entertaining 4-4 draw.

    Lampard liked what he saw but Ajax would not let their star man leave while they were in three competitions.

    The Morocco international has scored eight times this campaign, teetering up 21 assists in the process as well.

    And Ajax boss Erik ten Hag basically confirmed that a transfer was on the way this summer.

    ”Ziyech to Chelsea? A transfer was coming, we expected it to happen,” the coach told Dutch TV channel FOX Sports.

    ”And I actually already expected this 1 or 2 years earlier.

    ”And each time it was: ’Wow, he stayed again’. We are just happy that we will still have him until the end of the season.”

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    Ziyech will become Lampard’s first signing at Chelsea, but what shirt could he wear?

    The forward currently dons the No. 22 shirt at Ajax – one that he could fit straight into in west London.

    Christian Pulisic currently owns that top but he could move to a different number if two players leave this summer.

    Pedro and Willian are out of contract at the end of the season and could vacate their No. 11 and No. 10 shirts respectively.

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    Equally, Ziyech could take one of their tops – either would be appropriate for the playmaker-winger.

    He wears the No. 7 for his country but with N’Golo Kante owning that kit, this seems unlikely.

    But he has worn No. 10 for Ajax on multiple occasions, while he has also worn No. 11 for his country back in 2015/16.

    https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/hakim-ziyechs-potential-chelsea-shirt-21486929

    13 feb 2020  
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  • It will be Lampard’s first addition since the club’s transfer ban was lifted following a successful appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    Lampard was understandably frustrated at the lack of activity this month with the club free to bring new faces through the door.

    But Chelsea have extensive plans to spend big this summer, with Granovskaia expected to be very busy negotiating for the club’s top targets.

    Express Sport understand that there are four names at the top of the agenda after Ziyech, with a host of other potential alternatives lined incase they encounter difficulties.

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    13 feb 2020  
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    12 feb 2020  
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    12 feb 2020  
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  • Frank Lampard är sugen på att värva Hakim Ziyech. Det hävdar Daily Telegraph. Tidningen skriver att Chelsea-managern ska ha velat få in forwarden redan i vinter, men att Ajax inte var villigt att sälja marockanen då.

    Nu ska Chelsea fortsätta scouta 26-åringen inför en eventuell övergång i sommar.

    Ziyechs kontrakt med Ajax går ut sommaren 2022.

    https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/bloggar/sillybloggen/2020/02/12/brittisk-tidning-chelsea-kan-ga-for-ajax-stjarna-i-sommar/

    12 feb 2020  
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  • Philippe Coutinho – no regrets

    Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho isn’t surprised by Liverpool’s domestic dominance.

    The former Anfield favourite, who is now on a season-long loan with Bayern Munich, is happy to see his ex-colleagues in ‘flying’ form but doesn’t regret his decision to leave.

    “Liverpool is flying, and it doesn’t surprise me,” he told Sports Illustrated. ”We’ve seen it already last year when they won the Champions League, but I’m also not surprised because of their fantastic squad and manager.

    ”I am so happy for them, because I have so many friends there, former team-mates, so I’m just so happy for them, but that’s all.

    ”I don’t look back. I took another path, and now I am on another journey, much like everyone else. I’m focused entirely – just like them – on reaching my dreams. I’m happy with what I did in the past, and now I can only look forward.”

    https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1240896/-

    12 feb 2020  
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  • Billy Gilmour was promoted to Chelsea's first team after the club failed to make any January signings
    Billy Gilmour was promoted to Chelsea's first team after the club failed to make any January signings

    Chelsea have confirmed Billy Gilmour has been permanently promoted into Frank Lampard’s first-team squad.

    The 18-year-old revealed that Lampard had broken the news to him after Chelsea’s 2-2 Premier League draw at Leicester.

    Gilmour, who will now battle to add to the two top-flight appearances he has made this term, admitted he has realised a big dream in taking a sizeable step forward in his career.

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    ”It’s a massive moment for me and I’m really happy,” he said.

    ”I went with the squad to Leicester and even though I wasn’t involved, the gaffer pulled me afterwards to tell me that after the winter break I’d be with the first team permanently.

    ”It’s a dream come true for me. It’s the first big step I think, moving into the first-team dressing room at a club like Chelsea. It’s massive for me.”

    Lampard did not hide any frustrations with Chelsea’s inability to bolster their squad in the January transfer window, previously insisting the Blues are now ”underdogs” for a top-four finish.

    Gilmour made his Premier League debut against Sheffield United in October Gilmour made his Premier League debut against Sheffield United in October

    The former England midfielder has moved quickly to promote Gilmour however, in yet another demonstration of his faith in the young talent emerging through the Stamford Bridge ranks.

    And Gilmour admitted Lampard’s support is a constant boost to the youngsters bidding to make their name in west London.

    ”Knowing that the manager has such faith in you is massive, it gives me so much confidence when I step onto the field,” Gilmour told Chelsea’s official club website.

    ”It’s really good knowing that he trusts in you and likes the way you play, and I think that’s the same for everyone here. Age isn’t really an issue here. The gaffer has shown that if you work hard and perform well, then you will get opportunities.

    ”Hopefully I can keep pushing on and work hard every day in training.”


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    12 feb 2020  
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  • Tottenham, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are all interested in signing Onana.

    The goalkeeper has seen his value skyrocket over the past few years, culminating in his role in Ajax’s successful Champions League campaign last season.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea are reportedly looking at replacement current No 1 Kepa Arrizabalaga, after failing to impress.

    Given Kepa’s poor form, and Frank Lampard’s desire to find a new goalkeeper, Onana has set his sights on Chelsea, according to Goal.

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    11 feb 2020  
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  • Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City are all interested in signing Samuel Chukwueze

    Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City are all interested in signing Samuel Chukwueze (Picture: Getty)

    Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City have all expressed interest in signing Villarreal and Nigeria winger Samuel Chukwueze, according to reports.

    Chukwueze has developed into a key player for La Liga side Villarreal over the past two years and has featured in 19 of their 23 league games this season.

    The 20-year-old was strongly linked with a £30million move to Liverpool during the recent January transfer window and the Reds are expected to revive their interest in the summer.

    But the Daily Mail say the Premier League leaders will face competition from domestic rivals Chelsea and Man City, who are also interested in striking a deal for Chukwueze.


    Chukwueze has impressed for Villarreal and Nigeria

    Chukwueze has impressed for Villarreal and Nigeria (Picture: Getty)

    As well as starring for Villarreal, Chukwueze has become a regular for Nigeria and is valued at around £60million.

    Liverpool only bolstered Jurgen Klopp’s squad with the signing of Takumi Minamino from Red Bull Salzburg in January and are expected to sign two or three players this summer.

    Despite getting their transfer ban lifted, Chelsea did not complete a single deal last month, leaving Frank Lampard frustrated and concerned for the rest of the campaign.

    City were another club who were quiet during the January transfer window but the defending champions are expected to oversee another spending spree at the end of the season to close the gap on Liverpool.

    Klopp’s Reds are 22 points clear of Manchester City with 13 matches of the 2019-20 campaign remaining, while Chelsea are down in fourth.

    Next weekend, Liverpool visit Norwich City, Man City face Leicester and Chelsea host Manchester United.

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    https://metro.co.uk/2020/02/10/chelsea-liverpool-man-city-transfer-battle-sign-nigeria-samuel-chukwueze-12218072/?ito=newsnow-feed

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  • Christian Pulisic

    Pulisic suffered an abductor muscle tear on January 10 and has subsequently missed wins over Burnley and Hull, draws with Arsenal and Leicester, and a defeat against Newcastle.

    Lampard revealed he was hopeful of the winger being available for the showdown with United, which will see Chelsea try and extend the advantage they have over the Red Devils.

    ”Hopefully he will be back on the other side of that break,” Lampard said. ”It is kind of in line with how we expected to be.”

    Pulisic has scored five goals and two assists in 16 Premier League appearances this season and will be desperate to feature against United.

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    10 feb 2020  
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  • Jorginho’s agent has once again hinted that the midfielder could move back to Italy in the summer.

    The playmaker has won Blues fans round after some solid performances under Frank Lampard.

    He had initially been signed by former boss Maurizio Sarri and struggled to enamour himself to the Stamford Bridge faithful.

    His tenure is west London could now be coming to an end, though.

    Jorginho’s representative, Joao Santos, did little to quash speculation linking his client with Juventus.

    “Anything can happen inside the transfer market,” he told Tutto Juve .

    “The ‘why not?’ means that Jorginho has a three-year contract with Chelsea, the priority is clearly to stay here, but we could also consider leaving the club in July.

    “And if this hypothesis occurs, we would be ready to evaluate the different proposals that will come from Italy, France, England. Why should Juventus not be possible?

    “It is the most important team in Italy, the one that has won the most in recent years. We would not say no to the Bianconeri.”

    Sarri is now in the Juve hot seat at the Old Lady having parted company with Chelsea in the summer.

    His side are top the pile in Serie A, but the former banker was fuming after they lost 2-1 to Hellas Verona on Saturday.

    “Evidently we have different performances and results when comparing home form to away,” he said.

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    ”It was a difficult game, we knew it would be and that Verona would make us suffer early on.

    “We held out well, hit the woodwork twice, took the lead, but cannot drop points with such soft errors.

    “The first goal was inexplicable, if we want Juventus to win games, we cannot keep making errors caused by a superficial attitude.

    “Verona deserve absolute credit, as they were aggressive from start to finish and we knew they would be.

    “We were aware that it was important to hold out for the opening 25 minutes, that we’d then have our chances.

    “We did all that, but then threw the points away with superficiality and it’s a habit we absolutely need to get rid of.”

    https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/jorginhos-agent-drops-another-big-21464330

    10 feb 2020  
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  • Havertz, who is one of the hottest properties in the Bundesliga and has still earned rave reviews despite a drop off in form this season, is on the radars of Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid too.

    Speaking ahead of Bayern’s showdown with title rivals RB Leipzig on Sunday, the Bavarian side’s manager Hansi Flick discussed Coutinho’s struggles.

    ”It’s not easy – the training sessions of Philippe have been very good lately,” Flick said. ”Of course, not everything was great against Hoffenheim [on Wednesday], but it wasn’t all bad either.

    “I don’t think he is 100 per cent satisfied with the performance he is currently showing, but he’s a player of ours and we have to help him, whatever we do.

    https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1239730/-

    9 feb 2020  
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  • Jose Mourinho is looking like he regrets becoming Tottenham manager, according to Paul Merson.

    Mourinho was swifty appointed as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor in November, just 12 hours after the latter’s five-and-a-half-year reign ended with a sacking.

    Oh 19 games in charge, Mourinho has won 10 but losses to Chelsea and Manchester United and far from convincing performances in recent wins over Manchester City and Southampton have tempered expectations in north London.

    ”I said when he went there it would give them a lift and there would be a charm offensive – and he was all smiles for a while,” he wrote for the Daily Star.


    ”But everyone knew it wouldn’t last, didn’t they? He’s gone back to being Grumpy Mourinho again. And I don’t see how he’s improved them at all. Not one bit.

    ”He looks like he’s thinking: ’What have I done coming here?’ You don’t see him high-fiving ball boys now do you?”

    Spurs are currently on their mid-season winter break, sitting fifth in the league and four points off Chelsea, having ridden their luck against both City and in the FA Cup against Southampton.”

    Merson continues: ”Mourinho is only there to get them into the top four. I can’t see Daniel Levy wanting to win the FA Cup but not get back into the Champions League.

    ”But it’s not really working, is it? Chelsea are in the driving seat to finish fourth and I can’t see Spurs catching them right now.

    ”They are a very lucky football team at the moment because they’ve been ripped to shreds in their last two matches but still managed to win.”

    He added: ”Things seem different now. It’s starting again, isn’t it? All the issues he had at United. He’s having them at Spurs now.

    ”I don’t think it will work for him there. That Southampton game was like an end-of-his-Old-Trafford-reign performance.”

    https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/jose-mourinho-regrets-tottenham-manager-paul-merson-a4357116.html

    9 feb 2020  
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  • Sommaren 2018 lämnade Jorginho Napoli för spel med Chelsea. Men kanske blir det bara två säsonger i London-klubben för mittfältaren. Enligt Football-Italia har 28-åringens agent sagt att ”han skulle inte säga nej till Juventus”.

    – Allt kan hända på transfermarknaden. Jag skulle säga: Juventus, varför inte? Han har fortfarande tid på sitt kontrakt med Chelsea och tanken är att stanna kvar där, men vi skulle också kunna överväga att lämna klubben i juli, säger agenten till sajten.

    Om Jorginho skulle gå till Juve kommer han att återförenas med Maurizio Sarri – som han hade under sin tid i Napoli – och som han även hade i Chelsea.

    Jorginho är den här säsongen noterad för fyra mål och två assist på 23 framträdanden i Premier League. Mittfältarens nuvarande avtal med London-klubben löper ut sommaren 2023.

    https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/bloggar/sillybloggen/2020/02/08/uppgifter-jorginho-kan-lamna-chelsea-for-italienska-toppklubben/

    8 feb 2020  
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  • Chelsea starlet Reece James has wowed fans with some impressive displays for the Blues after breaking into the first team under Frank Lampard.

    Now the youngster is set to try his hand at esports by entering a Call of Duty World League tournament in London.

    The 19-year-old, who recently committed his future to the club by signing a new long-term contract, is a keen gamer and long-time Call of Duty player.


    Pitting his skills against some of the best players in the world, James will take to the stage at the Call of Duty League Home Series event in London at the Copper Box Arena in Hackney on Saturday, February 9.

    He will compete in a Hype Battle, a 2v2 exhibition match which pits celebrities against each other, against DJ Nicky Romero and twin brothers Skrapz and Wuskin, who represent esports team London Royal Ravens.

    The quartet will be playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s 2v2 “Gunfight” mode as they go head-to-head.

    James is not the first footballer to delve into the world of gaming and team up with eSport stars.

    Dele Alli and Harry Kane both tuned in for a game of Fortnite with the most-recognised player, Ninja, while Trent Alexander-Arnold and Raheem Sterling have battled against Fifa 20 FUT Champions Cup winner Donovan ’Tekkz’ Hunt last year.

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    Diego Rico

    Perhaps if Lampard can’t get his mitts on Chilwell, then a cheaper alternative option could be Bournemouth’s Rico, who has been one of the Cherries’ most consistent players.

    Jadon Sancho

    Sancho’s next destination may be the biggest mystery in football transfer talk right now. Every big club in Europe looks to be after him so it’ll be interesting to see how Lampard can convince him to join Chelsea.

    Nick Pope

    Once again on the keeper front, Pope will provide Premier League experience and a little but more stability at the back – though Burnley may slap a hefty price tag on him.

    Wilfried Zaha

    Zaha is still adamant he wants a move away from Crystal Palace, but he wants to stay in London. Lampard will likely have to battle Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta for his signature in the summer.

    https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1239445/-

    8 feb 2020  
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  • Andre Onana shouts at his Ajax teammates during a game

    Onana prefers a switch to Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

    Andre Onana wants to leave Ajax in the summer and Chelsea is the goalkeeper’s No.1 choice, according to reports.

    Manchester United reportedly made an offer for Onana during the summer amid concerns about David de Gea’s long-term future at the club.

    The Daily Mail claim Onana has decided he wants leave Ajax and is eager to move to the Premier League, although he favours a move to London.

    Tottenham is on the goalkeeper’s radar, but Chelsea is Onana’s preferred option.

    Barcelona, however, have held talks with Onana over a return to Spain. The 23-year-old left the Catalan club to join Ajax’s youth ranks in 2016.

    Onana was eventually promoted to Ajax’s first team and has made almost 200 appearances for the Dutch side.


    Kepa Arrizabalaga watches from the Chelsea bench

    Lampard dropped Arrizabalaga for Chelsea’s last game (Picture: Getty)

    Ajax could demand as much as £50million for Onana, who sees Tottenham as a possibility considering Hugo Lloris turns 34 this year.

    Chelsea are considering replacing their No.1 stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga after Frank Lampard dropped the Spaniard for the draw with Leicester City.

    The Blues have been linked with Burnley’s Nick Pope, but are wary of offloading Arrizabalaga considering the £72m transfer fee they shelled out on the goalkeeper in 2018.

    Lampard has reportedly told Chelsea to sell Arrizabalaga and has identified Pope, Lille Mike Maignan and Crystal Palace’s Vicente Guaita as possible replacements.

    But Onana’s decision could prompt Chelsea to make a move for the shot stopper, whose contract at Ajax runs until 2022.

    Ajax would be keen to sell Onana to Barcelona to maintain the excellent relationship they already enjoy with the Spanish giants.

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    7 feb 2020  
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  • Chelsea have made two minor changes to their squad to face Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen.

    Young defender Marc Guehi drops out after joining Championship side Swansea City on loan during last month’s transfer window, while midfielder George McEachran is also left out having moved on a temporary basis to Dutch second-tier outfit SC Cambuur.

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek remains part of the squad despite injury having stopped him from playing a single competitive fixture this season.

    The 24-year-old suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during Chelsea’s post-season friendly against MLS side New England Revolution in May.

    He has since had successful surgery and played an hour of a behind-closed-doors match against Brentford B on Tuesday.

    The midfielder is expected to return to full first-team training once the squad have reconvened after the conclusion of the winter break.

    However, it is unlikely that Frank Lampard will rush him back into action with the player having been sidelined for such a long time.

    Christian Pulisic is also retained in Chelsea’s squad to face the German champions.

    The American winger suffered a training injury shortly before the club’s FA Cup victory over Nottingham Forest and has been absent since.

    Chelsea’s Champions League squad has been confirmed
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    He is another one looking likely to return to the pitch following the winter break.

    Chelsea will be looking to overcome Bayern Munich and book their place in the quarter-finals of Europe’s most prestigious club competition.

    Hans-Dieter Flick’s side were the opponents in Chelsea’s only Champions League final to date, a game which the Blues famously won on penalties after legendary striker Didier Drogba equalised in the 88th minute with a monstrous header.

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    Chelsea squad for Champions League in full

    Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Jamie Cumming*, Nicholas Tie*; Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Andreas Christiansen, Kurt Zouma, Cesar Azpilicueta, Fikayo Tomori, Emerson, Reece James*; Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley, Willian, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount*, Callum Hudson-Odoi*, Christian Pulisic, Billy Gilmour*, Tammy Abraham, Pedro, Olivier Giroud, Michy Batshuayi.

    * = denotes a ’List B’ player, who must be born on or after 1 January 1995 and has been eligible to play for the club for an uninterrupted two-year period since his 15th birthday. A club can list an unlimited number of ’List B’ players.

    https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/chelsea-confirm-champions-league-squad-21444740

    7 feb 2020  
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  • Att slå sig in i ett Premier League-lag är inte direkt enkelt. Att göra det i en av världens bästa klubbar, Chelsea, är inte direkt enklare.

    Kevin Wright, i dag offensiv i ytterback i Örebro och en av få utropstecken under 2019, gjorde ett försök. Den London-födde försvararen började som 10-åring i klubbens akademi och stannade hela vägen tills att han blev 20.

     – Det är en häftig upplevelse. Du tränar med några av de bästa talangerna i världen. Man strävar alltid mot seniorlaget och det är verkligen inspirerande. Det ger en stor hunger. Jag har varit runt i olika länder, oavsett om jag varit i Norge eller Sverige så kommer jag alltid att bära med mig den erfarenheten och det kommer alltid att motivera mig, för jag har sett den högsta nivån, säger han till Fotbollskanalen.

    Wright tillhörde klubbens olika ungdomslag och spelade matcher i FA Youth Cup, U21-Premier League och Uefa Youth League.

     – Jag skrev mitt första professionella kontrakt när jag var 17 och förlängde när jag var 18 igen, förklarar han.

    I de olika lagen kamperade han ihop med spelare som i dag är en del av Chelseas unga A-trupp.

    – I år har många spelare slagit igenom. Du har Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Reece James, Fikayo Tomori, Tammy Abraham, Andreas Christensen. De har gjort det bra i år. Visst påverkar transferförbudet och Frank Lampard som har velat ha unga spelare har kommit in. Det är en stor möjlighet för dem och alla tog den. Jag är glad att se dem göra det, säger han, och förklarar att han fortsatt har kontakt med flera av sina gamla lagkamrater.

    Wright själv var vid ett antal tillfällen uppe i A-truppen och tränade. Det är vissa spelares prestationer som etsat sig kvar.

    – När jag var där var John Terry i truppen. Det är en av spelarna som har den där inställningen att pressa sig själv varje dag. Han motiverar de yngre på samma gång. Och självklart: Hazard och Oscar, de var bara galet bra.

    Wright lyckades dock inte ta sig igenom nålsögat utan när han fyllt 20 blev det dags att röra på sig. På grund av skadeproblem var alternativen inte jättemånga.

     – Jag tror definitivt att jag hade talangen att gå hela vägen, men på grund av skador blev det hela tiden en utmaning. Med tanke på hur min karriär gått så var jag tvungen att ta ett steg tillbaka. 

    Lösningen blev lite oväntat Norge och Fredrikstad.

     – Min agent Moses Ssewankambo sa att det fanns möjlighet till en ny erfarenhet i Norge. Jag var skadad när jag lämnade Chelsea, så jag fick ta ett litet break från fotbollen och den skandinaviska säsongen startar i januari och han sa att det skulle kunna vara logiskt att gå till Norge och få en försäsong där och komma i form. Jag är alltid redo för en utmaning så jag sa: ”Varför inte?”

    Det blev sex månader i östra Norge innan resväskan packades på nytt. Den här gången gick flytten över svenska gränsen till Värmland och Degerfors. Det var för Kevin Wright en… stor omställning, för att uttrycka sig diplomatiskt.

    Han får frågan hur det var att komma till den svenska glesbygden efter att bara ett drygt halvår tidigare bott i London – och inleder med frasen: ”That´s a crazy one”.

     – Jag var i chock för det fanns ingenting, två affärer och bara äldre personer som gick omkring. Först ville jag inte flytta på grund av omgivningen, men i bland måste man ta sig ur sin bekvämlighetszon och göra saker som kan gynna dig. Fotbollsmässigt var det en bra klubb. De spelade en bra fotboll, 3-5-2, vilket innebar att jag kunde attackera. Självklart fanns det ingenting att göra där så jag tränade så mycket jag kunde. Jag gick till gymet på morgonen, sedan var det träning, lagade mat och kollade på Netflix, haha. Det var egentligen mitt schema under hela perioden jag var där. Det fanns inget som distraherade en.

    Det var bra för karriären kanske?
    – Ja. Jag gillar storstäder men ibland måste man göra lite annorlunda grejer. Erfarenheten i Degerfors formade mig och la grunden till var jag är nu. 

    Du ska inte flytta dit i framtiden..?
    –  Kanske det, haha, säger han.

    Sedan kommer det seriösa svaret:

    – Nej det är omöjligt. Aldrig. Aldrig. Jag är klar med Degerfors. Som jag sa var det en bra erfarenhet. Fotbollsmässigt var det bra men utanför planen var det en tuff period och ett jobbigt ställe att vara på, särskilt när man kommer från London. 

    Örebro är större men det är inte London. Hur är det sociala nu?
    – Det är mycket mer en stad för mig. Restauranger och man ser folk på stan. När man varit i Degerfors och flyttar till en annan stad så är allt annat bättre. Man kan skaffa lite vänner och det är enklare att passa in i Örebro.

    Wright värvades av ÖSK i mars i fjol och fick redan första säsongen göra 25 matcher från start. Tidigare i vinter ryktades om intresse från AIK.

    – Jag hörde faktiskt inte mycket om det om jag ska vara ärlig. Jag läste bara om det, men jag ägnar inte så mycket uppmärksamhet åt tidningsartiklar. Jag hade en bra säsong förra året. Jag kom från Degerfors och spelade många matcher. Jag presterade bra i vissa matcher och det kommer säkert alltid finnas lite intresse från större klubbar, men det var första gången jag hörde om det. 

    Även om han trivs bra i Örebro och är har siktet inställt på att den här säsongen producera lite mer poäng än i fjol så finns det ett annat, betydligt mer ambitiösare mål längre fram.

    – I framtiden skulle jag gärna vilja spela hemma i England, i ett bra lag. Det har alltid varit min dröm. Alla vill spela i sin hemstad och kunna vara nära familj och vänner. Just nu vill jag göra mer mål och assist och prestera på den nivån jag vet att jag kan prestera på . Jag hade en väldigt bra säsong förra året men jag har fortfarande mer att ge.

    Jag kollade in ditt Instagram-konto och såg en bild med dig i Arsenal-tröja. Är det Chelsea eller Arsenal som är ditt lag?
    – Jag gillar Arsenal… men jag gillar Chelsea också.

    Drömmen är Arsenal?
    – Jag skulle älska att spela för Arsenal en dag i framtiden. Det vore en otrolig merit. Men självklart skulle jag ta vilket lag som helst i Premier League. 

    https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/allsvenskan/osks-utropstecken-drillades-av-stjarnorna-i-chelsea-hazard-var-galet-bra/

    6 feb 2020  
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  • Clubs have been submitting their squads for the knock-out stages of the Champions League
    Clubs have been submitting their squads for the knock-out stages of the Champions League

    Clubs have been confirming their Champions League squads for the knock-out phase of this season’s competition with Tottenham including five goalkeepers on their list.

    While there are few other changes from the original list submitted back in September, January signings Steven Bergwijn and Gedson Fernandes replace the outgoing Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose who moved to Inter Milan and Newcastle respectively.

    However, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has opted to include five keepers with Michel Vorm added alongside youngster Alfie Whiteman and Brandon Austin.

    Clubs have to submit a maximum of 25 players, two of whom must be goalkeepers with a minimum of eight places reserved exclusively for ’locally trained players’.

    If a club has fewer than eight of these players in their squad, then the maximum number of players on their list is reduced accordingly.

    Players born on, or after, January 1, 1998 and have been eligible to play for the club for two years since their 15th birthday do not need to be registered in this list and are instead placed on ’List B’.

    Each club can name an unlimited number of players on ’List B’ throughout the campaign though the list has to be submitted by 10pm the day before a game.

    There are few changes in Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool’s squad with the full details of each submitted squad below.

    Mason Mount is classed as a young homegrown player in Chelsea's Champions League lists Mason Mount is classed as a young homegrown player in Chelsea's Champions League lists

    Chelsea

    • Jamie Cumming, Nicolas Tie, Reece James, Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi included on ’List B’.

    Goalkeepers: Kepa, Willy Caballero

    Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori

    Midfielders: Jorginho, N’golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Forwards: Willian, Pedro, Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, Olivier Giroud, Michy Batshuayi

    Liverpool

    Will Liverpool be able to retain the Champions League this season? Will Liverpool be able to retain the Champions League this season?
    • Sepp van den Berg replaced by January signing Takumi Minamino.
    • Caoimhin Kelleher, Adam Lewis, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Neco Williams, Yasser Larouci, Curtis Jones, Rhian Brewster, Herbie Kane on ’List B’.

    Goalkeepers: Alisson Becker, Andy Lonergan, Adrian

    Defenders: Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk

    Midfielders: Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Xherdan Shaqiri, Harvey Elliott

    Forwards: Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino

    Manchester City

    Phil Foden is classed as a young homegrown player in Manchester City's Champions League lists Phil Foden is classed as a young homegrown player in Manchester City's Champions League lists
    • Youngsters Phil Foden, Eric Garcia and Taylor Harwood-Bellis included on ’List B’.

    Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo, Ederson, Scott Carson

    Defenders: Kyle Walker, John Stones, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy, Joao Cancelo, Nicolas Otamendi

    Midfielders: Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane, Bernardo, David Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez

    Forwards: Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero

    Tottenham

    Seventeen-year-old Irish striker Troy Parrott has been included in Tottenham's Champions League squad Seventeen-year-old Irish striker Troy Parrott has been included in Tottenham's Champions League squad
    • Juan Foyth, Japhet Tanganga, Timothy Eyoma, Oliver Skipp, Alfie Whiteman, Jamie Bowden, Harvey White, Troy Parrott and Brandon Austin included ’List B’.

    Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm, Paulo Gazzaniga

    Defenders: Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Serge Aurier, Ben Davies

    Midfielders: Son Heung-min, Harry Winks, Erik Lamela, Moussa Sissoko, Giovani Lo Celso, Ryan Sessegnon, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura, Tanguy Ndombele, Gedson Fernandes

    Forwards: Harry Kane


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    https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11945/11927190/champions-league-liverpool-chelsea-manchester-city-and-tottenham-name-knock-out-squads

    6 feb 2020  
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  • “I’m happy to be here, I’m happy to be a Man United player, I’m looking forward to the game and I promise to give my best from the first day I put on the jersey to the last day of my time here.

    “I promise to add my own path to make sure the season finishes well for United. Thank you guys and God bless you.”

    Ighalo is set to offer cover for the injured Marcus Rashford, who will be sidelined until April with a double stress fracture to his back.

    Rashford is United’s top goalscorer this season in the Premier League with 14 goals.

    https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1238445/-

    6 feb 2020  
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  • Sam Kerr, sjua i omröstningen av Ballon d’Or i höstas och etta i The Guardians ansedda lista över världens bästa fotbollsspelare, valde i höstas att skriva på för engelska Chelsea. Australiensiskan kom från flera år med dubbelt spel dels i den amerikanska ligan men även i den australiensiska ligan. Omställningen blev tuff.

    – Det är svårt för mig mentalt mer än något annat. Nytt lag, ny kultur, nytt land, att landa i ett nytt hem. Det är alla utmaningar som du inte riktigt ställs inför hemma i Australien. Jag är utanför min trygga miljö. Jag kände inte någon när jag kom dit första gången, säger hon till The Guardian.

    Anfallaren har också brottats med en benskada sedan hon debuterade för Chelsea. Först i den fjärde matchen kom första målet som även är det enda under vistelsen i England.

    – När jag gick från USA till England trodde jag att det skulle vara ganska likt. Men de är väldigt, väldigt olika. Det är mycket mer fysiskt i England. Det är hårda tacklingar hela tiden, men det är därför jag kom till den här ligan för jag visste att den skulle utmana mig som spelare. Och det har det verkligen gjort första månaden.

    Kerr är för närvarande på landslagsuppdrag, då hon kommer att delta i det olympiska kvalet för Australien. Australien kommer att spela tre matcher den kommande veckan mot Taiwan, Thailand och Kina, där de två främsta lagen går till play off. Där går de två vinnarna i det asiatiska kvalet till turneringen i Japan i sommar.

    – Det skulle vara en dröm som går i uppfyllelse. Jag var inte med i det senaste kvalet men jag hade ynnesten att få vara med i OS. Jag vill göra min del i det här kvalet och hjälpa tjejerna att kvalificera sig och förhoppningsvis gå till OS och ha en fantastisk turnering, säger anfallaren.

    Kerr har tidigare levererat mål i både Australien och i USA. Anfallaren har gjort 70 mål på 118 matcher i den australiska ligan och 72 stycken på 103 matcher i den amerikanska ligan, vilket är flest någonsin i båda länderna. I förra sommarens VM gjorde hon även fyra mål på fem matcher för Australien i Frankrike.

    https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/england/kerr-har-haft-en-tuff-inledning-i-chelsea-mentalt-svart-mer-an-nagot-annat/

    5 feb 2020  
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  • Sam Kerr, sjua i omröstningen av Ballon d’Or i höstas och etta i The Guardians ansedda lista över världens bästa fotbollsspelare, valde i höstas att skriva på för engelska Chelsea. Australiensiskan kom från flera år med dubbelt spel dels i den amerikanska ligan men även i den australiensiska ligan. Omställningen blev tuff.

    – Det är svårt för mig mentalt mer än något annat. Nytt lag, ny kultur, nytt land, att landa i ett nytt hem. Det är alla utmaningar som du inte riktigt ställs inför hemma i Australien. Jag är utanför min trygga miljö. Jag kände inte någon när jag kom dit första gången, säger hon till The Guardian.

    Anfallaren har också brottats med en benskada sedan hon debuterade för Chelsea. Först i den fjärde matchen kom första målet som även är det enda under vistelsen i England.

    – När jag gick från USA till England trodde jag att det skulle vara ganska likt. Men de är väldigt, väldigt olika. Det är mycket mer fysiskt i England. Det är hårda tacklingar hela tiden, men det är därför jag kom till den här ligan för jag visste att den skulle utmana mig som spelare. Och det har det verkligen gjort första månaden.

    Kerr är för närvarande på landslagsuppdrag, då hon kommer att delta i det olympiska kvalet för Australien. Australien kommer att spela tre matcher den kommande veckan mot Taiwan, Thailand och Kina, där de två främsta lagen går till play off. Där går de två vinnarna i det asiatiska kvalet till turneringen i Japan i sommar.

    – Det skulle vara en dröm som går i uppfyllelse. Jag var inte med i det senaste kvalet men jag hade ynnesten att få vara med i OS. Jag vill göra min del i det här kvalet och hjälpa tjejerna att kvalificera sig och förhoppningsvis gå till OS och ha en fantastisk turnering, säger anfallaren.

    Kerr har tidigare levererat mål i både Australien och i USA. Anfallaren har gjort 70 mål på 118 matcher i den australiska ligan och 72 stycken på 103 matcher i den amerikanska ligan, vilket är flest någonsin i båda länderna. I förra sommarens VM gjorde hon även fyra mål på fem matcher för Australien i Frankrike.

    https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/england/kerr-har-haft-en-tuff-inledning-i-chelsea-mentalt-svart-mer-an-nagot-annat/

    5 feb 2020  
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  • Chelsea could be set to re-sign Jeremie Boga from Sassuolo this summer, according to the Italian club’s president Giovanni Carnevali.

    The Neroverdi signed Boga in 2018 for just €3.5m (£3m), but the Blues inserted a buy-back clause.

    The French winger, 23, has finally settled in Serie A this season, hitting six goals and contributing three assists.

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    His form has not gone unnoticed around Italy either, with Napoli strongly linked, though a return to Stamford Bridge now appears to be a distinct possibility due to the buy-back clause initially inserted into the deal to send him to the Mapei Stadium.


    “Chelsea can redeem him in June,” Carnevali told Goal.

    “We have a great relationship with the club and we already met them before Christmas – also for other business.

    “We like to have what we have with Barcelona, to have a collaborative relationship.

    “They can take him back but we can also re-sign him, everything is open.”

    Sassuolo are now 13th and 10 points clear of relegation.

    Boga will feature next against bottom club SPAL on Sunday.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/transfers/chelsea-transfer-news-jeremie-boga-sassuolo-giovanni-carnevali-a9317291.html

    5 feb 2020  
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  • ”We let our emotions go but we were deserving of that because of our performance. We were outstanding at dealing with their long balls and winning the first balls and second balls. We changed the momentum in our favour.

    ”I thought if we could handle the first ten minutes- I’ve worked with these boys- I felt they could have control of the game. At half time the message was ’We should go and win this game now.'”

    Liverpool youngster Neco Williams admitted it will be a night the young Reds will never forget.

    He said: ”It was just unbelievable.

    “It was a night that we will remember for a long time, especially the debutants.

    https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1238000/-

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