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Chelsea set to get their €100 million target as attacker reject new contract

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Premier League Champions Chelsea have been given a major boost in their chase of Torino striker Andrea Belotti with the Italian postponing talks on a contract extension.

It’s been reported by a renowned Italian sports publication CalcioMercato the Italian star is stalling any talks regarding an extension. According to reports, Chelsea and Serie A giants AC Milan are big admirers of the forward with both teams set to be closely monitoring the player’s contract situation that includes a €100m release clause.

While the striker may be a relatively less famous player to supporters of English Premier League, in Italy the striker has established himself as one of Serie A’s most clinical strikers.

The Italian was the hero for his club last campaign scoring 24 goals in the Italian Serie A alone. Torino struggled at the back and only relied only on Belotti’s goal rate to prevent the side from going down.

While Spain international striker Alvaro Morata is doing so well at Stamford Bridge since joining from La Liga side Real Madrid, it is crystal clear that Belgian Michy Batshuayi is not doing well deputizing up front, with the striker finding it hard to seal consistent playing-time under Italian tactician Antonio Conte. Belotti might be the player to push Alvaro Morata for a place in the Blues squad and given the latest uncertainty surrounding his playing future, the striker is sure to be connected to Chelsea as their new second forward for quite some time.

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Chelsea close to signing £70m-rated prodigy

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Reports emerging from Stamford Bridge are claiming that the Blues are close to signing USA and Borussia Dortmund’s young striker Christian Pulisic.

Pulisic — whose current contract with the Bundesliga side expires in 2020 –has reportedly failed to discuss a new deal with Dortmund, giving rise to speculation that he could be on his way to Premier League.

According to BBC Sports, Chelsea are in advanced talks with Borussia Dortmund for his signature and it is believed that both parties have reached an agreement.

The 20-year-old is one of the best youngsters in world football as his rise to fame continues to surprise many pundits.

At 20, the American-born winger has appeared in 107 matches, scoring 15 goals in all competitions.

The experience gathered from his four-year stay at the Westfalenstadion will surely be an advantage to him whenever he moves to Chelsea, but the question still remains — is he really needed at Stamford Bridge.

Maurizio Sarri has so many wingers at his disposal, why go for a very young player whose endurance hasn’t really been tested.

Victor Moses and Olivier Giroud have both seen themselves dropped from the team’s starting lineup by the Italian boss while Danny Drinkwater has never gotten the chance to feature in the League this season.

It is obvious that English League demand much strength, endurance, physical and psychological fitness from a new player to become great and successful, does Pulisic possess all of these.

Despite the fact that he’s been wonderful for Borussia Dortmund, especially last season, Pulisic could turn out to be a flop at Stamford Bridge due to the stress he would encounter while playing in the Premier League.

With Pedro, Hazard and Willian an integral part of the team, it would be very difficult for the youngster to break into Sarri’s starting lineup in the nearest future.

The youngster has the same playing pattern with Eden Hazard and that absolutely makes him a second fiddle to the Belgian unless there’s injury to any striker in the team.

Maurizio Sarri should target a move for a midfielder, either attacking or defensive not spending huge money on a young player who could be overshadowed by established stars in the team.

N’Golo Kante is being deployed at the attacking midfield position and that’s obviously affecting the Frenchman’s overall display for the team.

It is important Sarri find a player who would fit into his tactics at the playmaking position so as to put the Frenchman in his preferred position

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Chelsea unveils Hazard’s replacement

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Premier League giants Chelsea have identified Spanish international player Suso as a potential replacement for Star forward Eden Hazard.

This is in the event that the club fail to convince the 27-year-old that his long-term future lies at Stamford Bridge amidst strong interest from European champions Real Madrid.

The Champions League holders are long-term admirers of the Belgian international forward who has publicly talked about his desire to play for the Spanish capital club.

Eden Hazard has less than two years on his current Chelsea contract and the Blues are willing to make him their highest paid player ever with a big contract but the player is secretly waiting for a strong approach from Real Madrid.

The Spanish La Liga giants are expected to dip into their limitless transfer kitty next summer in a bid to sign a replacement for ex-talisman Cristiano Ronaldo who left the club for Juventus in the summer.

Many stakeholders see Hazard as a potential replacement for the 33-year-old at Real Madrid.

Suso plays his club football for Italian Serie A giants AC Milan and he has repeatedly been linked with a move back to the Premier League.

The 24-year-old was on the books of Liverpool before he joined Milan.

He has been in sensational form for AC Milan leading to reports that he’s capable to replace Eden Hazard in the team if he leaves Chelsea.

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Chelsea Player Confirms Stay Until Next Summer

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Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has confirmed that he will stay at Spanish La Liga side Valencia until next summer.

The Belgian international star made this known while he was reacting to various transfer reports claiming that his loan deal at Valencia will be terminated when the transfer window reopens in the next few weeks.

Batshuayi is on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea at the Mestalla but he has failed to impose himself at the club.
He has been able to score just two goals in 15 appearances in all competitions for Valencia this season.

His inefficiency in front of goal prompted reports of loan termination but the player has debunked those rumours in person.

Michy Batshuayi talked about his loan deal with the Spanish outfit shortly after he returned to form for the Belgian national team in the recent UEFA Nations League clash with Iceland.

He scored twice in the second half to give his side a 2-0 win over the European minnows on Thursday as the Belgians maintained their perfect start to the UEFA Nations League.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez and his players just need a point against Switzerland in their last group game to secure a semifinal spot at the expense of the Swiss team.

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It seems Premier League giants Chelsea are on the verge of making their first signing of the season as they have reportedly won the race to sign Liverpool target Christian Pulisic when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.

The 20-year-old player has been a long-term target of the Reds but it seems like they have been beaten to his signature by their Premier League title rivals Chelsea.

It was reported by British publication Daily Mail, the Blues have won the keenly contested race to sign him ahead of both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Daily mail further claimed that Chelsea want to sign him in the January transfer window and that it could be a world record transfer for the United States of America international.

The Maurizio Sarri led Blues set a new record transfer fee in the summer when they paid Athletic Bilbao around £70m for Spanish international goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Christian Pulisic has not featured like he would have wanted this season in the colours of Borussia Dortmund and that’s partly due to the sensational form of England international forward Jadon Sancho.

Pulisic who was featured for Manchester City player has light up the German Bundesliga stadiums with his performances.

Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea were initially expected to do a deal for Pulisic in the summer but the Blues have decided to fast forward to January.

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Pundit Backs Chelsea Target Bid For Champions League Football

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Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has thrown his weight behind Chelsea target Marko Arnautovic as he tries to find a Champions League club.

The footballer turned pundit talked about the Austrian international star in his column with popular English media portal Daily Star.

According to the controversial Paul Merson, Marko Arnautovic is good enough to play for the top six teams in the Premier League.

The former Werder Bremen and FC Twente confirmed his desire to play for a team playing in the Champions League in his latest interview shortly before his country’s last UEFA Nations League meeting.

Marko Arnautovic told media outlet Kurier that he’s at the age where he should be playing with the best players and that the Champions League will give him the opportunity to achieve this.

The 29-year-old made this known before he featured for Austria for the entire duration of their goalless draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday night.

Apart from Chelsea, Marko Arnautovic has been strongly linked with a transfer to Manchester United.

He has emerged as a big player for West Ham United after signing for the East London club last summer in a £25m deal from English Championship side Stoke City.

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