According to British media reports, West London outfit Chelsea are eyeing Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles and Napoli centre-back Raul Albiol in the summer window.
Chelsea seek defensive reinforcement
The Daily Mail is claiming that Chelsea want to strengthen their options at the back in the present transfer market following a rather poor second campaign under Italian boss Antonio Conte.
The same report states that the Blues are looking at Magpies captain Lascelles as a possible long-term replacement for Gary Cahill at the back.
As per the same report, the west London outfit are keeping close tabs on Napoli star Albiol following a fifth-spot Premier League finish last season.
The Blues finished outside the English Premier League’s top-four spots after they conceded 38 goals in 38 matches in the League.
Blues aim top four return
The Blues brought in Germany international defender Antonio Rudiger in a huge money transfer deal from Roma last summer window to strengthen their options at the back.
The Blues have also raided the Serie A side for Brazilian defender Emerson Palmieri in the winter transfer window.
The Blues have finished outside the UEFA Champions League place for the second successive seasons.
Antonio Conte led the Blues to the English Premier League triumph in his first season in charge of the club.
Deal On: Leicester City Send Scouts To Watch Onetime Chelsea Target
Premier League club Leicester City have registered their interest in AC Milan playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu according to Italian news portal Gazzetta dello Sport.
It was revealed that scouts from the club have watched the Turkish international player with the Foxes eyeing a summer move for him.
The 25-year-old is a onetime Chelsea target having been linked with the Blues before he left German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen for AC Milan in the summer of 2017.
Hakan Calhanoglu has made 65 appearances for AC Milan in the Italian Serie A since his transfer from Germany two years ago.
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers wants to build on a good start at the King Power Stadium by signing new players to push the Foxes’ quest for European football at the end of next season.
Rodgers had earlier left the opportunity to win the treble with Scottish champions Celtic for the third time in a row to take the managerial job at Leicester City.
He led the Foxes from the second half of the table to a ninth-place finish at the end of the Premier League campaign.
Brendan Rodgers wants to build on that ninth place finish by signing quality players like the aforementioned Calhanoglu.
Good News: Chelsea Striker To Stay For Next Season
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud will stay at the club for at least one season according to French media outlet Telefoot.
French World Cup winner Giroud has previously talked about his desire to get more playing time at another club but he’s now expected to stay at Stamford Bridge for another season.
Telefoot confirmed the news via their official Twitter handle on Sunday.
It was revealed that Giroud will stay at Chelsea despite the fact that he has been linked with a return to France.
French Ligue 1 sides like Nice, Lyon and Marseille have all been linked with Giroud who has few weeks left on his Chelsea contract.
The Blues have decided to activate the extra year clause in the contract that he signed when he became a Chelsea player in January 2018.
Olivier Giroud joined Chelsea from London rivals Arsenal during last year’s winter transfer window.
He signed an 18-month deal until this summer.
The Frenchman has complained about a lack of playing time on several occasions.
He has scored 10 goals for Chelsea in the Europa League this season thus making him the joint leading goalscorer in the competition alongside Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic.
Giroud has the opportunity to add to his tally when Chelsea face his former club Arsenal in the Europa League final later this month.
Deal Off: Chelsea Target To Stay At Dortmund
Chelsea have been dealt a major transfer blow after it was revealed that Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho will stay with the German Bundesliga outfit for next season.
According to the Daily Express, Jadon Sancho has shunned a move back to the Premier League and decided to stay with Borussia Dortmund for at least another season.
Several Premier League clubs have expressed interests in the young English international but they might at least have to wait for another season with the latest development.
Jadon Sancho spoke to reporters about Borussia Dortmund and missing the league title on the last day of the season.
According to Sancho, the target for him and Borussia Dortmund is to win the German Bundesliga title next season.
Jadon Sancho and Dortmund lost a nine-point lead over German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich when it was easier to end their seven-year wait for a league title.
The Bavarian giants won the league for a seventh season in a row with a two-point cushion over Borussia Dortmund after the last set of matches were played on Saturday.
Europa League finalists Chelsea are one of five Premier League clubs eyeing a move for the aforementioned Sancho.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United also have an interest in the Manchester City Academy graduate.
Revealed: Chelsea Target Wants PSG Stay Till End Of Contract
Paris Saint Germain (PSG) striker Edinson Cavani is certain that he wants to stay at the club for next season despite the fact that his contract will expire next summer.
The Uruguayan international player has one year left on his contract with the French giants and he could be sold this summer to ensure that PSG recoup some of the money spent on him rather than let him walk away from the club for free.
Edinson Cavani has been linked with several clubs with his future at PSG uncertain as things stand.
The former Palermo and Napoli striker has been linked with a move to Premier League clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea.
He spoke about his future after the 4-0 win Dijon at home on Saturday.
The Dijon game could be his final game for PSG at the Parc des Princes.
Cavani is in the same situation as teammate Thomas Meunier who also has one year left on his contract with the French champions.
Belgian international star Meunier has spent three years at PSG and he has one year left on his current deal.
He has been strongly linked with Premier League giants Manchester United who are in the market for a new right-back.
Confirmed: Chelsea To Open Contract Talks With Liverpool Target
Europa League finalists Chelsea are set to open contract talks with young winger Callum Hudson-Odoi who has just one year left on his current deal at the club.
This is according to widespread reports emanating from the media in the United Kingdom.
Chelsea are desperate to hand him a new deal to prevent him from leaving the club this summer amidst intense interest from clubs like Liverpool.
Champions League finalists Liverpool have been mentioned as one of the teams keen on his transfer this summer.
The German duo of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are also interested in the player especially the Bavarian giants.
Bayern had several bids turned down for Callum Hudson-Odoi in January as Chelsea were unshaken in their quest not to sell the young England international.
The Bavarian giants had as many as five bids rejected by Chelsea for Hudson-Odoi who also submitted a transfer request that was rejected by senior club officials.
Chelsea had suspended new contract talks with the player earlier this season but the Blues are poised to start the talks again.
According to the Daily Mail, the Blues are ready to hand Callum Hudson-Odoi the number 10 jersey presently won by star player Eden Hazard.
Hudson-Odoi will be given that jersey for next season with Eden Hazard poised to join Real Madrid.
Backup Option: Chelsea Star Identified As Alternative For Gueye
French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) are in the market for a new midfielder and they have identified Chelsea star N’Golo Kante as the man for the job.
According to the report from the Daily Mirror, PSG is targeting a move for French World Cup winner Kante after moving on from Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye.
It was revealed that PSG have moved on to Kante after Everton turned down a big bid for the aforementioned Gueye during the winter transfer window.
Everton were said to have turned down a bid of around £21m from PSG for Senegalese international Gueye in January.
Everton were not willing to let Gueye leave the club earlier in the season and he played a key role for the Toffees who finished the season strongly to secure a top eight finish in the Premier League.
PSG will definitely have a lot of work to do to convince Chelsea to part with Kante who signed a new contract towards the end of last year.
N’Golo Kante is the highest paid player at Chelsea after his new deal worth around £290,000 on a weekly basis.
The aforementioned publication also revealed that PSG will turn their attention to Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure if Chelsea don’t sanction the sale of N’Golo Kante.
Four EPL sides benefit from new UEFA rule
Four English Premier League sides Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool have all benefitted from the new UEFA rule on substitution as they all head into the European cup finals.
The North London outfit and their West counterpart will lock horns later on May 29 in the Europa League finals in Azerbaijan while Liverpool will battle Tottenham in the Champion League on Saturday, June 1
However, the four teams have been told that they will now be allowed to make the fourth substitution in the finals should it stretch to the extra time.
The four teams have also been told that they are allowed to name 12 substitutions against the usual seven that is allowed to be listed.
This remains a major advantage to four teams as they will be able to have a more strengthened team should the two finals extend to the extra time.
However, the Premier League set a record of having all English finals in both the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League.
The Gunners team will, therefore, hope to land more additions in the summer transfer window to be able to compete for titles.
Revealed: Ex-Chelsea Manager Favourite For Juventus Job
Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is the early favourite to become the new Juventus manager as from the new season after it was revealed that Maximiliano Allegri will step down from the role.
The announcement about Allegri’s imminent exit was made on Friday.
Maximiliano Allegri will leave the Italian Serie A club this summer despite leading them to the league title.
According to Bleacher Report, Ex-Chelsea manager Conte is the front-runner to replace Maximiliano Allegri as the Juventus manager.
Others like Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and former Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho have also been linked with the job.
Antonio Conte was formerly the manager at Juventus and the job would be a familiar one to him.
He left Juventus to take charge of the Italian national team before becoming the Chelsea manager in 2016.
The Italian tactician led Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first full season at the club thus becoming only the fourth manager to achieve this feat after Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini.
Antonio Conte went on to win the FA Cup title in his second season but it was not enough to keep him in the job after he was sacked last summer with one year left on his Chelsea contract.
He has not returned to the dugout since his experience at Chelsea.
Revealed: Liverpool Face London Threat For £40m Neres
Champions League finalists Liverpool will have to deal with the threat of London club Chelsea in the race to sign Ajax Amsterdam forward David Neres according to the Daily Mail.
David Neres has been in very good form for Ajax Amsterdam this season and that has attracted the interest of Liverpool who might need a replacement for Daniel Sturridge who’s contract will expire this summer.
Liverpool are not the only ones interested in the £40m-rated David Neres.
French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Arsenal and Chelsea are also interested.
Chelsea have a two-window transfer ban hanging over their head for alleged illegal dealings relating to the signing of underage players.
The Blues have had their appeal rejected by FIFA and they have turned to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in an attempt to have the transfer ban overturned with a verdict expected in the coming weeks.
Chelsea hope that the verdict would be positive and that they could sign David Neres.
It was revealed that David Neres is their alternative to Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic who’s expected to join Real Madrid.
David Neres’ representatives Giuliano Bertolucci and Kia Joorabchian have a good relationship with Chelsea and that could work in their favour ahead of the other interested clubs.
Deal On: Derby Target Permanent Transfer For Chelsea Loanee Amidst Celtic Interest
Premier League hopefuls Derby County are reportedly plotting a permanent move for highly rated defender Fikayo Tomori this summer.
Fikayo Tomori is on a season-long loan deal at Derby County from Chelsea whom he left for the Rams during last summer’s transfer window.
According to the Daily Mirror, Derby County want a permanent deal for Tomori if the Rams secure promotion to the top flight of English football.
Scottish champions Celtic are also interested in a move for the young centre back.
Fikayo Tomori has been in very good form for Derby County this term in their quest for Premier League promotion at the end of the season.
The Nigerian-born English defender has been one of the best players for Derby County under the guidance of manager Frank Lampard.
Chelsea legend Lampard has done well for Derby County who are in the Championship Playoffs final after overcoming a first leg deficit against Leeds United in their semifinal tie.
Lampard and Derby had earlier lost the first leg 1-0 at home before coming from behind to beat Leeds United 4-2 in the second leg away from home to seal a 4-3 aggregate win.
Derby County will face Aston Villa in the final of the Playoffs to the third promoted team for the Premier League next season after Norwich City and Sheffield United.
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