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Deal Close: Man City Closing In On €70m Swoop For Chelsea Target

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Bruno Fernandes

Premier League holders Manchester City are said to be closing in on a summer swoop for highly-rated Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

This was revealed via a publication from the stables of popular media outlet Goal which claimed that Manchester City have seen off other Premier League rivals like Manchester United and Chelsea in their quest to sign the Portuguese international midfielder.

Manchester City want to strengthen their midfield ahead of next season and Bruno Fernandes could be one of at least two midfielders added to the playing squad at the Etihad Stadium.

Bruno Fernandes has been in sensational form for Sporting Lisbon this season after scoring 31 goals for the Portuguese Super League giants.

In addition, the Portuguese midfielder has also provided 17 assists in the colours of Sporting Lisbon.

Apart from the 24-year-old, Manchester City are also interested in signing Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri this summer.

The Citizens are also looking at Benfica sensation Joao Felix who’s widely regarded as the hottest young prospect on the European football scene.

Super agent Jorge Mendes is the representative of young Portuguese attacked Joao Felix and he has already met with Manchester City’s director of football Txiri Begiristain to discuss the possibility of a transfer for his client.

Jorge Mendes is not the agent of Bruno Fernandes but he was invited to broker a deal.

Sporting Lisbon requested €70m for Bruno Fernandes but Manchester City have offered €50m plus two players either on loan or permanently.

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No Decision: Chelsea Legend Undecided Over Future

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Ashley Cole

Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has revealed that he has not made a decision about his future.

The Chelsea legend talked about the possibility of retiring from football in an interview with Rams TV ahead of the crucial Championship Playoff final clash with former European champions Aston Villa.

According to him, no decision has been made on his future with the focus presently on the Villa game.

Ashley Cole returned to English football earlier this year after joining Derby County on a short-term deal until this summer.

The 38-year-old has helped the Rams to the playoff final where they have the opportunity to secure a return to the top flight of English football.

Derby County will return to the Premier League if they beat Aston Villa in the playoff final scheduled to take place at the Wembley Stadium on Monday afternoon.

The Rams sealed their place in the final of the playoffs after they recovered from a 1-0 first leg semifinal deficit at home to beat favourites Leeds United 4-2 thereby securing a 4-3 aggregate win.

Ashley Cole had a good career at both Arsenal and Chelsea where he won many trophies before signing for AS Roma.

He left the Italian Serie A club for LA Galaxy in the MLS where his contract expired late last year.

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Record Transfer: Chelsea Demand £112m For Star Player

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Eden Hazard

Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid are struggling to meet up with the financial demands from Premier League heavyweights Chelsea for star player Eden Hazard.

Real Madrid have made Eden Hazard their number one transfer target this summer as they attempt to rebuild their squad after a poor season.

According to the Daily Mirror, Real Madrid are nowhere near the asking price demanded by Chelsea for Belgian international star Hazard.

Chelsea won’t sanction a sale for Eden Hazard if they don’t receive their £112m valuation while Real Madrid are said to have made an £86m bid for him.

The transfer for Eden Hazard is expected to a be a club-record deal for Real Madrid as it will surpass the current record which is the transfer that took Welsh international player Gareth Bale from North London giants Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.

Real Madrid were said to have paid around £85.3m for Bale six years ago.

The aforementioned Hazard has one year left on his Chelsea contract and the Blues are almost handicapped in their bid to keep him at the club beyond this summer.

Real Madrid are likely to get their man but they have to dance to the tune of Chelsea to achieve that feat.

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Deal On: Real Madrid In Talks To Sign Chelsea Target

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Spanish giants Real Madrid are reportedly in talks to sign highly-rated Lyon defender Ferland Mendy during this summer’s transfer window.

This is according to the publication from popular media outlet Goal which claimed that Real Madrid want to bolster their playing squad on the left side of defence and they have identified Mendy as the man for the job.

Ferland Mendy has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League with clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Lyon are in a good position amidst the negotiation with Real Madrid over one of their prized assets as he still has four years left on his contract.

Real Madrid see Ferland Mendy as the long-term replacement for the aging Marcelo.

The other left-back options at Real Madrid like Theo Hernandez, Reguilon and Achraf Hakimi have not shown that they can be relied upon.

Achraf Hakimi had a very good season while he was on loan at German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and he has already extended his loan deal for another season.

Real Madrid might have to look at other options like Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo if Lyon prove difficult in the chase to sign French international star Ferland Mendy.

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Weird Feeling: Chiellini Disagrees With Conte Over Inter Move

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Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has admitted that he would be disappointed if former manager Antonio Conte joins Italian Serie A rivals Inter Milan this summer.

Former Chelsea manager Conte worked with Chiellini while he was the Juventus manager until 2014 when he left to take the Italian national team job.

He continued to work with Chiellini on the international scene before being named the Chelsea manager in 2016.

Giorgio Chiellini spoke about Antonio Conte and Inter Milan in a chat with popular Italian news portal Tuttosport.

According to him, it would be a weird feeling to see Antonio Conte at Inter Milan.

Conte is expected to be named as the replacement for the outgoing Luciano Spalletti at Inter Milan.

Recent reports claimed that the Nerazzurri have offered him a lucrative salary worth around €10m per annum and that he will put pen to paper on a three-year deal this summer until the end of the 2021/22 season.

Antonio Conte is poised to return to the dugout after a year.

The Italian tactician has not managed a team since his sack from Chelsea last year shortly after winning the FA Cup title at the expense of Manchester United.

He won the league title in the previous season which happened to be his debut campaign as the Chelsea manager.

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Eyes On The Prize: Club Legend Focuses On Playoff Final Amidst Chelsea Links

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Frank Lampard

Derby County manager Frank Lampard is staying grounded on the task at hand despite the intense transfer rumours linking him with the top managerial role at former club Chelsea.

Frank Lampard has done a good job at Derby County and it’s not surprising that he has been touted as a potential replacement for Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri who could leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

The Chelsea legend was asked about the possibility of replacing Sarri this summer during his pre-match press conference ahead of the Championship Playoff final clash with Aston Villa.

According to him, his focus is on securing Premier League promotion for Derby County at the expense of favourites Aston Villa.

Their playoff final clash is billed for the Wembley Stadium on Monday.

Recent reports claimed that Chelsea have identified Frank Lampard as the man to replace Maurizio Sarri who could leave Chelsea after the Europa League final meeting with London rivals Arsenal on Wednesday.

Chelsea could sack Sarri after just one season though the Italian tactician is in serious contention for the managerial job at Juventus.

The former Napoli boss has also been touted as the next permanent manager at AS Roma.

For now, the focus is to win the first trophy in his managerial career ahead of the Arsenal clash.

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Confirmed: Man Utd To Demand Huge Transfer Fee For Ex-Chelsea Star

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Romelu Lukaku

Premier League giants Manchester United will demand a huge transfer fee for striker Romelu Lukaku according to the publication from popular media channel ESPN.

Former Chelsea star Lukaku is attracting serious interest from Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan.

Ex-Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is set to take over as the Inter Milan manager in the coming days and he has asked for the signing of the aforementioned Lukaku.

Romelu Lukaku was previously on the payroll of West London giants Chelsea before he joined Merseyside giants Everton.

The 26-year-old went on to join Old Trafford giants Manchester United in the summer of 2017.

Manchester United paid £75m to secure his transfer from Everton thus making him the second most expensive signing in the history of the Red Devils.

According to the previously mentioned report from the ESPN, Manchester United are open to the idea of selling Lukaku and that they will only sanction a sale if they can get almost all the transfer fee spent on him.

Recent reports had claimed that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Lukaku out of the club and that he is not in his plans for the new season billed to start in over two months time.

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Transfer Fight: Three Premier League Clubs In Battle For £63m Chelsea Target

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Three Premier League teams are eyeing a move for Bayern Munich playmaker James Rodriguez this summer according to widespread reports emanating from the media in the United Kingdom.

James Rodriguez is expected to be transfer-listed at Real Madrid upon the expiration of his loan contract at Bayern Munich.

The Colombian international is on loan with the Bavarian giants.

According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are all monitoring his situation.

Chelsea are also interested in the former AS Monaco and FC Porto player with recent reports claiming that he’s one of the players being considered as a possible replacement for star player Eden Hazard.

Belgian international Hazard is expected to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid this summer.

James Rodriguez is on a two-year loan deal at Bayern Munich from Spanish giants Real Madrid.

His loan deal with the Bavarian giants comes to an end in the next few days.

The Colombian will leave Bayern Munich after the German Cup final clash with RB Leipzig this weekend.

He has no future at Real Madrid who are expected to place him on the transfer list.

James Rodriguez joined Real Madrid in a £63m transfer from French giants AS Monaco in 2014 but has struggled to consistently live up to that price tag.

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Mourinho Expects Real Madrid Transfer For Chelsea Star

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Jose Mourinho

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is certain that Blues talisman Eden Hazard will leave the club for Real Madrid this summer.

According to him, the Europa League final is likely to be his final game for Chelsea after seven years at the club.

Mourinho talked about Chelsea, Real Madrid and Eden Hazard in a chat with Sky Sports.

Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard has been constantly linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid this summer.

The 28-year-old has already talked up the dream move to Real Madrid as well as the chance to link up with his football idol Zinedine Zidane.

French football legend Zidane returned to Real Madrid in March after several months away from the club.

He had resigned from the post last summer before his reappointment as the Real Madrid manager.

Zidane has repeatedly talked about the quality of Eden Hazard to suggest that a move is on the cards.

Eden Hazard joined Chelsea from French Ligue 1 giants Lille in 2012 and he has won two Premier League titles at the club since then.

He was part of the Chelsea squad that won the 2013 Europa League and the Belgian could add a second title later this month.

Hazard and Chelsea will face Arsenal in this year’s Europa League.

Jose Mourinho says Hazard will want to win the trophy on what could be his last game for Chelsea before going to Real Madrid.

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Revealed: Juventus Must Pay £5m To Secure Sarri Exit

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Sarri Maurizio

Italian champions Juventus have to pay a sizeable compensation fee to Chelsea if they want Blues boss to become their next permanent manager.

According to Goal, Chelsea won’t stand in the way of Juventus if they want to Chelsea boss Sarri as their new manager.

Maurizio Sarri is one of the front-runners for the vacant managerial position at the Juventus Stadium.

It was revealed that Juventus will have to pay a compensation fee of £5m to Chelsea for Sarri.

The managerial post at Juventus became vacant following the news that Maximiliano Allegri will step down as the manager after the last game of the season, an away trip to Sampdoria in the Italian Serie A.

Allegri has spent five years at Juventus since his appointment in 2014.

He has won five league titles as the Juventus manager in addition to four Coppa Italia titles.

Maximiliano Allegri also led the Old Lady to two Champions League finals in three seasons but he was unable to get his hand on the trophy.

Allegri and Juventus were beaten 3-1 by Spanish giants Barcelona during the 2015 Champions League final before they were thrashed by Real Madrid two years later.

Real Madrid defeated Juventus 4-1 during the 2017 Champions League final.

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No Show: Mourinho Ruled Out Of Juventus Job

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Jose Mourinho

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been ruled out of the race for the vacant managerial position at Italian champions Juventus.

According to Sky Sports News, Jose Mourinho won’t be the successor to Maximiliano Allegri at Juventus despite the clamor from star player Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo had earlier stated that he would welcome the appointment of Jose Mourinho at Juventus.

The Juventus superstar talked up Jose Mourinho as a potential manager at the Juventus Stadium earlier in the week.

The Sampdoria game this weekend would be the final match as the Juventus manager for Maximiliano Allegri.

Juventus have already sealed an eighth successive Italian Serie A ahead of their final game at Sampdoria.

During his time at Juventus, Allegri led the Old Lady to five straight league titles as well as to four Coppa Italia titles.

In addition, Maximiliano Allegri also led Juventus to two Champions League finals in three years.

Allegri and Juventus lost the 2015 Champions League final to Spanish champions Barcelona via a 3-1 defeat before suffering a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Real Madrid during the 2017 Champions League final.

Several candidates have been linked to the Juventus job including Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola though the Citizens have moved to dismiss those reports linking the Spanish tactician to the job in Turin.

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