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Europa League Quarterfinals: Chelsea Drawn Against Slavia Prague

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Olivier Giroud

Former winners Chelsea will have to navigate past Czech Republic side Slavia Prague in the bid to win the Europa League again after the two clubs were drawn together in the quarterfinals.

The Europa League quarterfinal draw took place on Friday as Chelsea avoided fellow title favourites Napoli and Arsenal.

Italian Serie A giants Napoli and North Londoners will face each other in one of the other quarterfinal games.

German Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt and Benfica face off in a last eight clash, while Villarreal take on Valencia in the final fixture.

Slavia Prague will host Chelsea in their first leg clash on Thursday, April 11 before the Blues host their Czech opponents on Thursday, April 18.

Czech club Slavia Prague stunned Sevilla 4-3 at home after extra time to seal a quarterfinal place via a 6-5 aggregate win over the Spaniards.

Chelsea were dominant in their last 16 tie with Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv following an 8-0 aggregate victory.

The Blues had won the first leg 3-0 at Stamford Bridge before they handed out a 5-0 away win in their second leg clash in Ukraine.

2018 FIFA World Cup winner Olivier Giroud was the hero for Chelsea as he scored three goals in the 5-0 thumping of the Ukrainians.

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Deal On: Sarri In Contention For Big Italian Job

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Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is reportedly in contention for the vacant managerial job at Juventus this summer.

The Italian champions will have to appoint a new permanent manager after it was revealed that current boss Maximiliano Allegri will leave his post at the end of this season.

According to trusted Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Chelsea manager Sarri and Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi are contenders for the Juventus job.

Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi was said to have held discrete talks with senior Juventus officials about the possibility of becoming the club’s new manager.

Simone Inzaghi has a contract that runs till next summer at Lazio and Juventus officials will have to discuss compensation with the capital club if they want to poach their manager.

For Chelsea boss Sarri, his time at Stamford Bridge might be coming to an end with recent reports claiming that the Blues are eyeing club legend Frank Lampard as his replacement.

Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard has done a very good job at English Championship club Derby County since he was made the manager last summer.

The ex-England international star has led Derby County to the brink of a return to Premier League football after leading the Rams to the final of the Championship Playoffs where they will face Aston Villa.

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Deal On: West Ham Eyeing Summer Move For Chelsea Shot Stopper

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willy caballero

West Ham United are reportedly interested in a move for Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero this summer.

According to the specific report from the London Evening Standard, the Hammers are in need of a new backup goalkeeper and the aging Willy Caballero fits the bill.

Argentine international Caballero joined Chelsea from Premier League champions Manchester City and he has played second fiddle since he became a Blue.

The Hammers want to make him their second choice goalkeeper behind first choice Lukasz Fabianski.

Polish international shot stopper Fabianski has been in sensational form for the Hammers since his transfer from Swansea City last summer.

West Ham United were said to have paid around £7m to sign Fabianski from already relegated Swansea City.

The former Arsenal goalkeeper made the most saves amongst the Premier League goalkeepers at the end of the league season in the top flight of English football.

Willy Caballero has few months left on his Chelsea and he’s likely to leave this summer for West Ham United probably though a deal is still far from happening.

He was the understudy to Thibaut Courtois before the Belgian shot stopper left for Real Madrid last summer.

Courtois was replaced by Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in a world-record deal for a shot stopper.

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Revealed: Chelsea To Offer Defender New Deal Amidst Man Utd Interest

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reece james

West London giants Chelsea have concluded plans to offer young defender Reece James a new contract to commit his long-term future to the club.

This is according to the publication from the stables of popular English news portal Independent which claimed that Premier League rivals Manchester United are monitoring his situation at Chelsea.

Reece James impressed a great deal while he was on loan at English Championship club Wigan Athletic.

The 18-year-old spent the whole of the season on loan at former FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic.

Chelsea have a transfer ban hanging over their head and the West Londoners could fast-track the aforementioned James into the squad.

The Blues have been handed a two-window transfer ban for misgivings relating to underage transfers.

The aforementioned publication revealed that Chelsea see Reece James as the long-term successor to Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back and that they are ready to offer him a new deal despite the fact that he still has three years on his existing contract.

Recce James proved his worth at Wigan this season as he established himself as one of the best right-backs in the second tier of English football.

The Red Devils have been linked with the teenage defender with Manchester United glaringly in need of a new right-back.

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Confirmed: Jose Mourinho Offered Managerial Role At European Club

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Jose Mourinho

Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been offered the managerial role at Scottish Premiership champions Celtic according to club legend Chris Sutton.

The former Chelsea and Celtic striker revealed that his former club has offered Mourinho the chance to return to the dugout.

He was speaking while doing his punditry job on BT Sports.

When asked about his preferred choice for the vacant managerial job at Celtic, Chris Sutton opted for Juventus manager Maximiliano Allegri.

Italian tactician Allegri will leave Italian champions Juventus this summer paving the way for European clubs like Celtic to swoop in on him.

Celtic have been without a permanent manager since Brendan Rodgers walked out on the club to take the Leicester City job in March.

Neil Lennon was handed a temporary role as the Celtic manager until the end of the season.

The Scottish champions are expected to appoint a new manager on a long-term deal this summer and it could be former Manchester United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese tactician has not been in the dugout since he was sacked by Manchester United last year.

Mourinho was sacked by the Red Devils in December after a disastrous start to the season especially in the league.

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Deal On: Loan Is A Possibility For Chelsea Target

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gareth bale

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has revealed that Gareth Bale will most likely leave the club on loan this summer.

Ramon Calderon talked about Real Madrid forward Bale in a chat with BBC Sports Wales amidst the ongoing transfer rumours linking him with an exit from the club.

Gareth Bale can leave Real Madrid on loan or on a permanent deal this summer after falling out of favour with manager Zinedine Zidane.

Bale has been frozen out of Real Madrid by manager Zinedine Zidane in recent weeks thereby leading to talks about his long-term future at the club.

The Welsh international star has been touted as a possible transfer addition to several Premier League clubs including Chelsea.

Bale has been targeted by the Blues as one of the players that could replace star player Eden Hazard who’s expected to leave Chelsea for the Los Merengues this summer.

Hazard has a year left on his current deal at Chelsea and Real Madrid are ready to swoop for him this summer.

On his part, Bale has three years left on his Real Madrid contract which runs out in 2022.

The 29-year-old was dropped from the Real Madrid squad for the last two league games against Villarreal (3-2 win at home) and Real Sociedad (3-1 loss away) before being benched during the 2-0 defeat at home to Real Betis in their final game of the season.

Apart from Chelsea, Gareth Bale has been linked with other Premier League sides like former club Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

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AC Milan

Deal Off: £35m Chelsea Loanee To Return After Milan Spell

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Tiemoue Bakayoko

AC Milan midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko will leave the club this summer after his loan spell with the Italian Serie A giants.

This is according to the publication from trusted Italian news outlet Calciomercato which claimed that the Rossoneri won’t take up the option of making his loan deal a permanent one.

Bakayoko joined AC Milan from Premier League giants Chelsea on a season-long loan deal at the start of this season with the option to sign him permanently for £35m.

The 24-year-old will now return to Chelsea after his loan spell expires next month after AC Milan decided against his permanent transfer.

AC Milan are not willing to pay the £35m transfer fee in his loan contract.

French midfielder Bakayoko has made 30 appearances for AC Milan in the league this season as the Italian giants battle to return to Champions League football next season.

AC Milan are in fifth position at the moment and just one point adrift of city rivals Inter Milan in fourth place on the Italian Serie A table.

Bakayoko and AC Milan travel to take on SPAL in their final game of the season later this week while Inter Milan face relegation threatened side Empoli at home in their last game of the season on Saturday.

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Deal On: Leicester City Send Scouts To Watch Onetime Chelsea Target

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Hakan Calhanoglu

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.

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Good News: Chelsea Striker To Stay For Next Season

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olivier giroud

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.

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Borussia Dortmund

Deal Off: Chelsea Target To Stay At Dortmund

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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.

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Revealed: Chelsea Target Wants PSG Stay Till End Of Contract

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Edinson Cavani

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.

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