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Giroud Nominated For Europa League Award

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has been named on the four-man list of nominees for the Europa League Player of the Week.

The French World Cup winner was in superb form for the Blues as he netted three goals to lead Chelsea to a convincing 5-0 victory over Dynamo Kyiv FC of Ukraine.

Giroud was the standout player in the Europa League last 16 second leg tie.

Chelsea recorded an emphatic 8-0 win on aggregate with the result from the second leg.

The West London giants had won the first leg 3-0 at Stamford Bridge last week Thursday.

Ex-Arsenal striker Giroud scored two goals in the first half for Chelsea before Spanish international star Marcos Alonso added a third Chelsea goal on the stroke of halftime.

Giroud completed his hattrick just before the hour mark for the Blues’ fourth goal.

Callum Hudson-Odoi wrapped up the win for Chelsea with twelve minutes left on the clock.

Giroud has now scored nine goals in this season’s Europa League making him the leading goalscorer in the competition.

He will contend with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Jonas (Benfica) and Thomas Soucek (Slavia Prague) for the player award.

Giroud and Chelsea will face Slavia Prague of Czech Republic in the next stage of the Europa League after the draw took place earlier on Friday.

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Maurizio Sarri Closing In On Juventus Managerial Post

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is close to being named the new manager of Italian Serie A champions Juventus according to one of the most trusted journalists in Italian football.

Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri revealed that Juventus will soon appoint the aforementioned Sarri as their manager after they were turned down by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

According to him, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was their first choice but the Spanish tactician is not ready to swap Manchester for Turin.

It was revealed that Pep Guardiola has turned down the Juventus job three times.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is not assured of his place at the club after a topsy-turvy season at Stamford Bridge and the Juventus job represents a sweet escape from his woes with the West Londoners.

Despite the inconsistent displays that have characterized Chelsea this season, Sarri was able to secure a Champions League return for the Blues after a third-place finish on the Premier League table.

He also led the Blues to two finals, Carabao Cup and the Europa League.

Sarri and Chelsea lost the Europa League final to holders Manchester City via penalties, while they will face London rivals Arsenal in the Europa League final on Wednesday.

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Revealed: Arsenal, Man Utd Favourites To Sign France-based Chelsea Target

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Premier League giants Arsenal and Manchester United are reportedly the front-runners in the keenly contested race to sign Paris Saint Germain (PSG) midfielder Adrien Rabiot during this summer’s transfer window.

This is according to the publication from the stables of The Sun.

Adrien Rabiot is available on a free transfer this summer following the expiration of his PSG contract this summer and several European clubs have been linked with a swoop for him including Chelsea who is expected to sign a new midfielder in the coming weeks.

Chelsea is yet to sign a replacement for Spanish international Cesc Fabregas since he left the club to join French giants AS Monaco in January.

Players like Leandro Paredes (moved from Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg to PSG during the winter transfer window), Nicolo Barella (Cagliari) and Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon) were linked with a move to Chelsea but nothing came out of those transfer links.

For now, Chelsea is behind both Arsenal and Manchester United in the race to sign French international Adrien Rabiot.

Barcelona were previously the favourites to sign the 24-year-old but their interest has cooled down in recent weeks partly due to the acquisition of Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Frenkie De Jong.

Dutch international De Jong will link up with his Barcelona teammates later this summer.

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Revealed: Chelsea Target and 15 Others Could Leave Real Madrid THIS Summer

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Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale could be one of 16 players that could leave the club during this summer’s transfer window.

According to Spanish news portal Sport, as many as 16 players could leave Real Madrid and Welsh international Bale will likely be most high-profile exit.

Several incomings and outgoings are expected at Real Madrid this summer after a poor campaign.

Gareth Bale has three years left on his contract at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu but he was frozen out of the team towards the end of the season.

The 29-year-old has been linked with a move back to the Premier League with clubs like Manchester United, former team Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

Bale has been touted as a potential replacement for wantaway Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard who is the number one transfer target for Real Madrid this summer.

The Welshman was dropped for the Spanish La Liga games against Villarreal and Real Valladolid before he was left on the bench for the entire duration of the final league game of the season with Real Betis.

Apart from Gareth Bale, other Real Madrid players like Keylor Navas, Theo Hernandez, Dani Ceballos and many more might also leave the Spanish club during this summer’s transfer window.

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Revealed: Real Madrid Can Sign Eden Hazard For £130m

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Premier League giants Chelsea are reportedly willing to sell their star player this summer amidst the intense transfer interest from Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid.

Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard is undoubtedly the star player at the club but the Blues could lose his services this summer.

The West London giants were initially reluctant to lose his services but Chelsea officials have had a change of heart according to the publication from Sky Sports.

It was revealed that Chelsea are willing to sell Belgian international Hazard if they receive £130m from Real Madrid for him.

Eden Hazard has one year left on his contract at Chelsea and the Belgian playmaker is not ready to sign a new deal.

Chelsea might have to sell him this summer or risk losing their star player for free when his contract expires next summer.

The aforementioned report from Sky Sports claimed that Real Madrid are serious about signing Eden Hazard but they are ready to spend more than £88m on him.

Real Madrid want to rebuild their squad after a poor season which ended without a major trophy.

Eden Hazard could spearhead the revival at Real Madrid.

He showed his quality for Chelsea this season after scoring 16 league goals and also weighing in with 15 assists.

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Deal On: Real Madrid In £79m Bid For Chelsea Target

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Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid have made a big bid for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly according to widespread reports emanating from the Italian media.

Real Madrid are likely to sign a new defender during this summer’s transfer window after it was revealed that club captain Sergio Ramos is ruminating over the idea of ending his 14-year stay with the Los Merengues.

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is being targeted by Real Madrid as a potential replacement for Sergio Ramos if the Spaniard leaves the club this summer.

Sergio Ramos has already been linked with Premier League clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United as well as French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

Kalidou Koulibaly has shown over the years that he has the qualities needed to replace Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid.

Correire dello Sport revealed that Real Madrid have already made a £79m bid for the aforementioned Koulibaly.

It remains to be seen whether Napoli will accept the Real Madrid bid having rejected a similar big money transfer fee from Premier League giants Manchester United for their prized asset.

Kalidou Koulibaly has been attracting the interest of European clubs like Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea.

He would definitely command a world-record fee for a defender if Napoli decide to sell him.

Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk holds the record at £75m.

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No Decision: Chelsea Legend Undecided Over Future

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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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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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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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