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Palace Manager Dismisses Transfer Rumours For Chelsea Duo




Roy Hodgson

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has debunked transfer rumours linking the club with two players on the payroll of fellow London club Chelsea. Hodgson dismissed those rumours during his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of his side’s Premier League clash away to English champions Manchester City billed for the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Former England and Switzerland boss said that he doesn’t want to talk about players of other clubs when reporters asked him about those transfer rumours surrounding Chelsea players Victor Moses and Tammy Abraham.

Both players have previously been mentioned as potential transfer targets for the Eagles.

Victor Moses rose through to the ranks at Crystal Palace before joining English Championship side Wigan Athletic in 2010 due to financial crisis on the part of the Selhurst Park outfit.

He went on to spend two successful years at Wigan before signing for Chelsea in the summer of 2012.

Victor Moses became a major part of the Chelsea team under Antonio Conte before the Italian was sacked and replaced by compatriot Maurizio Sarri in the summer.

Sarri has already told the Nigerian forward that he has no future at the club thus prompting talks of a return to Palace.

Nigerian-born England striker Tammy Abraham is on a season-long loan at Championship side Aston Villa but recent reports claim that the Blues could recall him with top flight sides like Newcastle United and Crystal Palace interested in signing him.

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United now told to come for this Napoli star but on one condition

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Kalidou Koulibaly

English Premier League outfit Man United have been hinted that Italian Serie A outfit Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly will now be available for sale in the coming summer transfer window.

The Red Devils have long been in the pursuit of the Senegal international defender with former manager Jose Mourinho insisting on his signature. The interest from the Portuguese boss was confirmed by Napoli president but it did not work through.

Man United have now been told that Kalidou Koulibaly will now be available for sale but they will have to meet with the asking price of £130 million for his signature or forget about landing him this summer window.

Kalidou Koulibaly’s contract with Napoli will expire in 2023 but there are suggestions that he would not see out his contract should the Red Devils meet with his asking price.

However, Man United are keen on the signature of a new centre back as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told that he needs to have a total overhaul of his squad to be able to compete ahead of the coming season.

Meanwhile, it has been hinted that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskajer will have a budget of £200 million for the coming summer window.

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Chelsea Star Frustrated With Lack Of Playing Time

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Olivier Giroud

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has tried out over his lack of playing time at the club since the start of the current season.

Giroud talked about the lack of first-team opportunities that he had to endure at Chelsea in his latest interview ahead of the Blues’ Europa League quarterfinal second leg clash with Slavia Prague FC of Czech Republic.

According to the French World Cup winner, he’s frustrated with his situation at Stamford Bridge.

Giroud started this season as the second choice striker behind Alvaro Morata and he has maintained that role since the loan transfer of Gonzalo Higuain during the January transfer window.

Higuain was signed as a direct replacement for Morata who left the club for Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid earlier this year.

Both Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morata were benched at the weekend as Chelsea fell to a 2-0 defeat to Premier League chasers Liverpool in their second league duel of the season.

The defeat ensured that Chelsea lose their top-four spot to London rivals Arsenal.

Giroud would be hoping to get a start when Chelsea play host to Slavia Prague in the second leg of their Europa League quarterfinal tie.

The Czech side lost the first leg 1-0 courtesy, an 86th-minute strike from Marcos Alonso.

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Barcelona, Dortmund In Race To Sign Ex-Chelsea Player

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Filipe Luis

Spanish champions Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund are in a race to sign Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis according to reports coming out of the media in Germany.

Filipe Luis is expected to leave Atletico Madrid this summer and he has been touted as a possible transfer addition to the playing squad at Barcelona and German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.

The 33-year-old has been a wonderful player for Atletico Madrid since he signed for the club in 2010.

The Brazilian international player joined Atletico Madrid from fellow Spanish La Liga club Deportivo La Coruna.

Filipe Luis briefly left the club for Premier League giants Chelsea between 2014 and 2015.

He made just 15 league appearances for Chelsea during that season before returning to Atletico Madrid in 2015.

Filipe Luis has been the first choice left-back at Atletico Madrid since the start of his second spell at the club.

The Brazilian defender is said to favour a move to five-time European champions Barcelona this summer ahead of other interested clubs.

Barcelona want to sign Felipe Luis as a backup for first choice left-back Jordi Alba ahead of next season.

Jordi Alba is the undisputed first choice at Barcelona and he recently impressed as the Blaugrana sealed a semifinal berth in the Champions League via a 4-0 aggregate win.

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Arsenal Backed For Europa League Title Ahead Of Chelsea

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Per Mertesacker

Former Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has backed the Gunners for the Europa League title ahead of other contenders like Napoli and West London giants Chelsea.

Ex-German international centre back Mertesacker talked up North London giants Arsenal for the Europa League title during an exclusive interview with popular media portal Goal.

Per Mertesacker retired from football at Arsenal at the end of last season and he’s currently the Academy manager at the North London outfit.

Arsenal are the third favourites for the Europa League title behind Napoli and London rivals Chelsea and they will have to overcome Italian team Napoli if they are to continue their bid to win the Europa League.

An Aaron Ramsey strike and a Kalidou Koulibaly own goal gave the Gunners a 2-0 lead at home to Napoli in their first leg meeting last week and both teams will meet again on Thursday night in what’s the second leg of their last eight tie in the Europa League.

Ahead of the game, Per Mertersacker backed Arsenal to secure a result at the San Paolo though he was quick to point out that things can quickly go wrong for the Gunners despite the fact that they have a two-goal lead ahead of the game.

Arsenal will potentially face either Valencia or Villarreal in the semifinals though its likely to be Los Che who have a 3-1 lead against their rivals from the first leg away from home.

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Betting Preview: Chelsea vs Slavia Prague: Home Win On The Cards

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Europa League favourites Chelsea are in a good position to secure a semifinal spot in the competition ahead of Czech side Slavia Prague.

Chelsea won the first leg 1-0 courtesy an 86th-minute strike from Spanish left-back Marcos Alonso.

The Blues might have to depend on winning the Europa League to seal a return to the Champions League stage due to the fact that a top-four finish in the Premier League is highly unlikely with the way things are at the moment.

Chelsea are in a battle with other major Premier League teams like Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester United though the two North London sides are in a better position for a top-four finish.

Just two spots are available for Champions League football with the other two places already taken by both Premier League title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is under pressure again following the weekend’s 2-0 loss to Liverpool in the Premier League.

The defeat has placed them in a difficult situation to secure Champions League football via the league route.

Sarri and his players can’t afford any slip-up in their Europa League quarterfinal second leg clash with Slavia Prague FC of Czech Republic.

The Blues have winning odds of 1.33 according to Surebet247 while their opponents have victory odds of 9.75.

The possibility of a stalemate is at the odds of 5.00.

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17-Goal Chelsea Target Signs Permanent Deal At Frankfurt

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Luka Jovic

Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic has signed for the German Bundesliga club permanently despite the transfer rumours linking him with a move to several clubs on the European football stage.

The announcement of his permanent deal was made earlier on Wednesday afternoon.

Luka Jovic initially joined Eintracht Frankfurt from Portuguese giants Benfica on loan for two years until this summer with the obligation to make it permanent and the Germans have decided to turn his loan move to a permanent one earlier than planned.

The 21-year-old has been in very good form for Eintracht Frankfurt this season and it’s not surprising that his loan move has been made permanent before time.

He has signed a four-year deal at Frankfurt until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Luka Jovic has scored 17 goals in the German Bundesliga and he’s the second topscorer behind Bayern Munich hitman Robert Lewandowski.

His form has propelled his Eintracht Frankfurt side to the top four on the German Bundesliga table.

A top-four spot is enough to secure Champions League football for next season.

Serbian international Jovic and Frankfurt are still in the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Eintracht Frankfurt lost the first leg of their Europa League quarterfinal tie to Benfica 4-2 ahead of the second leg at home on Thursday night.

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Ex-Chelsea Star Backs Mourinho For Bayern Job

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Frank Lampard Michael Ballack

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has backed Jose Mourinho for the Bayern Munich job.

In his latest interview monitored by popular media outlet Goal, ex-German international Ballack said that Mourinho would be the perfect man for the Bayern Munich managerial role.

Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho has been linked to the Bayern job as a replacement for current boss Niko Kovac who’s under serious pressure to keep his job.

Niko Kovac has struggled to impress as the manager of the Bavarian giants since he took the job at the start of this summer.

His Bayern Munich team is in a two-way fight for the German Bundesliga title with Borussia Dortmund.

At the end of last year, Dortmund had a nine-point lead over his Bayern team but Niko Kovac has been able to claw that deficit back.

Bayern have a one-point lead at the top of the table presently with five games to go.

The Bavarian giants can still win the domestic double as they are still in the German Cup.

The biggest disappointment of the Niko Kovac reign at Bayern Munich was the Bavarian giants’ inglorious exit in the Champions League at the hands of Premier League leaders Liverpool.

The Reds emerged victorious in their last 16 tie via a 3-1 aggregate win.

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Chelsea Eyeing €70m Move For Hazard Replacement

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Nicolas Pepe

West London giants Chelsea are reportedly eyeing highly-rated Lille winger Nicolas Pepe as a possible replacement for wantaway Blues talisman Eden Hazard.

This is according to the publication from popular English news outlet Daily Mirror which claimed that Chelsea are not willing to let Eden Hazard leave this summer.

It was further revealed that the West Londoners will target the aforementioned Pepe as his replacement though Chelsea are still yet to find out whether they will be able to sign new players this summer.

Chelsea have been slapped with a two-window transfer ban by world’s football governing body FIFA but they have contested the verdict with an appeal.

The Europa League campaigners are still anxiously waiting for the verdict on the appeal against the transfer ban.

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard could leave the club this summer with Spanish club Real Madrid strongly interested in him.

He has one year left on his current deal at Chelsea though they are reluctant to let the Belgian international star leave the club.

Nicolas Pepe could be a very good replacement for him.

The Ivorian international has been in sensational form for Lille this season after netting 19 goals and 11 assists in the league this season.

His form has propelled his French Ligue 1 club to the top two on the league table.

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Kane-less Tottenham Still A Threat – Ex-Chelsea Star

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Kevin De Bruyne

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne believes that North London giants Tottenham Hotspur are still a threat without star striker Harry Kane.

The former Chelsea player spoke about Tottenham Hotspur in his pre-match thoughts ahead of the Champions League clash between Manchester City and Spurs.

Both teams meet for their Champions League quarterfinal second leg clash at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.

The two sides met last week at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for what was their first leg meeting and it ended in a 1-0 win for hosts.

South Korean international Son Heung-Min scored the only goal of the game to condemn the Citizens to a rare defeat.

The Tottenham Hotspur win was marred by the injury to star striker Harry Kane.

The Three Lions of England captain sustained a serious ankle injury which is likely to rule him out for the remainder of the season.

Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester City would be hoping to overturn the aforementioned first-leg deficit when they take on Spurs in their second Champions League meeting of the season.

Many pundits believe that it would be a walkover for Manchester City but De Bruyne disagrees as he said that Spurs will pose enough attacking threat to worry the Citizens’ defence without Harry Kane.

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Inter Milan Make First Move For 19-Goal Chelsea Target

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Nicolas Pepe

Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan are the first club to make a move for highly-rated Lille winger Nicolas Pepe according to the reports coming out of the media in France.

Ivorian international Pepe has had a season of his life for Lille this term and it’s not surprising that the major European sides are on his trail.

The specific report from France Football revealed that one of those interested clubs has made the first move to sign Pepe.

Inter Milan have put in an official bid for the in-form Lille winger in their quest to usurp other interested parties.

Nicolas Pepe has been linked with clubs like Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain (PSG), German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, Arsenal and West London giants Chelsea.

The Ivorian attacker has scored 19 goals in the French Ligue 1 this season in addition to 11 assists.

No player has more assists than Nicolas Pepe in the league this term while it’s only Paris Saint Germain (PSG) forward Kylian Mbappe that has scored more league goals this season.

Pepe has been in superb form for Lille and his goal contributions (30 goals) have propelled Lille to the top two on the French Ligue 1 table.

Lille are on course to return to the Champions League next season.

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