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Real Madrid players reportedly protest Mourinho’s arrival

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Emerging reports claim that some Real Madrid players are reacting negatively to the speculations that manager Jose Mourinho will be announced as the manager of the club.

This is after the Portuguese boss was sacked by Manchester United over poor results with the club already losing hope of a Champions League football.

However, reports emerged that the Spanish side could pick up the former Chelsea boss as their new manager to replace caretaker coach Santiago Solari at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Speculations are that some Real Madrid players are already kicking against the move by the club as they do not wish for Mourinho as the club’s new manager.

The reports allege that the players who are majorly the senior ones in the team have asked the club not to go ahead with their intention of appointing Jose Mourinho.

However, it is unclear if the wish of the platters will stand on the matter but it is believed that the management is keen on a high-class coach which the Portuguese boss meets the criteria.

Mourinho has once had a spell with Real Madrid and should he join the Spanish side, it would be his second spell in the Spanish La liga.

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What United’s FA Cup visit means to Chelsea

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Manchester United will visit the Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the FA Cup tie, an attempt to return to winning ways on Monday next week after their defeat to French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain within the week.

However, the visit is of big concern for to the West London side with assistant coach Gianfranco Zola claiming that the game will mark the beginning of a crucial run for his side.

Noting that United will be a big challenge for the Blues, Gianfranco Zola stated that his side will be focused on winning the game.

Also, the West London outfit recently saw a 6-0 humiliation Manchester City but they have bounced back with a win against Malmo in the Europe League.

United have seen their unbeaten run across all competitions under new interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ended by the French Ligue 1 outfit but they hope it would continue in the Premier League.

The Red Devils have had their season turned around by the new manager after having a very slow start of the season under former manager Jose Mourinho.

Meanwhile, a win for United will hand them hope to win a title this season after supposedly losing out of the Premier League.

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Chelsea Given Blow As Juventus Insist £105m Talent Is Not For Sale

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Premier League giants Chelsea have received unpalatable news in their pursuit of Juventus forward Paulo Dybala after Juventus disclosed that the Argentine international player is not for sale.

The petite attacker has been linked with clubs like Real Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea in recent weeks after his struggles at Italian Serie A giants Juventus with the arrival of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in a club-record deal last summer.

In a chat with Italian media outlet Gazetta dello Sport, Juventus sporting director Fabio Patarici said that the club is not looking to sell Dybala since they can replace him with either Messi or Neymar.

Paulo Dybala has not performed to his full potentials at Juventus this season and that could be traced to Ronaldo who has now assumed the main man role at the club at the expense of Dybala.

The former Palermo player has scored 10 goals in all competitions with only two of those coming in the Italian Serie A.

Recent reports claim that Real Madrid want to spend as much £105m to secure his transfer from the Italian champions, while Liverpool have also been linked with him in an unlikely swap deal involving Mohamed Salah with reports claiming that Juventus want to offer £50m plus Dybala for Salah.

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€100m Chelsea Target Is NOT For Sale

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Inter Milan chief Piero Ausilio has revealed that the club wants to keep contract rebel Mauro Icardi at the club amidst the transfer rumours fuelled by the decision to drop him as the Nerazzurri captain.

Ausilio occupies the sporting director role at Inter Milan and in his latest interview monitored by FourFourTwo, he revealed that the Argentine international player is not for sale.

The new development is a big transfer blow to Premier League giants Chelsea who are long-term admirers of the former Sampdoria hitman.

The 25-year-old has also been linked with a transfer to European champions Real Madrid who are keen on a summer move for a long-term replacement for the ageing Karim Benzema.

€100m-rated Icardi came through the ranks at Catalan giants Barcelona before joining Sampdoria where he started his professional career.

He has scored 109 goals in 179 Italian Serie A games since Icardi joined Inter Milan in 2013.

Inter Milan had announced on Wednesday that Samir Handanovic will be the new skipper after Icardi was relieved of his captaincy duties though the club maintains that the decision is in isolation with the current contract standoff between the player and the Italians.

Mauro Icardi still has over two years left on his contract scheduled to run down in 2021.

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Chelsea Eyeing Discount In €36m Higuain Transfer

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Chelsea are reportedly holding out for a significant discount in their bid to make the loan transfer of striker Gonzalo Higuain a permanent one in the summer.

This is according to the report from Italian media platform Correire di Torino which claimed that Chelsea are not willing to pay more than €30m for a permanent transfer for Argentine international player Higuain.

Italian giants Juventus had earlier revealed that Chelsea can sign Higuain for €36m at the end of his short-term loan contract at Stamford Bridge.

Juventus confirmed the required transfer fee for a permanent Higuain deal during the official confirmation of his loan transfer to Chelsea during the January transfer window.

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Since his move to Chelsea last month, Gonzalo Higuain has scored two goals in four appearances including two in three Premier League games.

He was part of the Chelsea squad that recorded their worst Premier League defeat via a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of English champions Manchester City.

Higuain’s compatriot Sergio Aguero was the tormentor-in-chief as he netted a treble to compound the woes of under-pressure Sarri.

Raheem Sterling found the back of the net twice, while German international player Ilkay Gundogan was also on target for the Citizens.

Chelsea dropped two places to sixth spot on the table as a result of the heavy beating.

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£18m Striker Wants Chelsea Stay Despite Foreign Offers

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is desperate to stay at the club for at least one season despite offers from clubs outside England.

This is according to the report from the popular English media platform The Sun.

It was revealed that the French World Cup winner is hopeful that West London giants Chelsea will offer him a one-year contract extension.

Giroud was part of the French team that won a second FIFA World Cup title at the 2018 edition in Russia.

The ex-Montpellier player was the star striker for France who won the World Cup with a 4-2 victory over fellow Europeans Croatia in their final clash last summer.

The 32-year-old swapped Arsenal for Chelsea in January 2018 in a deal worth £18m and he went on to sign an 18-month contract at Stamford Bridge.

He has played second fiddle to both Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain at Chelsea this season though he has still managed 12 starts this season.

The Frenchman has also netted five goals in six Europa League games this term with his latest strike coming in the Europa League last 32 first leg win over Swedish side Malmo on Thursday night.

Giroud scored what proved to be the winning goal in a 2-1 away win over Malmo.

He has foreign offers from China and home country France.

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How Blues Legend Influenced Chelsea Target To Switch International Allegiance

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West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice has pledged his international allegiance to the Three Lions of England despite the fact that he has already been capped by the Republic of Ireland.

The 19-year-old has been in very good form for the Hammers since he made his debut in the Premier League clash at Manchester City last season and his form has attracted a lot of interests at both club and international level.

Declan Rice is currently courting the interest of major Premier League clubs like Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

He recently signed a five-year contract at West Ham United to take him to the end of the 2023/24 season but the contract extension has not stopped the transfer rumours linking him with a move away from the club.

He penned an extension after a lengthy contract standoff with West Ham.

Declan Rice has now pledged his international future to England over the Republic of Ireland influenced by advice from Chelsea legend John Terry.

He has featured in three friendly matches for the Republic of Ireland means that he’s still eligible for England.

Ex-Blues defender John Terry has struck an unlikely friendship with Declan Rice since he was released at Chelsea at the age of 14.

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£57m Signing Backs Chelsea To Return To Form

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New Chelsea signing Christian Pulisic has backed the Blues to return to form after the latest set of disappointing results from manager Maurizio Sarri and his players.

Pulisic, 20, became the third most expensive player in the history of Chelsea after the West London giants paid £57.1m to secure his transfer from German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund during the just concluded winter transfer window.

The United States of America international will spent the rest of the season at Borussia Dortmund before joining Chelsea in the summer.

He spoke about his new club in a recent interview with popular English media outlet Sky Sports.

According to him, Chelsea have quality players and a good manager before adding that they will bounce back from recent results.

Chelsea and manager Maurizio Sarri are under the microscope after the Blues were thrashed 6-0 in their last league game.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was the star of the show as he netted a treble to give the Citizens a comprehensive victory.

Raheem Sterling also scored two goals while German international player Ilkay Gundogan was responsible for the other goal.

With the Manchester City result, Chelsea have now fired blank in their last three away games in the league conceding 12 goals in the process.

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Courtois Unsure Of Real Madrid Interest In 28-Year-Old Chelsea Star

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has questioned the interest of the European champions in one of his former teammates at Chelsea.

The Belgian international shot stopper spoke about Eden Hazard and his potential move to Real Madrid in his post-match thoughts after his side took a major step towards the last eight in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

According to him, Courtois said he’s not sure whether Real Madrid want to sign ex-Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard.

He was reacting to questions from reporters about Eden Hazard and Real Madrid.

Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard are teammates with the Belgian national team.

Both players were at Chelsea until last summer when Courtois left Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid in a deal worth £35m plus Mateo Kovacic who sealed a season-long loan move to the Blues.

Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur revealed earlier this year that Eden Hazard is waiting for a move from Real Madrid and that the Belgian international captain has already rejected two contract offers from Chelsea.

Eden Hazard has less than 18 months left on his current deal with the Blues and Chelsea might be forced to sell him in the summer if he doesn’t sign a contract extension at the club.

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£39m Chelsea Target Honoured By Transfer Links To Major European Clubs

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Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic is one of the most sought-after talents on the European stage and the player says he’s honoured with the transfer links involving the best teams on the continent.

Luka Jovic is enjoying a breakthrough season for German Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt having joined them on loan from Portuguese club Benfica.

In his recent interview with Sportsbuzzer, Luka Jovic expressed his delight at the mention of his name with the major European clubs before adding that he’s honoured to enjoy that privilege.

Bosnian-born Serbian international star Luka Jovic has been touted as possible transfer addition for clubs like Liverpool, Barcelona, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Latest reports claim that London club Chelsea have made a £39m (€45m) bid for the player to match an earlier bid of the same figure from European champions Real Madrid.

Five-time European champions Liverpool retain an interest in the 21-year-old, while Barcelona have been in contact with his agent Fali Ramadani about a possible move in the summer.

As a matter of fact, some reports are claiming that Barcelona have already agreed on a deal to sign him this summer as a long-term replacement for the ageing Luis Suarez.

Luka Jovic has scored 14 goals in 15 league games in the German top flight this season.

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Chelsea Must Pay €100m For Sporting Lisbon Star

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Former European champions Chelsea have been told that they must pay a club-record transfer fee of €100m if they want to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

This is according to the publication from Portuguese media outlet Correio da Manha which claimed that the Blues will have to pay the €100m release clause in the player’s contract at Sporting Lisbon.

Chelsea are not the only club interested in the 24-year-old.

Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid, as well as the Merseyside duo of Liverpool and Everton, have all been linked with the Portuguese national team player.

Bruno Fernandes is one of the highest goalscoring midfielders in the major European leagues after netting 10 goals in 20 matches in the Primeira Liga.

In addition, he has weighed in with six assists in those league games.

Chelsea want to bolster their midfield in the summer after they failed to sign a replacement for experienced Spanish international Cesc Fabregas when he left to join French Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco during the January transfer window.

The Blues have been linked with several midfielders but they were unable to sign anyone.

Bruno Fernandes represents a quality option for Chelsea to boost their midfield options.

Cagliari star Nicolo Barella and newly signed PSG player Leandro Paredes were heavily linked with Chelsea last month.

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