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Sarri to swap Morata for Higuain; Is he the best solution to Chelsea problem?

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata might be on his way out of Stamford Bridge at the turn of the year, that’s according to reports.

According to Italian media outlet Calciomercato, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri isn’t satisfied with what he’s seen from the Spaniard so far this season and he’s now planning to engage him in a swap deal with Napoli in January.

Calciomercato also suggested that the Italian manager has his eyes set on the probability of luring Gonzalo Higuain to Stamford Bridge while he sends Morata to the opposite side.

The Argentine forward enjoyed a very productive campaign under Maurizio Sarri during their time at the Napolitano Stadium as he scored many goals in the 2017-18 season.

Sarri is hoping to reunite with the striker at Chelsea, even if it means losing Morata to Napoli.

Morata appeared to have returned back to his best form in the early stages of this season when he scored 5 goals in eight games.

However, his goal return has drastically reduced and he has played six League games without finding the back of the net.

Despite seeing regular action, the former Juventus striker isn’t faring any better as the days go by, hence, Sarri seems fed up with his uninspiring form. Surprisingly, Morata was left out of the manager’s team list prior to Saturday’s victory over Manchester City.

Sarri’s motive for dropping Morata from his team could mean only one thing — Morata is far becoming a fringe part of the team and he could be released as soon as January.

Is Higuain the best solution to Chelsea’s problems

The Blues are currently experiencing a low goal return from their strikers and Maurizio Sarri is desperately in search of long-term solutions to the problem.

As much as Higuain is an experienced striker who can score plenty of goals, he didn’t look like the best player to solve Chelsea’s problems.

Since his loan move to AC Milan at the start of the campaign, he has failed to hit the ground running with the Sansiro outfits.

The Argentine has played 11 matches and found the back of the net in just five occasions, the same tally with Morata who also has five goals.

At 31, Higuain might be too old to withstand the strenuous nature of the League. Premier League isn’t where an ageing player will score plenty of goals in his debut season, hence, Sarri might need to reconsider his proposed move for the former Real Madrid attacker, who is presently struggling to make things work out for himself at AC Milan.

A move for a younger and proven striker in January would be appreciated by the Blues’ faithful. As it stands, Sarri is yet to make his January transfer plans known to the public, however, it’s important he get a better, younger striker than his one-time trusted frontman.

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The incredible things we did to destroy Chelsea, Paul Pogba

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Manchester United added more troubles to Maurizio Sarri when they destroyed West London outfit Chelsea by 2-0 in the FA Cup on Monday night.

The win was masterminded by the French international midfielder Paul Pogba who did not only give in a good performance but gave an assist and also scored a goal to ensure the victory of his side at the Stamford Bridge.

The former Juventus star was given a more advanced role by the interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the tactics were enough to weaken the Blues side and stop Sarri’s Ball from rolling.

In his reaction, Paul Pogba stated that the win is a beautiful one for him and his team, adding that the reason why they play as a team is to win trophies, stressing that the interim manager trusts his players to do the job.

Paul Pogba, therefore, stated that they will not stop winning until they are able to secure the FA Cup title.

However, the chances of winning a title for the Red Devils this season is becoming clearer with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returning the club back to winning ways, having won 11 of his last 13 games with one defeat and a draw across all competitions.

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The only thing Pogba‘s performance against Chelsea proved

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It has been claimed by Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic that French international Paul Pogba’s performance in the win against Chelsea was able to prove that he is one of the best.

The star player had a very slow start under former manager Jose Mourinho and was almost relegated to the bench because of his rift with the Portuguese manager and that reflected in his game as he could not give his best.

Paul Pogba also complained that the defensive style of the former Chelsea boss went on to create a bigger problem in the team which led to him being stripped of the captain band.

However, there has been a different Paul Pogba at the Old Trafford since the coming of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who has helped to bring the best out of the players and Nemanja Matic has stated that the former Juventus player has been able to prove to his critics at the start of the season that he is one of the best.

However, Paul Pogba did not only give a quality performance, he assisted a goal and scored as well which is the reason why his teammate described him as a complete player who goes forward and also watches their back.

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The only reason why we defeated Chelsea, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Manchester United interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why it was easy for his side to walk out of the Stamford Bridge with a resounding 2-0 win over Chelsea on Monday night at the FA Cup.

The chances of the Red Devils are now brightened for a title win while the Blues now have their chances cut short as they are only left with the Carabao Cup on Sunday and the Europa League Cup.

The win makes it United’s 11th win under the former player in his 13 games in charge and there is no better way to bounce back from the 2-0 defeat they suffered against PSG in the Champions League than this.

Speaking after the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated that his side were able to secure a win because they had planned tactics for the game and it worked perfectly.

He made it clear that Pogba and Ander Herrera were asked to go higher into the opponent’s box mother often to add to Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford who are already there and it worked.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, therefore, hailed the players for playing to instruction and fighting to the end as that was the reason why they won against Chelsea.

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Chelsea Eyeing Summer Bid For 16-Goal Attacker

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Chelsea are planning a summer move for Ajax Amsterdam forward Hakim Ziyech according to reports coming out of the Italian media.

Italian media outlet Calciomercato claim that the Moroccan international has been added to the Blues’ list of transfer target after the 25-year-old impressed a great deal for Ajax Amsterdam in their unfortunate 2-1 loss to Real Madrid on Wednesday night in the Champions League.

Ajax have a mountain to climb in their last 16 ties after the home defeat at the hands of the defending champions.

The second leg takes place at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu next month.

Hakim Ziyech has been in very good form for Ajax Amsterdam since he joined the Dutch Eredivisie giants from fellow top flight side FC Twente.

He has scored 50 goals and also provided 25 assists in 113 appearances in all competitions since his move from FC Twente in 2016.

He was recently part of the Morocco squad that failed to progress beyond the group stage of last summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

Ziyech has scored 16 goals in addition to 13 assists in 32 games for Ajax in all competitions this season.

He could be a potential replacement for Chelsea star Eden Hazard who has been linked with Real Madrid.

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How Real Madrid Could Sign Chelsea Star

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Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid are reportedly interested in a Chelsea player in their quest to sign a replacement for Marcelo at left-back when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

According to Fichajes.net, the Los Merengues are eyeing a summer move for Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso.

The Spaniard is said to be on a five-man shortlist compiled by European champions Real Madrid.

Marcos Alonso is on the list alongside Borussia Dortmund and Portuguese international player Raphael Guerreiro, Bayern Munich and Austrian national team star David Alaba.

Others are Juventus and Brazilian international player Alex Sandro as well as Manchester City defender and French World Cup winner Benjamin Mendy.

Brazilian left-back Marcelo has been a key player at Real Madrid since he signed for the European champions in 2007.

Spanish giants Real Madrid secured his transfer from Brazilian Serie A club Fluminense.

Since his transfer, Marcelo has scored 25 goals in 333 appearances for Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga.

Marcelo has won four Champions League titles including three successive titles from 2016 to 2018 under the guidance of France football legend Zinedine Zidane who resigned as the Real Madrid manager last summer.

Zidane was replaced by Julen Lopetegui who only lasted for three months.

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Chelsea Join Bayern, Barcelona In De Ligt Race

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Premier League giants Chelsea have joined the keenly contested race to sign highly rated Ajax Amsterdam defender Matthijs De Ligt, according to widespread reports coming out of the media in Spain.

Mundo Deportivo claim that the Blues are the latest team to show strong interest in Matthijs De Ligt.

It was revealed that German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona are at the forefront of the queue to sign the Ajax skipper.

Matthijs De Ligt became the youngest skipper in the rich history of Ajax Amsterdam at the age of 18 when he was named the club’s skipper last year.

The young Dutch international centre back has been turning heads with his performances in the colours of Ajax Amsterdam this season.

Other clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool, Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Juventus have all been strongly linked with De Ligt.

The player is expected to command a transfer fee of around £75m in the summer.

Apart from establishing himself as a key player for Ajax Amsterdam, Matthijs De Ligt is also an important player for the Dutch national team after forming a potent centre back partnership with Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk.

He was a part of the team that qualified for the UEFA Nations League semifinals.

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Chelsea Face Liverpool Battle For £50m-rated La Liga Winger

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West London giants Chelsea are facing the threat of Premier League rivals Liverpool in their bid to sign Barcelona winger Malcom following the news that the Reds have made the Brazilian player a top priority ahead of the summer’s transfer window.

French media portal Le 10 Sport claim that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes that they can sign Malcom in the summer.

The 21-year-old has previously been touted as a possible signing for Chelsea either on loan or on a permanent basis.

He was strongly linked with both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur during the January transfer window.

£50m-rated Malcom has not had the best of times at Spanish La Liga Champions Barcelona since he joined them from French Ligue 1 club, Bordeaux, last summer.

He moved to the Nou Camp controversially at the start of the season in a €41m (£38m) deal after coming close to joining Italian Serie A giants AS Roma.

Barcelona hijacked his transfer from under the noses of the Italian Serie A club who knocked out the Blaugrana in the quarterfinals of last season’s Champions League.

Malcom recently scored for Barcelona in the El Clasico.

The Brazilian winger equalised for the Spanish champions to secure a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the first leg of their Spanish Copa Del Rey last four clashes.

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No Chelsea Exit For Barcelona Target

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Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has revealed that he won’t leave the club despite intense transfer rumours linking him with a Stamford Bridge exit this summer.

The 22-year-old talked about his Chelsea future in a chat with Danish Bold before adding that he won’t leave the club anymore.

Andreas Christensen had earlier talked about leaving the club in the recently concluded winter transfer window but Chelsea managed to keep him at Stamford Bridge despite the interest of European sides like Barcelona.

The Spanish champions were touted as a possible transfer destination for the Danish international player before Barcelona signed Colombian international Jeison Murillo from Valencia to solve their centre back need.

Andreas Christensen was also linked with a return to German Bundesliga club Borussia Moenchengladbach where he spent two seasons on loan.

The Danish centre back impressed a great deal at Borussia Moenchengladbach during his time there between 2015 and 2017.

He returned to Chelsea from his loan spell at Gladbach at the start of last season.

Christensen was a regular fixture in the Chelsea team under Antonio Conte in the last campaign but he has played second fiddle at the club since Maurizio Sarri took the Blues manager’s job at the start of the current campaign.

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How Chelsea will help Sanchez’s United career

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Chile international forward Alexis Sanchez has not been the same player he was since joining Manchester United last year January.

Alexis Sanchez dumped the North London outfit Arsenal to be with the Red Devils in a swap deal that ensured Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the opposite direction in the winter window of last year and has not made any mark.

It was earlier believed that the former Barcelona and Arsenal player was affected by the defensive pattern under former manager Jose Mourinho but with his sack since last year December Alexis Sanchez is yet to find his best.

Interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated that there is no need to be worried about the former Arsenal player stressing that he could get his mojo back with the game against Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Hinting that Alexis Sanchez would be handed a playing time in the game, the former United forward stated that the Chile international will only keep scoring goals as long as he is able to find the net against the West London outfit.

Ole Gunnar Solskajer stated that it would be unfair to demand much from Alexis Sanchez under him, noting that the player has been injured and is just returning back.

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What FA Cup result against Chelsea will mean for United, Solskjaer

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There are suggestions that a number of things and decisions are bothered around the fifth round of the FA Cup clash between Chelsea and Man United later on Monday.

For Manchester United who are considering the interim manager Ole Gunnar Solsjaer for the job on a permanent deal, they could have their mind changed if he fails to deliver a win against the West London outfit.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got the support of the fans, pundits and former players after helping the Red Devils to return to winning ways. He has won 10 games with a defeat and a draw in his last 12 games, a feat that was not achieved under a more experienced Jose Mourinho.

However, the only defeat against Paris Saint Germain seems to be a major setback to the former United forward as his ability to deliver against big sides is now under a major doubt.

The Red Devils management had earlier announced that they will be in search of a permanence manager with big experience in the coming summer window ahead of next season and that could just be the last resort should Ole Gunnar fails to prove that he is capable to take charge.

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