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Chelsea offered £133M double-deal for two Real Madrid stars

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Chelsea offered £133M double-deal for two Real Madrid stars

Chelsea have been offered a mega-money deal to sign two Real Madrid stars, according to Diario Gol.

As per Diario Goal, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is prepared to sell Chelsea both Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez if the Premier League champions are prepared to meet their combined £133M price-tag.

The Spanish outlet believe that Chelsea were previously interested in signing Morata, but Manchester United jumped to the front of the queue to sign the 24-year-old and Chelsea pulled out of negotiations.

Diario Gol believe that Chelsea have now been given another opportunity at signing Morata, but may well be forced to sign Rodriguez too. It is reported that Perez is keen to kill two birds with one stone, and has given Chelsea the opportunity to help him do that.

It remains to be seen whether Chelsea would be interested in doing so, but one thing’s for sure, it would be a real statement of intent.

Should Chelsea sign Alvaro Morata or Andrea Belotti?

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Should Chelsea sign Alvaro Morata or Andrea Belotti?

Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea is a thing of the past, he will be lining up for Manchester United at next season’s curtain raiser.

For Antonio Conte, the task is simple, adequately replace Diego Costa, or face reliving the Blues’ failures of the past. Lukaku appeared to fit like a glove, but the deal never materialised.

Now it’s very much a case of two strikers, who have been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League champions – Andrea Belotti and Alvaro Morata. But who would be a better fit to spearhead Conte’s attack?

Alvaro Morata

La Liga 2016/17:
Goals: 15
Penalty goals: 0
Assists: 4
Minutes per goal: 89.4
Minutes per goal or assist: 70.5
Shots per goal: 3.6

Andrea Belotti

Serie A 2016/17:

Goals: 26
Penalty goals: 2
Assists: 7
Minutes per goal: 118
Minutes per goal or assist: 93
Shots per goal: 5

Stats via Squawka & WhoScored.

Morata appears to be the more productive striker, but the sample size is less than half the size of Belotti’s. The latter directly contributed to 33 goals for a mid-table side, whereas the majority of Morata’s goals came either off the bench or against minnows.

The major question mark over Morata is whether he can perform consistently while being the primary carrier of a team’s goal burden – Belotti has proven himself able, even if it was for just one season.

Ultimately, both are going to cost the club an arm and a leg, and you cannot say that either are safe bets. Conte is going to have to make a decision, take a risk, and pray that it pays off.

Let us know who you think Chelsea should sign.

Real Madrid refusing to lower £70M asking price for Chelsea target

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Real Madrid refusing to lower £70M asking price for Chelsea target

Real Madrid are refusing to budge on their inflated valuation of Chelsea target Alvaro Morata, according to AS.

AS report that Romelu Lukaku, who was previously in the Blues’ crosshairs, is set to sign for Premier League rivals Manchester United, with former manager Jose Mourinho stealing the Belgian from under the noses of his former employers.

As per AS, Chelsea will now turn their attentions to Morata, but Real are standing firm on their asking price, which is proving problematic.

It is reported that Los Blancos are demanding a whopping £70M in exchange for the 24-year-old, a fee that Chelsea appear to be unwilling to pay – understandably so.

AS note that Diego Costa is on his way back to Atletico Madrid, which has been a forgone conclusion for some time now, so Antonio Conte is in desperate need of reinforcements at the spearhead of his attack. Only time will tell if Morata is the solution to his struggles.

Chelsea handed major boost in efforts to extend star’s contract

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Chelsea handed major boost in efforts to extend star’s contract

Chelsea have been handed a major boost in their efforts to convince Thibaut Courtois to extend his contract with the club, according to the London Evening Standard.

As per the London Evening Standard, Courtois has been standing firm over his wage demands, with the Belgian international believing that he is worthy of a lucrative £200K-a-week deal. This has, as the paper report, stalled negotiations between the club and player.

The London Evening Standard believe that Courtois’ reluctance to commit his future to the Premier League champions sparked fears that he could make a summer move to Real Madrid, but Los Blancos’ interest in signing him appears to have now cooled.

It is reported by the London Evening Standard that Real Madrid have given no indications that a bid for Courtois is imminent, and they are currently pursuing other targets. Fingers crossed, that means that he will be sticking around in SW6 beyond this summer.

Chelsea superstar’s agent reveals he holds regular talks with Real Madrid

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Chelsea superstar’s agent reveals he holds regular talks with Real Madrid

Thibaut Courtois’ agent has revealed that he has regular contact with the Real Madrid hierarchy, report ESPN.

Courtois had a season to forget during Chelsea’s dismal 2015/16 campaign, but was back to his brilliant best last term. The Belgium international won the Premier League Golden Glove for keeping the most clean-sheets in the division, which is testament to his improvement.

However, despite Courtois seemingly having no reason to depart the champions, who look to have a bright future in store under Antonio Conte’s stewardship – it appears as though a move away from Stamford Bridge remains a possiblity.

ESPN quote Courtois’ representative Christophe Henrotay, who reveals that he holds frequent talks with Los Blancos:

“I meet regularly with Real Madrid’s directors and Thibaut’s situation is evaluated. My role is to keep him informed of the situation.”

As ESPN report, Courtois’ Chelsea deal has just two years left to run. We may well find ourselves in a situation next summer where we are forced to cash-in to avoid losing a world-class player on a free transfer.

Hopefully, it won’t come to that, but his agent talking to arguably the biggest club on the planet leaves us Chelsea fans with a right to be anxious.

Chelsea to go head-to-head with Juventus for Real Madrid ace

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Chelsea to go head-to-head with Juventus for Real Madrid ace

Chelsea are interested in signing Real Madrid right-back Danilo, according to reliable journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

Di Marzio reports that the Premier League champions have been monitoring Danilo’s situation at the Bernabeu since the January transfer window, and remain in the running to secure his signature.

However, Chelsea’s pursuit of the Brazilian will not be straightforward. Di Marzio believes that Italian champions Juventus will go head-to-head with the Blues in the race to sign Danilo, and are preparing an offer in the region of £13M.

Sky Sports reported at the time of Danilo’s arrival in Madrid that Los Blancos parted with as much as £23M to sign him, but he has failed to live up to that hefty fee, and if Di Marzio is to be believed, he could be on the move once more.

Victor Moses remains our only natural option at right-wing-back, it would certainly be a good idea to sign another this summer in order to provide him with genuine competition. Only time will tell if Danilo is to be that man.

Chelsea plan to hijack Man United’s pursuit of Real Madrid star

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Chelsea plan to hijack Man United’s pursuit of Real Madrid star

Chelsea remain interested in signing Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, according to the Sport Review.

The Sport Review believe that Premier League counterparts Manchester United are also keen to add Morata to their front-line this summer, but Blues boss Antonio Conte is prepared to offer them some stern competition in the race to secure his signature.

As per the Sport Review, Morata is in talks with Man United ahead of a potential move to Old Trafford, but that will not stop Conte making a last-ditch attempt to snatch him out of his rival’s grasp. The Sport Review believe that the Spain international’s transfer to the Red Devils has been delayed by disagreements over agent fees, and Chelsea will look to take full advantage of it.

The Sport Review report that Morata is keen to work with Conte at some point in the future, and Conte is keen to do the same. This is certainly one to keep an eye on in the coming days and weeks.

Chelsea consider surprise move for £35M-rated Sevilla winger

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Chelsea consider surprise move for £35M-rated Sevilla winger

Chelsea are considering making a surprise move to sign Sevilla winger Vitolo, according to the Mirror.

As per the Mirror, Antonio Conte is looking to strengthen his title-winning squad, and is a huge admirer of the 27-year-old.

The Mirror believe that Chelsea are looking to sign Vitolo in order to help Eden Hazard carry the burden of having to challenge on all fronts next campaign, with the Blues being back in the Champions League after a years absence.

The Mirror report that Atletico Madrid are also interested in securing Vitolo’s signature, but their transfer ban means that a deal would not be able to materialise until January, giving Chelsea a free run.

For Marina Granovskaia and Michael Emenalo, signing Vitolo should be fairly straightforward. Pay his release clause, which the Mirror believe to be £35M, and he will be a Chelsea player come next season’s curtain raiser at Stamford Bridge.

This is certainly one to keep an eye on.

Chelsea could be lumbered with Diego Costa until January

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Chelsea could be lumbered with Diego Costa until January

Chelsea could be stuck with want-away striker Diego Costa until the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mail.

As the Daily Mail report, Costa wants to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, and Antonio Conte has no interest in keeping him as part of his squad for next season.

However, the tabloid note that Costa only has eyes for Atletico Madrid, who he left to join Chelsea in the summer of 2014. This is where it gets complicated.

Atletico are banned from making transfers, but as the Daily Mail report, in theory, they can still sign players, but will not be able to register them until January. The Daily Mail believe that an option considered was signing Costa and loaning him out until that time, but they note that FIFA prohibit any player being sent out on loan until they are registered.

This means that Costa may well not have any choice but to stay put in SW6, against what the Daily Mail believe would be his, and his manager’s will.

Chelsea lower their asking price for prolific ace by whopping £35M

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Chelsea lower their asking price for prolific ace by whopping £35M

Chelsea have been forced to lower their asking price for Diego Costa considerably, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

Costa appears to be heading for the exit door at Stamford Bridge, and Di Marzio believes that he knows the Spaniard’s next destination. It is reported that Atletico Madrid are keen to bring Costa back to his former club, with the Chelsea hitman thought to be keen on reuniting with Diego Simeone this summer.

However, there is one problem, as Di Marzio notes, Costa would not be able to be registered by Atletico until January 2018 – but that does not appear to have deterred the La Liga heavyweights.

Atletico may not have to break the bank in order to land the man who scored 36 goals for them in the 2013/14 campaign, either. Di Marzio reports that although Chelsea’s initial valuation was in the region of £88M, they have now lowered that to £53M – a whopping £35M decrease.