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Chelsea set to pursue Lukaku alternatives

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Chelsea set to pursue Lukaku alternatives

Chelsea have lined up two strikers to appease Antonio Conte, having missed out in the race to sign Everton star Romelu Lukaku, according to the Independent.

As per the Independent, Conte is furious that the Chelsea board failed to provide him with Lukaku, and instead allowed him to agree a deal to join direct rivals Manchester United.

Despite it being reported that Chelsea have not completely given up hope of signing Lukaku, the Independent believe that the club are now pursuing alternatives.

The Independent report that Alvaro Morata and Andrea Belotti, who both hit the 20 goal mark for Real Madrid and Torino respectively last season, are being targeted to soften the blow on Conte of missing out on Lukaku.

Neither are likely to come cheap, but the reality of the situation we find ourselves in means that we may be left with no choice but to pay an inflated figure.

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Chelsea do not appear to have given up hope of signing Everton talisman Romelu Lukaku this summer.

According to the Independent, Everton expect the Premier League champions to ‘aggressively’ challenge Manchester United in the race to sign Lukaku.

As per the Independent, Lukaku is willing to move to Old Trafford this summer, and reunite with Jose Mourinho, who showed little faith in him during his time at Chelsea and opted to cash-in.

The paper believe that £75M could be enough to see the deal go over the line, but Chelsea will not roll over and allow Lukaku to join their direct rivals.

The Independent report that Chelsea are adamant that the deal is not done, and could lodge a huge bid in a last-ditch attempt to steal Lukaku from under Mourinho’s nose.

By the sound of things, it could well be too late for the Blues to make a move. Ultimately, only time will tell who Lukaku is playing for next season.

Chelsea back in for Swans striker

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Chelsea back in for Swans striker

After failing to secure his services in the January transfer market, Fernando Llorente is set to become the subject of another bid from Chelsea as the reigning Premier League champions look to resolve their growing striker crisis.

According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte remains keen on the Spain international “whose height and ability to hold up the ball, suits Chelsea’s system of playing with just one forward”. And who can blame the Chelsea manager for returning to his previous target? After all, it was the Spaniard’s 15 goals last season that helped keep Paul Clement’s struggling Swansea side in the Premier League. What’s more, Llorente worked with Conte during his time with Juventus, meaning that the Italian boss should know how to get the best out of the hitman.

This story comes after the news today that direct title rivals Manchester United had a bid of £75 million accepted for Everton striker and Chelsea transfer target Romelu Lukaku who had looked certain to secure a move back to West London.

Moreover, with unsettled striker Diego Costa looking for a way out of the London club – with Atlético Madrid the most likely destination – Conte and the Chelsea board must act quickly to assemble an attack capable of competing on all four fronts next season.

Manchester United agree £75M fee for Chelsea target

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Manchester United agree £75M fee for Chelsea target

Uh oh, there may be trouble ahead.

Manchester United have had a £75M bid accepted by Everton for Romelu Lukaku, according to the Telegraph.

The Telegraph report that Chelsea were previously thought to be front runners in the race to sign Lukaku, but Man United have been working hard behind the scenes in order to steal him from under the noses of their rivals.

It is reported that the Red Devils are keen to complete the deal to sign Lukaku by Sunday, leaving Chelsea out in the cold.

This is a huge concern from a Chelsea perspective, as the Telegraph revealed in a separate report, Diego Costa has already said his goodbyes to his Chelsea teammates ahead of a return to Atletico Madrid, which would leave Antonio Conte without a viable option to lead his attack.

The Telegraph do suggest that Chelsea could make a late move to sign Lukaku, but it look as though the deal to take him to Old Trafford is already too far advanced.

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.

Five players that were sold by Chelsea and developed into stars

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Five players that were sold by Chelsea and developed into stars

Chelsea are renown for developing promising youngsters, not necessarily our own, but players poached from academies world-wide.

Said players are often shipped out on loan, where they develop into stars and are subsequently sold in order to raise funds to invest in the transfer market.

However, too many times have we sold a player too soon and lived to regret it. It’s a hot topic at the moment, having cashed-in on both Bertrand Traore and Nathan Ake, who joined Lyon and AFC Bournemouth respectively.

The Blues may one day look back on the decision to sell them and acknowledge their mistakes, and it certainly would not be the first time. Here’s five players that Chelsea sold too soon:

Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne’s immense potential was clear to see for everyone other than Jose Mourinho. He was given sporadic opportunities, with Mourinho seeing a cup game against Swindon as an adequate opportunity for De Bruyne to impress.

De Bruyne was sold to Wolfsburg, before joining Manchester City in 2015, and establishing himself as one of the best players in the Premier League. There can be no arguments, selling him was an awful decision.

Romelu Lukaku

The fact that Chelsea are reportedly looking into bringing Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge this summer says it all. He was unable to push past the illustrious attacking trio of Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba under Mourinho’s stewardship, and the club decided to part with him permanently.

Having sold him for a fee in the region of £28M, Everton are now said to be demanding a world-record fee for Lukaku – and we may well end up paying it.

Mohamed Salah

A pattern appears to be emerging here – players that were clearly destined for the top but Mourinho had no space in his squad for. Salah was the latest victim of Mourinho’s ignorance, and he will likely show us exactly what we’re missing out on next season, having signed for Liverpool for three times what we sold him for.

Ryan Bertrand

Consider how much money we have spent on trying to find a new left-back since Ashley Cole’s departure. Baba Rahmann, Filipe Luis and Marcos Alonso have all been unable to nail down that spot in the side, with the latter likely to be replaced by Juventus star Alex Sandro this summer.

If Mourinho had resisted selling Bertrand, and instead given him a run in the side, we would have a long-term solution in that position, and he was also produced by our own academy.

Arjen Robben

It was widely reported that Arjen Robben pushed for a move to Real Madrid, but what he has gone on to achieve in his career is difficult to see from a Chelsea fan’s perspective. At Bayern Munich he has etched his name into the footballing hall of fame, and filled his trophy cabinet to the brim. He could have been doing the exact same at Stamford Bridge if he sticked around longer.

Antonio Conte unhappy with Chelsea board over transfer dealings

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Antonio Conte unhappy with Chelsea board over transfer dealings

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is unhappy with the club’s board, according to the Daily Star.

Conte took the reins at a club that was battered and beaten, and swiftly took them back to the top of the Premier League. You may think that the Italian’s stellar work with the Blues during a stellar debut season at Stamford Bridge would earn him the trust of the club’s hierarchy, but that does not seem to be the case.

As per the Star, Conte was interested in signing Italy international Andrea Belotti from Torino, but club owner Roman Abramovich had other ideas.

The tabloid believe that Abramovich trusted the judgement of technical director Michael Emenalo over Conte’s, and subsequently looked to re-sign former striker Romelu Lukaku from Premier League counterparts Everton.

The Daily Star believe that neither of Alex Sandro or Willy Cabellero were on Conte’s transfer wish-list, and the club’s hesitancy to pursue his targets is behind his reluctance to sign a new contract.

It seems unlikely that we have heard the last of this…

Romelu Lukaku takes aim at Chelsea speculation with hilarious video

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Romelu Lukaku takes aim at Chelsea speculation with hilarious video

Romelu Lukaku has hit back at speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea in a hilarious Instagram post.

The Belgium international, who appears set to rejoin his former employers this transfer window, sent Chelsea fans into meltdown last week with a completely innocent social media post.

Lukaku shared a video of him scoring a couple of excellent goals during a five-a-side game with friends, and coincidentally, the Chelsea badge was plastered around the side of the pitch.

The 23-year-old was forced to send out a tweet in response to the speculation that this was a major hint he was on the verge of returning to Stamford Bridge. He has now taken to social media again to take aim at the rumours, and it’s absolutely brilliant.

Lukaku posted this video on Instagram. He’s quite a character, isn’t he?

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Romelu Lukaku’s proposed return to Chelsea being held up by two things

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Romelu Lukaku’s proposed return to Chelsea being held up by two things

The Express believe that they know the reason that Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has not put pen-to-paper on his return to Stamford Bridge yet.

According to the Express, Chelsea have offered a club-record £70M for Lukaku, but that may not be enough to convince the Toffees to part with their star man. The tabloid note that Ronald Koeman’s side are expected to demand at least £10M on top of that before a deal will materialise.

The Express also report that Chelsea’s new deal with kit manufacturer Nike is also holding up the transfer. As per the Express, the Blues do not want Lukaku to pose in Adidas clothing during his unveiling, and will instead wait until after July 1st when he can be announced as a Chelsea player in their new, and first, Nike kit.

Lukaku is one of the most high-profile Nike footballers on the planet, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Express’ report has some credibility.

Are Chelsea planning something special for July 1st?

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Are Chelsea planning something special for July 1st?

The July 1st theory, Chelsea fans across social media are fast becoming obsessed with it.

It’s the day that the transfer window officially opens, and the day that Nike officially become our kit manufacturer. Are they two separate things that just coincidentally coincide on the same day, or are Chelsea set to announce themselves as part of the Nike family with a BANG?

Alex Sandro, Romelu Lukaku, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Virgil Van Dijk and Willy Caballero – what do they all have in common? Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock, they have all been heavily linked with Chelsea in recent weeks – but that’s not the similarity between the five of them, they are all also sponsored by Nike.

It may, perhaps, be another coincidence, but is there a reason why we haven’t announced the signing of Caballero yet? There is no third-party to deal with, he is a free agent.

Is there a reason we haven’t announced Lukaku yet? He confirmed weeks ago that he had found an agreement with his future employers, and gave a cheeky wink when asked if it was Chelsea.

Is there a reason why interest in Bakayoko, Sandro and Van Dijk appears to have intensified as we approach July 1st, with the Chelsea board having spent the majority of June twiddling their thumbs?

Maybe, just maybe, that reason is that we’re preparing to light up the footballing world on the first of next month. Let’s wait and see.