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With the festive period about to start in the Premier League and the winter transfer window in a few weeks time, all the clubs will be devising a plan on which players to target. Chelsea will also be among the host of clubs in search of quality players to strengthen their squad in pursuit of Premier League and Champions League titles.

Antonio Conte’s side have not had an ideal start to the season, yet they are placed 3rd in the Premier League table and have also qualified for Champions League’s round of 16. Our Italian manager might have identified the areas that need strengthening in January, to challenge for all trophies.

However, it may not be possible to sign world-class players midway through the season and accordingly, he has to construct a proper transfer plan. Conte, before taking a dip in the transfer market would look to ensure that his key players sign contract extensions as early as possible.

Keeping that in mind, the manager will be trying to persuade our goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is one of the key players at the club, to sign a new contract as quickly as possible. He has been heavily tracked by European champions Real Madrid. (Marca)

It comes as no surprises to see Real wanting to sign Courtois, as the Belgian is considered to be among one of the best goalkeepers across Europe. The shot-stopper only has a contract until the end of the 2018/19 season and the Blues have been trying to pin the 25-year-old down to a long-term deal. If we want Courtois to stay, our board simply has to pour in more money.

Another player tracked by Real is Eden Hazard, and we just cannot afford to let go of our best player, at any cost. (Diario Gol)

The Belgian showcased why he is one of the best players in Europe currently as he helped Chelsea earn a point against Atletico Madrid in Champions League on Tuesday. When Hazard is on song, then there is no stopping him.

It is an open secret both Hazard and Real manager Zinedine Zidane share mutual respect between each other and if Conte wants to avoid our prized asset’s departure from the club, he has to tie him down to a bumper deal. Hazard’s current contract runs until the end of the 2019/20 season.

In terms of January incomings, Conte might go for Juventus left wing-back Alex Sandro, whom he missed out on in the summer. (BBC)

Chelsea have a lack of depth in the left wing-back position with Marcos Alonso being the only natural option. There is no back-up for him and with the Christmas period about to start, Conte will aim to sign a player, thereby keeping the Spaniard fresh and running.

In that case, Sandro could be an enticing option but Juventus will be reluctant to let go of their star midway through the season despite knowing that the Brazilian wants to leave the club for a fresh challenge.

Alex Sandro

In addition, Conte is seemingly not happy with Alvaro Morata’s backup Michy Batshuayi and wants to sign a free-scoring striker. The Italian manager has opted to play Hazard up top with Morata, and despite the excellence of the duo, he should favour signing another striker.

There were reports in summer suggesting that the Blues were interested in signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Dortmund. (Guardian)

The move never happened and Aubameyang chose to stay with the German club. Now that Dortmund have crashed out of the Champions League, there is a realistic hope of luring the Gabon international to Stamford Bridge in January and Conte just cannot afford to let this opportunity slip.

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“I just have to stay focused” – Chelsea star responds to the uncertainty surrounding his future

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Jorginho dismisses speculation regarding his Chelsea future

Speaking to the club’s official site, Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has brushed aside speculation regarding his future at the club.

The 28-year-old has played just 10 minutes since the restart and has found himself fall down the pecking order.

This has led to speculation that his days at the Bridge are numbered. With Juventus remaining keen on the player, Chelsea could be willing to sell him in the summer.

“I just have to stay focused on when the team needs me.”

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Jorginho could return to the lineup

The player, however, remains focussed on his role in the squad and is committed to helping his side finish in the top four. Jorginho admitted that there have been rumours, and that he has so far heard nothing.

“There have been rumors but I haven’t heard anything, I am just focusing on finishing the season well with Chelsea and qualifying for the Champions League.”

Jorginho also came in for praise from manager Frank Lampard. He also showcased his faith in the Italian international’s abilities.

“We saw the impact Jorginho had in calming the team down and making passes. I know he can give us that and he will continue to give us that.”

Lampard has praised Jorginho's abilities
Lampard has praised Jorginho’s abilities

The veteran midfielder came on and calmed a nervy Chelsea side as Crystal Palace pushed for an equalizer. Thankfully, we held on and have since leapfrogged Leicester City to third place.

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The Italian international endured a difficult start to life at Chelsea after being brought in by Maurizio Sarri in the summer of 2018. To his credit, he came back stronger and was a key member of our squad this season.

It’s unclear as to why he has been reduced to a peripheral role since the restart. However, he is remaining professional and is keeping to the task at hand, which is commendable.

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German star places transfer request as Chelsea prepare to meet £89.8m asking price

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Kai Havertz requests move with Chelsea ready to pay his asking price

According to German publication Bild (h/t Metro), Bayern Leverkusen star Kai Havertz has asked to leave the club this season.

This should come as welcome news to Chelsea who are ready to pay the player’s mammoth £89.8million asking price.

The 21-year-old is one of Europe’s hottest prospects. Havertz enjoyed an excellent season, scoring 17 goals and providing 9 assists in 43 games. He also scored in the DFB Pokal final, although it did little to change the final result. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Kai Havertz requests transfer as Chelsea ready mammoth bid
Kai Havertz requests transfer as Chelsea ready mammoth bid

The Blues are keen to add to their additions of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner. Frank Lampard is keen to build a title-winning team and has identified Havertz as a key target. (h/t Express)

Chelsea are in pole position to do so, with no other team ready to meet the German side’s valuation. Liverpool too were keeping tabs on Havertz before being put off by his asking price.

According to the report, Chelsea are keen to pay the amount in instalments. The Blues will pay £62.9m upfront plus another £26.9m in bonuses. Whether Leverkusen agree to it or not remains to be seen.

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Kai Havertz remains the top priority for Chelsea

The player too is open to a move to Stamford Bridge. Speaking to Sky Germany (h/t Metro), German legend Lothar Matthaus has backed the player to take the next step in his career.

Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voeller has already confirmed that the player could leave if a club pays his asking price. With Chelsea ready to do so, it might well prove to be the case.

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The Blues are currently on the heels of Leicester City as they hope to finish third in the Premier League. A seen against Crustal Palace, we still remain a project under work.

Havertz will be one component as the Blues go about revamping their squad. If he does justice to his potential, he might as well turn into one of the key cogs.

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Lampard makes ‘frank’ admission following Chelsea’s nervy win vs Crystal Palace

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Frank Lampard left frustrated as Chelsea prevail over a determined Crystal Palace

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was left frustrated after his side surrendered control in the nerve-wracking win over Crystal Palace.

The Blues twice looked in control and had a two-goal lead only to make it difficult for themselves thereafter.

“At 2-0 we should have carried on and controlled the game better and at 3-2 we had a lot of chances, good chances, to finish it off.”

The Blues currently have a five-point lead over Manchester United in the race for fourth place. However, had Palace equalized in stoppage time, that lead would have been just three points, with United having a game in hand.

Frank Lampard was left angry at Chelsea's loss of control
Frank Lampard was left angry at Chelsea’s loss of control

It was a possibility that was just inches away from coming to life. Palace thought they had equalized, only for the ball to strike the post, much to our relief.

Add to it that Kepa Arrizabalaga was forced into a wonderful fingertip save to deny Scott Dann before Christian Benteke was thwarted by Kurt Zouma’s last-ditch challenge in the 96th minute.

“Kepa made a great save and Kurt made a great tackle. In those last moments it was nerve-wracking for us.”

The Chelsea goalkeeper came under fire for Wilfried Zaha’s opener. He, however, redeemed himself with the late save. He also came in for special praise from his manager.

Tammy Abraham got back to scoring ways
Tammy Abraham got back to scoring ways

“That is what Kepa’s job is and what he is there for.”

Another positive was Tammy Abraham finally finding the net again. The youngster’s goal turned out to be the winner as Benteke scored soon after.

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The Blues looked to be in absolute control when leading 2-0. Zaha’s thunderbolt of a strike completely turned the complexion of the game.

Chelsea have a young squad who are still making their name in the game. But the ability to keep the morale up should be a responsibility that the veterans in the squad must take the mantle for.

We got away with all three points against Palace. There is no reason why our luck should hold every game.

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Italian giants offer two richly talented players in exchange for out-of-favour Chelsea star

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Juventus to offer two players for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho

According to Italian publication Tuttosport (h/t Express), Italian giants Juventus are set to offer Chelsea a choice of two players as they intensify efforts to sign Jorginho.

The midfielder appears to have fallen out of favour with him playing just 10 minutes since the restart. Given that it took injuries to N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic, one wouldn’t be amiss to question his future at the club.

Interest in the 28-year-old is high from former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri. Now in charge of the Turin giants, Sarri is keen to reunite with the player he brought to Chelsea from Napoli.

Juventus are set to offer a cash plus player deal for Jorginho
Juventus target Jorginho has struggled for playtime at Chelsea of late

The duo has a good working relationship, having worked together for a number of years. Jorginho was a key component of the style perpetrated by Sarri.

According to the report, Juventus are currently in talks with Chelsea over a deal and are ready to pay the transfer fee in instalments, in addition to one of Adrien Rabiot or Aaron Ramsey.

Chelsea are sticking to their guns regarding the player’s valuation. They are not willing to let him go for anything lesser than £58m. The inclusion of the aforementioned players could, however, reduce the cash component in the deal.

Rabiot or Ramsey could be included in the deal
Rabiot or Ramsey could be included in the deal

Ramsey is a player with considerable Premier League experience. However, with him set to turn 30 later this year, his longevity can be questioned. Rabiot, on the other hand, is a younger option who could become an important first-team player for years to come.

The Frenchman has endured a frustrating spell in Italy. But he showed his ability with a brilliant solo goal in the 4-2 loss to AC Milan recently.

Juventus had earlier made an offer that included Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic. That was rejected as both the player and Chelsea remained uninterested.

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The Blues are in a better position than our rivals to spend money this summer. Ironically, it is our transfer ban last summer that has enabled us to do so.

Jorginho looks set to be a peripheral p[layer until the end of the season. The team too has not missed him much. It will be wise of us to offload him and bring in players that Lampard would rather use.

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