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The Blues want to keep teenager Reece James for a long time

Chelsea are set to extend the contract of teenager Reece James (h/t Independent). The English U-20 international progressed through the youth ranks of the Blues and broke into the main team last year.

He was subsequently loaned to Championship side Wigan Athletic until the end of the season. The 19-year-old full back became a regular in Paul Cook’s side, bagging three goals and three assists in 45 appearances.

He also bagged the Latics player of the year award and was selected in the Championship team of the season.

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Now the Blues are set to ensure the English prospect a guaranteed position in the main team next season, keeping in mind the transfer ban.

James is touted be the successor of Cesar Azpilicueata, who is on the cusp of entering into his 30’s. Furthermore, James was a transfer target of Manchester United and a host of German clubs.

The teenager was also a part of the England U-19 side that won the UEFA European U-19 Championship.

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The Blues have booked their place in the Champions League next season as they finished third in the Premier League table. They play fellow London rivals Arsenal in Europa League final later this month.

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Chelsea could make summer move for top-class Argentine star impressing in Ligue 1

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Chelsea are keen on signing Mauro Icardi in the summer

Frank Lampard is keen to sign Argentine striker Mauro Icardi in the summer, according to Football.London.

The former Inter Milan captain is currently on loan with French heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain. The striker has scored 19 goals and two assists in 29 appearances for the defending champions.

With Michy Batshuayi misfiring and Oliver Giroud’s contract to run out in the summer, Chelsea are extremely dependent on Tammy Abraham upfront.

Lampard would ease the workload on the youngster’s shoulders by bringing in a striker in the summer.

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Icardi won the Serie-A player of the year in 2018

Is the decision dependent on the player’s better half?

With the player also receiving attention from Real Madrid and Juventus, his wife Wanda Nara would have a key role in where he ends up this summer.

Icardi’s wife also doubles up as his agent has suggested that the player favours a return to Italy with Juventus.

She has also commented that she is unsure if the player will return to Milan or stay in Paris. The decision ultimately rests with Icardi and Wanda will follow him.

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A clause in Icardi’s contract means Chelsea will not have to worry about PSG having the first refusal.

Icardi was twice nominated in the Serie-A team of the year and also won the Serie-A player of the year in 2018.

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Agent reveals how close this Chelsea player was to leaving in January

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Oliver Giroud’s agent opens up on failed Inter Milan move

Chelsea striker Oliver Giroud’s agent has opened upon the Frenchman’s failed move to Inter Milan in the January transfer window, according to Sempreinter (h/t Football.London)

The 33-year-old was at the fringes this season and was behind Tammy Abraham and Michy Bathuayi in Frank Lampard’s pecking order.

With opportunities hard to come by, the Frenchman looked likely to leave the club in January.

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Oliver Giroud scored his first goal of the season against Tottenham

The former Arsenal man was linked with a move to Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur.

Ultimately it wasn’t to be and the striker stayed at Chelsea. The player’s agent Mattero Materazzi has revealed what happened in the background with regards to the move to Inter.

“Ten days before the market closed it was done.”

The agent revealed that the Italian giants were very close to the move, but the circumstances surrounding Politano and Spinazzola led to the collapse of the move.

With Abraham injured and Batshuayi in poor form, Giroud has recently made most of his opportunities.

Giroud was rewarded with a start against Tottenham following his impressive cameo against Manchester United. He repaid Lampard’s faith in him by opening the scoring in a 2-1 win.

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The French World Cup winner is out of contract in the summer. He will move for free if he doesn’t sign an extension at the Bridge.

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Chelsea keen on signing £25million Serie A star as first-choice keeper

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Chelsea are keeping tabs on Udinese keeper Juan Musso

Chelsea are interested in signing Udinese keeper Juan Musso, according to Football.London.

Frank Lampard has lost faith in the underperforming Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Englishman has relegated the Spanish keeper to the bench and has continued to use Willy Caballero instead.

The reserve keeper is 38 years old and does not present a long-term solution. Lampard is looking for a new number one and Udinese’s Juan Musso one of the options being monitored.

The 25-year-old joined up with the Serie A side from Racing Club in 2018. He has since gone on to make 54 appearances for the Bianconeri. (h/t Whoscored)

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Juan Musso has made 50 appearances for Udinese

The Argentine has established himself as a key player at Udinese and is a commanding presence in the penalty box. He is expected to cost Chelsea around £25million if the Blues make a move for him in the summer.

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Muso is of Argentine and Italian descent. He has won a solitary international cap for Argentina against Morocco in 2019. He later replaced the injured Esteban Andrada in the Argentina squad for the 2019 Copa America.

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25-year-old Chelsea ace wanted by two Italian giants – decision to be made in the summer

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Emerson Palmieri wanted by Juventus and Inter Milan

Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri has emerged as a summer transfer target for Serie-A giants Juventus and Inter Milan, according to Juvenews (h/t The Sun)

The 25-year-old has fallen out of favor with Blues boss Frank Lampard and the Italian giants could offer him an escape route from Stamford Bridge. The Italian has made just 14 appearances for Chelsea this season with Cesar Azpilicueta keeping him out of the side.

The player’s agent, Luis Fernando Garcia, has confirmed the interest from Italy in his client.

“We know very well about Juventus’ interest but also about Inter.”

He has, however, admitted that neither has there been talks with Chelsea in view of a transfer nor has an offer been made for the player. The agent expects this to change after May, once the season ends. The decision regarding the player’s future will be taken in the summer.

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Emerson joined Chelsea from Roma in January 2018 for around £20m. He has gone on to make 52 appearances for the Blues and was a part of the squad that won the Europa League final in 2019. He assisted Oliver Giroud’s opener in the 4-1 win over Arsenal.

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