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Coutinho targeted by Chelsea after lacklustre season with Barcelona

Chelsea are keen on Barcelona ace Philippe Coutinho who they cite as a replacement for Eden Hazard, according to the Mirror UK.

The Belgian’s exit from Stamford Bridge is looming with Real Madrid turning out to be his potential suitors.

Now, the Blues are considering a move for £140m-rated Coutinho, who has failed to live up to his expectations since his move from Anfield.

Despite an impressive start, the ex-Liverpool star stuttered a lot this season due to injury woes, which saw a huge decline in his scoring rate.

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

The Brazilian international has bagged only a 13-goal haul in 53 appearances this season across all competitions.

With Coutinho looking out of sorts and demanding an exit, the Blues are looking to pounce on him should their transfer ban get overturned.

Meanwhile, Hazard, the Blues’ pivot over the years, is set for summer exit after seven long years. The Londoners would be forced to fill the biggest void this summer and they have picked out Coutinho as the ideal solution.

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Meanwhile, Manchester United and PSG are also keeping tabs on the Blaugrana star.

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Having already been crowned as the Europa League champions of this season, Maurizio Sarri would be looking for a productive Champions League campaign next season.

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Chelsea summer signing Hakim Ziyech to miss Ajax’s Europa League clash against Getafe

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Hakim Ziyech to miss Ajax’s Europa League clash against Getafe

According to a report by Football.london, Hakim Ziyech will miss Ajax’s Europa League round of 32 second leg clash against La Liga outfit Getafe.

The playmaker, who will officially join Chelsea in the summer for a fee of £33.4m, was fine after the first leg against Getafe but things went wrong after that, as per Erik ten Haag (h/t Football.london).

As a result, the Dutch heavyweights have chosen not to put additional stress on Ziyech by making him play. However, his absence could cost them dearly since they need to overturn a 2-0 deficit.

The report adds that Ziyech only recently returned from a spell on the treatment table. The decision to provide him with rest and not risk his fitness does come as good news for us.

Signing a player like Ziyech is arguably one of the smartest transfer deals we’ve completed in recent times. And keeping him away from getting injured would be key to ensuring we are able to extract his best.

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Kudos to Ajax for choosing not to risk their star player despite the fact that this is a huge game for them.

Let’s hope they are able to win and progress further but as far as Chelsea are concerned, we need our squad in tip-top condition ahead of the new season.

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Chelsea to offer Kepa + £25m for world-class La Liga star

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Chelsea could offer Kepa Arrizabalaga plus cash for Jan Oblak

Chelsea are open to including Kepa Arrizabalaga in a player plus cash deal to try to sign Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak, according to Spanish talk show El Chiringuito de Jugones (h/t Metro).

The Blues made Kepa the most expensive goalkeeper in the world when they signed him for £71.6million in 2018 to replace the outgoing Thibaut Courtois.

The Spanish international has failed to live up to expectations and was recently dropped by Frank Lampard in favour of Willy Caballero.

The Blues boss feels Kepa isn’t at the level expected of a team chasing the top four and is keen on bringing in a replacement. The report goes on to say that Chelsea has identified Oblak as the top target.

Jan Oblak is widely considered to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world today

Chelsea have proposed a swap deal that would see Kepa move to Atletico, in addition to a £25million transfer fee. The swap should help preserve the player’s worth as the Chelsea board were fearful that Lampard’s treatment of the player would diminish his value.

Atletico, however, are not keen on selling their prized keeper and will ask for a significantly higher sum of cash to even consider selling him.

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The 27-year-old joined the Spanish giants from Benfica in 2014. He has since gone on to make 242 appearances for Atletico and has kept an impressive 133 clean sheets. (h/t Transfermarkt)

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Chelsea new boy opens up about choosing Stamford Bridge as his next destination

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Hakim Ziyech opens up on decision behind joining Chelsea

According to a report by Chelsea’s official website, Hakim Ziyech has expressed his delight and reasoning behind choosing to join Chelsea. The Blues have agreed on terms with the Ajax man and he will officially join us in the upcoming summer window.

Ziyech has been one of Ajax’s best players by a mile over the last few seasons. In the ongoing term, he has contributed with 6 goals and 12 assists already.

Speaking to Ajax TV (h/t Chelseafc.com), Ziyech said:

“It [Chelsea] is a big club in a big competition. I like the style of play, they play really attacking football, and that is something that fits me and that is one of the biggest reasons I chose, therefore.”

When asked about Frank Lampard’s role in orchestrating the transfer, Ziyech admitted that he played a key part.

“We had a lot of contact in the last couple of weeks and he gave me a good feeling and that was also big to do with the decision,” he explained.

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Signing Ziyech is easily one of the best transfers we’ve pulled off in recent times and one cannot wait to watch him in action. It will be interesting to see how he adapts to life in England after an impressive spell with Ajax.

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Klopp’s Liverpool fill to break this key Chelsea record set during Mourinho spell

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Liverpool fail to break this key Premier League record set by Chelsea

According to a report by Football.london, Jurgen Klopp’s high-flying Liverpool side have failed to break an important record set by Chelsea in Jose Mourinho’s first season at Stamford Bridge.

The Reds have been simply unstoppable since winning the Champions League last season. They’ve won the Club World Cup and are on course to winning the Premier League title as well after a fierce 3-2 win against West Ham United.

As a result, they’ve broken numerous records along the way but there is one Chelsea record they are yet to beat.

During Mourinho’s debut season, his defensive tactics were the talk of the town. And that season, we conceded just 15 goals in 38 games (h/t Football.london). That is indeed a high standard to match since Liverpool have already conceded 17 in 27 games.

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While we are 35 points behind the Reds, it is great to learn that we still hold an important record. Our chances of a top-four finish look pretty bright and perhaps next season, we break some of Liverpool’s records!

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