Chelsea and City to battle for £7m French defender

Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City will go head-to-head in the chase for Sevilla defender Timothee Kolodziejczak this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

The 23-year-old Frenchman, who is also known as ‘Kolo’, only joined Sevilla last summer from Ligue 1 side Nice but could be on the move again, with a whole host of top clubs looking at swooping for the £7 million-rated star.

Chelsea and Manchester City have both been linked as they look to strengthen at left-back this summer, though Kolodziejczak can also operate in the centre of defence, making him even more appealing.

Jose Mourinho could let Filipe Luis depart after just one year as Cesar Azpilicueta is the first-choice left-back at Stamford Bridge, so a backup could be needed.

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While City will look to add at least one left-sided defender as Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov could both leave in the coming months.

Augsburg’s Abdul Rahman Baba is also being linked with a move to Chelsea and City, while the Citizens have reportedly lined up an approach for Tottenham’s Danny Rose.

Kolodziejczak was a target of Swansea and West Ham’s last summer before he ended up moving to Sevilla for just £3 million.

He has made 17 league appearances, scoring once, but could be on the move again if City or Chelsea step up their pursuits with an offer.

Would Timothee Kolodziejczak be a good signing for Chelsea or Manchester City? 

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Chelsea ready to place £35m bid for United transfer target

Chelsea will be launching a massive £35 million bid for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane within weeks, according to The Metro.

Varane, who has also been on Manchester United‘s radar this season, has attracted interest from Chelsea after another impressive season and Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen to sign his former employee.

The 22-year-old centre-back could be a long-term replacement for club captain John Terry and if Chelsea can secure his services while Terry is still playing he will be taken under the wing of the fan-favourite.

Madrid will not be looking to let Varane go easily but his run in the side could be at an end ahead of next season as Sergio Ramos and Pepe are fully fit. It is reported that they will be looking for £35.8 million for them to allow Varane to depart.

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Ramos has been playing in a holding midfield role for Carlo Ancelotti’s side but he is clearly far better suited to his preferred centre-back role, meaning Varane is unable to nail down a regular starting spot.

Chelsea could have a potential long-term French centre-half partnership if Varane joins. He would link up will compatriot Kurt Zouma, who has impressed since signing for the Blues.

Do Chelsea need Raphael Varane and will he leave Real Madrid this summer?

Chelsea ‘on the verge’ of signing £43m-rated superstar

Chelsea have stepped up their efforts to secure the signing of Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann after recruiting Jorge Mendes to ensure smooth negotiations.

Spanish media outlet, El Confidencial, have reported Mendes has been recruited to complete the deal which is apparently very close.

Mendes boasts the likes of Jose Mourinho and Diego Costa as his clients and is one of the best in the business at pushing deals through.

The deal is close to being wrapped up but a fee has yet to be agreed and Madrid are holding out for around £43 million for their prized asset.

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The 24-year-old Frenchman has netted an impressive 22 goals in 35 La Liga appearances this season and would provide cover for the injury prone Diego Costa and strengthen the Blues’ attacking options with his versatility.

Griezmann would be joining a fierce Chelsea attacking line which would arguably become the strongest in the Premier League for next season if they can secure the Frenchman’s services.

Will Antoine Griezmann sign for Chelsea this summer? Do they need him?

Liverpool and Arsenal receive transfer blow as £10m target in talks with Besiktas

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech could be on the way to Turkey as Besiktas have become the latest club to be linked with his signature after his agent confirmed talks have taken place.

That will come as bad news to Arsenal and Liverpool fans as the Premier League rivals have both been linked with a £10 million move for the Czech Republic shot-stopper this summer.

Cech is set to leave Chelsea after 11 successful years as he is not willing to play second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois again next term.

He has been strongly linked with moves to Inter Milan, Paris Saint Germain, Liverpool and Arsenal but Jose Mourinho is not keen to sell him to direct Premier League rivals.

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That could see Besiktas secure his signature as Cech’s agent, Viktor Kolar has confirmed the Blues star has received an offer from the Turkish side.

“We have been in contact with Besiktas, we are in talks. Turkey is a choice for Cech but we will decide when the league is over,” Kolar told Turkish website Fanatik.

Chelsea are expected to make a £2million move for relegated Queens Park Rangers ‘keeper Rob Green as they look to fill their English quota, though Green will have to accept a backup role if any move goes through.

Would Besiktas be a good move for Petr Cech? Should Chelsea sign Rob Green as backup to Courtois?

City deal HUGE blow to United and Chelsea’s pursuit of €100m-rated star

Manchester City have held initial talks with Juventus over a possible move for €100 million-rated midfielder Paul Pogba, according to Sky Sports Italia.

It is understood that City’s representatives travelled to Turin to talk with Pogba over a move to the Etihad Stadium this summer.

Last season’s Premier League champions face a tough task to secure Pogba’s services as he is being chased by some of the biggest clubs in Europe, including the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain.

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Italian champions Juventus are hopeful of keeping their star man, who is contracted until 2019, and have set an asking price of €100 million in an attempt to fend off interest.

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City are understood to be the first club to make advances on the player by visiting Turin but PSG are reportedly ready to stump up the asking price to beat of competition for the French international.

Pogba could yet find himself playing in this season’s Champions League final as his Juventus side take a narrow 2-1 lead into their semi-final second leg against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night.

Yaya Toure is expected to leave City this summer and Pogba is viewed as the perfect replacement should he do so.

Will Paul Pogba leave Juventus this summer? Would Manchester City be his best option?

Chelsea set to HIJACK United’s move for young Brazilian star

Chelsea are looking to add another young Brazilian to their ranks with a move for Fluminense’s Robert Kenedy who has also caught the eye of Manchester United, according to The Guardian.

The 19-year-old attacker has been working his way to the top of Brazilian football after bursting onto the scene two years ago when he was the top scorer in Brazil’s squad at the South America’s Under-17 Championships.

Kenedy has expressed his desire to play alongside his Brazilian compatriots Oscar and Ramires at Chelsea and it is looking likely that he will be the club’s second Brazilian signing in a short space of time, having already secured Nathan de Souza.

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Any possible transfer is estimated to cost a similar £4.5 million fee that Chelsea paid for Nathan.

One issue is that Nathan and Kenedy would not qualify for work permits at present, meaning they would be loaned out. Chelsea have a strong affiliation with loaning young players out in the last few years to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, which could be a possible destination for the two Brazilian youngsters.

Chelsea signed Oscar at a similar age back in 2012 and initially it seemed they would be loaning him out, but he was thrown in at the deep end and has gone on to make 152 appearances for the club already.

Kenedy can play either as winger or behind the striker and has scored two goals with five assists in 31 appearances for Fluminense.

Would Kenedy be a good signing for Chelsea? Do they need another young attacker at the club?

Chelsea, City and United handed HUGE boost in race for £58m-rated superstar

Premier League trio ChelseaManchester City and Manchester United have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Juventus superstar Paul Pogba as the Italian club are looking to rebuild this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

The 22-year-old midfielder has been on the radar of some of European football’s giants after yet another impressive season and Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain are said to be chasing his services.

It is reported that PSG made the Frenchman an astonishing £210,000-a-week offer, but Pogba’s representatives are looking for more as interest in the Frenchman is so high.

His services are going to set back any potential outfit around £58 million and with Financial Fair Play regulations, clubs will need to be selling at least one top player in order to fund any possible move.

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There has been previous talk of player-plus-cash deals, especially surrounding Chelsea with regards to Oscar heading to Juventus. But Jose Mourinho hasn’t given any indications that he plans to allow the Brazilian playmaker to depart and Oscar has claimed he is settled.

With Yaya Toure’s departure from Manchester City looking imminent that seems a more likely destination than Chelsea, but City will need to be working hard to meet the regulations of FFP.

The excitement around this deal is continually on the rise and it could be a summer-long saga for a club to secure his services in such a huge move, not too dissimilar to Gareth Bale’s move in 2013, as Pogba looks to be the number one target for club’s across Europe.

Will Paul Pogba leave Juventus this summer?

Chelsea set to make move for £30m Premier League star – report

Jose Mourinho is expected to bolster his Chelsea frontline this summer and a number of candidates have already been shortlisted. Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke is the latest to be linked with the new champions, according to Goal.com.

Benteke struggled in the first half of the season but has been rejuvenated under Tim Sherwood and his form looks like it could be enough to keep his side in the Premier League.

The Belgian powerhouse has netted 11 goals in his last nine games and is once again displaying that sensational form he showed when he first joined Villa.

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Chelsea’s forward line have struggled in stages this season, with injuries sidelining Diego Costa and Loic Remy, and Didier Drogba not able to contribute to the same levels as he once did.

Benteke could be a be a slight gamble for Chelsea given his drop in form earlier in the season, but he is a proven Premier League striker, and the service he would be on the receiving end of would be a dream for any centre-forward.

Sherwood isn’t going to let his star go easily, nor for a low fee, and it is reported that Villa will be holding out for around £30 million for the 24-year-old striker with Spurs, Manchester United and West Ham also linked.

Is Christian Benteke the man Chelsea need to bolster their forward line this summer?

Chelsea looking to beat Manchester City to £11m defender – report

Chelsea will look to beat Premier League rivals Manchester City to the signing of Augsburg left-back Abdul Rahman Baba, according to L’Equipe.

The 20-year-old Ghanaian international has made 28 appearances for Augsburg in the Bundesliga this season and has picked up four assists.

Chelsea are now hoping to beat City to the services of the pacey wing-back as Filipe Luis is looking likely to depart less than a year after joining the club, with a return to Atletico Madrid a real possibility.

Cesar Azpilicueta has established himself as the starting left-back at Stamford Bridge and has had an excellent season for the new Premier League champions.

But if Luis departs, a backup left-back will be needed, and Baba could be an ideal acquisition at such a young age.

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The Ghanaian has four years left on his current deal and would cost around £11 million as the Blues look to bolster their squad early this summer.

City have been linked with a move for the emerging star as they look for a new left-back too. Danny Rose has also been linked with a switch to the Etihad as Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov are deemed not good enough by Manuel Pellegrini.

Would Abdul Rahman Baba be a good signing for Chelsea? Do the Blues need another left-back?

Chelsea lodge £22m bid for South American goalscoring ace – report

Chelsea are looking to bolster their attack this summer after winning their first Premier League title for five years and a £22.2 million bid for Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi has been lodged, according to Sportmediaset.

Icardi has scored an impressive 23 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions for Inter this season and although the club were keen to tie him down to a new deal, it seems the striker is now having second thoughts.

The 22-year-old has been linked with Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool as well as Chelsea as a move to the Premier League looks to be a growing possibility.

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And the latest reports out of Italy suggest that Chelsea have submitted a £22.2 million bid in the hope of winning the race for the Argentina star.

Didier Drogba does not look likely to sign a new contract with Chelsea, leaving just Loic Remy and Diego Costa as forward options, so Jose Mourinho will be desperate to bring in another quality forward this summer.

The Blues have wrapped up their first Premier League title since 2010 but Mourinho knows he must strengthen to keep Chelsea at the top of the table next season.

Would Mauro Icardi be a good signing for Chelsea?