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Ex-Chelsea midfielder and manager says this Liverpool star is ‘perfect’ for the Blues

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Ex-Chelsea midfielder and manager says this Liverpool star is 'perfect' for the Blues

Ruud Gullit says Roberto Firmino is perfect for Chelsea

Former Chelsea player and Dutch legend Ruud Gullit believes Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino is a ‘perfect’ type of striker the Blues need in attack, rather than signing Gonzalo Higuain.

The Argentine arrived at Stamford Bridge on a short-term loan deal from Juventus, with Chelsea having an opportunity to turn it into a permanent move in the summer.

Maurizio Sarri’s men have really struggled for goals in the past of couple of months, forcing the manager to shoe-horn Eden Hazard in the false nine role. However, it was clear that the ploy won’t work for long.

Higuain enjoyed massive success with Sarri with Napoli, and the duo would be hoping to replicate that at Chelsea in the coming months or years.

Gullit, who has played and managed the Blues in the past, wrote a column on BBC speaking about Higuain move.

The Dutchman wrote: “I hope I am wrong, I really do, but Higuain is an old-fashioned striker who needs crosses and, if he plays up front all the time, he will not see many balls there because of the way Eden Hazard and Willian play.

“Those two always come inside, and dribble or shoot, and try to do things themselves.

“So they don’t need a player up there who is a target man, because Chelsea don’t use one and, under Sarri, they never do.

“Instead they need a centre-forward who can play in midfield too, and be effective on the ball as well as be a finisher inside the box.

“Roberto Firmino, who comes so deep for Liverpool, is the perfect example.”

Chelsea resume their league campaign away at Bournemouth on Wednesday night.

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Out-of-contract Chelsea defender set to sign new contract with the club

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Out-of-contract Chelsea defender set to sign new contract with the club

David Luiz is set to sign a new contract with Chelsea

Chelsea have been handed some good news in the shape of centre-back David Luiz agreeing to a one-year contract extension with the club. 

As per the report in Goal Brazil, Luiz has accepted the new contract offers, that will keep him at Stamford Bridge till summer of 2020.

With the centre-back’s contract set to expire this summer, the news of an extension would be music to Chelsea fans’ ears. He has been one of the better players this season, defending well and passing out from the back with certainty.

Luiz’s partnership with Antonio Rudiger has been rock solid at the back for Maurizio Sarri’s men.

The former had a rough time last year with Antonio Conte, but he has done ever so well to recover nicely and give his 100% for the club once again.

The Blues’ fans would be delighted by this news once it becomes official. Luiz has won one Premier League, Champions League, Europa League and two FA Cups with them.

Chelsea are currently fourth in the league table and have a Carabao Cup final to contest with Manchester City for the first major honour of the season. They are in the Europa League as well which resumes next month.

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Chelsea Set Their Sights On £100m Man To Replace Eden Hazard

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Chelsea Set Their Sights On £100m Man To Replace Eden Hazard

Chelsea are set to go up against Manchester United and Real Madrid for the services of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Christian Eriksen.

Rumours of an exit from North London has been circulating around the Dane’s name with the most likely destination being Madrid. However, the Blues are equally in danger of losing Eden Hazard to the Galacticos next summer and that would mean a replacement signing needs to be lined up immediately.

Eriksen is one of the top attacking midfielders in the Premier League and is reported to be worth around £100m. His contract, just like Hazard’s is set to run till the summer of 2020. Spurs have failed to tie the 26-year-old’s services for a longer period and this has started to attract the attention.

Tottenham would hate to lose such an exceptional talent for free and thus might have to start entertaining offers next summer. According to the Express, Eriksen is settled in London and would be happy to sign with a club based in the same city.

Chelsea have already signed Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund who will arrive next summer. Maurizio Sarri is looking to add more players to the midfield trio after losing Cesc Fabregas to AS Monaco this month.

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Eden Hazard Welcomes Higuain To Chelsea But Hits Out At Giroud And Morata

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Alvaro Morata Insists He Is Delighted To Join Atletico Madrid

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Alvaro Morata Insists He Is Delighted To Join Atletico Madrid

Alvaro Morata has spoken up as he prepares to undergo a medical with Atletico Madrid.

The Chelsea forward has been the subject of speculation and it seems the Blues have finally managed to offload the Spanish international. Terms between Chelsea and Atleti have been agreed and the former Real Madrid forward will join the Spanish giants with an initial 18 months loan deal.

Diego Simeone will have the chance to make the switch permanent if Morata does impress at the Wanda Metropolitano. With Diego Costa out injured Morata is likely to have a long stretch of games to make his mark in the La Liga.

The striker has fallen out of favour since Maurizio Sarri’s arrival and the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain has further curtailed his chances. The striker is expected to pass the medical and an announcement could be made soon.

Morata said, ‘I’m very happy for this stage, I have been waiting for days, I want everything to be completed and to start training with my teammates

‘The people who have always been with me know how I feel and how I will feel tomorrow and how the last days have been, I am very happy.

‘People have their thoughts, but I know what I have to do, I started playing at Atleti and people who know where I come from know my story and what this means to me.

‘The past is the past and can not be changed and I am very proud of that and I hope it will be finished tomorrow.’

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Eden Hazard Welcomes Higuain To Chelsea But Hits Out At Giroud And Morata

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Eden Hazard Welcomes Higuain To Chelsea But Hits Out At Giroud And Morata

Eden Hazard is happy to have Gonzalo Higuain at Chelsea but the Belgian did take a subtle dig at his other striker teammates, Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata.

Speaking to the press regarding the new arrival, the 28-year-old said, “Have we missed a striker like Costa since he left? Yes of course. I like playing with Giroud and Morata, but when Olivier is playing he is doing his best for the side, he is more of a team player than a striker that just scores goals.”

“Diego was sometimes not the kind of player to play a one-two with, but in the box he was amazing. He just scores one goal, we won and you have the three points. That’s what we need.” “I think Higuain is this kind of player, he can also link with the winger with the midfield, and he can also be the proper striker. Can he make a big impact for the rest of the season? Yes, I hope so.”

Chelsea have the worst scoring record among the top six sides of the Premier League despite spending over £75m over Morata and Giroud in the past season. Hazard thinks Higuain will finally help the Blues in the goals department and further added, “This season we have been playing good but we missed the guy to score just one goal. We have had a few games where we have played well and in the end we finished with zero goals, even though we created chances.”

“It was like that against Spurs. If we had a striker that could score three goals, the game would have finished 5-1. But that hasn’t been the case. Higuain can do that. He is a top scorer, he can score anywhere.”

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Gonzalo Higuain Sends Optimistic Message To Chelsea Fans

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Gonzalo Higuain Sends Optimistic Message To Chelsea Fans

Chelsea’s newest addition, Gonzalo Higuain is delighted to be working under his former boss, Maurizio Sarri and even hailed him as the best manager to have played for in his career.

The duo worked together at Napoli for two seasons during which Higuain ended up scoring 36 goals in 35 games in the 2015/16 campaign. The Argentine forward told the Blues’ official website, “It was a wonderful season [under Sarri at Napoli] and one in which I broke the goal-scoring record, which is very important out there.”

“It was a fantastic year for myself and Maurizio, and a period which we shared together, even though it was a short time. Now I’m just happy to be working with him again at a big club like Chelsea which has all the history and wonderful team-mates. I think everything is set on the right path to achieve our goals by the end of the season.”

Chelsea are currently in the 4th spot of the Premier League after losing 2-0 against Arsenal the previous weekend. Higuain’s arrival is expected to pave the way for Alvaro Morata’s exit to Atletico Madrid.

Speaking on his understanding with Sarri, the former Real Madrid player further added, “Maurizio Sarri is the coach who, in my career, has got the best out of me as a player. He’s someone who knew how to work with me, particularly on the emotional side.”

“That year together was fantastic and in big parts thanks to him, so coming to work with him is very important for me. I’m really happy to have been given the opportunity to do that and I want to get back to that level.”

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Robbie Savage believes Sarri’s gamble to criticise the players publicly paid off

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Robbie Savage believes Sarri's gamble to criticise the players publicly paid off

Robbie Savage believes Sarri’s gamble to criticise the players publicly paid off

Welsh football pundit Robbie Savage believes that Maurizio Sarri’s gamble of criticising the players publicly paid off as the Blues beat Spurs 2-1 in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.

Sarri slammed his players for lacking the mentality to compete at the highest level following Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal last week, claiming that the players are very difficult to motivate.

However, Chelsea found a perfect response and put up an impressive display to overturn a one-goal deficit in the Carabao Cup.

And Savage believes that Sarri’s outburst paid the dividends.

“As risky as Maurizio Sarri’s outburst appeared at the time, it worked,” Savage told the Mirror.

“Boss Sarri called out his Chelsea players after last weekend’s sluggish defeat at Arsenal, saying he found his team “extremely difficult to motivate”.

“At face value, that was a strange comment to make about a group of players who have won more than 50 major honours, including Champions Leagues and World Cups, between them.

“But Thursday night’s EFL Cup semi-final second leg against Tottenham was their response.

“Chelsea produced a massive reaction. The tackles were flying in, there was an intensity of purpose, and the celebrations at reaching another Wembley final spoke for themselves.

“Oh, and new striker Gonzalo Higuain will be coming out to play soon. People might think it’s wrong for a manager to have a go at his players in public.

“But for now, Sarri can say the reward outweighed the risk.”

See also:- Ally McCoist feels Chelsea will miss Giroud now that they have signed Higuain

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Manchester United looking to hijack £50 million-rated Chelsea target Nicolo Barella

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Manchester United looking to hijack £50 million-rated Chelsea target Nicolo Barella

Manchester United looking to hijack Chelsea target Nicolo Barella

The Italian media has linked Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella with a move to Manchester United in January.

Cagliari have slapped a £50 million price tag on the 21-year-old, who has also been on the shop list of Inter Milan and Chelsea. However, the Nerazzurri are unlikely to meet Cagliari’s asking price for Barella, having been encumbered by FFP rules.

Chelsea were close to signing the highly-rated youngster in the earlier weeks of the transfer window but those speculations seem to have cooled down after the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have resurrected their season under their new caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the Norwegian guiding the Red Devils to 8 straight wins in a row.

United progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup with an impressive 3-1 win over Arsenal on Friday night.

Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring half an hour into the game before Jesse Lingard doubled the advantage within a couple of minutes. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back for the Gunners before halftime but Anthony Martial put the game to bed late in the second half.

United haven’t shown much intent in the transfer window so far under Solskjaer and their interest in Barella comes at a time when they are flying high with an eight-game winning run.

See also:- Ally McCoist feels Chelsea will miss Giroud now that they have signed Higuain

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Azpilicueta and Willian involved in heated exchange with Sarri at the training ground

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Azpilicueta and Willian involved in heated exchange with Sarri at the training ground

Azpilicueta and Willian involved in a heated exchange with Sarri

If reports are to be believed, Cesar Azpilicueta and Willian were involved in a heated exchange with manager Maurizio Sarri at the training ground this week.

Sarri switched to his native Italian for his post-match conference following Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal last week, slamming the players publicly for their lacklustre performance.

The Italian had further claimed that the current bunch of players lack the mental aggressiveness to compete at the highest level and are very difficult to motivate.

Azpilicueta, however, didn’t share the same opinion with his manager and hit back at Sarri on the training ground, with Willian supporting the cause.

It is understood that both the players were unhappy with the manager’s decision to criticise their teammates publicly. Reports, however, claim that Sarri was impressed with Azpilicueta’s ‘forthrightness’ as the club captain.

Chelsea responded to Sari’s criticism with an impressive performance in the 2-1 victory over Tottenham in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night to set up a clash with Man City in the finals.

Meanwhile, the Blues have completed the signing of Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus till the end of the season. Although the 31-year-old didn’t make it in time to be eligible to play against Spurs, he will be in contention for a spot in the starting eleven when Chelsea take on Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup on Sunday.

See also:- Ally McCoist feels Chelsea will miss Giroud now that they have signed Higuain

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Liverpool’s Reason To Not Sign Ligue 1 Star Hands Chelsea Boost

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Liverpool's Reason To Not Sign Ligue 1 Star Hands Chelsea Boost

In the transfer rumour threat, Nabil Fekir’s name has surfaced again, linking him to a Premier League move but this time it’s not Liverpool.

Chelsea are reportedly interested in bringing in the French attacking midfielder with the Reds no longer in the race for his signature. Jurgen Klopp came very close to signing Fekir at this time last year but the transfer fell through in the final stages due to a bizarre reason.

At the time it was reported that Liverpool were unhappy with the player’s medical condition which ended up in causing a disagreement with the two clubs. However, Joe recently revealed that the Merseyside outfit had simply orchestrated the transfer to get their hands on Xherdan Shaqiri for a much lower £13m transfer fee.

The latter has been magnificent for the Reds ever since he made the switch from Stoke City last summer. Fekir would have understandably cost Liverpool almost 4 times the sum of getting Shaqiri while also adding a huge wage bill.

Chelsea are currently looking to make additions to bump up their chances of finishing in the top four this season. Maurizio Sarri has allowed Cesc Fabregas to depart for AS Monaco and is now looking at the Olympique Lyonnaise midfielder to serve as a replacement.

Fekir, 25 operates from the attacking midfield role and can easily walk into Sarri’s midfield trio next to Jorginho and N’Golo Kante. He could form a strong attacking partnership with Eden Hazard, based on the duo’s style of play. Now it awaits to be seen if the Blues will pursue the 25-year-old with Liverpool completely out of the way.

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