Premier League Team of the Week: Gameweek 13

Gameweek 13 in the English Premier League brought up numerous low-scoring affairs with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City picking up victories by the narrowest of margins, while Watford continued their ascendancy with a 3-0 win at Newcastle. Liverpool were forced to settle with a point after Willian’s freak equaliser for Chelsea

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Chelsea set to make Eden Hazard the Premier League’s highest paid player

Reports from Brussels-based newspaper HLN suggest that Chelsea are prepared to make Eden Hazard the Premier League’s best-paid player in order to fend off interest from Real Madrid. Eden Hazard has been linked with the back-to-back UEFA Champions League winners on numerous occasions as they seek to reinforce their star-studded attack. Chelsea are hoping to

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Didier Drogba announces retirement date

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has revealed to French outlet RMC Sports that he will hang up the boots in 2018. The current Phoenix Rising striker has enjoyed a trophy laden 20 years as a professional footballer, winning the UEFA Champions League, FA Cup and English Premier League with Chelsea. He is Chelsea’s 4th all-time top

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African Footballer of the Year Nominees

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane, Victor Moses and Mohamed Salah have been nominated for the African Footballer of the Year award. The award, which was first won by Salif Keita in 1970, has included Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the shortlist for the last five years in a row, while Liverpool’s Sadio Mane

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PSG plotting for Antonio Conte if Unai Emery fails in the UEFA Champions League

Paris Saint-Germain have contacted the representatives of Chelsea boss Antonio Conte for a potential change of the guard in the summer. The board expects Unai Emery to guide the Ligue 1 outfit to at least the Semi-Finals of the UEFA Champions League. If the former Sevilla manager fails, PSG want the Italian to replace Unai

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“I should never have left Italy and Juventus” – Alvaro Morata on second Real Madrid spell

Spain and Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has opened up on his time at Real Madrid in an interview with Gazzetta Dello Sport. He admitted it was a mistake to re-join the club where he signed his first professional contract in 2010, claiming Real Madrid ‘treated him like a kid’ during his initial spell at the

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Lyon striker Bertrand Traore ponders Chelsea return

Burkina Faso striker Bertrand Traore is keeping the door open for a Chelsea return after a £9 million exit for Olympique Lyonnais in June. Speaking with The Daily Mail, the 22-year-old revealed he still hopes of turning out for The Blues in a second spell with the club, much akin to the actions of Didier

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English League Cup Quarter Final Draw

League Cup holders Manchester United will face Championship opposition in the form of Bristol City after Thursday’s Quarter-Final draw. While Jose Mourinho’s side might consider themselves lucky to have drawn the only second-tier outfit remaining in the competition, their opponents haven’t been phased by the prospect of facing teams from a division they haven’t appeared

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Alvaro Morata set for early Chelsea return against Roma

Spanish striker Alvaro Morata is in line for an early return from a hamstring problem and could start in Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League clash with AS Roma on Wednesday night. The former Real Madrid man was spotted training with the rest of the Chelsea squad after their upset loss to Crystal Palace at the weekend,

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Premier League Player of the Month: September Nominees

Seven players have been nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month award for September. The all-star line-up includes Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne, two players who unleashed havoc across a perfect September for Pep Guardiola’s side. Last season’s Golden Boot winner Harry Kane is listed for his swift turnaround

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Alvaro Morata pulled from Spain squad with hamstring injury

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has withdrawn from national team duties after the Spanish Football Federation announced he had suffered a myofascial injury to his hamstring. Alvaro Morata could be on the sidelines for as long as a month, which comes as a huge blow for Chelsea after the Spaniard’s prolific start to life in England

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FIFA Puskas Award nominees

FIFA have announced the 10 nominees for the 2017 Puskas Award. In honour of Real Madrid legend Ferenc Puskas, the FIFA Puskas Award was created in 2009 to celebrate the most aesthetically pleasing goal of the year. Nine of the 10 nominees are men; Venezuela striker Deyna Castellanos is the sole female nominee, having produced

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Community Shield Player Ratings: Chelsea

Chelsea will look to move on quickly after a penalty shootout loss to Arsenal in the Community Shield. Antonio Conte named a familiar looking line-up – barring the exclusion of injured Eden Hazard and soon-to-be ex-Chelsea striker Diego Costa. Michy Batshuayi was given his chance to impress after almost an entire season spent on the

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Chelsea targeting Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater

Chelsea are showing interest in signing 2016 Premier League winner Danny Drinkwater, per Sky Sports. The Leicester City player is being eyed to help strengthen the midfield ranks at Chelsea, who recently sold Nemanja Matic to Manchester United and Nathaniel Chalobah to Watford. Chelsea are left with only N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko

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AC Milan targeting Diego Costa to close out summer spending spree

AC Milan are eyeing one last piece of business to wrap-up one of the most active transfer windows in the club’s history – and one to spearhead them into the 2017/18 campaign. Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio is reporting that wantaway Chelsea striker Diego Costa could be AC Milan’s final acquisition, despite the Spanish international

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Manchester United announce the signing of Nemanja Matic

Manchester United have officially announced the signing of Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic from Chelsea. Matic, 29, signs on a three-year contract with the option to extend for a further year. The two-time Premier League winner reunites with Jose Mourinho in an initial £35 million transfer which could rise to £40 million depending on various bonuses.

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Transfer Flashback: Ranking Chelsea’s 2012 summer signings

Coming off a dramatic and glorious Champions League and FA Cup double, Roberto Di Matteo and Chelsea went on to make some truly historic additions to the squad in the summer of 2012, some that remain vital five years later. Sure, there were a few misses amongst the hit signings as well as the immediate

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Chelsea pre-season schedule and squad updates

Defending Premier League champions Chelsea recently begun their stretch of pre-season friendlies, kicking things off in Beijing against the last side they played in competitive competition: Arsenal. The Blues cruised to a 3-0 win over their FA Cup Final adversary from last season in a game that saw essentially their regular starting XI in place,

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Chelsea announce the signing of Alvaro Morata

The summer saga surrounding Alvaro Morata appears to have reached its conclusion after Chelsea announced the signing of the Spanish international through their official website. “The move is now subject to him agreeing personal terms and passing a medical,” read part of the statement. While no confirmation has been made surrounding the fee, The Daily

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Real Madrid defender Danilo agrees personal terms for Chelsea move

Real Madrid full-back Danilo is set for a move to Chelsea after agreeing personal terms with the English champions, according to Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte. Danilo’s evaluation appears to be the current stumbling block for the move, with Real Madrid holding out for €30 million (£26 million). Real Madrid purchased the Brazilian from Porto for

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Chelsea finalise the purchase of Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco

Tiemoue Bakayoko has finally completed his long-awaited transfer to Chelsea, as confirmed through the club’s official website. The Ligue 1 winner with Monaco last season arrives at Stamford Bridge in a potential £40 million deal that will tie him to the club for the next five years. Tiemoue Bakayoko is Chelsea’s third acquisition of the

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AC Milan plotting ambitious bid for Leonardo Bonucci

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci is being targeted by domestic rival AC Milan, claims Sky Sport Italia and Sportmediaset. Though the 30-year-old signed a contract extension with The Old Lady in December, that hasn’t stopped Sportmediaset from reporting that Bonucci has agreed to a €7 million per season deal with the Rossoneri. Reports also suggest that

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Why Romelu Lukaku is the right fit for Manchester United

The footballing world was taken off guard by the news of Manchester United’s £75 million deal for Romelu Lukaku after it was widely expected that the Belgian powerhouse would join Chelsea over the summer. Enter the continuous debate citing Romelu Lukaku’s record against top-six teams, his first touch, the space he gets playing in a

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Chelsea secure the signing of Roma defender Antonio Rudiger

Chelsea have landed their first major acquisition of the summer by striking a deal for AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger. The German international signs on a five-year deal for £29 million – a transfer fee which could rise to £34 million depending on add-ons – and will wear the number two shirt. “It’s a great

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Analysing Europe’s in-demand strikers: Andrea Belotti

An explosive season in Serie A catapulted Andrea Belotti onto the radar in world football, with the likes of AC Milan and Chelsea contemplating a move for Torino’s number nine. We’ll take a look at some reasons why the Italian has entered the discussion by comparing him with other top-scorers in Europe. Note: When mentioning

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Manchester United agree £75 million fee with Everton for Romelu Lukaku

Manchester United has made headlines by agreeing a £75 million fee with Everton over the transfer of 24-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku. Romelu Lukaku was heavily rumoured to re-join Chelsea over the summer, with Antonio Conte prepared to splash up to £100 million to sign the striker and replace the outgoing Diego Costa, but the Belgian

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Who was the Premier League’s best passer in 2016/17?

As anticipation slowly builds towards the 2017/18 campaign via transfer rumours and various international tournaments, we look back at the best passers of the ball during 2016/17. Which league produced the most consistent, creative and crisp passers? Across the next few weeks we will look through the top-five leagues in Europe to establish who was

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