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Lyon in 'advanced talks' to sign Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore

Published in England Premier League
Sunday, 18 June 2017 09:14

Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand has pledged to offer his services to the Grenfell Tower relief effort by helping to find new homes for survivors.

Bertrand, 27, who featured for England in this week's friendly defeat to France in Paris, revealed on Twitter that he wants to help out those affected by the fire disaster by doing more than just donating.
Fifty-eight people are missing and presumed dead and Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy, the officer in charge of the investigation, has warned the death toll could rise further.

"I went to Grenfell Tower (on Friday). I want to help, not just donate. I can't think of all the answers but I can do what I feel is needed," said Bertrand.
Olympique Lyonnais are expecting competition from various clubs as they hold "advanced talks" to sign midfielder Bertrand Traore from Premier League champions Chelsea, the Ligue 1 team's president Jean-Michel Aulas said.

The 21-year-old, who made 12 appearances for Chelsea in the 2015-16 season, was loaned out to Ajax Amsterdam last season, where he scored 13 goals to help them reach the Europa League final and finish second in the Dutch league.
"We want to bring Bertrand Traore to the club," Aulas told reporters at a press conference to unveil the club's newly signed defender Fernando Marcal.

"There are advanced talks there, but many clubs are interested.

"We absolutely want to do the deal."

The Burkina Faso international signed a new three-year contract at Chelsea in 2016.

Chelsea fail in bid to sign Alex Sandro, says Juventus

Published in England Premier League
Saturday, 17 June 2017 09:05

Juventus have rejected a bid from Chelsea for left-back Alex Sandro, according to the Serie A club's general director Giuseppe Marotta.

Chelsea's talent factory: Inside the club's academy success story

Published in England Premier League
Friday, 16 June 2017 09:32

Is Chelsea's academy a success? Not many have broken through to the first team but the talent is there, says former academy coach Adi Viveash. Adam Bate caught up with him to discuss the standout stars and the issue of pathways...

Lyon lead race to sign Chelsea’s Bertrand Traore

Published in England Premier League
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 11:58

The Burkinabe forward could be heading to the Ligue 1 outfit should he agree personal terms

France Ligue 1 side Lyon are reported to be leading the race to sign Chelsea’s Burkina Faso attacker Bertrand Traore.

The attacker is currently in the dark about his future having returned to the Premier League champions after an impressive loan spell at Ajax.

Despite already signaling that he would like to return to The Blues and fight for a first team place, he is reportedly not in the plans of coach Antonio Conte.
French newspaper L'Equipe are claiming that Les Gones are confident of securing a deal with the 21-year-old and are hopeful of agreeing personal terms with Traore by the end of the week.

Lyon are also said to be at an advanced stage over the player's bonus structure.

Traore, who is valued at around £17million, featured 39 times for Ajax and scored 13 goals.

He was on the scoresheet for The Stallions on Sunday in their 3-1 win over Angola in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers opener.

Tiemoue Bakayoko to fly to London to complete Chelsea move - Reports

Published in England Premier League
Sunday, 11 June 2017 09:10

Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko will fly to London over the weekend in order to complete his move to Chelsea according to reports.

Bakayoko, 22, has reportedly been on the Champions' radar for some time now and according to reports from the Telegraph and the Mail he is expected in London over the weekend.

A report from L'Equipe says that the fee for Bakayoko will be €40 million and the Telegraph's report mentions that his move to Stamford Bridge could pave the way for Michy Batshuayi to move to Monaco either on loan or permanently.
The Telegraph report also adds that Bakayoko's move could see Nemanja Matic move on, with the midfielder linked to Juventus and Manchester United, but Cesc Fabregas is keen to stay with Chelsea and fight for his place.

OUR VIEW

The FA Cup showed the world what a lot of Chelsea fans have known for a while, N'Golo Kante has carried the Blues' midfield this season.

Matic has been wildly inconsistent whilst Fabregas is too much of a liability unless Chelsea are playing against a smaller team who is sitting deep.
Bakayoko has proven this season that he has the ability to do it against the very best in the world and he's ready for a move to a bigger club than Monaco.

He should relieve a lot of the pressure on Kante and give Chelsea the depth required ahead of their return to the Champions League next season.

Diego Costa: Antonio Conte told me he doesn’t want me at Chelsea next season

Published in England Premier League
Friday, 09 June 2017 08:41

Diego Costa has put an end to months of speculation about his future at Chelsea by claiming that coach Antonio Conte has told him he is not part of his plans at the West London club next season.

The 28-year-old striker played a huge role in Chelsea’s title success, scoring 20 goals in 35 league appearances, making him the Premier League’s fourth highest scorer last season. However, it was reported in January that the Spain international was on the verge of leaving the club for the Chinese Super League.

Speaking after Spain’s 2-2 draw with Colombia on Wednesday, Conte told reporters: "Conte has sent me a message to tell me I am not in his plans for Chelsea.”

He added: "My relationship with the coach has been bad this season. It's a shame, but it's clear that the coach does not count on me and he does not want me there."
Conte has been linked with a number of European teams, including his former team Atletico Madrid, who are currently serving a transfer ban until January 2018.

In response to questions about Atletico as a possible destination, Conte said: "Being five months without playing? I do not know, it's complicated, but people know that I love Atletico a lot and that I love to live in Madrid.”

He added: "It would be nice to go back, but it's difficult to be four or five months without playing. It's a World Cup year and there are many things to think about. I need to play, just that."

Costa claims Conte does not want him at Chelsea

Published in Football Transfers
Thursday, 08 June 2017 07:00

The striker told reporters after Spain's 2-2 draw with Colombia on Wednesday that the Blues boss has informed him via text message

Chelsea expect Eden Hazard to miss three months after ankle surgery

Published in England Premier League
Tuesday, 06 June 2017 08:50

Chelsea have said Eden Hazard's ankle surgery was a success and expect the midfielder to return to training in three months meaning he will almost certainly miss the start of the Premier League season on August 12.

Belgium midfielder Hazard sustained a fracture in his right ankle training, and will miss this week's international matches.

"Eden Hazard successfully underwent surgery today after sustaining a fracture to his right ankle while training with the Belgian national team. He is expected to return to training in approximately three months," said the Premier League champions in a statement.

Hazard, who scored 16 goals and provided five assists to help Chelsea win the Premier League, is ruled out of his country's friendly against Czech Republic on Monday and a World Cup qualifier against Estonia on June 9.
"Eden Hazard will miss both games with Belgium this week due to an ankle injury which he suffered during this afternoon's training session," Belgium team media officer Stefan Van Loock said in a statement.

"Medical imaging showed that the injury... is an ankle fracture (right ankle)," he added without giving a timeline for the 26-year-old's recovery.

Belgium have won four of five 2018 World Cup qualifying matches to lead Group H on 13 points, two points ahead of second-placed Greece.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Ray Wilkins among Chelsea players ready to play for Croydon Tram Disaster Fund

Published in England Premier League
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 12:59

A host of Chelsea legends will turn out for a football match against a Rangers legends team on June 17 in aid of the Croydon Tram Disaster Fund and in memory of the Manchester terror attack.

Transfer news: The latest rumours from Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and all the top teams

Published in Football Transfers
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 10:57

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer stories from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond ahead of the opening of the summer window

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