The Stamford Bridge dwellers are on the lookout for Thiago Maia who plies his trade with Brazilian giants, Santos.
Maia, just last year, made the needed breakthrough into the club, making 37 appearances in all club competitions. This season has also seen the defender in top form, having played a total of 48 games for his team.
And since after winning Rio Olympics gold with his country over Germany following a penalty shootout, several clubs have been on his radar, with Chelsea having the most interest.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, has been keen on getting the young defender to move to the club in August. It appears that his interest is still there. Conte is hoping to secure the Santos defender’s services and has edged ahead of former club, Juventus in the hope of getting Maia down to Chelsea.
Conte is said to see Maia as a player who can easily adapt to the playing style in English football. Rumors coming in from several quarters have it that the 47-year old coach is lining up no less than £8.9m in a bid to persuade the defender to make the move.
Several other teams, such as Napoli, Paris St. Germain and Milan are said to be on the radar of the player as well. However, the man who is alleged to be able to make the move a possible one is no other than Kia Joorabchian.
Joorabchian, an Iranian businessman, has been linked with the move of several other players in the past, such as Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez’s move in 2006 to West Ham. Chelsea may have to do a little convincing on the side, in order to make the Iranian businessman help them bring the defender to Stamford Bridge.
Recent revelations have showed that Chelsea really wanted to get Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly during the summer.
Sky Sports reported that Chelsea’s bid of £38 million was rejected in July, but the club’s chairman has said that the Blues actually re-submitted a bid of £58 million in a bid to get the defender this summer.
Aurelio De Laurentiis said Chelsea came to them more than once as they really wanted the defender before they turned their attention to their former player David Luiz last minute. Paris St Germain released the Brazilian to join them in defense, else the Blues would have had to wait till January for an addition.
“They offered to me £30, 35, 40, 45, 50 [million]. Mr Conte I said ‘Marina [Granovskaia, Chelsea Director] is behind me, follow me,’ I offered him that. Last moment, two days before the closing of the market, I hear £58 [million] – something like that,” De Laurentiis said.
The deal couldn’t be completed, and Koulibaly eventually renewed his contract with Napoli that would ensure he remains with the Serie A side till 2021. However, De Laurentiis hinted that the deal doesn’t mean he still couldn’t be sold.
“Koulibaly I need here to make the match. I need to play, so I need the players. Koulibaly, this year, will remain here. Next year, we will speak about,” he said.
Chelsea’s 2-0 victory away to Southampton brings up not only the Blues’ fourth straight victory in the Premier League, it is also the club’s fourth consecutive clean sheet as the West London club sit just one point off the top of the standings following their rich run of form.
When the signing of Antonio Conte was announced back in April, Chelsea fans were very excited about the then Italy manager’s pending arrival at Stamford Bridge. Conte has a record of producing football team which are solid at the back and tough to beat therefore he has been a highly sought manager for a number of years.
Results early this season did not reflect the Conte model at Chelsea. When the Blues were rolled over 3-0 by Arsenal
, panic bells started to ring around the club. That result brought up Conte’s third consecutive game in the league without a win. Continue reading
BranislavIvanovic has stated that he accepts his current situation after being dropped to the bench by Antonio Conte.
He said that he has no hard feelings towards the manager and that he wants to do his best for the team. He believes that the manager has made the best decision by choosing the most in-form players and that he will accept the situation at the moment.
Indeed BranislavIvanovic has been a major player for Chelsea under Jose Mourinho and seems to have now lost his first place in the team. The defender said that he understands the situation and that he will be training hard in order to win his place back in the team.
The player has been criticized for the past months, and it seems that Antonio Conte has finally decided to replace him in the team. Indeed the player has been the culprit of many mistakes that have gifted opposition goals against Chelsea. Many pundits believe that BranislavIvanovic may have a hard time in getting his place back in the team and that at the moment Antonio Conte has different alternatives in this position.
£32 million was the transfer fee that Chelsea had to pay in order to sign N’GoloKante from Leicester City, the French player completed his move to Stamford Bridge on July 16 of 2016 and so far it seems like he has impressed the head coach Antonio Conte.
N’GoloKanté has performed in all 3 of the opening league matches of Chelsea and Antonio Conte has stated himself that he has been impressed by what he has seen in relation to the 25 year old French midfielder.
On August 15, Chelsea played against West Ham in their opening match of the season 2016-17 and Antonio Conte said: “N’Golo is a great player, a great buy. He’s important for the team; he has good technique and fantastic stamina. He’s able to cover a lot of space and help his team-mates always. We are happy with his performance but I was happy with the performance of all my players.”
This was the statement released by Antonio Conte as the Italian manager said that he was impressed by the performance that N’GoloKanté displayed during that match. Chelsea went on to win that game with a final scoreboard of 2-1 and they have continued their string of positive results with successive triumphs over Watford and Burnley. Continue reading
We’re only four matches into the new Premier League campaign but both Diego Costa and Antonio Conte have already had major impacts on Chelsea’s results this season. The Italian’s charismatic and passionate nature on the touchline has helped to re-ignite energy and vibe at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea supporters have bought into Conte’s energetic enthusiasm.
Meanwhile, Costa is firing the goals in – just as he did when the Blues lifted the title in the 2014/15 campaign. The Spain international has already scored four league goals this season, including a spectacular equaliser in the dying embers of Chelsea’s most recent contest away at Swansea City. Continue reading
The rumours linking Diego Costa with a move away from Chelsea do not seem to be going away even after the appointment of Antonio Conte.
The striker has been linked with an imminent return to Atletico Madrid, where he became a legend in the last few years. Costa was a major factor in helping Chelsea lift the league title in the 2014-15 season, but he had a very poor season the last time around. His poor form was especially pronounced in the first half of the season when José Mourinho was the manager. Incredibly, Costa’s form including dramatically after Mourinho was sacked and Guus Hiddink was appointed.
The patchy form for the Spaniard in the last two seasons may have been one of the reasons, while language issues have also been spoken about. Costa has scored 36 goals in the last two campaigns, which is a good return for someone who cost only £ 30 million. At 27 years of age, the striker still has plenty to offer for the club if he manages to strike good form. After having been an extended holiday due to Euro 2016, Costa was seen only towards the latter end of the Chelsea’s pre-season. It remains highly doubtful if he would start the game against West Ham on Monday night.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has stated that Diego Costa should stay with the London club.
There were reports that the striker might be looking for a move to Atletico Madrid, but Conte has denied the existence of such rumors. He said that Diego Costa is happy to play with Chelsea and that he will be staying with the club next season.
Antonio Conte said that Diego Costa is an important player for the team and that there is no reason that he should be leaving in the summer. He admitted that he has always been a fan of the player and that he wants the player to stay at the club. Conte said that Diego Costa is an outstanding player and that he is one of the best forward players in the world at the moment.
For Antonio Conte, Chelsea needs to have the best players in the world and that they will not allow Diego Costa to leave. He said that Costa is happy at the club and that they are building a team around him. He stated that he is not aware of any rumors that Diego Costa wants to leave the club. At the moment he is a Chelsea player and said that he would be staying for the long term.
Neither Alexandre Pato or Radamel Falcao have been making impressive performances in Stamford Bridge and both of them have returned to their parent clubs as Chelsea did not opt to extend their respective loan deals any further.
Both of those players were signed on loan deals and Chelsea had the option to extend their respective deals for a longer period of time but after disappointing, the head chiefs of the Premier League club decided to not risk spending more time or money in them as they returned to their original parent clubs and Chelsea
are now setting their sights on other players who might be signed during the summer transfer window.
The attacking department of Chelsea is one of the areas that Antonio Conte is expected to reinforce the most as the main goal-scorer of the Premier League club is Diego Costa but the Brazilian attacker has not been performing at his usual best. In the 2015-16 Premier League season, he scored only 12 goals which is a significant drop in goals compared to the 2014-15 season when he scored 20, almost double. Continue reading
Chelsea’s interim manager Guus Hiddink believes that defender and captain John Terry is worthy of a new contract.
The 35-year-old is set to leave the club at the end of the campaign as his contract runs out in a few weeks. Chelsea confirmed six months ago that they would not be extending the deal of their talisman even though the player himself expressed his desire to stay. After his recent sending-off against Sunderland, Terry will be unavailable for the last two games against Liverpool and Leicester City. This denies him a chance to put on a Chelsea shirt for one final time at Stamford Bridge.
After having given impeccable service to the club over the last decade, Hiddink feels that Terry deserves a great sending-off if he is to leave the club. However, he has urged the club to reconsider their decision since he feels that a player like Terry is invaluable in the dressing room. The presence of Terry is especially important next season considering that new manager Antonio Conte comes to the club to replace Hiddink. He has no experience of managing outside England and any help from experienced players with the Chelsea squad will be immense. Terry is last of the old guard left at the club. Continue reading