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Chelsea have decided on Philippe Coutinho’s move after holding talks

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Chelsea have decided to pulled the plug on the chase of Barcelona midfield stalwart Philippe Coutinho after holding talks with the La Liga giants, per reports.

Coutinho switched Liverpool for Barcelona in a big money move last January. His arrival at Camp Nou was heralded as a great hope for the club, who were looking to replace Andres Iniesta. Alas, Coutinho has failed to justify his bogus price tag and his future is up in the air.

He has been linked with returning to Liverpool but Chelsea are also heavily linked with a move for him as reports have claimed he’s viewed as a possible replacement for Eden Hazard who left to join Real Madrid.

The Blues are currently serving a transfer ban and this would prevent them from reinforcing their squad. The Sun claims Chelsea have given up on signing the Brazilian play-maker because of they know the ban will not be lifted this term.

Coutinho scored 11 goals and provided five assists in 54 games for Barcelona last season and they are displeased with his return. The player revealed at the close of the season that his performance dropped, he promised to work hard at it next season.

Chelsea are not the only club linked with the signing of Coutinho, PSG are also said to be interested.

 

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Chelsea Set To Miss Out On Star Player To Manchester City

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Manchester City are set to leapfrog Chelsea in the race for Leicester City left-back Ben Chiwell in the January.

Though Lampard is ineligible to make any official move for new players as at the time of this report due to FIFA’s transfer suspension, the English tactician and his employers hope to see the ban lifted in or before January.

The Blues are heavily linked with a move for the Foxes fullback as part of Lampard’s desire to upgrade his team this winter, should they eventually see FIFA’s sanction being lifted before next year.

However, Manchester City are now set to beat the Blues to the player as reports via Offside Football reveals that Pep Guardiola is willing to spend big on his services.

Guardiola, whose side currently occupy the fourth position, is far from impressed with Benjamin Mendy’s display this season and he is set to release him in the winter.

The media outlet suggested that the former Barcelona manager has set his sights on the England international as perfect man to replace the Frenchman and he would do everything possible to lure him to the Etihad Stadium.

The 22-year-old left-back is having a great time under Rodgers at the King Power Stadium and it remains to be seen if the Foxes will listen to offers from the two Premier League giants.

 

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Chelsea to reignite interest in £43m-rated full-back next summer

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Chelsea’s transfer ban will be lifted at the end of the season and manager Frank Lampard will finally sign his first player as Chelsea boss.

The Blues are said to be targeting some top players ahead of the next summer window and Albanian right-back Elseid Hysaj is one of them.

According to Radio Punto TNuovo, the Blues are ready to reignite their desire to see the player at Stamford Bridge despite their inability to capture his services during Maurizio Sarri’s reign.

The former San Paolo star hasn’t been in a spectacular form for Napoli this season due to lack of regular game-time and he is being monitored by Lampard, who feels there is a need to upgrade his defence before next season.

However, it is believed that the manager’s interest and desire to work with Hysaj is dependent on  Reece James’s display throughout the rest of this season.

The young England international was lively against Crystal Palace as he prevented Manchester United’s transfer target Wilfred Zaha from having a meaning impact during the encounter.

Should James maintain such performance till the end of this season, it is very likely to see Lampard pull out of the race to sign the Napoli star before the 2020-21 begins.

Hysaj has featured in eight games in all competitions so far but he’s still in search of his first goal. He is valued at £43m by the Serie A giants.

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Chelsea star has been asked to leave club in January

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has been advised to dump Chelsea in January if he must continue to feature in Didier Deschamps’ squad ahead of Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The World Cup winner lost his place at Stamford Bridge to Tammy Abraham prior to the start of the season and he has only featured in just six games for the Blues.

Considering the player’s experience and importance to his team, France national team head coach Deschamps has advised the former Arsenal centre-forward to end his spell at Stamford Bridge if he fail break into Lampard’s starting lineup before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Inter Milan are said to be eyeing a possible move for Giroud as Conte hopes to work with the player having failed to work with him during his days as Chelsea manager.

According to Italian media outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, the San Siro outfits are already in talks with the Blues and a deal could be reached in or before January.

Moving out of the West London club could be the best option for Giroud as it is very unlikely to see Lampard drop in-form Abraham from his list of regular starters.

Giroud has played 44 Premier League matches and has scored five goals since joining the Blues in 2018.

 

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