Chelsea, Man Utd alerted as Lazio ready to sell Keita
Lazio management have decided to listen to offers for Keita Balde Diao. According to Il Messaggero, the Serie A side are ready to sell the 21-year-old attacker this summer and are actively shopping for a replacement. Keita has been scouted by Manchester United and Chelsea as among his agents is Jorge Mendes. Meanwhile, Chinese offers have arrived for Felipe Anderson to the tune of €60 million.
Perisic on Chelsea radar
Ivan Perisic is a target for Chelsea this summer, according to Tuttomercatoweb.com. The attacking midfielder has been continuously linked with Antonio Conte’s men over the past six months. According to reports, a Chelsea scout will be present during Inter’s clash with Roma on Sunday to watch Perisic. Note that Perisic has made 29 appearances during this season, scoring 7 goals. Perisic made name for himself while playing for Club Brugge, where he was the Belgian Pro League top goalscorer and was named Belgian Footballer of the Year for 2011.
Bonucci links with moves to Man City and Chelsea
Leonardo Bonucci has been linked with moves with Manchester City and Chelsea in the morning papers after being dropped for Juventus's 2-0 first-leg Champions League victory in their Round of 16 tie against Porto. Bonucci had an argument with Massimiliano Allegri towards the end of the Old Lady's 4-1 Serie A win over Palermo on Friday evening. However, all seems well between the pair now. "It's a shame that we had the incident on Friday," he said. "These are things that happen during the season, I'll go as far as thanking him for raising the emotional tension. "But Leo has apologized and everything has been resolved."
Milan want to sign Chelsea midfielder
AC Milan want to sign Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas this summer, according to reports in La Corriere dello Sport. The Spain international, who is contracted to the Blues until the end of June 2019, has not been a first-team starter under Antonio Conte so far this season. Fabregas has made 22 appearances during this season, scoring 4 goals. Note that Fabregas came through La Masia, Barcelona's youth academy, leaving at 16 when he was signed by English Premier League side Arsenal in September 2003.
Isco thinks about leaving Real Madrid
Isco is willing to leave Real Madrid this summer, reports Marca. The Spain international is happy at the Bernabeu but he has not established himself as a key first-team player during three-and-a-half-year spell in the Spanish capital. As such, his representatives have informed the Spaniard's suitors that he would be willing to accept a good offer to leave the European champions this summer. Isco is out of contract in 2018 and Real Madrid have yet to reach an agreement with the playmaker over a new deal. The club are aware that they will have to sell him this summer if they cannot agree a new deal as they face the prospect of losing him on a free transfer next year. Manchester City, who are long-term admirers of Isco, have shown a lot of interest in him of late, while Chelsea, who are also interested, have met with an intermediary. Juventus are keen too, but the player would prefer to move to the Premier League.
Real Madrid want to sign Eden Hazard
Real Madrid are ready to throw the bank at Chelsea for Belgian star Eden Hazard. After three quiet past transfer windows, Real president Florentino Perez is ready to spend Galacticos money to shake up coach Zinedine Zidane's squad. And Zizou's top target - in agreement with Perez - is Hazard. Real intend to use Chelsea's interest in Alvaro Morata to raise the prospect of a cash-plus-player swap for the 26-year-old midfielder. The London club star, while happy in Cobham, has never hidden his admiration for Zidane and ambition to one day work with the Frenchman.
Chelsea to bid around £70m for Monaco midfielder
Chelsea will bid around £70m for Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva, according to The Times. The Portuguese midfielder is reportedly also attracting interest from Manchester City and Manchester United. The 22-year-old has made 36 appearances during this season, scoring 9 goals. Note that on 7 August 2014 Silva joined Monaco on one-year loan deal. He made his Monaco debut on 17 August, substituting Lucas Ocampos in the second half. On 21 September, he made his debut as a starter for Monaco, in a win against Guingamp.
Chelsea eye Andrea Conti
Chelsea sent scouts to watch right-back Andrea Conti in action for Atalanta over the weekend with a view to a possible summer move, Gazzetta dello Sport reports. The Serie A outfit also currently have Franck Kessie, who has also been heavily linked to a Stamford Bridge move. Conti has made 24 appearances during this season, scoring 4 goals.
Conte explains why he trusts Terry
Antonio Conte says there is no room for sentiment over selecting John Terry after the veteran defender started in each of Chelsea's FA Cup matches so far. "I want to be very clear. I'm pleased to give the opportunity but not because there is a sentiment," the Italian said. "John Terry is my captain and he's important on and off the pitch. He played very well. He's helping me a lot." The defender's current contract runs out at the end of the season, with his future at Stamford Bridge as yet undecided. Terry started for Chelsea against Wolverhampton last Saturday and played a full match.
Premier League Top 4: The Contenders
With 13 games left to play, Chelsea’s lead is far from unassailable, and the title race is still very much open. According to Conte, as many as ‘six teams’ can ‘fight to win the title’. As the season draws ever closer to a thrilling finale, however, attentions will turn toward to the all-important and lucrative Champions League places; the top 4. Chelsea’s place in the top 4 is all but assured, so let’s take a look at the other contenders: Manchester City Guardiola’s City team look to be rallying at the right time. They’ve hit a fine patch of form in recent weeks, winning their last 3 premier league matches, and look like a sensible bet to secure a top 4 position. City face a tough run of games at the end of March and start of April, however. They will face Liverpool at home on March 19th, followed by away trips to Arsenal and Chelsea in the space of 4 days. With all 3 sides in the mix for a top 4 place, these games could prove key. Tottenham Hotspur Having conceded only 18 goals this season, Tottenham have the joint best defence in the league. The recently injured Jan Vertonghen has been a key element in Tottenham’s defensive prowess, and will be a huge miss for Pochettino’s side. Spurs have stumbled slightly since his injury, having previously recorded 7 straight victories before he was carted off against West Brom in January. Spurs have a habit of falling at the final hurdle but, with the experience of last season’s title race, young players like Dele Alli are sure to cope better mentally this season. I’ve no doubt that Spurs will still be in the title race going into the season’s final games, and certainly won’t let a Champions League place slip away. Spurs only have 2 games to play against the rest of the top 6, both at White Hart Lane, and this could prove decisive. Arsenal Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger faces increasing pressure following some poor results in last few weeks. Recent Premier League losses against Watford and Chelsea may have damaged their title hopes irreparably, and this week’s Champions League battering against Bayern has further compounded Arsenal’s woes. Much has been said about a lack of on the pitch leadership at Arsenal, and with fresh speculation over Wenger’s future at the club, it looks like the side could falter in the closing stages of the season. Arsenal will face a tough run-in in the coming months. Upcoming visits to Anfield and White Hart Lane will provide tough obstacles, as will hosting Man Utd and Man City at home. With the side showing a startling lack of resilience, it’s hard to imagine them sustaining a significant title challenge. A top 4 finish may be the best they can hope for, but they’ll have to fight for it. Liverpool Prior to Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Tottenham on Saturday, they were yet to record a win in the Premier League in 2017. Despite a run of a prior run of 5 games without a win, including losses against Swansea and Hull, Liverpool are still very much in contention for a Champions League spot. Manager Jurgen Klopp was in an optimistic mood following victory against Spurs, and believes Liverpool have turned a corner following a dreadful start to 2017. He claimed Liverpool were ‘back in this race’, and he could be right. Liverpool are joint highest scorers in the league this season and, despite struggling to break defence-minded sides down in recent weeks, have plenty of firepower. They’ll be looking to striker and top scorer, Sadio Mane, to provide the vital spark to keep them in the race for the title and top 4 places. Liverpool only face 2 games against the other contenders, against Arsenal and Man City, but must also play an ever-tricky Merseyside derby in the coming weeks. Man Utd Currently sitting at 6th place in the table, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea, it looks like Man Utd’s title hopes are already over. With Mourinho’s side only 2 points behind Spurs and Arsenal, 3rd and 4th respectively, they are still very much in with a shout of a top 4 finish. United have relied heavily on goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic this season, and this could prove their downfall. The eccentric striker has contributed directly to over 50% of United’s goals this season and will need him to be on top form if they are to finish in the top 4. Man Utd will face back-to-back away trips to Arsenal and Tottenham in the final 3 games of the season, and this could prove fatal to their top 4 chances.