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Chelsea F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 17 Jan 12:59

VAR: Sportsmail experts on whether it's working or not

Leicester City star Kelechi Iheanacho made English football history on Tuesday night after becoming the first player to have a goal awarded by a Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Chelsea F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 17 Jan 12:58

Transfer news RECAP: Arsenal, Man Utd, Man City and more

Clubs in the Premier League and beyond are approaching the halfway point of the January transfer window, and big-money deals are in full flow. Sportsmail brings you all the latest as it happens.

Chelsea F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 17 Jan 12:57

Transfer news RECAP: Arsenal, Man Utd, Man City and more

Clubs in the Premier League and beyond are approaching the halfway point of the January transfer window, and big-money deals are in full flow. Sportsmail brings you all the latest as it happens.

Chelsea F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 17 Jan 12:47

Transfer news LIVE: Man United, Arsenal and Chelsea latest

The January transfer window is hotting up, with Premier League clubs at both ends of the table looking to do business before the end of the month. Sportsmail brings you all the latest news.

Chelsea F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 17 Jan 12:39

Real Madrid eye Neymar, Eden Hazard and Lewandowski 

With Real Madrid languishing fourth in La Liga, president Florentino Perez is plotting an attacking overhaul that could spell the end for the 'BBC'.

ESPN FC - Chelsea News 17 Jan 12:16

Liverpool mayor says police find no wrongdoing in Ross Barkley's move

Chelsea's Antonio Conte said Ross Barkley is unable to make his debut against Norwich in the FA Cup due to late registration. Chelsea's Antonio Conte said Ross Barkley is unable to make his debut against Norwich in the FA Cup due to late registration. Chelsea's Antonio Conte said Ross Barkley is unable to make his debut against Norwich in the FA Cup due to late registration. Merseyside Police have informed Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson that they can find no evidence of criminal activity in Ross Barkley's £15 million move from Everton to Chelsea, but the midfielder must wait a little longer to play for his new club. Barkley was confirmed as a Chelsea player in the first week of January, less than six months after having a dramatic change of heart about a move to Stamford Bridge in the final hours of the summer transfer window -- and once a £35m fee had been...

Chelsea – 17 Jan 11:45

All the completed Premier League transfers in the January window

All the incomings and outgoings in the Premier League during the January transfer window….



Players in: Konstantinos Mavropanos (£2.2m, PAS Giannina)

Players out: Francis Coquelin (ÂŁ10.6m, Valencia)


Players in:

Players out:


Players in:

Players out: Jamie Murphy (loan, Rangers)


Players in: Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (loan, Tottenham)

Players out:


Players in: Ross Barkley (ÂŁ15m, Everton)

Players out: Diego Costa (undisclosed, Atletico Madrid); Jake Clarke-Salter (loan, Sunderland)

Crystal Palace

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Players out:


Players in: Cenk Tosun (ÂŁ27m, Besiktas)

Players out: Ross Barkley (ÂŁ15m, Chelsea); Liam Walsh (ÂŁ1m, Bristol City); Gethin Jones (undisclosed, Fleetwood); Kevin Mirallas (loan, Olympiakos)

Huddersfield Town

Players in: Terence Kongolo (Monaco, loan); Alex Pritchard (ÂŁ11m, Norwich)

Players out: Kasey Palmer (loan recall, Chelsea)

Leicester City

Players in: Adrien Silva (£22m, Sporting Lisbon), Fousseni Diabate (£4.4m, Gazelec Ajaccio)

Players out:


Players in: Virgil van Dijk (ÂŁ75m, Southampton);

Players out: Philippe Coutinho (ÂŁ142m, Barcelona), Cameron Brannagan (undisclosed, Oxford United), Ryan Kent (loan, Bristol City)

Manchester City

Players in:

Players out: Marlos Moreno (Flamengo, loan)

Manchester United

Players in:

Players out: James Wilson (Sheffield United, loan)

Newcastle United

Players in:

Players out: Adam Armstrong (loan, Blackburn), Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe, loan)


Players in:

Players out: Virgil van Dijk (ÂŁ75m, Liverpool)

Stoke City

Players in: Moussa Niakate (undisclosed, Paris FC), Moritz Bauer (undisclosed, Rubin Kazan)

Players out:

Swansea City

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Tottenham Hotspur

Players in:

Players out: Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (loan, Burnley), Marcus Edwards (loan, Norwich)


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West Bromwich Albion

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West Ham United

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Chelsea – 17 Jan 11:29

?If Arsenal get Lingard instead of Mkhitaryan, it will be a good deal?

Chelsea fans debate whether Andy Carroll could add something to their team, while the Alexis Sanchez saga is discussed by our readers in Your Says of the Day.


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Pressure on Mkhi

Ridiculous pressure on poor Mkhitaryan. If he doesn’t go he’ll be forever branded as the one who prevented Sanchez rom coming to United. TBS he’ll take a pay cut going to Arsenal, and he may have other personal problems with the move, but what choice does he have?


Miki is not wanted at Man Utd, that’s the problem. Clearly, Mourinho doesn’t have him in his plans. he could go back to dortmund or any other top club but they’d have to fork out more than 100k for him per week and that’s unlikely.Like i said,he hasn’t proved himself in the PL yet.yes,lack of opportunities might be one reason but still.

The only possible destination i can see him going to right now is arsenal and that is because we need players and we can negotiate his wages somewhere close to what he wants.Not other clubs.

The SpecialOne

Sanchez has only 6 months remaining in to his contract with Arsenal. and because he knows that, Arsenal have little choice but to let him who he wants to join. its all Arsenal’s fault. they should have sold him before he entered his last year. he has all the cards. if Arsenal can demand Lingard instead of Mkhitaryan, then it will be a good deal. but i think Wenger can get the best out of Mkhitaryan. it will be interesting to see how Sanchez does at United. because the Arsenal system is built around him. and the United system is built around Pogba.


Liverpool’s defensive frailties

Ok, yes, I could’ve added this to the City thread and yes we beat who will be the Champions but I simply have to have this as a new topic because it’s something that I/we witness almost weekly.

First up, just a fantastic three points. I was hopeful with my draw prediction but I also indicated that we could catch them cold as I detected tiredness in their last couple of games but no-one could’ve have predicted a 4-3 for us, the three for City, yes, and this leads me to my post/concerns.

First Goal (scorer Sane, 40)
Lovely cross-field pass from Walker but Gomez decides to go for the ball as opposed to focusing on being the first defender once he knew Sane was going to get it. In defence, it’s a decision that any full back can make moreso a young fella like Gomez (but 4 or 5 goals this season when he’s been the closest defender have led directly to goals which doesn’t help our error:goal ratio at all). But, Matip, despite correctly showing Sane the outside gets caught completely flat footed and it’s then game over because bloody Karius, sorry, Pre-Karius, doesn’t do what ALL keepers should do in that situation and that is cover your near post first and foremost. Nobody either tracking the runs of Aguero or Sterling into the box and both would’ve been open if Sane had decided to square the ball. City scored with a 7v4 against in the penalty box.

Second Goal (scorer, Silva 84)
Started off with Milner barging at Gundogan, committing and getting skinned. No need at all. An easy 1-2 follows, helped, again, by an extremely flat flooted Matip and then decides to simply observe proceedings from the edge of the 18. There is no urgency in that fella at all. Not saying that isn’t a good trait for a centre half but it seems once he’s beaten, well, it’s down to you fellas! Mane should also have continued his run and at least attempted to pick up Silva instead of adopting the Matip stance and become an observer. City scored with a 9v5 against in the penalty box.

Third Goal (scorer Gundogan, 90)
You knew once City got a second the odds were on that they’d get a third. Lovren ridiculously slid in on Sane at the edge of the box allowing him to easily skate past him and continue his dribble. Ball played to Aguero and Gomez correctly showed him the outside but both he and Mane then allowed Aguero and easy dink cross in the box to Gundogan who had 3 covering him. Lovren attempted a two inch leap, missed the ball allowing the receiver to bring it down and smash it past a Karius. City scored with a 10v4 against in the penalty box.

So combined City scored three goals with a combined 26:13 against. Liverpool had 50% more players in that goal scoring moment but still conceded.

Now, how many times have we seen this before. Van Dijk will help our defending in the 18, no question, but can we rely on Matip or Lovren being an able centre back partner for him? I just don’t know. Matip keeps getting his feet wrong and Lovren keeps playing like a drunk. Would not surprise me in the least if Jurgen buys another top centre back along with a replacement for Karius and Mignolet.

4-1 up and an unnecessary ending and agree with Davinci completely in that another 5 minutes it would have ended 4-4.

Too much ball watching, too much flat footed-ness (especially from Karius who has the most piss poor loaded trigger muscle stance I’ve seen) and not enough discipline to see a game out without conceding but we are third and we all wanted to see this at the end of the City game so I’ll shut up (for now) and enjoy another crazy chapter in this team’s adventure tale.

Rob Fort Worth TX

We’ve conceded 28 goals this season.
Of those 28, 16 are against other top 6 opposition.
We’ve kept 10 clean sheets and are now unbeaten in 18.
While there are definate improvements to be made to the defence we aren’t as bad as some people like to make out.
Our style of play leaves more open at times but I do think we must get a better goal keeper and individual mistakes must be cut out/down.
I think we’d see a drastic change in goals conceded if we did that.



Carroll to cure the Blues?

Andy Carroll does offer something different… when fit… Having said that he’s played 3 full games of 90 minutes, nearly 700 minutes of football this year, and hasnt played more than 1400 minutes of football per season for the last four seasons. Missed 11 league games already this season. Enough said. It’s another howling signing.

So big bad Southgate is to blame for the clubs flat out refusal to use youngsters is he? For telling a young English player he needs to be playing league football regularly? I’d have thought it just confirmed what the player was thinking about signing a contract with the club. Fair enough… Perhaps you should blame Southgate for Conte signing injured Drinkwater and Bakayoko who cant pass a ball five yards to a team mate rather than give assurances he’d play in a side that was crying out for his ball retention and passing ability…. That cost the club roughly 80 million pounds. We are now signing Barkely (im positive about this move if his injury has cleared) and now Carroll – see notes above about getting any game time out of him.

Conte has caused Diego to leave, not signed a replacement for Bats or uses him when we’re crying out for a goal, has told David Luiz get to the bench and cant get our top performers to perform, ie stick the ball in the net… Im actually amazed we are still in the top four given we’ve been beaten comfortably by relegation fodder.

To top it all off, Conte looks like a miserable sad sack of shit when he’s earning 10 million quid a year, spouting off to those who will listen about the club not signing his targets….

Underwhelming. that’s what it feels like at the minute.



Problems with modern football

Mino Raiola: Challenges Arsenal to spend

I make no secret of the fact that without the inbred love of Manchester United, the current trends in football would be persuading me to abandon football as my favourite sport.
I hate transfer fees and wages which are totally unrepresentative of the talent and performance of the player.
I hate agents, without whom the Club and Player could develop a better relationship.
I hate players who sign and then fail to play in the long term interests of the team.

How do you recognise a mercenary before you sign him? I don’t know the answer.
Three players who in the past years have infuriated me, Depay, Van Persie and Mikitaryan, each flattered to deceive and ultimately became millstones.
Rooney reached a stage before the end of the SAF era when his performances no way justified the enormous salary negotiated by his agent.

The big danger of having superstars is that their presence can ultimately destroy the team spirit particularly when they don’t perform. Stories coming out of Europe describe top players dictating who and who not should be signed. CR7 has been one of those implicated and he apparently wants to come home.

Big K

I don’t think I am, Raiola is saying the Sanchez deal won’t go ahead unless Miki agrees to join the Gooners, but United have said that they’re willing to do a cash only deal if Miki doesn’t move. The other option for Raiola then is to pawn him back to Dortmund who can’t pay him even close to the fees that Arsenal would, so I don’t see why he would want to scupper the deal?
I agree that Raiola is a scumbag, his sort need to be ejected from the game, or at the very least FIFA need to cap the fees paid to agents as a percentage of the transfer fee, 5% or something so that men like Raiola will go elsewhere.
From Raiola’s point of view, his job is to make sure that his client is happy, doing what he wants to do and getting paid the maximum that Raiola can negotiate for him. You can’t blame him for that, it’s the agents fees that are exorbitant and are ripping clubs off. How can you ask for £40m just for negotiating a contract? That’s the crux of the issue for most people. What do the agents actually do that justifies the sickening amounts of money that they get from each transfer?



VAR debate

So last night proved VAR can work, but what would have happened if Iheanacho had been a bit further out and stopped once the flag had gone up and the referee had blown his whistle? Its actually a bookable offence to carry on and put the ball in the net after the referees whistle has blown






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ESPN FC - Chelsea News 17 Jan 11:19

Conte: Batshuayi has to prove his worth

Antonio Conte refused to rule out a loan move for Michy Batshuyai, stating the striker will feature against Norwich, but needs to 'show he deserves to play for Chelsea'.

ESPN FC - Chelsea News 17 Jan 10:09

Conte: Barkley unable to play in Norwich clash

Chelsea's Antonio Conte has revealed new signing Ross Barkley is unable to make his debut against Norwich in the FA Cup due to late registration.

ESPN FC - Chelsea News 17 Jan 10:00

Conte's disenchantment suggests his Chelsea reign could soon end

After Antonio Conte defended his management of Eden Hazard, the FC crew debate the right way to manage the Chelsea star. Antonio Conte feels the fatigue from Chelsea's midweek Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal factored heavily into their 0-0 draw with Leicester. Time is running out for Antonio Conte. The Chelsea manager has the air of a man who knows that he is in the wrong job. The Premier League champions have never looked like retaining their title and have made a bad start to 2018 with four straight draws, the last three of which have been 0-0. It's true that Conte's side are still in three cup competitions, but a feeling of staleness pervades Stamford Bridge and the 48-year-old has admitted his position is in doubt. "Everything is possible," he said...

Chelsea – 17 Jan 08:56

Paper Talk: Mkhitaryan wages scare Arsenal; Aubameyang deal close

A Roma defender has been linked to Chelsea, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan has demanded a huge pay rise if he is to join Arsenal, according to Wednesday’s papers.



Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has demanded astronomical wages if he is to join Arsenal in a deal for Alexis Sanchez, a report claims.

The Daily Record claims that Mkhitaryan has told Arsenal he wants the same wage package that was offered to Sanchez if he is to move to North London.

The Armenia international allegedly has several reservations about moving to the Gunners, including having to drop down to the Europa League and the club being adrift of the top four currently.

A return to former club Borussia Dortmund is believed to be the preference of the 28-year-old rather than a switch to the Emirates.

The report goes on to state that his agent, Mino Raiola, is demanding Arsenal make Mkhitaryan the highest paid player in the club’s history if they are to tempt him to leave Manchester.

Mkhitaryan currently earns around £140,000-a-week at United, but Arsenal’s final contract offer to Sanchez reached £300,000-a-week, reports claim.

Speaking about Mkhitaryan’s future, agent Raiola told The Times: “Manchester United are not going to sign Sanchez unless Mkhi agrees to join Arsenal.

“Mkhi is going to do what is best for him. He has two-and-a-half years left on his contract, so it’s his decision.”



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Manchester United are prepared to offer Arsenal ÂŁ35million and Alexis Sanchez ÂŁ350,000-a-week, should the swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan fall through (The Sun)

Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, is hopeful of signing Sanchez and the Chile international is Jose Mourinho’s top target (Times)

Tottenham have 21-year-old Norwich midfielder James Madison in their sights, along with Liverpool and Manchester City (Evening Standard)

Chelsea are chasing the signature of Roma defender Emerson Palmieri (Mirror)


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Jose Mourinho is close to signing a new five-year contract with United. The new deal is two years longer than his initial agreement with United, which saw him signed up for three years in May 2016

Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has agreed personal terms with Arsenal chiefs – leaving it to their Bundesliga club counterparts to finalise a deal (Mirror)


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Theo Walcott will complete his ÂŁ20million move to Everton on Wednesday after spending Tuesday afternoon at the Toffees’ training ground Finch Farm for a medical and finalising terms (Liverpool Echo)

David Moyes may have publicly denied that he is aware of a Chelsea bid for Andy Carroll, however West Ham bosses are willing to listen to offers of ÂŁ20million

Swansea are favourites to sign AC Milan’s ÂŁ35million striker (WalesOnline)

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has ended takeover talks with prospective buyer Amanda Staveley (Press Association Sport)

Argentinian 31-year-old former Liverpool winger Sebastian Leto, currently playing in the UAE Arabian Gulf League with Emirates Club, could return to English football after opening talks with Fulham (Daily Mail)


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Chelsea – 17 Jan 08:06

Moyes unaware of Carroll interest amid Ł30m Chelsea links

West Ham manager David Moyes has spoken out amid claims that striker Andy Carroll is set for a move to Chelsea this month.

The club have reportedly fielded interest from their London rivals and are prepared to listen to offers for the striker before the end of the January transfer window.

Carroll was not included in the squad on Tuesday as West Ham edged into the FA Cup fourth round after a 1-0 replay win over League One side Shrewsbury.

Shrewsbury held their Premier League opponents to a goalless draw in the opening match last week and thwarted them for another 90 minutes at the London Stadium before Reece Burke struck in extra time.

Moyes said Carroll was absent with an ankle injury and insisted he was not aware of any offer from Chelsea.

“They’ve not made contact with me. If they’ve made contact with someone else I don’t know about it,” Moyes said.

“Andy Carroll is part of my squad. I want to add to my squad, not lose anybody. There’s been a lot of rumours regarding a loan but as far as I know it’s not officially come from Chelsea.”

Asked if he had any indication Carroll wanted to leave West Ham, Moyes added: “No. At the moment Andy has an ankle injury.

“He had an injection around 10 days ago and we hope that will settle and he will be available again as soon as possible.”

Fellow striker Javier Hernandez, also linked with a move away from West Ham, was also left out of the squad to face Shrewsbury but again Moyes pointed to problems with fitness.

“Chicharito had the flu,” Moyes said.

“I’m not keen to lose any players at all. I’m more keen to add players to the squad. We didn’t have players sitting in the stand tonight because we thought we could do without them.”

Burke was among a youthful West Ham line-up and an upset could have been on the cards had Shrewsbury striker Stefan Payne not missed a one-on-one with Joe Hart in the second half of normal time.

“Cup ties are difficult, the expectation is on us to make all the running,” Moyes said.

“The expectation was too high and I knew with our team it was going to be touch and go.”


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Chelsea – 16 Jan 20:20

Farke claims Norwich have something ?special? planned for Chelsea

Daniel Farke says Norwich will have something “special” planned for their FA Cup third-round replay at Chelsea.

The Canaries head to Stamford Bridge on the back holding the Premier League champions to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.

Farke’s men followed that up with a battling 1-0 win at Sky Bet Championship promotion hopefuls Bristol City, who earned great plaudits for their Carabao Cup efforts against Manchester City.

The German believes Norwich will have a free shot at pulling off a shock result in Wednesday’s trip to west London, which will be broadcast live and see the winners at home to Newcastle in round four.

“I’m hoping for another brilliant performance against one of the giants, and we’ll have a special plan for tomorrow,” Farke said at a press conference, as quoted on the club’s official website.

“Hopefully with a really good performance and, if Chelsea aren’t at their very best, then we’ll always have a chance.

“It will be important to keep as much possession as possible, as we don’t want to be running after the ball for 90 minutes – so we have to be brave in our possession and our pressing.”

Chelsea are without a win in the last four matches, which have all been draws and the last three goalless.

Farke, though, accepts Norwich cannot afford to underestimate the challenge ahead.

“They haven’t scored for three games so they will be wanting to show they can score, especially in a home match,” the Canaries boss added.

“They know they have to be focused to beat us after how well we played in the first game, so it’s going to be trickier to be successful – especially as it’s away.

“Chelsea will maybe be focusing on the FA Cup to win a trophy, but we can play without any pressure and enjoy this game. We’re looking forward to it.”

Whatever line-up Chelsea boss Antonio Conte chooses to send out, Farke knows his team must not expect an easy ride at Stamford Bridge,

“They can’t have a weak line-up,” the German added.

“Chelsea played with (Gary) Cahill, (Davide) Zappaccosta, (Antonio) Rudiger, (David) Luiz and Willian in the first game, who are all amazing players.

“I expect them to have a strong squad, and that’s what we’re preparing for.”

Norwich’s new signing Marcus Edwards is not eligible following his loan switch from Tottenham.

Striker Cameron Jerome will not travel as he ties up a move to Derby, while club captain Russell Martin is set for a loan move to Scottish side Rangers.


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ESPN FC - Chelsea News 16 Jan 19:55

Transfer Rater: Evans to City, Sanchez to Chelsea?

Shaka Hislop and Ross Dyer sift through the latest transfer rumours from around world football, including Man City's chances of landing West Brom's Jonny Evans.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC 26 Jun 21:32

Lyon sign Chelsea's Traore for Ł8.8m

Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore joins Lyon for a fee of ÂŁ8.8m on a five-year contract.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC 26 Jun 18:37

Hazard, Ba & Cabaye invest in NASL club

Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Crystal Palace's Yohan Cabaye are among the investors backing a new football club in the United States.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC 26 Jun 12:53

Chelsea close to deal for Bakayoko

Chelsea are close to signing midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from French champions Monaco and the deal could be completed this week.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC 23 Jun 19:18

Shield proceeds to be given to Grenfell

Proceeds from the 2017 FA Community Shield will be donated to support those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC 22 Jun 13:29

Juve get 'substantial offer' for Sandro

Juventus receive a "substantial offer" for Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro, who is reported to be a target for Chelsea.

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