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Chelsea – 19 Mar 15:24

Real Madrid and Isco in same thinking over Premier League transfer

Isco and Real Madrid are hot on the midfielder heading to Chelsea this summer, according to a report. 

Despite Zinedine Zidane’s insistence that Isco is central to his plans at Real, reports of his unhappiness remain.

Isco has not managed to win a regular place in Zidane’s side this season and he has made just 18 starts in La Liga and Don Balon claim he is destined to move at the end of the season to more game time.

The same source claim Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus are all  lining up offers for the Spain international and a move to the Premier League is understood to be his preference.

It is claimed that both Real Madrid and Isco are keen to push through a transfer to Chelsea. And Zidane is believed to be keen to offer the 25-year-old in a bid to lure Eden Hazard to the Bernabeu.

Isco, who  signed a new five-year contract at the club with a buyout clause of €700m in September last year, is reportedly keen on linking up with his old team-mate Alvaro Morata.

A report on Spanish TV programme El Chiringuito last month claimed Zidane had asked Real president Florentino Perez to find a buyer for Isco end of this campaign.

Zidane was quick to label the report “lies”.

“I have full faith in my team. I am one of those people who, when I start something, I go with it to the death. I believe in what I do, and I want Isco to stay here his whole life,” Zidane said at a press conference on Friday ahead of this weekend’s home clash with Real Sociedad in La Liga.

“Isco is a very good player. So El Chiringuito’s report is a lie, and I am answering in order to put an end to this. We have 25 players and everyone is important. Perhaps Isco won’t play every game but I am counting on him,” said Zidane.

Isco, who has five goals and five assists this season, has been at the Bernabeu since joining from Malaga for £23m in 2013.


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ESPN FC - Chelsea News 19 Mar 14:58

Is FA Cup success enough to keep Antonio Conte at Chelsea?

Antonio Conte shares his overall thoughts on Chelsea's response at Leicester, Alvaro Morata's long-awaited goal and what he expects from Southampton in the FA Cup semifinal. Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes assess the performances of Chelsea and Southampton, who'll square off in the FA Cup semifinals alongside Man United and Tottenham. A reporter gives Antonio Conte the option of finishing in the top four or winning the FA Cup, but the Chelsea boss insists the Blues must try to accomplish both. It wasn't easy, but Chelsea's progress to the FA Cup semifinals at the expense of a dogged Leicester City side has rekindled hope among Blues supporters that this season might end on a high after all. A favourable draw against Southampton in the next round brings with it the opportunity of facing either Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur in the final and a chance for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte to go one better than he did last year when the Blues lost to Arsenal in the Wembley showpiece. Such...

Chelsea FC News | Latest Chelsea Transfer News | Mail Online 19 Mar 14:28

BBC presenter apologises for live FA Cup draw gaffe

BBC presenter Lynsey Hipgrave has issued an apology for her on-screen gaffe during the live draw for the FA Cup semi-finals. Summarising the fixture, Hipgrave came out with something very different.

Chelsea – 19 Mar 14:22

Ref Review: VAR throws up brand new debate; Vardy antics missed

Another week and more VAR controversy as Son Heung-Min’s goal was disallowed in the FA Cup, while Jamie Vardy was a lucky boy, all in Ref Review.


Refereeing decisions are regularly the source of debate among fans, pundits, players and managers so this season a five-strong TEAMtalk panel will be passing judgement on every red card (or avoidance of one), every penalty and any other major incident every matchday.

We’ll also decide on a weekly basis which side can consider themselves lucky and which was the easiest decision for a match official to make.


Charlie Adam red card v Everton

Even allowing for the shocking weather conditions it’s difficult to make a case against the dismissal of Mr Adam on the half hour against Everton on Saturday. The Stoke man flew in on Wayne Rooney with his studs showing and even Boss Paul Lambert conceded afterwards: “If you go in with the studs in the modern-day game you put yourself in a position to be red carded.” Ref Martin Atkinson had a great view of it and didn’t hesitate in producing a red.

Verdict: Correct decision


Crystal Palace penalty v Huddersfield Town

An invaluable away win for Palace this and the points were all but sealed after Andros Townsend was taken out by Mathias Jorgensen after a great run. It was a stonewall penalty, duly converted by Luka Milivojevic to give the Eagles’ survival bid a massive shot in the arm.

Verdict: Correct decision


Tottenham disallowed goal v Swansea City

Another FA Cup tie, and yet another VAR controversy. Spurs’ South Korean star Son Heung-Min thought he had put Spurs firmly in the driving seat after firing home with a spectacular effort after a ball over the top by Christian Eriksen, only for the effort to be flagged for offside. It was a really marginal decision, and close enough for Kevin Friend to consult VAR. Again the replays were hardly conclusive, with opinion divided as to whether Son was offside or not despite numerous replays. It also threw up another question. What would have happened if the VAR had conclusively shown that Son was onside? The goal, surely, could not have stood, because Swans ‘keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt had stopped playing once the whistle had been blown? In this instance the officials erred on the side of caution and stuck with the original onfield call.

Verdict: Correct decision


Southampton penalty v Wigan Athletic

Wigan’s Dan Burn brought down Manolo Gabbiadini with the latter through on goal during Sunday’s FA Cup quart-final and while there was no debate about the award, some pundits felt the Wigan man might have also been sent off. What saved Burn however was the fact he made a legitimate, if clumsy, attempt for the ball. Great call by the referee.

Verdict: Correct decision


Jamie Vardy clash with Cesc Fabregas

VAR was again called into action during Sunday’s FA Cup clash between Leicester City and Chelsea when Cesc Fabregas complained to Craig Pawson that Vardy hit him in the face. In real time it was clear that Vardy aimed a swing in the direction of Fabregas and we feel it was an act that merited a booking at least. Amazingly the VAR didn’t see anything untoward despite the benefit of several slow mo replays.

Verdict: Incorrect decision


Team most likely to feel brassed off award


It may seem a bizarre choice given how comfortably Spurs won in the end but their players, and boss Mauricio Pochettinho, were clearly perplexed by having to wait for more than three minutes for a definitive decision on the Son offside. It’s clear that waiting more that a few seconds to find out whether a goal should stand risks killing the mood. But three minutes in the freezing cold? The Spurs boss didn’t hold back afterwards either as he said: “It’s a nightmare. I feel so sorry for the people trying to use that system. I think I prefer it when the ref and assistant make mistakes than to wait three or four minutes for things.”

Stonewall decision of the week

Southampton penalty

The spot-kick was eventually saved in spectacular fashion by Christian Walton – and you will not see a better save all season by the way – but the decision to award the penalty was one hundred per cent correct.


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Chelsea FC News | Latest Chelsea Transfer News | Mail Online 19 Mar 13:56

Mo Salah boasts best disciplinary record -10 THINGS WE LEARNED

10 THINGS WE LEARNED - RALPH ELLIS: There was plenty of action this weekend with the FA Cup and a handful of Premier League fixtures taking centre stage.  

Chelsea FC News | Latest Chelsea Transfer News | Mail Online 19 Mar 13:30

Leicester 1-2 Chelsea (AET): Pedro plays the FA Cup hero

MATT BARLOW AT KING POWER STADIUM: Antonio Conte spent all winter in pursuit of a big man with an aerial threat only to find his season saved by a header from a 5ft 6ins Spaniard.

Chelsea FC News | Latest Chelsea Transfer News | Mail Online 19 Mar 13:30

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte plotting FA Cup redemption

MATT BARLOW AT THE KING POWER STADIUM: Alvaro Morata and Pedro scored the goals as the Premier League champions won 2-1 after extra time at Leicester.

Chelsea FC News | Latest Chelsea Transfer News | Mail Online 19 Mar 13:29

FA Cup semi-final draw: Manchester United face Tottenham Hotspur

United face Spurs at Wembley in the semi-final as the two highest ranked sides left in the cup were drawn together. The games will take place on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of April.

Chelsea – 19 Mar 13:25

Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool chase Berlin wonderkid; Man Utd beat Barcelona to 70m Chelsea star

Manchester United are poised to launch a shock £70million raid on Chelsea this summer, while Arsenal have been handed a big lift in their pursuit of former Spurs star Luka Modric, according to Monday’s European papers.



Some of those Spanish newspapers love a good transfer story and Monday’s Don Balon is no different.

They claim Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has agreed a shock £70million deal with former club Chelsea to sign Spanish wing-back Marco Alonso this summer.

They claim the former Bolton and Sunderland man is being chased by Barcelona, but with finances tight at the Nou Camp, it is United who look set to win the race to sign Alonso.

According to the report, Alonso only earns £90k a week at Stamford Bridge, but has been promised a huge pay rise by joining United, with the club set to make him an ‘offer he can’t refuse’ to make the move north.

It’s claimed Mourinho has identified the Chelsea man as his No 1 target to replace the struggling Luke Shaw, and wants the Spaniard ahead of other targets Ryan Sessegnon, Danny Rose and Alex Sandro.

There’s no mention of the fact the Blues would be loathe to lose one of their most consistent stars to United for the second summer running, but it certainly makes interesting reading and one would assume any sale of Alonso would finally give Chelsea the green light to finalise their own long-standing interest in Juventus star Sandro.



Real Madrid will definitely sell Luka Modric for €60m (£53m) this summer – with Arsenal leading the chase – just as soon as they bring in his replacement (Marca)

Real Madrid star Isco wants to join Chelsea ahead of Manchester United this summer – as he believes Eden Hazard will join Los Blancos (Don Balon)

Jurgen Klopp has earmarked Paris Saint-Germain ace Julian Draxler as the perfect replacement for Philippe Coutinho (TransferMarketWeb)

Manchester United and Barcelona target Marco Verratti insists he has no wish to leave PSG this summer (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Roma chief executive Umberto Gandini has insisted the club have no desire to sell Liverpool and Real Madrid goalkeeper target Alisson this summer (Radio Rai)

Everton and Liverpool are battling it out for Hertha Berlin wonderkid Muhammed Kiprit (Bild)

Inter Milan will meet the asking price in Kevin Strootman’s contract by offering them €10m plus West Ham loanee Joao Mario (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Kevin Strootman: Wanted by Man United and Inter Milan

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has hinted he may retire from international football following on from this summer’s World Cup (La Cornisa)

Juventus have held a meeting with Anthony Martial’s agents to determine whether there’s a chance the France forward would be tempted into moving to Turin (Premium Sport)

Robert Lewandowski, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid to replace Karim Benzema, has now been lined up by Paris Saint-Germain to succeed Edinson Cavani (Le 10 Sport)

Lionel Messi has warned Neymar not to use Barcelona to earn him a mega-money move to Real Madrid (Don Balon)

Florentino Perez again met with Neymar’s father over the weekend to discuss a potential summer switch to Real Madrid for the Brazilian superstar (Marca)

Real Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal has become the latest Los Blancos player to admit he’d love to see Neymar join the club (AS)

Rumoured Everton and Tottenham target Mitchell Weiser could be heading to Bayer Leverkusen in the summer. The Hertha Berlin star has a €12m exit clause (Kicker)

Thiago Motta is reconsidering his future at PSG after intially indicating he could quit this summer. The 35-year-old may now seek to play on for another season (L’Equipe)

Michael Laudrup was a leading contender to replace Luis Enrique in the Barcelona dugout last summer, before the Catalan club opted for Ernesto Valverde (Marca)

Borussia Dortmund are looking to hijack Inter Milan’s move for Argentine hotshot Lautaro Martinez (AS)

Everton target Willian Jose has signalled his intention to stay put at Real Sociedad (Sport)

Arsenal have again sent scouts to watch Benfica winger Andrija Zivkovic, but Manchester United are also watching him (O Jogo)

Spanish prosecutors are calling for former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, who retired at the end of last season, to be jailed for eight and a half years for tax fraud (El Mundo)

Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer has hailed his side’s mentality as they stretched their lead at the top of La Liga to 11 points (Marca)

Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis looks set to miss the rest of the season but has targeted a return in time for the World Cup with Brazil this summer (AS)

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen have expressed their desire to see Andres Iniesta stay at the club (Sport)

Wolves are hoping to beat Arsenal in an ambitious £40million summer swoop for AC Milan star Andre Silva


Planet Sport interview: Federer conqueror Del Potro on how he nearly quit tennis in 2015 (Tennis365).


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Chelsea – 19 Mar 12:39

?Mercenary? Mourinho is ?setting himself up for the PSG job?

Manchester United readers believe Jose Mourinho is plotting his path to PSG, while Mo Salah v Kevin De Bruyne for Player of the Year is also debated in Your Says of the Day.

Got something to get off your chest? Join the debate here.



After yesterday’s post match comments it’s clear Jose isn’t interested in endearing himself to his squad. The constant undermining comments and criticism cannot be going down well with the players.

I’m with bingo in believing he is setting himself up to take over at PSG. It’s classic Jose. Next he’ll do a press conference where he’ll claim he’s not loved at OT. In the meantime he’s turning it into the Theatre of confusion.


Having listened to both interviews it was cringe worthy. Yes he made some valid points but always talked himself up. Some of the things showed the club in s very bad light also. He may have done more damage internally with club and players.


There is a very identifiable trend when it comes to the curious case of Jose Mourinho. Why is it that everywhere he goes he doesn’t stay for long? Pretty obvious answer, he always does the same thing; demand a new long term contract, start trouble by criticising almost everyone and then wait to get the sack so he can collect his millions.

Do you really think he cares about building a squad at Man U? Given how half the players he’s signed seem ill suited to his style of play you’ve got to wonder is he really that incompetent? Track record says he isn’t. He’s already started his usual nonsense, he’s just waiting for the payoff. Nothing but a mercenary.



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Anybody else think JM is making a huge boo boo agreeing to sell Martial if he wants to leave? Looking at older players, towards the end of their careers, seems futile but if he gets his £60m, who does he buy?


There are plenty of players as good as martial I don’t see anything to say wow this guy is future star. He disappears in games for long periods, unless he improves his workrate he isn’t talent will be wasted


Jose has not learned from De Bruyne, Salah, Lukaku etc. Martial is still only 21 years old. He has all the potential to go the distance. Selling a player like him could be a big mistake.

It’s time for both Woodward and Mourinhio to go. Woodward is the king of profligacy and hiring dull managers. United could have Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar and they’d still play this doom and gloom football.

Look what happened at Chelsea twice, and Real Madrid the players revolted and sent him packing. If anyone think this going to end any different hasn’t being paying attention.

Mourinhio, Sanchez, Fellaini, Darmain, Smalling, Jones, Young, Valencia, Blind, Mata, Shaw, Herrera, Carrick, Ibra, should all go before Martial.

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I think a few months ago most people would have said Kevin De Bruyne was a shoe in for player of the season. I think Mo Salah is going to run him very close. De Bruyne has been excellent but has world class players (and Raheem Stirling) all around him. But Salah, 28 goals in a debut season is top draw. He’d get my vote.

Devon Hammer

I reckon Salah will get it. Firstly you could easily argue he deserves it but also as the vote for City players might get divided up.

Either way if de Brune, Kane, Silva or Salah got it you’d have to applaud them, they’ve all been a class above.

Wonderfuel Gas

I think De Bruyne will get it due to City’s success. Liverpool won’t win anything so that may see Salah miss out. Couldn’t say De Bruyne wouldn’t deserve it. He’s been immense and City have at least two trophies to show for it.


Salah for me, has the carried the team at times. Another reason is because it’s his first season and he has performed against the top sides.



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I’ll swim against the tide and say that the contract on offer to Wilshere is fair. He’s put in some good performances recently but how many times have we seen that with players in the final year of their contract. He’s a very good player but not a great player.

He’s not a DM so if he’s an attacking midfielder then his goal and assists returns are poor. I’ll take Ramsey over Wilshere anytime.


I agree with OttawaGunner. If he stays fit, he’ll be earning in line with the rest of the squad so essentially, if he doesn’t accept the contract, he’s turning down it down because he’ll “only” be getting £90k pw while he’s injured.

It’d be one thing if he was signing for a new club and they were offering him this contract but he’s been a professional at Arsenal for a decade now and for well over half of that, has been paid very well for not playing.

A lot of clubs would have cut their losses by now and if Jack can’t appreciate that, he can **** off as far as I’m concerned.

Al The Gooner

Might prove an unpopular opinion with many but I’m with Ottawa and Al on the Wilshere situation. It’s a very fair offer. Yes he has shown more reliability in terms of fitness but I think people have been getting carried away by the level of his performances.

Flying into tackles is all well and good but he actually needs to start having more influence on the team and the results if he wants to command a better deal.

The lad has got bags of heart and we all know he loves the club but we can’t be held to ransom on that. The club stood by him when like Al says, many others would have shipped him off years ago.

I would like to see him stay but he has to accept the offer as it is and continue to prove himself both in terms of fitness and form.


Al and Andy: Remember a certain Dutchman called Van Turdy? I don’t think that Jack Wilshere will remember that he got paid handsomely for not contributing for years.

I am also with OttawaGunner on this one, I would rather we keep Ramsey because of his return in terms of goals. But then Ramsey is not quite 200K a week good and he is also very often injured.

If Ramsey does not want to sign we should cut our losses and sell him. There are players out there who can fill in for him. Those responsible for player contracts have been dreadfully bad.



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Planet Sport interview: Federer conqueror Del Potro on how he nearly quit tennis in 2015 (Tennis365).


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Chelsea – 19 Mar 11:45

11 things we loved this weekend: Keita, Nketiah, Batshuayi ? PF

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ESPN FC - Chelsea News 19 Mar 11:45

Petr Cech frustrated by Arsenal's cup goalkeeper policy

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ESPN FC - Chelsea News 18 Mar 20:47

Conte: Morata showed great commitment to end Chelsea drought

Antonio Conte shares his overall thoughts on Chelsea's response at Leicester, Alvaro Morata's long-awaited goal and what he expects from Southampton in the FA Cup semifinal.

ESPN FC - Chelsea News 18 Mar 20:32

FA Cup: United draw Tottenham, Chelsea meet Southampton in semis

Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes assess the performances of Chelsea and Southampton, who'll square off in the FA Cup semifinals alongside Man United and Tottenham.

ESPN FC - Chelsea News 18 Mar 20:17

Chelsea overcome tough-tackling Leicester to reach FA Cup semifinals

Alvaro Morata's first goal in 14 games and Pedro's header in extra time helped Chelsea overcome Leicester and book a spot in the FA Cup semifinals. Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes assess the performances of Chelsea and Southampton, who'll square off in the FA Cup semifinals alongside Man United and Tottenham. Antonio Conte shares his overall thoughts on Chelsea's response at Leicester, Alvaro Morata's long-awaited goal and what he expects from Southampton in the FA Cup semifinal. LEICESTER, England -- Three quick thoughts from Chelsea's 2-1 extra-time victory over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Sunday to move on to the FA Cup semifinals. 1. Chelsea overcome tough-tackling Leicester to reach semis Pedro kept Chelsea's season alive with an extra-time header as Antonio Conte's men overcame a tough-tackling Leicester City to reach the FA Cup semifinals. Pedro, who replaced Willian at the beginning of extra time, completed a 2-1 victory for Chelsea with his goal...

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