The upcoming Premier League season is just around the corner for Chelsea. Under a new regime led by Italian schemer Maurizio Sarri, the Blues’ preparations are well underway. The club hierarchy is keen to support the new manager with a fresh batch of recruits, yet the arrivals have been relatively slow, with Chelsea missing out on a couple of transfer targets, especially ones viewed to provide competition in the striker role for Alvaro Morata and co.
With just over a week left of the transfer window, it is becoming a concern that Chelsea have only made one first-team signing. However, amongst the endless transfer rumours coming out of West London, one that is continuing to gather pace is the one linking them to a move for Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.
Chelsea have opened negotiations with Italian giants Juventus regarding the possibility of signing Gonzalo Higuain with Alvaro Morata going the other way, according to reports.
Maurizio Sarri was finally unveiled as the new Chelsea boss on Friday after the club has confirmed the sacking of fellow Italian Antonio Conte. Sarri, who signed a three-year contract, is set to be joined by Blues legend Gianfranco Zola as his number two, and the Chelsea hierarchy have worked quickly to support the new manager’s squad overhaul, with Higuain emerging as one of the top targets for the former Napoli boss. Sarri had previously worked with Higuain in Naples for a year before the forward joined Juventus and the former Partenopei boss is now keen on a reunion with the Argentine forward at West London.
According to the Daily Mail, the Blues are plotting a deal that involves Morata moving the other way in a cash-plus-player offer for Higuain. The forward underwhelmed in his first season at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea are willing to let the 25-year-old Spaniard rejoin the Turin outfit. However, the Old Lady would favour just the cash in order to recoup some of the money they paid for Cristiano Ronaldo’s £100m signing from Real Madrid, according to the Daily Mail. It also remains to be seen whether Higuain, who earns a reported £240,000 a week in Juve, would prefer to make the move to England.
On the other hand, Morata arrived at Chelsea over a year ago as the club’s record signing but performed inconsistently, with fitness problems hounding 25-year-old. Conte did not see the striker as a good fit for his preferred system as well, prompting the Blues to secure the services of Olivier Giroud at the turn of the year. Morata scored 15 goals in all competitions for the Blues but ultimately was not selected for the Spain World Cup squad.
Celta Vigo and former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas has said that he spoke to Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata after his compatriot was omitted from Spain’s 23-man World Cup squad.
Spanish national team coach Julen Loptegui has admitted that Alvaro Morata “deserved” to be included in the 23-man squad that will travel to Russia this summer and was unlucky to be left out.
Former Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo has backed Alvaro Morata in spite of the Spaniard’s struggles to find the back of the net during recent months.
Chelsea managed to keep up the pressure on Liverpool and Tottenham in their unlikely race for a top-four finish with a win over Swansea on Saturday afternoon. However, it was an extremely narrow victory as Cesc Fabregas’ sweet strike in the third minute separated the sides.
Italian giants Juventus are setting their sights on a reunion with Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, according to reports.
One of the biggest ongoing stories at Chelsea involves the loan move of Michy Batshuayi to Borussia Dortmund and how successful it has been so far. The Blues themselves haven’t had the best of luck in front of goal since his temporary departure which begs the question: why did Antonio Conte let him leave?
Antonio Conte has stated that Alvaro Morata is ‘100 percent’ fit and ready to work hard for the remainder of the campaign, ahead of the Blues’ crucial Premier League showdown with Tottenham.
Alvaro Morata isn’t having the best season by anyone’s standards and his on-field struggles are being matched off the pitch as his teammates have said that he whinges far too much.
Ahead of Chelsea’s huge UEFA Champions League first-leg clash with Barcelona in a week’s time, Alvaro Morata has had his say on their Spanish opponents.
Chelsea’s last attempted title defence in the 2015/16 season was nothing short of abysmal, one of the worst in Premier League history in fact. And, after their domination of the top flight last term, they are facing another lacklustre campaign.
Chelsea’s 2018 has gone from bad to worse today, after manager Antonio Conte admitted he doesn’t know how long star striker Alvaro Morata will be out of action.
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has urged Chelsea to look inwardly in their search to find a striker to provide competition and support to first-choice forward Alvaro Morata.
Alvaro Morata has come under fire over the past 24 hours following his failure to score in his side’s thrilling London derby with Arsenal last night.
On the back of a comfortable 2-0 win over Brighton, Chelsea flexed their muscles again at Stamford Bridge with a 5-0 demolition of Stoke City, who are reportedly considering the position of their manager, Mark Hughes.
Chelsea secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over Southampton on Saturday as they kept pace in the race for Champions League football next season. Manchester City kept their incredible run going with a 4-1 thumping of Tottenham, which strengthened the Blues’ grip on third place – but Antonio Conte’s men remain 14 points behind the high-flying Citizens.
Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from defeat to rivals West Ham as they welcome an inconsistent Southampton side to Stamford Bridge. The Blues are 14 points behind Manchester City at the top of the league in what looks to be a mountain to climb to retain their Premier League title but their midweek win over Huddersfield will give Antonio Conte cause for optimism.
Chelsea travel to Huddersfield for the inaugural Premier League meeting between the sides in what promises to be a stern test for Antonio Conte’s men. The Italian has bemoaned his team’s hectic schedule in recent weeks but with European progress now assured and the small matter of two matches against Barcelona to look forward to in the New Year, Chelsea need to focus on their domestic form if they are to maintain any sort of late charge towards regaining their Premier League title.
Chelsea missed their chance to put pressure on the Manchester clubs above them in the Premier League as they succumbed to their fourth defeat of the season at a resurgent West Ham.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals draw was made last week at the Kremlin in Moscow, the main host city for the tournament next summer. The event saw all 32 teams placed into eight different groups. As one of Europe’s biggest sides, Chelsea will have a strong contingent of players on show in Russia. Blues players could feature in up to nine of the nations that will be competing next year and today, we take a look at them.
Chelsea travel across London to the Olympic Stadium to face bitter rivals West Ham in what promises to be a mouth-watering London derby. The Blues will be looking to continue their excellent form of late – 19 points picked up from a possible 21 in the Premier League – and Antonio Conte’s men will be hoping to cash in on any slip-ups from the Manchester sides above them, who meet on Sunday.
Chelsea missed their chance to clinch top spot in Champions League group C as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge. Roma’s 1-0 win over FK Qarabag was enough for them to clinch first place in the group, meaning the Blues will potentially face a tricky last-16 tie in the New Year.
Chelsea welcome Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening as they look to secure top spot in Champions’ League Group C. A win for the Blues would guarantee top spot in the group, whilst a draw would encourage Roma in second place to go for it against FK Qarabag. A defeat for Chelsea would then bring Atletico into contention, especially if Roma slip up against the plucky Azerbaijanis.