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The international break is back as we wait another two weeks for the next set of club fixtures that will keep everyone entertained. Chelsea head into that time off with plenty of confidence as Mauricio Pochettino managed to string together back-to-back victories in the Premier League.
The latest was a 4-1 win over Burnley as Cole Palmer, Nicolas Jackson and Raheem Sterling all found the scoresheet to complete a fantastic turnaround at Turf Moor. With plenty of stars jetting off around the world to take part in international games for their nations, the Blues will be hopeful none will be back on the injury list.
When they return, the west London club will be hosting their rivals from the capital as they prepare to face off against Arsenal. With that said, make sure you keep the blog on lock throughout the day as we bring you all the latest Chelsea news as it breaks.
Disasi replaces Kounde in France national team
Chelsea defender Axel Disasi looks set to head away with the French national team, despite not initially receiving a call-up.
That is because Barcelona star Jules Kounde picked up an injury over the weekend and according to RMC journalist Fabrice Hawkins, Disasi will be his replacement.
Cole Palmer can be Chelsea’s own Foden
Chelsea spent a large portion of the summer transfer window in search of a right-sided attacker who could drift centrally with a plethora of names linked to the Blues. The long list of options was headed up by Michael Olise, Mohammed Kudus, Rayan Cherki and Bradley Barcola, and despite two of those players moving in the summer, neither joined Chelsea.
Arsenal and Brighton wanted Kudus but he chose to join West Ham, while Barcola moved from Lyon to Paris Saint-Germain. Olise signing a new contract at Crystal Palace and Lyon not wanting to lose another attacker in Cherki made moves for the other two main names seem quite the challenge and with just over a week of the window left, Chelsea were running out of time.
However, in the space of just a few days, Chelsea had wrapped up the signing of a player they had tracked for months in Cole Palmer from Manchester City. Prior to the weekend victory against Burnley, Palmer had not scored a Premier League goal, with Pep Guardiola giving him limited minutes in the senior team at Man City.
That made the £42.5million fee paid seem extortionate, given that is what Tottenham paid to sign James Maddison from Leicester. But in hindsight, at 21, Palmer looks to be a highly astute signing with his main qualities epitomised in the Turf Moor thrashing. It could certainly be argued he is very similar to his former Man City team-mate Phil Foden.
Chelsea star given Ashley Cole comparison
Chelsea have been told the next Ashley Cole could already be at the club. Or at least a part of the club’s setup.
Cole was widely regarded was one of the best left-backs in world football during his time with Arsenal and Chelsea. An England regular, he had the perfect mix of defensive nous and attacking intent. While the Blues have the likes of Ben Chilwell and Ian Maatsen on the books, the comparison has been handed to a different player and it also isn’t Levi Colwill.
Gary Neville makes Chelsea top four prediction
Gary Neville has backed Chelsea to go on a winning run in the Premier League that could see them finish in the top four. Mauricio Pochettino’s side had made a slow start to the 2023/24 season but back-to-back victories heading into the October international break has seen them shoot up the table with confidence at a high.
Cole Palmer and Raheem Sterling starred in the Blues’ most recent victory against Burnley at Turf Moor. Both former Manchester City stars were on the score sheet with at least one assist also picked up in the 4-1 thrashing.
The early weeks of the season likely had many Chelsea fans concerned that another season of disappointment was on the cards but two positive results in the space of week has appeared to change that perception. Given the mass squad overhaul completed in the summer, the internal goal for the season will likely be to get back in the Champions League and that is something Neville believes Chelsea could do.
Eden Hazard return message
Eden Hazard’s brother, Kylian, has encouraged the former Chelsea and Real Madrid star to hang up his boots. The 32-year-old winger has been left without a club this season after his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu was terminated despite still having a year left.
Transfer News: Chelsea refused to sanction £20m move for Bellingham; Man Utd eye move for Fofana.
Frank Lampard has claimed that Chelsea refused to sanction a £20m transfer swoop for Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham when he was at the helm, according to GOAL. “When I was managing at Chelsea (first time) I was desperate to bring Jude Bellingham in,” Lampard revealed during a chat in the Obi One Podcast. “But I couldn’t get it through upstairs – the idea of paying £20m for someone his age (at the time).”
Manchester United eye move for Youssef Fofana
Manchester United are interested in AS Monaco first team pair Vanderson and Youssouf Fofana, according to 90min . The Red Devils are currently in the process of a takeover of their sporting operations by Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS, with the deal expected to be finalized in the coming weeks. The aim is to lay the groundwork for a new footballing structure that can help improve the club’s on-pitch performance in the long run. Former Monaco sporting director Paul Mitchell is anticipated to take on a similar role at Old Trafford under Ratcliffe’s leadership.
Transfer News: Chelsea has to pay €25m for Rayan Cherki, Thiago Silva in talks to join Fluminense
Lyon are ready to accept a modest €25 million bid from suitors for unwanted playmaker Rayan Cherki, with Chelsea and Newcastle United keen. According to Fichajes , Lyon are ready to sell Rayan Cherki to any suitor, offering €25 million in the next window. The French playmaker had a recent falling out, and there are rumours that his club would like to cash in, with Chelsea and Newcastle United among those keen on signing him.
Thiago Silva in talks to join Fluminense
Thiago Silva has been linked with a move away from Chelsea in recent months, he could be closing in on her return to former club Fluminense. A report from Jorge Nicola has claimed that Thiago Silva is currently in talks with Fluminense regarding a return next year. The veteran Brazilian defender has been linked with Saudi Arabian clubs as well . He has been a useful servant for Chelsea since joining the club. But the veteran defender is in his twilight years and he will have to be replaced soon.
Man Utd planning to bolster two key positions in January
Manchester United are reportedly planning to strengthen two key positions in the upcoming transfer window, as per the Daily Mail. According to the report by the Daily Mail , United have identified defence and attack are the two areas that need bolstering so they have started exploring the market to reinforce those two positions.
Bayern rival Arsenal in race to sign Zubimendi
Bayern Munich to battle it out with Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester United for the services of Real Sociedad star Martin Zubimendi. According to a report by Football Transfers , Bayern Munich are keen on having Martin Zubimendi in their ranks. The German giants are keen on having a new defensive midfielder in their team and they have identified the 24- year-old Real Sociedad star as a key target. Bayern are the not only ones interested, they will have to battle it out with Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester United.
Transfer News: Chelsea has to pay over £75m for Watkins; Madrid ready to pay €40m for Le Normand
Chelsea has to pay over £75m for Ollie Watkins
Ollie Watkins could cost over £75 million if Arsenal and Chelsea attempt to sign the England international during the January window. Neil Moxley via Give Me Sport has claimed that Ollie Watkins would cost well over £75 million in the January transfer window. Arsenal and Chelsea have been keeping tabs on the Aston Villa star ahead of the winter market. But the Midlands side are not concerned about a mid-season departure.
Real Madrid ready to pay €40m for Robin Le Normand
Real Madrid will happily pay €40 million to sign Spanish international defender Robin Le Normand from Real Sociedad. According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes , Robin Le Normand is the subject of interest from Real Madrid. The Merengues are scouring the market for a centre-back ahead of the 2024 summer transfer window. And they are willing to shell out €40 million to sign the Spanish international defender from Real Sociedad.
Aston Villa formulating bid to sign Marcos Acuna
Aston Villa are looking to put forward an offer worth €15 million to acquire the services of 31-year-old Sevilla full-back Marcos Acuna. According to a report by Fichajes , Aston Villa are keen on having Marcos Acuna in their ranks. The English club are desperately looking for a new left-back. Their manager Unai Emery is a big fan of the 31-year-old and wants him at his disposal in the upcoming winter transfer window. The Villans are ready to offer €15 million to land the World Cup- winning defender.
Newcastle looking at loan options to replace Tonali
Newcastle United is considering options in the loan market to find a replacement for Sandro Tonali, mainly due to Financial Fair Play (FFP) constraints, according to 90min. One potential candidate is Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips, who aligns well with their requirements, and a loan deal is being explored. Additionally, the club is exploring the possibility of a loan arrangement with one of the Public Investment Fund’s (PIF) Saudi Arabia-owned clubs. There’s also a focus on players who were previously on Newcastle’s radar and are currently performing well in the Pro League, with examples including Ruben Neves and Gabri Veiga.
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