Chelsea eye defensive duo to replace Zouma and striker set to depart

Chelsea have identified Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci and Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk as possible defensive recruitments, according to the latest report from London Evening Standard. The report claims that any defensive arrival will possibly lead to the departure of centre-back Kurt Zouma on a loan deal. The French centre-back missed most of the last season with a cruciate injury and now manager Antonio Conte wants him to gain first-team experience elsewhere. French sides Lyon and Nice have already expressed interest in the 22-year-old, but Conte is not likely to let…

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Chelsea have received a massive injury boost

Chelsea have received a massive injury boost in the form centre-back Kur Zouma’s return to fitness. The French international has been a huge miss for the Blues since he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the league game against Manchester United in February. The 21-year-old today made a huge step in his recovery as he was handed a start in the Chelsea U23’s game against Derby County. Kurt Zouma starts for #CFCDev v Derby as he continues his comeback from injury, live on Chelsea TV. Tonight's…

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Premier League could be set for record amount of ACL injuries

Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma is out for six months after damaging his knee during the Blues’ encounter with Manchester United, making the defender the ninth Premier League player with an ACL injury this season. According to The Daily Mail, ACL injuries are on the rise, which is one of the most devastating (knee) injuries in the world of football, even in the world of sports. Zouma joined Bournemouth’s trio of Callum Wilson, Tyrone Mings, and Max Gradel, Liverpool’s duo of Joe Gomez and Danny Ings, Newcastle’s Tim Krul, West Ham’s Carl Jenkinson,…

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Chelsea gossip: Pogba bid planned for January, and Mourinho tips side to bounce back from poor start

Here is Monday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: The Blues are planning to make a January bid to sign Juventus star and long-time target Paul Pogba, according to the Metro. The Serie A champions value the 22-year-old at a staggering £73m. Jose Mourinho has tipped the Premier League champions to bounce back from their shaky start to the new campaign, the Daily Express report. Chelsea sit eight points behind Manchester City after just one win from their first four games, but the Special One is backing his side to recover.…

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The 20 most valuable youngster in world football: Man United new boy doesn’t even come close

Manchester United may have made Monaco’s Anthony Martial the world’s most expensive teenager this week, but according to a report on Soccerex, he doesn’t even come close to being valued as picked up a low ranking in football’s top 20 U21s, as of January 1 2015, using a complex algorithm taking into account a whole host of factors. This algorithm takes into account everything from average player sale value of their current club, or their club of origin if they have moved in this window, as well as comparable sale…

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Chelsea to drop Branislav Ivanovic in favour of Baba Rahman for West Brom meeting

Branislav Ivanovic is set to be punished for his poor start to the season by being dropped for Chelsea’s upcoming clash against West Bromwich Albion, according to the Daily Mirror. The 31-year-old was an ever-present during the last campaign, and was invaluable as the Blues clinched their fourth Premier League title. However, his struggles against Jefferson Montero of Swansea and Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling has seen Jose Mourinho ring the changes. The Mirror report that new signing Baba Rahman will come straight into the side at left-back to make his…

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Chelsea gossip: Blues interested in Gonzalo Higuain, but PSG line up Mourinho swoop

Here is Sunday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: The Premier League champions are desperate to land Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain, according to the Metro. The Blues will have to trigger his release clause however, which means that the Serie A side would pocket £63.9m. Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly monitoring Jose Mourinho in an attempt to possibly lure the Special One to Parc des Princes, according to the Daily Express. The report claims that the Portuguese’s relationship with the Chelsea hierarchy is strained once again following a series of incidents. The…

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Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma tells Jose Mourinho to play him at left-back

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has apparently told Jose Mourinho that he is more than happy to fill in at left-back until the club manage to bring one in during the transfer window, the Daily Express reports. The 20-year-old is set to feature in the position against title rivals Manchester City this weekend having sold Felipe Luis back to Atletico Madrid last month and failing to replace him in the meantime. But Zouma has insisted that he is happy to fill in and doesn’t mind where Mourinho plays him as they…

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Which of the Premier League heavyweights boasts the strongest second XI? Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea analysed

With the new Premier League season in its infancy, fans of each club will get to see their side’s strongest XI, and start dreaming of where that talented crop can take them. However, it is when the campaign is truly in full swing, and injuries begin to become a factor that the title favourites will become more obvious. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the top flight’s heavyweights’ second XI: Chelsea While most sides would kill for a front two like Chelsea’s, there are serious concerns…

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