Chelsea news: Trio could be axed for Champions League tie, and banter banned from training ground

Here is Tuesday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: Branislav Ivanovic, Cesc Fabregas, and Diego Costa are all set to be axed for the Blues’ Champions League group stage opener with Maccabi Tel Aviv, according to the Daily Express. The trio are set to be punished for the side’s poor start to the campaign, with Baba Rahman, and one of either Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy being possible replacements. Jose Mourinho has taken the bizarre step to ban players from joking around on the training ground as the club try to…

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Chelsea gossip: Blues target gets confirmed exit and Mourinho vows to stay at Stamford Bridge

Saturday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer rumour roundup. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says it was not his decision to sign defender Papy Djilobodji, 26, from Nantes on transfer deadline day, The Independent reports. The 26-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge in a £4m deal in an effort to bolster the Blues’ defensive options after they failed to sign Everton centre back John Stones, despite tabling several bids for the Englishman. Tottenham Hotspur are open to entering a Wembley ground share agreement with Chelsea to avoid the London clubs trying to outbid…

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Jose Mourinho admits bringing Papy Djilobodji to Chelsea wasn’t his choice

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that the final say over whether to bring defender Papy Djilobodji was not his, according to the Metro. The Senegalese international signed for The Blues on transfer deadline day in a £2.7m deal from Ligue 1 side Nantes (via Metro). However, Mourinho has claimed that the defender was snapped up on the insistence of somebody he trusted as he didn’t personally have the time to scope the player out himself. “It was not my choice. It was the choice of somebody I trust completely,”…

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Chelsea gossip: Courtois out for “a long time” but Brazilian defender back on Blues’ radar

Friday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer gossip. Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 23, is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after injuring a knee in training, the London Evening Standard reports. That means deputy Asmir Begovic will now get the opportunity to shine in his absence. Courtois also requires knee surgery and will be out for “quite a long time”, manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed, the BBC reports. The 23-year-old Belgium international damaged his medial ligaments during training on Wednesday. Chelsea transfer target Marquinhos is growing increasingly unsettled at…

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Chelsea gossip: Pogba turned down Stamford Bridge switch, while Begovic backs Blues for the title

Here is Saturday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: Juventus star Paul Pogba reportedly turned down the chance to move to Stamford Bridge this summer, according to the Independent. The Old Lady appear to have accepted the Blues’ bid which involved the Serie A side earning £62m and getting Oscar in exchange. Asmir Begovic has backed Chelsea to recover from their shaky start in the Premier League, and catch Manchester City who are eight points ahead of them in the table, the Daily Express report. “We need to improve, we know…

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Chelsea gossip: Pogba, Stones and Marquinhos deals fail to materialise, but £8m pair arrive

Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: Chelsea failed in their attempts to land Juventus star Paul Pogba, Everton centre-back John Stones, and Paris Saint-Germain youngster Marquinhos, according to the Daily Mail. The inability to bring the trio in to Stamford Bridge meant that it was a surprisingly low-key deadline day for the Premier League champions. Two players that did arrive on the final day of the window however, are defenders Papy Djilobodji and Michael Hector, BBC Sport report. The pair both joined for £4m, and while the former Nantes…

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Chelsea fail in £134m deadline day double swoop and forced to go ‘on the cheap’

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was forced to settle on spending just £6.75m on new talent on transfer deadline day because he spent the last two weeks of the window chasing two players worth £134m, the Daily Express reports. During the final hours of a busy summer spending period, The Blues brought in Nantes’ Senegal international defender Papy Djilobodji for £2.75m before completing the surprising £4.5m signing of Reading’s Jamaican international centre-back Michael Hector. But having already brought in the likes of Radamel Falcao, Asmir Begovic, Kenedy, Nathan, Danilo Pantic, Baba…

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Chelsea spend £6.7m on moves for defensive duo Papy Djilobodji and Michael Hector

Chelsea have reportedly completed the signing of two defenders on transfer deadline day, with Nantes’ Papy Djilobodji and Reading’s Michael Hector both moving to Stamford Bridge, according to the Metro. The Blues spent £2.7m on the Senegalese centre-back (via Metro), after he signed a four-year contract with the Premier League champions, BBC Sport report. While the 27-year-old’s move has surprised many given the marquee names that have been linked with a move to Jose Mourinho’s side, it is surely the deal for Hector that will stun most football fans. The…

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Chelsea on verge of completing cut-price £2.7m deal for John Stones alternative

Chelsea are on the verge of completing a £2.7m move for Nantes defender Papy Djilobodji, according to the Guardian. The Blues have been desperate to add more defensive depth this summer, and have been linked with John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, and Ezequiel Garay, the Guardian report. However, having had four bids rejected for Stones, and finding, following enquiries, that the latter pair would be too expensive also (via Guardian), Jose Mourinho has switched his attention to the Senegal international, who is set to sign a four-year deal at Stamford Bridge. And…

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Chelsea gossip: Blues told to pay £109m for Pogba, and defender undergoes medical ahead of Stamford Bridge arrival

Here is Monday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: The Blues have been told that they will need to pay £109m if they want to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, according to the Daily Express. The Premier League champions had been preparing a £72m bid for the former Manchester United man, but will need to drastically improve that offer if they want the Frenchman’s signature. Nantes defender Papy Djilobodji is having a medical ahead of a move to Stamford Bridge, according to the Metro. The 27-year-old had previously been linked with…

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Arsenal news: Marco Verratti interested in Premier League switch, and teammate offered to Gunners

Here is Monday’s news and rumours concerning Arsenal: Paris Saint-Germain’s deep-lying playmaker Marco Verratti has put Arsenal on alert after suggesting that he would be interested in making a move to the Premier League in the future, the Daily Express report. The 22-year-old did concede however, that he was happy with the French side at the moment. “I’ll begin to consider leaving on the day that I no longer feel good at PSG or when the club decides to sell me,” he said. “England, Spain, and a return to Italy…

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