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UCL giants to announce transfer of Chelsea talent after agreeing three-year deal

Chelsea’s 19-year-old shot-stopper Marcin Bulka has reached a pre-contract three-year agreement with the Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain and his free transfer to Thomas Tuchel’s side will soon be announced.

Bulka’s transfer has been a long time coming after sources first indicated the star was keen to move to Le Parc des Princes two months ago as legendary Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon left Paris Saint-Germain in search of opportunities to play football somewhere else.

The talented Polish will come in to provide competition for the French star Alphonse Areola after Paris Saint-Germain won an intense competition for his services, promising the ace a chance to play at the highest level.

Chelsea were interested in renewing their deal for their academy shot-stopper of three years, but the landing of 24-year-old Kepa Arrizabalaga the previous summer left Marcin feeling unsure about breaking through at Chelsea.

Marcin featured heavily in the pre-season campaign last summer, playing three times and making an impression under former manager Maurizio Sarri, but his deal situation meant he did not make his competitive debut.

Chelsea purchased Bulka as a 16-year-old as he grew up in the La Liga giants Barcelona’s academy base in his homeland at FCB Escola Varsovia, before signing a three-year deal with the Blues.

Meanwhile, the west Londoners are preparing to complete negotiations to sign Derby County head coach and legendary ex-player Frank Lampard as the successor for the Italian tactician Maurizio Sarri, who has been named the new manager at the Serie A side Juventus.

Chelsea reportedly quote European giants £36m for all-around defender

Chelsea will reportedly demand around £36 million for defender Marcos Alonso amid rumoured interest from La Liga club Atletico Madrid.

Atletico manager Diego Simeone is on the summer hunt for a new left-back after Lucas Hernandez singed for Bayern Munich for £68m.

And fellow full-back Filipe Luis, who spent a year at the Blues earlier in his professional career, will also leave the club.

It has been reported that Marcos Alonso is top of Diego’s wishlist this summer, with an offer thought to be imminent.

The 28-year-old didn’t feature for Chelsea as much as he would have liked the previous season, with Maurizio Sarri often rotating the Spaniard with Emerson Palmieri.

Indeed, it was Emerson who was given the nod for the UEFA Europa League final against Unai Emery’s Arsenal.

Rumours since suggest that Marcos is open to returning to La Liga with the club his grandfather and father both represented.

But the Blues, currently under a two-window transfer ban, may not be open for summer business after Eden Hazard joined Real Madrid.

According to the latest reports from Spain though, the club have slapped a £36 million price-tag on the versatile defender’s head.

Alonso joined Chelsea in 2016 and he played an important role as a wing-back in their EPL title win during his first season.

But with Maurizio opting to play Emerson Palmieri more as last season played out, Marcos became disillusioned at Chelsea.

The club are yet to name Maurizio’s successor after the Italian tactician left for Juventus but Derby County manager Frank Lampard is the frontrunners to take over as manager.

It’s unclear whether the former England international would prefer Marcos at left-back or the former AS Roma defender.

Impressive Chelsea prospect set to sign for Bundesliga club this summer as free agent

Premier League giants Chelsea are reportedly about to lose one of the most prolific forwards in their academy has ever seen, the talented teenager is set to move to the German top-flight.

According to a report from Mirror Football, English ace Martell Taylor-Crossdale is set to join German side Hoffenheim once his existing contract at Chelsea expires.

The forward travelled to Germany on Monday to undergo a medical and complete his move. The 19-year-old talent has been capped by his country at Under-16s, 17s, 18s and 20s level.

It looks like that star feels that he is ready for some senior-team action and Martell will be hoping to break through into Die Kraichgauer’s first-team next campaign.

His most stunning achievement to date was finishing the 2016/17 U18 Premier League season as top scorer with 21 goals.

Martell is following in the footsteps of many other English youngsters who have moved to Germany in order to kickstart their senior careers.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have reportedly failed with bids of £35m for Chelsea winger Willian.

The two Spanish clubs finished first and second in La Liga this campaign, although each of Diego Simeone and Ernesto Valverde are allegedly looking to overhaul their roster during the summer market.

Willian is considered as an attractive option in the transfer window this summer due to having just 12 months remaining on his deal at Stamford Bridge.

However, according to Sky Sports News, Chelsea intend to keep hold of the player, regardless of whether he signs fresh terms in West London.

Newly-promoted Premier League club in talks with Chelsea regarding 18-year-old ace

Aston Villa have made contacts about bringing highly-rated Chelsea star Ethan Ampadu on loan ahead of next campaign, reports claim.

The 18-year-old talent played just five times last term and did not feature once in the EPL under Maurizio Sarri and Blues are keen for the all-around defender to get more experience.

Villa manager Dean Smith wants to land a defensive midfielder following the decision to release experienced duo Mile Jedinak and Glenn Whelan and the Welshman is more than capable of playing in that position.

The former Exeter City ace would be tempted by a transfer and will be helped in his decision with Blues legend John Terry, assistant manager at Aston Villa.

Smith is leading a big summer overhaul of his roster, with Kortney Hause, Anwar El Ghazi and Jota already signing on the dotted line this transfer window, while eight stars have been released following their return to the EPL.

Aston Villa are also interested in signing Stoke City and England goalkeeper Jack Butland in the summer, while Tyrone Mings, who made an impression during a loan stint in the second half of last campaign at Villa Park, is another player the newly-promoted club have their eye on – but a swoop for the 26-year-old isn’t expected to be imminent.

Meantime, Italian manager Maurizio Sarri is reportedly interested in raiding former club Chelsea for Italian duo Jorginho and Emerson Palmieri.

The 60-year-old tactician was confirmed as Massimiliano Allegri’s replacement at the Allianz Stadium on Sunday, ending his 11-month stint in charge of the Blues.

According to The Times, Maurizio wants to add Emerson and Jorginho to his roster as part of a rebuild.

Chelsea snub offers from La Liga duo for £120,000-a-week Brazilian star

Chelsea have rejected £35m offers from Atletico Madrid and Barcelona for Brazilian forward Willian, according to the latest reports.

Willian has made almost 300 matches for Chelsea since joining from Anzhi Makhachkala back in 2013.

While not always a regular in the Blues starting line up, the Brazilian has helped his side win two Premier League trophies, the Europa League, EFL Cup and FA Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge.

The South American’s current contract expires next season and Chelsea are interested in keeping hold of him this summer in spit eof the prospect of losing a player for free in one year’s time.

That is because the Blues have been hit by a two-window transfer ban and are already trying to cope with the absence of Belgium international Eden Hazard, who completed a transfer to Real Madrid earlier in the month.

Blaugrana attempted to sign Willian the previous summer and Sky Sports say the Spanish giants have now revived their long-standing interest and tabled an offer worth £35 million.

That bid was matched by another La Liga giants Atletico but it is stated Chelsea have rebuffed both proposals. Willian, for his part, is said to be keen to stay at Chelsea and pen a new two-year deal with Stamford Bridge outfit.

There remains much uncertainty at Chelsea, however, following the departure of manager Maurizio Sarri, who has joined Serie A side Juventus after just one season.

Sarri led Chelsea to UEFA Europa League glory and a third-place finish in the EPL but departs much to the relief of the majority of Chelsea fans.

Swansea reportedly eager to bring in sought-after Chelsea defender on loan

According to the Daily Mail, Championship outfit Swansea are interested in landing highly-rated Chelsea talent Reece James on loan. It is understood that there is a lot of competition for the loan signing of the defender, the report highlights that EPL and Bundesliga sides are keeping tabs on the ace.

It is no surprise to see Swansea City interested in the versatile player after their appointment of Steve Cooper as head coach, Cooper knows Reece well from his time as the manager of England’s U16 and U17 sides in recent years.

With Blues facing a two-window transfer embargo, there is an opportunity for him to break through into the Blues senior-team next season as the west London outfit will look to fill the gap left by players that will be leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Considering that James dominated in the EFL Championship, it would almost be a backward step by Blues to loan the star back to the English second division next season.

Reece is currently sidelined with an ankle injury, the ace suffered the injury while on international duty with England’s U20s in the Toulon tournament.

His hopes of breaking into the Chelsea main team could be boosted by the appointment of club legend Frank Lampard following Maurizio Sarri’s recent departure from Stamford Bridge as he has been appointed as Juventus’ boss.

Given Frank’s ties to the Blues and his success with a youthful Derby County side last campaign, the Blues legend could be prepared to blood the Club’s biggest youth talents into the senior team.

South American star to commit his future to Chelsea by penning contract extension

Chelsea forward Willian is reportedly on the brink of signing a new two-year contract with the club.

According to the latest report from The Sun, Blues are set to hand theSouth American a new two-year deal, extending his at the club till June of 2021.

Willian arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2013, joining from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala and has been an important part of the side ever since.

The 30-year-old star has made almost 300 matches for the West London giants, winning two Premier League trophies, a League Cup, an FA Cup and the UEFA Europa League title this past campaign.

Willian is contracted with the Club until the summer of 2020 and will be entering the final one year of his contract at the end of June.

His situation had led to some serious interest from La Liga giants Barcelona and now Sky Sports have reported that Chelsea have rejected £35 million offer from Blaugrana and Atletico Madrid.

Considering that Blues have already lost Eden Hazard to the Catalans’ rivals Real Madrid in the ongoing transfer market, they don’t want to let go Willian as well, more so considering that the Club have been hit with a two-window transfer embargo by FIFA that prohibits them from landing new players.

Their initial appeal to overturn the ban was snubbed by football’s governing body, following which Chelsea have approached the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) to get the embargo lifted. Should that also fail, the west Londoners will be unable to bolster their squad.

Championship club reportedly want to secure services of Chelsea right-back

Derby County are keen on signing Todd Kane, who is leaving Chelsea in the summer transfer window, according to The Times.

Todd is out of contract at Stamford Bridge this summer and is set to depart the Premier League giants, according to a report.

It has also been stated that Derby County – who reached the EFL Championship playoff final this past campaign – are keen on securing the services of the 25-year-old defender and have offered him a contract.

Frank Lampard’s side, though, aren’t the only club who are reported to be keen on the former England U19 international.

According to The Times, Derby County are just one of several EFL Championship sides who have made proposals to the defender.

Todd has failed to break into the Blues starting lineup and has been out on loan at multiple clubs over the years, but the full-back is very talented and has shown what he’s capable of at the EFL Championship level.

The 25-year-old right-back made 36 starts and three substitute matches in the English second tier for Hull City this past campaign, netting three goals and providing one assist in the process.

Meantime, Antonio Conte is eyeing up a shock reunion with departing Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, according to a report.

The experienced player will officially leave Chelsea following seven years of service when his deal expires at the end of June.

Italian outlet Sport Mediaset reports that Gary may continue playing at the highest level as Antonio, appointed Inter manager three weeks ago, wants the star to form part of his new-look side.

€25m-rated star could leave Chelsea for Premier League club permanently

Everton want to land Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on a permanent transfer following the previous season’s successful loan.

The centre-half excelled at Goodison Park and the two sides are in talks over a potential transfer, according to a British daily newspaper the Telegraph.

Marco Silva secured the signature of Andre Gomes from La Liga giants Barcelona for £22m after his loan stint and wants to repeat the trick with the former Saint-Etienne.

The 24-year-old star is due to return to the Blues, who have fewer options at the back than the previous campaign.

The English defender Gary Cahill left the club and Germany international Antonio Rudiger’s knee injury is expected to hamper his pre-campaign.

Considering the fact that Chelsea have a two-window transfer ban, the club board might opt to hold on to Kurt as another option in the defence.

David Luiz has penned a new deal and Andreas Christensen is said to push for more playing time with Fiyako Tomori and Ethan Ampadu also on the books.

Fiyako impressed for Derby County last season under the English manager Frank Lampard and could benefit if the one-time Blues midfielder takes the helm as anticipated, as the replacement to Maurizio Sarri.

Meantime, Former Chelsea and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has officially announced his retirement from football.

The 35-year-old star, who has been playing in Asia, Japan for Sagan Tosu since departing Atletico Madrid last year, netted 81 goals across four campaigns with Liverpool and won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and FA Cup with Chelsea.