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Sinclair – Players can make mental health breakthroughs with Heads Up

Date published: Friday 31st July 2020 11:27 Former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair has given his approval to Heads Up’s ‘Sound of Support’ mental health campaign being fronted by Premier League footballers. The campaign centre’s around a six-part video series which seeks to encourage football fans, and men, in particular, to feel more comfortable reaching out for support.The videos feature among others Andy Robertson of Liverpool, Jesse Lingard of Manchester United and Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden of Manchester City. Sinclair feels that these moving videos of footballers opening up to each other and the broader public provides an excellent example for many people around the country. The former Blues man said that it could ...
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Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd to splash out €65m for perfect Maguire partner

Date published: Thursday 30th July 2020 12:28 Ed Woodward is ready to splash out €65m to land Man Utd’s perfect Harry Maguire partner, while Luis Suarez has made a vow to Barcelona amid MLS links, according to Thursday’s Euro Paper Talk.   MAN UTD STEP UP BID FOR PAU TORRES Manchester United chief Ed Woodward is reportedly ready to sign Villarreal’s Pau Torres to partner Harry Maguire at Old Trafford. The Red Devils are expected to be major player’s in this summer’s window, with a deal for Jadon Sancho still on the cards.However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told the club he needs a new centre-back – and it looks like Woodward is about to come up trumps. According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, as cited by the Daily Expr...
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One issue remains as Chelsea make major headway in Havertz chase

Date published: Thursday 30th July 2020 9:22 Chelsea are edging ever closer to securing a deal to sign Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz after making a major breakthrough over the deal. The Germany international has already told his club that he wishes to leave after they failed to qualify for the Champions League. The versatile attacking midfielder has also agreed personal terms. Those terms include a five-year deal for the 21-year-old.Chelsea have also to come to an agreement with Leverkusen over the fee. As they are not willing to pay more than £70million. That figure is £20m less than Leverkusen’s proposed asking price for one of Germany’s top young talents. Blues director Marina Granovskaia has been working hard to mak...
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Chelsea identify Bundesliga star as man to take defence to next level

Date published: Wednesday 29th July 2020 1:59 Chelsea have identified Matthias Ginter as the man to solve their defensive dilemma, according to reports. The Blues have already spent big on attacking reinforcements this summer. Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have arrived to transform the Chelsea frontline. However, if they are to convert the current sense of anticipation into a genuine title challenge, they may need to invest in their defence as well. And according to Kicker, they have cast their gaze towards a Bundesliga centre-back. The player in question is Matthias Ginter, who has been one of the Bundesliga’s best defenders in 2019-20. But with his contract expiring next summer, Borussia Monchengladbach face a tough decision...
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Werner in confident mood, says Lampard was key to him signing

Date published: Wednesday 29th July 2020 10:19 Timo Werner says he is a “perfect” fit for the Premier League and revealed Frank Lampard was the “main point” after joining Chelsea from RB Leipzig. Werner flew into the capital at the weekend after completing a £54m move recently. The striker watched from the stands as Chelsea defeated Wolves on Sunday and he started training with the Blues this week. The 24-year-old, who looks set to get the No.11 shirt at Stamford Bridge, has been speaking about his big-money transfer and has revealed Lampard had a big role to play in the move. “He (Lampard) was the main point; we talked a lot about things like system, like how he wants to play and sees me playing, and how the system fits to m...
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Paper Talk: Mourinho locks on to long-term target, swap deal on cards

Tottenham are watching Ivan Perisic’s situation closely and there may well be a swap deal on the cards, while Ben Chilwell will tell Leicester he wants to quit for Chelsea, all in the papers.   MOURINHO TARGETS PERISIC  Jose Mourinho could rekindle his interest in Ivan Perisic, according to Calciomercato. Mourinho tried hard to land the Croatian winger while he was at Manchester United and now Spurs could make a move for the 31-year-old. Perisic has spent the season on loan at Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, but the Bavarians look increasingly unlikely to trigger the €20m option to buy the player permanently. Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte does not want Perisic either and the experienced attacker is looking for a way out. Apparently Mourinho is keeping an eye on the si...
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Paper Talk: Man Utd battling Barcelona for £45m centre-back

Manchester United are ready to do battle with Barcelona for a £45m centre-back, while Atletico Madrid are refusing to do business with Arsenal over Thomas Partey, according to Tuesday’s transfer gossip.   MAN UTD MOVE FOR VILLARREAL STOPPER Manchester United are looking at Villarreal defender Pau Torres to strengthen their back-line, but face major competition from Barcelona. Despite finishing with the third best defensive record in the league, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stills wants to strengthen and find a new partner for Harry Maguire.Question marks remain over Victor Lindelof, while there has also been talk of Eric Bailly being loaned out next season. According to The Times, United have drawn up a four-man shortlist of potential centre-back signings, with Villarreal star T...
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Lampard says key Mount attribute makes him a special talent

Date published: Monday 27th July 2020 1:23 Frank Lampard believes Mason Mount’s free-kick technique marks out the England midfielder’s true class. Chelsea boss Lampard hailed Mount for a breakthrough campaign where he has set new records at Stamford Bridge and also stepped up to international football. The 21-year-old has become Chelsea’s first academy graduate to make more than 50 appearances in his debut senior season, and toasted a fine campaign with a stunning set-piece goal against Wolves on Sunday. Mount slotted an inch-perfect free-kick and teed up Olivier Giroud at Stamford Bridge as the Blues saw off Wolves 2-0 to book their place in next term’s Champions League. The Portsmouth-born midfielder is already one of Lampa...
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Woodward blocked Man Utd deal for £80m man in January | teamtalk.com

Date published: Monday 27th July 2020 10:09 Manchester United were interested in Kai Havertz in January, but the move was blocked by Ed Woodward, according to a report. Chelsea are now on hot pursuit of the German international, who has scored 12 goals and provided six assists in the Bundesliga. Havertz is understood to be keen on a move to Stamford Bridge with The Athletic claiming a deal has been agreed, which could be worth up to £72m. That would make the 21-year-old Chelsea’s record signing, surpassing the £71.6m they paid for Kepa in 2018. Leroy Sane also recently seemed to confirm that Havertz would be moving to Chelsea this summer after he arrived at Bayern Munich. “Two Germans in one year is quite a coup…” said the fo...
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Chelsea star serenaded as he waves goodbye to Premier League

Date published: Monday 27th July 2020 9:19 Frank Lampard has confirmed Pedro will leave Chelsea after the Blues’ FA Cup final and Champions League fixtures. Spain winger Pedro came off the bench as the Blues beat Wolves 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, to secure a fourth-place Premier League finish. The 32-year-old Pedro will be on hand for the FA Cup final against Arsenal and the Champions League last-16 second-leg trip to Bayern Munich. The former Barcelona player has for some time been expected to join Roma for next season, and Blues boss Lampard has now confirmed his impending west London exit. “The lads have just pretty much serenaded Pedro in the changing room and rightly so because of the career he has had generally, ...
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Comparing the debut seasons of Christian Pulisic & Eden Hazard at Chelsea – Planet Football

Quick Reads Share Planet Football 25th July 2020Christian Pulisic had the unenviable task of replacing Eden Hazard at Chelsea – but he has shown a lot of promise in his debut season. Despite struggling with injuries, Pulisic has been one of Chelsea’s standout performers and looks set for a bright future at the club. We’ve compared the 21-year-old’s stats in all competitions in 2019-20 to Hazard’s stats during his first season at Stamford Bridge. Eden Hazard 2012-13 Games: 62Starts: 49Sub appearances: 13 Goals: 13Assists: 19 Minutes per goal: 347.7Minutes per goal ...
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Ex-Liverpool man ‘open’ to joining Aston Villa – provided they survive

Date published: Saturday 25th July 2020 5:18 Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is ‘open’ to joining Aston Villa, as long as they avoid relegation from the Premier League.  Sturridge left Liverpool at the end of last season and eventually joined Turkish club Trabzonspor.He played 16 games and scored seven goals for the Super Lig side, but departed in March. He has since served a four-month suspension from football for breaching betting rules. But he is now available again and on the hunt for his next club. And Villa Park has emerged as a potential destination according to a report on the Daily Mail, cited on Birmingham Live. Sturridge spent time with Villa as a junior, while he also nearly joined last yea...