French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko gave a special mention to striker Michy Batshuayi after he sealed his transfer to Stamford Bridge last week.
The 22-year-old becomes the Blues’ second-most expensive signing of all-time after he arrived for £40m from Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco.
In his first interview, Bakayoko admitted that he had followed Chelsea keenly in the Premier League, and Antonio Conte played a part in luring him to Stamford Bridge. The midfielder, later on, watched his teammates earn a comfortable 8-2 win over Fulham in a pre-season friendly behind closed doors, and shortly after he posted a cheeky tweet thanking ‘agent Batshuayi’.
He wrote: “Thanks to my agent @mbatshuayi. I would like to say thank you to all my fans and followers for your kind words throughout this journey – as you know, I love championships! As a Ligue 1 champion, I am even more determined to win as many championships as I can with my dream team Chelsea. I am pleased to represent the Blues!” Read more
All Premier League sides have been linked with numerous top players this summer.
Just last year Paul Pogba’s return to the city of Manchester broke the world record when United shelled out £89 million for him. This term that could even repeat itself if the same Man United, or any of Man City, Arsenal or Real Madrid land Monaco teenage star KylianMbappe. The French star is valued at £120 million and it would be a new world record.
For now, which Premier League side would break its record for any summer addition?
Pogba holds the record at Manchester United but will Jose Mourinho break the bank again so soon? There are talks of Mbappe and more realistically a return of Cristiano Ronaldo or Spurs forward Harry Kane.
Manchester City record signing is Kevin De Bruyne at £55 million. The Etihad would be willing to pay more for Arsenal playmaker Alexis Sanchez but the Gunners would likely never sell to a rival.
The Gunners themselves had to break their record to sign MesutOzil from Real Madrid in 2014. The £42.4 million is talented but he is inconsistent as well.
Chelsea’s record signing is Fernando Torres. The Blues got the Spaniard from Liverpool but he didn’t quite match expectations.
Liverpool only just broke theirs recently when they acquired Mohammed Salah for £39 million. The Reds sold their former forward Christian Benteke for £27 million to Crystal Palace who became the record signing last summer. Read more
Vocherbox did an analysis of Premier League clubs looking at which sides had the the value for money entertainment.
They considered the average ticket prices of all teams, and the goals’ return home and away.
Arsenal sat at the bottom of that list as the team scored 39 goals at home and netted 16 goals away but with an average ticket price of £1513.5, fans might not get as much value for their money. The fans’ disappointment in Arsene Wenger’s stay rose to a high until he delivered another life saver in winning the FA Cup. However, that is a different matter.
Tottenham continued their fine form of late as they finished behind Chelsea. However, their home goal tally of 47 at home and just nine away makes it 56 in all. With average ticket price of £1,330 they follow the Gunners closely. Read more
Arsenal long-time manager Arsene Wenger is targeting the Premier League title next season after he finally agreed to remain at the club for two more years.
The Frenchman and the club are not certain this would be the last deal for him even though completing it would mean he has coached for 23 years.
The 67-year old boss said he is “looking forward to the future with optimism and excitement.” After a tough period under pressure at the club, Wenger came out of it but not unscathed. He is expected to boost his team strength with at least £100 million this summer.
Wenger spent a similar figure last term but it failed to yield significant results. He confirmed that there would be “some additions” as the team mounts a “sustained league challenge” next season.
Wenger led the team to fifth spot in the league for the first time in 20 years. They were 18 points behind winners Chelsea but they shocked the Blues 2-1 to lift the FA Cup on Saturday. Wenger met the owner of the club Stan Kroenke on Monday after the FA Cup victory on Saturday. There, Kroenke reiterated his support for Wenger’s stay. Read more
The Premier League is set to lose yet another player to the Chinese Super League as reports say Chelsea striker Diego Costa has signed a pre contract with Tianjin Quanjian.
The Spaniard is set to line up alongside Axel Witsel and AlexandrePato for a whopping €30 million per year in wages.
The deal would reportedly be concluded in May, with the Blues in unison with the whole affair. The player was spotted with his agent Jorge Mendes and reps of the Chinese outfit. The transfer would cost the Far East side €90 million to complete. This should be enough as Chelsea hunt a replacement for Costa. Alvaro Morata, RomeluLukaku and a few others have been linked with the striking role at Stamford Bridge but happenings in the summer would decide. Read more
On April 11 of 2017, Borussia Dortmund was scheduled to face off with As.Monaco for their 1st leg of the quarter-finals match from the UEFA Champions League but due to explosions and possible terrorist threats and attacks, this match was post-poned to the following day.
There was an incident that occurred which ended up with the team bus of Borussia Dortmund being damaged and exploding. Marc Batra was the only player who ended up injured and the Spanish defender had to be hospitalized and fortunately for Batra, it wasn’t anything too serious.
This unfortunate event sparked a string of concerns and doubts surrounding Premier League players and Chelsea players were recently forced to enter the fire entrance of the Radisson Hotel as they were traveling and getting ready for their Premier League match against Manchester United which took place on April 16 and resulted with Jose Mourinho’s squad coming out on top with a 2-0 victory.
The Chelsea players were not allowed to enter the front entrance due to concerns of a possible attack. Read more
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard said that Jose Mourinho has successfully turned Manchester United around and that they now look like a team capable of winning trophies.
He said that the Red Devils had experienced mixed fortunes ever since Sir Alex Ferguson retired from management and he feels that with Jose Mourinho the team is now again capable of challenging for trophies.
Anders Lindegaard who is currently playing in the Championship for Preston North End said that he still follows Manchester United. He said that fans had been frustrated in recent years with the team unable to mount a challenge for the title, but he feels that things will change under Jose Mourinho.
The former United goalkeeper said that there is already signs that the team is improving with the League Cup triumph and that he feels that Manchester United has a great chance of winning the Europa League as well. Read more
Real Madrid have been actively involved in the pursuit of a new goalkeeper, as manager Zinedine Zidane seems to be losing faith in Keylor Navas.
A number of players like David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois have been rumoured as potential replacements. However, it seems that Real Madrid are hitting a stumbling block with regard to potential moves for those players. As a result, the club have reportedly shifted their attention towards Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who only recently signed a new contract with the North London outfit. Lloris has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League since coming from Lyon
Even though the Costa Rican goalkeeper had a brilliant start to his Real Madrid career after managing to win the likes of the Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup in only his second season at the club, Zidane does not seem to be entirely happy with the performances of the 30-year-old. Read more
The 2015-16 season of the Premier League was a historic one as Leicester City was able to secure their first league title ever.
They had never achieved this feat in the history of the club but with Claudio Ranieri at the helm as the head coach and a superb season of Jamie Vardy as he scored 24 goals were some of the key reasons which helped Leicester City in becoming the champions of England during that season.
Unfortunately for Leicester City, they have experienced a huge dip in form as the team of Claudio Ranieri went from being the champions of England to dropping into the bottom section of the Premier League as they are struggling just to survive in the top tier English League.
After 25 Premier League matches, Leicester City is positioned at the 17th spot with 21 points secured and are threatened to be relegated in this season. Claudio Ranieri and his men are going from being in the top of the Premier League to the bottom and Robert Huth has recently voiced his thoughts about what his teammates should start to do as it might help Leicester City in their quest of avoiding the relegation zone. Read more
Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright believes that Arsene Wenger needs to make major changes to the team if they want to challenge for the title in the future.
He believes that the defeat against Chelsea was the last nail in Arsenal’s title challenge this year and that the manager should be thinking about next season now.
He said that he was astonished how poorly Arsenal performed in this match and believed that the players should really assess themselves. He said that he does not understand the lack of motivation from the Arsenal players. Ian Wright stated that the Arsenal players played as if they do not want to win the title and that they did not show any determination in the way they played.
The former England striker who has played under Arsene Wenger believes that the French manager has some thinking to do if he wants the team to challenge for the title. Ian Wright is adamant that there is no way that the current Arsenal team can win the Premier League. Read more