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Juventus manager, Allegri, shows interest in Chelsea’s job

By Emmanuel Onminyi with Agency report,

Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea remains uncertain despite the Italian managing to steer the Blues’ season back on track, and Juventus boss, Massimiliano Allegri, has already agreed to replace the former Italy midfielder at Chelsea during the summer of 2018.

Despite winning the Premier League title in the 2016/17 season, Conte’s future has been in doubt over the past six months and the Italian is expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the current campaign.

A number of managers have been linked with a move to West London, and Chelsea are looking to bring in Allegri in the summer.

Reports claim that Allegri has agreed, to make the switch to England, but Juventus are said to be against allowing the 50-year-old to leave Turin before the end of his contract, which expires in 2020.

Allegri has won 137 of his 195 matches in charge of the Serie A giants since replacing Conte in July 2014, a period which includes three league and cup doubles. However, the UEFA Champions League continues to evade them, and the manager looks to take up the reins somewhere else.

Meanwhile, Antonio conte has played down reports that he could leave Chelsea. The former Juventus manager described the report as a disrespect.

He told Corriere dello Sport: “I think this is a lack of respect. I can accept [if you] write that the club is ready to sack me, the story with the players [being unhappy].

“I don’t care what the newspaper write about my future or the other person because this is our job.”

Ancelotti agrees to replace Wenger as Arsenal’s manager

By Emmanuel Onminyi with Agency report,

Following earlier reports of Arsenal eyeing the services of former Chelsea boss, Carlo Ancelotti, the Italian tactician has agreed a deal to replace the Frenchman as manager of the North London club.

Wenger who will still have one year remaining on his contract at the end of the season, could remain at the helms of affairs if the Gunners end up with a trophy in the ongoing 2017/18 season.

Several managers have been linked with the replacement of Wenger, including Thomas Tuchel, Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche. But reports suggest that Arsenal now have an agreement in place for Ancelotti to become their next manager in the summer of 2018.

The former Chelsea boss will sign a four-year contract with the Gunners worth 8.7 million Pounds-a-season, excluding bonuses. The report also claims that the Italian Football Federation are still trying to convince Ancelotti to reject Arsenal and become the national team’s new head coach.

Reports from Italian daily, Corriere dello Sport, suggests that Ancelotti is reportedly keen to manage in the Premier League once again and is set to move back to London in the month of February.

 

The former Real Madrid manager won the Premier League title and the FA Cup in his first season at Chelsea but was sacked by Roman Abramovich after finishing the subsequent campaign without a trophy.

The 58-year-old is currently unemployed after he was sacked by Bayern Munich at the end of September 2017.

 

Former Chelsea boss, Ancelotti, to replace Wenger

By Emmanuel Onminyi with Agency report,

Following a recent run of poor form, Arsenal are prepared for Arsene Wenger to leave the club in the summer of 2018 and are lining up Carlo Ancelotti to replace him at the end of the season.

The French boss came under fresh pressure after Arsenal’s miserable FA Cup exit at the hands of Nottingham Forest and the club officials are aware that he may quit at the end of the current campaign.

With the Premier League title seemingly beyond them and with Arsenal not competing in the UEFA Champions League this season, the chances of Wenger delivering major silverware seem slim and a loss to Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup would be a crushing blow for Wenger.

The French tactician survived heavy pressure from the club’s fans in the 2016/17 season by delivering the FA Cup and signing a new two-year deal, but the 68-year-old may not see out the contract. And Ancelotti is being eyed up as a serious candidate to replace him.

According to the Evening Standard, the former Chelsea coach is viewed as having the required pedigree to lead the club forward and they are relaxed over the prospect of Wenger leaving.

The Italian who has spent time at Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan, has delivered major silverware at the club he has managed.

The former Real Madrid boss plans to move back to London in February 2018, following his sacking at Bayern in September 2017, and Chelsea are also keeping a watchful eye over him should relations with Antonio Conte goes sour.

 

 

Man City, Man United, Chelsea battle over Pellegrini

By Emmanuel Onminyi with Agency report,

English Premier League heavyweights, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea are all in the race to sign Italy international, Lorenzo Pellegrini, for 21 million Pounds.

According to The Mirror, the trio are keeping tabs on the AS Roma star because of the low release clause attached to his current contract.

Pellegrini has put his name on several clubs’ transfer radar by impressing for the Serie A giants in 23 games.

The midfielder, who has been capped once by Italy’s national team, could spark yet another argument between Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte with the warring managers both showing interest.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, who are leading the Premier League by 15 points, are also set to join the transfer battle while Roma are hoping to offer Pellegrini a new deal to stay at the Stadio Olimpico.

Roma academy graduate, Pellegrini, earned a name for himself at Sassuolo before his current club exercised a 9 million Pounds buy-back clause.

Monchi, Roma’s director of football, is not expecting to do much business in January and will instead look to promote from within.

“I do not think we’ll have to look for solutions outside, because I think the solutions are inside the team.”

Arsenal to fine Iwobi over late night partying

By Emmanuel Onminyi with Agency report,

Arsenal Football Club’s manager, Arsene Wenger, has announced that Alex Iwobi will be fined if claims the forward was partying less than 48 hours before the club’s FA Cup defeat by Nottingham Forest are proven to be true.

The 21-year-old has come under fire from fans after a video of him dancing and screaming at a flat in Soho in the early hours of Saturday morning emerged.

Iwobi started in the Gunners’ shock 4-2 loss at the City Ground on Sunday, January 7, and Wenger is ready to take action despite defending his player amid accusations of drug-taking at the late night party.

“If that is true he will be fined,’ Wenger said during his press conference ahead of Wednesday, January 10, Carabao Cup semi-final first leg match against Chelsea.

“It’s unacceptable. It’s impossible to go out 48 hours before a game. I will have to see him and see if that is right or not.”

Although there is no suggestion Iwobi was took drugs, tenants in neighbouring flats reported laughing gas canisters and a strong smell of cannabis coming from the party apartment.

Wenger added: “It was 48 hours before the game. The night before the game we were in a hotel. I will speak to him.

“You have to be cautious with the news coming out. When you read what has been reported it is like he has taken drugs but he’s not involved in that.

“If he was at a birthday party, how long has he stayed? That is very important. After that I will decide what happens.”

Sevilla in race for Chelsea’s striker, Batshuayi

By Emmanuel Onminyi with Agency report,

Spanish League outfit, Sevilla, are keen on striking a deal with London side, Chelsea, to take Michy Batshuayi on a six-month loan, as they hope to bolster their attack in the ongoing 2017/18 season.

The Belgian has endured a frustrating period on the sideline following the arrival of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for a club record fee of 70 million Pounds.

Manager of the side, Antonio Conte, selected Eden Hazard to start as a ‘false nine’ ahead of Batshuayi when the Spanish striker was ruled out of the team’s recent fixture against Huddersfield Town.

With the World Cup coming up in the summer of 2018, the former Marseille attacker is eyeing a regular playing time to stay in Roberto Martinez’s plans for the tournament in Russia.

Linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window, reports suggest that Sevilla’s manager, Vincenzo Montella, is keen to bring the striker to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium as they seek further attacking options.

Although the Sevilla are keen on the signing of the striker, the Blues are only prepared to let Batshuayi leave temporarily if they can bring in a replacement forward.

West Ham striker, Andy Carroll, has been linked with a shock move, while Moussa Marega and Richmond Boakye are two other strikers linked with a transfer to the West London club.

Dean admits error in controversial Arsenal game

By Emmanuel Onminyi with Agency report,

English football referee, Mike Dean, has admitted he made a mistake by awarding West Bromwich Albion a penalty in their New Year’s Eve English Premier League clash with Arsenal.

Dean and his team of officials were confronted by Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, after Calum Chambers was penalised for a handball in the 88th minute of the 1-1 draw at the Hawtorns.

Wenger was subsequently handed a three-match touchline ban and a 45,000 Pounds fine. But, on the eve of the introduction of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology to English football, it has emerged that Dean has accepted he got the decision wrong.

According to English FA refereeing boss, Mike Riley, the VAR, which will be used for the first time in England on Monday, January 8, when Brighton hosts Crystal Palace in the FA Cup and on Wednesday, for Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-finals, would have helped overturn the decision.

“You award the penalty because what you have seen on the pitch is the arm coming towards the ball,” Riley said

“What is handball can look to you on the field of play if you get one look at it. But immediately there is evidence from another camera angle which shows actually the opposite. That is the safety net of the VAR.

“I think Chambers would have been overturned. The question you ask is, is it an act of deliberate handball? And the reverse angle shows him trying to bring his arm out of the way of the ball, rather than the reverse.

“I know Mike would have overturned it. He messages people, and he’s a very honest guy, and he goes, ‘I got it wrong’. He knows he did.”

Conte – Mourinho: ‘You’re a “little man!”

The existing feud between Chelsea’s manager, Antonio Conte, and Manchester United’s boss, Jose Mourinho, has escalated as the Italian labelled the Portuguese “a little man”, recently, after the former Inter Milan boss made a reference to the Chelsea manager’s previous suspension for match-fixing.

Mourinho and Conte have been involved in a war of words this week after United’s boss suggested that the Chelsea manager behaves like a ‘clown’ on the touchline.

Conte responded to Mourinho by claiming that the Portuguese was ‘senile’ and pointed out that the former Real Madrid manager also has a history of being animated whilst watching matches.

After United’s 2-0 victory over Derby on Friday, January 5, Mourinho initially sympathised with Conte during his press conference but then referenced the Italian’s ban for match-fixing during the 2012-13 season.

Conte was suspended for four months for failing to report match-fixing activities during his time at Siena in 2011, but was later cleared of wrongdoing by an Italian court.

“I think its very difficult to answer this type of comment,” Conte said after Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Norwich City in the FA Cup.

“I think when a person the target is to offend, to insult another person, I think you’re a little man, but we all know him very well what’s in the past but he’s always the same.”

Asked if he was annoyed by Mourinho’s comments, Conte replied: “No, but this is his way, it’s not a surprise for me, when you insult or offend another person you’re a little man, and I think he’s a little man.

“Life goes on, I not worried about him. For sure, there is a good opportunity when we play against Manchester United to clarify in a room, me and him.”

 

Conte launches fresh attack on Mourinho

By Emmanuel Onminyi with Agency report,

Chelsea’s manager, Antonio Conte, has said, on Friday, Janury 5, that United boss, Jose Mourinho, is acting like he has “demenza senile”, launching a fierce attack on his rival, following the Portuguese’s comments the previous day.

Mourinho had earlier said that he did not need to “behave like a clown on the touchline” to prove his passion for his role at United. A statement which was interpreted as an attack on Conte, who is well known for his touchline dramas.

Conte hit bit back strongly at the former Barca boss, reminding him that he could described in such manner during his younger days. Mourinho famously ran along the Old Trafford touchline in 2004 to celebrate his Porto team’s Champions League winner against United.

“I think that he has to see himself in the past, maybe he was speaking about himself in the past, yeah?” Conte said.

“Maybe sometimes I think that someone forget what they said in the past or which is his behaviours and sometimes I think there is, I don’t know the name, demenza senile, when you are a bit [Conte taps his temple] when you forget what you do in the past.”

The former Juventus manager lapsed into his native Italian to explain himself, and the phrase he used translates into English as senile dementia, although Chelsea insisted he meant to say amnesia.

In the same vein, Conte fired at Arsenal’s boss, Arsene Wenger, who had said earlier on Friday that Eden Hazard, the Chelsea forward, ought to have been booked for diving in the 2-2 at Arsenal January 3.

“I think if Arsène Wenger watched the game again, [he should] understand that he was very lucky during the game for refereeing decisions,” Conte said.

He also referenced Arsenal’s luck with refereeing decisions in last season’s FA Cup final. Arsenal beat Chelsea and Alexis Sanchez’s opening goal followed a handball by him.

Barkley joins Chelsea from Everton

By Onminyi Emmanuel with Agency report,

English Premier League powerhouse, Chelsea, have announced the signing of Ross Barkley from Everton in a deal understood to be worth 15 million Pounds which the midfielder described as “unbelievable”.

Chelsea went back for Barkley after a deadline-day move collapsed in the summer of 2017. The club agreed a 35 million Pounds fee and Barkley’s personal terms, only for the player to request more time to consider the deal as he recovered from a serious hamstring injury.

That delay has cost Barkley’s boyhood club 20 million Pounds in transfer revenue, although Everton risked losing the England international for nothing in the summer and reluctantly accepted a cut-price move.

Barkley is out of contract at the end of the season and Everton’s manager, Sam Allardyce, admitted on Thursday, January 4, that the club was resigned to losing its homegrown talent, who has rejected offers to extend his stay.

The 24-year-old, who has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal, told Chelsea’s website: “I’m overwhelmed, I’m looking forward to it and I’m really excited to get started. To be given a fresh start at a new club like Chelsea, it’s unbelievable for me. I’m looking forward to continuing where I left off at the end of last season and hoping to improve and add more goals to my game.”

Chelsea’s boss, Antonio Conte, explained on Friday, January 5, why he wanted to bring Barkley to Chelsea.

“We are talking about an English player, a young player. He has good prospects for Chelsea. I think the club decided for this investment also for his contract. I think this is a good opportunity for the club to buy this player. For sure he is a good prospect for Chelsea,” the manager said