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AC Milan plan to trigger Tomori clause (Fabrizio Romano)


The centre-back on loan from Chelsea has been a huge difference maker in Serie A

Pulisic named to USMNT's preliminary roster


Christian Pulisic has been named to the U.S. men's national team's preliminary roster ahead of the Nations League semi-finals.

Also included is Chelsea's Matt Miazga, who is currently on loan with Anderlecht.

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Gallagher sets sights on Chelsea future amid Premier League interest


Chelsea's Conor Gallagher, currently on loan at West Brom, is set to turn down temporary moves this summer as he looks to fight for a place at Stamford Bridge, reports the Sun.

The midfielder has been one of the few bright spots at West Brom this season, where he has made 28 appearances for the relegation-bound club.

Leeds, Crystal Palace and Newcastle are among the teams that would be interested in securing Gallagher's services, either temporarily or permanently. 

'I am not Santa Claus' - No surprises in France squad for Euros, says Deschamps


Didier Deschamps says he doesn't expect many surprises in his squad for the Euros this summer, which could be good news for N'Golo Kante and maybe even Olivier Giroud.

Kante is expected to be a key player for France once again, while Giroud could once again join Les Bleus despite playing sparingly for Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel this season.

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No chance of Chelsea return for Salah


There is no chance of Mohamed Salah heading back to Chelsea in the next transfer window, according to the The Athletic.

The Egyptian has been linked with what would be a stunning return to Stamford Bridge, where he played from 2014-16 before departing for Serie A.

However, Liverpool are not eager to sell off a prized asset, especially to a domestic rival.

Guardiola v Tuchel will define post-pandemic Premier League era and beyond


A new coaching rivalry may be brewing at the top of the Premier League.

Having picked up two victories over Manchester City in quick succession, Thomas Tuchel has shown that his Chelsea has the tactical chops to go toe-to-toe with Pep Guardiola, opening the door for a new and more measured chess match between two of the game's best coaches.

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Rudiger reveals Tuchel's words of inspiration


Following Saturday's impressive 2-1 victory at champions-elect Manchester City, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has revealed how manager Thomas Tuchel's half-time pep talk spurred the players on.

"At half-time, we were still in the game and the coach highlighted that to us," Rudiger told Chelsea's official website. "He wanted us to go out and show spirit, which we did, and we all totally believed that we could turn things around.

"They are a very strong team but they are also human, and there will be times when they make mistakes. When that happens, you have to be ready to punish them and we did that at the end with our winning goal and it was a great feeling for everyone to get this victory."

Goal's Women's Super League team of the season


Find out which Chelsea players have made Goal's selection for the Women's Super League team of the season following the club's title success.

Check out the full team here

Skriniar responds to transfer talk after Chelsea links


Milan Skriniar is aware of the speculation that has linked him with Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea, but the Inter defender claims to be paying no attention to rumours.

The commanding centre-half has seen a switch to the Premier League mooted for some time, with his talents said to be registering on recruitment radars heading towards the summer.

The 26-year-old is, however, happy at San Siro - with a Serie A title triumph taken in this season - and claims to be in no rush to explore options that are supposedly open to him.

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Chelsea expected to earn £4m over sale of Moses to Spartak Moscow


Victor Moses has been one of the success stories from Chelsea's loan group and, due to a clause in his deal with Spartak Moscow, an automatic purchase option could soon be triggered.

The Russian Premier League side will automatically sign Moses for £4m ($6m) should they qualify for the Champions League, Goal has learned.

Currently, they are battling five teams over one spot, but their game in hand means that four points from six games will guarantee qualification. Moscow's remaining two games are against Khimki and Akhmat Grozny.

Victor Moses - Spartak Moscow

Will the Champions League final be moved to Wembley?


That's the big football question on everyone's lips right now.

Talks are being held over potentially moving the final between Chelsea and Manchester City from Istanbul to Wembley, and a decision is expected within the next 48 hours.

Ahead of the decision, Goal has produced a handy explainer on what's going on. Read it here.

Havertz feels he is in the 'perfect position'


Chelsea attacker accepts it hasn't been an easy first season

Kai Havertz may not quite know how to describe his position for Chelsea, but feels he is playing in the 'perfect' position for him.

"To be honest, I don’t know!" Havertz told Chelsea's official matchday programme ahead of Wednesday's game against Arsenal. "I play somewhere up front – number nine, number 10, something in between – to be honest, I don’t know 100 per cent.

"I just enjoy the position right now because I feel very good there. I have a lot of fast strikers next to me right now, so that’s very nice and I think it’s the perfect position for me. I can be dangerous in the box, I can have the ball a lot and that is what I like, so right now it’s very nice for me in this position.

"I think the first year wasn’t very easy for me but I think I’m getting better and better, getting more confidence. But, for me, the team effort was the most important thing this season, and that we get victories – that’s more important than my own personal things. But, of course, I always want to play my best and I’m getting better now, so it feels good."

Chelsea's Women's Super League title triumph recap


Lauren James to join Reece James at Chelsea?


Emma Hayes' Women's Super League-winning Chelsea side are considering the option of signing Lauren James from Manchester United this summer, Goal can confirm.

The 19-year-old is one of the WSL's most promising talents and could join her brother Reece, who plays full-back for Thomas Tuchel's team.

However, Chelsea are already heavily stocked for forwards with Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby having starred, along with world-record signing Pernille Harder in recent weeks.

Bethany England, Guro Reiten and Erin Cuthbert represent further forward options who have had less game time for the Champions League finalists this season.

The Blues are targeting a quadruple this season with their final against Barcelona on May 16. After that, they will complete their campaign in the FA Women's Cup and face Everton in the fifth round.

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Cuthbert targets Champions League title


Fresh from winning the Women’s Super League on Sunday, Chelsea’s Erin Cuthbert is now targeting Champions League final success over Barcelona.

"We felt this winning feeling against Bayern in the second leg, and now winning the league," Cuthbert told Chelsea's official website. "It’s an addictive feeling. You work hard all year for moments like that.

"We want to be playing in the biggest games, this team should be playing in the biggest games. We have got to the final but we’re not settling for that. That’s not good enough for a squad of our talent.

"We want to win the Champions League, and we know we’re good enough to win the Champions League. We are facing a good team in Barcelona, but we’re excited.

"We have the mentality that when we’re on our game, we can do anything. I really believe in this squad. It feels different to previous years I have been here. Hopefully we can go and put on a performance."

Chelsea season ticket renewals open


Chelsea have confirmed that season ticket holders may now renew their season ticket for the 2021-22 season.

The club have also announced some changes to their ticketing policy, which can be found on the Chelsea official website.

Tomori's goal against Juventus offers Milan a better chance of £27m deal


Armando Broja will be offered a new Chelsea contract


Chelsea have signalled their intent to offer Armando Broja a new contract ahead of the new season.

The 19-year-old has 11 goals and three assists in 32 appearances in his maiden season in senior men's football with Vitesse.

Vitesse also reached the KNVB Cup final which they narrowly lost to Ajax and his side are on track to reach their goals of qualifying for Europe.

The Eredivisie side are keen on keeping Broja for another year after he extends his deal, but other offers are beginning to come in. Furthermore, it is unlikely that Thomas Tuchel will call him into his Chelsea first-team squad for next season.

Chelsea extend Swansea City loanee Marc Guehi's deal until 2023


Chelsea have activated a clause in loan star Marc Guehi's contract to extend his deal until 2023.

The 20-year-old has been dubbed 'the best defender in the Championship' by some and is bidding to earn promotion to the Premier League with Swansea City.

Although Guehi has an extra year added to his deal, it remains unclear what his long term future will be with all possibilities remaining open.

He is highly regarded at Chelsea and is targeting playing next season in the Premier League, whether that's at his parent club, with Swansea or at another different team.

Significantly, the extension allows the Blues a bit more time to decide his future and doesn't allow potential buying clubs to exploit an expiring contract.

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Monday talks for Champions League final switch


UEFA and the UK government are to hold talks on Monday regarding a change of venue for Chelsea’s Champions League final against Manchester City, reports Sky Sports.

Chelsea are currently due to take on their Premier League rivals at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul on Saturday, May 29.

However, the coronavirus situation in Turkey, with the country currently on the UK’s ‘red list’ for travel, has prompted calls for the showpiece event to be moved.

Wembley has been put forward as the most likely venue to stage the final, if it is moved, with UEFA expected to make a decision on Tuesday.

West Ham want Abraham loan deal


Chelsea's £40m asking price too high for suitors

West Ham will try to sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham on loan, reports The Athletic.

Abraham is facing an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea have put a £40 million ($56m) asking price on the England international.

Aston Villa, Leicester and Newcastle have also shown an interest in Abraham, but the proposed fee is dissuading clubs from making a bid.

Instead, West Ham are reportedly hoping that clubs’ reluctance to meet Chelsea’s demands will present an opportunity to take Abraham on loan next season.