Juventus Join Premier League Trio in Hunt for Fiorentina Winger Federico Chiesa

?Juventus have joined Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool in the hunt for highly rated Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa, son of former Italy striker Enrico Chiesa.

The 21-year-old has been scouted by a number of European sides this season after netting 12 times in 31 league and cup outings, prompting links to the aforementioned Premier League trio as well as clubs in his native Italy.


According to ?Goal, one such club is Juventus, who would like to keep the forward in Serie A, ahead of ?Liverpool, ?United and ?Chelsea – while La Liga side ?Real Madrid have also been credited with an interest this term.

The Old Lady are reportedly readying a bid for the youngster, hoping to seal a similar move to the one they secured for Federico Bernardeschi, who made the switch from La Viola to I Bianconeri for €40m in July 2017.

However, should the fierce rivals complete another deal, it would require a substantial bid from ?Juventus, with Fiorentina holding out for nearer €60-€70m for their rising star. That said, no formal approach has been made thus far, with the ?Serie A champions happy to let any potential transfer take its natural course and see how the market develops.

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It is thought that should Juventus want to strike a deal for the Italian they must first see some players leave the exit doors at the Allianz Stadium, with outgoings fundamental for any potential incomings to occur. Rumours continue to circulate surrounding the respective futures of Douglas Costa and ?Paulo Dybala in Turin, as neither player is certain of a place in Massimiliano Allegri’s side next season.

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Andreas Christensen Insists Chelsea Will Not Look to Sell Any Players This Summer Amid Transfer Ban

Andreas Christensen has insisted that Chelsea’s looming transfer ban means that the club will not look to sell any of their first team players in the summer.

Chelsea were handed a two-window transfer ban and were fined £460,000 by FIFA earlier this year after they were found to be guilty of breaching the rules concerning the transfer of minors. The club did make a request for the ban to be frozen this summer, but that was swiftly rejected by FIFA.

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Christensen, who has been the subject of plenty of rumours after struggling to work his way into Maurizio Sarri’s plans this season, has now claimed that ?Chelsea are keen to hold on to all the players at their disposal.

“The situation I have ended up in has been very difficult to accept,” Christensen told Danish publication ??Ekstra Bladet

“The messages we have received are that Chelsea cannot appeal the case and therefore want to keep all the players.”

Eden Hazard

This news could also indicate that the Blues are unwilling to let ?Eden Hazard leave for ?Real Madrid this summer after the Belgian forward has once again been linked with a move to Los Blancos following the recent reappointment of Zinedine Zidane.

As for Christensen, he’s hoping that he can continue to impress Sarri in his sporadic appearances as he looks to nail down a regular spot at the back.

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“I have tried to show myself on the training track, but it is difficult because it is limited how much we train with all the matches the team is going to play.

“Now I have played the matches in the Europa League and hope it will continue as long as we are in the tournament.”

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10 of the Hardest Players in Chelsea’s History

Chelsea have always been known for having a number of hard tackling players over the years.

These tough-tackling players with no regard for their own well-being don’t always get the same credit as the more technical players, but they certainly have played their part in the clubs’ success over their 114-year history.

Here are Chelsea’s 10 hardest players in the history of the club.


10. Branislav Ivanovic 2008-2017

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Ivanovic was a loyal servant for Chelsea during his 10 seasons at Stamford Bridge. The big Serbian international was a fearless full back who was always willing to give his all for the Blues.

The Serbian’s header in the 2013 Europa League final was the highlight of his time at the club. 


9. Ruud Gullit 1995-1998

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Ruud Gullit never had trouble commanding a dressing room and had the grit to go with his considerable amount of skill. This was the biggest reason he was appointed player-manager of the club just a year after joining in 1995.

The Dutch midfielder had already battled in the Netherlands and Italy and arrived in west London at the age of 32, but was still able to contribute immensely.


8. Graham Roberts 1988-1990

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At every club he ever played for, Graham Roberts was always one of the toughest nuts to crack.

When asked who his hardest opponent was, Roberts simply replied: “I never worried about them being hard as I was hard myself.”


7. Petr Cech 2004-2015

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Aside from being one of the best goalkeepers in Premier League history, Petr Cech is also one of the hardest. Cech earns his spot on this list due to his dedication to the game.

After suffering a potentially career-ending skull fracture, the Czech Republic international came back with his trademark helmet and never looked like he had lost any of his bravery or ability. 


6. Didier Drogba 2004-2012, 2014-2015

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Didier Drogba may have spent the early part of his Chelsea career rolling around on the floor after any bit of contact, but the Ivorian lead the line for the Blues against Europe’s most feared defences for over a decade. 

After battling with the Bayern Munich defence in the 2012 Champions League final, Drogba found the ball at the near post and powered a header past Manuel Neuer to send the match into extra time. He then calmly converted his penalty to bag the win for the Blues in the biggest match in the clubs’ history. 


5. Vinnie Jones 1991-1992

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Vinnie Jones was part of Wimbledon’s ‘Crazy Gang’ in the late 1980s before joining Chelsea at the turn of the decade. Jones’ on-field tactics could be defined as little more than trying to beat his opponent into submission, something that regularly worked for the hard-nosed midfielder. 

Based on his playing style, it is no surprise that Jones went on to play characters such as Bullet Tooth Tony, Mad Maynard, and The Boss on the big screen in Hollywood following his retirement from football. 


4. Dennis Wise 1990-2001

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Coming in at just 1.68 metres, Dennis Wise was never going to win his battles in the midfield purely on physicality alone. Despite his stature, Wise would spend 90 minutes snapping at opponents ankles and knees in an effort to win the ball. 

Wise did not have the skill or physicality to be a top player in Europe, but his tenacity and fighting spirit made him a fan-favourite at Stamford Bridge for years. When you played against Wise, you would definitely feel it after the match. 


3. Diego Costa 2014-2017

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Costa cemented himself as one of the most hated players in the world during his three seasons at Chelsea. The big Brazilian-born striker was never one to back down from a challenge and would go toe-to-toe with any player. 

Costa was a menace every time he stepped on the pitch for the Blues, and his mere presence would put defenders off their game. The 30-year-old striker managed to rack up 30 yellow cards and one red during his time at Stamford Bridge.


2. John Terry 1998-2017

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John Terry is a legend at Chelsea for his leadership and dedication to the club, but nobody can forget that he is also one of the most aggressive players to put on a Chelsea kit. Terry would never shy away from a challenge and it would be impossible to count the number of times the captain put his body on the line for the team. 

The greatest example of Terry’s fearlessness came against Arsenal in the 2007 League Cup when he was knocked unconscious by the size 13 boot of Abou Diaby, but managed to recover just in time to celebrate with his teammates post-match.


1. Ron Harris 1961-1980

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Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris gets his nickname from his bone-crushing no-nonsense tackles that made him a club legend through the ’60s and ’70s. A centre-back by trade, Harris holds the club record with just shy of 800 appearances. 

The Chopper was a true symbol of English football in the ’70s with referees generally giving the benefit of the doubt to the defenders of the era. Harris was a proper hard-man for the club and will always be looked at as one of the hardest players to lace up his boots for the Blues.


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FA Confirm Rearranged Date for Crucial Final Day of 2018/19 Women’s Super League Season

?All Women’s Super League fixtures on the final day of the 2018/19 season have been brought forward by 24 hours from Sunday 12 May, as was originally scheduled, to Saturday 11 May.

Weekend WSL games are typically played on Sundays, but the move ensures that the final round of fixtures will not clash with or be overshadowed by the last day of the 2018/19 Premier League season, scheduled for the Sunday of that weekend.

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Although Premier League fixtures throughout the season primarily take place on Saturdays, the last day of every season now always takes place on a Sunday.

The FA confirmed the change of date for the WSL games, with all five fixtures that day due to kick off simultaneously at 12.30pm.

In a dramatic twist, the WSL title race could yet actually be decided on the very last day when current leaders Arsenal host second place Manchester City.

The last day will also see Liverpool and Everton contest the Merseyside derby.

The full final day fixture list is as follows:?
?Arsenal v Manchester City
?Liverpool v Everton
?Reading v Chelsea
?West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion
Yeovil Town v Birmingham City

With an odd number of clubs currently in the WSL, Bristol City will be the spare team not in action on the final day of the season and will already have played all their games before 11 May.

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FIFA Confirm April 11 as Hearing Date Following Chelsea Appeal Against Transfer Ban

FIFA have set a hearing date of April 11th for Chelsea’s appeal of the one-year transfer ban they were hit with earlier this month. 

The Blues were sanctioned on 29 counts of alleged improper transfer dealings with overseas players under the age of 18, but have continued to deny the charges set against them.

And, as revealed in a tweet by Times correspondent Martyn Ziegler, FIFA have now set the hearing date for this final appeal against the ban to take place on April 11th after rejecting the chance to suspend the ban until the appeal process was completed earlier this month.

Upon receiving this news, a club statement on March 8th declared: “?Chelsea Football Club is astonished by the Fifa Appeal Committee’s decision not to suspend its sanction pending completion of the appeal process.

“The club acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and has already notified Fifa of its intention to appeal against the Disciplinary Committee’s decision and sanction.

“As a matter of procedural fairness and equality of treatment, and Swiss law, the Club’s right to an appeal process must be afforded, before any irremediable sanction takes effect.

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“So far as the Club is aware, in all previous cases where a registration ban has been imposed by Fifa, a decision has also been made to suspend the sanction until the appeal process has been completed. In this case, Chelsea considers that it is being treated inconsistently in comparison with other European clubs.”

The fate of this appeal will obviously have a dramatic effect on the club’s business going forward in the next two transfer windows, as well as on the future of a number of players, including ?Eden Hazard and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who have been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.

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