Mar 16, 2017
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Chelsea round-up: Reported Lukaku clause; Barcelona could move for midfielder; Conte discusses FA Cup draw

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Chelsea could face a real challenge in their pursuit of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku as the Telegraph claim that talks over a new contract with his current club have fallen apart after refusing to include a £90 million release clause, suggesting that the Blues will have to fork out a huge fee to sign the Belgian.

 

Lukaku, who has scored 20 goals this season, could be on his way back to London to re-join Chelsea as they are keeping a very close eye on the situation as they consider a summer move, but the Toffees are far from keen to sell and could be tough negotiators if they do agree to sell their star man.

Such a move could be funded by the sale of midfielder Nemanja Matic, who Mundo Deportivo say is a target for Barcelona should they fail in their attempt to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verrati. Antonio Conte does not want to sell the Serbian, but if a satisfactory bid is made then it may be worth considering.

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Matic has switched in and out of the side with Cesc Fabregas this season and it seems likely that Conte will look to add new options in the middle of the park in the summer with a Champions League campaign highly likely next season as they lead the Premier League at the business end of the season.

The club are also fighting to win the FA Cup, and Antonio Conte has revealed that the semi-final clash with Tottenham could be a real test as he told the press, as quoted by Metro:

“I thought this [that Tottenham would be the hardest draw Chelsea could get] before [the game]. [This season] there’s one win for us, one win for them. They showed they are able to beat us because it happened in the second leg [at White Hart Lane] but we’ve shown we can beat them. Now we will see what the result is in the semi-final but for sure it will be an interesting game.”

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The game, at Wembley in April, could be the most decisive of the season so far in the pursuit of the double for the Italian and his side.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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