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Chelsea: Playmaker to leave; Lampard return could be off; Barcelona want defender

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Chelsea: Playmaker to leave; Lampard return could be off; Barcelona want defender

Antonio Conte is said to be happy to allow Brazilian playmaker Oscar to leave the club in January with Inter Milan and Juventus said to be monitoring the situation, with Jiangsu, the Chinese club he turned down last summer, also hovering. The Telegraph say that the Italian boss sees no reason to retain the 25-year-old.

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The Brazilian is unfortunate in that he does not fit the new set up in London under Conte, but the club will not be patient with him and will instead look to capitalise on interest to sell him in order to fund some heavy spending in January and the summer.

Despite rumours linking him with Stamford Bridge, Frank Lampard may continue his playing career either in the MLS in America or in Europe with a number of offers on the table say the Mirror, whilst he is also a leading candidate to take over as manager of MK Dons at the bottom of League 1.

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The former Blues midfielder had been linked with a move to join the club’s coaching set up and join a host of other former players in the Chelsea staff. Lampard may still do that, but it looks as though that move may be temporarily delayed.

Reports in Spain believe that Branislav Ivanovic is being considered as a possible option for Spanish giants Barcelona as they seek to find a temporary fix to their defensive crisis at right back. Aleix Vidal is expected to leave and the club do not wish to fork out £25 million for Joao Cancelo until the summer, meaning that Ivanovic may become a January target.

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The Serbian has been sidelined of late, but did feature for his national team over the international break and is expected to leave in the summer if not before.

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Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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