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Chelsea: Real Madrid open talks; Llorente discusses speculation; Everton want defender

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Chelsea: Real Madrid open talks; Llorente discusses speculation; Everton want defender

The Mirror claim that Real Madrid have opened talks with Chelsea over their number one target – Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian heads their list of options to replace current first choice Keylor Navas in goal for Zinedine Zidane, and the Spanish club hope to seal a deal after failing in an attempt to buy him in August.

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Zidane has reportedly refused to sanction a swap deal involving Alvaro Morata which may seem preferable for the Blues, but the London side may not have a strong negotiating position given that his current contract is set to expire in 2019 with no sign of a new agreement on the cards.

Swansea striker Fernando Llorente has seemingly played down speculation linking him with a move to Stamford Bridge as he responded to a question on the interest by saying:

“I am very happy here and I want to play and score more goals. I wanted to celebrate with the fans and say thank you. The goals meant a lot to me and it is an amazing feeling to score twice in one of the best stadiums in the Premier League against one of the best teams – but the fans deserve this feeling too because it has been tough for them.”

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Regardless of whether the Spaniard makes the move or not, he did Antonio Conte a massive favour by scoring two crucial goals at Anfield as the Swans defeated Liverpool to leave them some way off the pace in the title race.

Everton could make a move for unwanted defender Branislav Ivanovic as the Daily Mail claim that Ronald Koeman looks towards the Serbian as a potential replacement for Phil Jagielka as he looks increasingly likely to leave the club in the near future.

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Ivanovic’s contract is set to expire in the summer but the club could be convinced to part ways with him this month if a convincing bid is received, though that may depend on Jagielka’s future.

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