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Chelsea: Real Madrid star targeted; China move for midfielder; Atletico transfer battle

Spanish source Diario Gol claim that Antonio Conte is preparing Chelsea to be the latest Premier League club to enter the race for midfielder Isco as he grows frustrated at the lack of first team football on offer at Real Madrid. Manchester United and Tottenham are also monitoring the playmaker in the hope of making a move for the former Malaga man.

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In his few appearances to date this campaign, Isco has shone as one of the side’s best performers but he has still struggled to earn a place in the first team as he seems not to fit into Zinedine Zidane’s system.

Mikel John Obi is still on track for an imminent departure from Stamford Bridge having been told that his contract which expires in the summer will not be extended, but the Evening Standard now report that the Nigerian may opt for a reunion with former boss Andre Villas-Boas.

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The 29-year-old could move to Shanghai SIPG to earn an impressive £120,000 per week and line up alongside Brazilian star Hulk under his former manager in the Chinese Super League, with the club prepared to pay a small fee to have him in time for their season to start at the end of January.

Calciomercato believe that Antonio Conte is eyeing up Faouzi Ghoulam as his next defensive addition after the Algerian’s impressive displays for Napoli in Serie A since joining in 2014. The 25-year-old is considered an improvement on current first choice Marcos Alonso and is also being tracked by Atletico Madrid.

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The Italian side remain confident of securing Ghoulam’s future for the next few years by encouraging him to put pen to paper on a new contract, but with three assists in six Champions League appearances this campaign he is beginning to catch the eye at the very highest level.

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