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Chelsea Round-Up: £100million spending spree; Dutch and Belgian stars linked; move for Madrid striker

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The Mirror claim that Chelsea are set to launch a £100 million spending spree to add strength in depth and quality to their squad in the summer, with three targets already being lined up by Antonio Conte and his team. With the prospect of Champions League football alongside a potential title defence, the Blues will need such additions in the summer.

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One of those linked in the reports is Southampton‘s key man Virgil Van Dijk. The Dutchman has been heavily linked with a move away from St. Mary’s and is currently out of action with an ankle injury. With Conte keen to add to his defence, Van Dijk could be a prime candidate for a summer move to Stamford Bridge.

Conte is also keen to add depth up-front and is said to be considering a move for Celtic sensation Moussa Dembele. The French youth international has been a revelation in Scotland since a summer move from Fulham for just £500,000 and Chelsea believe that a deal can be done for less than £40 million according to those same reports that suggest a summer spending spree.

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It is unlikely though that Dembele would immediately be able to step up into the role as the club’s first choice striker should Diego Costa make an exit in the summer.

That may explain why the final man linked by the Mirror is Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, a long term target for Antonio Conte since his arrival in London. The Spaniard has struggled for regular game time since returning to Madrid from Juventus in the summer and could be available for the right fee.

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Conte worked alongside Morata in Turin and given his experience at two of Europe’s biggest clubs it is possible that he could be the man to step into Costa’s shoes if he does decide to leave once the season is over.

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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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Tottenham Hotspur must avoid repeat of Willian situation as Chelsea enter Malcom race

Tottenham are again looking to beat Chelsea to the signing of a Brazilian attacking talent.

Mathew Nash

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Tottenham Hotspur are back in the race for Brazilian winger Malcom. Le10 Sport reported this week that Spurs are now the frontrunners for the player, with Inter Milan falling short in their pursuit. The French source claimed Malcom was now available for just £35.3 million.

The same source has since gone on to report that Tottenham are now looking into the deal. However, that most recent report also commented on the presence of a transfer rival. It is suggested that Chelsea are entering the race.

Which immediately harks back to memories of Tottenham’s failed pursuit for Willian in 2013. Andre Villas-Boas had identified the Anzhi Makhachkala winger as the perfect option for Spurs. As reported by the BBC, a £30 million fee was agreed and a medical had been undertaken. Willian, was set to be a Tottenham player.

(during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on April 1, 2018 in London, England.

However, two days later, Willian had joined Chelsea.

It was a huge blow for Spurs and left them open to ridicule from Chelsea fans.

The parallels are clear. A talented young Brazilian winger wanted by Spurs, but with Chelsea set to swoop in.

The irony on this occasion is that Chelsea may even be targeting Malcom as a replacement for Willian, who is a target for Barcelona and Manchester United.

Tottenham must not be left with their tails between their legs once again.

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Kenedy loan arrival creates transfer window momentum for Newcastle

Jake Jackman

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Newcastle United are set to complete the loan signing of Chelsea winger Kenedy, according to Sky Sports. The 22-year-old has been a long-term target for Rafa Benitez and he proved why during the second-half of last season in a Magpies’ shirt. He was a revelation and played a major role in the club’s excellent form in 2018.

Although he only contributed two goals and two assists, his overall contribution was a sizeable one and it is not a surprise that Newcastle have brought him back for another year. It is thought that the deal includes an option to buy and that is a positive for the Magpies. At the age of 22, Kenedy is already a first-team calibre player and his potential for growth is huge.

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Benitez knows that he has a limited budget at St James’ Park, but he is doing his best to provide the squad with as much quality as possible. Kenedy joins Ki Sung-Yueng and Martin Dubravka as new signings this summer, with all three joining at a low cost. It shows impressive squad management by the Magpies’ manager as all three have the ability to start regularly for the first-team.

The arrival of Kenedy could be the turning point of the summer for Newcastle and provide the positive momentum required as we reach the final weeks of the transfer window. It was clear that the Brazilian would be the priority target for the club after the impact he had last season. He was one of the standout players during the second half of the campaign, providing the dynamism and final ball that was previously lacking in the squad.

Towards the end of last season, supporters were pessimistic about Kenedy returning for the 2018/19 campaign, due to his excellent form. The risk posed by loan deals is that the parent club can choose to take the player back into their own club, while other teams can become interested. Sky Sports reported back in April that Bayern Munich and PSG were both interested in the 22-year-old. This underlines how highly the player is thought of in the game.

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This summer has been one of slow progress for Newcastle with tensions remaining between owner and manager, but the arrival of Kenedy represents a major breakthrough. Benitez wanted the winger to return and the club have made it happen in a deal that provides more security for the Magpies, as they have an option to buy.

They must now use this positive momentum to make further additions to the squad. Benitez will want another two or three quality additions, with a striker being at the top of his hit-list. Newcastle haven’t broken their transfer record since Mike Ashley bought the club, but that will need to change this summer if they are to appease their world class manager.

As long as Benitez remains as the club’s manager, the supporters will have a symbol of hope for the future. However, the Spaniard’s contract expires at the end of the season and he will need to see progress both on and off the pitch before he signs a new deal. The loan signing of Kenedy is a positive, but more quality additions are required to class this transfer window as a successful one.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek must elevate his career and opt for permanent Crystal Palace move

The 22-year-old looks set to leave Stamford Bridge for a second season, on loan.

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Reports this week in the Evening Standard claimed Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be looking to move away from Stamford Bridge this summer on loan.

Crystal Palace is reportedly at the front of the queue to sign him, news which will be greeted by Palace supporters given Loftus-Cheek’s excellent 2017/18 season at Selhurst Park.

Yet to truly make a name for himself, Loftus-Cheek must take his career to the next level and complete a permanent move to Crystal Palace this summer.

After Loftus-Cheek’s impressive World Cup appearances, it is clear he is a top talent ready to play consistent first-team football at his parent club.

But Chelsea are currently mired in uncertainty, with rumours swirling about a potential new manager but with nothing confirmed.

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The Englishman would do well to secure a permanent transfer with the Eagles, an upward-looking club where he has found his best form to date.

A second loan in a row would just stunt his progress another year, psychologically affecting the player by reminding him he is not good enough for Chelsea, even after proving himself on international football’s biggest stage.

At this stage of his career, Loftus-Cheek needs a permanent home – and he can find a perfect one at Palace.

With his long-term future secured in south London, Loftus-Cheek can lead the Eagles to previously unheard of heights. Why keep yourself at a club in disarray that has shown little interest in you, when you can head to Selhurst Park where you are truly celebrated for your talents?

Instead of a second consecutive short-term and short-sighted loan, Ruben Loftus-Cheek needs to make up his mind this summer and finally leave behind his toxic Chelsea relationship for a move to Crystal Palace.

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