Thibaut Courtois set to sign new deal with Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois set to sign new deal with Chelsea – originally posted on Sportslens.com

The long-running contract saga of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois looks to be coming to an end, according to The Sun.

Speculation over a possible return to La Liga has been rife since Real Madrid showed an interest in Courtois last summer.

Courtois joined Chelsea in 2011 from the Belgian club Genk. With club legend Petr Cech ahead of him in the pecking order, he went on loan to Atletico Madrid to gain experience.

During his time at the Estadio Vicente Calderón, he was a regular ‘between the sticks’ as The Red-and-Whites won the Copa del Rey, Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and ultimately a La Liga title. They were also Champions League runner-up to rivals Real.

On returning to Chelsea in 2014. He soon established himself to become first choice for the West-London club.

Future at Stamford Bridge

Now it seems The 25-year-old Belgian will reject the advances of the Spanish giants, and put pen to paper on an improved deal worth around £200,000 per week, doubling his current salary.

He will not only become the best paid player at Stamford Bridge, but the best paid goalkeeper in the world.

Tying up this deal will be a huge relief for Chelsea fans. Courtois has played a massive part in The Blues clinching two Premier League titles in the past three seasons.

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Chelsea plotting shock move for out-of-form striker who has scored just once this season

Chelsea plotting shock move for out-of-form striker who has scored just once this season – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Chelsea are looking to improve their attacking options in January and the Blues have identified Christian Benteke as a target.

The Belgian has struggled to impress at Crystal Palace and Conte is prepared to loan him for the remainder of this season. Benteke has managed to score just once in 17 games for Palace in all competitions this season.

According to reports, Palace will only consider a permanent deal for the former Liverpool striker.

Conte wants to sign a target man with considerable top-flight experience and Benteke has proven to be a solid Premier League striker when on form.

The Blues have been linked with Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch and Edin Dzeko as well.

It will be interesting to see whether Chelsea can agree on a suitable deal with the Eagles now.

Chelsea believe that Conte will leave the club in the summer and therefore they are unwilling to fund big money moves for his targets in January. A loan move for Benteke is ideal for the Blues right now.

Alvaro Morata has struggled to score goals in the recent weeks and the addition of Benteke will certainly address that problem for Chelsea. The Belgian is excellent in the air and his style of play should complement the Spaniard perfectly.

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Leeds agree deal for highly rated defender, debut for new club possible this week

Leeds agree deal for highly rated defender, debut for new club possible this week – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Leeds United have agreed on a loan deal with Harrogate Town for their talented young defender Liam Kitching.

The highly talented centre-back will join Harrogate Town for an initial period of 28 days. It will be interesting to see whether the deal is extended if the player manages to impress in the National League North.

The move has been confirmed on Leeds’ official website.

Kitching has been a key player for Leeds’ U23 squad and he is quite highly rated by the coaching staff at Elland Road.

The player will be expected to continue his development with regular first-team football under his belt now. Kitching will be hoping to break into Christiansen’s first team plans in future.

The young defender was a part of Leeds’ matchday squad for the Emirates FA Cup Third Round tie with Newport County and he could make his first-team debut for Harrogate tomorrow.

Harrogate Town takes on Salford City tomorrow in the National League North.

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Spurs agree fee for highly rated midfielder, Pochettino has made this promise to him

Spurs agree fee for highly rated midfielder, Pochettino has made this promise to him – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham are close to signing the highly talented Brazilian midfielder Malcom.

The Bordeaux star has been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United but Brazilian outlet UOL claims that Spurs are set to win the race for his signature.

Apparently, an agreement has been reached between the two clubs and the Londoners will pay around €40 million for the player. Bordeaux will receive a further €10 million in bonuses.

The report from UOL claims that Malcom’s representatives met with Pochettino earlier this week and the Argentine made quite an impression. Apparently, Pochettino has promised to develop the Brazilian into a leading European star within three years.

It will be interesting to see whether Malcom joins Spurs in January now. UOL claim that the player could be signed and then loaned back to Bordeaux for the rest of the season.

Malcom is expected to sign a long-term deal with Tottenham for around 5-6 years.

The 20-year-old will add much-needed pace and flair to Tottenham’s attack. Someone of his talent could finally take Spurs to the next level and help them compete with Chelsea and City for the title.

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76% win ratio, 3 titles, 1 European trophy: Chelsea identify Antonio Conte replacement

76% win ratio, 3 titles, 1 European trophy: Chelsea identify Antonio Conte replacement – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to the Daily Star, Chelsea have identified a replacement for manager Antonio Conte, in a move that would also see a new Director of Football installed.

Former Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique is reportedly being lined up, with Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge in doubt. Juliano Belletti could join him as Director of Football.

As for Conte, the Italian coach looks on his way out of the club next summer. Despite winning the title with Chelsea last season, the Blues have since struggled for form in the Premier League, and questionable transfer activity soured the relationship between manager and owner Roman Ambramovich.

Conte signed a new contract with Chelsea ahead of the new season but didn’t extend it beyond 2019. The Daily Star believe the 48-year-old could head back to Italy or to Paris Saint-Germain.

Signings such as Davide Zappacosta and Tiemoué Bakayoko haven’t performed as expected, and their hopes of success look diminished this season.

Chelsea are currently 15 points behind Manchester City, and look out of the title race as a result. They face Barcelona in the last-16 of the Champions League, which is likely to see them miss out on European glory.

Their current situation could be why they turn to a manager with a 76% win ratio, three La Liga titles and a Champions League trophy. Luis Enrique enjoyed a very successful spell at Barcelona between 2014-2017, and he’s currently unattached after leaving in the summer.

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Deal off after meeting held: Major blow as Arsenal cancel £40m move for 12-goal forward

Deal off after meeting held: Major blow as Arsenal cancel £40m move for 12-goal forward – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to BBC Sport’s David Ornstein, Arsenal’s proposed deal for Brazilian forward Malcom is off, with the Gunners considering him “too inexperienced”.

The 20-year-old, who joined the Ligue 1 side from Corinthians in 2016, has been in fantastic form for Bordeaux this season, scoring and creating 12 goals.

His performances in France have led to increased interest from the likes of Arsenal and rivals Tottenham Hotspur, according to Goal, but it appears the Gunners won’t pursue him any more this month.

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Malcom is valued at around £40m, a price Arsenal don’t seem willing to pay for somebody not yet the finished article. Nevertheless, the Gunners are in need of a forward as Alexis Sanchez looks set to join Manchester United.

Arsenal pulling out of the deal could see Tottenham lead the race for his signature, however, while putting pressure on Arsene Wenger to land Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.

It’s certainly strange that the Gunners consider Malcom inexperienced given they’ve held talks about a potential move, and were interested in him all the way back in 2015 before he moved to Bordeaux.

He might have been keen for a move too, as Bordeaux are struggling in Ligue 1 this season – currently just two points above the relegation zone. Nevertheless, it appears Malcom won’t be headed to the Emirates Stadium.

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World class star signs Man City agreement, wants to be a part of club’s ‘fantastic future’

World class star signs Man City agreement, wants to be a part of club’s ‘fantastic future’ – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Manchester City have agreed on a new deal with their Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho.

The 32-year-old has been a key player for Pep Guardiola and it is no surprise that the Etihad outfit are prepared to extend his stay at the club.

Fernandinho is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world and Guardiola will want to replace him adequately before letting him go. The Premier League giants might start looking for a long-term alternative soon.

The new deal will keep Fernandinho at Manchester City until 2020 and the player is delighted to have secured the extension.

Fernandinho feels that Manchester City have a fantastic future and they are going to win a lot of silverware under the management of Pep Guardiola.

He said: “This is a Club with a fantastic future and I want to be a part of it for as long as possible,” he said. With Pep in charge, I feel sure we can win significant silverware and, importantly, we will try to do it playing attractive, attacking football. It’s a pleasure to be a part of this Club and I look forward to seeing what the next few years bring.”

Director of Football Txiki Begiristain also revealed his delight after securing the player’s services for two more seasons.

He said: “We’re delighted Ferna has signed his new contract. He is a senior member of the squad and his professionalism and work ethic are second to none. His form has been fantastic this season and we’re happy he’s extended his deal for a further two years.”

The Brazilian joined Manchester City back in 2013 from the Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk. So far, he has played 212 times for the Blues, scoring 19 goals.

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