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Chelsea have signed Leicester City midfielder N'Golo Kante on a five-year deal for a fee believed to be in the region of £30m.The defensive midfielder joined from Caen last summer for £6m and went on to make 40 appearances in Leicester's Premier League-winning campaign. Kante, 25, was part of the France squad that reached the final of Euro 2016."I am so happy to have signed for one of the biggest clubs in Europe. It's a dream come true for me," he said. Kante is Chelsea's second signing of the summer after Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi joined from Marseille."The opportunity to work with Antonio Conte, a brilliant coach, and some of the best players in the world was simply too good to turn down," said Kante. Leicester said they accepted a club record fee on Friday before Kante finalised terms and completed a medical. "Despite the offer of a substantially improved, long-term contract, it became apparent that N'Golo's wish was to join Chelsea," said a Foxes statement.Leicester striker Jamie Vardy turned down a move to Arsenal earlier in the summer, but there is continued speculation winger Riyad Mahrez could leave. Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo described Kante as a "fantastic" signing with "exceptional quality"."He is a perfect fit in terms of Antonio Conte's philosophies and the style of football he wants to play," added Emenalo Read More
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On a day that has seen his midfield partner from last season depart for Chelsea, England midfielder Danny Drinkwater insists he would like to commit his future to Leicester City. He however admits he is still waiting for a new contract offer from the club. The Premier League champions have moved to try and secure the futures of other stars, with new deals offered to key trio Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante over the summer, even though Chelsea have now signed Kante.Vardy has already signed his four-year deal - a second new contract in the last year - after rejecting a move to Arsenal.Winger Marc Albrighton and captain Wes Morgan are among other players still waiting for offers after Vardy's future dominated the agenda earlier in the summer.Now Drinkwater, 26, who played a pivotal role in last season's remarkable title success, says he would also like to commit his future to the Foxes."I am not going chasing the club," said Drinkwater. "It is up to them to approach me.I would love to commit but I just want to play football. Read More
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New Watford manager Walter Mazzari has signed full-back Juan Camilo Zuniga from Napoli, initially on a season-long loan. Zuniga will stay at Vicarage Road until next summer, when Watford will have the option of making the deal permanent.The move reunites him with his former boss Walter Mazzari, who was in chargeof Napoli between 2009 and 2013. Zuniga has been capped 62 times by Colombia and played four times at the lastWorld Cup in Brazil, ending superstar Neymar's tournament with a challenge in the sides' quarter-final.He can play at right-back or left-back but was sent on loan to Bologna for the second half of last season after losing his place at Napoli.The 30-year-old is Watford'sfourth close-season signing as Italian Mazzari prepares for his first Premier League campaign. Read More
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Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini has completed his switch to Napoli for a fee of around £2m. The 31-year-old spent last season on loan at Bologna and was out of contract next summer. Giaccherini was brought to Wearside when fellow Italian Paolo Di Canio was in charge but started just 18 Premier League games in two years before his Bologna move. He started four of Italy's five games at Euro 2016, scoring in a 2-0 win over Belgium and converting a sudden-death penalty in thequarter-final shoot-out defeat to Germany. Giaccherini's agent said last month the "dream" would be a transfer to Chelsea, where his former Juventus and Italy boss Antonio Conte has just taken charge. The midfielder has however now completed a return to the Seria A with Napoli. Read More
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Belgium have parted company with manager Marc Wilmots, two weeks after the team lost 3-1 to Wales in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. The 47-year-old former Belgium international held the position for four years and managed 50 games. The Red Devils are ranked second in the world. Belgian FA president Francois de Keersmaecker said: "The objectives set for the Euros were not achieved. We need a new momentum."Belgium dominated large periods of the game against Wales, and Radja Nainggolan opened the scoring. But goals from Ashley Williams, Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokesdumped the Red Devils out of the competition.Wales went on to lose to eventual champions Portugal in the last four. Read More
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Ukraine have appointed former AC Milan and Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko as their new manager. The 39-year-old, who won 111 caps, replaces Mykhaylo Fomenko, whose four-year spell ended with elimination at the group stage of Euro 2016. Shevchenko was his assistant as Ukraine lost all of their matches, against Germany, Northern Ireland and Poland. The former Dynamo Kyiv player, who retired in 2012, has never before worked as a manager.Ukraine's record scorer with 48 goals, Shevchenko captained his country to their first World Cup finals in 2006. He has signed a two-year contract with the possibility of another two-year extension. Former Italy defender Mauro Tassotti, who was assistant coach when Shevchenko was at Milan, will join his coaching staff, as will former Dynamo coach Raul Riancho. Ukraine's World Cup 2018 qualification campaign begins with a home match against Iceland in September. They are both in Group I along with Croatia, Turkey, Finland and Kosovo Read More
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Bournemouth have signed Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe on a four-year deal for a club record £15m. Ibe, 20, made 58 appearances for Liverpool after joining them from Wycombe Wanderers in 2011. The England Under-21 winger was not a regular starter under Jurgen Klopp and was given permission to speak to the Cherries at the start of July."We're looking forward to seeing him to grow, he's a huge prospect," said chief executive Neil Blake.Ibe made 12 Premier League starts for Liverpool last year and scored in the Reds final league game of the season at West Brom Read More
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Juventus have signed Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia on a season-long loan. The deal also includes an option for the Serie A champions to make the switch permanent for the price of £14.3m over a two-year period. The Morocco international arrived in Turin to completehis medical on Thursday morning. A statement on the club's website read: "Juventus finalised an agreement withFC Bayern Munich."Benatia will arrive on loan for 3m euros [£2.5m], pending international clearance. Juventus have an option to make the deal permanent. Read More
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Chelsea Football Club have agreed a fee of around £32m for Leicester City midfielder N'Golo Kante, according to Sky sources. Kante had been offered an improved four-year contract before Euro 2016, but the France international has now told the club he wants to leave for Chelsea. Sources believe the french midfielder be undergoing his medical over the weekend, before meeting up with Chelsea on their pre-season training camp in Austria, where he will discuss personal terms. Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has insisted he would like Kante to stay at the club but said he would understand if the 25-year-old wished to leave the King Power stadium. Kante was one of the star performers for the premier league champions last season, making 37 appearances as Leicester won the Premier League title for the first time in their history. He only joined Leicester City a year ago from French side Caen and made his international debut in March this year before going on feature for France at Euro 2016. Read More
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Messi met with Chelsea owner – The Blues are ready to pay £110 million for the striker – Mancheter City are also chsing the star According to The Sun, Lionel Messi’s father has met with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. Messi’s father met Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea, on his yacht Eclipse. According to the source, Chelsea attempt to manoeuvre themselves into pole position if Messi intends to leave Barcelona in the wake of his tax fraud case.

The Sun reports that Chelsea are ready to offer Barcelona around £110 million for the 29-year-old and will better the forward’s current deal with the Spanish champions, which currently stands at £600,000 a week.

However, Manchester City have also registered their interest with  £800,000-a-week offer.

 

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