Defender ready for Chelsea move, £40m star announce he is settled after move, Chelsea can sign superstar for £77 million

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Chelsea will be able to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona for just £77 million in the summer window.

Coutinho made a name for himself at Liverpool as one of the best creative midfielders in the game and Barcelona were determined to acquire his services as the long-term replacement for Andreas Iniesta.

However, his move to the Camp Nou has not gone down as well as many had hoped and after the arrival of Antoine Griezmann, he has fallen well down the pecking order, meaning that he was shipped out o Bayern Munich on a loan basis.

The former Liverpool man has impressed in patches with the Bundesliga champions, having an hand in over 20 goals this season for the dominant German Champions.

But according there is a feeling that Bayern may not take up the opportunity to sign Coutinho on a permanent basis, meaning we could swoop in for a possible deal.

And according to the Daily Express, Barcelona are desperate to offload the Brazilian in the summer and will allow him to leave the club if the £77 million price tag is met by the likes of Chelsea.

We are keen to add some big named players to the side in the coming transfer windows, and we have reportedly seen signing Coutinho as the ideal man to replace the departed Eden Hazard.

Noel Whelan has told the likes of Chelsea that Bournemouth star Nathan Ake is ready to make a big move to a big club.

There was a lot of transfer speculation during the January transfer window involving our club after it was revealed that they would be able to sign players and improve the squad, but despite all the speculation and despite all the rumours, Frank Lampard was not able to sign any players.

But that has not stopped speculation in the media about possible signings at THE END OF THE SEASON, and one player that has been heavily linked with a move BACK to Stamford Bridge, is that of Ake, who has emerged as one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League and one of the best young defenders in Europe right now.

Lampard knows that he needs to solve his defensive issues at Stamford Bridge if he is to get this side back challenging for that Premier League title, and Ake, has proven himself enough in the Premier League to warrant a move back to the Bridge.

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Now Noel Whelan has come out and suggested that Ake is ready to make that next step, play for one of the big boys and become one of the best players in the world, he told the Football Insider: “He’s been linked with moves back to Chelsea, he’s been looked at by Arsenal. There’s a lot of clubs looking at Nathan Ake.

“Since leaving Chelsea he’s really come on leaps and bounds and developed into a very good centre half.

“But I think now, come the end of the season, no matter where Bournemouth end up, whether they’re still in the Premier League or they get relegated, I think it’s probably time for him to take that step up to a big club.”

Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has admitted that he is finally feeling settled on and off the pitch.

Kovacic took the headlines during the summer transfer window after earning himself a massive five-year contract to stay on a permanent basis after a below-average loan season last year, in which he barely made an impression on the fans.

But this season under the guidance of Lampard the midfielder has looked like a totally different player to the one who failed to impress fans on a weekly basis under Maurizio Sarri, and he has become an integral part of the side this season after completing his move from Madrid.

He has played 32 times already this campaign, breaking his goalscoring duck away in Valencia and impressing with performances in the middle of the pitch, and now he has come out and admitted that he is happy and settled for in London after completing his move: ‘Maybe it is because I have signed here [permanently] so now I am more calm,’ he told the Chelsea website.

‘Because last year was a loan, it was maybe more difficult to prove myself, but this year I feel a lot better because I had one year’s adaptation and now I am feeling good.

‘The guys are amazing, the staff are really good and my family is happy. It is really important to me that my family feels good and for now everything is amazing so we are enjoying everything about London and Chelsea, it’s really nice.’

‘The country suits me because the weather is not so hot,’ he admitted. ‘That’s always important because when I trained in Madrid it was a little bit difficult, always 30 degrees. It was tough sometimes to train but here the climate is amazing so I’m enjoying it a lot.

‘I’m used to this weather because I lived in Austria and was raised there, and the weather is the same. For training it is amazing. Maybe for our families it’s not so good but for us players, it’s good!’


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