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WILLIAN WOULD HAVE LEFT CHELSEA IF CONTE STAYED AS MANAGER

Chelsea winger Willian says there is "no chance" he would be at the club had former head coach Antonio Conte still been in charge. Conte won the 2016-17 Premier League title with the Blues but was sacked in July after finishing fifth. His replacement, fellow Italian Maurizio Sarri, won his first Premier

FEKIR SET TO STAY AT LYON

The playmaker was on the verge of a switch to Liverpool, but now looks set to remain with his current side for the foreseeable future Lyon star Nabil Fekir is "95 per cent" certain to remain at the club, according to president Jean-Michel Aulas. Fekir was on the verge of joining Premier

COURTOIS MISSED CHELSEA TRAINING BECAUSE OF STRESS

Thibaut Courtois missed training at Chelsea before moving to Real Madrid because he was stressed, says his agent who added that the keeper had apologised to the Blues. Courtois, 26, said he wanted to move to be closer to his children in Madrid and did not return to Stamford Bridge after

Tiemoue Bakayoko Join AC Milan on Loan

Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has reportedly completed a season-long loan move to Italian outfit AC Milan. The 23-year-old only joined Chelsea last summer, but he struggled to settle in England and his performances often drew criticism despite playing 43 times in 2017-18. Official confirmation has not yet arrived from either club, but

SCHMEICHEL FROWNS AT ALISSON, KEPA’S TRANSFER FEES; SAYS IT’S TOO RIDICULOUS

Leicester City goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel has faulted the singing fees for two new recruits in the EPL, Liverpool’s Alisson Becker and Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Leicester star has seen transfer records broken on a regular basis this summer, with Neymar's deal in 2017 pushing fees up across the board. New heights have

CHELSEA SIGN KOVACIC

  Chelsea have completed the signing of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid on a season-long loan. The 24-year-old moves to London as part of the deal that takes Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid. The Croatian international arrives with experience having featured regularly in Serie A, La Liga, the Champions League and at international

LEICESTER CITY WANT DRINKWATER BACK

  Leicester City are considering the possibility of taking Danny Drinkwater back from Chelsea, after just a year at Stamford Bridge. Drinkwater moved to London for £35m on deadline day last summer, in what seemed a panic buy, but the midfielder went on to make only a handful of appearances for Chelsea across

KEPA SIGNS FOR CHELSEA

Chelsea have signed Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for £71m - the highest fee ever paid for a goalkeeper, and a club record transfer. Kepa, 23, arrives at Stamford Bridge after a release clause in his contract was met, with the deal surpassing Alisson's £66.8m move to Liverpool. He has signed a

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