Chelsea make £70m push for Ox & Drinkwater

The Blues are getting increasingly confident that they will land both of their main targets ahead of the transfer deadline.

Chelsea are continuing negotiations in their final push to sign Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.

The duo will likely cost a combined £70 million as Chelsea aim to negotiate Leicester’s asking price to below the £40m that they have been demanding for England midfielder Drinkwater.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have no serious competition in the race for the versatile Oxlade-Chamberlain as Liverpool’s interest has cooled. But, despite the 24-year-old having less than a year left on his contract at Arsenal, he will likely cost between £35m and £40m.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is keen to leave Arsenal, despite playing in the club’s 4-0 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday, and is hoping to earn around £150,000-a-week in his next contract. The former Southampton is not willing to accept any deal to remain at the Emirates Stadium.

Chelsea are keen to bring in English players ahead of the transfer window closing after failing to field one in the past two games. Fikayo Tomori was Chelsea’s only English player in their match day squad for Sunday’s 2-0 win over Everton and he failed to make an appearance off the bench.

Antonio Conte doesn’t conduct his own transfers at Chelsea but he has made made several calls for his club to strengthen as he has been faced with adding non-senior players to his bench in recent weeks.

Conte spoke about bringing in players Sunday’s win over Everton, saying: “There are four days to go, no, in the transfer market. I think the club is working very hard to try to improve our squad.

“Don’t forget when we start, next month, in September we have to play seven games. I need to rotate my players because it’s very difficult to play seven games in a month with some players.

“I think the club is working very hard to strengthen the squad. They know very well our situation. But I repeat, I’m ready in every case to continue to work with this group of players, with the players we have.

“I think my message for the fans is always the same: I’m totally committed to the club. Totally committed to improve my players and my team. I’m a coach, not a manager. I think the best of my work is on the pitch, to try and improve my players and my team.

“Then, for sure, when you want to strengthen your squad, you have to give your opinion and speak with your club, but then the club goes into the transfer market to try and sort the situation. To try and help us. Sometimes it could be possible. Sometimes it is possible. Sometimes it’s not possible.

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Alvaro Morata says he still needs time to adapt at Chelsea

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has made a fast start to his Premier League career at home, but insists he needs time to get better.

The Spain striker’s arrival placated many concerned by Chelsea’s summer transfer activity and the exile of Diego Costa.

Morata’s start to his Chelsea career has not been perfect. He had a penalty saved in the Community Shield shootout loss to Arsenal and a free header which went wide in the win over Tottenham.

But his goal in Sunday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Everton means he has scored twice in two games at Stamford Bridge.

‘I’m happy because I scored, I took an assist and the team won,’ Morata said on chelseafc.com.

‘It was an important win. At Stamford Bridge we need to win all the games or try to take the three points. ‘It’s important for me to play and to make adaptations to my game. It’s not easy: a new country, another language, another style of football.

‘I need time for all the things in the Premier League but I’m okay, my team-mates give me a hand to make it easy and I’m very happy to be here.’

Costa scored 20 Premier League goals in Chelsea’s two title-winning seasons in the last three years.
Morata insists he does not set personal targets, but collective ones. He added: ‘If I begin by thinking how many
goals for myself, probably I should play tennis.

‘It doesn’t matter to me. I prefer to win something. I always think this is a team sport.’Morata’s first goal came in an opening day loss to Burnley which heightened talk of a crisis at Chelsea. But Antonio Rudiger, one of four summer signings, said Chelsea are happy to be three points behind leaders Manchester United heading into the international break.

‘If you look at the table I think it’s good,’ Rudiger told Chelsea TV. ‘It was a pity we lost our first match. But we won our last two matches and we have to continue after international duty like this.’

Morata, Rudiger, midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and back-up goalkeeper Willy Caballero have all been signed as replacements, rather than reinforcements, with Costa, John Terry, Nemanja Matic and Asmir Begovic departing or – in Costa’s case – expected to.
Head coach Antonio Conte has spoken of the need to add to his thin squad before Thursday’s transfer deadline, particularly ahead of a Champions League return which means the Blues play seven games in 22 days following the resumption in September.
Everton finished a busy week with the loss, but defender Ashley Williams refused to make excuses.
The Toffees followed Monday’s draw at Manchester City and Thursday night’s Europa League play-off progression at Hadjuk Split with a poor performance.
Williams said on evertonfc.com: ‘It has been a busy week but that is not an excuse.
‘We wanted to qualify for the Europa League – we knew it would be difficult. Thursday and Sunday games are tough physically.’

DailyMail on FacebookMorata, Rudiger, midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and back-up goalkeeper Willy Caballero have all been signed as replacements, rather than reinforcements, with Costa, John Terry, Nemanja Matic and Asmir Begovic departing or – in Costa’s case – expected to.

Head coach Antonio Conte has spoken of the need to add to his thin squad before Thursday’s transfer deadline, particularly ahead of a Champions League return which means the Blues play seven games in 22 days following the resumption in September.

Everton finished a busy week with the loss, but defender Ashley Williams refused to make excuses.
The Toffees followed Monday’s draw at Manchester City and Thursday night’s Europa League play-off progression at Hadjuk Split with a poor performance.

Williams said on evertonfc.com: ‘It has been a busy week but that is not an excuse.
‘We wanted to qualify for the Europa League – we knew it would be difficult. Thursday and Sunday games are tough physically.’

Williams glanced a header wide late on. Had he scored it would have set up a tense conclusion to the game.
The Wales defender added: ‘It was a stretched game against a good side but we did create chances in the last 10 minutes.

‘We had chances to get it back to 2-1 – if I had scored that header, then we might have got another one.
‘I should definitely have scored, I don’t know how I didn’t. I tried to get contact on the ball but it went wide.
‘That frustrated me because if we had got a goal then it would have been an interesting end to the game.’

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