Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic prepares surprise takeover bid

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could be set to takeover Turkish outfit Karsiyaka according to reports in Turkey.

A company owned by Abramovich is reported to be preparing a takeover of the Izmir based outfit according to the Fanatik sports newspaper.

Karsiyaka have fallen on hard times and are currently in a financial crisis.

The club have been restructuring towards a more corporate organisational setup and it is no secret that they are looking for financing.

Despite being in the Ptt 2. Lig, Karsiyaka are one of the oldest, most well established clubs in Turkey with a large fanbase.

Karsiyaka’s rivals Goztepe were in a similar state of affairs until billionaire oil tycoon Mehmet Sepil took over the club.

The Izmir derby between Karşıyaka and Göztepe attracted a ridiculous 80,000 people for a Turkish Division Two match on May 16 1981.

Club president Mutlu Altug meanwhile stated: “We will reveal who we have been in talks with after our board meeting on 15 November. We are negotiating with a powerful finance firm.”

The club are currently in debt to the tune of 54 million Turkish Lira.

Conte ‘more tactical’ than Zidane, says Morata

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata says Antonio Conte’s attention to tactical detail is what separates him from Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

Zidane was rewarded with 15 goals in 26 LaLiga appearances after bringing Morata back to the Bernabeu from Juventus last season.

And the 25-year-old is now thriving under Conte, netting seven times in the Premier League since his reported £70 million move to Stamford Bridge in July.

Morata says the difference in personality between the former Juve team-mates is reflected in their approach to management.

“They are two coaches with a winning mentality,” he told AS.

“Conte is much more tactical and has more control on the way we play. He is a very passionate person who lives it a lot.

“Zizou is also a winner in his own way.”

Los Blancos have been less prolific in Morata’s absence this season, with first-choice forward Karim Benzema having netted only a single league goal in seven outings.

The Frenchman’s performances have attracted criticism from the likes of Gary Lineker, but Morata backed Benzema to break out of the slump.

“Karim is one of the best strikers in the world. He has enough quality to be the number nine for Madrid,” he said.

“When [Lineker] played there were no social networks. I think you should put yourself in their situation.

“He likes to be at the centre of the storm but I don’t think it has a major impact [on Benzema].”

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