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Exclusive: Chelsea Line Up Bid for Celtic Wonderkid Karamoko Dembélé

Chelsea are preparing a move for 16-year-old Celtic starlet Karamoko Dembélé once their transfer ban is lifted.

The attacking midfielder has been considered as one of the brightest prospects in Europe ever since making his debut for Celtic’s Under-20 side at just 13 years old back in 2016.

Since then, Dembélé has gone on to feature for the senior side this season, and 90min has learned that ​Chelsea are eager to test Celtic’s resolve with a bid as soon as they are permitted to do so. 

The Blues are currently under a transfer ban which is set to last until the summer of 2020, although they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 20 November, which could see their ban lifted in time for the January transfer window.

Should that happen, Chelsea could even launch a bid for Dembélé in January, although they are prepared to wait until the summer if their ban is not brought to an end.

Billy Gilmour

Chelsea have plenty of connections in Scotland and have not been afraid to use those links to sign players in the past. They brought young striker Islam Feruz down from Celtic back in 2011, while they also struck a deal to sign Billy Gilmour from Rangers in 2017.

Gilmour has established himself as a regular member of Frank Lampard’s first-team squad this season, and there is a belief that Dembélé may be able to eventually do the same if he chooses to follow in Gilmour’s footsteps.

Karamoko Dembele

Dembélé’s current contract – his first professional deal – expires in 2021, and Chelsea hope this could work to their advantage.

The youngster, who is eligible to represent Scotland, England or the Ivory Coast at international level, recently made the switch to the Three Lions and netted his first goal for the Under-17 side in a 1-1 draw with Spain in October.


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Chelsea Superstar N’Golo Kante Claims He Could Finish His Career at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has hinted that he could remain at Stamford Bridge beyond his current contract and potentially even finish his playing career with the Blues.

The Frenchman joined Chelsea in the summer of 2016, winning the Premier League title in his first season and rapidly becoming a fan favourite. In November 2018, the club hierarchy then rewarded Kante’s performances, agreeing an improved contract until 2023. However, the World Cup winner can see himself staying at Chelsea even beyond that. 

N’Golo Kante

Speaking with ​Telefoot, Kante revealed: “It is possible that I finish my career in Chelsea. I am under contract until 2023 so I hope to live beautiful things until 2023.”

The midfield powerhouse’s ambition is to win more titles at Stamford Bridge and he still sees plenty of challenges for him at the club. 

He added: “​Chelsea is not too small for me, I made three beautiful years here, this club helped me a lot and I hope to win many more titles here.”

Alongside his ​Premier League winner’s medal, Kante has lifted the 2017/18 FA Cup and 2018/19 Europa League trophies in his spell with the club.

N'Golo Kante

Frank Lampard’s side have made a fantastic start to the season, although Kante’s involvement has been restricted by injury so far. However, his timely return against Crystal Palace meant that he replaced the suspended Jorginho in Chelsea’s youngest-ever Premier League starting XI.

Chelsea have an abundance of central midfield options, meaning Kante will have to be at his very best to retain his place on the teamsheet. No stranger to hard work, that should be no problem for the Frenchman who can act as the perfect role model to their young prospects like Mason Mount and Billy Gilmour.

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Chelsea Set Asking Price for Wantaway Striker Olivier Giroud in January

​Chelsea will demand £5m from any interested side to sell wantaway striker Olivier Giroud once the January transfer window opens.

The 33-year-old has started just twice in all competitions this season and has regularly struggled to make the matchday squad, with both Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi ahead of him in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

Olivier Giroud

He will be out of contract at the end of the season, but ​The Express claim that ​Chelsea will demand £5m if they are to sell ​Giroud before he can walk away for free. 

Giroud can begin discussing a free transfer overseas as soon as the January transfer window opens, but English sides must wait until closer to the end of his contract before they can make contact with him.

​Crystal Palace are believed to be keen on Giroud. The Eagles have struggled greatly in front of goal this season, having netted just ten goals in their 12 appearances – the second lowest tally in the ​Premier League behind ​Watford.

Roy Hodgson

If they want Giroud as soon as possible, Palace will have to meet Chelsea’s demands of £5m. Roy Hodgson may well feel pressured to do so, especially considering there is interest in Giroud from abroad.

Antonio Conte is believed to be keen on a reunion with Giroud at ​Inter, while ​Major League Soccer side Vancouver Whitecaps are also said to have expressed an interest in the World Cup-winning Frenchman.

Back in France, Nice, Bordeaux, Marseille and Lyon have all been monitoring his situation, so there is expected to be plenty of options for Giroud to choose from.

Olivier Giroud

Given all of those overseas sides can agree a contract with Giroud in January, Palace may need to act quick to try and get themselves to the front of the queue for his signature, meaning they will have to part with £5m.

A move away from Chelsea certainly seems inevitable for Giroud, and £5m is a very reasonable fee for a veteran striker with plenty of Premier League experience. That figure should not be a problem for Palace, who still have almost the entirety of the £50m raised by Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s departure burning a hole in their pocket.


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All the Best Stats as Frank Lampard’s Chelsea Youngsters Beat Crystal Palace

Chelsea continued their rich vein of Premier League form with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The victory was Chelsea’s sixth consecutive league win, the first time the Blues have won six on the bounce since the back end of their 2016/17 title winning campaign under Antonio Conte. ​

In May 2017, Chelsea wrapped up the league with victory against West Brom, before showing no signs of letting up despite having the title in the bag, as they beat Watford and then hammered Sunderland to register their sixth win on the trot. 


​Chelsea have recaptured that title winning form as two second half goals saw them ease past ​Crystal Palace in Roy Hodgson’s 300th game as a Premier League manager. 

The win was also a milestone for boss Frank Lampard. As reported by Opta, Lampard became only the seventh English manager to win six consecutive Premier League games, the first since Alan Pardew at Newcastle back in 2012. 

Chelsea and Lampard have prided themselves on blooding the products of the Chelsea academy this season, and Saturday’s victory was no different.

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The Blues fielded their youngest ever Premier League starting XI, with an average age of 24 years and 88 days. This was the youngest starting XI of any team in the Premier League this season.

Unsurprisingly, two youngsters were on the scoresheet for Chelsea. Tammy Abraham’s composed finish gave the Blues the lead, as the 22-year-old moved up to ten league strikes for the season.

That goal also made Abraham the second youngest player in Chelsea history to reach double figures in the Premier League. Only Arjen Robben (21 years and 342 days) has achieved the feat earlier. 


Christian Pulisic continued his impressive form in front of goal, as he wrapped up the Chelsea win 11 minutes from time.

The 22-year-old headed in from close range for his third goal in three games. This makes him the fourth American to score in three consecutive Premier League matches, after Clint Dempsey, Joe Max-Moore and Roy Wegerle. 

Chelsea sit third in the table after the win. Frank Lampard’s young side have taken full advantage of Manchester City and Liverpool meeting on Sunday, as they continue to make up ground on the top two.

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Gary Cahill Admits Returning to Stamford Bridge to Face Chelsea Was ‘Emotional & Weird’

Crystal Palace defender Gary Cahill has revealed it was emotional and weird returning to Stamford Bridge to play against Chelsea, following his side’s defeat on Saturday.

The 33-year-old former captain spent seven years with the west London side between 2012 and 2019, before departing to join the Eagles on a free transfer in the summer of 2019. In his time with the Blues, he won the Premier League, League Cup and Champions League, while he also won both the Europa League and FA Cup twice.

Saturday’s early kick-off in the Premier League saw Roy Hodgson’s men travel to take on Chelsea in what was Cahill’s first appearance back at his old home.


​Frank Lampard’s men prevailed thanks to goals from Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic, but the centre-back put in a very resolute display. After the final whistle, people in all four stands within Stamford Bridge were on their feet as they applauded and sung his name, with ​Cahill responding by clapping back.

The player later revealed his emotions following the match, ​telling the BBC: “It was very strange to come back here. It was always going to be a bit emotional and a bit weird. Thank you to the fans for the reception, that was terrific. 

“To spend so much of my career and life as a footballer here, and the memories I’ve got, that’s life as a footballer, you move on…For a fan of ​Chelsea it’s so exciting for the young lads to have these opportunities.”

The defender pointed towards the form of Chelsea, who have now won six consecutive league games, but insisted his team performed well. He added: “We’ve come up against a very good team in very good form so it was difficult today [Saturday].

Gary Cahill

“We defended very well as a team in the first half. The onus is on them to be on the front foot but we soaked it up and defended well. The first goal was a blow and luck went their way.”

​Palace have made a bright start to the season, with Cahill appearing ten times in the league for the Eagles so far. 

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