Chelsea FC transfer news: 17-goal winger to sign, but star midfielder to leave?

first_img Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid) – Morata is a known target for Chelsea, but they have so far been knocked back in their attempts to sign him. The Blues have already failed with one bid for the Spanish striker, and Real Madrid are unwilling to sell unless their £62 million valuation is matched. This has not put Chelsea off however, and the Telegraph claim they are waiting to see if Morata will force a move away from the Bernabeu before submitting another bid. Andre Ayew (Swansea City) – Ayew impressed in his debut season in England, scoring 12 goals in a Swansea team who struggled for much of the campaign. This eye for goal has interested Conte, who is keen to add another attacking threat to his team to complement Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi. The Sun claim Conte does not want to spend big on a new forward, and a £12 million move is said to be in the works. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – Click the right arrow above to find out all the latest Arsenal transfer news… – Mahrez was a key figure in the Foxes’ incredible Premier League success last season, scoring 17 goals and registering 10 assists on the way to winning the title. However, following Kante’s departure, the 25-year-old winger reportedly wants to leave the KP Stadium as well. The Express claim he has turned down a new contract, with the Blues lining up a transfer in the coming days. 6 Nemanja Matic – One player who could leave Stamford Bridge this summer is Serbian midfielder Matic, a player key to Premier League success in 2014/15. He struggled last term, and with the arrival of Kante it is likely he has been pushed down the pecking order. ESPN claim Serie A champions Juventus are tracking Matic, with Conte deeming the 27-year-old surplus to requirements this season. Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) – Chelsea have already made an offer for Senegalese centre-back Koulibaly, but have yet to agree a fee with Napoli. Everton are rivalling the Blues for his signature, although the Telegraph claim the 25-year-old favours a move to Stamford Bridge, and is hoping a deal can be agreed between Chelsea and his current club. Rated as one of the best defenders in Serie A, he would bring increased security to a team who leaked goals last season. 6 6 6 6 Juan Cuadrado – Cuadrado’s career at Chelsea has been less than stellar since signing for the Blues in January 2015, starting only four games under Jose Mourinho before being loaned to Juventus last summer. He excelled back in Italy, registering five goals and eight assists, and Conte has confirmed he will be back at Stamford Bridge next season. The Italian is known to be a big fan of the winger, and speaking after the friendly loss to Rapid Vienna, he announced Cuadrado will be part of his squad for the coming campaign. 6 Chelsea’s summer transfer activity burst into life on Saturday afternoon, with the arrival of N’Golo Kante from Leicester City confirmed.Michy Batshuayi was signed earlier in July, but bringing in Kante is proof that the Blues are going all out to win the Premier League this season under head coach Antonio Conte.But the business is not finished in West London, with many more players linked to join before the start of the 2016/17 season.A new defender is high on Conte’s wishlist, although it is clear another wide forward is likely to be heading to Stamford Bridge as well.So, what is the latest news? Click the right arrow above to find out…last_img read more

US Advances, 86-63 Over Mexico

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain — Stephen Curry made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points, leading the U.S. national team into the quarterfinals of the Basketball World Cup with an 86-63 victory over Mexico on Sept. 6.The Golden State Warriors All-Star was 7-of-10 from the field and 6-of-9 behind the arc, continuing to move a dismal start to the tournament for one of the game’s best shooters.Warriors teammate Klay Thompson added 15 points for the Americans, who advance to a game Sept.  9 against either Slovenia or Dominican Republic, who they are a combined 3-0 against this summer. The U.S. beat both easily in exhibition play, then handled the Dominicans again during the group stage in Bilbao.Curry was just 4-for-17 overall in his first two games, though shot the ball over the next three. He saved his best performance for Barcelona, where the Americans are used to them.He made consecutive 3s early in the third quarter when the Americans put away the game, the second coming as he was knocked down by a defender who was lucky not to be called for a foul.Gustavo Ayon scored 25 points for Mexico, which won last year’s FIBA Americas tournament to qualify and then advanced as the No. 4 team out of Group D despite a 2-3 record.The 6-foot-9 Ayon played for the Atlanta Hawks last season but had his season cut short by right shoulder surgery in February. He is a free agent and showed enough footwork and shooting touch to warrant a look from someone else.But he couldn’t prevent what ended up as the usual American romp in Barcelona, where the Dream Team crushed the competition in the 1992 Olympics.The Americans averaged 117.3 points and won by 43.8 points a game then at nearby Badalona, but expect things to be a little more difficult here at the Palau Sant Jordi.The U.S. surged to a quick 13-2 lead, and after Mexico answered with seven straight, pushed the lead back up to 23-13 after one. It stayed in double digits for nearly entire second, though Ayon had a 10-point period to keep the Americans from getting too far ahead, and it was 42-27 at halftime.Curry’s consecutive 3s made it 50-27, and had back-to-back baskets again later in the third — including a layup for his only one inside the arc — before DeMarcus Cousins’ bucket made it 57-30.Despite being bordering countries, the teams hadn’t met since the 2007 Olympic qualifying tournament. They hadn’t played in the World Cup since 1967.James Harden finished with 12 points for the U.S.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more