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RUMOUR: Two high profile European Midfielders linked with a move to Chelsea.

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Chelsea have a reported £200m war chest to spend this summer and Antonio Conte has identified Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko and PSG's Marco Verratti as prime targets to play next to N'Golo Kante next season.


According to this exclusive report in The Telegraph, Chelsea have stepped up their efforts to sign Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco for a reported fee of 50m Euros (£42.

‘We’re Four Goals Ahead, I Think We’ll Make It’ – PSG Quartet Verratti, Draxler, Meunier & Matuidi Discuss Barcelona Second Leg Over Supper (Video)

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In which we listen in on a quartet of PSG players Marco Verratti, Blaise Matuidi, Thomas Meurier and Julian Draxler discussing the prospect of playing Barcelona over a pizza supper, shortly after beating the Catalans 4-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

The conversation, though while mostly politeand respectful,is in French so you may wantto turn on the subtitles to catch some of the following fateful remarks:

We're gonna have to hold firm.

Cavani, Di Maria fire PSG past Bordeaux as Barca loom

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Bordeaux (AFP) – Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria stole the show in Paris Saint Germain’s 3-0 win at Bordeaux on Friday in an ideal warm-up for next week’s Champions League clash with Barcelona.

PSG joined Monaco, who face Metz on Saturday, on 55 points at the top of Ligue 1 but remain second on goal difference.

Cavani, Di Maria fire PSG past Bordeaux as Barca loom

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Bordeaux (AFP) – Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria stole the show in Paris Saint Germain’s 3-0 win at Bordeaux on Friday in an ideal warm-up for next week’s Champions League clash with Barcelona.

PSG joined Monaco, who face Metz on Saturday, on 55 points at the top of Ligue 1 but remain second on goal difference.

Draxler winner delivers immediate return for PSG

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Paris (AFP) New boy Julian Draxler produced a brilliant first-time finish to give Paris Saint Germain a 1-0 win at Rennes on his Ligue 1 debut for the champions on Saturday.

The victory lifts PSG level second with Monaco on 42 points, two behind table-toppers Nice, who host lowly Metz Sunday, while the Monegasques face a tough trip along the coast to Marseille.

Draxler winner delivers immediate return for PSG

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Paris (AFP) New boy Julian Draxler produced a brilliant first-time finish to give Paris Saint Germain a 1-0 win at Rennes on his Ligue 1 debut for the champions on Saturday.

The victory lifts PSG level second with Monaco on 42 points, two behind table-toppers Nice, who host lowly Metz Sunday, while the Monegasques face a tough trip along the coast to Marseille.

Arsenal, PSG draw to take battle for top spot to final match

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London (AFP) Arsenal squandered a chance to wrap up first place in Champions League Group A as Paris Saint-Germain hit back to earn a 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger's side were on course to secure top spot and a possible easier draw in the last 16 after taking a 2-1 lead in the second half.

Arsenal, PSG draw to take battle for top spot to final match

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London (AFP) Arsenal squandered a chance to wrap up first place in Champions League Group A as Paris Saint-Germain hit back to earn a 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger's side were on course to secure top spot and a possible easier draw in the last 16 after taking a 2-1 lead in the second half.

Arsenal draw with PSG, battle for top Champions League spot goes to final match

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London (AFP) Arsenal squandered a chance to wrap up first place in Champions League Group A as Paris Saint-Germain hit back to earn a 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger's side were on course to secure top spot and a possible easier draw in the last 16 after taking a 2-1 lead in the second half.

Arsenal draw with PSG, battle for top Champions League spot goes to final match

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London (AFP) Arsenal squandered a chance to wrap up first place in Champions League Group A as Paris Saint-Germain hit back to earn a 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger's side were on course to secure top spot and a possible easier draw in the last 16 after taking a 2-1 lead in the second half.

Arsenal draw 2-2 with PSG, battle for top spot goes to final match

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London (AFP) Arsenal squandered a chance to wrap up first place in Champions League Group A as Paris Saint-Germain hit back to earn a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger's side were on course to secure top spot and a possible easier draw in the last 16 after taking a 2-1 lead in the second half.

Arsenal monitoring Verratti’s situation at PSG

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Chelsea: Is N’Golo Kante really better than Claude Makelele?

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This summer, after France’s opening day win over Romania at Euro 2016, midfield legend Claude Makelele announced that N’Golo Kante was good enough to play for French champions PSG.

“For me, he has a great deal he can improve on,” said Makelele.

“If he continues like this, to work hard, he will become a key player in a big European team.

Chelsea - PSG: Preview and Lineups Prediction

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Chelsea host Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening in a scenario that will be all too familiar for Blues fans.

With an away goal in hand thanks to John Obi Mikel, the home side have a decent shout of progressing to the quarter finals. A 1-0 win would be enough for Chelsea to go through, but if the Ligue 1 side find the net, things become far more complicated.

Verratti and Matuidi boost for PSG ahead of Chelsea clash

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc on Monday named midfielders Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi among his group traveling to London for Wednesday's crunch Champions League clash at Chelsea.

Both Verratti and Matuidi are fighting for fitness after suffering a groin injury and thigh problem respectively.

Verratti and Matuidi boost for PSG ahead of Chelsea clash

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc on Monday named midfielders Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi among his group traveling to London for Wednesday's crunch Champions League clash at Chelsea.

Both Verratti and Matuidi are fighting for fitness after suffering a groin injury and thigh problem respectively.

Textbook Professional Foul: PSG’s Marco Verratti Brings Down His Man By Attempting To Steal His Clothes (Video)

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There was nothing particularly untoward about PSG beating Bastia 2-0 in Ligue 1 on Friday evening, save for a truly exquisite professional foul from Marco Verratti.

The Italian midfielder sprintedsome 30 yards to stop a counter-attack, stopping his opponent in his tracks by using an unorthodox technique usually reserved for lionesses bringing down gazelles on the plains of Africa.

Manchester United's £72m target agrees deal till 2020, confirms agent

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Italian playmaker Marco Verratti has agreed a long term deal to stay at Paris Saint-Germain until at least 2020, claims his agent.

Verratti's current contract runs until 2019, but it appears PSG want to tie him up for a longer period.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Once Told Carlo Ancelotti He Was Jesus In A Bid To Inspire PSG’s Title Push

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By Chris Wright

Come all ye faithful

Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes he is the risen lord. Does this come as a surprise to you? Of course it bloody well doesn't.

PSG midfielder Marco Verratti has describedhow Zlatan's soaring self-belief inspired the French side to win their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years back in 2013, after the Swedish behemoth revealed himself aslord and saviour to then-coach Carlo Ancelotti before a crucial game against Lyon.

Paris Saint Germain

Surprise OGC Nice looking to keep momentum going

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Heading into the current campaign, many assumed that Paris Saint-Germain would ease into their fifth consecutive Ligue 1 title. After all, the Parisians are one of the richest clubs on the planet and have superstar players such as Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti, Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva, and Blaise Matuidi.

Surprise OGC Nice looking to keep momentum going

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Heading into the current campaign, many assumed that Paris Saint-Germain would ease into their fifth consecutive Ligue 1 title. After all, the Parisians are one of the richest clubs on the planet and have superstar players such as Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti, Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva, and Blaise Matuidi.

Thursday Kickoff: Ozil, Bravo, Falcao and more

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One of the Premier League's biggest stars will base his future around his current manager, while one of the world's best goalkeepers took the blame following Tuesday's mistake.

Mesut Ozil is reportedly looking for assurance that Arsene Wegner will remain with Arsenal before signing a new deal with the club.

Blow For Real Madrid: Manchester United's £79m target signs five-year deal

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Italy midfielder Marco Verratti has signed a new long-term contract with Paris Saint-Germain that will see him staying at the club till 2021.

Marco Verratti en train de signer sa prolongation de contrat jusqu’en 2021 ! #PSG pic.twitter.com/0eOpt1tGuW

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The 23-year-old missed a large part of last season as well as Euro 2016 with a groin injury and subsequently underwent a surgery.

Conte fine-tunes Italy’s Euro 2016 squad

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Milan (AFP) Italy coach Antonio Conte cut several Euro 2016 hopefuls from a preliminary squad on Monday as he unveiled a 30-man squad for the Azzurri's second pre-competition training camp.

Italy will head to the June 10-July 10 tournament in France looking to reach a second successive final but facing a formidable challenge after failing to get past the first round at the past two editions of the World Cup.

Conte fine-tunes Italy’s Euro 2016 squad

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Milan (AFP) Italy coach Antonio Conte cut several Euro 2016 hopefuls from a preliminary squad on Monday as he unveiled a 30-man squad for the Azzurri's second pre-competition training camp.

Italy will head to the June 10-July 10 tournament in France looking to reach a second successive final but facing a formidable challenge after failing to get past the first round at the past two editions of the World Cup.

Could Marchisio Injury Open Door For Pirlo Return?

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Antonio Conte will be forced to get creative this summer as he will head to the Euro's without the services of one of Italy's key players.

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, capped 54 times by Italy, was stretchered off the pitch in the Bianconeri's 4-0 victory over Palermo on Sunday and it has been confirmed that the Italian has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, ruling him out of Euro 2016.

Tuesday Kickoff: FIFA, AC Milan, Verratti and more

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While a couple of clubs made managerial changes, a former president of CONCACAF pleaded guilty to charges of corruption.

Alfredo Hawit, who served as the interim president for CONCACAF in 2015, has pleaded guilty to four charges of corruption, admitting he had accepted bribes to sell marketing rights for tournaments.

Monday Kickoff: Verratti, Aurier, Matip and more

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Paris Saint-Germain is all the buzz this Monday morning, for both good and crazy reasons, after a weekend full of action.

Italian midfielder Marco Verratti, 23, has inked a contract extension with PSG that will see him stay with the Ligue 1 club until the summer of 2020. (REPORT)

Following the dismissal of Serge Aurier, who was indefinitely suspended by Paris Saint-Germain after making insulting remarks towards head coach Laurent Blanc, the club released a statement saying his statements were "clearly unacceptable.

Fabregas: Manchester United’s £40m target is an ‘exceptional talent’

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Ahead of Chelsea's Round of 16, second leg Champions League tie with PSG, midfielder Cesc Fabregas has ushered heaves of praise for Marco Verratti.

Fabregas when asked to comment on Verratti's potential to become a world class midfielder, he said that the Italian midfielder is an exceptional talent and he reminds him bit of Xavi.

Manchester United’s big money target could set for January transfer

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Manchester United target Marco Verratti could be set to leave Paris Saint-Germain this January with Spanish La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid and German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich both linked with a move for the young Italian.

PSG ready to use Manchester United target to lure €80m winger

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Anew twist in the Angel di Maria saga has come up. Bayern Munich have joined the race to sign the Argentine, but Spanish newspaper AS believe that the move is too late as the winger is all set to join PSG.

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Immobile rescues Italy as Spain cruise

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Paris (AFP) Lazio striker Ciro Immobile grabbed an injury-time winner as four-time champions Italy snatched a 3-2 comeback win at Macedonia on Sunday, narrowly avoiding a World Cup qualifying embarrassment.

Italy, who had needed a late penalty to salvage a point against Group G rivals Spain on Thursday, were staring at a shock defeat in Skopje against a Macedonia side ranked a lowly 146 in the world.

Motta, De Rossi get nod for Italy in Euro 2016

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Rome (AFP) Midfielders Thiago Motta and Daniele De Rossi were on Tuesday given the all clear and included in Italy coach Antonio Conte's 23-man squad for Euro 2016.

With midfield stalwarts Claudio Marchisio and Marco Verratti both injured, Conte had feared for the fitness of Paris Saint-Germain's Motta and Roma's De Rossi, both struggling with a calf and thigh injuries respectively.

Motta, De Rossi get nod for Italy in Euro 2016

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Rome (AFP) Midfielders Thiago Motta and Daniele De Rossi were on Tuesday given the all clear and included in Italy coach Antonio Conte's 23-man squad for Euro 2016.

With midfield stalwarts Claudio Marchisio and Marco Verratti both injured, Conte had feared for the fitness of Paris Saint-Germain's Motta and Roma's De Rossi, both struggling with a calf and thigh injuries respectively.

Europe

PSG 1-1 Arsenal: 15 Tweet Match Summary as Sanchez rescues Gunners

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From Berlin to Balotelli through gloom and glory: The 10-year evolution of the Italy national team

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A Classique of a Lifetime: How Marseille can beat PSG in the biggest derby in years

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The 10 Series – Class of 2013 Review: How did our pick of Ligue 1 best young players for 2013 get on?

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The 10 Series is our annual special feature on Just Football scouting the best young talents in Europe.

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Puma Get It Spot On Again With Italy’s Achingly Stylish New Away Kit (Photos)

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Allow us to usher your attention away from all the deadline day hubbub for a second to introduce youto the slick son-of-a-bitch that is Italy's new Puma away shirt.

As modelled by young blue eyes himself, Marco Verratti, the Azzurri's latest offering is classically styled and hued in the immaculatewhite and blue palette that we've come to expect.

Will Man United Break Transfer Record For PSG Star?

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Marco Verratti could soon be on his way to England after the Euro's, with Manchester United reportedly ready to bid €100 million (£79m) for the midfielder according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport.

Jose Mourinho has a rebuilding job on his hands at Old Trafford and he has prioritized reinvigorating his midfield and the Special One wants Azzurri star Verratti

The move would smash the transfer record by a British club of €75 million, paid by Manchester United themselves, for Angel Di Maria in 2014.