Antonio Conte set to re-unite with his former striker

There are strong indications that Antonio Conte may re-unite with Fernando Llorente’s as report emerged this afternoon that his agent was spotted at the Inter HQ today.

The Spaniard worked with Conte at Juventus, but snubbed the Italian at Chelsea when the striker joined Tottenham at last minute.

According to Football Italia, representative Frank Trimboli walked into the Nerazzurri offices in Milan this afternoon.

Llorente had been the main alternative for Napoli to first choice Icardi, who has so far refused all proposals, despite being told repeatedly that he had no chance of playing under Antonio Conte.

If Llorente is having talks with Inter, it could represent two different scenarios.

The first is that Llorente will join them as a free agent because Napoli finally got their foot in the door for Icardi, who would move for €65m.

However, if Inter are about to snap up free agent Llorente, then they’d be removing both Napoli candidates for the front line.

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Llorente has also been linked with Manchester United.

Frank Lampard heaps praise on Mason Mount as midfielder set to be rewarded with England call up

Frank Lampard has praised Mason Mount amid reports that the midfielder is likely to be rewarded with an England call-up after his impressive early-season form for Chelsea .

The midfielder has caught the eye for Frank Lampard’s Blues and is expected to be included for next month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.

Boss Gareth Southgate names his squad on Thursday and is a fan of Mount, having invited him to train with the seniors before last year’s World Cup.

The 20-year-old, who has scored two goals in four games this term, was called up for the Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain in 2018 but is yet to earn a cap.

England are top of Group A after successive five goal wins against the Czech Republic and Montenegro. They host Bulgaria at Wembley on September 7 and then Kosovo at St Mary’s Stadium on September 10.

Meanwhile, Frank Lampard has praised Mount for the way he has stepped up and become a key figure at Chelsea.

‘I don’t want to say he’s surprised me with the way he’s taking to the Premier League because I have real belief in him,’ said Lampard.

‘But he has made me stand up and take notice of just how far he can go in the game. Doing well last year at Derby was great but that’s one thing, and coming to Chelsea and performing at this level with all the competition for places is another.

‘Mason has a fantastic character and that’s part of his overall package, plus he has the quality on the ball. Intelligent players who are hungry and have that talent and are fantastic to work with, and Mason is exactly that.

‘He’s impressed me even more from pre-season and I believe he can absolutely go to the top if he continues to work hard.’

Chelsea’s longest serving player set for permanent move from Stamford Bridge

Reports in England claim Portuguese side Rio Ave are considering signing Chelsea outcast Lucas Piazon.

Piazon is nowhere the first-team squad and seems destined for a seventh loan move despite being out of contract next summer, with interest from Portugal and Spain

The Brazilian, who has made just three Blues appearances since arriving from Sao Paulo in 2011, would most likely have to take a pay-cut with his current contract at Stamford Bridge expiring next summer.

Football.london report that, quoting a source close to the player, there has been firm interest from Portugal and Spain with a decision on his future likely in the next 48 hours.

Reports in Portugal also suggest that Rio Ave are confident of agreeing a two-year loan deal – and that is where things get interesting because he is out of contract at the end of this season.

Shortly after Lucas Piazon joined Chelsea as a teenager in 2011, the Brazilian attacker gave an interview in which he had one determined message. “Everybody knows I am here to play,” he said.

Eight years later Piazon, now 25, is still on the books at Stamford Bridge and became the club’s longest-serving player when Tomas Kalas was sold to Bristol City for £8million last month.

Piazon has spent time on loan at both Fulham and Reading as well as Malaga, Vitesse Arnhem and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Juventus “irritated” by Maurizio Sarri’s particular habit

Reports have emerged in Italy that Juventus are irritated by their manager Maurizio Sarri’s refusal to stop smoking despite pneumonia.

The former Napoli and Chelsea tactician confessed recently he smoked “around 60 a day, probably a few too many.”

The tactician has been struggling for several weeks and, according to Football Italia, was eventually signed off by the club medic for the opening two Serie A games of the season.

He missed the trip to Parma, but there are rumours he has improved sufficiently to perhaps be there for the home debut against his old club Napoli.

However, the Corriere della Sera newspaper published a photograph of Sarri posing with a fan outside his home this week and he was clutching a pack of cigarettes.

It went viral and news agency Ansa claims it prompted “irritation” from the Juventus hierarchy.

Sarri has been going to the training ground in Turin every day, but watching sessions via videolink in a separate office rather than on the field.

Tammy Abraham gets Chelsea teammate Mateo Kovacic’s praise

Chelsea midfieder Mateo Kovacic has sung the praises of Tammy Abraham following his match-winning performance against Norwich that saw him open his Chelsea account.

In the Premier League match at Carrow Road last Saturday, the Blues ran away with all the three points at stake thanks to Abraham’s brace and Mason Mount’s goal.

Coincidentally, that was Chelsea’s first win in the new Premier League season having lost the first match to Manchester United 4-0, and playing a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

The 21-year-old emerged as the hero in the match against Norwich City, and consequently earning the accolades of his teammates and pundits.

The Croatian is sure that his new teammate “can only get better” throughout the season, and scoring for the Blues will allow him to kick on.

He said: “It comes naturally. Tammy is a great player with great movements. He is still young and he can improve a lot.

“I think the whole team is doing quite well in these first games. We have a good connection and I think we can only get better from now on.”

“I think he [Abraham] knows where he needs to go. As a striker, sometimes he needs to go long and sometimes he need come short. So he already knows what to do.

“I can’t teach him much because I am not a striker or a great goalscorer. I think Tammy is doing well and he will improve this year for sure.”

37-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic eyeing return to Manchester United, says ” if United needs me, I’m here’

Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed his desire to return to the Old Trafford, insisting he could still easily cut it in the Premier League.

Manchester United have let Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez leave this summer as they try and rebuild under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and 17-year-old Mason Greenwood are now their only senior striking options.

The Swedish striker, now 37, is currently plying his trade at MLS side LA Galaxy, where he is showing few signs of slowing down.

He netted 29 times in 53 appearances for United and two goals against rivals LAFC on Sunday took his tally for Galaxy this season to 22.

‘I could play easily in the Premier League. So if United needs me, I’m here,’ Ibrahimovic said. ‘But Galaxy has me so I’m sorry.’

Seventeen months have passed since Ibrahimovic left Old Trafford, in which time United have slipped further behind rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.

But despite his typical confidence the striker insisted he has no immediate plans to head back across the Atlantic, report the Daily Mail.

‘Nah, I did my job in Europe,’ he said. ‘I enjoyed it, I have 33 trophies that I brought with me here and hopefully I can get something here. Then we’ll see where that adventure finishes.’

Ibrahimovic still keeps an eye on his former side from Los Angeles, claiming: ‘I saw the last game and I think they were unlucky. If (Marcus Rashford) scored the penalty, it’s a different game, but a game in England is not finished until it’s finished. Anything can happen, especially in the last minutes where everything is in the heat of the moment.’

Ibrahimovic and Pogba were close while both at United and the Swedish striker recently claimed it ‘made no sense’ for the club to keep the Frenchman if he wants to leave.

The pair still keep in touch, but Ibrahimovic stayed tight-lipped on what they discuss.

‘I speak with him. A lot of advice I give – but nothing I share with you,’ Ibrahimovic smiled.

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Tiemoue Bakayoko changes his mind over Monaco move

Reports in Italy claim Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has informed AC Milan that he wants to re-join the club,contrary to initial report of a move to his former French club Monaco.

According to Tuttosport, Milan officials are also not ruling out a late return for Bakayoko, providing Kessie leaves for Monaco this week.

The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at San Siro, making 42 appearances and becoming a fans’ favourite.

However, the latter part of his spell saw him fall out with Coach Gennaro Gattuso and turn up late for training.

There is also the issue of Gattuso’s successor Marco Giampaolo preferring ball players such as Ismael Bennacer and Lucas Biglia in central midfield, report Football Italia.

Nonetheless, the Frenchman could return as a replacement for Kessie, who remains a target for Monaco, despite his demands of over €4m a season.

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Tottenham star reveals why he’s happy “experienced” David Luiz left Chelsea

Tottenham star Lucas Moura has revealed he was overjoyed to see close friend David Luiz quit Chelsea and join Arsenal this summer – even if it strengthened his club’s arch rivals.

The controversial deadline day transfer saw Luiz switch allegiances in London and swap blue for red ahead of the new season.

Unai Emery welcomed the chance to link back up with Luiz, who he managed at PSG as well as Tottenham winger Moura.

This coming Sunday, Moura and Luiz will have to put their friendship to one side as they go head-to-head in the north London derby, the Daily Star report .

Arsenal host Spurs at the Emirates Stadium and want to inflict more misery on Mauricio Pochettino’s men following their shock 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle.

The Gunners also lost in the Premier League at the weekend, though, as Liverpool prevailed 3-1 winners at Anfield.

“I am also happy because he is closer to me now. He can come visit me at my home easier because when he was at Chelsea, he was so far away!

“But on Sunday he will be my opponent, I will work and do the best for my team to get three points.

“On the pitch (out relationship) is different. It doesn’t matter who the opponent is, I need to do my best and try to win.

“Was I surprised he left Chelsea for Arsenal? That’s football. Anything can happen.

“Of course it is not normal because the two clubs face each other every year in a derby. Chelsea fans are not happy.

“But everyone needs to do their choice and they need to respect them.”

Chelsea commence transfer talks for Chelsea star

Reports in France and England claim Chelsea are in talks with Monaco over a potential loan move for Tiemoue Bakayoko.

According to RMC, the Ligue 1 side are exploring the possibility of signing former star Bakayoko on a season-long loan while also pursuing a move for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.

Although the club are thought to favour a move for Kessie and are willing to match Milan’s £22.7m asking price, it is believed the 22-year-old’s wage demands could prove too high.

It had previously been claimed that Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia had blocked a transfer because she did not believe Leonardo Jardim’s side to be big enough to showcase the player’s value.

However, RMC indicate that Chelsea are now open to allowing Bakayoko to rejoin Monaco after receiving limited interest for the midfielder.