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Chelsea have signed Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain on loan for the remainder of the season with an option to buy him for 36m euros (£31.3m).
The Blues also have the option to extend the Argentine’s loan deal until June 2020 for 18m euros (£15.6m).
Gonzalo Higuain explained why he joined Chelsea after six months at Milan. “Maurizio Sarri knew how to work with me, particularly on the emotional side.”
Paris St-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel says Neymar is “worried” after he injured his ankle during the Coupe de France win over Strasbourg, just three weeks before PSG face Manchester United in the Champions League.
Alvaro Morata has told Chelsea he wants to leave the club in the January transfer window, according to Maurizio Sarri.
Morata has drifted out of favour under Sarri this season, with the Spain striker having only scored five Premier League goals in 16 appearances.
Milan are the top European club with the least growth in revenue over the last 10 years, just 2% compared to Inter’s 66.7%, claim Calcio e Finanza.
Real Madrid have replaced Manchester United as the highest-earning club in the world, according to the latest Deloitte Football Money League.
Paul Scholes said it feels like “you have got your club back” as he praised the work of Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and aimed a dig at former boss Jose Mourinho.
Inter are close to agreeing terms for Udinese attacking midfielder Rodrigo De Paul to join them from June for €30m plus bonuses, claim Sportitalia.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde labelled Frenkie de Jong an “important addition” for the LaLiga giants after the midfielder’s signing was confirmed.
Barcelona-bound star Frenkie de Jong revealed he spoke to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola before opting for a move to the LaLiga champions.
Pablo Sarabia and Wissam Ben Yedder scored the goals as Sevilla recorded a 2-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final at the Estadio Ramon on Wednesday night.
Juventus have reportedly decided that they are prepared to offer goalkeeper Emil Audero to Arsenal.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has remained positive despite his side’s 2-0 defeat at Sevilla in the Copa del Rey: “We still have the second leg.”
Liverpool have joined Bayern Munich in the race to sign Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18.
Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, as a replacement for the outgoing Christian Pulisic
Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly moved to the brink of completing the signing of Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes.
James Rodriguez has reportedly been absent from Bayern Munich training as transfer speculation mounts over his future, with Arsenal and Liverpool among his admirers
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EPL: Chelsea finally tell Real Madrid how much to pay for Hazard
Real Madrid will have to pay a huge amount to sign forward, Eden Hazard, away from Premier League giants, Chelsea this summer.
The Spanish giants are eyeing Hazard as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who after nine years, left the Santiago Bernabeu for Juventus in an £88million deal last summer.
According to Belgian outlet, HLN, Chelsea wants at least £98.5million for Hazard after rejecting Real Madrid’s opening offer for the 28-year-old.
Hazard is a huge admirer of Zidane as a coach and named the French legend as his idol growing up.
The Belgium international has so far refused to sign a new long-term deal with Chelsea as he enters the final 12 months of his current contract at Stamford Bridge.
FA Cup semi-final fixtures revealed [See full draw]
Manchester City will play Brighton and Hove Albion in the semi-final of the FA Cup.
City came from two goals down to defeat Swansea City in the quarter-final on Saturday, while Brighton needed extra time to see off Millwall today.
Watford face Wolverhampton Wanderers, who eliminated Manchester United yesterday.
The games will take place over the weekend of April 6.
Both fixtures will be played at Wembley Stadium.
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