You only get one chance to make a first impression, so the pressure is already on Alvaro Morata to make an impressive start as a Chelsea player when he faces Bayern Munich in Singapore on Tuesday. But with the mounting attacking problems facing manager Antonio Conte, the onus on Morata to banish Chelsea's blues with a stand-out display against the German champions cannot be over-stated.
Chelsea enjoyed a serene cruise to the Premier League title under Conte last season, with Eden Hazard and Diego...
There's a little over a month to go in the transfer window, with clubs across Europe desperate to add to their squads ahead of the new season.
Romelu Lukaku remains the most expensive Premier League purchase at £75 million from Everton to Manchester United, while AC Milan have made everyone sit up and take notice of their lavish spending spree that includes luring Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus.
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It may have been billed as a friendly, but the clinical fashion in which Chelsea dismantled Arsenal in the 3-0 victory over their London rivals at Beijing's Birds Nest Stadium this weekend served as a timely reminder of the qualities Antonio Conte's Premier League title-winning side possess.
Conte's starting XI was a marker of the Italian's intent to take the contest seriously -- only missing wantaway striker Diego Costa, who has clearly played his last game for the club, and injured midfielder...
His is a tale increasingly typical of 21st century football. Kasey Palmer signed a new contract with one club one day and joined another on loan 24 hours later. It is especially pertinent as his permanent employers are Chelsea, even though he has never made an appearance for them. Now hired by Huddersfield for a second successive season and preparing for a first taste of the Premier League, he can reflect on the changing career path for English youngsters.
Alvaro Morata's transfer to Chelsea, for a reported fee of £58 million, surely means the end for Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge.
After Costa informed Chelsea of his interest in moving to China during their title-winning campaign last season, manager Antonio Conte informed the 28-year-old he was no longer in his plans via text this summer.