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Chelsea targeting move for Germany left-back Jonas Hector - sources

The ESPN FC crew discuss how new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte managed Monday's game against West Ham.

Chelsea are interested in a move for Germany left-back Jonas Hector, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

The Blues are in the market for a new left-back after allowing Baba Rahman to join Schalke on loan for the season and Cologne defender Hector has been identified as Antonio Conte's top target.

Hector has established himself as first-choice left-back for Germany and played in every game for his country at Euro 2016 this summer.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Barcelona have not made contact about Jonas Hector - Cologne chief

Cologne sporting director Jorg Schmadtke refuted claims that Barcelona have submitted an offer for Germany international defender Jonas Hector.

The 26-year-old left-back's agent told the German club the Blaugrana were interested in acquiring his client's services, however Schmadtke made clear the La Liga champions have yet to formally reach out.

"There has not been any direct contact with Barcelona over Hector," Schmadtke told Kicker.

"I cannot say €18 million is not enough for him,...

Cologne say deal for Borussia Dortmund's Neven Subotic is difficult

Neven Subotic is set to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer.

Cologne have confirmed their interest in Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic but said the deal would be difficult financially.

Subotic, 27, announced at the weekend that he plans to leave Dortmund after falling down the pecking order following the appointment of Thomas Tuchel last year.

When asked by kicker about Cologne's potential interest, sporting director Michael Schmadtke said: "That's a consideration, but he's practically in another category."

Schmadtke appeared to be referring to the...

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Albania president congratulates players after historic win over Romania

Albania defender Mergim Mavraj has revealed that one of the players was rewarded with a car after the 1-0 win over Romania on Sunday brought them a first-ever major tournament victory.

The historic moment kept Albania's hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage alive after their first two games, against Switzerland and France, ended in defeats.

Cologne defender Mavraj, 30, told the club's official website that Albanian president Bujar Nishani had congratulated them in the immediate aftermath of...