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Man City approach agent over former Chelsea winger

Man City want to bring De Bruyne back to England. Credit: PA

Man City have been in touch with Kevin de Bruyne's agent about bringing the former Chelsea winger back to the Premier League.

De Bruyne has been in scintillating form for Wolfsburg this season, scoring 15 Bundesliga goals and providing an astonishing 26 assists.

Speaking to the Guardian, De Bruyne's agent Patrick De Koster said:

I have met the people from Man City and we know each other. I’ve never spoken to anyone from Manchester United but a lot of other clubs have been in touch to find out some general information.

I think with the season Kevin has had if we didn’t have these questions then there would be something wrong. I saw [Mino] Raiola’s quotes about taking 20 phone calls a day regarding Paul Pogba and it’s the same situation for me and probably for the agent of Memphis Depay at the moment.

– Kevin de Bruyne's agent Patrick De Koster

Palermo chief admits Chelsea target Dybala is leaving

Palermo vice-president Guglielmo Micciche has admitted Chelsea target Paulo Dybala is likely to leave the Serie A club this summer.

Dybala has scored 13 goals this season. Credit: PA

Dybala is Palermo's leading scorer with 13 league goals and has attracted the attention of top European clubs, including Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Juventus.

Palermo are keen to cash in on the 21-year-old Dybala after the Argentinian forward turned down a three-year contract extension in January.

When asked if Dybala would leave at the end of the season, Micciche said to Italian radio station Radio Sportiva: "His transfer is a popular topic of conversation, I know.

"We are talking about an extraordinary player that has all the characteristics to become an excellent one.

"He is a good person too.

"So many teams want him and he will probably leave Palermo but we will find the right replacement."

Reports: Chelsea will fund £43m Koke deal

Koke would cost more than £40m. Credit: PA

Chelsea are preparing to pay around £43m for Spanish international Koke, according to reports in Spain today.

A year after securing the services of Diego Costa from Atletico, it is claimed that Jose Mourinho will again try and lure one of the club's best players to Stamford Bridge this summer.

According AS, Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo was spotted inside the Vicente Calderon last week scouting the central midfielder.

Koke, 23, rose through the youth ranks at Atletico and has represented Spain at every age group from under-16 level right through to the senior team, for whom he has already amassed 16 caps.

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Former Arsenal star can't wait to win Premier League

Cesc Fabregas has issued a pointed reminder to Arsenal of the reason why he chose to return to England with Chelsea as the Blues close in on his first Premier League title.

Fabregas has been waiting to win the Premier League for a long time. Credit: PA

The Spain playmaker made more than 300 appearances for the Gunners in an eight-year spell before leaving for Barcelona with one FA Cup winners' medal to his name after a number of near misses, including in the 2004-2005 Premier League season and 2006 Champions League final.

Arsenal, who host Chelsea on Sunday when victory for the visitors would all-but assure them of the title, had an option to buy-back Fabregas.

It was not taken up and the 27-year-old, who joined the Gunners as a teenager and went on to captain the club, moved to Stamford Bridge in search of one of the few honours to elude him.

We just want to win it (the Premier League). The sooner, the better.

We want to give satisfaction to the supporters. It's been five years for them without winning the Premier League title; for me it's been 27 years so I'd love to win it as soon as possible.

– Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabgregas

Chelsea star Hazard: 'I like my job... I did very well'

Eden Hazard was thrilled to rise to the occasion and live up to his pre-match billing as Chelsea's match-winner against Manchester United.

Hazard was the difference again on Saturday. Credit: PA

The Belgium playmaker's first-half goal - his 18th of the season - earned the Blues a 1-0 win which took Jose Mourinho's men 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League and within reach of the title.

Hazard told Chelsea TV:

Every game I try to do one good moment. This is my job. I like my job. I try to give pleasure to the fans when they come to the stadium. I did very well.

It's very difficult, but in one moment you need something special with a special player like me, or Oscar, Didier (Drogba), Willian. This is why we play football, to play this kind of game and to score against this kind of team.

– Chelsea forward Eden Hazard

Mourinho lauds Chelsea consistency and bravery

Jose Mourinho has praised his Chelsea team's consistency, as the Blues bid to wrap up the Premier League title.

Chelsea have led or shared the lead since the opening round of fixtures and entered this weekend seven points clear with eight matches remaining, beginning at west London rivals QPR on Sunday.

"To be top of the league since day one shows consistency, stability, confidence and a brave approach to every game," Mourinho said.

"We are there, we deserve to be there, but every game is difficult. And we still have eight matches to play.

"This is the Premier League. In other competitions it's difficult to believe that the top team can lose four, five, six, seven matches.

"In almost every country it's very difficult for a top team to lose so many matches."

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