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Chelsea will no doubt have been reluctant to lose a player who still has resale value on a free transfer.

Other options for a possible Courtois replacement include Stoke's Jack Butland, Kevin Trapp of PSG, and veteran Pepe Reina.

Jorginho has single-handedly transformed the complexion of this Chelsea team, dictating possession from the base of midfield and organising the press. Many had expected that Pedro would soon depart the club but he has caught the eye in Maurizio Sarri's attacking system in the pre-season and has been rewarded for his efforts with a one-year contract extension.

He told the Daily Star: "I think United will be looking to recoup the majority of the total they have committed to pay for him".

"I will see them on Saturday for the first time - I don't know the situation", said Sarri.

"He is a very young player".

Former manager Antonio Conte was a huge fan of Giroud, opting to use him ahead of Alvaro Morata to the end of last season, but he could be the first player to lose out over the summer's managerial switch. He is already the technical and tactical leader on the pitch, and the rest of the Premier League should be relieved that Pep Guardiola did not manage to bring him to City.

That tournament may feel a long time ago now, yet the two Real Madrid targets have barely had a moment out of the headlines since then. Batshuayi has welcomed Sarri's confidence and is now ready to commit to Stamford Bridge outfit for the coming season. I am comfortable here and want to win new titles and trophies.

'We have to improve of course.

Cesc Fabregas may miss out due to a minor knee problem.