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Transfer news: Chelsea agree fee with Saint Etienne for Kurt Zouma - reports

Blues could announce third signing of the window

Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea have no further plans in the January transfer window once the deals for Mohamed Salah and Juan Mata's exit are competed

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Sam Allardyce looks to the sky during West Ham's 6-0 defeat at Manchester City on Wednesday

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Rooney talks on new contract smoothed by United’s plans

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League One side had captain Doyle sent off in the FA Cup tie

Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea have no further plans in the January transfer window once the deals for Mohamed Salah and Juan Mata's exit are competed

Transfer news: Jose Mourinho confirms Chelsea 'are done' after landing Nemanja Matic and the expected signing of Mohamed Salah

Chelsea will also see Juan Mata leave the club when his expected move to Manchester United shoulkd be completed on Monday while Michael Essien will also depart

Real Madrid want to take advantage of Wayne Rooney’s desire to play in the Champions League

Manchester United open Wayne Rooney contract talks with Juan Mata capture set to fend off Chelsea interest - reports

Rooney's contract expires at the end of next season but the acquisition of Mata could lead to the striker extending his stay at Old Trafford

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Chelsea have reached an agreement for the transfer of midfielder Michael Essien to AC Milan, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien could be on his way out of the club in January according to his agent

Transfer news: Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien set for AC Milan switch

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