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Pedro winner nets Chelsea FA Cup semi-final against Southampton

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Pedro’s winner in the first half of extra time against Leicester City has set Chelsea up with a semi-final tie against Southampton.

Capitalising on an error from Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel, Pedro’s goal was enough to see off a battling Leicester side when it had seemed that the tie was destined for penalties.

Chelsea will meet Southampton, who beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 earlier in the day, at Wembley Stadium on the weekend of 21-22 April.

In the other semi final, Manchester United will face Tottenham Hotspur. United were drawn as the ‘home’ team so will have the home dressing room at Wembley, leaving Spurs – currently playing at Wembley as they await the completion of their new stadium – as the ‘away’ side.

Chelsea target Gianluigi Donnarumma as replacement if Thibault Courtois leaves Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea have targeted AC Milan’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma as a replacement for Thibault Courtois, should he leave Stamford Bridge in the summer.

There has been speculation that Real Madrid are preparing to make a bid for Courtois in the summer as they look to rebuild their squad. Manchester United’s David de Gea has long been a target but, after repeatedly being rebuffed, Madrid may look elsewhere.

Courtois is under contract with Chelsea until 2019, but talks over an extension have stalled, leading to thoughts that Chelsea could cash in and sell the 25-year-old Belgian in the summer, rather than risk losing him for nothing the year afterwards. However, it is thought that Chelsea want to keep Courtois and want him to sign a new contract.

But Chelsea are thinking of a contingency should Courtois exit Stamford Bridge, and that is AC Milan’s teenage star Gianluigi Donnarumma, according to the Corriere dello Sport.

Again, there has been speculation that Donnarumma could leave Milan in the summer, given that his agent, Mino Raiola, has apparently fallen out with the club’s hierarchy.

But Chelsea would not be the only club interested in the Italian. Given he is rated as one of the best young talents in the world, others would be queuing up for his signature, such as Paris St-Germain. He would also not come cheap – and could even command a world record fee for a goalkeeper. The current record is held by Ederson, who moved from Benfica to Manchester City for £34.7 million last summer.

All the factz you need on Chelsea v Crystal Palace including which TV channel its on

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The tea-time kick off in the Premier League today is a London derby between Chelsea and Crystal Palace. The match kicks off at 5.30pm and it is live on BT Sport1. Here are the factz you need to know:  

* Palace beat Chelsea 2-1 earlier in the season, with Wilfried Zaha netting the winner.
* Chelsea are on a poor run having lost 4 of their last 5 PL matches.
* However, the Eagles are also on a poor run, losing 4 of their last 6 and drawing the other 2.
* Despite their recent form, Stamford Bridge is still a fortress for Chelsea – they’ve lost 1 of their last 19 home league matches, winning 12.
* Palace miss their talisman Zaha – in the 9 games he hasn’t played in, the Eagles have lost each one.

All the factz on Manchester City v Chelsea including what TV channel it is on

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The second game in the Premier League today sees Manchester City play Chelsea. The match kicks off at 4pm and it is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know: 

* A Kevin de Bruyne goal was enough for City to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge at the end of September.
* City have won their last 13 PL home matches, scoring at least twice in every one.
* Meanwhile Chelsea have lost 3 of their last 4 and have won only 2 of their last 10 away matches.
* City’s total of 75 points from 28 games is a top-flight record.
* But Chelsea have a good record against City – they’ve beaten then 24 times in the PL.

Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain considering summer bid for Chelsea star Thibault Courtois

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European giants Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain could be heading for a summer bidding war for Chelsea goalkeeper Thibault Courtois.

It has been reported by Belgian TV station RBTF that Courtois’ father, Thierry, met PSG officials in London earlier this week for informal talks. However, it is understood that Courtois’ agent, Christophe Henrotay, was not present at the meeting.

Courtois has established himself as one of Europe’s best goalkeepers in recent years, and the Belgian has been coveted by various Champions League contenders for some time. But now it seems the interest may be converted into something more concrete as both clubs look for an upgrade on their current number ones.

Real Madrid have had a long-standing interest in Manchester United’s David de Gea, but having been rebuffed several times have turned their interests to other players as back-up, with Courtois often mentioned.

Courtois himself has expressed a desire to return to Spain, having spent three years at Real’s city rivals Atletico from 2011-14. He has also said he wants to play for a side that is consistently challenging for the Champions League title – which Real have won in three of the past four seasons.

But PSG will try to persuade Courtois his future lies in Paris. As the club has shown with its recent signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, they are prepared to spend big – in transfer fees and wages – to get the players they want.

However, Chelsea are keen to keep hold of their star keeper. Courtois’ contract runs until 2019 and Chelsea are keen for him to sign an extension. While talks have been put on hold until after key games against Barcelona in the Champions League and Leicester City in the Premier League, the club have already indicated they are willing to bay the Belgian more than £200,000 a week, according to the Evening Standard.

If Chelsea were to contemplate selling Courtois, they would demand a world record fee for a keeper – the record is currently the £34.7 million Manchester City paid Benfica for Ederson last summer – despite him only having a year left on his contract.