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Chelsea news: The Blues’ transfer targets are in action at the World Cup on Monday, while Thiago Silva leads Brazil without Neymar.

Portugal’s midfielder #08 Bruno Fernandes (L), Portugal’s forward #15 Rafael Leao (C), and Portugal’s forward #11 Joao Felix (R) celebrate after Portugal defeated Ghana in the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H football match at Stadium 974.

Hakim Ziyech claimed a famous win after Kai Havertz was dropped. Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, and Romelu Lukaku

Courtois and Leandro Trossard were both chastised, with Jamal Musiala and Alvaro Morata having the last laugh. In World Cup terms, it was a typical Chelsea Sunday.

As the tournament completed its first full week, there was more drama, more goals, more shocks, more controversy, and more narratives in Qatar; now it’s time for some more as the games refuse to stop. Another full day of games is on the schedule, and Chelsea will keep their eyes peeled in anticipation.

With transfer targets galore and decisions on many of the Blues’ future stars to be made, every game matters, and today is no exception.

Chelsea’s connections

Serbia vs. Cameroon

Although no Chelsea players are involved, Serbia holds some interest due to several transfer targets in action.

Not only has Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic been mentioned as a possible replacement for Chelsea, who are still struggling for goals, but Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is another midfielder to keep an eye on. The Napoli midfielder has long been linked with the club and could be considered a summer option as a key player.

The 27-year-old has been in excellent form for his club in Serie A and has been scouted by Premier League clubs including Chelsea.

The game begins at 10 a.m.

Serbia vs. Cameroon

Although no Chelsea players are involved, Serbia holds some interest due to several transfer targets in action.

Not only has Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic been mentioned as a possible replacement for Chelsea, who are still struggling for goals, but Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is another midfielder to keep an eye on. The Napoli midfielder has long been linked with the club and could be considered a summer option as a key player.

The 27-year-old has been in excellent form for his club in Serie A and has been scouted by Premier League clubs including Chelsea.

The game begins at 10 a.m.

Ghana vs. South Korea

Another game that lacks a direct Chelsea
loanee, link Abdul-Rahman Baba is the closest the Blues have come to fielding a player. Former Chelsea full-back Tariq Lamptey is also involved with Ghana, but neither player has a future in blue.

If you’re looking for pure Chelsea narrative, this is the game to miss for the day. In the United Kingdom, the game begins at 1 p.m.

Switzerland vs. Brazil

Thiago Silva and Denis Zakaria will both compete for their respective national teams in a highly anticipated match. Brazil looked extremely strong as they easily defeated Serbia in the first match.

Brazil will have to do without Neymar, and former Chelsea target Raphinha will have to shoulder some of the responsibility in the meantime; victory would qualify them for the World Cup.

for the knockout stage, as well as the opportunity for Tite to rest Silva in the final match.

After being largely ignored by Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter, Zakaria hopes to continue building his minutes for Switzerland. The midfielder was an unused substitute in the first group game against Cameroon, and his lack of club game time has resulted in a drop down the international pecking order. If Zakaria performs well in Qatar, it could help his chances at SW6 or in his search for a new club.

This is the final game of the day, and it begins at 4 p.m. UK time.

Uruguay vs. Portugal

Rafael Leao will be in action for Portugal in what could be the most important game for Chelsea.

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In a menacing attack with Joao Felix, who scored the game’s first goal against Ghana, has been linked with a move away from Atletico Madrid. His high price tag may be too much for Chelsea, but the Blues have previously expressed interest in him, and a return to shopping in Madrid should not be ruled out.

Leao, one of Europe’s most feared wingers, plays alongside him. Chelsea have been trying to sign him since the summer and will be keeping an eye on his contract situation as AC Milan negotiates a new contract. Although Leao is likely to cost more than Felix on current form, his energetic performance against Chelsea in the Champions League will undoubtedly have drawn attention to this game.

It begins as the final match on Monday at 7 p.m. UK time.

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