In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, former Chelsea players Cesc Fabregas and Graham Roberts get into a light-hearted Twitter spat, Chelsea reject a bid from Brighton for promising young full-back Reece James and French side Nice have not given up on their hopes of signing Olivier Giroud this summer.
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Fabregas and Roberts in Twitter spat
They may both have been Chelsea players in the past but the allegiances of Cesc Fabregas and Graham Roberts to north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur appears to have fuelled an amusing Twitter spat between the pair.
According to the Daily Mail, former Gunner Fabregas sparked the row when he posted on Twitter after Spurs had reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and Arsenal had joined Chelsea in the last four of the Europa League.
'Genuine question... As a fan, would you rather get to the Champions League final and be a runner up or win the Europa Leage? Just curious,' wrote the Spaniard, who left Stamford Bridge to join French side Monaco in January.
Roberts, who captained Chelsea in our promotion-winning campaign in 1988/89 but is more closely associated with Tottenham where he has been a club ambassador, responded by taunting Fabregas, who has been sidelined by injury in recent weeks.
'Not getting much game time now then Cesc?' stated the 59-year-old.
Fabregas duly responded with a put down of his own, aimed squarely at Roberts’ beloved Spurs.
'I don't know who you are and I don't know if I'm getting enough game time or not but I do know you won't win anything this season,' he replied in mic-dropping fashion.
Brighton bid for James rejected
The Sun reports Brighton have been knocked back in a bid to sign full-back Reece James after his impressive loan spell at Wigan Athletic.
Chelsea’s reigning Academy Player of the Year has attracted interest from the Seagulls after a superb season with the Latics which saw the 19-year-old named in the Championship Team of the Year.
Brighton reportedly offered £10million to sign the England Under-20 international defender but their offer has been rejected with The Sun suggesting he could serve as back-up at right-back to Cesar Azpilicueta next season.
Wigan appear resigned to losing James at the end of the season with Latics boss Paul Cook saying: ‘I’m sure he will go on to have an outstanding football career, and we’re very lucky to have had him for this period to allow him to grow.’
Giroud still wanted by Nice
Maurizio Sarri may have confirmed that Chelsea will exercise an option to extend Olivier Giroud’s contract for another season but French side Nice still harbour ambitions to sign the veteran France striker.
Speaking on French football television show Telefoot, Nice president Gauthier Ganaye indicated that the Ligue 1 side are still keen on bringing the 32-year-old back to France.
‘He is at the end of his contract, he still performs well at his age. Come on, let's tell you it's possible,’ said Ganaye in quotes translated by Goal.com.