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Rating Chelsea’s Winter Transfer Window, Good or Bad?

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The January transfer window was shut at 00:00 AM on February 1st and was probably one of the busiest winter windows in Premier League history with a lot of high profile deals carried out.

One team whose transfer business during the window was far from straightforward is Premier League champions, Chelsea.

Antonio Conte’s side signed 3 players during the window and let go of quite a number mostly on loan deals.

A lot of these deals, however, appear to carry question marks as fans and pundits are not entirely sure of the impact it would have on the team.

Ross Barkley joined from Everton to open the window and while he could very well prove to be a brilliant signing for the future, signing a player recovering from a major injury setback is always a gamble.

This appears to be the case as the Englishman has struggled in the games he has featured in so far for the blues and picked up a weird injury in his side’s 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

The other incomings (Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri) haven’t featured yet for the club and both deals have the potential to go either way especially for the left-back who like Barkley just returned from a long term injury.

Giroud, however, is a Premier League veteran and could turn out to be quite an asset for the Londoners, that however is still left to the seen.

The Blues sanctioned loan moves for the likes of Michy Batshuayi and Kenedy to Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle United respectively.

These players were not being afforded enough playing time by Conte, which was odd considering the positions they occupy are not fully stocked at the club. The moves could be beneficial to both the players and the club as they will get much needed game time and boost their confidence with Kenedy already grabbing a Man of the Match award in his one appearance for the Magpies.

While most transfers anywhere in the world need time to be judged, a certain degree of expected is placed on the players and at the moment, the new players at Chelsea will have to do a lot to win over fans of the club.

The writer is a passionate Man United fan. He has good insights into the world of football especially the English Premier League.

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Chelsea at crossroad with Giroud

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Olivier Giroud

English Premier League outfit are feared to part ways with France international striker Olivier Giroud in the summer transfer window.

The 33-year-old has been receiving interest from a number of clubs and the latest from Italian Serie A outfit Inter Milan seems irresistible for a new challenge.

The decision to let go of Olivier Giroud or keep him has been a difficult one to make for Chelsea because of a number of factors surrounding the team.

While Chelsea can boast of new additions of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech to boost their attack, analysis hints that the experience of the former Arsenal striker is still needed at the club, knowing his contribution at the moment. He could also be an option for the team.

Inter Milan also seek to land Emerson Palmieri in the coming summer transfer window with the player reportedly ready to hand his club a transfer request because he can no longer boast of a starting role under manager Frank Lampard.

Tottenham and West Ham United are also keen on the signature of Emerson Palmieri and will compete with Inter Milan but Italian Serie A outfit is his preferred destination because of his wish to work with Antonio Conte.

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Former Arsenal player on his way back to EPL?

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Aaron Ramsey

Emerging reports reveal the possibility of former Arsenal player and Juventus ace Aaron Ramsey returning to the English Premier League in the coming summer transfer window.

Life has not been the same for the Wales international since he left Arsenal on a free deal to join the Italian Serie A giants after his contract expired. His journey with the club has not been smooth. He has not been a regular as expected.

It is, therefore, claimed that Juventus are keen on the signature of Chelsea star Jorginho and are ready to release Aaron Ramsey as bait to have the Italian international.

Jorginho seems also not needed at the Stamford Bridge which makes a deal likely as Chelsea will not mind the idea of having Aaron Ramsey at the club.

Aaron Ramsey has a good knowledge of the English Premier League and was highly rated and wanted by the Blues team before his exit from England.

Jorginho is also needed at Juventus with manager Maurizio Sarri hoping on a reunion with the Italian midfielder.

However, the Italian Serie A outfit are also ready to add Adrien Rabiot in the deal that will have Jorginho join the club ahead of the new season.

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Mourinho returning to Chelsea, see why

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Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho could be set to return to his former team Chelsea to snap up the signature of Kurt Zouma ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Portuguese manager is a big fan of Kurt Zouma as they both worked together at the Stamford Bridge when he was in charge. He, therefore, hopes to reunite with him on the other side of London.

Jose Mourinho has, therefore, expressed confidence as Chelsea seems not to be interested in keeping Kurt Zouma for another season. He has not been in his best under manager Frank Lampard and has not been favoured for selection so far this season.

However, Chelsea are willing to let go of the player for a fee of £25 million which manager Jose Mourinho is ready to meet, according to The Express.

However, there are possibilities that the West London outfit will not let go of Kurt Zouma if they fail to land their defensive target Declan Rice from West Ham United.

Chelsea are keen on Declan Rice and have identified him as the new John Terry who will make good success at the Stamford Bridge but West Ham United are unwilling to let him go, claiming they are confident of keeping the young defender for another season.

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Neville reveals why Jorginho is confirmed to leave Chelsea

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Jorginho

The future of Italian midfielder Jorginho with English Premier League outfit Chelsea is bleak as he has not been a major part of the team of lately.

When Jorginho joined Chelsea after he was signed up by Maurizio Sarri, he became a regular, displacing N’Golo Kante from the heart of the Blues middle.

The story immediately changed when manager Frank Lampard took over the job as he had his preference for selection and that may have been working for him.

Gary Neville stated that it is obvious that Jorginho will no longer be needed at the Stamford Bridge because Frank Lampard has a clear plan for the club.

The former Man United player told Sky Sports that Frank Lampard wants to build a young and hungry team and Jorginho could fall short of the attributes.

He noted that the same clear plan was what led to the exit of David Luiz from the Stamford Bridge to North London outfit Arsenal.

However, Sarri seems to be interested in working with Jorginho again and has made him a target for his Italian Serie A outfit Juventus in the coming summer transfer window.

It will not be a thing of surprise if Jorginho’s move to Juventus is dusted when the summer window is opened.

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Man United and Chelsea to face biggest summer window disappointment

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Declan Rice

Two English Premier League outfits Chelsea and Man United are keen on adding depth to their squad ahead of the coming summer transfer window.

Both teams have developed hunger for success and are hoping to realize their dream with massive recruitment in the summer transfer window.

West Ham United player Declan Rice is a major target for both clubs but they could be set for a major disappointment with the London outfit insisting on keeping the player.

Despite struggling in performance and form, the Hammers are confident that Declan Rice will remain with the club.

The 21-year-old is one of the brightest prospects in the English Premier League and has been tipped to step into the shoes of Chelsea legend John Terry. He has also been tipped to be a success at the Stamford Bridge but that may not happen if he remains with West Ham United.

According to ESPN, Rice’s contract expires in 2024, with an added option for an extra year. Only time will tell if he will see out his terms with the club.

However, suggestions are that the Hammers will not be able to keep Declan Rice if they eventually get relegated as they just four points above the zone.

Declan Rice has been valued for £70 million and Chelsea, who are favoured ahead of Man United are believed to be ready for the investment.

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Tammy Abraham’s contract talks stalls, Lampard opens up

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Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard has dismissed speculations that the club have refused to agree on a new deal with Tammy Abraham because of his poor form.

The Blues have been in negotiation over a new deal for the youngster since last year, but nothing has been done to reach a deal.

Frank Lampard confirms that Tammy Abraham has not been in fine form since the second half of the season but can not trace issues of his contract negotiation to performance on the pitch.

The former Chelsea midfielder said the issue is between the player and the club and will allow them settle it in the best interest of both parties.

Lampard stated that what is expected of the 22-year-old is his focus on the club’s success this season and how he can also contribute either as a starter or coming from the bench.

According to Lampard, Tammy Abraham has to keep working hard to prove he is still the player that was enjoyed in the first half of the season, stressing that this is what the player needs at the moment.

The Chelsea boss is hoping that contract issues will be settled as he seeks focus for his team to secure a Champions League qualification.

Chelsea are fourth on the table with just two points ahead of Man United. They will have to win all remaining games to avoid losing the spot to the Red Devils.

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£23m offer received as Chelsea weigh up options

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Emerging reports reveal that English Premier League outfit Chelsea have received a bid of £23 million for left full-back Emerson Palmieri from Italian Serie A outfit Inter Milan.

While the Blues are willing to part ways with the player, Inter Milan are keen to land him to solve their defensive issues ahead of the coming season.

For the West London club, doing away with Emerson Palmieri and Marcus Alonso is already in the pipeline with newcomers for the left-back position a target in the coming summer transfer window. No wonder Frank Lampard now prefers to make us of Ceaser Azpilicueta who is not a natural left player.

Tutto Mercato Web reports that Chelsea Director Marina Granovskaia initially requested for £27 million for Emerson Palmieri but is forced to come down on the price because it is becoming clear that he no longer has a future at the Stamford Bridge.

Inter Milan are offering Emerson Palmieri a five year deal, and he would be paid £3.6 million a year at the San Siro.

However, The West London outfit are considering the option of Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell as a replacement for the left-back position as there is no assurance that Marcos Alonso will also be staying after this season.

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Chelsea ready to offer £8m/y to beat United for highly-rated midfielder

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Kai Havertz

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is very ambitious with his transfer plans and he is ready to leave no stone unturned to be able to compete in the coming season.

One player the Blues have pointed to as a transfer plan is Kai Havertz from German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Leverkusen but they have Man United to compete with to land the highly-rated midfielder.

A reliable journalist, Nicolo Schira has therefore revealed that the West London outfit are keen on winning the race for Kai Havertz and have initiated talks with the player’s agent over a possible deal.

The journalist revealed that the Bleus team are willing to pay £8 million per year to win Man United in the chase and the club’s Director Marina Granovskaia is on top of the deal with constant contact with the player’s agent.

The 21-year-old is a highly rated central midfielder who can also play from the right-sided attacking midfield. He scored 12 goals and provided 6 assists for his club in the Bundesliga this season and 3 other goals with 2 assists in the Europa League.

Bayern Leverkusen have slammed a £70 million asking price on the player which will determine who will win the race but it is expected that negotiations will happen for a reduced fee.

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