Kepa Arrizabalaga Might Cost Chelsea a Fourth-place Finish This Summer
Chelsea might fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League competition for the third time in four seasons, that’s according to former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher
According to the Liverpool legend, the Blues might not make a top-four finish this season due to the age of their goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
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The 23-year-old goalie joined the Blues from Athletic Bilbao for £71m during the summer window but Carragher — who is now a pundit — believes the West London club might regret spending a huge price on such young goalkeeper.
He said Kepa is a very young goalkeeper who might not cope with the physical-demanding nature of the League on the long run.
He said playing twice in a week ( Sunday and Thursday) might be too challenging for the young goalkeeper.
“But you think of them playing Thursday-Sunday and the goalkeeper is still young.” he admitted
He also speaks on Chelsea’s decision to let go of Thibaut Courtois, who joined Real Madrid for just £32m.
According to him, the Blues have lost one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
“He may go on to be one of the world’s best, but it’s not Courtois. They have lost one of the world’s best,” he said.
While speaking on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports, Carragher admits that Kepa is a great goalie who has great potentials to become one of the best goalies in the world but that might take much time
Report: Rennes Fail In Bid To Add Tomori or Giroud To Mendy Deal
Rennes have reportedly failed in a bid to add at least one Chelsea player to the deal for goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
According to French publication L’Equipe, Chelsea and Rennes have agreed a €25m deal for the shot stopper to move to Stamford Bridge.
It was also revealed that no Chelsea player will be included in the transfer.
Chelsea want to sign a new goalkeeper in the current transfer window and Rennes shot stopper Edouard Mendy has been identified as their target. The two clubs have been in discussion for the better part of this month and a deal was expected to have been concluded by now.
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Initially, it was reported that Rennes were trying to sign a replacement for Mendy before an official announcement of his transfer to Chelsea was made. Granada goalkeeper Rui Silva and German international shot stopper Kevin Trapp were the potential replacements targeted by Rennes.
Afterwards, it was revealed that the issue of adding at least a Chelsea player (Fikayo Tomori or Olivier Giroud) was responsible for the delay in the announcement of the Eduardo Mendy transfer to Chelsea and not the matter of signing a replacement.
Eduardo Mendy will challenge Kepa Arrizabalaga and the ageing Willy Caballero for the number one shirt in the Chelsea goal once he completes his move to the club.
United, Chelsea target favours Serie A stay
Man United and Chelsea had been linked with the signature of Hellas Verona defender Marash Kumbulla earlier in this summer transfer window but from the latest report, he will be staying in Serie A.
It is confirmed that the 20-year-old will be parting ways with Serie A outfit Hellas Verona but he will remain in Italy with a move to Rome as AS Roma are reported to have agreed on terms with him.
Both Man United and Chelsea are believed to have a need for a defender this summer transfer window to be able to strengthen and fight for titles this season.
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The Red Devils seek a partner with Harry Maguire, the reason why they showed interest in the Albanian defender but from all indications, they have met the dead rock.
Marash Kumbulla gained the attention he now has from a number of top European clubs as a result of his rigorous and no-nonsense style for his team. He has been tipped to be a good fit for the English Premier League because of his physicality.
Both the Blues and the Red Devils are yet to sort out their defensive needs as the West London club only secured Thiago Silva while United have been unable to do any defensive deal.
EPL: Chelsea To Make Declan Rice Transfer Bid This Week
EPL giant, Chelsea are reportedly preparing to make an offer for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice according to Chelsea reporter Simon Phillips.
The Blues have been linked with the 21-year-old England international all summer and the aforementioned English journalist said that the time is now right for the club to make a bid to bring Rice back to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have spent the most on transfers this summer and the spendings have not stopped with the Blues closing in on the signing of a new goalkeeper.
Simon Phillips revealed that Chelsea will soon wrap up a deal for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
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The Blues are expected to sign the Senegalese international for £27.5m, add-ons inclusive, thus making him their eighth summer signing.
The Premier League giants have signed players like Timo Werner, Xavier Mbuyemba, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Malang Sarr this summer.
Despite the transfer splurge on the seven players totalling £230m, Chelsea have not signed a midfielder.
The Blues are expected to focus fully on the signing of a new midfielder after the deal for shot stopper Mendy has been concluded.
Declan Rice is the top midfield target for Chelsea and his club, West Ham United have set the asking price of £73m for him.
Report: West Ham Stance On Emerson Palmieri Revealed
Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri is attracting keen interest from a Premier League club according to British media outlet TalkSports.
It was revealed that Premier League club West Ham United want to sign the 26-year-old from their fellow London team.
Hammers’ boss David Moyes wants to add quality to the left-back department of his team, and Emerson Palmieri is his prime target.
Left-backs Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku have not been able to convince David Moyes that they can consistently perform well for his team.
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Aaron Cresswell is a shadow of the player that earned England caps, while Arthur Masuaku has flattered to deceive since signing for the club from Greek club Olympiacos.
Emerson Palmieri joined Chelsea from AS Roma for £17.5m in January 2018 and he has seven caps for the Italian national team.
He has made just 55 appearances for the Blues in his time at the club and the signing of another left-back in Ben Chilwell from Leicester City means that he would find regular playing time hard to come by.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has several options for the left-back position from the aforementioned Ben Chilwell to club skipper Cesar Azpilicueta to Marcos Alonso.
Inter Milan and Juventus are also big admirers of Emerson Palmieri in the transfer market.
Gary Neville Makes Roman Abramovich Prediction
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has made a big prediction about Chelsea after the Blues splashed a lot of money on new signings this summer.
During his punditry job on Sky Sports, Gary Neville said that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will expect his club to fiercely challenge both Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title after spending a lot of money.
Manchester City and Liverpool are regarded as proper title challengers and Frank Lampard & his players could come under serious pressure if they don’t make a sustained challenge for the Premier League title.
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Chelsea have spent over £200m on new signings this summer and that has raised expectations rapidly at the club with many believing that they have enough quality to fight for the league title.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich has spent the most money this summer since he bought the club in 2004 and the Russian would be expecting a good level of success from manager Frank Lampard who has been backed in the transfer market.
Chelsea have signed seven players this summer and the spendings won’t stop there as Senegalese international shot stopper Edouard Mendy is close to joining in a £23m deal including add-ons.
Mendy underwent his Chelsea medicals on Monday.
The Real Reason Declan Rice Won’t Sign For Chelsea Revealed
English journalist Alex Crooks has revealed that Chelsea won’t be able to sign West Ham United star Declan Rice this summer despite the fact that the Blues are pushing for a deal to happen.
Chelsea have spent most of their money on new players in European football this summer but that has not stopped them from pursuing a deal for Declan Rice. Blues manager Frank Lampard is said to be a big admirer of the England international.
TalkSports expert Alex Crook said that Chelsea won’t be able to pull off a deal for Declan Rice as the transfer would require an outrageous offer from the Blues. Recent reports stated that Chelsea will have to spend at least £80m to sign Rice.
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The journalist also established that West Ham United owners David Gold and David Sullivan are not ready to face another backlash with the sale of a top player like Declan Rice.
The West Ham owners were heavily criticised when they sold exciting winger Grady Diangana to newly promoted outfit West Bromwich Albion in an £18m and they don’t want a repeat with Declan Rice.
Rice was a Chelsea player before the club released him from the club at the age of 14.
How Chelsea Would Be Win The EPL If They Sign Aubameyang
Chelsea legend Alan Hudson has urged the Blues to sign Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in order to wrestle the Premier League title from Liverpool this season.
Alan Hudson told CaughtOffside that he would back Chelsea to win the Premier League title this season ahead of champions Liverpool and Manchester City.
According to him, the combination of Timo Werner and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the Chelsea forward line would be too deadly for the rest of the league to handle.
Chelsea have signed seven new players since the start of this transfer window in July but Alan Hudson is still not convinced about their status as a Premier League title challenger.
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Alan Hudson also turned out for Arsenal during his glittering football career and he has praised Aubameyang for his quality.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been the major source of goals for the Gunners since joining in January 2018 in a £56m deal which was a club record.
He has scored four goals in his last three games for Arsenal including a brace in the FA Cup final. The Gunners beat Chelsea 2-1 in that game to lift the trophy for the 14th time.
Aubameyang has one year on his contract though several reports claimed that the Gabonese international has agreed a new three-year deal.
Chelsea To Rival Spurs, Others For Hellas Verona
Chelsea will have to rival three other European heavyweights in the hunt to sign highly rated Hellas Verona centre back Marash Kumbulla.
According to Italian media portal L’Arena, Chelsea must see off Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan and Lazio to sign the 20-year-old Albanian international before next month.
The transfer market will end on the 5th of October.
Marash Kumbulla was born in Italy but he has already been capped by Albania. He’s attracting a lot of interest from far and near after a stellar campaign for Hellas Verona in the Italian Serie A.
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He made 25 appearances in the league as the centre back cemented his place in the Hellas Verona team.
In total, Marash Kumbulla scored one goal in 26 games in all competitions.
Chelsea will face a very big threat for Kumbulla with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is desperate to bolster his options at centre back especially after the exit of Jan Vertoghen.
Belgian international Vertoghen has joined Portuguese giants Benfica on a free transfer this summer at the end of his deal at Tottenham Hotspur.
Mourinho saw his team suffer an opening weekend defeat in the Premier League this season following the 1-0 loss to Everton. His defence suffered against the Toffees and Mourinho will be looking for improvement in the form of new defensive signings.