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Chelsea legend names “new manager” wish for next season

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West London outfit are on the verge of losing their Italian manager Maurizio Sarri in this summer transfer window as his move to Italian Serie A outfit Juventus is already being finalized.

A lot of names have been linked to replace the former Napoli boss with Frank Lampard also linked, but the Blues hero Gus Poyet has a different opinion as he wants the Italian boss to keep the job for another year.

According to him, Maurizio Sarri has done very well with his Sarriball and also helped the club qualify to the Champions League as well as delivering the Europa League title in his first season in England.

The Chelsea legend argued that the two parties do not look ready to part ways but the manager is only being frustrated by the criticisms on the job that was allowed to go out of hand.

However, Gus Poyet said it would be a good opportunity for Frank Lampard to have a feel of the job, noting that he has got no option than to jump at it when it comes, but he must be prepared for the challenge as well.

Maurizio Sarri joined Chelsea in the last summer transfer window but it was not all smooth for him.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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Report: Real Madrid Flop Rejected Chelsea Switch Before Werner Arrival

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Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic rejected the chance to join Chelsea earlier this summer as he opted to stay at the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu.

Spanish newspaper AS confirmed that the Serbian international turned down clubs like Italian Serie A giants AC Milan, AS Monaco, Chelsea and Napoli in favour of staying at Real Madrid.

The 22-year-old has been a flop at Real Madrid after his first season.

He signed for the 13-time European champions from German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in a £60m deal.

Luka Jovic scored twice in 27 appearances for Real Madrid last season though the striker still ended the season with the Spanish La Liga title.

He has a goal contribution of 0.16 per game at Real Madrid and this is in stark contrast to his good form at Eintracht Frankfurt where he averaged 0.60 per game.

Chelsea turned their attention to Timo Werner after the decision from Luka Jovic.

Werner was signed by the Blues in a £53m deal and the German international has played two games for his new team on the competitive form.

He made his debut for Chelsea in the Premier League earlier this month in a 3-1 win at Brighton.

Timo Werner won a penalty during the game.

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Ex-Chelsea Striker In Turin To Complete Juventus Transfer

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Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is closing in on a return to Italian champions Juventus on a loan deal.

The former Chelsea striker is already in Turin as confirmed by the Italians.

Morata is expected to sign for Juventus on loan for €9m with the option to sign permanently for €45m.

The Spanish international is in Juventus for his second spell after spending two years with the Serie A giants between 2014 and 2016.

Alvaro Morata returned to parent club from Real Madrid after he had scored 27 goals in 93 appearances during his two-year loan stay in Turin.

The 27-year-old won the Spanish La Liga title on his return to Real Madrid before the striker signed for Chelsea for a then club-record fee of around £60m.

The player didn’t have the best of times at Stamford Bridge prompting him to leave the Blues after 18 months.

Alvaro Morata initially signed for the Blues on loan before his transfer was made permanent towards the start of last summer.

He scored 12 goals in 34 appearances for Atletico Madrid in the Spanish La Liga in his first full season at the club.

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is expected to replace him at Atletico Madrid.

The 33-year-old is surplus to requirements at Barcelona following the arrival of manager Ronald Koeman.

 

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Chelsea Hopeful Of Securing Transfer For £44.55 Million Ace

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Declan Rice

Chelsea are increasingly confident that they can sign Declan Rice from London rivals West Ham United before the end of this summer’s transfer window.

Journalist Simon Johnson of The Athletic revealed that the Blues want to re-sign the England international wants to sign the player valued £44.55m by Transfermarkt but they have been put off by the £80m asking price slammed on him by the Hammers.

Chelsea have spent over £200m in the current transfer window and that fee is expected to increase with the imminent arrival of Edouard Mendy this week.

The Senegalese international goalkeeper will be officially announced later this week after the Blues agreed a deal with his French club Rennes.

Declan Rice was on the payroll at Chelsea before the Hammers midfield man was let go by the club when he was just 14.

He has shown strong mental capacity as the West Ham United player was able to recover from that setback.

Rice is now one of the first names on the West Ham United team sheet having come through their youth team.

Earlier reports this summer stated that Chelsea could fund a move for Rice with the sale of N’Golo Kante, a transfet target for Inter Milan.

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Report: Edouard Mendy’s Move To Chelsea All But Set

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Various reports had said that West London giants Chelsea have finally reached an agreement to sign Senegalese international goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from his French team Rennes and popular journalist Fabrizio Romano has backed those reports.

According to the Italian journalist, Rennes and Chelsea have found an agreement for Mendy and that the Blues will announce his transfer from Rennes officially later this week especially on the back of the howler made by Kepa Arrizabalaga at the weekend.

Spanish shot stopper Kepa was highly culpable as his pass was stopped by Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane who found the back of the net afterwards to double his tally and also give the Reds their second goal.

Mane had earlier opened the scoring against 10-man Chelsea who had Danish centre back Andreas Christensen for a professional foul on Mane.

Apart from the error, Kepa Arrizabalaga had a good game but that won’t stopped Chelsea from signing Edouard Mendy after they agreed a €24m transfer for him.

The transfer was delayed reportedly because Rennes wanted a Chelsea player as part of the deal. The French club had asked for either Olivier Giroud or Fikayo Tomori but neither player will be moving to the club as part of the Edouard Mendy transfer.

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Report: Rennes Fail In Bid To Add Tomori or Giroud To Mendy Deal

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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.

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.

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United, Chelsea target favours Serie A stay

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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.

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.

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EPL: Chelsea To Make Declan Rice Transfer Bid This Week

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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.

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.

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Report: West Ham Stance On Emerson Palmieri Revealed

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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.

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.

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