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Chelsea Target Given Two-Day Break To Negotiate Transfer

Timothy Aiyeku



Frank Lampard

English Championship club Derby County have given Chelsea legend Frank Lampard a two-day break to enable him negotiate a transfer to Stamford Bridge.

Derby County resumed preseason without their manager Frank Lampard who has been given Monday and Tuesday off by the Rams to conclude negotiations with Chelsea over his return to his former club.

The two-day break given to Frank Lampard was confirmed by Sky Sports earlier on Monday morning.

The Rams had earlier given Chelsea permission to speak with Frank Lampard about their vacant managerial post.

The 41-year-old is expected to be named the new Chelsea manager in the coming days.

Frank Lampard will replace Maurizio Sarri as the Chelsea manager after the Italian tactician left the club to return to Italy.

Sarri has gone back to his native Italy to take up the Juventus job.

He spent just one season at Chelsea having been appointed the Blues’ boss last summer.

Maurizio Sarri was at Napoli for three years before his appointment as the Chelsea manager.

Lampard is a Chelsea legend and the former Blues midfielder will be putting his legendary status on the line by taking the managerial job at the club.

He spent 13 hugely successful years at Chelsea between 2001 and 2014 as he ended up being the all-time leading goalscorer in the history of the club.

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

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FA Cup: Chelsea, Man United, Liverpool And Arsenal Discover Fifth Round Opponents

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Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal are all in the FA Cup fifth round after their respective fourth round wins at the weekend.

The three teams have discovered their fifth round opponents after the draw was held on Monday night.

Arsenal were confirmed for the last 16 of the FA Cup after the 2-1 win over hosts Bournemouth in their fourth round clash courtesy the first half goals from Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah.

South Coast club Bournemouth pulled one back through substitute Sam Surridge at the end of the game.

The Gunners will return to the South Coast for the fifth round against League One club Portsmouth.

Chelsea have been drawn at home in the fifth round and they will face the winner of the game between Liverpool and Shrewsbury Town.

The League One club came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home to Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round and the Reds will host the replay in the first week of February to determine who will face Chelsea.

Manchester United will be the guests of the winner between Derby County and Northampton Town.

Derby County and Northampton Town meet for their FA Cup fourth round replay next month.

Holders Manchester City are away at English Championship club Sheffield Wednesday.

Full Draw:

Sheffield Wednesday vs Manchester City

Portsmouth vs Arsenal

Derby County/Northampton Town vs Manchester United

Chelsea vs Liverpool/Shrewsbury Town

Reading/Cardiff City vs Sheffield United

Tottenham Hotspur/Southampton vs Norwich City

West Brom vs Oxford United/Newcastle United

Leicester City vs Birmingham City vs Coventry City

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EPL: Chelsea Starting XI With Boubakary Soumare

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Donny Van Der Beek To Consider England Transfer

Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare is one of the most wanted players in the present January window.

The 20-year-old French player is a big target for two of the best Premier League teams namely Chelsea and Manchester United.

On the transfer rumours linking Boubakary Soumare with an exit from Lille, manager Christopher Galtier hinted that the player could leave the French Ligue 1 club this month.

Lille boss Galtier addressed the Soumare Transfer reports during his pre-match press conference for the PSG clash in the league.

Galtier and his Lille players were beaten 2-0 by French champions and league leaders Paris Saint Germain (PSG) at home on Sunday night.

Brazilian international Neymar scored twice as PSG secured victory at the home of Lille thereby extending their lead at the top of the table to ten points.

Boubakary Soumare played 78 minutes of that game before he was replaced by former Blues striker Loic Remy.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard wants to boost his squad as the business end of the season approaches and Boubakary Soumare is a possible addition for him though the Red Devils are also interested.

Chelsea XI: Kepa Arrizabalaga; Reece James, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta; Boubakary Soumare, N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount; Willian, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham.

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EPL Live: Krzysztof Piatek Transfer To Chelsea – All The Latest Updates

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Krzysztof Piatek

Monday, January 27

AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek has been offered to a Premier League club as per the newest reports in the media in the United Kingdom.

Piatek is now the second choice striker at AC Milan after the signing of club legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic earlier this month.

Swedish football icon Zlatan re-signed for AC Milan this month on a free transfer after the striker ended his contract at Major League Soccer (MLS) giants LA Galaxy.

Krzysztof Piatek scored 30 goals in all competitions for both Genoa and AC Milan in the last campaign but he has struggled to replicate that kind of form in this campaign.

The Polish international signed for AC Milan from fellow Italian top flight side Genoa last year January.

According to the Daily Express, Chelsea have been offered the opportunity to sign Piatek in this winter transfer market.

Krzysztof Piatek could be the answer to Chelsea and their search for a second striker.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard doesn’t see the attacking duo of Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud as the perfect competition for Tammy Abraham.

Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be interested in Piatek who has scored just five goals for the Italian Serie A giants in all competitions.

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EPL: Edinson Cavani Transfer: All The Latest Updates

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Edinson Cavani

Sunday, January 26

West London giants Chelsea have been boosted with the news that Premier League rivals Manchester United have been rebuffed in their bid to sign Edinson Cavani from French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

Both Chelsea and Manchester United want to sign a new striker before the January window closes this week and Edinson Cavani is a person of interest for the two English clubs.

According to Foot Mercato, Manchester United had a big salary offer turned down by Cavani who sees Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid as his preferred team if he leaves PSG this month.

Manchester United were said to have offered him around €10m annual salary which was rejected by the Uruguayan international star.

The Red Devils are interested in Edinson Cavani as the man to replace topscorer Marcus Rashford after the Academy graduate was struck down by a serious back injury.

Chelsea had a loan offer for Cavani thrown out by the player and his entourage earlier this month.

Edinson Cavani favors a move to Atletico Madrid who are in desperate need of a striker after the injury to Diego Costa.

Atletico Madrid offered him a two-and-a-half-year deal but they are yet to agree on a fee with PSG for him having had the first offer of €10m turned down by the French giants.

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EPL: Vicente Guaita Transfer: All The Latest Updates

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Sunday, January 26

Europa League holders Chelsea have reportedly made an enquiry for one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League over the last two seasons.

Crystal Palace shot-stopper Vicente Guaita signed for the Eagles at the start of the last campaign following his transfer from Spanish La Liga side Getafe and he has proven to be one of the best goalkeepers in the English top flight.

The 33-year-old goalkeeper is a target for both Manchester City and Chelsea as reported by Football London.

The interest of Chelsea in Vicente Guaita was first reported by Spanish newspaper AS who disclosed that the Spanish shot-stopper has showed his quality in the Premier League in the last 18 months and that has attracted the Blues to his signing.

Vicente Guaita is the second goalkeeper to be linked with Chelsea in the past few days after England and Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope.

The links to Premier League goalkeepers have cast doubt on the future of Kepa Arrizabalaga at Chelsea following his series of errors at the club this season.

Kepa Arrizabalaga became the most expensive goalkeeper in history after Chelsea splashed over £71m on his transfer from Athletic Bilbao at the start of the last campaign.

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EPL Live: Boubakary Soumare Transfer, All The Latest Updates

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Donny Van Der Beek To Consider England Transfer

Sunday, January 26

Lille manager Christopher Galtier has fuelled the transfer rumours linking star player Boubakary Soumare with a move to the Premier League this month.

The 20-year-old Frenchman has been touted as a possible transfer addition for both Manchester United and Chelsea in the Premier League.

Ahead of the league game at home to French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) on Sunday evening, Lille manager Christopher Galtier hinted to reporters that he’s not sure of Boubakary Soumare and his future at Lille.

The Lille boss is not certain that he’ll retain the services of Soumare at the end of this January winter window.

The Manchester United links to Soumare has been more prevalent in recent days and weeks especially with the thin midfield that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to work with at the club.

Manchester United have lost two key midfielders to injuries since December and they are not expected to return to action in the next weeks.

In the absence of these midfielders namely Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, Manchester United have struggled a great deal without them.

Manchester United have been linked with a lot of midfielders in this January window especially the duo of Boubakary Soumare and Sporting Lisbon player Bruno Fernandes.

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EPL Live: Olivier Giroud Transfer, All The Latest Updates

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Olivier Giroud

Sunday, January 26

Chelsea will be offered Krzysztof Piatek, should they sell Olivier Giroud.

The north London giants have been given the chance to buy Krzysztof Piatek ahead of Tottenham Hotspurs, after his agent offered the AC Milan striker to the Blues.

The can only complete the signing of Krzysztof Piatek when they sell Olivier Giroud to Inter Milan.

Saturday, January 25

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is closing in on a transfer to Inter Milan in the Italian Serie A after the Nerazzurri finally agreed on a transfer fee for him to make the move before the winter window closes next week.

Inter Milan have been in negotiations with Premier League giants Chelsea over Giroud who’s keen to leave Stamford Bridge for more first-team opportunities so as to boost his chances of retaining his place in the starting XI for France.

According to respected Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, Inter Milan have made a breakthrough in their negotiations with Chelsea after several weeks and that they have agreed a fee of €5m plus €1.5m for Giroud.

The Frenchman would be expected to travel to Milan to complete the transfer to the San Siro where he would link up with former Arsenal teammates Alexis Sanchez.

Giroud and Sanchez played together at Arsenal for over three years before they signed for Chelsea and Manchester United respectively in the 2018 January winter transfer market.

Alexis Sanchez is at Inter Milan on a season-long loan deal from Manchester United until this summer.

For Olivier Giroud, he has already agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Inter Milan worth  €10m until 2022.

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Olivier Giroud next club revealed

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Olivier Giroud

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has emerged as a shock transfer target for Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona who are looking for a short-term replacement for the injured Luis Suarez.

Barcelona will have to navigate the next four months without star striker Luis Suarez after he underwent knee surgery earlier this month.

The Spanish champions have until Thursday night to sign a striker replacement for Luis Suarez who picked up a knee injury during the Spanish Super Cup competition in Saudi Arabia at the start of this decade.

Several strikers have been linked with Barcelona over the past few weeks and the latest player to be linked with the Blaugrana is French World Cup winner Olivier Giroud via the Daily Mail.

The Chelsea striker wants to leave Stamford Bridge this month in search of first-team football that will keep him in shape for the 2020 European Championships.

Giroud is the first-choice striker for the French national team and he needs more first-team football at club football to maintain that position with AS Monaco striker Wissem Ben Yedder breathing down his neck.

Wissem Ben Yedder was recently named the Player of the Month for December in the French top flight and he’s also a regular for his team, unlike Giroud.

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