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Frank Lampard Sets Champions League Target Ahead Of Valencia Clash

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has set a target for his team in the Champions League ahead of the opening game against Spanish La Liga outfit Valencia.

The Blues play hosts to Valencia at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night in their first game of the new Champions League season.

In his pre-match press conference, Frank Lampard talked about the immediate target for him and his players as they get their campaign on the road in Group H against Valencia.

According to the former Blues midfielder, the target is for Chelsea to qualify from the group stage.

Ahead of the game, Frank Lampard will welcome N’Golo Kante back into his squad after the Frenchman returned to training.

The French World Cup winner has recovered from a troublesome ankle problem to hand Chelsea a big boost for the Valencia game.

Kante had missed the last three games in the Premier League.

As a matter of fact, the former Caen and Leicester City player has played just twice for Chelsea this season.

He was in the Chelsea starting XI for the UEFA Super Cup penalty loss to Liverpool last month as well as the league meeting with Leicester City which ended in a 1-1 draw in a week two clash played at Stamford Bridge.

Segun Amuda is a mass communication professional, He regularly writes for Thewistle and has worked at several publications, including talkSport.

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EPL: Edinson Cavani Transfer: All The Latest Updates

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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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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: Boubakary Soumare Transfer, All The Latest Updates

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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: Olivier Giroud Transfer, All The Latest Updates

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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.

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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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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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EPL: Chelsea Urged To Beat Man Utd To This Striker’s Signing

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Former Premier League player Paul Merson has advised Chelsea to beat top-four rivals Manchester United to the signing of Paris Saint Germain (PSG) striker Edinson Cavani.

According to him via the Daily Express, Cheslea need to sign the Uruguayan international before Premier League rivals Manchester United swoop in on him.

Paul Merson supported Chelsea as a youngster before playing got teams like Arsenal and Aston Villa during the early days of the Premier League era which began during the 1992/93 season.

The Daily Express revealed that Chelsea have already offered a loan fee of £5m for Cavani but PSG are not interested in it as they are holding out for a permanent transfer.

PSG are reluctant to let Cavani leave Parc des Princes before the end of this present transfer window next week Thursday.

The French giants want a transfer fee of £12.6m upwards for Edinson Cavani who favours a move to Atletico Madrid ahead of the Premier League duo of Manchester United and Chelsea.

Manchester United have made an enquiry to sign Edinson Cavani as they seek cover for Marcus Rashford who’s injured at the moment.

Atletico Madrid have had a €10m bid turned down for him by French giants PSG.

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EPL: Chelsea Finally Make Contact To Sign This Experienced Striker

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Chelsea have contacted Paris Saint Germain (PSG) striker Edinson Cavani over a loan move before the end of the present winter transfer window.

This is according to the report from Goal which stated that the Blues want to sign him on loan from his French club though Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid are favorites to sign him.

Chelsea are hoping to get more competition for central striker Tammy Abraham in that department as club manager Frank Lampard is not convinced by the present options of Michy Batshuayi and French World Cup winner Olivier Giroud.

Frenchman Giroud was thought to be closing on a transfer to Italian Serie A title challengers Inter Milan but that move appears to have stalled with the Italians now searching for alternatives.

Recent reports from Italy claimed that Inter Milan have opted to sign Fernando Llorente from Napoli after failing to lure Giroud from Chelsea.

For Edinson Cavani, PSG have already turned down a bid of €10m from Atletico Madrid for him.

Atletico Madrid have offered him a two-and-a-half-year deal until 2022 but the Spaniards still need to agree on a fee with PSG.

They are favorites ahead of Chelsea after manager Diego Simeone outlined his plans for him.

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EPL: Jose Mourinho To Launch Bid For Chelsea, Man United Target

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North London club Tottenham Hotspur want to steal a march on their rivals in the chase for Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare according to French publication L’Equipe.

It was revealed that Spurs want to sign the young midfielder but might need to wait until the summer.

In his last interview as granted by L’Equipe, Boubakary Soumare confirmed that he would be staying at Lille for the rest of the season thus ruling out an exit from the French Ligue 1 outfit.

Tottenham Hotspur have already signed a new midfielder in Portuguese international Gedson Fernandes who signed for the North Londoners on loan from Benfica.

20-year-old Gedson Fernandes has joined Spurs from Portuguese champions Benfica on an 18-month loan deal with the option to buy him when the loan contract expires next summer.

He had to leave Benfica after falling out of favor with manager Bruno Lage and has joined Spurs whom he made his debut for during the goalless draw at the home of Watford at the weekend.

Boubakary Soumare has a lot of clubs on his trail apart from Tottenham Hotspur.

The likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are keen on the player alongside the Spanish duo of Real Madrid and Valencia.

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