Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has targeted the forward positions ahead of the transfer market this summer. Lampard and Chelsea have been overreliant on first choice striker Tammy Abraham since the start of the current campaign and the Blues boss is keen to rectify this situation ahead of the new season expected to start later this year.
Tammy Abraham has been the regular source of goals at Chelsea this season, while other forwards have failed in this regard. The Blues suffered a major dip in form when their only consistent goalscorer Tammy Abraham struggled with injury around the winter time.
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Lampard and Chelsea have already made a move to add more goals to their attack in the form of Hakim Ziyech who would join the club from Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam and the Blues boss is still looking to bolster that department of his team. Here are the top three forward targets for Lampard and Chelsea:
1. Moussa Dembele – The former Fulham and Celtic player has been a consistent goal getter for Lyon in the French Ligue 1 this season. He scored 16 goals in the league before the present league season was ended in France due to the dreaded Coronavirus. Moussa Dembele was a major transfer target for Chelsea during the January transfer window and the club still retains an interest in him. Lyon might sell some of their stars this summer as they try to recover from the lack of European football for the first time in over two decades.
2. Dries Mertens – The Napoli attacker will be a free agent this summer and Chelsea are one of the clubs in the mix to sign him on a free transfer. The Belgian international came close to joining Chelsea in January but they were not able to pull off a deal for him.
3. Timo Werner – Liverpool are the favourites to sign the RB Leipzig attacker this summer but Chelsea and Bayern Munich are not far behind.
Two reasons why N’Golo Kante would have considered United move
The Red Devils can boast of Donny van de Beek, Bruno Fernandes, and Paul Pogba in their midfield and now have a need for a strong defensive midfielder that will help the flair players moving forward, this is the reason why they are being linked with the signature of Chelsea star N’Golo Kante.
N’Golo Kante is already out of favour at Chelsea and has been linked with a move away and Man United are reported to be considering the option.
A report claims the former Leicester City defensive midfielder would have considered a move to the Old Trafford for two reasons but there seems not to be a concrete offer from the Red Devils.
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It is reported that a move to Man United would have been possible and easy for the World Cup winner because of his desire to remain in the Premier League.
The second reason for why he would have loved a move to United is the fact that he will be happy to link up with his friend Paul Pogba, according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein.
However, it is unlikely that N’Golo Kante will be leaving the Stamford Bridge as Man United did not make any formal move to snap up his signature while manager Frank Lampard is still interested in having him around.
Chelsea Midfielder Joins Aston Villa On Loan
Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has joined fellow Premier League side Aston Villa on loan for the remainder of this season.
His loan deal to the former European champions was confirmed by the Blues on Wednesday morning.
Ross Barkley has decided to move away from Chelsea after the array of talents signed by the club left him on the fringes.
The 26-year-old would now be hoping to make his mark on an Aston Villa side that has started the season in sparkling form.
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Aston Villa have won two from two league games and are currently in the top four despite playing a game lesser than 16 other teams.
Ross Barkley could make his debut for Aston Villa in the upcoming league game at home to champions Liverpool.
The Carabao Cup fourth round clash at home to Stoke City on Thursday night might come too soon for him.
He scored 11 goals in 86 appearances for Chelsea with the last of his goals coming last week during the Carabao Cup fourth round win over second tier team Barnsley.
Ross Barkley joined Chelsea from Everton in January 2018 in a £15m deal and has struggled to consistently hold a permanent spot in the first team.
He played under three managers namely Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard.
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French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) are targeting a double raid on Chelsea as they bid to beef up their squad before the transfer window ends in the coming days, according to Sky Sports.
The Champions League finalists are said to be targeting loan deals for two Chelsea players namely Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger.
French midfielder Bakayoko is not in the immediate plans of Blues boss Frank Lampard and the club wants to sell him.
The player has two years left from the five-year deal that he signed in 2017 when he joined from French club AS Monaco.
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After a largely underwhelming first season at Stamford Bridge, Bakayoko was sent out on loan to AC Milan where he impressed but the Rossoneri opted to make his loan deal a permanent one.
He went out on loan to former club AS Monaco for last season and he’s back at Chelsea after that loan spell in France.
AC Milan and PSG have been linked with the midfielder but the latter is only interested in a loan deal for him alongside German international Antonio Rudiger.
Rudiger has been transfer-listed at Chelsea following the arrival of Thiago Silva on a free transfer.
London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and PSG are keen on signing the ex-AS Roma centre back.
EPL: One of these players will join Arsenal after defeat at Liverpool
Arsenal failed to continue their winning streak against Liverpool in the Premier League encounter on Monday night after enjoying two wins in their last two meetings.
The Gunners went down by 3 goals to one and it is obvious that there is a need to improve the squad with just few days left to the close of the summer transfer window. This has also been confirmed by manager Mikel Arteta who claims the next one week will be a busy one for the club.
French Ligue 1 outfit Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar is one the faces that are likely to be seen at Arsenal before the end of the summer transfer window. The Gunners have been making failed shots to snap up his signature’
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Jorginho is another player that could make a move to the Emirates Stadium from West London club, Chelsea as his spell at the club might be coming to an end. He seems to have fallen down the pecking order and seeks a move.
Reports claim Arsenal is considering the option of his service if they fail to get Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey.
Alex Luna is another player who is highly linked to Arsenal this summer transfer window. The 16-year-old scored 16 goals in 2020 and has been tipped to be promoted to Atletico Rafaela’s first team next season. He could also be tempted to Arsenal with Mikel Arteta keen on his signature.
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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is closing in on a loan move away from the club after his manager admitted that it would do him a whole lot of good.
The Blues boss, Frank Lampard, told reporters that the England international would be better served spending some time out on loan.
Lampard spoke to reporters during his pre-match press conference ahead of the Carabao Cup fourth round clash with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur billed for the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday night.
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Ruben Loftus-Cheek spent a very successful loan spell at Crystal Palace during the 2017/18 season before he returned to Chelsea at the end of that season.
Injuries and competition for places have prevented him from securing a lasting place in the starting XI.
The Chelsea Academy graduate started the opening game of the season in the Premier League vs Brighton and Hove Albion but didn’t last until the second half.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek was subbed off at half-time of the game which his team won 3-1.
He has two major loan options as per the report from the Daily Mirror with Aston Villa and West Ham United said to be keen to take him on a temporary deal for the rest of this season.
EPL: Why Kurt Zouma Will Sign For Everton Revealed
In-form Premier League side Everton are keen to bring Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma back to the club before the end of this transfer window.
This is according to French news outlet Le 10 Sport which stated that the Toffees want to reinforce their defensive options with the signing of Kurt Zouma who spent a successful loan spell at the club during the 2018/19 campaign.
French international Zouma played 32 league games at Everton under manager Marco Silva during the 2018/19 season.
Kurt Zouma is the second Chelsea centre back to be linked with Carlo Ancelotti and Everton.
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Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori was previously a target for Everton but it looks like the Nigerian-born England international will be staying at Stamford Bridge for this season.
The Blues want to sell a centre back this summer after the free transfer acquisition of Brazilian player Thiago Silva.
He left PSG to join the Blues after the expiration of his contract with the French champions.
His arrival has left central defenders like Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori fighting to stay at Chelsea.
Centre backs Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen started the Premier League clash at West Brom at the weekend as the Blues were forced to a 3-3 draw by the Premier League newcomers.
EPL: Man United in shock move for Chelsea star
English Premier League outfit Man United are reported to be considering a move for out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante after making an inquiry about his availability.
The 29-year-old World Cup winner has been linked away from the West London club as he can no longer boast of regular playing time under manager Frank Lampard.
It is claimed that the Blues are willing o let go of the former Leicester City man but will not let him leave for a cheaper price than £46 million as a lot has been invested in him.
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The Blues are also keen on the signature of West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice and will want to offload the French midfielder to be able to bring in the Englishman.
However, Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now considering the option of adding to his book this season if an agreement would be reached with the West London club.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants an extra muscle to his midfield that will help Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek and N’Golo Kante is being considered as an option.
The only uncertainty is the fact that the £46 million might be too high for the Red Devils to meet and that could force them to back out of the deal.
Report: Man United In Shock Bid For Chelsea Midfielder
Manchester United have been surprisingly linked with a shock transfer swoop on their Premier League rivals, Chelsea.
The Daily Mirror said that the Red Devils have started talks with the representatives of Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.
The 2018 French World Cup winner has been targeted by Manchester United in a stunning development with the Blues said to be open to the sale of the battling midfielder.
It was also stated that Kante will have to take a pay cut to sign for the Red Devils in this window.
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N’Golo Kante earns around £290,000 following the new contract he signed during the 2018/19 season.
The former Leicester City star is the highest paid player at Chelsea and he has three years to go on that aforementioned contract.
He was linked with Spanish team Real Madrid at the start of the year before the transfer rumours of a £60m move to join Antonio Conte at Inter Milan.
Kante worked with Conte while the Italian was the Chelsea manager from 2016 to 2018.
He won the Premier League title in his first season as a Chelsea player under Conte.
Chelsea are potentially eyeing West Ham United player Declan Rice as his replacement with the Blues keen to re-sign the 21-year-old England international.