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EPL: Price named for United, Chelsea target

Timothy Aiyeku

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Declan Rice

Man United and Chelsea now know that to land their summer transfer target, Declan Rice from West Ham United, they will have to pay the sum of £80 million.

This is after West Ham United legend, Frank McAvennie stated that Declan Rice is worth as much as Man United’s Harry Maguire and should not be sold for anything less.

Both Man United and Chelsea are keen on a new midfielder with Declan Rice showing the big ability that he can succeed in a big side and West Ham United are willing to let him go to be able to cash in to cushion the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the club.

Frank McAvennie noted that every club is now a selling club and that West Ham United will have to figure out what they want to take for Declan Rice and if they wish to part ways with him this summer window.

Declan Rice has a contract with West Ham United until 2024 which makes them have strong bargaining power and that could be their advantage to land a big fee from his sale.

It is now left to Man United and Chelsea to decide if they can pay a huge amount as £80 million for Declan Rice and if that position is a priority for them.

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

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EPL: N’Golo Kante’s time at Chelsea might be finally over

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After watching N’Golo Kante’s performance in the goalless draw between Chelsea and Man United, one could be forced to conclude that N’Golo Kante’s time at Chelsea might be over as his game continues to drop.

The West London outfit had an opportunity to steal all three points when they had a breakthrough into the Red Devils’ 18 at the other end. The ball got to the former Leicester City midfielder but his poor touch on the ball made him lose it and that happened to be Chelsea’s final attack in the game as he also had a number of such changes in the game.

N’Golo Kante joined Chelsea as a match-winner and a leader who can win a game for the team with his brilliant performance but that was not seen against Man United as he has not been his usual self this season. No wonder he was linked away from the club during the summer transfer window.

Going to the social media after the game, it’s obvious that the fans have taken note of the World Cup winner and they are more concerned about having him get back to his best as the player he was known for.

Some of the fans via their tweet stated that he was good off the ball but he is not the player that he used to be on the ball. He is also accused of breaking the transition from the defence to the attack with his passes.

Others even argued that he should have been substituted from the game for Matteo Kovacic or Olivier Giroud to help the attack.

With all of the concerns raised and expected to be observed by manager Frank Lampard, he could have his playing time reduced and that could lead to his exit as he currently has suitors across top European clubs.

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Chelsea have bigger Kepa Arrizabalaga issues than you think

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The West London outfit Chelsea now have a bigger challenge of doing away with their Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga who seems to have been relegated from being the first-choice goalkeeper at the club.

The start of the season saw the Spanish goalkeeper pull out some mistakes that cost the team some points and that was what forced manager Frank Lampard in the summer transfer market to secure the signature of Edouard Mendy as a replacement. His time at the club might be over.

Since given the opportunity to start for the Blues, Edouard Mendy has been impressive and his last outing against Man United on Saturday got manager Frank Lampard talking with lots of accolades coming from him.

However, the Blues are now concerned with the fact that the world’s most expensive goalkeeper is sitting on the bench just two years after investing in him but reports have claimed that there is more to this worry.

According to Estadio Deportivo via Sport Witness, the West London outfit have concerns about selling Kepa Arrizabalaga because he cannot continue to sit on the bench for a goalkeeper at his level, in addition to his age and the need to get him off the books.

While several clubs will want to give Kepa Arrizabalaga a change in their team, his weekly wage will be an issue for the Blues to contend with because they will not be able to pay. It happened in the summer transfer window when Spanish la Liga outfit Sevilla made efforts to land the Spanish goalkeeper on loan but they backed down because of his wage at Chelsea.

Chelsea’s only chance in offloading Kepa Arrizabalaga is to accept a loss on their £71 million investment earlier made on eh signature and the player could be forced to receive a pay cut as well.

Kepa Arrizabalaga currently earns £150,000 a week as the fourth-highest earner at Stamford Bridge and that could be reduced if he must leave the club as soon as in the coming January transfer window.

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Kepa Arrizabalaga should have gotten the message from Frank Lampard

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From the statement made by Chelsea boss Frank Lampard on the performance of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy in the goalless draw against Man United, it is obvious that a message has been passed to out-of-favour shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The West London outfit played a 0-0 draw away from home on Saturday evening with Edouard Mendy giving a world-class performance to give the team another clean sheet after starting the season by conceding goals under the watchful hands of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Edouard Mendy is Chelsea’s latest recruit in from the last summer transfer window and he has been favoured with a starting role as Kepa Arrizabalaga can no longer be trusted because of a number of high-profile mistakes he made in the past.

The new goalkeeping had a major test when Marcus Rashford pulled a big one that would have handed the Red Devils the lead but he was up to his responsibility with a fine flying save and that ahs got Frank Lampard talking.

Frank Lampard hailed Edouard Mendy’s performance in the game as he noted that goalkeepers are to be depended upon in such moments of tight games if his team must pick at least a point in the game.

The Blues boss boasted that Edouard Mendy was signed up for the quality that was displayed and he has proven that with his composure and saves.

By noting that he depends on a goalkeeper in moments of difficulties, a message might have been passed to Kepa Arrizabalaga to known that his mistakes in the past were unacceptable and have cost the team.

From all indications, the Sousing shot-stopper might not get a chance to start for the West London outfit again until perchance, Edouard Mendy is out on injury because the performances of the two goalkeepers have given the judgment already.

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