Former Premier League champions Chelsea are said to be in talks to sign a new goalkeeper as the club continues his spendings in the transfer market this summer.
The Blues have spent over £200m on new talents this summer as they target the league title in the new season. Chelsea were top four contenders last season and their fans would be hoping that the new players will be able to challenge for the Premier League title in the upcoming season.
Journalist Keke Palmer talked about the new signing on the horizon with the Blues in advanced talks to sign Rennes shot stopper Edouard Mendy.
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Chelsea has made him their top priority after completing the signing of German attacker Kai Havertz. The 21-year-old joins the Blues from German team Bayer Leverkusen.
It was also revealed that Chelsea have options in their pursuit of a goalkeeper if the Edouard Mendy deal doesn’t work. Manager Frank Lampard is keen to find a replacement for his inconsistent first choice shot stopper, Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Havertz was the seventh signing at Chelsea this summer and Mendy could be signing number eight.
Thiago Silva, Xavier Mbuyemba, Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Malang Sarr and Ben Chilwell are the other signings at Chelsea.
Chelsea to send big-money flop to his homeland
English Premier League outfit Chelsea will be left disappointed with Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga despite the huge investment on him as he has lost his place in the team.
Since his move for Spanish la Liga outfit Athletic Bilbao, Kepa Arrizabalaga has been a flop at the Stamford Bridge and cost the team several points with his blunders. The Blues team were left with no choice but to replace him.
More to the pain of investing a huge amount to sign him from Spain, the West London outfit pay a weekly wage of £150,000 to Kepa Arrizabalaga which is a burden to the club and they are desperate to be relieved.
The Sun reports that the West London outfit are considering sending him out on loan to his homeland to be with Sevilla for the rest of the season under special agreements.
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Knowing that Kepa Arrizabalaga had very impressive performances when he was in Spain, the move could help him rediscover his form with the possibility of a return in the future.
Meanwhile, the weekly wage of the Spanish goalkeeper could be the challenge in the deal but the Blues will be willing o pay part of the £150,000 to be able to take him off their books.
A number of teams would have been interested in taking Kepa Arrizabalaga permanently, but they will not be able to pay about £78 million that brought him to Chelsea and the Blues are not willing to suffer more loss by accepting far less for him.
Meanwhile, Edouard Mendy was signed up by the Blues in the summer transfer window from Rennes and has proven to be the solution for Frank Lampard. He has helped stabilize the team by avoiding unnecessary gaols. Under his safe hands, the Blues team have now recorded three successive clean sheets.
EPL: Frank Lampard left confused over selection of attacking role
Now that Chelsea seem to have returned to form with a 4-0 win in their Champions League game, attention will be given to the team as they resume the Premier League action against Burnley on Saturday afternoon.
The reason is that the West London outfit have not been impressive in the Premier League and will look to make amends by delivering a win despite playing away from home against a wounded Burnley team that is yet to win any game this season.
The Blues team have just won two games from their last six Premier League fixtures and that must improve if they must achieve their aim of winning a title and finishing in any of the top four positions this season.
However, the Blues boss Frank Lampard has confessed to being confused about his attacking selections as he battles to fit all his attacking players into the game against Burnley.
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Expressing delight that his attacking players are now becoming fit and getting to their best, after the Champions League, Frank Lampard boasts of having options in the attack because of the heavy schedule of games but fitting them in is the problem.
“We’re also searching for relationships because some of the newer players are learning about each other and learning how we want to play. So I’ve got no problem with the options at the minute, and the players have to understand that when you play every three days consistent up to Christmas and beyond, there will be some rotations at times and we’ll need everybody” he added
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard can decide to play all four – Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner in the game to be able to score goals as it happened in the Champions League.
With about £200 million already spent on recruitment, Frank Lampard will be left with no choice than to win a trophy or secure Champions League qualification.
Chelsea VS Burnley predictions
Chelsea return from their 4-0 victory over FC Krasnodar in the Champions League to face Burnley for a Premier League challenge on Saturday as favourites as they have extended their unbeaten run to three games.
After goalless draws against Sevilla and Man United in the Champions League and Premier League respectively, the Blues have now returned to winning ways with the sweet victory on Wednesday night.
The West London outfit will be travelling to Turf Moor against the Burnley team that is yet to win a single game this season after six matched in the Premier League.
There is very little to talk about the host team on Saturday because their past results have revealed that they are not in the best of form but we will not be surprised if they turn things around against the Blues team.
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However, the Blues team seems to have started scoring again with Hakim Ziyech getting his full debut and marking it with a goal, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner, and Christian Pulisic were also all on the score sheet. Frank Lampard hopes on nothing less than more goals from his team at the weekend. They have recorded just one win in their last Premier League game.
Frank Lampard will still count on his summer transfer signing, Edouard Mendy to stand in between the sticks as he has been instrumental to the team’s resurgence this season. We also expect N’Golo Kante and Jorginho to give the depth in the middle.
Thiago Silva, who missed the Champions League game, has been confirmed to be available for the Burnley clash while the attacking quartet of Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, and Timo Werner might be unleashed on the Saturday opponent.
See predicted Chelsea lineup:
Edouard Mendy, James, Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner.