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United, Chelsea target favours Serie A stay

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Man United and Chelsea had been linked with the signature of Hellas Verona defender Marash Kumbulla earlier in this summer transfer window but from the latest report, he will be staying in Serie A.

It is confirmed that the 20-year-old will be parting ways with Serie A outfit Hellas Verona but he will remain in Italy with a move to Rome as AS Roma are reported to have agreed on terms with him.

Both Man United and Chelsea are believed to have a need for a defender this summer transfer window to be able to strengthen and fight for titles this season.

The Red Devils seek a partner with Harry Maguire, the reason why they showed interest in the Albanian defender but from all indications, they have met the dead rock.

Marash Kumbulla gained the attention he now has from a number of top European clubs as a result of his rigorous and no-nonsense style for his team. He has been tipped to be a good fit for the English Premier League because of his physicality.

Both the Blues and the Red Devils are yet to sort out their defensive needs as the West London club only secured Thiago Silva while United have been unable to do any defensive deal.

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

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Former Arsenal player joins Chelsea again

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The latest report has revealed that former Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has now returned as a non-contract player for his former club Chelsea.

Petr Cech retired in 2019 when he was playing for Arsenal and returned for a management role only to be listed in Frank Lampard’s squad for the Premier League season.

The former Arsenal shot-stopper was only the technical advisor role at Stamford Bridge but there was a need for him to be back in the team and it is very likely he would be seen in the middle of the sticks again.

Before joining the North London outfit, Petr Cech was flying the colours of the Blues team for 11 years with over 300 appearances, winning four Premier League titles.

Chelsea have confirmed Petr Cech will be part of the squad as an emergency cover and as a non-contract player with the situation at the club.

The goalkeeping situation seems to have changed at Stamford Bridge as Edouard Mendy is now the first-choice ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga after he was unconvincing in his recent performances.

However, it is yet to be seen if an opportunity will be available for Petr Cech to have a new debut at the club or not.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hints at unleashing this weapon against Chelsea

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After securing a win 2-1 against French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League, Man United boss is already planning to unleash more weapons on West London outfit Chelsea when they meet on Saturday.

The Red Devils were without new striker Edison Cavani and the Norweigan manager has hinted that he will be available to face the Blues when they meet at the weekend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to explain that the former Paris Saint Germain player has not had enough training and that is why he was not in action against his former team but he is hopeful that he will be ready to give the fight to Chelsea.

After a win against Newcastle at the last weekend, the Red Devils continued their winning streak against the French Ligue 1 outfit in the Champions League and they will be hoping it continues when they meet the West London outfit.

The Red Devils started the season on a slow note after losing two games in their first three games but that seems to have changed as they have returned to winning ways with two wins in two games.

Man United are currently in 15th place in the Premier League table but a win against Chelsea will definitely lift them in the standing.

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Arsenal target to extend stay at Chelsea

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The emerging report has revealed that Arsenal’s summer transfer target, Jorginho could sign a new contract at Chelsea that will keep him at the club for more years.

The Italian international was linked away from the Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window after it was claimed that he is no longer favoured at the club and wants a new challenge.

It was reported that Jorginho will come in as a replacement for Lucas Torreira who has now joined Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid, especially if Thomas Partey had not signed.

The North London outfit eventually did not sign Jorginho but opted for Ghanaian international midfielder Thomas Partey, yet the Chelsea man is yet to find a club.

It is now being reported that the West London outfit will open talks with the former Napoli midfielder in the next few days with regards to an extension to his current contract.

Jorginho was also linked with a move to unite with his former boss Maurizio Sarri at the Italian Serie A outfit Juventus but that has passed as the Italian boss has been sacked.

The Chelsea midfielder will be forced to stay and fight for his place in the Frank Lampard team if he must find playing time this season.

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Revealed! How Chelsea was ‘humiliated’ in bid for Thomas Partey

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It has now been revealed that West London outfit Chelsea made a move for Arsenal player Thomas Partey when he was with Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid but were not only turned down but reduced.

North London outfit Arsenal ended up securing the signature of the Ghanaian international by activating his £45 million release clause on the deadline day of the just concluded summer transfer window.

It looked like an easy decision for the player and his camp to make when the Gunners made the call that they were ready to activate the release clause but Chelsea did not get the same treatment.

When discussing the interest for Thomas Partey from other clubs, the midfielder’s father Jacob Partey noted that Chelsea came knocking for the player but their offer was rejected because they wanted a bigger team than the Blues.

Jacob Partey added that Italian Serie A outfit Juventus were interested and made a move but they were also not big enough the family had to wait for a big club like Arsenal to give their nod.

Howbeit, the Gunners fans are yet to see their latest signing in the Arsenal shirt and on the pitch but that is set to happen as he had to obey the clarion call from his county.

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How West Ham Will Stop Chelsea From Signing Declan Rice

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West Ham United will have to offer midfielder Declan Rice new improved terms to stop London rivals Chelsea from signing the player.

This is according to report via The Sun which stated that the Hammers will need to increase the player’s £60,000 weekly salary significantly to prevent him from leaving the club for Chelsea.

The Hammers will need to offer the player a new deal worth weekly wages of around £120,000 to ward off Chelsea and manager Frank Lampard.

Chelsea wanted to sign Declan Rice before the transfer window ended earlier this week and were put off by the £80m valuation of the player by West Ham United.

Blues boss Frank Lampard is a big fan of the player who has grown to become a key figure for club and country in the past months.

Declan Rice is a versatile player who can play as a defensive midfielder and as a central defender.

He was formerly at Chelsea before being released by the West London club as a teenager.

Rice left the Blues at the age of 14 and went on to sign for West Ham United almost immediately.

The England international came through the ranks at West Ham and he’s now one of the first names on their starting XI.

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How Seven Players Could Still Leave Chelsea

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The transfer window has ended for Premier League clubs to sign players but there is an avenue for players to leave for other clubs outside the Premier League.

Also, Premier League teams can still sign players from teams in the lower leagues of the English Football League until October 16. This is 11 days after the Premier League transfer window ended.

Some other leagues are still open to the transfer of players. For example, Chelsea were able to send Dutch midfielder Marco Van Ginkel on loan to former club PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie before the close of the transfer window in the Netherlands on Tuesday night.

Van Ginkel secured a loan transfer to the Netherlands after the end of the Premier League transfer window.

The Russian transfer window closes on October 17, while the transfer window in Portugal doesn’t end until October 25.

The Daily Mail reported that as many as six players are scheduled to leave the club after Malang Sarr.

Summer signing Sarr has already joined Portuguese champions FC Porto on loan and the likes of Marcos Alonso, Emerson Palmieri and Danny Drinkwater could join him in exiting the club.

Malang Sarr became a Chelsea player after the club signed him on a free transfer this summer at the end of his contract with OGC Nice of France.

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How Man United Missed Out On Chelsea Signing Kai Havertz

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German international Kai Havertz could have been playing for Manchester United rather than Chelsea according to the report via The Athletic.

A lot has been said about Manchester United and their inability to sign players during the just concluded Premier League transfer window.

The Athletic has revealed how the Red Devils missed out on the Kai Havertz signing.

Manchester United were monitoring the player’s progress at Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen last season.

Kai Havertz, 21, enjoyed a breakthrough season at Bayer Leverkusen in the last campaign and Manchester United were said to have enquired about him.

Manchester United were quoted €100m for Kai Havertz and they baulked at the fee paving the way for Premier League rivals Chelsea to swoop for him.

Chelsea made their biggest signing of thr summer with Kai Havertz. Some media outlets said the Blues agreed to pay as much as £89m for him, while others said the fee is £72m.

Kai Havertz is the Blues’ club record signing ahead of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

He scored his first goals for the West Londoners during the Carabao Cup third round meeting with Championship side Barnsley.

Havertz netted a hattrick as Chelsea thrashed Barnsley 6-0 at home at the third round stage of the competition.

They have since been eliminated in the fourth round by London rivals Tottenham Hotspur via penalties after the two teams played a 1-1 draw.

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This Chelsea player could have been wearing the Man United Jersey

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Kai Havertz

The emerging reports claim that Chelsea winger Kai Havertz could have been a Man United player, wearing the Reds Jersey and not the Blue but for the fact that the West London club played a fast one.

It is understood that the Red Devils already had Kai Havertz as a target and made efforts to land him but they had their focus on Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and lost him to Chelsea.

Meanwhile, the Old Trafford team failed to land the England international winger eventually as they were left frustrated in the negotiation for his signature. The German Bundesliga outfit requested £108 million for the signature of the Man City academy product but Man United could not pay.

According to a recent report by The Athletic, Man United was been monitoring the player when he was with German Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen and made their first contact with the German club in January.

The Red Devils did not go ahead with the bid for the player when they were told he would cost £90.8 million but the West London eventually got him in the 2020 summer window for an initial fee of £72 million and that could be rise by £18 million if add-ons and clauses are met.

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