Aston Villa are reportedly plotting moves for two players from Chelsea in a bid to strengthen their squad for this season.
According to the Daily Mail, Villa want to bolster their squad in central midfield and the Chelsea duo of Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have been targeted.
It was revealed that Aston Villa want a loan deal for either of the two England internationals who have found it hard to feature in the Chelsea XI this season.
Aston Villa have spent over £70m this summer in addition to the £140m spent on new players last summer as the club barely stayed up on the final day of last season.
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The former European champions have signed goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez in a £20m deal this season, while the duo of Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins have joined from Nottingham Forest and Brentford respectively.
Watkins has signed for Villa in a club-record deal worth an initial fee of £28m and the club is keen to add either Barkley or Loftus-Cheek.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is yet to feature for Chelsea since being substituted during half-time of the opening game at Brighton which the Blues won 3-1.
On his part, Ross Barkley was on the scoresheet as Chelsea beat Barnsley 6-0 in their Carabao Cup third round on Wednesday night.
Three possible N’Golo Kante replacements at Chelsea
Every Chelsea fan wants to see N’Golo Kante in the Blues shirt because of the impact he has made on the team but that might not continue for a longer period.
The former Leicester City midfielder is already being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge as he cannot boast of the same performance when he first joined the club.
European giants like Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Paris Saint Germain are desperate to land the service of the World Cup winner and could be their opportunity should Frank Lampard decide to let him leave.
N’Golo Kante can no longer boast of a future at the club after learning that the club is keen on the signature of West Ham United midfielder, Declan Rice. That could cost him his playing time.
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However, three names have been listed as a possible replacement for the France international.
The Nigerian international has been solid for Leicester City for the past seasons. He has been attracting interest from Stamford Bridge with his stunning record of tackles and defensive powees at the midfield. Should The West London outfit decide against N’Golo Kante, the Nigerian international could be called upon but the Blues must be ready to pay big as he is also being linked to Paris Saint Germain.
Frank Lampard is known to have great belief in younger talents and that is what makes Denis Zakaria a perfect replacement for N’Golo Kante. The Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder will be able to manage Chelsea’s midfield properly as he can move forward with the ball. He will be less expensive and will jump at any opportunity to join a big side like Chelsea.
The West Ham United midfielder is one of the reason why N’Golo Kante is being rumoured to leave the club as he is top target for Frank Lampard. He has been in the EPL and well experienced.
EPL: Klopp has major challenges aside from injuries
There is more to the challenges facing Liverpool and manager Jurgen Klopp with the latest complaints made by the German boss over the fixture schedule.
The Premier League title holders are currently battling with injuries as some of the important players in the squad are on the sideline which places the club’s bid to defend the title on the line.
Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk has been ruled out of the season after sustaining an injury in the Merseyside derby against Everton while Fabinho will be out of action for few weeks. Jurgen Klopp currently lacks options at the defence for the next few fixtures.
However, the former Borussia Dortmund boss expresses dissatisfaction over the tiresome fixtures list handed to top Premier League clubs that are currently participating in the Champions League. They include Liverpool, Man City, Man United, and Chelsea.
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In one of his post-game interviews, Jurgen Klopp blasted the Premier League board for not being considerate in their scheduling of matches for his team and others playing in the Champions League.
“I think everybody will agree that if you play Tuesday night, you can play the Saturday 12:30 pm game, but somehow the Premier League never realised that.
“They always put in the Wednesday night game, like last Saturday, Man City had to play this, game – I can’t believe it. We are obviously not friends, we play against each other and fight against each other, but how is that possible?”
He lamented that the Premier League bosses are not bothered about how teams cope with these fixtures, expressing fears that it will affect the efficiency of the team and may cause fatigue for the players.
Liverpool will play West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday after the Champions League clash against their Danish opponent on Tuesday and will make a trip to Italy to face Atlanta in Group D, just four days later.
Liverpool tipped to sign Bayern Munich star
English Premier League outfit Bayern Munich have been tipped to win the race for defender David Alaba from German Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich in the January transfer window.
The focus for the Reds team in the January window will be a defender as they lack options for one. Virgil Van Dijk and Fabinho are currently injured which makes it necessary for the team to bring in a cover.
There is a green light from the Bayern Munich star over a move as he is believed to be prepared to leave Germany after spending his entire career with the Bundesliga giants. He has proven to be a top defender that can fit into the level expected in Liverpool.
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The Austria defender is not keen to sign a new deal with the Bundesliga giants as he enters his last six months of his contract at the beginning of 2021 which means he would have to leave for the club to be able to cash in from his sale.
He will be free to sign a pre-contract with any club from January as well, and the Reds team are considering the option of bringing him to serve as a cover. He also has the quality and experience to partner Virgil Van Dijk when he returns next season.
Football insider reports that Bayern Munich are not willing to take the chance and will let go of David Alaba in the Jaunty winter window to any of his suitors.
English Premier Legate duo Man United and Chelsea have also shown interest in the signature of David Alaba as they are also in need of a defender while Italian Serie A outfit Juventus is willing to give them a fight.
Meanwhile, manager Jurgen Klopp will have to make do with Rhys Williams as a cover for his defence in subsequent games before the return of Fabinho or the signing of David Alaba should manager Jurgen Klopp insist.