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Chelsea have bigger Kepa Arrizabalaga issues than you think

Timothy Aiyeku

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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.

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: Manchester United in shock move for Chelsea star

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English Premier League outfit Manchester United are reported to be considering a move for out-of-favor 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.

Chelsea are willing to 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.

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, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now considering the option of signing him 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 in January.

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EPL: Chelsea to do this ONE deal in January

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Olivier Giroud will definitely leave Chelsea in January, read below why we thing the EPL giant will sell him in January transfer window.

West London outfit Chelsea were one of the busiest Premier League clubs in the last summer transfer window, spending about £200 million on the recruitment of players.

It is expected that they will take the back seat in the January transfer window, especially as they are currently in good form and producing positive results but that might not happen in the real sense of it.

However, the Blues might not necessarily bring in a player but they seem sure to sanction a sale with French striker Olivier Giroud making it clear that he wants to leave in the January winter transfer window.

This is not the first time the former Arsenal player will be making moves to leave Stamford Bridge as he also made such an effort in the last January window after he failed to make Frank Lampard’s team but it did not happen.

However, Chelsea must begin to find a replacement for the World Cup winner as they will have Tammy Abraham as the pony natural striker to rely on. The presence of Timo Werner in Chelsea has helped to strengthen the attack but that does not mean a new striker will not be signed should Oliver Giroud leaves the club in January.

Frank Lampard seems to be a big fan of the 34-yer-old after showing praise on his last week.

“He has given a typically great response to train as well as possible and support the group,” he said.

“He is amazing around the group and that is just a fact with Oli and maybe not a fact with people all around the team.

“I can’t speak highly enough of him on that side. It is part of my job I don’t like with good players, top people who are around the group that don’t always play. But I have those issues” he said.

Oliver Giroud would be remembered for scoring eight goals in the final 13 league games to help Chelsea secure a top-four finish.

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PSG given an advice that will hurt Chelsea

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Former Paris Saint-Germain star Eric Rabesandratana has urged French La Liga outfit Paris Saint Germain to break the bank for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.

Rabesandratana made claim after watching N’Golo Kante in action during France1-0 win over Portugal on Saturday. He was highly impressed with what he saw from the Chelsea powerhouse and feels his former club should have a player like him in the team.

The French Ligue 1 outfit have been struggling to win the Champions League for the past years and Eric Rabesandratana believes the former Leicester City star is all they need to win the highly regarded title.

Eric Rabesandratana is aware of N’Golo Kante’s importance to the Blues team and he claims that the only way he can be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge to Parc des Princes is for Paris Saint Germain to break the bank to be able to lure Chelsea into selling him.

“I would like to say that if I was a leader at PSG, I would break the bank to sign N’Golo Kante”, Rabesandratana said on French radio station France Bleu Paris. He was still huge on Saturday.

“Kante is the player who would allow PSG to win the Champions League. They do not need [Lionel] Messi or anyone [else].”

N’Golo Kante has helper France to sit top of their Nations League group after their win in Portugal and have picked 13 points from their five games.

However, Real Madrid and other top European giants are interested in the signature of the World Cup winner but the West London outfit are keen to keep him at the club for more years after proving to be one of Frank Lampard’s most important players.

Although Frank Lampard is reported to have held talks with N’Golo Kante and told him of how much he is needed in the team and why he should stay at the club for more years.

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