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Chelsea eye a move for Nations League winner Goncalo Guedes

Chelsea are interested in Valencia full-back Goncalo Guedes as the Londoners have submitted a €62m offer, according to the Daily Express.

The Portuguese youngster has been the talk of the town after scoring the winning goal for his national side to lift the Nations League title.

Furthermore, the 22-year-old had an impressive season with the La Liga outfit, bagging 8 goals and 4 assists. He also played a big part in his side lifting the Copa del Rey title.

The Oranges signed Guedes permanently from PSG after impressing them in the loan spell last season. He has earned 17 caps for his national team until now, bagging 5 goals.

Should Chelsea make a move for Guedes?

The Blues would find it difficult to fill the void left by Eden Hazard, who has contributed for the club’s major honours over the course.

Though Guedes has the ability to replicate his success at Stamford Bridge, his price tag seems to be hefty. Moreover, the Blues are yet to get rid of their transfer ban.

Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Instead, the Londoners can avail the services of Callum Hudson-Odoi, who enjoyed a great breakout season. The 18-year-old showed us what he can really bring to the table with his brilliant Europa League run, scoring 4 goals and providing 2 assists.

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Meanwhile, Maurizio Sarri is tipped off a return to Serie A with Juventus being his potential suitors.


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German star places transfer request as Chelsea prepare to meet £89.8m asking price



Kai Havertz requests move with Chelsea ready to pay his asking price

According to German publication Bild (h/t Metro), Bayern Leverkusen star Kai Havertz has asked to leave the club this season.

This should come as welcome news to Chelsea who are ready to pay the player’s mammoth £89.8million asking price.

The 21-year-old is one of Europe’s hottest prospects. Havertz enjoyed an excellent season, scoring 17 goals and providing 9 assists in 43 games. He also scored in the DFB Pokal final, although it did little to change the final result. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Kai Havertz requests transfer as Chelsea ready mammoth bid
Kai Havertz requests transfer as Chelsea ready mammoth bid

The Blues are keen to add to their additions of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner. Frank Lampard is keen to build a title-winning team and has identified Havertz as a key target. (h/t Express)

Chelsea are in pole position to do so, with no other team ready to meet the German side’s valuation. Liverpool too were keeping tabs on Havertz before being put off by his asking price.

According to the report, Chelsea are keen to pay the amount in instalments. The Blues will pay £62.9m upfront plus another £26.9m in bonuses. Whether Leverkusen agree to it or not remains to be seen.

Chelsea are willign to sell six players to bring in Kai Havertz
Kai Havertz remains the top priority for Chelsea

The player too is open to a move to Stamford Bridge. Speaking to Sky Germany (h/t Metro), German legend Lothar Matthaus has backed the player to take the next step in his career.

Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voeller has already confirmed that the player could leave if a club pays his asking price. With Chelsea ready to do so, it might well prove to be the case.

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The Blues are currently on the heels of Leicester City as they hope to finish third in the Premier League. A seen against Crustal Palace, we still remain a project under work.

Havertz will be one component as the Blues go about revamping their squad. If he does justice to his potential, he might as well turn into one of the key cogs.

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Lampard makes ‘frank’ admission following Chelsea’s nervy win vs Crystal Palace



Frank Lampard left frustrated as Chelsea prevail over a determined Crystal Palace

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was left frustrated after his side surrendered control in the nerve-wracking win over Crystal Palace.

The Blues twice looked in control and had a two-goal lead only to make it difficult for themselves thereafter.

“At 2-0 we should have carried on and controlled the game better and at 3-2 we had a lot of chances, good chances, to finish it off.”

The Blues currently have a five-point lead over Manchester United in the race for fourth place. However, had Palace equalized in stoppage time, that lead would have been just three points, with United having a game in hand.

Frank Lampard was left angry at Chelsea's loss of control
Frank Lampard was left angry at Chelsea’s loss of control

It was a possibility that was just inches away from coming to life. Palace thought they had equalized, only for the ball to strike the post, much to our relief.

Add to it that Kepa Arrizabalaga was forced into a wonderful fingertip save to deny Scott Dann before Christian Benteke was thwarted by Kurt Zouma’s last-ditch challenge in the 96th minute.

“Kepa made a great save and Kurt made a great tackle. In those last moments it was nerve-wracking for us.”

The Chelsea goalkeeper came under fire for Wilfried Zaha’s opener. He, however, redeemed himself with the late save. He also came in for special praise from his manager.

Tammy Abraham got back to scoring ways
Tammy Abraham got back to scoring ways

“That is what Kepa’s job is and what he is there for.”

Another positive was Tammy Abraham finally finding the net again. The youngster’s goal turned out to be the winner as Benteke scored soon after.

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The Blues looked to be in absolute control when leading 2-0. Zaha’s thunderbolt of a strike completely turned the complexion of the game.

Chelsea have a young squad who are still making their name in the game. But the ability to keep the morale up should be a responsibility that the veterans in the squad must take the mantle for.

We got away with all three points against Palace. There is no reason why our luck should hold every game.

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Italian giants offer two richly talented players in exchange for out-of-favour Chelsea star




Juventus to offer two players for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho

According to Italian publication Tuttosport (h/t Express), Italian giants Juventus are set to offer Chelsea a choice of two players as they intensify efforts to sign Jorginho.

The midfielder appears to have fallen out of favour with him playing just 10 minutes since the restart. Given that it took injuries to N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic, one wouldn’t be amiss to question his future at the club.

Interest in the 28-year-old is high from former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri. Now in charge of the Turin giants, Sarri is keen to reunite with the player he brought to Chelsea from Napoli.

Juventus are set to offer a cash plus player deal for Jorginho
Juventus target Jorginho has struggled for playtime at Chelsea of late

The duo has a good working relationship, having worked together for a number of years. Jorginho was a key component of the style perpetrated by Sarri.

According to the report, Juventus are currently in talks with Chelsea over a deal and are ready to pay the transfer fee in instalments, in addition to one of Adrien Rabiot or Aaron Ramsey.

Chelsea are sticking to their guns regarding the player’s valuation. They are not willing to let him go for anything lesser than £58m. The inclusion of the aforementioned players could, however, reduce the cash component in the deal.

Rabiot or Ramsey could be included in the deal
Rabiot or Ramsey could be included in the deal

Ramsey is a player with considerable Premier League experience. However, with him set to turn 30 later this year, his longevity can be questioned. Rabiot, on the other hand, is a younger option who could become an important first-team player for years to come.

The Frenchman has endured a frustrating spell in Italy. But he showed his ability with a brilliant solo goal in the 4-2 loss to AC Milan recently.

Juventus had earlier made an offer that included Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic. That was rejected as both the player and Chelsea remained uninterested.

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The Blues are in a better position than our rivals to spend money this summer. Ironically, it is our transfer ban last summer that has enabled us to do so.

Jorginho looks set to be a peripheral p[layer until the end of the season. The team too has not missed him much. It will be wise of us to offload him and bring in players that Lampard would rather use.

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Frank Lampard targets 3 more signings as busy summer awaits Chelsea



Frank Lampard is not convinced by Kepa Arrizabalaga

Frank Lampard eyes three more signings at Chelsea

According to the Guardian (h/t Express), Frank Lampard is keen to make three more signings at Chelsea in the upcoming summer transfer window.

The Blues have already wrapped up deals for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner. This has helped us gain an edge over our competitors going into next season.

Lampard, however, is not satisfied and is keen to ready his team for a title challenge next season. Given the current dominance that Liverpool and Manchester City enjoy, the Blues boss is right to target what is necessary to close the gap.

Frank Lampard wants Chelsea to sign three more players
Frank Lampard wants Chelsea to sign three more players (Image Credits: Getty Images)

According to the report, the three players who could be en route to the Bridge are Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell and Declan Rice.

The addition of Werner and Ziyech has considerably boosted our offensive prowess. Issues still exist at the back as we struggle to keep a clean sheet. In that aspect, the additions of both Chilwell and Rice will be an upgrade over what we already possess at this point in time.

Both Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri have fallen out of favour at the Bridge. Chilwell will provide Lampard with a legitimate option for the better part of the next decade.

Rice, on the other hand, will bring both ability and leadership to the backline. A versatile player, his ability to also slot into defensive midfield is an added bonus.

Chelsea need to strengthen their backline
Chelsea need to strengthen their backline (Image Credits: AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United and now Arsenal are showing signs of progress. The coronavirus pandemic could be a major hindrance in their abilities to go big this summer.

The Blues will do well to take the opportunity and solidify their position before our rivals strengthen themselves.

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The Blues are on the right track to build a title-winning team. Our arch-rivals Liverpool too had a fearsome attack that just could not get them over the line last season.

It is only heeding attention to the weakness that they started to prosper. Lampard looks to be doing the same. If we do manage to recruit our targets, Chelsea will go into next season as a better-balanced team.

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