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As expected there has been lots of speculation about the Blues over the last week, most of which is concerning the management situation but there is also the odd rumour floating around about possible player movements …



As expected there has been lots of speculation about the Blues over the last week, most of which is concerning the management situation but there is also the odd rumour floating around about possible player movements …

On MONDAY, the week started with the Telegraph stating that Turkey boss Guus Hiddink is the favourite to take over from Carlo Ancelotti following his spell as caretaker boss pre-Carlo’s reign, meanwhile Journalist Ian McGarry’s said on Twitter that Roman wants a double act of Marco van Basten and Hiddink.

Football writers with the Daily Mail feel that Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho will make a dramatic return to the club, whilst he is still adored by fans, there were questions over his relationship with the Russian owner but apparently they have made-up.

The Daily Mirror led with the announcement that Carlo Ancelotti will get his final year’s salary paid in full – the figure is thought to be around £5m-per-season salary.

On TUESDAY more Guus Hiddink gossip, the Guardian said that Chelsea are confident of getting the Turkish national boss – but as the outright manager rather as Director of Football.

Meanwhile the Daily Mirror feel he is only prepared to manage the Blues for one year before stepping-up to a director of football role.

The Sun does not think the Blues will able to get the Dutchman until October as he does not want to break his contract with Turkey, where he has a contract that runs until the Euro 2012 Championships – BUT if they fail to qualify before that date he could leave earlier.

Ex-Chelsea defender Paul Elliott told TalkSPORT that he believes Jose Mourinho will come back to manage at Stamford Bridge at some stage but not this summer as he still has unfinished business with Real Madrid.

On WEDNESDAY, there was finally some talk of transfers: £40m-rated Argentine striker Sergio Aguero announced that he is planning to leave Atletico Madrid but has refused to join city rivals Real and after being linked with a move to Chelsea for the last few years, Roman could well make a move for Aguero.

The Independent said that there will be a big clear out at the Bridge, with up to five players leaving and five more coming in and that they are open to offers for Nicolas Anelka who only has one year left on his contract.

On THURSDAY, Porto president Pinta da Costa is confident that his head coach Andre Villas-Boas would reject any approach from Chelsea, despite the coach having a release clause of £13m which will could easily be met by the Blues – Daily Mail

Even though there is no manager at the Bridge, it will not stop Chelsea bringing in new blood. The Daily Mirror says they are planning a £35m double Belgian swoop for Anderlecht teenage star striker Romelu Lukaku and Genk forward Kevin De Bruyne.

The Sun has reported that Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has stated that he WILL NOT replace Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile some good news for Ancelotti is that he could be offered an immediate Premier League return with QPR should current Loftus Road boss Neil Warnock move on ….

Bad news appeared in the Daily Express on FRIDAY, when it was announced that Chelsea’s former director of football Frank Arnesen is interested in teen star Josh McEachran for his new club Hamburg, where he is Director of Sport. And Salomon Kalou wants to wait and see who becomes the new boss at the bridge before making any decisions about his future.

The latest odds for the next boss sees Harry Redknapp as the favourite after there was a flurry of big bets placed on him taking charge – An interesting option that would make him the first English boss since Glen Hoddle.

With all eyes on the Champions League on SATURDAY, Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola became the latest manager to be linked with the Chelsea vacancy – this followed his refusal to confirm whether he will stay at the Nou Camp after the season ends.

In the Mirror, Midfielder Gareth Bale stated he wanted to wants Harry Redknapp to stay at Tottenham and continue the excellent job that he has done so far and the Daily Telegraph reported that Guus Hiddink has admitted he would consider a return to Chelsea, and the Sun ran a story that the Blues are going to make a fresh approach for Santos striker Neymar having missed out on him last summer when they offered £23m.

And finally a bit of gossip from the SUNDAY Mirror where it is thought Frank Lampard is set to propose to TV presenter girlfriend Christine Bleakley next week when they head off on holiday on one of Roman Abramovich’s luxury yachts in Sardinia.

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Transfer blow for Chelsea as La Liga giants are confident of winning the race for 22-year-old hotshot



Lautaro Martinez has impressed at Inter Milan

Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez is a target for several top clubs

Chelsea are interested in landing Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez but face competition from several clubs, according to SPORT (h/t Express).

The Argentine forward has impressed at Inter this season, scoring 16 goals in all competitions. The 22-year-old is also a target for Manchester City but will snub advances from the Premier League duo (h/t Express).

Lautaro Martinez is a target for many clubs
Inter Milan’s English midfielder Ashley Young (R) celebrates with Inter Milan’s Argentinian forward Lautaro Martinez (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP) (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images)

Barcelona are also interested in his services and believe they will nab the forward, according to the report.

The Catalan giants wanted to sign him in January but were put off by his asking price. That could change in the next transfer window as Martinez’s £92million release clause expires soon (h/t Express).

The report claims that clubs would have to pay a heftier price to land the forward and Barca believe Martinez will join them over the Premier League duo for footballing reasons.

The Argentine might not be the most prolific striker in the top leagues, but he is a talent and puts in a shift every time he is on the pitch.

Chelsea to miss out on a talent?

We have had our issues with the transfer ban since the start of this season. However, with that coming to an end, Frank Lampard does need another option up top.

Tammy Abraham
Tammy Abraham started the season well for the Blues

Olivier Giroud has done a decent job whenever called upon while Tammy Abraham impressed at the start of the campaign.

However, Giroud is 33 and we could do with more young blood to lead the line. Abraham, for his part, also struggled for goals before the season was halted.

Lampard also brought in several youngsters this season into the team, and it will be interesting to see who we can land in the transfer window.

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Lampard has done a great job with a lack of funds this season, but we need to strengthen the side with some quality signings too.

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Frank Lampard to be handed £150m war chest to rebuild Chelsea in the summer window



Chelsea were unable to add fresh players to the side in January

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will be handed £150m to rebuild the Blues in the next transfer window, according to the Daily Star (h/t Express).

Lampard was unable to land any fresh faces in the winter window, though we did sign Hakim Ziyech for the upcoming campaign.

The manager’s hands were tied at the start of this season due to the transfer ban. However, that was lifted before the winter window but we didn’t strengthen the side.

Hakim Ziyech made a name for himself at Ajax
Hakim Ziyech will join Chelsea next season

The report claims that the club has promised Lampard a £150m transfer kitty for the summer, and the boss has a few targets in mind.

Lampard wants to sign a left-back, striker, centre-back and a goalkeeper with the funds (h/t Express).

Blues have some big targets in mind

The Express adds that the manager hasn’t been convinced by Kepa Arrizabalaga this season with Willy Caballero even getting some games.

Gianluigi Donnarumma and Marc-Andre ter Stegen are two options for the goalkeeping spot (h/t Express).

Gianluigi Donnarumma
Gianluigi Donnarumma is one of the best keepers in Serie A

Moussa Dembele of Lyon is a target to solve our attacking issues while Alex Telles is the left-back Chelsea are tracking, according to the report.

The Blues are being linked with several centre-backs and Gabriel Magalhaes of Lille is one of the options (h/t Express).

Lampard did a great job with the players at hand this season but we need more signings to improve the side.

A lack of transfers in the winter window has been problematic in our chase for Champions League football. However, the season has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There is no guarantee when football will resume next and we are sitting in fourth place currently.

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Hopefully, we hold onto that place when the season starts, and that would be a decent enough first campaign under the new gaffer.

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“Chelsea said it would be impossible” – Blues star reveals roadblock in contract negotiations



Willian celebrates after scoring

Willian is a free agent at the end of this season

Brazilian winger Willian has revealed that Chelsea weren’t willing to offer him a long-term deal to keep him at Stamford Bridge.

The 31-year-old is a free agent at the end of the season and The Express reports that Willian seems likely to leave us.

Willian has been excellent during his time at Chelsea

Willian has been an excellent servant at Stamford Bridge, but the problem lies with Chelsea’s policy.

The club doesn’t offer long-term deals to players above 30, and Willian wants a three-year deal (h/t Express).

The Brazilian was speaking to Expediente Futebol and believed his time was up at the club (h/t Express):

“I think it will be very difficult for me to renew because Chelsea offered me two years, I asked for three and it ended there, we didn’t talk anymore, we didn’t negotiate anymore.

“Three years… Chelsea said it would be impossible, so for now there’s this difficulty, but nothing is impossible.”

There were reports of Willian being contacted by other clubs, however, the Brazilian rubbished such claims.

Willian also spoke about possibly returning to Brazil but still wants to play more in Europe:

“I honestly cannot say whether I will return to Brazil and end my career here, or I will end in Europe or elsewhere.

“But if I really happen to return to Brazil, Corinthians would be a cool club to end at, to play for. It was the club where I was revealed, I have a special affection.”

A blow for the Blues?

Willian is one of the most hard-working players we have in the team, but the contract policy seems to be rigid.

The Brazilian has seven goals and six assists for us this season and has put in some brilliant performances too.

Willian is out of a contract at the end of this season

Handing a 31-year-old a two-year deal is a pretty good move but it seems both parties are off by a year.

It would have been great to keep hold of Willian for another year at least, and it will be interesting to see what happens next.

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The football season has been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, and no one knows what will happen regarding the transfer window or the season too.

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Chelsea starlet thanks supporters and fans for support during coronavirus battle



Callum Hudson-Odoi thanks fans and team-mates for support during coronavirus battle

Speaking on the club’s official site (h/t Metro), Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has thanked fans and teammates for their support during his battle against coronavirus.

The 19-year-old starlet became the first Premier League player to test positive for the virus. Thankfully, the player has now made a complete recovery.

“I would like to say to them thank you for all the support that you have shown.”

Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea
Callum Hudson-Odoi was the first EPL player to test positive

He went on to thank his well-wishers for their support and revealed that he cannot wait to be back on the pitch.

“I fully feel good, I feel fit, so I am feeling back to myself so it is all good.”

The youngster revealed that he first started showing symptoms of the virus three weeks ago. He initially thought it was a minor temperature issue, but was proven wrong later.

Hudson-Odoi wasn’t overly troubled by the symptoms and reveals that he is completely fine now. The youngster also made a special call to the support offered by his teammates.

“It has been very warming and a good feeling to know you have got your team-mates behind you”

Callum Hudson-Odoi
Callum Hudson-Odoi in action (Getty Images)

He described it as a wonderful feeling to be backed by his teammates during this difficult time.

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Hudson-Odoi came through the Chelsea youth system before making it to the first-team at Stamford Bridge.

The versatile attacker has made 53 appearances for the Blues and has 8 goals and 10 assists to his name. The youngster has also won three caps for the English national team.

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