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Javier Pastore – Should we sign him?

There have been lots of rumours that Chelsea are going to make a move for the Argentine play-maker Javier Pastore. Although he is an excellent player with good awareness and composure on the ball, I feel it would not be the best option.

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There have been lots of rumours that Chelsea are going to make a move for the Argentine play-maker Javier Pastore. Although he is an excellent player with good awareness and composure on the ball, I feel it would not be the best option.                                                                                                                                                                                          
His Cost                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Pastore is a good player, but Palermo are asking 50 million euros for him which is far too much! I rate him at around 30 million. He’ll need to contribute at least 20 assists as well as scoring 15 goals to prove value for  money. Although, he has been behind many of Palermo goals, that price is just too much given his age and experience. A big question is  how can they ask so much for a player who cannot even make it into Argentina’s first XI ?                                                                                                                                                                                                      
His Chances of adaptability to the English game                                                                                                                                                                          
The English game is very fast and physical, which means you get a lot less time and space to show your full abilities. Two negatives surrounding Pastore apart from the transfer fee is that he is quite slow and does not have a physically strong. There would be no time here to do his fancy back-heal passes and average crosses. So, why take gamble on someone so unproven?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Emergence of Josh McEachran                                                                                                                                                                                                
Josh McEachran in very young, he has a huge amount of  talent that is yet to be exploited. He has already shown his great composure on the ball, the ability to play inch perfect passes, as well as good pace and body control, plus awareness and so much confidence that he could become the next Lampard and Essien combined. He has shown ability that Pastore does not even show on his best day,  and we get all of Josh’s talent for not a single penny! What else do we need? The arrival of Pastore will mean more bench appearances for this young man, which would mean that his talent goes rotten.                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Availability of cheaper and better options                                                                                                                                                                                        
When it comes to creative midfield players, there are much cheaper options available. Examples of this are Luka Modric and Joao Moutinho. Modric has proven himself to be a great player by helping Tottenham to reach the Champions League in 2010 season, he is more cool and calm and much better than Pastore. Moutinho has proven his worth by helping Porto to win the treble last season. Why not go for one of them?                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Is he really the man to land the Holy Grail?

Absolutely not, if he was the “next best” he should at least have taken Palermo to Europe single-handedly. Sanchez took Udinese to Europe and Eden Hazard helped Lille win the ligue1. These players are in the same price bracket as of Pastore. If you had the choice, who would you buy?                                                                                                             
by Mubariz Ahmed

 

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Chelsea among clubs keeping tabs on impressive 23-year-old Premier League star

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Chelsea are one of the clubs interested in signing Ben White. (GETTY Images)

Chelsea have joined the race to sign Brighton & Hove Albion defender Ben White

A report by Sky Sports has named Chelsea as one of the clubs that are monitoring Brighton & Hove Albion centre-back, Ben White.

Ben White impressed in his last season with the then Championship side Leeds United and has now attracted interest from Frank Lampard’s Chelsea. (h/t Sky Sports)

Leeds attempted to tie down White to Elland Road after the end of his loan spell, but their £25m bid for the defender was rejected by Brighton at the start of this season. (h/t Football.london)

Ben White tackles Chelsea striker Timo Werner in the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Chelsea in September 2020. (GETTY Images)
Ben White tackles Chelsea striker Timo Werner in the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Chelsea in September 2020. (GETTY Images)

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also after Ben White, while Liverpool clarified that they had no interest in signing him despite the Reds’ pursuit of the defender last summer and their current injury crisis at the back. (h/t Sky Sports)

The Blues did manage to sign 36-year-old Thiago Silva from PSG on a free transfer this season, but Frank Lampard has indicated that he is looking for a long-term solution at the back to plug Chelsea’s defensive holes. (h/t football.london)

Ben White’s contract extension this year saw his stay at the Seagulls extended until the summer of 2024.

Ben White has started in all 10 of Brighton and Hove Albion's Premier League this season. (GETTY Images)
Ben White has started in all 10 of Brighton and Hove Albion’s Premier League this season. (GETTY Images)

The 23-year-old has played the full 90 minutes in all but one of Brighton’s Premier League games this season. The Seagulls lie 16th in the table and are 4 points clear of the relegation zone.

It might not be easy to get Brighton to sell their main centre-back in January as the club battles for survival in the top flight. However, a move for the defender in the summer would make sense for Lampard considering the depth and quality that White would add to the squad.

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Out-of-favour Chelsea defender on the radars of La Liga heavyweights ahead of January

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Barcelona want Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea if the move for Eric Garcia fails. (GETTY Images)

Barcelona want Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger if they fail to sign Eric Garcia from Manchester City

A report by Mundo Deportivo (h/t football.london) claims that FC Barcelona will consider Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger as one of the two alternatives if they fail to land Eric Garcia.

Eric Garcia remains Barcelona’s number one target despite the club already failing to land him in the past. The club’s £700m debt made them reconsider the £9m price tag put on Garcia by Manchester City. (h/t football.london)

However, Ronald Koeman is still keen on bringing in a centre-back in January. The most recent long-term injury to veteran defender Gerard Pique has worsened the injury crisis at the La Liga club and made their manager desperate for cover at the back. (h/t football.london)

Antonio Rudiger (R) has started in just 1 Premier League game this season for Chelsea. (GETTY Images)
Antonio Rudiger (R) has started in just 1 Premier League game this season for Chelsea. (GETTY Images)

Barcelona will be without their Spanish defender until April and will look to add much-needed depth to their defence by pursuing a number of centre-backs in the upcoming transfer window. (h/t football.london)

Antonio Rudiger and Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi are said to be the two alternatives if Barcelona fail to sign 19-year-old Eric Garcia from Manchester City.

Antonio Rudiger would be a viable option for Koeman and Barcelona as the defender has lost his starting place at Chelsea to Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva.

The 27-year-old German defender rejected the chance to join West Ham United at the end of last summer and decided to stay at Chelsea to fight for his place in the starting XI. (h/t football.london)

Antonio Rudiger playing for Chelsea against FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League. (GETTY Images)
Antonio Rudiger playing for Chelsea against FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League. (GETTY Images)

However, that has failed to happen. Rudiger has been reduced to a being a benchwarmer at the club as he has made just 2 starts for Chelsea this season.

With Lampard having found his preferred centre-back pairing of Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva at the club, Rudiger would understand that he is no longer the go-to man at the back for Lampard like he was in the latter stages of last season.

The upcoming 2020 UEFA European Championships next summer also has the potential to influence Rudiger’s move away from the club as he looks to pin down a berth in the German national squad.

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Chelsea eyeing swoop for 18-year-old defensive starlet from Bundesliga club

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Matthew Bondswell has been linked with a move to Chelsea. (imago Images)

Chelsea are one of the clubs interested in signing 18-year-old Matthew Bondswell

According to a report by The Telegraph (h/t Mirror), Chelsea are interested in RB Leipzig’s 18-year-old left-back Matthew Bondswell.

The youngster left the Nottingham Forest U-18s and joined the Bundesliga club RB Leipzig in 2018. He is currently on loan to second-tier Dutch side FC Dordecht.

The Englishman is tipped to be a potential understudy to Chelsea’s first-choice left-back Ben Chilwell. Chelsea do have ample cover in the left-back area, but both Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri are linked with a move away from the club. (h/t Metro)

Matthew Bondswell (L) was signed by RB Leipzig in 2018. (imago Images)
Matthew Bondswell (L) was signed by RB Leipzig in 2018. (imago Images)

Alonso and Emerson have both been linked with a return to Italy in the upcoming transfer windows and Chelsea could have a void to fill in the left-back spot if the out-of-favor duo is to depart.

Bondswell is yet to have a taste of first-tier football, but he has done enough to gain the attention of Chelsea. However, the Blues could be joined by West Ham United and Sporting Lisbon in the race to sign Bondswell in January. (h/t Mirror)

Bondswell could prove to be a great coup by Frank Lampard if the Blues manage to land him. If Alonso and Palmieri are indeed going to leave the club soon, the homegrown Matthew Bondswell can plug the hole at the left-back spot.

Bondswell (C) is being tipped as an understudy to Ben Chilwell. (imago Images)
Bondswell (C) is being tipped as an understudy to Ben Chilwell. (imago Images)

Ben Chilwell, Chelsea’s first-choice left-back, is just 23 himself but Bondswell can still stand to learn a lot from the England international.

If they do manage to secure his services, Chelsea would be hoping that Bondswell follows in the footstep of Reece James, who is another young English full-back to have broken on to the scene in the past year at Chelsea.

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European giants interested in signing two out-of-favour Chelsea stars

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Emerson Palmieri (L) and Olivier Giroud (R) have been linked with a move to Juventus.

Juventus are interested in signing Chelsea duo Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri

According to a report by Italian outlet Il Bianco Nero (h/t Daily Mail), Juventus are interested in bringing in Chelsea duo Emerson Palmieri and Olivier Giroud to Turin.

Giroud has been looking for more game-time as he has not grappled well with his role as a benchwarmer at Chelsea. With the 2020 UEFA Euros starting next summer, Giroud would be even more desperate to secure starts as he vies to secure a place in the French national team. (h/t Daily Mail)

Giroud has previously expressed in an interview that his lack of game-time at Chelsea ‘is worrying’. and has since drawn interest from his ex-manager Antonio Conte at Inter Milan, and from Andrea Pirlo at Juventus. (h/t Daily Mail)

“It’s worrying. I thought I still had a role to play at Chelsea but my playing time is getting reduced a lot. It’s going to have to change or a decision must be made.”

Olivier Giroud has not started in the Premier League for Chelsea this season. (GETTY Images)
Olivier Giroud has not started in the Premier League for Chelsea this season. (GETTY Images)

Pirlo is reportedly interested in signing the 34-year-old striker and Italian left-back Emerson in a bid to strengthen his team and rescue his first season in charge of the club which has seen them drop to 4th in the table.

Luckily for Pirlo, signing Giroud might not be the most difficult task, considering Frank Lampard’s view that the Frenchman will not be stopped from leaving if he wants to.

“I have a very good relationship with Oli and if ever he felt that it was going to go a different way then I would happily have that conversation with him. But I want him to stay here. I’m open both ways if that ever changes but at the moment he is very important for us.”

Emerson Palmieri has become a benchwarmer at Chelsea and has been linked with a move to Juventus. (GETTY Images)
Emerson Palmieri has become a benchwarmer at Chelsea and has been linked with a move to Juventus. (GETTY Images)

Giroud may not have started a single league game for Chelsea this season but Lampard’s words highlight that the club still has a place for him. However, the same cannot be said for Emerson Palmieri.

The 26-year-old left-back has fallen way below the pecking order and is the club’s third-choice left-back behind Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso. He has been reduced to cameo appearances in his time at Chelsea and Juventus are one of the clubs that are reportedly interested in him. (h/t Daily Mail)

Chelsea have a reliable strike-pairing of Tammy Abraham and Werner up front and ample cover in the left-back position. Therefore, any deal that sees Giroud and Emerson leave would not be surprising.

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