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Andreas Pereira

Rumours are growing that Manchester United starlet Andreas Pereira is growing frustrated with his lack of action at Old Trafford, putting a number of English clubs on red alert as the January window draws ever closer.

Chelsea are among those clubs interested in the services of the 22-year-old Brazilian, who hasn’t appeared for United since he came on against the Blues in their 2-2 draw back in October.

The Blues will join Arsenal in their pursuit of the player, who is expected to cost around the £10million mark.

It’s going to be an interesting January for Maurizio Sarri who will be looking to strengthen to ensure the club keep within touching distance of Manchester City and Liverpool.

The club can cement that position further with intelligent transfers in January.

Pereira would be a good addition in terms of squad depth and is certainly going to be a star in the future. His creativity would be a real plus for the club, particularly if Sarri wants to try and compete for the Europa League title this season in which they are 5/1 favourites to win with bookie Betfred.

He’s proved he can play at the highest level following a successful loan spell at Valencia last season, with the Spanish club also monitoring the player’s availability.

It’s thought Jose Mourinho will be open to letting the player go, who he’s used more than a little sparingly since his arrival at Old Trafford and United may be keen to sell him rather than leave in the summer for free when his contract expires.

The Brazilian joins a number of players on Sarri’s watchlist ahead of the turn of the year, with Christian Pulisic also earmarked, although it could be difficult to tempt him away from Dortmund, who are currently sitting pretty at the top of the Bundesliga.

Mauro Icardi is another linked with a big money move away from Inter Milan, with Sarri interested. A striker is a must for the Blues if they’re to challenge for the title and it would be a huge statement of intent from Chelsea if they were to secure his services.

It may be a battle against Real Madrid for the Argentinian though with the Spanish also lacking a number 9 following the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo.

What is vital though is that Sarri is given the time and money to improve his squad, starting in January.

Pereira would certainly be a look to the future but there are areas that need quick fixes if the Blues are to challenge this season and, perhaps more importantly, next.

That’s of course as well doing all they can to keep Eden Hazard at the club and building a team around him for the foreseeable future. That seems , with a move to Real Madrid looming.

The next two windows are going to be key for Sarri and could be a good reflector of where Roman Abramovich’s ambitions lie. Roll on January 1st.

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Chelsea summer signing Hakim Ziyech to miss Ajax’s Europa League clash against Getafe

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Hakim Ziyech to miss Ajax’s Europa League clash against Getafe

According to a report by Football.london, Hakim Ziyech will miss Ajax’s Europa League round of 32 second leg clash against La Liga outfit Getafe.

The playmaker, who will officially join Chelsea in the summer for a fee of £33.4m, was fine after the first leg against Getafe but things went wrong after that, as per Erik ten Haag (h/t Football.london).

As a result, the Dutch heavyweights have chosen not to put additional stress on Ziyech by making him play. However, his absence could cost them dearly since they need to overturn a 2-0 deficit.

The report adds that Ziyech only recently returned from a spell on the treatment table. The decision to provide him with rest and not risk his fitness does come as good news for us.

Signing a player like Ziyech is arguably one of the smartest transfer deals we’ve completed in recent times. And keeping him away from getting injured would be key to ensuring we are able to extract his best.

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Kudos to Ajax for choosing not to risk their star player despite the fact that this is a huge game for them.

Let’s hope they are able to win and progress further but as far as Chelsea are concerned, we need our squad in tip-top condition ahead of the new season.

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Frank Lampard could axe as many as eight Chelsea stars in summer shake-up

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Frank Lampard plans massive Chelsea summer overhaul

Frank Lampard is planning a massive summer overhaul at Chelsea, according to the Sun (h/t Daily Mail).

The 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich at home did not just highlight how far off Chelsea are from the European elite but was also a cruel indictment of the lack of quality in the Blues’ ranks.

The manager did not mince his words in the post-match press conference. Lampard has been aware of the inadequacies and is determined to stem the rot and rebuild a side that can challenge for trophies once again.

Although there are risks involved in such a massive turnover of players, the Blues boss is set to go ahead with it in order to accelerate the team’s development.

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Kepa Arrizabalaga has lived up to his price tag

The world’s most expensive goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and midfielder Jorginho are likely to be two of the eight players who could be shown the door at the end of the season.

The 25-year-old keeper has failed to live up to expectations and has recently lost his place to Willy Caballero.

Jorginho impressed initially but has since fallen off with his lack of pace often cited as a factor.

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Jorginho’s lack of pace has limited his influence

English midfielder Ross Barkley could also be on his way out after failing to meet Lampard’s expectations.

Both left-backs Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri could be offloaded as well. Meanwhile, veterans Willian and Pedro are out of contract in the summer.

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Chelsea have already agreed to sign Hakim Ziyech in the summer. The Moroccon will add a much-needed boost to the Blues strike force.

According to the report, Lampard is likely to push for four more signings – including Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.

While this does sound ambitious on paper, it remains to be seen as to how things actually end up playing out.

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Chelsea to offer Kepa + £25m for world-class La Liga star

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Chelsea could offer Kepa Arrizabalaga plus cash for Jan Oblak

Chelsea are open to including Kepa Arrizabalaga in a player plus cash deal to try to sign Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak, according to Spanish talk show El Chiringuito de Jugones (h/t Metro).

The Blues made Kepa the most expensive goalkeeper in the world when they signed him for £71.6million in 2018 to replace the outgoing Thibaut Courtois.

The Spanish international has failed to live up to expectations and was recently dropped by Frank Lampard in favour of Willy Caballero.

The Blues boss feels Kepa isn’t at the level expected of a team chasing the top four and is keen on bringing in a replacement. The report goes on to say that Chelsea has identified Oblak as the top target.

Jan Oblak is widely considered to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world today

Chelsea have proposed a swap deal that would see Kepa move to Atletico, in addition to a £25million transfer fee. The swap should help preserve the player’s worth as the Chelsea board were fearful that Lampard’s treatment of the player would diminish his value.

Atletico, however, are not keen on selling their prized keeper and will ask for a significantly higher sum of cash to even consider selling him.

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The 27-year-old joined the Spanish giants from Benfica in 2014. He has since gone on to make 242 appearances for Atletico and has kept an impressive 133 clean sheets. (h/t Transfermarkt)

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Chelsea new boy opens up about choosing Stamford Bridge as his next destination

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Hakim Ziyech opens up on decision behind joining Chelsea

According to a report by Chelsea’s official website, Hakim Ziyech has expressed his delight and reasoning behind choosing to join Chelsea. The Blues have agreed on terms with the Ajax man and he will officially join us in the upcoming summer window.

Ziyech has been one of Ajax’s best players by a mile over the last few seasons. In the ongoing term, he has contributed with 6 goals and 12 assists already.

Speaking to Ajax TV (h/t Chelseafc.com), Ziyech said:

“It [Chelsea] is a big club in a big competition. I like the style of play, they play really attacking football, and that is something that fits me and that is one of the biggest reasons I chose, therefore.”

When asked about Frank Lampard’s role in orchestrating the transfer, Ziyech admitted that he played a key part.

“We had a lot of contact in the last couple of weeks and he gave me a good feeling and that was also big to do with the decision,” he explained.

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Signing Ziyech is easily one of the best transfers we’ve pulled off in recent times and one cannot wait to watch him in action. It will be interesting to see how he adapts to life in England after an impressive spell with Ajax.

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