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Steve Holland linked with a return to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea are eyeing up a potential move for Steve Holland for the next managerial job at Stamford Bridge, according to the Sun.

Maurizio Sarri’s move to Juventus looks imminent and the Blues are planning for his replacement.

The Italian gaffer successfully led his side to Europa League glory and a third place in the Premier League table in his debut stint in London.

However, Sarri’s ethics and the lack of mutual respect with the fans and the players have incurred him to more disapproval from the very beginning.

Now the Londoners have set their eyes on their former manager Holland to take up the job on a full-time basis.

Holland, 49, who currently works as the assistant to England head coach Gareth Southgate, previously worked as the Blues’ assistant manager as well.

Furthermore, he was able to savour the tutelage of great managers like Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.

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He also inspired the Blues reserves to lift the reserves league title when he was their manager between 2009 and 2011.

Meanwhile, former Chelsea star Frank Lampard is being heavily linked with a return to Stamford Bridge after impressing as Derby County manager in his first ever managerial stint. Ex-Old Lady boss Massimiliano Allegri is also on the wish list to replace Sarri.

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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.

Kepa Arrizabalaga
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.

Jorginho
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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Unsettled Chelsea star’s father throws light on player’s future

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Marcos Alonso’s father hints at summer transfer

Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso’s father has hinted at the player leaving the club in the summer transfer window, according to Sportwitness (h/t Football.London)

The 29-year-old has found opportunities hard to come by this season and looks set for a move abroad at the end of the season.

Alonso signed with Chelsea in 2016 from Fiorentina and has gone on to make 136 appearances, scoring an impressive 20 goals.

Marcos Alonso
Marcos Alonso scored the winner against Tottenham at the weekend

In spite of him having three more years to go on his Chelsea contract, he could be in line for a summer exit.

Speaking on his future, Alonso’s father was non-committal to his son continuing in London. He did, however, admit that Alonso loves Italy hinting at a return to the nation where he made his name.

” It doesn’t depend on him, but on the will of the English club. I can only say that my son loves Italy”

Alonso spent three seasons in Italy playing for Fiorentina. He made 85 appearances for the Viola in all competitions.

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The Spaniard has made just 16 appearances this season. He has still managed to score two goals and two assists, including the winner against Tottenham last weekend.

The 29-year-old has won three major trophies at Chelsea and was named in the PFA Team of the Season for 2017/18.

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Chelsea could make summer move for top-class Argentine star impressing in Ligue 1

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Chelsea are keen on signing Mauro Icardi in the summer

Frank Lampard is keen to sign Argentine striker Mauro Icardi in the summer, according to Football.London.

The former Inter Milan captain is currently on loan with French heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain. The striker has scored 19 goals and two assists in 29 appearances for the defending champions.

With Michy Batshuayi misfiring and Oliver Giroud’s contract to run out in the summer, Chelsea are extremely dependent on Tammy Abraham upfront.

Lampard would ease the workload on the youngster’s shoulders by bringing in a striker in the summer.

Mauro Icardi
Icardi won the Serie-A player of the year in 2018

Is the decision dependent on the player’s better half?

With the player also receiving attention from Real Madrid and Juventus, his wife Wanda Nara would have a key role in where he ends up this summer.

Icardi’s wife also doubles up as his agent has suggested that the player favours a return to Italy with Juventus.

She has also commented that she is unsure if the player will return to Milan or stay in Paris. The decision ultimately rests with Icardi and Wanda will follow him.

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A clause in Icardi’s contract means Chelsea will not have to worry about PSG having the first refusal.

Icardi was twice nominated in the Serie-A team of the year and also won the Serie-A player of the year in 2018.

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