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Chelsea target in-demand Lyon star Moussa Dembele

Chelsea are eyeing a move for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele as they prepare to bolster their attacking prowess in the upcoming season, according to Metro.

And the French U-21 star is also watched by fellow Premier League clubs Manchester United and Liverpool.

Dembele, 22, has had a great impact on the Ligue 1 outfit since his move from Celtic last summer. He racked up 20 goals and 5 assists in the recently concluded season and played a pivotal role in his side finishing third in the table.

The former Fulham youngster’s heroics against PSG earlier this year was one of his memorable displays of the season. However, Les Gones are keen to not let go of Dembele as they can’t prevent other star players’ departure this summer.

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The Londoners might have concluded the season by clinching the Europa League title but they can’t evade the fact that there is a lack of quality in the frontline.

Gonzalo Higuain, who was acquired from Juventus on a loan deal, turned out be a big debacle whereas Olivier Giroud couldn’t transfer his excellent Europa League form to the Premier League. Moreover, Alvaro Morata was out on loan at Atletico Madrid.

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Given this, the Blues have to find a long-term solution up front and Dembele could be an ideal fit at Stamford Bridge. However, the Londoners are stuck with a transfer ban imposed by FIFA for the next two transfer windows, and have to overcome that in order to sign new players.

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Serie A giants willing to sell two key players in order to fund move for Chelsea star

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Inter Milan ready to sell two players to fund N’Golo Kante move

According to Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Football.london), Inter Milan are considering offloading key stars Milan Skriniar and Marcelo Brozovic in order to generate funds to sign Chelsea star N’Golo Kante.

Kante has been with Chelsea for four years now, having joined from Leicester City in the summer of 2016.

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Kante endured an injury-riddled 2019/20 season

Barring last season, when he struggled with a spate of injuries, the Frenchman has been an ever-present in the starting XI since joining the club. He has won a Premier League title, an FA Cup and the Europa League with the team so far.

Chelsea’s reported interest in West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice has led to speculations over Kante’s future at the club, with Inter Milan keen on snapping up the World Cup winner. (h/t Football.london)

The Nerazzurri had reportedly put forth an offer that would have seen either of Marcelo Brozovic or Christian Eriksen move to the Bridge as part of the deal to sign the Frenchman. However, they were shot down by Chelsea. (h/t The Telegraph)

But former Blues’ boss Antonio Conte, now at the helm at Inter, seems dead set on signing Kante. And as a result, he is now prepared to sanction the sales of two key players in Milan Skriniar and Brozovic to fund a move for the diminutive Frenchman. (h/t Football.london)

Former Chelsea boss Conte wants to reunite with Emerson at Inter
Former Chelsea boss Conte wants to reunite with Kante at Inter

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, for his part, has repeatedly insisted that Kante remains a key part of the team and will not be sold this summer.

So, even if Inter come up with a cash-only offer for the services of the midfield star, a transfer seems highly unlikely this summer.

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Chelsea were offered chance to sign world-class star before he joined PL rivals

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Chelsea were offered the chance to sign Thiago (Credit: Liverpoolfc.com)

Chelsea were offered Thiago Alcantara before Liverpool transfer

According to The Athletic, Chelsea were offered the services of Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara, before he joined Liverpool earlier this week.

The 29-year-old brought an end to a seven-year association with German giants Bayern Munich after having led them to a treble in 2019/20. Thiago signed for Liverpool in a deal worth just £20m, an absolute steal for a player of his quality.

Chelsea were offered the chance to sign Thiago (Credit: Liverpoolfc.com)
Chelsea were offered the chance to sign Thiago (Credit: Liverpoolfc.com)

However, it could have all been very different as Thiago was offered to Chelsea before his transfer to Liverpool was finalised. (h/t The Athletic)

Chelsea weren’t the only club to have been offered a shot at landing the Spanish international, as Arsenal, too, had been provided with an opportunity to make a bid for him. (h/t The Athletic)

This was done by Bayern as they tried to start a bidding war for the midfielder and drive up his transfer fee, considering that he was in the final year of his contract. (h/t The Athletic)

However, their endeavours weren’t met with the desired reactions as Chelsea turned down the chance to land the 29-year-old. (h/t The Athletic)

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The availability of a world-class star like Thiago, who was coming on the back of a brilliant performance in the UEFA Champions League final will surely have appealed to Chelsea.

However, as it is the club already has plenty of options in the middle of the park already. With Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic we have a solid midfield unit, while the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount and even Kai Havertz are options at the manager’s disposal.

It will be interesting to see how he fares at Liverpool.

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Done Deal: Forgotten Chelsea star returns to Italy for another loan spell

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Davide Zappacosta joins Genoa on a season-long loan

As confirmed by the club’s official website, Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta has joined Serie A outfit Genoa on loan for the 2020/21 season.

The 28-year-old Italian signed for the Blues in the summer of 2017 from Torino in a deal worth £23m. However, the full-back was never able to establish himself as a regular in the first-team at the Bridge.

Zappacosta, during his time at Chelsea, has made 52 appearances, scoring two goals and assisting four more. Having been sparingly used in the 2018/19 term, Zappacosta was loaned out to AS Roma last summer.

Davide Zappacosta joined Chelsea in 2017
Davide Zappacosta joined Chelsea in 2017

However, the 28-year-old failed to make the most of his time at the Italian capital club, making just nine appearances in the 2019/20 season.

Back at Chelsea, he was never going to break into Frank Lampard’s side as Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta are ahead of him in the pecking order.

James, after breaking into the senior team last year, has enjoyed the faith of the manager. He has, in fact, started ahead of Azpilicueta in our first two Premier League matches of the new season.

So, it makes sense for the club to send the Italian defender out on loan for another year – this time to Genoa, who finished 17th in Serie A in the previous campaign.

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Zappacosta still has two years left on his current contract with Chelsea. Ideally, it would have been best for the club to sell him permanently, considering the amount of spending Lampard has overseen this summer.

Nevertheless, the Italian international has moved on for another temporary spell away from the club. We wish him all the best!

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Manager of Chelsea target confirms transfer is imminent

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Edouard Mendy will sign for Chelsea, confirms Rennes manager

As reported by Metro, Rennes head coach Julien Stephan has confirmed that goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is on his way to Chelsea.

The 28-year-old Mendy has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent weeks. There have been reports claiming that the deal is all but done, but there hasn’t been an official announcement as of yet. (h/t Metro)

Edouard Mendy
Edouard Mendy on his way to Chelsea

Talks were held up as Rennes were demanding Fikayo Tomori on loan from the Blues. However, after being rejected by the Premier League giants they gave in and have agreed over a £22m permanent transfer. (h/t Metro)

And manager Stephan has confirmed that indeed is the case, claiming that Rennes are already scouring the market for replacements. (h/t Metro)

“We’re looking for a goalkeeper, it’s no secret. Edouard will certainly leave us to join Chelsea. In this position, we need to get someone in very quickly.”

This is great news for Chelsea fans, who will be waiting with bated breath for the deal to go through. More so, after Kepa Arrizabalaga’s latest error in the Liverpool game where he passed the ball straight to Sadio Mane for him to score.

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Kepa Arrizabalaga made a blunder against Liverpool (Image Credits: Getty Images)

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It was expected that Mendy, once he arrived, would be challenging Kepa for the No.1 spot. Lampard, too, had recently claimed that he pleased with the former Athletic Bilbao man.

However, after the Spaniard’s latest display, it won’t be a surprise to see the Senegalese star become the first-choice at Stamford Bridge.

With Stephan claiming that the deal all but done, an official confirmation is now awaited.

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