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Chelsea to enter tussle with Man Utd to sign this Ligue 1 powerhouse

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Chelsea to battle Man United for Boubakary Soumare

Chelsea are set to battle it out with Manchester United for Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare in the January transfer window. (h/t Express)

According to the Sky Sports presenter, Kaveh Solhekol, the midfielder is in favour of a move to Stamford Bridge.

The midfielder has made 26 appearances for Lille this season. He also played in both of the club’s ties against Chelsea, giving the Blues hierarchy a first-hand look at his abilities.

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The 20-year-old has been likened to French superstar Paul Pogba and is expected to blossom into a world-class midfielder.(h/t Football London)

A player who is adept at connecting the defense to the attack, his physical ability complements his well-rounded skill on the ball.

Soumare does possess some weaknesses such as his inability to contribute defensively. Of the 44 central midfielders to have amassed over 1,000 minutes in Ligue 1 this season, Soumare placed 43rd for defensive duels per 90 minutes.

He has also earned himself 2 red cards in the league this season, forcing some to question his temperament.

Soumare signed from Paris Saint Germain in 2017 and has gone on to establish himself as one of Ligue-1’s finest young prospects.

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The 20-year-old has played 39 times for the French national youth teams from the Under-16 level to the Under 21 levels.

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Hakim Ziyech urged to not mess up Chelsea transfer after FIFA ruling

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Hakim Ziyech urged to not mess up Chelsea transfer despite FIFA ruling

According to a report by Daily Express, Dutch outlet De Telegraaf has urged Hakim Ziyech to not jeopardize his transfer to Chelsea by playing for Ajax in the summer.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the season has been suspended until the end of April but it remains to be seen how the situation progresses from here.

The date could be extended further if the situation worsens and as a result, the season would stretch beyond July 1st – which is when his contract with Chelsea will begin (h/t Daily Express).

Ziyech agreed on a deal to join us officially in the summer and acquiring his services was a huge boost for us back in January.

Daily Express claims that FIFA are working towards bringing about short-term contracts to play the remaining fixtures since this has created chaos not just for Ziyech but a lot of players whose futures remain up in the air.

However, the Moroccan has been urged to stick to the original contract that was agreed on by Chelsea and Ajax by De Telegraaf (h/t Daily Express).

Their argument is that FIFA’s short-term measures cannot be compared to an employment contract in the eyes of courts. And hence, he has been advised to not ruin his move to Chelsea.

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This does make sense on numerous levels – the primary one being that things could be complicated further if he picks up an injury in any of these games.

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Berbatov urges Lampard to bring struggling Real Madrid star to Chelsea

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Frank Lampard urged to bring Luka Jovic to Chelsea by Dimitar Berbatov

According to a report by football.london, former Manchester United ace Dimitar Berbatov has urged Frank Lampard to bring Luka Jovic to Chelsea.

The Real Madrid striker has become surplus to requirements at Santiago Bernabeu. And football.london suggests that a falling out with manager Zinedine Zidane has further pushed him out to the periphery.

Despite joining the La Liga giants from Eintracht Frankfurt after a splendid 27-goal season, Jovic has failed to make things work with Real Madrid.

As a result, he has been linked to joining Chelsea and Berbatov has urged Lampard to pounce on the opportunity and sign him (h/t football.london).

Since switching sides, the Serbian striker has just scored 4 goals. Meanwhile, football.london claims that Lampard wanted to sign a striker back in January, despite Tammy Abraham’s promising displays.

Speaking to BetFair (h/t football.london), Berbatov drew instances from his own career as a footballer and explained why Jovic has all the tools needed to be a success for numerous top-flight clubs in England – including Chelsea.

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Signing Jovic would provide Lampard with two top-quality youngsters to lead the line while also easing the burden on Abraham.

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Italy boss Roberto Mancini urges struggling Chelsea star to leave Stamford Bridge

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Italy boss Roberto Mancini urges Emerson Palmieri to exit Chelsea

According to a report by The Metro, Italy boss Roberto Mancini has urged Emerson Palmieri to exit Chelsea.

The report claims that the former Manchester City manager is reconsidering his options for the national squad with the Euro 2020 tournament postponed for next summer.

With an additional year at hand to plan everything out, Mancini believes that as far as his options for full-back are concerned, Emerson would have a better chance if moves to Italy and plays there (h/t The Metro).

When quizzed about his full-back unit while speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t The Metro), Mancini said: “It would be nice if Emerson Palmieri, who hasn’t played much for Chelsea, could come and play in Italy.”

Assessing his options, Mancini added that Adam Masina has gone under the radar since moving to Watford. He also suggested that while Luca Pellegrini has spent time with the senior squad, there is room for improvement.

It is true that Emerson hasn’t featured much for Chelsea right from the time that Maurizio Sarri was at the helm. Despite a change in management, the player appears to have failed to convince Frank Lampard to hand him a starting role.

With the likes of Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta quite ahead of him in the pecking order, it would make sense for him to leave Chelsea to solidify his chances of getting selected in the Italy squad next year.

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For the time being, all footballing action has been suspended until the end of April due to the coronavirus pandemic and it remains to be seen how the situation fares from there.

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Chelsea confident about signing 23-year-old English star despite £80m demand

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Chelsea confident about signing Ben Chilwell despite Leicester’s £80m demand

According to a report by The Metro, Chelsea remain keen on signing Leicester City ace Ben Chilwell despite the club’s £80m asking price.

The report claims that Frank Lampard is on the hunt for a new left-back. Marcos Alonso hasn’t been convincing enough while Cesar Azpilicueta’s preferred position is not at left-back.

That leaves Emerson Palmieri, who has been a peripheral figure at Stamford Bridge for the longest time now.

Even during the January window, Chelsea were interested in his services but no deal materialized. As a result, depending on when the season resumes and when the summer transfer window commences, the Blues are ready to sign him – even though the Foxes are demanding £80m.

The 23-year-old, who currently earns wages in the region of £65,000-a-week, has been a top talent in the Premier League. If Chelsea succeed in signing him, The Metro suggests that he would be receiving a higher salary as well.

Considering the fact that Chilwell has four years left on his current deal with the club, it goes without saying that Leicester will play hardball.

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Chilwell is a vastly talented player and having him in our squad would be a splendid move indeed.

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