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Frank Lampard draws up shortlist to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga

Frank Lampard is unhappy with the performances of Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga (h/t Metro).

The 25-year-old joined Chelsea for £71.6 million in 2019. It was the highest fee ever paid for a goalkeeper and its fair to say that he hasn’t lived up to his expectations.

The Chelsea boss has identified Burnley’s Nick Pope and Crystal Palace’s Vicente Guaita as his top two targets to replace Kepa. (h/t Metro)

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Kepa hasn’t lived up to expectations

The Spaniard was dropped for the trip to Leicester City last weekend. Willy Caballero took his place in between the sticks.

Both Pope and Guaita are older players than Kepa, although in fairness, they have better stats than the Chelsea keeper this season.

Kepa hasn’t justified his huge price tag

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia is not in favour of selling Kepa. She personally pushed through the deal to sign him two years ago and does not want to make a loss on the player (h/t Daily Mail).

It is hard to see anyone paying Chelsea anything close to that sum for the player. But if the Spaniard keeps continues badly, the club will have no choice but to sell him for a loss.

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Chelsea play Manchester United in a crucial clash for the top four next. It remains to be seen if Kepa will return to the starting XI.

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“Lampard pull”, “About time” – Several Chelsea fans in joy as club announce yet another new arrival

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Twitter reacts as Chelsea confirm Edouard Mendy signing

As confirmed by the club’s official site, Chelsea have completed the signing of Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

The 28-year-old has penned a five-year deal and will compete with Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero for the starting spot in goal.

The Senegalese star has expressed his joy at joining Chelsea and is keen to link up with Frank lampard and his new teammates.

“I am so excited to be joining Chelsea. It’s a dream for me to be a part of this exciting squad and to work with Frank Lampard and all of his coaching staff. I look forward to meeting my team-mates and can’t wait to get started.”

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A goalkeeper was high on the agenda this summer following a string of unconvincing performances by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Despite getting back his starting spot, the Spaniard failed to make most of it and once again made a game-changing error against Liverpool.

Chelsea have completed the signing of Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Edouard Mendy has joined Chelsea

While Mendy may not be the biggest name out there, he has the potential to be our saviour between the sticks.

It has been a busy summer at Chelsea and Mendy could yet be our most significant purchase. It remains to be seen if he will go straight into the line-up this weekend.

We take a look at how Chelsea fans reacted to the news on Twitter.

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“First of many” – Some Chelsea fans on cloud nine as record signing scores an impressive hat-trick

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Twitter reacts as Kai Havertz scores a hat-trick for Chelsea

Chelsea broke their transfer record to bring in German sensation Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.

While the 21-year-old may have struggled to make an impact in his first two games against Brighton and Liverpool.

However, he lit up Stamford Bridge against Barnsley in the Carabao Cup third-round tie yesterday.

Kai Havertz scored a hattrick for Chelsea
Kai Havertz was the hat-trick hero for Chelsea

Havertz not only scored his first goals for Chelsea but bagged himself a hat-trick in a dominant display.

He eventually came off in the 66th minute for fellow summer recruit Ben Chilwell. The left-back too made it a night to remember as he set up Olivier Giroud for our sixth goal of the night.

It was a promising display by two key signings who could go on to play a key role for us this season.

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A number of fans took to Twitter to react to Havertz’s performance. We take a look at a few of them below.

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Out-of-favour Chelsea star could be on his way out after being dropped once again

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Antonio Rudiger set to leave Chelsea this summer

According to The Telegraph, Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger looks set to leave the club this summer.

He was not selected in the Chelsea squad for the Carabao Cup third round fixture against Barnsley. The defender has now been left out of the matchday squad for two consecutive games.

Rudiger is now expected to leave the club initially on loan before the window closes on October 5.

Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger looks set to leave Chelsea this summer.
Antonio Rudiger looks set to leave Chelsea

The Blues have enjoyed an excellent summer that saw them address a number of key weaknesses. The arrival of Brazilian veteran Thiago Silva has pushed Rudiger to be the fifth-choice central defender at the club.

According to the report, the player and his agent will now attempt to find the right club for him to move to. Among those mentioned are Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli.

However, it remains to be seen if either side will pursue the German ace.

Thiago Silva joined on a free transfer
Thiago Silva joined Chelsea on a free transfer

The 27-year-old is unhappy with the demotion he has undergone at the club. While he has been unhappy whenever he was dropped, his performances last season did little to argue his case.

Chelsea also have to make a decision on Fikayo Tomori, who is still wanted on a season-long loan by Premier League rivals Everton.

The German joined the Blues in the summer of 2017. He has made 115 appearances for the club, scoring six goals and two assists. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Chelsea star Fikayo Tomori could be loaned out this summer
Fikayo Tomori could be loaned out this summer

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Rudiger played a key role as Chelsea signed Timo Werner and Kai Havertz this summer. While he is yet to play a role on the pitch, he has done his bit for us off the field.

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Lampard opens the door for talented young Chelsea star’s exit this summer

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Frank Lampard admits Callum Hudson-Odoi could leave Chelsea this summer

According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has refused to rule out loaning out Callum Hudson-Odoi this summer.

The youngster is coming off the back of an injury-hit season that saw him make just seven appearances in the Premier League.

He has since fallen down the pecking order since. With the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner at the club, he could find it difficult to gain more game time.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has refused to rule out loaning out Callum Hudson-Odoi this summer
Callum Hudson-Odoi struggled for game time at Chelsea in 2019/20

Hudson-Odoi is not keen to leave the club just yet but could consider a loan switch if the opportunity presents itself.

With a bloated squad at his disposal, Lampard is now ready to loan the youngster out for the season.

“It remains to be seen”

The Blues boss confirms that he is now looking to fine-tune his squad with just 12 days left in the transfer market. It remains to be seen if Hudson-Odoi will be a part of that conversation.

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Frank Lampard has called for more focus from Callum Hudson-Odoi

Lampard has also asked for the youngster to step up and impress when given the opportunity.

The Blues boss had earlier asked the youngster to work harder and stay focused in order to earn a place in the team’s starting XI.

Hakim Ziyech made a name for himself at Ajax
Hakim Ziyech joined Chelsea this summer

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Hudson-Odoi showed great promise when he burst onto the scenes. However, his development has stalled in recent times.

A player who once garnered interest from Bayern Munich, he now needs reinvent himself.

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