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Chelsea chief and Lampard at loggerheads about this out-of-contract star’s future

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Marina Granovskaia and Lampard at loggerheads about Willian’s future

According to Duncan Castles (h/t Daily Express), Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia and Frank Lampard have opposing views about Willian’s future at the club.

The Brazilian winger, whose current contract expires at the end of this season, is keen on extending his stay with the London-based outfit (h/t Daily Express).

However, Marina needs to make a decision about whether or not the club should give in to what Lampard and the player want, or look for a replacement. That is as per transfer expert Duncan Castles, suggests Daily Express.

Willian has been an integral figure for us over the years. Much like his Brazilian counterparts, it is indeed a joy to watch him play on his day.

He has scored a decent amount of goals for us over the years and considering his experience and loyalty, Willian deserves an extension for a year at least.

Frank Lampard has led the youth revolution at Chelsea well (Getty Images)

Chelsea have a policy of not offering long-term contracts to players above the age of 30 but surely, an extension would not be such a bad idea.

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Ultimately, the ball will be in Marina’s court but retaining Willian would be a smart choice – even more so if we manage to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

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Ligue 1 giants brace themselves for a raid on their top stars with Chelsea keen

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Moussa Dembele has played for Fulham and Celtic in the past

Chelsea keen on Moussa Dembele with Lyon bracing themselves

Lyon are bracing themselves as offers for Houssem Aouar and Moussa Dembele are expected in the summer, according to L’Equipe (h/t Daily Mail).

Aouar and Dembele have been two of their most impressive players over the past two years, and Premier League clubs are keen on them. While Manchester City are keeping tabs on midfielder Aouar, Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in Dembele (h/t Daily Mail).

The 23-year-old joined Lyon after two seasons with Celtic and has 22 goals and two assists in the current campaign. He managed 15 league goals in his first season for the French side and it will be interesting to see what the summer holds for them.

Moussa Dembele is a target for Chelsea
Lyon’s French forward Moussa Dembele reacts during the French Cup semi-final football match (Photo by Philippe DESMAZES / AFP) (Photo by PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP via Getty Images)

England calling for Dembele?

The Frenchman has English experience after spending three seasons with Fulham before moving to Celtic.

The 23-year-old managed 15 goals in his final Championship season with the Cottagers and he should have no issues playing in English conditions should he make the switch.

Chelsea, for their part, do need more options up top with Olivier Giroud already 33. Dembele would provide competition to Tammy Abraham and we could play with two up top.

Frank Lampard could do with fresh faces in the team after not being able to spend at the start of the campaign.

Moussa Dembele doesn't have a lot of Premier League experience
Lyon’s French forward Moussa Dembele celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Olympique Lyonnais (OL) and AS Saint-Etienne (ASSE) (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)

Our transfer ban was lifted in the winter window, but that didn’t see any fresh faces join the team. Hakim Ziyech was signed from Ajax but the creative midfielder will only join at the start of the next campaign.

With Michy Batshuayi also struggling for goals and performances, Lampard needs to have options on the bench.

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United might also be keen on landing Dembele but it will be interesting to see if he decides to return to England for the Premier League.

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Chelsea ahead of PL rivals in race to sign teenage Championship starlet

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Chelsea interested in summer move for Stoke City’s Nathan Collins

The Sun reports that Chelsea are interested in a summer move for teenage defender Nathan Collins.

Collins plies his trade at Championship side Stoke City and is an Ireland U21 international too. The Blues aren’t the only ones keeping an eye out for the 18-year-old defender.

Manchester United and Arsenal are also tracking Collins, however, we are said to be closest to making a move for the defender (h/t Sun).

Nathan Collins in action for Stoke City
Nathan Collins of Stoke City runs with the ball away from Jack Harrison of Leeds United (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

German interest for Collins

The youngster was also a target for Werder Bremen at the start of the season, while United were keen on him too, according to the report. However, neither club made a serious move and Collins ended up signing a new deal with the Potters.

The 18-year-old is regarded as one of the brightest talents outside of the Premier League (h/t Sun), and it will be interesting to see if we make a move for him in the summer.

Frank Lampard has Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori to choose from for the heart of the defence.

However, it wouldn’t hurt to have another talented youngster providing cover for the quartet. Lampard has also put his trust in the younger players this season, and it makes sense for us to land Collins for the future.

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Antonio Rudiger in action for Chelsea

The 18-year-old still has to work on his game as playing in the Premier League is different to the lower leagues.

Lampard didn’t sign any player in January. He did sign Hakim Ziyech for next season and it will be interesting to see the plans of the gaffer when the season resumes.

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The coronavirus pandemic has suspended all football action in England and hopefully, we can resume it again once things become better.

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“I haven’t been good enough” – Chelsea target opens up on future ideas after lacklustre season

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Callum Wilson is a target for Chelsea

Chelsea target isn’t thinking about moving clubs yet

Callum Wilson has been linked with a move to Chelsea, but he isn’t thinking about leaving Bournemouth yet (h/t Sky Sports).

The Cherries are 18th in the Premier League and are in danger of relegation. Eddie Howe’s team have struggled for results despite having a decent side, and Wilson has only scored 9 times this season.

The 28-year-old England international was asked about links with Chelsea from the past and the forward claimed those were flattering (h/t Sky Sports):

“Of course it is flattering, they are great clubs, massive clubs in the league.”

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Callum Wilson of Bournemouth celebrates a goal

Wilson added that he doesn’t pay too much attention to such rumours and that this only encourages him to do well on the pitch. However, he put aside all transfer talk for now as his aim was to keep the Cherries in the Premier League:

“Any player would like to play in the Champions League and progress, that’s what I’ve based my whole career on.

“First and foremost is obviously keeping Bournemouth up and safe and I haven’t been good enough this season to even be talking about things like that.

“I put it to the back of my mind and tried to focus on myself.”

Chelsea’s striker problem

The Blues have a quality forward in Tammy Abraham but the Englishman has tailed off a bit in the second part of the campaign.

Olivier Giroud can do a decent job but at 33, he doesn’t have many years at the top level. The other problem we have is Michy Batshuayi. The Belgian is talented but has never been able to cement his place in this Chelsea team.

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Olivier Giroud during a training session for Chelsea

Frank Lampard needs another forward option, especially if we sell either Batshuayi or Giroud in the summer. Although Wilson isn’t the most glamorous name in the league, he would provide decent cover to Abraham.

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We could make his Champions League dreams come true as we lie fourth in the standings. However, it will be interesting to see if Wilson can fire the Cherries to safety when the campaign resumes.

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Chelsea handed boost in pursuit of 21-year-old on-loan Real Madrid ace

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Achraf Hakimi has impressed on loan at Dortmund

Chelsea given boost in Achraf Hakimi pursuit

Chelsea have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Real Madrid defender Achraf Hakimi, who is currently on loan at Borussia Dortmund (h/t Daily Star).

Chelsea have been eyeing reinforcements in the full-back slots heading into the next transfer window, with Hakimi emerging as a viable target for us (h/t Daily Star).

The 21-year-old is a product of the Real Madrid youth setup and having broken into the first-team in 2017, Hakimi has spent the past couple of seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund.

The Moroccan international has shone brightly during his spell in Germany. In the 2019/20 season, Hakimi has come up with a return of 7 goals and 10 assists in 37 matches in all competitions.

Achraf Hakimi has impressed on loan at Dortmund
Achraf Hakimi has impressed on loan at Dortmund

Chelsea are interested to snap him up this summer, but it had been claimed recently that Hakimi had agreed a new contract with Real Madrid (h/t Daily Star).

However, the Moroccan’s agent, Alejandro Camano, has rubbished those claims, stating that there has been no new deal signed, handing Chelsea a boost in their pursuit of the Moroccan international (h/t Daily Star).

“There is no basis at all. His contract at Real Madrid is still the same one we negotiated in 2017 and it runs until 2022.”

Reece James has impressed in his breakthrough season for us but it shouldn’t be lost on the club that Cesar Azpilicueta isn’t getting any younger. Neither of Marcos Alonso and Emerson have done enough to nail down the left-back slot either.

Lampard eyeing additions to full-back department
Lampard eyeing additions to full-back department

Hakimi, with his ability to play on either flank, as well as feature in advanced positions on the wings, would be a handy acquisition if he reproduces his form from this season.

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While Borussia Dortmund remain interested in landing him permanently, the fact that there is no contract extension with Real Madrid should definitely come as a boost to our club.

It remains to be seen if there is any move made to sign the Moroccan in the summer (h/t Daily Star).

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