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Oliver Giroud keen to extend stay at Chelsea beyond summer

According to Italian publication Calciomercato (h/t Daily Star), Oliver Giroud’s agent has claimed that his client could remain at the club next season.

“He could decide to stay at Chelsea for another year”

The 33-year-old is in the final few months of his contract at the Bridge. He joined the club in January 2018. He has since made 76 appearances and has scored 21 goals and 13 assists.

He has largely been on the sidelines following the appointment of Frank Lampard as manager. Given his limited opportunities he was keen on leaving the club last January. He was consistently linked to both Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur.

Olivier Giroud was close to leaving Chelsea in January
Olivier Giroud was close to leaving Chelsea in January

Giroud has made just 13 appearances this season, six of them came in the club’s last six matches after the injury sustained by Tammy Abraham. (h/t Transfermarkt)

The player’s agent, Vincenzo Morabito has accepted that the player could now choose to remain at Chelsea. He admitted that the situation right now is unclear and will gain clarity by April or May.

The Frenchman is not the only player who will be a free agent in the summer. Three other Chelsea veterans Willian, Willy Caballero and Pedro, are all set to see their contract expire by June. (h/t Football.london)

At 33, Giroud is unlikely to be a starter at a top club. He has shown enough guile and skill to prove himself as a capable backup.

Tammy Abraham can benefit from being mentored by Oliver Giroud
Tammy Abraham can benefit from being mentored by Oliver Giroud

With the coronavirus pandemic set to affect the financial strength of clubs, it remains to be seen how we will behave in the next transfer market.

The likes of Tammy Abraham have skill but are still young. Having a seasoned professional like Giroud who has played in some of the biggest games in world football as a mentor will only help boost the youngster’s maturity.

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Giroud has scored 39 goals for France in 97 appearances. He was an ever-present in the French squad that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He was awarded the Legion of Honour, the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits in 2018.

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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.

N'Golo Kante
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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