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Out-of-favour Chelsea star keen on Serie A switch – loan club has €42.5m buy option

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Tiemoue Bakayoko keen to join AC Milan permanently

According to Italian publication Calciomercato (h/t Football.london), Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is keen on a permanent switch to AC Milan this summer.

The Frenchman’s move to Chelsea has been a colossal disaster. He has been a shadow of the player that starred for Monaco.

He was shipped out on loan to Milan just a year after moving to the Bridge. Following a decent stint in the Italian capital, he returned to Monaco on loan for the current season. The French side do have the option of signing him permanently for €42.5million.

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Tiemoue Bakayoko has failed to impress at Chelsea

He is, however, keen on a return to Milan, with Spanish side Sevilla also keen. The 25-year-old has done reasonably well in both loan spells. However, his career at the Bridge looks set to be over.

His stay at the San Siro was not without event as he was involved in a bust-up with then-manager Gennaro Gattuso. The Italian has since moved on and has taken the prospect of any bad blood between them.

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Tiemoue Bakayoko prefers to move to AC Milan

He made 42 appearances for the Rossoneri and scored one goal and one assist. Bakayoko was racially abused by Lazio fans during the second leg of the Coppa Italia semifinal match that Milan lost 1-0.

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Bakayoko is by no means a bad player. A powerfully built athlete, he is a complete player who can contribute both to the attack and the defence.

His inability to adapt to the Premier League, however, makes him a liability to Chelsea. Both the player and the club will only be glad to part company.

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European giants considering swoop for out of favour Chelsea ace

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PSG consider signing Chelsea star Emerson Palmieri

According to Calciomercato (h/t Football.london), Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are considering making a swoop for Chelsea star Emerson Palmieri in the current transfer window.

Emerson arrived at Chelsea from Italian outfit AS Roma in January 2018. However, he has struggled to carve out a regular starting berth for himself at Stamford Bridge.

Till date, the 26-year-old has featured just 55 times for Chelsea across all competitions, scoring one goal and setting up five more. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Emerson Palmieri has struggled for game time under Frank Lampard
Emerson Palmieri has struggled for game time under Frank Lampard

Emerson made just 21 appearances in the 2019/20 season and wasn’t part of the matchday squad for our 2020/21 season opener against Brighton & Hove Albion last week. (h/t Transfermarkt)

With Ben Chilwell joining from Leicester City, the Italian international’s first-team opportunities are set to take a further hit. And, Chelsea have been looking to offload the Italian this summer and generate transfer funds.

There has been interest from Italy, with Inter Milan and Napoli keen on signing him this summer. Now, PSG too seem to have entered the race for the left-back, and are considering making a move for him. (h/t Football.london)

Considering that Frank Lampard didn’t even pick Emerson in the matchday squad against Brighton, despite Chilwell missing with injury is a clear indicator of the Italian’s standing at the club.

Ben Chilwell joined Chelsea this summer from Leicester City
Ben Chilwell joined Chelsea this summer from Leicester City

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And considering that he is not part of the plans going forward, the club needs to find a buyer for him at the earliest. Given that we have spent heavily this summer, offloading players like Emerson ought to help balance the books to some extent.

It will be interesting to see if PSG do follow up on their reported interest in the Italian international.

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Lampard tells Chelsea academy product what he needs to do to earn starting berth

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Frank Lampard urges Callum Hudson-Odoi to work harder in training

As reported by The Guardian, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has called on youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi to work harder and stay focused in order to earn a place in the team’s starting XI.

A product of the Blues’ academy, Hudson-Odoi is regarded as one of the finest prospects to have come through the ranks at the club. However, after showing signs of great promise early on in his career, he has struggled to build upon it.

Hudson-Odoi endured an injury-riddled 2019/20 season. As a result, he was restricted to just 7 Premier League starts. The Englishman had some off-the-field problems that cast him in a poor light as well, while the performances never reached the levels expected.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi struggled for game time in 2019/20

Following the departures of Willian and Pedro, the youngster was expected to get a bigger role this season. However, Lampard chose to bench him for the season opener last week, in spite of the absence of Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic.

Instead, the manager opted to play two attacking midfielders – Mason Mount and Kai Havertz on the wings. And speaking on his situation, Lampard has called for more focus from his teenage starlet. (h/t The Guardian)

“With Callum he has to absolutely focus on the work he puts in on the training ground day in, day out. Callum is a young developing player.

“The facts remain the same for all young players. They have to work every day to put themselves in the frame to start.”

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

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Hudson-Odoi showed great promise when he burst onto the scenes. But the interest from Bayern Munich last summer seemed to have turned his head.

Amid speculations that the German giants might make a move for him again, the youngster needs to ignore all the noise and focus at the task at hand.

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Reputed journalist confirms Chelsea have €24m agreement for African star

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Edouard Mendy is on Chelsea's radar

Fabrizio Romano confirms Chelsea deal for Edouard Mendy

If and when Fabrizio Romano says ‘here we go’, then a transfer is surely on the verge of completion. And that is what the Italian journalist has said on the matter of Chelsea signing Edouard Mendy from Rennes.

The transfer expert has claimed that Chelsea have a €24m agreement with Rennes for the signing of the Senegalese goalkeeper and adds that it is only a matter of time before the deal is announced.

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Edouard Mendy on his way to Chelsea

The 28-year-old Mendy has been with Rennes for only a year, having signed from fellow French club Stade de Reims last summer in a deal worth £3.6m.

In his first season for Rennes, the Senegalese custodian played a pivotal part as they finished third in Ligue 1 and ended up qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

A move to Chelsea has been mooted for a while now, but there had been some complications in talks as Rennes were insistent on Chelsea letting Fikayo Tomori move the other way on loan.

However, it seems like the two parties have come to an agreement with Romano claiming that Mendy will join on a permanent deal for a transfer fee of €24m.

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Mendy’s arrival will be another step in the massive rebuild that Frank Lampard has undertaken this summer.

The Senegal international will become the seventh major signing of the summer, following in the footsteps of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz.

Romano further adds that once the deal for Mendy is out of the way, Chelsea will turn their attention towards signing Declan Rice from West Ham United.

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Chelsea could face former Stamford Bridge favorite in the Carabao Cup fourth round

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Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur could face off in the Carabao Cup fourth round

According to The Sun, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are on a collision course to face off in the Carabao Cup fourth round.

This will come to fruition if we get the better of Barnsley and Spurs defeat Leyton Orient in the third round.

The potential tie will see two teams who have had excellent summer windows. In many ways, it could prove to be a game to watch if both managers decide to take it seriously.

Chelsea could face Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup
Chelsea could face Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup

Chelsea and Spurs have met twice in the final of the competition. Spurs got the better of us in 2008 while we repaid them the favour in 2015.

Both clubs have won the competiition a combined nine times. Chelsea has lifted the EFL trophy five times with our last triumph coming in 2015.

The clash will also see former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho return to the Bridge. Frank Lampard led the Blues to a double over Spurs last season as the apprentice showed the master up.

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Jose Mourinho has won the competition thrice with Chelsea

The Portuguese has, however, won the competition four times, thrice with Chelsea and once with Manchester United. This puts him joint top with Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough. Another victory will see him break away as the most successful manager in the competition.

Hopefully we can prevent that enroute to Lampard writing his name in the history books.

The other potential mouthwatering tie of the round is Arsenal vs Liverpool. Both teams met each other in the same round last season. In a thoroughly thrilling game, Liverpool prevailed on penalties after the match ended 5-5.

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While the Carabao Cup is seen as the less desirable of all the trophies, it is at the end of the day an honour.

More so, it will also be the first major final to be played in the season. Going all the way will surely give us the momentum to go on and end the season on a high.

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