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Chelsea keen to beat off arch-rivals to 53-goal Ligue 1 star

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Chelsea keen to beat Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to Memphis Depay

According to Spanish website Todofichajes (h/t Express), Chelsea are set to face off against Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal for Lyon star Memphis Depay.

With the French giants missing out on European qualification for next season, the future of the former Manchester United star has been called into question.

The 26-year-old arrived at United with much fanfare in 2015. It proved to be a disaster, with him scoring just 7 goals and 6 assists in 53 appearances for the club. He was eventually moved on in the summer of 2017 to Lyon.

Memphis Depay has attracted interest from Chelsea
Memphis Depay has attracted interest from Chelsea

To his credit, the Dutchman has rebuilt his reputation in France. A regular for Lyon, he has scored 53 goals and 43 assists in 134 games.

At 26, he has a number of years left in him and should be a risk worth taking. Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas has already conceded that Depay could leave owing to the lack of European football next term

With his contract set to expire in 2021, Lyon could end up losing him on a free next summer. With clubs set to face a financial hit due to the coronavirus crisis, the French side will do well to earn top dollar for the Dutchman this summer.

Mohamed Salah returned to the Premier League a different beast
Mohamed Salah returned to the Premier League a different beast

The lack of European football means Lyon’s finances are set to suffer even further, giving us some leeway in trying to force a deal. With Arsenal and Tottenham looking likely to miss out on the Champions League, our hand could be further strengthened.

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In spite of having failed at United, Depay still remains a potent player. Mohamed Salah has shown that all players need sometimes is a second chance in the right system.

A versatile attacker who can play anywhere along the frontline, Depay could very well get the opportunity to do the same.

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Chelsea hierarchy in disagreement with Lampard over move for rising English star

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Chelsea hierarchy not convinced by Declan Rice

Speaking on a Q&A session on YouTube, The Athletic’s David Ornstein has claimed that the Chelsea hierarchy is not entirely sold over Frank Lampard’s interest in signing Declan Rice from West Ham United.

The 21-year-old has been on the radars of Chelsea for quite some time now. A former Blues’ academy man, Rice joined West Ham at a young age and has grown into one of the top defensive midfielders in the country.

A regular for club and country now, Rice’s ability to play in midfield and at the heart of the defence makes him an appealing target for Frank Lampard, who is keen to plug the backline after shipping in 54 goals in the PL last season. (h/t Metro)

Declan Rice will add much to the Chelsea backline
Declan Rice is a target for Chelsea manager Frank Lampard

Ornstein claimed on his show that Lampard was keen on converting Rice back into a centre-back. But, there are some reservations within the club regarding a move for the England international over his technical deficiencies. (h/t Express)

“That’s a player that was released by Chelsea’s academy as a 14 year old and some at the club feel, they’re not convinced that he’s addressed the perceived technical deficiencies that encouraged them to let him go at that age.”

The 21-year-old could cost the club around €80m. And some within the club have serious reservations over splashing that much money, given the aforementioned concerns. (h/t Express)

Declan Rice and Mason Mount were together at Chelsea
Declan Rice and Mason Mount were together at Chelsea during the academy days

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Chelsea have been the most active club in the transfer market so far. If the new signings work out as expected, then we should right up there as far as a title challenge is concerned.

Adding another quality centre-back would only make us much stronger. However, it remains to be seen if Lampard is able to convince the board to fund a move for Rice.

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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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