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27-year-old Chelsea outcast set for Stamford Bridge exit despite signing new contract

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Marco van Ginkel expected to be loaned out next season

It is easy to forget that Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel is still a Chelsea player.

The 27-year-old has featured just four times for the club since joining in 2013. Nicknamed the next Frank Lampard, the youngster arrived at Stamford Bridge as the reigning Dutch Talent of the Year.

Much was expected of the player when he made his move to Stamford Bridge. Injuries have a funny way of ruining what could have been a special career.

Out injured for two years now, the Dutchman’s contract was supposed to expire this summer. Chelsea have, however, offered him a new lease of life and extended his stay by another year.

Van Ginkel lead PSV to the title in 2018
Van Ginkel lead PSV to the Eredivisie title in 2018

Whether that time is in London or not remains to be seen. According to Ziggo Sport (h/t Express), Van Ginkel believes he will be sent out on loan next season.

“To hook [my hopes] on that [playing for the first team] now seems a bit premature. So I will be loaned out.”

In hindsight, it may prove to be the best decision for him given the need for him to resurrect his career. It is unlikely that he will get the requisite playing time at the Bridge given the players available to Lampard.

Being away from the limelight could also help him rebuild what was once an extremely promising career.

Marco van Ginkel expects to be loaned out next season
Marco van Ginkel expects to be loaned out next season

Van Ginkel has had three loan spells since joining Chelsea. Spells at AC Milan and Stoke City were promising but failed to take off.

It was back in his homeland with PSV Eindhoven that the Dutchman displayed a resurgence. He scored 31 goals and made 10 assists in 64 games during his two-year spell at the Philips Stadion. (h/t Transfermarkt)

It is also a testament to his leadership abilities that he was made the captain at PSV, the team he led to the Eredivisie title in 2018. (h/t Mirror)

There appear to be teams who are still willing to take a chance on him. The Dutchman confirmed that was the case, with PSV also among them. (h/t Express)

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Van Ginkel is an excellent player who can yet go on to have a successful career. A loan spell will give us the chance to properly assess him and see if he still has a future at the bridge.

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European giants prepared to offer €20m for 25-year-old Chelsea star

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Inter Milan prepared to offer €20m for Emerson Palmieri

According to a report from The Guardian, Serie A heavyweights Inter Milan are ready to offer €20m to acquire the services of Chelsea star Emerson Palmieri this summer.

Emerson arrived at Chelsea from AS Roma in the January transfer window in 2018. However, he has never been able to establish himself as a first-choice in the starting XI at Stamford Bridge. Till date, the 25-year-old has managed 53 appearances for Chelsea, bagging one goal and five assists.

Emerson started the 2019/20 campaign as the first-choice ahead of Marcos Alonso, but failed to make an impression. And eventually, he ended up losing the spot to the Spaniard. He has featured just 19 times in all competitions, managing a solitary assist.

Emerson has hardly featured under Lampard in the second half of the season
Emerson has hardly featured under Lampard in the second half of the season

The Brazil-born Italian international has a contract with the club till 2022. But Frank Lampard is prepared to offload him in the summer, with the club eyeing a new left-back, with Ben Chilwell being the primary transfer target. (h/t The Guardian)

Emerson, too, is open to leaving the club as he wants to play regularly in order to earn himself a place in Italy’s squad for the European championships next summer. (h/t The Guardian)

Inter Milan are very much interested in securing the services of Emerson. Manager Antonio Conte, who brought the 25-year-old to Chelsea, is seeking a reunion with the full-back at San Siro. (h/t The Guardian)

The report adds that negotiations are underway between the two clubs. The Nerazzurri are willing to offer a transfer fee of €20m (£18m). However, Chelsea are likely to demand a larger sum, considering that he has still two years left on his deal.

Former Chelsea boss Conte wants to reunite with Emerson at Inter
Former Chelsea boss Conte wants to reunite with Emerson at Inter

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Along with Inter Milan, Juventus, too, are interested, with former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri also eyeing a reunion with the 25-year-old. (h/t The Guardian)

It seems like Emerson’s time at Chelsea is pretty much up. It now remains to be seen where the 7-time capped Italy international ends up moving in the summer.

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Former Chelsea captain urges Lampard not to sign 21-year-old rival PL star

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Dennis Wise urges Chelsea not to sign Declan Rice

In an interview with Stadium Astro (h/t Express), former Chelsea captain Dennis Wise has urged manager Frank Lampard not to spend on West Ham star Declan Rice as the club have enough options in that department.

Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for the 21-year-old Rice. The centre-back turned defensive midfielder started out at the Chelsea youth academy, before making the jump to West Ham.

Frank lampard wants Declan Rice to become Chelsea's defensive leader
Declan Rice is a target for Chelsea

Having broken into the first-team at the East London outfit in 2017, the youngster has grown into one of the brightest talents in the country. The 21-year-old was initially deployed in his natural centre-back position, before being moved to the defensive midfield role in 2018, where he has thrived.

In fact, Rice has become the first-choice holding midfielder for both club and country over the past two years.

However, Wise is of the belief that Chelsea have plenty of options in the centre of the park as things stand. And, hence, he has stated that he would like the club instead invest in a left-back rather than splashing the cash on Rice. (h/t Express)

“I think they’ve got enough in that department. So I think he wouldn’t be one that I would concentrate on bringing in. I mentioned obviously left-back is somewhere where I think you can get someone as good as Chilwell to come in and he would improve the team.”

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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Signing Rice to use him as a defensive midfielder might not make much sense. But the fact that he can easily slot in at the heart of the defence, which has been a problem for us this term makes him a viable target.

However, a new left-back is a more pressing concern for us at the moment. So, it remains to be seen what Lampard decides in the coming weeks.

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Chelsea handed transfer boost as club sporting director reveals ‘agreement’ to leave

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Chelsea target Kai Havertz can leave, says Bayer Leverkusen chief

As reported by the Bild (h/t Mirror), Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller has claimed that Chelsea target Kai Havertz can leave the club, as long as certain conditions are met.

The 21-year-old Havertz has emerged as one of the top young footballers in Europe. The German enjoyed a brilliant 2019/20 campaign, even though his club failed to hold on to a top four finish, due to which they will not be playing in the Champions League.

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Kai Havertz remains the top priority for Chelsea

In 42 matches across all competitions, Havertz produced impressive return of 16 goals and 9 assists. His ability to score and assist and slot in any position in the attacking half of the pitch has made him a top target for Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.

The German international is expected cost at least £75m. And Bayern’s director Voller has admitted that the prized asset can leave the club, if certain conditions are met. (h/t Mirror)

“We have an agreement – if it fits, he can go this summer. As of now, he is a player of ours. We have our ideas, we know what he can do. I personally hope that he stays one more year.”

Voller also conceded to the fact that not playing in the Champions League next season might increase the chances of Havertz leaving in the summer. (h/t Mirror)

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Chelsea are yet to bid for Kai Havertz (Image Credits: Getty Images)

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Chelsea have already spent a combined £89m on securing the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner from Ajax and RB Leipzig respectively.

Adding Havertz to the ranks would take us to a whole new level without a doubt. With the Leverkusen chief admitting that they will be open to a sale, it now remains to be seen if the club can match their valuation for the 21-year-old.

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Chelsea considering summer swoop for key Man United transfer target

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Chelsea consider swoop for Jadon Sancho after Manchester United hesitate on transfer fee

According to a report from Goal (h/t Express), Chelsea are considering making an approach for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, who is a primary transfer target for rivals Manchester United.

Since moving to Germany three years ago, Sancho has grown into one of the most exciting young wingers across Europe. The 20-year-old enjoyed a scintillating 2019/20 campaign, scoring and assisting 20 goals apiece in all competitions.

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Jadon Sancho is high on Chelsea’s wishlist

Manchester United have made the England international their top target. However, they are unwilling to meet Borussia Dortmund’s £115m asking price. In fact, they don’t want to shell out more than £50m for their top target. (h/t Express)

Given this wide gulf in valuations, negotiations are likely to drag on, allowing other clubs to swoop in. And Chelsea are hoping to capitalise on this and make a move for the 20-year-old Englishman. (h/t Express)

A new winger is a necessary addition at Stamford Bridge. Pedro is on his way out once his contract expires, while Willian’s situation remains unclear as well. Signing Sancho would address those departures, while also making us even more dangerous in the final third.

However, the report adds that the club will consider moving in on the 20-year-old provided our efforts to sign Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell don’t bear fruits.

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Kai Havertz remains the top priority

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We have already made quite the splash in the transfer market signing Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner. Those two arrivals, without a doubt, will take the team to the next level.

And if we’re able to add Sancho as well, there would be no stopping us. Exciting times lie ahead for Chelsea fans.

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