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“That’s the one” – Former rival star identifies one weakness that Lampard’s Chelsea have

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Phil Neville believes Chelsea are weak in midfield

According to the Metro, former Manchester United defender Phil Neville believes Chelsea are lacking in the midfield.

Frank Lampard has done a brilliant job with a side that had lost its best player last summer. The Blues are set to finish in the top four and also have a shot at winning the FA Cup.

Despite the promise shown, Neville believes that the club need someone to stand in for Eden Hazard. He laments the lack of creativity in midfield and has urged Christian Pulisic to play centrally.

“I think it’s the one area where you say can they get Christian Pulisic more central? That’s the one I’d be thinking about.”

Phil Neville believes Christian Pulisic should play centrally
Phil Neville believes Christian Pulisic should play centrally

Neville believes that neither Mason Mount nor Mateo Kovacic is capable of contributing offensively, at least to the required level.

It looks like Neville is too transfixed in trying to bring in a like-to-like replacement for Hazard that he is not opening his eye to the alternatives.

Pulisic’s blistering pace makes him a force to reckon with and the Blues will do well to keep him out wide, where he can hit teams on the counters.

Mount is still young but has shown excellent promise. Talent takes a while to bloom and the youngster clearly has the potential to become an important player.

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Hazard left Chelsea last summer

While it would be nice to have a Hazard-type player, it is not something we cannot do without. Ironically, Premier League champions Liverpool too have a lack of creativity in midfield.

The reds sacrifice creativity for workmanship. It helps lend a better balance to the team as a whole.

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The Blues have signed the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner. The attacking duo will add a lot to our attack.

While Neville’s argument can hold true for certain teams, it is clearly not the only way a team can progress and implement a winning formula.

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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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