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Chelsea to prioritize attacking star despite defensive horror against West Ham

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Chelsea to prioritize Kai Havertz over the signing of a centre-back

According to Goal (h/t Express), Chelsea will prioritize the signing of Kai Havertz over a centre-back this summer.

This comes despite our defensive frailties laid bare for all to see against West Ham United. The Blues slumped to a 3-2 defeat against the Hammers in a game fraught with defensive errors.

In signing Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, Chelsea have built an exciting frontline for next season. The real danger, however, lies at the back, where we have struggled to keep teams at bay.

Chelsea will prioritize the signing of Kai Havertz over a center-back this summer
Chelsea will prioritize the signing of Kai Havertz over a centre-back this summer

The German international is a top transfer target for Frank Lampard. He has flourished in the Bundesliga, scoring 12 goals and registering six assists this season.

One of the most in-demand young players, we will have to beat off competition from Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich for the 21-year-old. (h/t Express)

According to the report, the Blues will also look to add to their rearguard, but it’s not in central defence. Chelsea are keen to bring in a left-back, with Ben Chilwell the preferred choice.

Chelsea need to strengthen defensively
Chelsea need to strengthen defensively

Marcos Alonso was off-sorts yesterday and it is clear that we will need better options on the flank.

It is clear that a defensive reorganization is required, maybe not just in playing staff. Adding to our defensive coaching staff should be another aspect that needs to be looked at it.

Even the best players are capable of making errors. However, given how often we appear to do so should be a blot on our coaching and tactics as well.

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The Blues will do well to strengthen not just the attack but also the defence. Scintillating attacking football is a pleasure to watch but it does not necessarily guarantee trophies.

Liverpool’s blitz to the Champions League final in 2018 was entertaining, but they only won it the next year after building a solid backline. Chelsea will do well to take a leaf out of rivals’ books.

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Ligue 1 club president comments on £65m star’s future amidst links with Chelsea

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Houssem Aouar could leave Lyon this summer amidst interest from Chelsea

According to French publication RMC Sport (h/t Metro), Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar could leave the club this summer amidst interest from Chelsea.

That is the opinion of Lyon’s sporting director Juninho. Despite Aouar having three more years to go on his current deal, the prospect of him being lured away this summer remains a reality.

“When you have great players in the squad, it is quite logical that other bigger teams with greater economic power come to seek the players.”

Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar could leave the club this summer amidst interest from Chelsea.
Chelsea are interested in Houssem Aouar

The 22-year-old is a technically gifted footballer who has an excellent passing range. Both a creator and a finisher, Aouar has scored nine goals and eight assists in 39 appearances this season before the French campaign was cut short. His ability on set-pieces is an added benefit.

Having come through the youth ranks at Lyon, he has already won 135 caps and has the experience of playing at the top level in the Champions League.

A versatile player who can perform in the middle or on the left, the youngster’s vision and creativity will add a new dimension to Chelsea’s attack.

Lampard could do with a player of Aouar's vision and creativity
Lampard could do with a player of Aouar’s vision and creativity

Aouar was once again at the forefront as Lyon edged out Juventus in the UEFA Champions League.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed that there is interest in the young Frenchman. However, no negotiations have taken place, with the French giants keen to keep hold of their star creator.

“Houssem has not said he wants to leave.”

He also went on to add that Aouar was not pushing for a move and is keen to stay on at the Groupama Stadium.

Werner could benefit from playing ahead of Aouar
Werner could benefit from playing ahead of Aouar

Aouar’s performances have caught the attention of a number of clubs from England. The likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Arsenal are all tracking his progress. He is currently valued at £65million. (h/t Daily Mail )

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Whether he eventually moves to Chelsea or not remains to be seen.

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Lampard shows green light to sell under-fire Chelsea star

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Frank Lampard agrees to Emerson Palmieri sale

According to a report by Football Insider (h/t Express), Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has given his consent for the sale of Emerson Palmieri.

The Italian left-back has come under the scanner after falling down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge. Alongside Marcos Alonso, Emerson has failed to make an impact, leading to the club’s current pursuit of Ben Chilwell.

Brought in by Antonio Conte, Emerson has failed to light up Stamford Bridge. He has made just 21 appearances this season and struggled immensely against Bayern Munich in what turned out to be our last game of the season.

Frank Lampard has given his blessings for the sale of Emerson Palmieri (Image Credits: REUTERS)

His Chelsea nightmare could be coming to an end with Inter Milan keen to take him back to Italy. Now managed by Conte, it will be the second time that the Italian manager has signed the 26-year-old.

Emerson’s contract at Chelsea runs until 2022. Cashing in on him will help raise funds for Lampard to use in the transfer window.

The Chelsea defence remains a huge worry and Lampard is keen to revamp what has proved to be a key weakness in the squad. The Blues have identified Declan Rice and Ben Chilwell as two stars who can help transform their fortunes at the back.

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

Selling Emerson will certainly free up funds and wages that will aid Chelsea’s pursuit of the aforementioned duo.

The Italian was given opportunities to impress at the Bridge. In fact, Emerson started the 2019/20 campaign as the first-choice ahead of Alonso. He eventually ended up losing the spot to the Spaniard.

The player too is open to leaving the club as he wants to play regularly. Doing so will boost his chances of making the Italian squad for the European Championships next summer. (h/t The Guardian)

Emerson is behind Alonso in the Chelsea pecking order
Emerson is behind Alonso in the Chelsea pecking order

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Juventus too were linked with a move for Emerson. However, having fired Maurizio Sarri, it remains to be seen if they still retain any interest in the player.

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PL rivals deny reports of Chelsea making £50m bid for in-demand English star

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West Ham United deny Chelsea making an offer for Declan Rice

According to Sky Sports, West Ham United have denied reports that Chelsea have made a £50m bid for Declan Rice

Chelsea are keen to sign Rice with Frank Lampard a fan of the player. The Blues boss views the young Hammer as the solution to his side’s defensive problems.

Primarily used as a defensive midfielder, Rice can slot in seamlessly at the back. A player with good organizational and leadership skills, he can be the lodestone around whom the Chelsea backline can be built.

West Ham United have denied reports that Chelsea have made a £50m bid for Declan Rice
West Ham United have denied reports that Chelsea have made a bid for Declan Rice

West Ham, however, are having none of it and are determined to keep hold of their star player.

The 21-year-old played in Chelsea’s academy for seven years before being released at the age of 14. It proved to be a decision lacking in hindsight as Rice went on to make a name for himself with the Hammers.

According to the report, he has a long-term contract at West Ham which runs until 2024. The Hammer also have the option of extending it by another year. This puts them in a strong position when it comes to negotiations.

Rice was released by Chelsea at the age of 14 (Image Credits: Getty Images)

His performances saw him win West Ham Players’ Player of the Year award while also being declared as Young Hammer of the Year for the third consecutive season in 2018-19. (h/t Mirror)

Chelsea’s hopes of signing the player could be boosted by West Ham’s financial situation. The Hammers made a pre-tax loss of £28.2million in their most recent finances.

With David Moyes looking to bring in new faces, he might have to sell Rice to ensure funds are available to do so.

Rice is one of the best young players in the league and ticks a number of boxes in our search for the ideal defender. Whether a deal can be worked out or not remains to be seen.

Frank Lampard is keen to strengthen his defence
Frank Lampard is keen to strengthen his defence

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It was earlier reported by The Sun that West Ham value Rice at around £70million. It remains to be seen if their head can be turned if Chelsea make a bid close to that amount. 

But for now, he remains a Hammer and will report for pre-season training with his teammates on Monday.

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Transfer News: Liverpool keen to sign under-fire Chelsea star

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Liverpool tracking Antonio Rudiger to replace Dejan Lovren

According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo (h/t Daily Star), Liverpool are tracking Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

The Reds are keen to bring in a central defender after parting ways with Dejan Lovren. The Croatian international ended his six-year spell at Anfield when he moved to Zenit St.Petersburg this summer.

With a spot in the squad now open, Jurgen Klopp is keen to bring in a replacement.

Liverpool are tracking Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger
Liverpool are tracking Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger

Rudiger has far from impressed in what was a forgetful season for the Chelsea defence. The German international’s performance in the FA Cup final saw Frank Lampard drop him for the Champions League trip to Bayern Munich.

With just two years to go on his current deal, Rudiger is yet to be offered fresh terms by Chelsea. This has cast a cloud of uncertainty regarding his future at the Bridge.

The senior-most defender among our center backs, Rudiger has started just 19 Premier League games this season. Lampard has often rotated his backline with Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma, and even Fikayo Tomori.

Liverpool need to replace Dejan Lovren
Liverpool need to replace Dejan Lovren

The 27-year-old made the move to Chelsea from Roma in 2017 for a deal worth £32.4m. Despite his imposing physicality and athleticism, he has at times looked like a fish out of water.

Rudiger is a good defender. However, he is far from a dependable one. The German’s penchant for making errors always leaves a pallor of uncertainty in the Chelsea backline.

Also, his inability to properly read the game on a consistent basis does not encourage the prospect of him becoming the Blues’ lynchpin at the back.

Rudiger joined Chelsea from Roma in 2017
Rudiger joined Chelsea from Roma in 2017

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It is clear that Chelsea need a defensive restructure if they are serious about competing with the big boys.

The Blues backline has shown that it is the club’s Achilles heel when it comes to top-quality opposition. Lampard will have some tough decisions to make this summer.

Losing Rudiger would not be a great blow for Chelsea. If anything selling him will free up funds for us to bring in someone who can change our fortunes at the back.

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