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Chelsea to face Man City competition for €25m-rated Brazilian ace

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Chelsea, Manchester City to battle for Alex Telles

According to a report from Portuguese publication Record (h/t Express), Chelsea will have to stave off competition from former PL champions Manchester City for the signing of Alex Telles.

The 27-year-old left-back has been with Porto for four years now, having signed from Turkish giants Galatasaray in 2016 and has grown into one of the most dependable full-backs in Europe.

Telles has had a prolific 2019/20 campaign, during which he has scored 13 goals and set up 12 more from 47 appearances across all competitions.

Alex Telles looked to be on his way to Chelsea
Alex Telles is a target for Chelsea and Man City

It is no secret at this point that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is eyeing a new left-back this summer. Neither Marcos Alonso nor Emerson Palmieri have been able to make the spot their own.

As a result, Lampard has been forced to use captain Cesar Azpilicueta on the left-side of the backline on numerous occasions this term. While Ben Chilwell has been linked heavily with the club, his hefty price-tag means Telles has been eyed as an alternative. (h/t Express)

However, we will now have to face competition from Manchester City for the signing of the Brazilian international. (h/t Express)

Telles, given his ability to score and create, would be an asset in the attacking phase. At the same time, the 27-year-old is a much more reliable presence at the back than the current options at the manager’s disposal.

Leicester City confident of keeping Chelsea target Ben Chilwell
Ben Chilwell deemed too expensive (Image Credits: Getty Images)

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Telles has a release clause of €40m (£36.4m), but with his contract expiring in less than a year, Porto are ready to accept an offer of around €25m (£22.7m). (h/t Express)

While he would be a much more affordable option than Chilwell, the interest from Manchester City does complicate things a tad. It will be interesting to see if the interest in the full-back leads to something substantial.

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Veteran Chelsea star set to leave the club without facing Bayern after season-ending injury

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Willian and Pedro look set the leave the club this summer

Pedro will not feature against Bayern Munich after undergoing surgery

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea winger Pedro has undergone surgery on his shoulder after dislocating it in the FA Cup final against Arsenal.

This rules him out of the Champions League clash against Bayern Munich. With him set to move to Roma in the summer, he has now played his last game for the club.

It will bring a glorious five-year spell at Stamford Bridge to an end. During this time, he has made 206 appearances, scoring 43 goals and 28 assists.

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The player took to Instagram to confirm that the surgery went well. He regrets not being able to win the FA Cup and thanked the fans for their wishes.

A versatile player who can play anywhere along the frontline, Pedro has been an effective player for the Blues. His pace combined with his eye for goal have been the traits that have seen him score a number of important goals.

He played a key role in Chelsea’s Premier League win in 2017, FA cup win in 2018, and the Europa League victory in 2019. Unfortunately, we fell short this season and the Spaniard could not leave the club on a high.

Pedro will not play for Chelsea again after undergoing a shoulder surgery
Pedro will not play for Chelsea again after undergoing a shoulder surgery

With Frank Lampard ushering in a new era, Pedro is one of the players who will be making way. Lampard paid tribute to the World Cup winner after the 2-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He praised the player’s impact at the club and wished him luck for his future endeavours. His journey at Chelsea may be over but his footballing career still has some way to go.

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Brazilian winger Willian could also join Pedro in leaving the club as a free agent. The 31-year-old rejected Chelsea’s latest offer of a two-year deal amidst reports linking him to Arsenal.

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“Crystal Palace B” – Several fans take a pop at leaked images of Chelsea’s new third kit

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Twitter reacts as images of Chelsea’s alleged third strip leaks online

Images of what appeared to be Chelsea’s third kit for the 2020-21 season have been doing the rounds on Twitter.

It is fair to say that the design does not sit well with the Chelsea faithful. The major reason for this is the fairly predominant shade of Red stretching across it.

Comprising of vertical blue and red stripes on the front, it looks more like a jersey of Merseyside United rather than the best team in London.

Twitter reacts to images of Chelsea's new third kit
Blues no more? Chelsea’s new third kit appears to have a dastardly shade of red

The stripes begin as solid stripes at the top of the shirt, just beneath the neck, before merging into a red mass towards the bottom.

Although there has been no official confirmation from the club regarding the design, it is fair to say that the fans have already had their say.

It would not be amiss to think that they do not like it at all. We take a look at some of the reactions below.

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Transfer News: Chelsea ready to sell midfield star for the right price

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Chelsea are open to offers for N’Golo Kante among others

According to the Times, Chelsea are ready to listen to offers for star midfielder N’Golo Kante, with a number of other stars also available.

The Frenchman has been a key player for the club since moving from Leicester City in 2016. He has however endured an injury-hit campaign this time around that has seen him feature just 27 times.

The Blues showed plenty of promise but eventually fell short of silverware this season. More so, there currently exists a chasm between us and Liverpool/Manchester City at the top.

Chelsea are ready to listen to offers for star midfielder N'Golo Kante with a number of other stars also available
N’Golo Kante has endured an injury-hit season at Chelsea

Having already signed Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, Frank Lampard has turned his attention to further reinforcements.

According to the report, the Blues boss is keen to add Kai Havertz, a new goalkeeper and a new left-back. With the club shopping at the high end of the market for top names, they are unlikely to come cheap.

Accordingly, some players will have to leave, potentially even Kante. At 29, the Frenchman’s injuries are frequent enough to be a cause of concern.

He only recently made the bench in the FA Cup final following another hamstring injury. He has so far made 169 appearances for Chelsea, bagging 11 goals and 7 assists.

Havertz will become the third German in the Chelsea squad
Havertz remains a top target for Chelsea

Kante won the PFA Players’ Player of the YearFWA Footballer of the Year and Premier League Player of the Season awards in his first season at the club. 2019-20 marks the first campaign where he has gone trophyless in England.

The Frenchman is not the only player who could leave Stamford Bridge this summer. Ross Barkley, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Michy Batshuayi and Kepa Arrizabalaga are all available for the right price. (h/t The Times)

Lampard is keen to overhaul his defence following an open season at the back. The likes of Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Emerson Palmieri, and Marcos Alonso are also not safe, with the club open to offers. (h/t The Times)

N'Golo Kante could be sold
N’Golo Kante could be sold this summer (Getty Images)

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Chelsea have been served well by Kante, who has been exceptional for us. With the club looking to build for the future, some players will have to be moved in for the greater good of the team. With Kante, Chelsea may have to do just that.

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Chelsea star nears Stamford Bridge exit after rejecting club’s two-year offer

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Willian has scored ten goals in 2019/20

Willian rejects two-year contract offer from Chelsea

According to the Guardian, Willian is nearing the end of his Chelsea career after rejecting a two-year contract extension.

The Brazilian who joined the Blues in 2013, has been a key player for the club for the last seven years. He has made 339 appearances for Chelsea and has scored 63 goals and 62 assists.

Willian is sticking to his demand for a three-year deal whereas Chelsea are only ready to offer him a two-year extension. Every delay increases the chance of him leaving the club, with arch-rivals Arsenal a possible destination.

Willian is nearing the end of his Chelsea career after rejecting a two-year contract extension.
Willian’s contract runs out at the end of the season

The player’s agent, Kia Joorabchian had confirmed that his client has five offers on the table, including two from the Premier League.

According to the report, the chances of him moving to Barcelona are remote despite the Catalans’ interest in him. Willian had earlier opened up on his preference to stay in London. This should work in Arsenal’s favour if Chelsea are unable to convince him to stay.

The 31-year-old may be in his thirties but still packs a punch. He was instrumental in our performances since the restart as Chelsea eventually finished in fourth place.

Willian has five offers on the table
Willian is not short of offers

Frank Lampard is keen to keep hold of the veteran Brazilian despite adding both Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner to his roster. Willian missed the FA Cup final defeat last Saturday due to an Achilles injury.

The Brazilian had earlier admitted he would like to stay on at Stamford Bridge. The only point of contention appears to be the length of the contract we have offered. However, given that he is already 31, the club’s hesitation is understandable.

A player who has won numerous trophies for the Blues, Willian’s experience is useful for a promising but young Chelsea side. A seasoned professional, the Brazilian brings a lot to the table.

Lampard is keen to keep Willian
Lampard is keen to keep Willian (Image Credits: PA)

With Pedro and Christian Pulisic both out injured, it remains to be seen if Willian makes his last hurrah in Blue against Bayern Munich.

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Time is running out for Chelsea to make a decision on Willian’s future. A vastly experienced player with barely any injury concerns, it is clear why teams are lining up to secure him for free.

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