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Chelsea eye €120m-rated Uruguayan star to bolster a problematic position

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Chelsea keen on signing Jose Maria Gimenez from Atletico Madrid

According to a report from ESPN, Chelsea are intent on securing the services of Atletico Madrid and Uruguay defender Jose Maria Gimenez in the ongoing transfer window.

The 25-year-old Gimenez is one of the most accomplished young defenders in Europe currently. Having joined the Colchoneros back in the summer of 2013 from Danubio, he has won a UEFA Europa League and a UEFA Super Cup with Atletico.

A mainstay at the back for club and country, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has his sights firmly set on Gimenez as he eyes reinforcements ahead of next season. (h/t ESPN)

Jose Maria Gimenez is wanted by Chelsea

Chelsea have shipped in as many as 54 goals in the recently concluded Premier League season. No other team in the Premier League’s top ten conceded more than us.

So it is of paramount importance that Chelsea look to bolster the options at the back. At the moment, Lampard has four centre-backs at his disposal in the form of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma.

None of them have been able to perform consistently, thus warranting the addition of a long-term defensive solution at the back.

Gimenez, to that end, has emerged as a viable target for the club. As per the report, Chelsea have had scouts watch the Uruguayan international on multiple occasions this season, and manager Lampard has been left impressed by the reports he has received.

Frank Lampard has been consistently let down by his defense
Frank Lampard has been consistently let down by his defence

However, for Chelsea to make a move for Gimenez, Lampard will first have to offload one of his current central defenders.

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In addition, the defender’s €120m valuation could also become a problem, given that we have already spent heavily on Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, while a move for Kai Havertz is also in the works. Plus, the club is also eyeing a new left-back and a goalkeeper. (h/t ESPN)

Then there is also the small matter of interest from Manchester City, who have the financial clout to match his valuation and offer him better terms as well. So chances are we may not be able to land the Uruguayan.

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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.

Edouard Mendy
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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