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Chelsea prioritise summer move for 25-year-old French star to solve key problem

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Chelsea intent on securing Mike Maignan transfer

According to a report from Le10Sport (h/t Mirror), Chelsea are prioritising a summer move for Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan as Frank Lampard eyes reinforcements at the back.

The 25-year-old Maignan came through the youth ranks at PSG before making the switch to Lille in 2015 in search of regular game time. Over the past couple of years, he has developed into one of the best goalkeepers in France, becoming a key player for Lille.

Till date, he has featured 132 times for the French club, keeping 42 clean sheets, 13 of which came in the 2019/20 campaign.

Mike Maignan is on Chelsea's radar
Mike Maignan is on Chelsea’s radar

Maignan still has two years left on his current contract with Lille. However, the 25-year-old could be on his way out of France in the summer, amid interest from Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. (h/t Mirror)

Chelsea’s goalkeeping situation is quite a problematic one right now. The club invested heavily in Kepa Arrizabalaga only a couple of years ago. However, the Spanish international has struggled to live up to the expectations during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Willy Caballero, at 38 years old, cannot be the first-choice goalkeeper at a team which is eyeing to challenge for trophies. So bringing in a new custodian needs to be at the top of the manager’s to-do list.

Maignan, to that end, has emerged as a priority target for Frank Lampard & co. However, any move for the Frenchman would hinge on us being able to offload Kepa in the current transfer window.

Frank Lampard is not convinced by Kepa Arrizabalaga
Frank Lampard is not convinced by Kepa Arrizabalaga

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Apart from Maignan, Chelsea are also looking at Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and Manchester United’s Dean Henderson.

While Oblak will not come cheap, Henderson is unlikely to be sold by the Red Devils to a direct rival. This makes Maignan a much more realistic target. It, however, remains to be seen if the club does act on the interest in the 25-year-old.

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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)

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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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