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Chelsea are interested in Ben Chilwell

Leicester City seeking a world-record fee for Ben Chilwell

According to the Mirror, Chelsea will have to pay a world-record fee for a defender if they are to sign Ben Chilwell.

The Leicester City star features at the top of the Blues’ hunt for a new left-back. He will, however, cost a king’s ransom to bring in.

If it does come to pass, it will be the second time in two summers that Leicester has sold off a defender for a record price. Current Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire swapped the King Power Stadium for Old Trafford in a deal worth £80million.

alks over his future are expected to step-up later this month ahead of the new Premier League season starting on September 12.
Ben Chilwell is Chelsea’s top left-back target

Chelsea have already signed Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner for a combined £86.4million. With Kai Havertz also on the agenda, the Blues are shopping at the high end of the market.

Chilwell for his part is keen to quit Leicester and move on. Unlike the Foxes, Chelsea were able to hold onto their top-four spot, guaranteeing Champions League football next season.

It is questionable if Chilwell is worth such a fee. With Chilwell’s contract running until 2024, Leicester hold a strong hand in negotiations for the player.

What isn’t in question though is his ability on and off the ball. An all-round player, the 23-year-old can contribute to both the defence and the attack.

Leicester City confident of keeping Chelsea target Ben Chilwell
Ben Chilwell could prove to be too expensive (Image Credits: Getty Images)

Chilwell is keen to hold onto the English left-back spot going into next summer’s Euros. Playing for Chelsea in Europe’s top competition will help him improve and evolve as a player.

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As per the report, talks over Chilwell’s future is expected to step up later this month. With the new Premier League season starting on September 12, there is no time to waste.

Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri are Chelsea’s two left-backs. The former has been the more preferred option this season.

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Lampard confirms Ligue 1 star is undergoing medical today ahead of Chelsea move

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Edouard Mendy is on Chelsea's radar

Frank Lampard confirms Edouard Mendy is undergoing Chelsea medical

According to the club’s official Twitter handle, Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is undergoing his Chelsea medical.

The news was confirmed by manager Frank Lampard in his pre-match press conference against Barnsley. The Blues face the Championship side in the Carabao Cup third round fixture at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

His signing should come as a relief for fans, who saw Kepa Arrizabalaga once again struggle at the weekend.

The Spaniard gifted Liverpool their second goal of the night as the Blues fell to their first defeat of the season.

Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is currently undergoing his Chelsea medical.
Edouard Mendy is undergoing his Chelsea medical

In the aftermath of the incident, Telegraph reporter Matt Law had confirmed that a deal for Mendy was all but agreed. According to him, a medical was the only remaining formality.

With the player currently undergoing it, one would hope that the transfer is now on the verge of completion.

The 28-year-old has been with Rennes for only a year, having signed from fellow Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims last summer in a deal worth a paltry £3.6m.

Once the deal is completed, it will be Chelsea’s sixth major signing this summer. He is expected to compete with Kepa for the starting spot.

It will hopefully bring the best out of both players as Chelsea finally address what has been a problematic position since last season.

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Given his errors against Liverpool, it remains to be seen if he will be benched in favour of Willy Caballero against Barnsley.

The Blues have enjoyed an excellent summer. The players will now have to perform on the pitch.

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“Desperate times” – Some Chelsea fans glad as club agree deal for 28-year-old Ligue 1 star

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Twitter reacts as Chelsea agree to a deal for Edouard Mendy

According to the BBC, Chelsea have agreed on a deal with Ligue 1 side Rennes for goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Signing the 28-year-old is seen as a priority given the mistakes made by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

A reminder of his fallacies occured yesterday when he gave away the ball for Liverpool’s second goal of the night.

With Mendy now on his way, it remains to be seen if Kepa will continue as the club’s first choice.

Chelsea have agreed on a deal with Ligue 1 side Rennes for goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Edouard Mendy is on his way to Chelsea

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard urged the need to give his number one confidence. Kepa looks like a player bereft of it and it remains to be seen if he will rise to the challenge presented by Mendy.

According to the report, the Senegalese’s save percentage was 76.3% and he conceded a goal every 114 minutes. Meanwhile, Kepa’s save percentage was 53.5%, conceding a goal every 63 minutes.

A number of Chelsea fans took to Twitter to rejoice at the news. We take a look at a few of them below.

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“He needs time” – Lampard defends Chelsea new boy after slow start to Stamford Bridge career

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Frank Lampard backs Kai Havertz to succeed at Chelsea

According to the Metro, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes it is only a matter of time before Kai Havertz makes an impact.

Signed for a massive £71million from Bayer Leverkusen, the German ace has failed to light up the game in his first two games in blue.

A rather quiet outing at the Amex Stadium was followed by the abject loss to Liverpool at the Bridge. He was taken off in the latter match at half time after Chelsea went down to 10 men.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes it is only a matter of time before Kai Havertz makes an impact.
Frank Lampard has backed Kai Havertz to excel for Chelsea

However, it can be argued that him being taken off against Liverpool was due to Andreas Christensen’s red card. In fact, he showed flashes of his ability in the first half when he attempted to set up Timo Werner. Unfortunately, the German shot wide with the score still at 0-0.

It was suggested by Jamie Carragher after the match that Lampard could struggle to find Havert’z best position.

The Blues boss is not worried and is confident that the 21-year-old will come into his own once he gets accustomed to the Premier League.

Chelsea signed Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen
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“He needs time, Kai Havertz. He trained just a few days before Brighton, again he’s had to recover and get ready for this game.”

Havertz occupied different positions in his first two games for Chelsea. The German played a deeper role against Brighton before starting in a central role up front against Liverpool.

His quality is undoubted and it is only a matter of time before we see the best of the 21-year-old.

Havertz was subbed off at half time against Liverpool
Havertz was subbed off at half time against Liverpool

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The loss to Liverpool was also a harsh lesson. While we may have strengthened the squad in the summer, it will take time for the players to be introduced and also gel together.

With 36 more games to go in the Premier League, there is much to be played for.

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Report – Real Madrid flop rejected Chelsea switch before Werner arrival

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Luka Jovic rejected a chance to join Chelsea earlier this summer

According to Spanish publication AS (h/t Football.london), Real Madrid ace Luka Jovic passed on the opportunity to join Chelsea earlier this window.

The Blues were one of several clubs keen on the Serbian before we decided to sign Timo Werner.

Apart from us, the likes of Napoli, Monaco, and AC Milan were also interested in signing the striker before he chose to stay at Real Madrid. (h/t The Sun)

Real Madrid ace Luka Jovic passed on the opportunity to join Chelsea earlier this window.
Luka Jovic rejected the chance to join Chelsea

The 22-year-old, who joined the Spanish giants last season, has found life in the Spanish capital difficult. He has struggled on the pitch and has scored just twice in 27 appearances last season.

This measly goal contribution of 0.16 per game at Real pales in comparison to the 0.60 per game he achieved at Eintracht Frankfurt.

He has also shown the undesirable trait of being embroiled in controversies off the pitch. He received a telling off from his country’s Prime Minister after he broke lockdown protocols to fly into Serbia for a birthday party.

Chelsea signed Timo Werner from RB Leipzig
Chelsea signed Timo Werner from RB Leipzig

Bringing in a striker was paramount for the Blues this summer. While Tammy Abraham started last season as the first-choice striker, Olivier Giroud proved his worth towards the end of the season.

With Werner now a Blue, we have a truly world-class striker to lead the line as we aim for the top.

Jovic has been embroiled in a number controversies
Jovic has been embroiled in a number controversies

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While Jovic is young and has the potential to be a prolific scorer, his off-the-field controversies are something that the club can do without.

Werner is yet to score a competitive goal for Chelsea. However, he has shown enough promise and hunger to show he can be a hit at Stamford Bridge.

We are glad to have got ourselves a player who does his talking on the pitch than off it.

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