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New PL manager keen to reunite with out-of-favour £100k-a-week Chelsea star

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Marcelo Bielsa keen to reunite with Michy Batshuayi at Leeds United

According to Het Laatste Nieuws (h/t The Express), Premier League newcomers Leeds United are readying a bid for out of favour Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.

The 26-year-old Belgian has been at Chelsea since 2016. He has, however, failed to make an impact and finds himself on the fringes of the first-team.

Batshuayi has made just 24 appearances this season and does not garner much confidence in manager Frank Lampard. Although his tally of six goals and two assists is not the worst, his performances have left much to be desired.

Premier League newcomers Leeds United are readying a bid for out of favour Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.
Batshuayi has no future at the club

Having started the season as the club’s second-choice striker behind Tammy Abraham, Batshuayi saw himself end the campaign further down the list.

With Timo Werner now at the club, the Belgian is at best Chelsea’s fourth choice. With just a year to go on his contract, the Blues will do well to recoup what they can for him this summer.

According to the report, he could make a fresh start at Leeds. Marcelo Bielsa is keen to reunite with the Belgian, having coached him earlier at Olympic Marseille.

Marcelo Bielsa is aware of Michy Batshuayi's strengths
Marcelo Bielsa is aware of Michy Batshuayi’s strengths

The Blues are also keen to end the association and have offered the player to the Championship winners. Batshuayi’s massive £100,000-a-week wages could however prove to be a stumbling block.

Yet another obstacle could prove to be the player’s love for London. Chelsea have however come to terms that they will not have to make a loss on a player they paid £33million for just four years ago.

As per the report, Leeds are weighing up a bid worth £22.6m. There is nothing concrete between both sides yet and it remains to be seen if an agreement can be reached upon.

Batshuayi will find opportunities hard to come by at Chelsea
Batshuayi will find opportunities hard to come by at Chelsea

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The writing was on the wall for Batshuayi even before the restart. The Belgian was largely sidelined during Chelsea’s preparations and was among the two players who were not allotted a shirt number.

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Chelsea chase Barcelona star Miralem Pjanic as Tuchel aims to bolster his midfield

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Transfer News: Chelsea chase Barcelona star Miralem Pjanic

According to transfer news from Sport Witness, Chelsea are keeping tabs on Miralem Pjanic in case Barcelona sell him. It has been said that Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman doesn’t have a lot of confidence in the Bosnian midfielder.

The 31-year-old is a product of Metz’s youth academy. After a season with the French outfit’s senior set-up, he moved to Lyon. He stayed there for three years and established himself. The midfielder then moved to Roma before joining Juventus in the summer of 2016.

Photo Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse July 26, 2020 Turin, Italy soccer Juventus Vs Sampdoria – Italian Football Championship League A TIM 2019/2020 – Allianz Stadium In the pic: Miralem Pjanic Juventus F.C.Fabio Quagliarella U.C. Sampdoria.

The Bosnian went on to become a world-class midfielder with the Italian champions, helping them win several trophies including three Serie A titles. He moved to Barcelona in a swap deal with Arthur heading the other way. However, he has not enjoyed the same level of success there.

Even though he looks to be struggling, there is genuine interest in the midfielder. Chelsea as well as Inter Milan have asked about him to Barcelona. Pjanic is considering his future at the club and while he believes that he can continue at the Catalan club, he is less so if Ronald Koeman continues.

January 17, 2021, Sevilla, SEVILLA, SPAIN: Miralem Pjanic of Barcelona during the Spanish SuperCup Final between Futbol Club Barcelona and Athletic Club Bilbao at La Cartuja Stadium on January 17, 2021 in Sevilla, Spain.

A decision on his future will be reached soon but it does look like he might head out on loan. This is not the first time Chelsea have been linked with Pjanic. Before joining Barca this season, he was a target for the Blues last summer.

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Nonetheless, Chelsea are willing to wait and sign him depending on how the situation goes. However, the interest looks quite puzzling in the sense that Chelsea have a few central midfielders already and bringing in a 31-year-old Pjanic hardly seems like a great idea.

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Chelsea interested in signing Alex Sandro by offering Emerson Palmieri in exchange

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Transfer News: Chelsea interested in signing Alex Sandro by offering Emerson Palmieri

According to transfer news from Calciomercato, Juventus are keen on selling Alex Sandro and Chelsea are interested in signing him by offering Emerson Palmieri.

Sandro has blown hot and cold during his Juventus career. Since making the move from Porto, he was a bright spark in Juve’s defence and attack. Capable of contributing to both ends, he quickly became a regular in the side under Max Allegri.

Italy: Serie A: Juventus vs Torino Alex Sandro of Juventus FC during the Serie A football match between Torino FC and Juventus. Sporting stadiums around Italy remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. The match ended 2-2, Turin, Italy.

However, he hasn’t shown much improvement in the last few seasons but is a regular part of the squad under Andrea Pirlo this season. He has hardly shown his attacking skills this season, something which he was known for. Hence, Juve are looking to revamp his position in the summer.

Chelsea already spent a fortune to sign Ben Chilwell this season. On Tuchel’s arrival though, the formation was switched and Marcos Alonso was installed as the wing-back. Despite that, the Blues are willing to spend money on another left-back. However, a price tag of around €25million has been demanded by Juve for Sandro. Chelsea are interested but they will offer their own left-back, Emerson, in a swap deal.

Barnsley v Chelsea FA Cup 11/02/2021. Fifth Round Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri 33 during the FA Cup 5th round match between Barnsley and Chelsea at Oakwell, Barnsley, England on 11 February 2021. Barnsley Oakwell South Yorkshire England.

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This deal hardly makes sense from Chelsea’s perspective. They already have two first-choice left wing-backs in Alonso and Chilwell, who is adjusting well to the new role. Swapping a third-choice for Sandro makes things even more complicated unless they let go of someone like Alonso.

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Chelsea ‘make an offer’ for Atletico Madrid star Jose Gimenez

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Transfer News: Chelsea have made an offer for Jose Maria Gimenez

According to transfer news from Sempre Milan, Chelsea have made an offer for Jose Maria Jimenez. Atletico are already looking for a replacement for the Uruguayan with the likes Alessio Romagnoli, Djene Dakonam and Stefan De Vrij being lined up.

Chelsea don’t necessarily need another central defender right now. The club already have a strong contingent from which Thomas Tuchel has used the likes of Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta. Kurt Zouma has had to wait for his chances while Fikayo Tomori was allowed to leave for AC Milan on loan.

Chelsea v Atletico Madrid – UEFA Champions League – Round of 16 – Second Leg – Stamford Bridge Atletico Madrid s Jose Maria Gimenez left and Chelsea s Timo Werner battle for the ball during the Champions League round of 16 second-leg match at Stamford Bridge, London. Picture date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

While Silva has had a great impact since arriving last summer, he will be 37 years old by the time the next season rolls on. Even Cesar Azpilicueta will need replacing at some point due to his age. That makes a good case for adding another solid centre-back to the side.

It’s not hard to see why Gimenez is among the names being considered by Chelsea. He is one of Diego Simeone’s trusted lieutenants, who plays a big part in their highly astute defensive structure. A no-nonsense defender, Gimenez is not someone who shies away from challenges.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Pressinphoto/Shutterstock 11853692bh Jose Gimenez of Atletico de Madrid Real Betis v Atletico de Madrid, LaLiga Santander, date 30. Football, Benito Villamarin Stadium, Sevilla, Spain – 11 APR 2021.

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Gimenez could be a vital addition to Chelsea’s already solid backline and help Thomas Tuchel mould the side in his way. While he won’t be easy to prise away, he can be a good long-term signing.

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Chelsea News: Tuchel close to agreeing a new contract at Stamford Bridge

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News: Thomas Tuchel close to new contract at Chelsea

According to news from Caught Offside, Thomas Tuchel is very close to agreeing on a new contract with Chelsea. The Blues are keen on the prospect of doing so with his current deal ending in 2022.

It’s hard to sometimes remember that Frank Lampard was in charge of the club halfway through the season. Such has been the impact of Tuchel since taking over in late January this year. From a side struggling to break into the top six to challenging for two trophies and top 4, the Blues have surely come a long way under the former PSG manager.

Chelsea s head coach Thomas Tuchel reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Chelsea FC and FC Porto at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Andalusia, Spain, 13 April 2021.

It was clear from the first game that Thomas Tuchel meant business and set about doing so. He changed the entire formation to a back three and deployed different tactics that made Chelsea a solid team than before. He brought back players frozen out by Lampard and threw them into the first team.

Chelsea are currently fourth in the league, close to securing a place in the Champions League and in the final of the FA Cup. Now that is no short of a wonder. To reward those efforts, Chelsea are planning to hand him a new contract that will extend his stay beyond 2022.

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With the work he has done in just three months, it’s hard to argue with Chelsea’s decision. He has completely transformed Chelsea from a wayward side to a side that can go toe-to-toe with Europe’s elite. Fans will no doubt be happy on hearing this.

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