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Lampard backs under-fire star as £23m new signing edges closer to arrival

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Kepa Arrizabalaga was unconvincing for Chelsea

Frank Lampard expresses support to Kepa Arrizabalaga as Edouard Mendy nears transfer

According to the Express, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard declared that he is happy with under-fire goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Spaniard returned to the starting line-up for our season opener to Brighton at the Amex Stadium. He had been relegated to the bench in the final few games last season.

Kepa made a couple of good stops but failed to prevent Leandro Trossard from equalizing in the second half. Thankfully, goals from Reece James and Kurt Zouma turned the ride in our favour.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard declared that he is happy with under-fire goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was happy with Kepa Arrizabalaga (Image Credits: Getty Images)

The Spaniard did struggle at times while coming to claim set-pieces and in showing authority inside the box. With Rennes star Edouard Mendy closing in on a switch to the Bridge, Kepa cannot afford to slack off.

According to the report, Mendy will compete with Kepa for the starting position rather than serve as his understudy.

The 28-year-old was in London on Monday to undergo a medical ahead of a deal that could rise to as much as £23million.

Edouard Mendy is closing in on a Chelsea transfer (Image Credits: Getty Images)

Trossard’s goal was the 19th time that Kepa has let in a shot from outside the area since joining Chelsea.

Lampard backed his goalkeeper and pointed out that he could have hardly done anything more to stop the goal.

“I’m not sure if he could’ve done any better but I saw a bit more confidence in how he was playing.”

The Blues boss also hinted at incoming competition for his number one. Hopefully, it will push the Spaniard to hit the heights we know he is capable of.

“I’m happy with him, Kepa is here, he is our keeper and I am happy with him. If we are bringing in competition, it will be competition.”

Kepa failed to stop Trossard’s shot at Brighton

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Chelsea next face champions Liverpool in their first home game of the season at the Bridge. It will be an early test as to how far we have come since last season.

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Report: Chelsea still remain interested in £27m-rated Serie A star

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Chelsea still keen on Udinese goalkeeper Juan Musso

According to Italian outlet Mundo Udinese via Sport Witness (h/t Daily Star), Chelsea are still interested in Udinese goalkeeper Juan Musso, in spite of having signed Edouard Mendy in the summer.

The 26-year-old Musso came through the ranks at Racing Club in his homeland Argentina. After 34 first-team appearances, the custodian was snapped up by Udinese in the summer of 2018.

Since moving to Italy, Musso has racked up 76 appearances for Le Zebrette managing to secure 23 clean sheets in the process. The one-time capped Argentine international has featured in eight games this term, keeping two shut-outs.

Chelsea still interested in Juan Musso (Getty Images)
Chelsea still interested in Juan Musso (Getty Images)

The report claims that Musso had registered on the radars of Chelsea earlier this year when Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero were struggling to nail down a place in the first-team.

However, the club did not pursue the Argentine in the summer. Instead, we ended up signing Edouard Mendy from Ligue 1 side Rennes. And the 28-year-old Senegalese has been a huge hit at the Bridge.

In 12 games across all competitions, Mendy has managed a highly-impressive nine clean sheets. With him in the side, the Chelsea defence has massively improved this season.

However, that hasn’t stopped Chelsea from monitoring Musso, who could be sold in the next summer transfer window. (h/t Daily Star)

Edouard Mendy has been spectacular for Chelsea
Edouard Mendy has been spectacular for Chelsea

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With the club understood to be ready to part ways with Kepa and Caballero touching 40, a new goalkeeper could be needed once the season ends.

And Musso, who is valued at around €30m (£27m), could be an intriguing option for the club to consider.

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Chelsea loanee outlines ‘ultimate dream’ to make it big at Stamford Bridge

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Ike Ugbo keen on forcing his way into Chelsea first-team setup

Speaking to Sport/Foot magazine (h/t Mirror), Chelsea youngster Ike Ugbo, who is currently on loan at Cercle Brugge, has claimed that he wants to force his way into the Blues’ first-team.

The 22-year-old striker has been with the Chelsea academy since 2007 and has risen through the ranks, impressing for the Under-18s as well as the Under-23s.

In 15 games for the Chelsea U-18 side, Ugbo has scored ten goals, while he has 15 strikes to his name in 34 gmaes for the U-23s. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Ike Ugbo is currently on loan at Cercle Brugge (Getty Images)
Ike Ugbo is currently on loan at Cercle Brugge (Getty Images)

However, he has never made a first-team appearance for us and instead, has been farmed out on loan constantly. Ugbo, till date, has had temporary stints at Barnsley, MK Dons, Scunthorpe United and Roda JC before signing for Cercle Brugge this past summer.

Since joining the Belgian outfit, Ugbo has fared quite well, racking up seven goals in 12 appearances. Cercle have an option to sign him for €5m, but the London-born centre-forward is determined to carve out a place for himself at the Bridge. (h/t Mirror)

“I’m a true Londoner and, in my eyes, Chelsea will always be the biggest club in the capital. Chelsea would be the ultimate dream. As a kid, I admired Didier Drogba and John Terry. It’s up to me to prove that I’m ready for an eventual return.”

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Ike Ugbo wishes to make it big at Chelsea (Getty Images)

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Under Frank Lampard we’ve seen the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Reece James grow into key first-team players at the club. And there is no reason why Ugbo can’t do that himself, if he keeps up performing on loan.

With Olivier Giroud’s contract up in the summer, we will be in need of a new centre-forward and if the 22-year-old enjoys a strong season at Cercle, the club might not have to look elsewhere.

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Defensive duo on the firing line as Lampard plans January clear-out

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Frank Lampard manager of Chelsea celebrates his teams victory over Spurs during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on February 22, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Chelsea to part ways with Emerson Palmieri or Marcos Alonso in January

According to Goal (h/t Football.london), Chelsea manager Frank Lampard could be set to part with either Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri in the January transfer window.

The Blues are coming off a brilliant summer window that saw them address key deficiencies in the squad.

Signing Ben Chilwell has proven to be a masterstroke, with the Englishman now the club’s undisputed choice at left-back. With both Emerson and Alonso now moving down a notch, one of them is expendable come the new year.

Ben Chilwell is an injury worry for Chelsea
Ben Chilwell is the first choice left-back at Chelsea

Both players have hardly featured all season for the Blues. While Emerson appears to be above Alonso in the pecking order, he has made just one brief appearance in the Premier League.

Emerson nearly moved to Juventus last summer. However, the deal fell through as the deadline approached. Serie A giants Inter Milan are also interested in securing his services.

Alonso too has hardly fared much better. The Spaniard had a falling out with Lampard after West Brom fiasco and has not featured since.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard could be set to part with either Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri in the January transfer window.
Emerson Palmieri (Left) is attracting attention from Serie-A

With neither player playing a key role in the squad this season, offloading one wouldn’t affect us adversely.

As things stand, it would appear that Alonso is the one who does not have a future at the club. He is yet to feature for us since September and the club has not missed him at all.

Emerson meanwhile appears to be the one attracting suitors and could fetch us better value. What the club decides to do remains to be seen.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard could be set to part with either Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri in the January transfer window.
Marcos Alonso has not played for the club since September

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Chelsea are enjoying a fine run of form with players stepping up several notches. With both quality and strength in depth at his disposal, Lampard has what it takes to launch a determined title bid.

The Blues next face Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United at Stamford Bridge. Fans will be back in attendance for the first time since March.

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Serie A giants interested in signing highly-rated 19-year-old Chelsea wonderkid

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Juventus interested in signing Chelsea wonderkid Billy Gilmour

A report by Italian outlet CalcioMercato (h/t Mirror) claims that Serie A giants Juventus are interested in signing Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour.

The report also outlines the fact that Juventus have been keeping a tab on Billy Gilmour since last season when the youngster broke into the Chelsea first-team.

The 19-year-old Scottish midfielder’s progress at the club was temporarily halted by an injury, which he has recently recovered from.

Gilmour is expected to be integrated into the Chelsea first-team soon as he has featured for Chelsea and Scotland’s youth teams in recent weeks.

Billy Gilmour made his first senior appearance for Chelsea this season as he came on against Sevilla on Wednesday. (GETTY Images)
Billy Gilmour made his first senior appearance for Chelsea this season as he came on against Sevilla on Wednesday. (GETTY Images)

His contract runs until the summer of 2023, but he has still been the subject of interest of Juventus recently. (h/t Mirror)

However, the report states that intermediaries are already working to make a move happen for Billy Gilmour to Juventus in the January transfer window.

The Scotsman made his first appearance for Chelsea’s senior team this year after he came on for the last 5 minutes of the 4-0 win vs Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

However, Gilmour would not expect his path back into the Chelsea team to be as easy as it was last season, where he made 11 appearances for the Blues.

Gilmour played in 11 matches for the Chelsea first team last season. (GETTY Images)
Gilmour played in 11 matches for the Chelsea first team last season. (GETTY Images)

Frank Lampard signed a flurry of players in the summer transfer window. Chelsea also already have a stable midfield trio of N’golo Kante, Jorginho, and Matteo Kovacic.

However, the youngster can still hope to make cameo appearances and rare starts as Chelsea face a congested fixture list.

Losing a young and talented midfielder like Billy Gilmour makes no sense for Chelsea, but the move could be beneficial if it’s a loan deal. The experience that he could garner at another top club like Juventus would be immense.

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