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Frank Lampard provides update on the future of Chelsea midfield ace

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Frank Lampard confirms Ruben Loftus-Cheek could still leave on loan

As reported by Football.london, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed that midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek can still leave on loan, in spite of Ross Barkley’s temporary exit.

Barkley departed Chelsea, joining Aston Villa on loan for the rest of the 2020/21 campaign in search of regular football. And even though Chelsea will be a midfielder short as a result, Lampard insists that Loftus-Cheek could still leave on a temporary spell as well. (h/t Football.london)

“I spoke with Ruben last week and there is an angle of this where he needs to play regular football. Ruben can really contribute here, but if it feels like him going as well, then that’s something I’ll consider over the next few days.”

Gary Neville believes Chelsea will cahs in on midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek for around £25 million.
Loftus-Cheek wasn’t involved in the last four matches for Chelsea (Getty Images)

A product of the Blues’ youth academy, Loftus-Cheek has shown plenty of promise in his fledgeling career so far. The midfielder has racked up 82 senior appearances for the club till date, scoring 12 goals in the process.

However, injuries meant he hardly featured last season. And following the recruitment of Kai Havertz this summer, the England international’s chances are likely to take a further hit this campaign.

Indeed, the 24-year-old has not been part of the matchday squad for the last four games in all competitions, after having started the season opener against Brighton.

And even though Barkley has left, with Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount and Havertz still ahead of him in the pecking order, things are unlikely to improve for Loftus-Cheek.

Ross Barkley of Chelsea
Ross Barkley has left Chelsea for Aston Villa on a loan deal

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So, a loan switch for a season would be the best option in front of him. More so, considering that sitting on the bench at Chelsea would affect his chances of making it to the England squad for the European Championships next summer.

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Fikayo Tomori could help Chelsea in the race for £38m Nikola Milenkovic

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Nikola Milenkovic of Fiorentina is a transfer target for Liverpool, Manchester United, and Chelsea.

Transfer News: Chelsea keen on a deal for Nikola Milenkovic

According to transfer news from SempreMilan, Chelsea are keen on a deal for Nikola Milenkovic. The Blues will face competition from the likes of Manchester United and AC Milan for the Fiorentina man’s signature.

His contract at the Serie A clubs expires in the summer of 2022, which means he could be a free agent by the time the 2022 summer transfer window arrives. However, Fiorentina have been told that there are no plans to renew his current deal and he wants to take on a new challenge.

Nikola Milenkovic in action for Fiorentina. (imago Images)
Nikola Milenkovic in action for Fiorentina. (imago Images)

This is why they could be open to parting ways with the Serbian international this summer itself. Any Chelsea move for the 23-year-old, however, rests on one Chelsea loanee.

If AC Milan make Fikayo Tomori’s deal permanent, they are unlikely to chase Milenkovic anymore, leaving Chelsea to battle only Manchester United for him.

He is an immovable part of the La Viola line-up this season where he has made 28 Serie A appearances, even grabbing 3 goals and an assist in that time. The Serbian is priced at £38m, which is relatively on the higher end given the current situation.

Firenze 07/03/2021 – campionato di calcio serie A / Fiorentina-Parma / foto Image nella foto: Nikola Milenkovic.

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However, with AC Milan all but set to sign Tomori on a permanent deal, the Blues could recycle the funds towards Milenkovic. A solid defender by all means, he could be a long-term addition to the side.

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Transfer News: Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea and join Inter Milan

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud in action. (GETTY Images)

Transfer News: Olivier Giroud could leave Chelsea and join Inter Milan

According to transfer news from SempreInter, Olivier Giroud could leave Chelsea at the end of the season and reunite with Antonio Conte at Inter Milan. The Italian club are looking to replace fourth choice striker Andrea Pinamonti and Giroud is one of the options being considered.

The 34-year-old Giroud has been with Chelsea since January 2018 when he sealed a transfer from Arsenal. The veteran forward has been a handy player for the Blues, chipping in with vital goals on a consistent basis.

So far this term, Giroud has racked up a tally of 11 goals from 26 matches in all competitions, scoring some important goals, especially in the UEFA Champions League. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Sport Bilder des Tages Atletico Madrid v Chelsea UEFA Champions League Olivier Giroud of Chelsea scores their first goal during the UEFA Champions League match at Arena Nationala, Bucharest.

However, the Frenchman’s future at the club is far from certain as he is in the final few months of his contract. Indeed, Giroud’s current deal with Chelsea runs out at the end of the season, which has led to interest from a host of clubs in Italy.

Apparently, Inter manager Antonio Conte is looking to add another reliable striker to his ranks as a backup to Lautaro Martinez, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez. Hence they have zeroed in on Giroud who has previously worked under Conte at Chelsea.

Chelsea s Olivier Giroud with Antonio Conte during the FA Cup Fifth Round match at Stamford Bridge Stadium, London. Picture date 16th February 2018. Picture credit should read: David Klein/Sportimage.

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Giroud has been a very useful squad player. Even at 34, the Frenchman adds a lot of value to the side but has become a bit-part player in recent weeks. So, there is a good chance he could reunite with Conte at Inter should he decide not to renew with Chelsea come the end of the season.

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Chelsea to swap Emerson Palmieri for Juve star Alex Sandro

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Transfer News: Emerson Palmieri – Alex Sandro swap deal could be on the cards for Chelsea

According to transfer news from Football Italia, Chelsea could offer Emerson Palmieri in a swap deal for Alex Sandro. Thomas Tuchel remains a fan of the player while Juventus are keen to offload him. On the other hand, Emerson has often expressed his desire to return to Italy.

There were exit links in January 2020 but Frank Lampard refused to sanction a sale. Emerson has been underused ever since Lampard took over and the arrival of Ben Chilwell did nothing to help that cause.

When Alonso fell out of favour, Emerson was given sporadic chances. However, on Tuchel’s appointment, Alonso was straightaway restored as the first-choice wing-back, with even Ben Chilwell struggling for game time.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Dave Shopland/IPS/Shutterstock 11824144bl Ben Chilwell of Chelsea hugs Christian Pulisic of Chelsea and Emerson of Chelsea as he celebrates his strike at goal being deflected off Oliver Norwood of Sheffield United into the back of the net to make it 1-0 Chelsea v Sheffield United, FA Cup, Football, Stamford Bridge, London, UK – 21 Mar 2021.

Emerson has struggled massively to get any sort of game time this season and an exit has been mooted. The Italian has been linked with a move to Juventus, Inter Milan or Napoli. As for Sandro, Juventus want to get rid of his €6m-per-season wages.

With Emerson returning from abroad, he would be able to take advantage of tax cuts and that in turn can help Juve who would then have to shell out half of what they did on Sandro. The Brazilian is a decent full-back to have but he has not shown much progress in the last few seasons.

FC Porto v Juventus FC Champions League 17/02/2021. Juventus Alex Sandro in action during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Porto and Juventus FC at Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal on 17 February 2021.

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Given his age and experience, Emerson should be playing week in week out. That is clearly impossible at Chelsea due to the presence of Alonso and Chilwell. However, this swap deal hardly makes sense for Chelsea given Sandro would be joining the club in a position that is already stocked.

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Aston Villa to pass up on Ross Barkley but West Ham show interest

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Transfer News: Aston Villa to pass up on Ross Barkley, West Ham show interest

According to transfer news from TEAMtalk, Aston Villa are willing to pass up on a permanent deal for Ross Barkley but West Ham have shown interest.

Villa have reportedly told Chelsea they don’t intend to keep Barley. However, David Moyes has added the player to his transfer wishlist for next season.

Barkley joined Chelsea in January 2018 from boyhood club Everton. Despite showing glimpses of his innate ability, the England international wasn’t able to nail down a spot for himself in the lineup at Stamford Bridge.

Following the arrivals of Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz last summer, Barkley sought to leave the club on loan in order to play regularly.

Ross Barkley in action for Chelsea. (GETTY Images)
Ross Barkley in action for Chelsea. (GETTY Images)

To that end, he secured a loan move to Aston Villa. Barkley made a fine start to life at Villa Park, playing a key role in their strong beginning to the campaign.

However, over the course of the season, has form has declined greatly with intermittent injury problems making things worse. The 27-year-old has now become pretty much an afterthought for Villa manager Dean Smith.

With the season fast approaching its end, Barkley will soon be back at Chelsea, where his chances are unlikely to improve a great deal. Amidst this limbo, he could be offered an escape route by a familiar face in David Moyes.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jed Leicester/BPI/Shutterstock 11850772i David Moyes West Ham United Manager talks to the media in a pre-match interview West Ham United v Leicester City, Premier League, Football, The London Stadium, London, UK – 11 Apr 2021.

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It was under Moyes that Barkley broke through at Everton and the Scotsman is said to be a fan of his former ward. Currently managing West Ham, he could explore the possibility of signing Barkley if an opportunity presents itself.

A transfer away from Chelsea could be the ideal way forward for Ross Barkley with the Blues also keen to get the midfielder off their books.

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