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Out-of-favour Chelsea star ready to take pay cut to end Stamford Bridge nightmare

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Chelsea star Kepa Arrizabalaga ready to take a pay cut to end Stamford Bridge stay

According to The Sun, Kepa Arrizabalaga is ready to take a pay cut and end his nightmare stay at Chelsea.

Much was expected of the Spaniard when the Blues broke the bank to bring him to the Bridge in 2018. Despite a decent debut season, he has regressed.

A number of errors last season saw him get relegated to the bench in favour of Willy Caballero. Although he did retain his spot in the starting XI, it did not last long. Frank Lampard once again brought Caballero back into the line-up towards the end of the season.

 Kepa Arrizabalaga is ready to take a pay cut and end his nightmare stay at Chelsea.
Kepa Arrizabalaga could leave Chelsea on loan in January

Kepa’s errors against Brighton and Liverpool this season saw his stock fall even lower. Since then, Edouard Mendy has come in and has made the starting spot his.

The Senegalese international has put to rest the ghosts of Chelsea’s goalkeeping mistakes and rejuvenated the defence.

Kepa’s horrors have seen him drop down the pecking order even at the international level. He is now behind David de Gea and Unai Simon for Luis Enrique’s Spain side.

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

Chasing a dream

With him in the wilderness for both club and country, the player is currently at the crossroads of his career.

With both teams flourishing in his absence, the player is convinced that his future now lies away from Chelsea. He is ready to move on loan and also lower his £150,000-a-week wages to try to revive his fortunes.

Kepa has also fallen down the pecking order for Spain
Kepa has also fallen down the pecking order for Spain

Kepa acknowledges he must be playing first-team football to stand any hope of making Spain’s Euro 2020 squad. He dreams of playing in Spain’s group game against Slovakia at the home of former club Athletic Bilbao in June.

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Kepa was assured in the summer that he still had a future at the club. While it may still be the case, he will have to improve dramatically to lay any claim for a starting spot.

Moreover, Mendy looks assured and is in no mood to relinquish his spot in the line-up. A move away from Chelsea might be the best solution for all parties involved.

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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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