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Chelsea facing a struggle in efforts to sell these five players as a part of January clear-out



Chelsea keen to trim their squad in the January transfer window

Chelsea enjoyed an excellent summer that saw them bring in a number of key first-team players.

This has seen the squad bloat, necessitating a trim in the upcoming January transfer window. However, it is easier said than done.

According to The Express, Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia could have her transfer acumen tested in her efforts to sell off the deadwood at the club.

Chelsea Chief Marina Granovskaia could have her transfer acumen tested in her efforts to sell off the deadwood at the club.
Chelsea will find it hard to get rid of Kepa Arrizabalaga (GETTY Images)

While there are quie a few names on the chopping block, five names are set to present the Blues with the biggest challenge.

Unsurprisingly, Kepa Arrizabalaga is on the list after losing his starting spot to Edouard Mendy. However, with him currently netting a salary of £190,000 per week and with four and a half years on his Blues contract, moving him on will not be easy.

Both Andreas Christensen and Marcos Alonso could be on their way out. While the former has slipped down the pecking order, the latter appears to have lost favour with Frank Lampard. Christensen also has no intention of leaving the club.

Marcos Alonso
Marcos Alonso and Frank lampard have had a falling out

Two other names on the list are that of Danny Drinkwater and Baba Rahman. The duo has hardly featured for Chelsea and fans can be forgiven for not knowing they were still at the club.

The duo was also available in the summer window. However, no club came forward to take them. With them not having played for us since it is difficult to imagine the interest in them in January.

Danny Drinkwater of Chelsea
Danny Drinkwater joined Chelsea in 2017

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All five players represent a different challenge that Granovskaia will need to overcome. She has in recent windows enhanced her reputation as an astute recruiter.

Selling these five players will put that name to the test.

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Chelsea receive a boost in the race for talented young Bundesliga starlet



Chelsea receive a boost to sign Ibrahima Konate

According to Christian Falk of BILD (h/t, Chelsea have received a boost in their pursuit of Ibrahima Konate. The Blues are said to be ahead of others because of Thomas Tuchel’s assistant Zsolt Low, who has a prior association with the Leipzig defender.

It’s not that Chelsea overly require a new central defender. The club already boast of a strong contingent from which Thomas Tuchel has used the likes of Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta. We sent Fikayo Tomori on loan as well as having Kurt Zouma on the side.

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. So adding another elite centre-back would serve the club well.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 31: (L – R) Timo Werner, Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea prepare for a corner kick during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge on January 31, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The 21-year-old Konate has been with Leipzig since 2017, having joined from boyhood club FC Sochaux. During his time at the Saxony-based outfit, Konate has grown into a promising young centre-back with loads of potential.

It is now believed that Zsolt Low, who is Tuchel’s assistant, could help Chelsea in their bid to convince Konate to move to the Bridge. Low worked with the youngster when he was the assistant manager under Ralf Rangnick and Ralph Hasenhuttl at Leipzig. Falk spoke about the connection between Konate and Low.

SINSHEIM, GERMANY – DECEMBER 16: Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig in action during the Bundesliga match between TSG Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig at PreZero-Arena on December 16, 2020 in Sinsheim, Germany. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images)

‘The focus is very much on Konate in Leipzig at the moment. I’ve heard that Chelsea would like to get him. They would like to have him, and Tuchel is learning from Zsolt Low because he knows Konate from their time at Leipzig.’

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Falk believes that this connection could help Chelsea get a boost in their pursuit and it was good for Tuchel. It remains to be seen how the Blues take advantage of this situation to prise away one of the best, emerging centre-backs in Europe.

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Tuchel increasingly keen on signing 25-year-old Bundesliga star for Chelsea



Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel extremely keen on signing Niklas Sule

According to Munich based publication Abendzietung (h/t The Express), Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is increasingly keen on signing Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule.

The German manager took over at Chelsea from Frank Lampard last month. He is unbeaten as Blues boss and has led the club back into the top four.

Despite the season being far from done, it would appear that Tuchel is already planning his summer moves. High on his wishlist is the Bayern defender who is a force to reckon with.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is increasingly keen on signing Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule.
Thomas Tuchel is keen for Chelsea to sign Niklas Sule (Photo by Visionhaus)

The 25-year-old is one of the best players at Bayern and is their defensive rock at the back. With Jerome Boateng not getting any younger, Sule can be considered the future of the Die Roten rearguard.

A towering presence at the back, Sule is also an incredible athlete with pace to burn. An all-rounder, it is clear to see why Tuchel wants him at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues backline has improved but still has some ways to go before being called formidable. There are few better players than Sule to do just that.

A hard sell!

The German international for his part is settled in Munich and shares a good relationship with Hansi Flick. With Bayern looking set to add to last season’s heroics, there is little reason for him to leave.

Sule is an all action player excellent in several aspects
Sule is an all action player excellent in several aspects

Sule has made 24 appearances for the Bundesliga giants this season, scoring two goals. His ability to offer a threat on set -pieces adds to his value. (h/t Transfermarkt)

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With David Alaba on his way out and Jerome Boateng also out of contract next summer, Bayern face a summer of rebuild.

Having already signed Dayot Upamecano, it makes little sense for them to sell Sule. The duo together is a frightening pairing on paper.

Whether a breakthrough can be achieved remains to be seen. Securing Sule would be nothing short of a coup for Chelsea.

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Report: Prolific European star sends transfer message amidst Chelsea interest



Erling Haaland teases potential transfer as Chelsea continue to keep tabs on him

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland. The Norwegian is one of the best young talents in world football.

A serial scorer, he looks at home at the top level despite his tender age of 21. A prolific scorer at RB Salzburg, he moved to Dortmund in January 2020.

Haaland has since gone on to further improve his game and has racked up amazing numbers. He has so far scored 41 goals and made 10 assists in just 42 games for the German side. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Erling Haaland celebrates after scoring for Borussia Dortmund. (GETTY Images)
Erling Haaland celebrates after scoring for Borussia Dortmund. (GETTY Images)

Haaland scored twice and assisted another against Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, further cementing his spot as a player to watch.

According to The Mirror, Haaland refused to rule out a move away and professed to be happy at garnering the attention of multiple top sides.

“It’s always nice when someone wants you.”

Chelsea will however have to contend with competition from Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool for his signature. It is fair to say that there is the potential for a bidding war to take place.

Erling Haaland teases potential transfer as Chelsea continue to keep tabs on him
Signing Erling Haaland would be a coup for Chelsea (AFP via Getty Images)

Haaland has a £66.6m release clause in his Dortmund contract. But this does not become active until the end of the 2021-22 season. By waiting that long, we run the risk of another team trumping us to his signature.

Dortmund meanwhile value the player at £100m and could be open to a deal this summer. With a defensive rebuild also needed, it remains to be seen if Chelsea are willing to sanction such a deal for the Norwegian.

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Haaland and Kylian Mbappe represent the upcoming superstars of tomorrow. Securing one of them would be a massive coup for Chelsea and would send a message to our rivals that we mean business.

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“A nasty one” – Chelsea star opens up on his difficult return from serious long-term injury



Callum Hudson-Odoi linked with a move to Bayern Munich again.

Chelsea ace Callum Hudson-Odoi opens up on his recovery from long-term injury

Speaking to the club’s official site (h/t, Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has opened up on his recovery from what could have been a potentially nasty Achilles Tendon injury.

The Blues starlet spent 141 days out of action in 2019 from an injury that most players dread. Thankfully, he was able to make a full recovery and has since returned to the first-team fold.

The 20-year-old missed 11 games and spent the summer of 2019 recuperating. While it may have been frustrating for him to go through it, he believes the Chelsea staff ensured they got his recovery right.

“That injury was definitely a nasty one for me as it took me a very, very long time to recover.”

Chelsea ace Callum Hudson-Odoi successfully recovered from a ruptured Achilles Tendon injury
Chelsea ace Callum Hudson-Odoi successfully recovered from a ruptured Achilles Tendon injury

Back to his best!

Hudson-Odoi was keen to return to the fitness levels he showed before his injury and feels he has achieved that. It hasn’t been an easy road and the player had support around him to ensure he did what was needed.

“I’ve been working really hard off the pitch to try and get all my muscle and strength back and to get everything to how it was before I got my injury. Everyone has done superbly trying to get me back as quick as possible and I feel like I’m back to where I was.”

It was Hudson-Odoi’s first major injury and thankfully, he came out of it well. The setback came at a point when he was establishing himself in the senior side. He may have had to wait a while, but is now back in the fold, impressing as we all knew he would.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was a target for Bayern Munich (Getty Images)
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been deployed as a wingback by Tuchel (Getty Images)

Primarily a winger, Hudson -Odoi has been deployed as a wing-back by new manager Thomas Tuchel. Whether this represents a unique opportunity for the player to discover a new strength remains to be seen.

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The youngster’s injury was serious enough for the club and the fans to be worried about. Thankfully, with time and proper treatment, he has managed to overcome the hurdle and rekindle his career. Just 20, he still has a long way to go in his career.

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