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Chelsea earmark surprise choice to replace under-fire Lampard



Chelsea line up Andriy Shevchenko to replace Frank Lampard

According to Le10Sport via RT (h/t, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is lining up Andriy Shevchenko to replace Frank Lampard.

The Blues boss has been under pressure following a poor run of games of late. Chelsea have won just one of their last six Premier League games, ceding ground in the title race.

The poor run of form despite considerable summer investment has seen questions raised regarding Lampard’s ability to lead the team forward. The difficulties faced by Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have done little to assuage faith in the Chelsea manager.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is lining up Andriy Shevchenko to replace Frank Lampard.
Andriy Shevchenko is emerging as a surprise candidate to replace Frank Lampard at Chelsea

As things stand, Lampard retains the faith of the Chelsea board for now. However, he will have to turn our fortunes around quickly.

There is only so much leeway that last season’s promise and his legendary status can afford him. For a trigger-happy owner such as Abramovich, results come first.

Shevchenko is a good friend of Abramovic and his son plays for the Chelsea academy. He has been in charge of the Ukraine national team since 2016.

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The 44-year-old has a mixed record in his 41 games as Ukraine manager. He has led them to 21 wins and 11 defeats during this time. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Shevchenko famously led his country to a 2-1 win over European Champions Portugal en route to qualifying for this summer’s Euros.

The former Blues star is a surprising choice considering the names available in the market. Both Thomas Tuchel and Max Allegri are more accomplished tacticians and are unattached at the moment. (h/t Express)

Frank Lampard is highly critical of the Premier League schedule in the festive period and places some blame on the broadcasters. (GETTY Images)
Frank Lampard will have to turn around our fortunes quick (Getty Images)

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One of the greatest strikers of his generation, Shevchenko enjoyed mixed success as a player at Chelsea. There is always the risk that he could repeat the same as a manager.

The Blues are better off bringing in someone with more experience and ability. Shevchenko has done scant little to showcase he has what it takes to lead us to glory.

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Jose Mourinho wants Chelsea star Kurt Zouma at AS Roma



Kurt Zouma endured a disappointing game (GETTY Images)

Chelsea Transfer News: Jose Mourinho wants Kurt Zouma at AS Roma

According to transfer news from TEAMtalk, Jose Mourinho wants Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma at AS Roma. The Portuguese will soon take over at Roma and wants the former player at his new club.

Kurt Zouma was one of the signings Mourinho made when he returned for his second spell at Chelsea. The Frenchman was tipped as a talented defender with the potential to grow. However, he was sent on a couple of loan spells before finally making the cut at Chelsea.

Kurt Zouma of Chelsea during the Premier League behind closed doors match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge, London, England on 3 April 2021. PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUK Copyright: xVincexMignottx PMI-4093-0038

While Chelsea started with a back four this season, Frank Lampard used Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva as his first-choice pairing. However, once Tuchel took over, he switched to a back three and brought back the likes of Azpilicueta and Rudiger. That left Zouma on the benches for most of the games.

Now, Zouma could be rescued by Mourinho as the pair could reunite at Mourinho’s new club. Roma appointed him for next season and the former Chelsea manager wants to sign Zouma again. Mourinho has always held Zouma in high regard and even tried to sign him at Manchester United and Spurs.

Zouma could be reunited with Mourinho. (Image Credit – Google)

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With so many centre-backs at Chelsea’s disposal and their intention to sign another, it wouldn’t be an entirely bad option to consider a possible approach by Roma. Chelsea can offload a fringe player and also get some cash to reinvest in the side.

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Chelsea keeping tabs on 24-year-old Bayern Munich star to replace Pulisic



Transfer News: Chelsea keeping tabs on Kingsley Coman

According to transfer news from Daily Mail (h/t The Sun), Chelsea are keeping tabs on Kingsley Coman. Questions have been asked about Christian Pulisic’s future and the Blues see Coman as a direct replacement for the American. Manchester United are also said to be after Coman.

Chelsea’s interest in the 24-year-old is not new. They wanted him in 2019 when Bayern were after Callum Hudson-Odoi. Nonetheless, no transfer materialised during that time. Even after that, Chelsea kept tabs on the Frenchman and they still do now.

UEFA Champions League SS Lazio VS Bayern Muenchen – 2021/02/23 ROME, ITALY, FEB 23: Kingsley Coman of Bayern München in action during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Lazio Roma and Bayern München at Olimpico Stadium on February 23, 2021 in Rome, Italy. Bayern München won the match 4-1.

Coming to the Pulisic situation, Thomas Tuchel has puzzlingly omitted the American from quite a few matchdays and given him lesser game time than he would have liked. That has led to Pulisic seeking more assurances over playing time.

Coman, however, is perhaps the best candidate to replace Pulisic. He has expressed a desire to play in England also. Another reason for going after Coman is the sheer amount of experience and winning mentality that he brings with him, having won a host of trophies at Bayern, including the Champions League last season.

“For me it is the most interesting league in the world. But I am thinking of the next three years and I can only see myself at Bayern. My career is just starting so you never know. But England has a league where every player would like to play.”

Kingsley Coman is a target for Chelsea

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Chelsea may have a decent crop of attackers at their disposal. However, the addition of a world-class winger like Coman would be huge. Not only would he bolster the attack, but he also comes with a winning mentality that can benefit the club all ends if someone like Christian Pulisic were to depart.

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Transfer News: Inter Milan and Lazio keen on signing Chelsea star Olivier Giroud



Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud in action. (GETTY Images)

Transfer News: Inter Milan and Lazio interested in Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud

According to transfer news from Calciomercato, Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is wanted by Inter Milan and Lazio. The Frenchman has garnered interest from Italy and the two aforementioned sides want the forward on a free transfer.

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 28 matches in all competitions, scoring some important goals, especially in the UEFA Champions League. (h/t Transfermarkt)

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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.

Lazio and Inter Milan have shown interest in the striker. A move to Inter would see the player reunite with former boss Antonio Conte who managed the player in 2018. Inter have also previously expressed interest in signing Giroud.

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: 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 or even head to Lazio should he decide not to renew with Chelsea come the end of the season.

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Transfer News: Atletico Madrid interested in Chelsea star Timo Werner



Werner has now gone 14 games without a goal

Transfer News: Atletico Madrid interested in Chelsea ace Timo Werner

According to transfer news from TRANSFERmarketWEB, struggling Chelsea forward Timo Werner is a target for Atletico Madrid. The Spanish side are also keen on a swap deal that would see Saul Niguez go the other way.

Timo Werner might have scored one of the most important goals for Chelsea this season when he headed home into an empty net. That is his only goal from open play in the Champions League this season so far. Despite only joining the club this season, he has failed to match his previously high standards.

Sport Bilder des Tages Chelsea v Real Madrid – UEFA Champions League – Semi Final – Second Leg – Stamford Bridge Chelsea s Timo Werner scores their side s first goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match at Stamford Bridge, London. Picture date: Wednesday May 5, 2021.

It has been an all too familiar sight of Werner missing chance after chance. The German striker missed another glorious opportunity to get an important away goal against Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final. Prior to this, Werner squandered an easy chance in the West Ham game.

Despite that, Werner’s reputation as a striker appears not to have diminished as Atletico Madrid are planning to bring him in through a swap deal. The swap would see Spanish midfielder Saul Niguez move to Stamford Bridge.

ESP: Atletico de Madrid-Huesca. La Liga Santander. Saul Niguez of Atletico de Madridduring the La Liga match between Atletico de Madrid and SD Huesca played at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on April 22, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. Copyright: xRubenxAlbarranx/xPRESSINPHOTOx RA_210422_104

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While letting go of Werner after just one season might seem premature, one can’t help but look at the upsides of this deal. Saul is a world-class midfielder to get in return for Werner who is not having the best of times in front of goal. Plus, Chelsea are already looking at signing a new striker for next season thereby filling the numbers in attack.

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