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La Liga giants earmark Chelsea veteran star as surprise January target

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Frank Lampard praised "ultimate professional" Olivier Giroud after he scored 4 goals against Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday. (GETTY Images)

Chelsea star Olivier Giroud among those touted to replace Luka Jovic at Real Madrid

According to AS, Chelsea star Olivier Giroud is among the names Real Madrid could look at to strengthen their attack.

The La Liga giants are struggling for goals and are overdependent on Karim Benzema. The Frenchman is the club’s top scorer with 12 strikes this season, three times that of second-placed Casemiro and Luke Modric.(h/t BBC)

With Luke Jovic returning to Eintracht Frankfurt on loan, Zinedine Zidane has only Benzema and Mariano as recognised strikers. Bringing in a new striker would certainly reduce the burden on Benzema.

Chelsea star Olivier Giroud is among the names Real Madrid could look at to strengthen their attack.
Olivier Giroud is a dependable striker for Chelsea

At 34, Giroud is still racking up goals when called upon. Despite limited opportunities, he has been Chelsea’s most effective striker this season. (h/t BBC)

The Frenchman’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires in the summer and is expected to leave for a free. While there is some talk about an option to extend the deal by a year, whether it will be activated remains to be seen.

With Tammy Abraham now rediscovering his touch, Frank Lampard could be tempted to do business in January. While keeping the striker will be in our best interests, selling him now will ensure we get some sort of fee for parting with his services.

Real Madrid are overtly dependent on Karim Benzema
Real Madrid are overtly dependent on Karim Benzema

Having joined the club in 2018, Giroud has proven himself to be an excellent striker. A dependable option, he has often risen to the occasion when needed.

Giroud is not the only striker on Real’s radar. Others in the fray include Manchester City ace Sergio Aguero and Napoli outcast Arkadiusz Milik.

Timo Werner joined from RB Leipzig
Timo Werner has struggled to make an impact on the left wing

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Chelsea would be better served by keeping Giroud until the end of his season, even if it means losing him for free in the summer.

Timo Werner has largely failed to find the net while Abraham still has to polish his game. Losing Giroud at this point could leave us lacking tooth in the final third.

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

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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

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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

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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 Football.london), 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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Chelsea cool their interest in English star even as rivals continue to be linked

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Declan Rice has been linked with Chelsea

Chelsea concede ground to Liverpool and Manchester United in the race for Declan Rice

Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast (h/t The Express), Ian McGarry has revealed that Chelsea have cooled their interest in Declan Rice.

The West Ham United star came through the ranks at Stamford Bridge before being released by the club in 2014. In recent windows, he been linked with a return, especially given the high opinion Frank Lampard had of him.

However, it would appear that the change in guard has brought about a change in priorities of the club’s transfer targets.

“He is no longer on the transfer list of recruitment possibilities for the Stamford Bridge club.”

Chelsea target Declan Rice in action for West Ham United. (GETTY Images)
Chelsea target Declan Rice in action for West Ham United. (GETTY Images)

With the Blues taking a backseat, Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool have made overtures to land the Hammers ace.

“Both of whom have expressed interest to Rice’s agent as we understand and they have asked to be kept informed of any offers made for the England international.”

Both clubs have made contact with the player’s agent and with Chelsea out of the picture, United could sign him in the summer. Ironically, now that we are out of the running, West Ham are willing to let Rice leave for a lower fee. (h/t Irish Sun)

But Thomas Tuchel has his own plans for who he wants to bring in during the summer. The German appears to have earmarked Nicklas Sule as a key target. However, the player is well settled at Bayern Munich and could prove difficult to acquire. (h/t The Express)

Chelsea are interested in Sule (Photo by Visionhaus)

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Chelsea’s drop in interest regarding Rice does not take away from the fact that he has had an excellent season. The 22-year-old has a bright future ahead of him and could turn out to be an excellent signing elsewhere.

As of now, a new dawn beckons and the Thomas Tuchel era has only just got going.

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