Kante stunner, Icardi is the upgrade, Cheek told to leave, Sarri make Pulisic offer in Chelsea Monday
Here is a roundup of todays latest Chelsea news, gossip and transfer news.
ESPN FC pundit Paul Mariner says Inter Milan star Icardi would be a clear upgrade on the strikers Chelsea already have.
Chelsea have started the new season in terrific fashion and look like a side that could mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title, if they just add a new defender and goal-scorer to the starting line-up.
And one striker that has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge is Icardi, who has been scoring goals for fun over in Serie A and already has nine goals to his name this season.
He is regarded as one of the best strikers on the planet right now, and has a £90 million release clause in his contract that Maurizio Sarri is reportedly ready to pay this coming January.
And Mariner believes he would be a step un strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud, telling the ESPN website: “We’ve banded on about Morata, I think what Chelsea are doing is they are exploring their options.
“Can they get Icardi? Will they want to sell him? I wouldn’t want to sell him.
“So would it be a good move? I’m not quite sure. Sarri knows way better than I do whether he would fit into Chelsea and fit into the Premier League.
“He’s a goalscorer, he puts the ball in the back off the net for fun.So, I like Morata, I’ve been banging the drum for him.
“But I’m going to say that would be a good move for Chelsea.” (READ MORE)
Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has claimed Ruben Loftus-Cheek will ‘really’ have to think about leaving Chelsea next summer.
Loftus-Cheek is regarded as one of the best young talents currently in the Premier League and is tipped to become a real goal-scoring midfielder if he gets the game time he needs to develop.
Loftus-Cheek decided to stay and fight for his Chelsea career rather than leave the club in the summer, and so far, it has not worked out for the Englishman.
England international Loftus-Cheek scored his fifth goal of the season as Chelsea beat Fulham 2-0 on Sunday. But he is yet to start a Premier League fixture under Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, playing back-up to the likes of Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley.
And Shearer, who is the Premier League’s top scorer, has told Loftus-Cheek he may have to seriously consider his future at Stamford Bridge.
‘Ruben will have a big decision to make at the end of the season,’ Shearer said in a column for The Sun.
‘He scored against Fulham – just like he did the last time he played in the Premier League against Burnley back in October.
‘But despite doing very well every time he does play, he is just not getting enough game time.
‘Loftus-Cheek had a good time on loan at Crystal Palace last season and then went to the World Cup with England.
‘I understood his decision to come back and give it a go at Chelsea because a new manager had taken over.
‘But he will have to wait and see if he plays more between now and the end of the season, otherwise, he will really have to consider his future in the summer.’ (READ MORE)
Former England midfielder Jermain Jenas has claimed Maurizio Sarri is laying the groundwork to phase N’Golo Kante out of his Chelsea starting line-up.
Kante has played a pivotal role in the Chelsea line-up for the last few season, helping the club to Premier League and domestic cup success, by doing a world class job of protecting that back-line.
However, Sarri has attempted to reinvent Kante in recent weeks and stationed him further out wide while he looks to ply Jorginho in that holding role position, something many in the media have criticised.
And despite the fact Kante has just signed a whopping £300,000-a-week contract to stay at Stamford Bridge, Jenas believes Sarri is laying the ground work to phase the Frenchman out of the side.
‘The longer Maurizio Sarri is at Chelsea, something tells me that at some point he will try to phase out N’Golo Kante,’ he told the Daily Mail.
‘That sounds crazy. It is crazy. It makes no sense to get rid of the best central midfielder on the planet. But the fact is Sarri just does not see Kante in his system.
‘He is making Kante play in a different way to what made him the best in the world. Can you imagine Roy Keane or Patrick Vieira being told to change positions? Not in a million years.
‘Keane didn’t play on the right of a three, and nor did Vieira. They are the generals. What Sarri is saying to Kante is that you are not the general. Jorginho is my general. That is a bit of a slap in the face.
‘Kante could kick off but he is not going to do that. He is a top pro and wants to play for Chelsea.
‘That is the right thing to do. But it does mean you are probably going to get a few more average Kante performances. You are getting a diluted performance.’ (READ MORE)
Chelsea have reportedly made an offer to sign up £70 million rated Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic ahead of the January transfer window.
Regarded as one of the finest talents in world football, the gifted 20-year old American has reportedly caught the attentions of Blues boss Maurizio Sarri over the last few weeks with the Italian looking to bolster his attack in the coming transfer window.
Despite having the likes of Eden Hazard, Willin, Pedro, Alvaro Morata, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic, Chelsea are lacking that out-and-out winger that could add real creativity and width to the side, something Pulisic would add if he made the move.
And amid speculation the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool are also interested in sealing a transfer deal for the American, the London Evening Standard has claimed the Blues have made an offer in an attempt to land the winger in the January window but that Dortmund want £70m for the player, even though he is in the final 18 months of his contract.
Pulisic has been integral for Dortmund this season, helping the unbeaten German club climb to the top of the Bundesliga table and the Germans are unwilling to let the exciting 20-year old leave half way through the season when they have a great chance to win the League.
Pulisic has recently announced he will consider his future when the January transfer window open up in the next few weeks.
“I’m still focused on Dortmund. We are doing great this season,” Pulisic told NBC Sports.
“Once the break comes [in January], that is always when I will have to discuss with Dortmund and see about my future.” (READ MORE)