Petit will be happy to see Brazilian back in England, Legend backs Sancho to Chelsea move, James wants superstar BACK at Chelsea, £165m duo on way to Chelsea?
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French legend Emmanuel Petit has opened up and revealed that he would be happy to see Chelsea target Philippe Coutinho back in the Premier League.
There has been some big speculation in the media over the past few days which have suggested that Chelsea are closing in on a £77 million deal for the former Liverpool man, as he is not wanted back at Barcelona in the summer and will be sold on.
RECENT REPORTS HAVE SUGGESTED CHELSEA HAVE OPENED TALKS WITH COUTINHO, who has struggled to reach the kind of form which made him one of the best players in the game during his time with Liverpool, and Petit, who had similar struggles when he completed a move from Arsenal to Barca back in 2000, is confident Coutinho will be regretting his switch to the Nou Camp.
He told Paddy Power: ‘If I was Philippe Coutinho, every morning I would wake up and think to myself, “Why, why, did I sign [for Barcelona] in Spain?” ‘And do you know why I say this? Because, I can remember the time when I’d wake up, when I was at Barcelona, when I left Arsenal, and I was thinking the same way, “Why did I leave? Why did I leave? Why did I leave?”
‘To be honest with you I am sure Coutinho has been asking himself the same question for a while now. He left for Bayern Munich, he does sometimes play well but he’s not really a first-team player.’
‘I’m pretty sure it would work out for him [returning to England]. He fits perfectly with the Premier League,’ Petit added.
‘He’s got the vision, the technique, the speed, he can strike, he has the creativity.
‘We all know what he is capable of. I was a big fan of his when he was at Liverpool. I would be very, very happy to see him back in the Premier League.
‘He won’t go back to Liverpool. When I was at Barcelona, they wanted me back at Arsenal, and it was tempting – I was close to returning to Arsenal. ‘But at the end of the day, I was thinking “Emmanuel, you need to be honest with yourself. If you left a year ago it was for a reason”.
‘If Coutinho is honest with himself, since he left Liverpool they have won the Champions League and they’re on the way to winning the Premier League. Liverpool haven’t needed him, so why would he go back to Liverpool?
I think we are all the same and it would be brilliant to see Coutinho back in the Premier League next season.
Blues legend John Terry has backed Jadon Sancho’s possible move to Chelsea in the summer window.
There has been alot of speculation in the media suggesting that Chelsea are willing to splash around £100 million in the summer to try and acquire the services of Sancho, who has become one of the most exciting wingers in the Bundesliga over the last few seasons.
Frank Lampard is keen to bolsters his squad at the end of the season and improve the side enough to get back challenging for that Premier League title, and also as a possible replacement for the likes of Willian and Pedro. who have been tipped to leave the club at the end of the season.
And asked about a potential move for Sancho, and whether Chelsea already have enough young talent, Terry told Frank Khalid UK’s YouTube channel: ‘I think the young lads have shown their potential ‘We spoke at the start of the season about the likes of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount coming into the squad and they’ve shown that they’re capable of playing.
‘But, listen, I think Sancho is probably one of the best young players in the world at the moment. So he’d be a great addition to Chelsea’s squad and obviously make us better as well.
‘But like I said, the ones that have come through, Billy Gilmour, Tammy, Mason, Reece James – I mean, it’s endless isn’t it. There’s been so many positives this season come through.
‘I think every Chelsea fan since I came through the ranks, that’s all Chelsea fans wanted to see: the youth team players and young generation coming through and making their first-team debuts. And we’ve seen this in abundance this season.’
He added: ‘I’ve been really impressed with the style of play, the capabilities of the younger players coming through and that mixed with the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta and them kind of players.
‘The experienced ones helping them along the way, giving them support along the way. For Frank’s first season, to manage such a big club as Chelsea, it’s been fantastic for him.’
Reece James has named Eden Hazard as the one player he’d love to bring back to Chelsea in the future.
After months, and months and months AND MONTHS of transfer speculation and rumours in the media, Hazard finally departed the Bridge during the summer transfer window in a deal that will cost Madrid over £80 million in transfer fees.
The little Belgian admitted on numerous occasions that he would love to play for Madrid and Chelsea in the end let him go after seven seasons, numerous goals and a ton of trophies, but his start to life at the Bernabeu has not been the best.
He has barely found the net, his weight has been a concern and he does not look like the player that shone so much at Chelsea, but he has had to watch Chelsea begin the new season in fine fashion under the guidance of Frank Lampard.
Lampard’s impressive coaching has taken the Premier League by storm as he put together a strong side with exciting young talent and no transfers, due to the season-long ban the Blues were dealt with by FIFA in the summer.
And one player that has really shone since the summer if that of James, who is easily regarded as one of the best young defenders in the game and a player that is tipped to become a real star of the Premier League.
And in a recent interview, the young man has opened up and admitted that he would love Hazard to come back to the club, and add to his impressive 110 goals for the club, James told Bleacher Report: “I just loved the way he played. I still love him. He’ll go down as one of Chelsea’s best players ever.”
Reports have claimed Chelsea are looking to make a summer raid on Serie A with two top players on the list of Lampard.
Frank Lampard has done a wonderful job at the club this season and fully deserves to get this young, exciting Chelsea side back inside the Champions League spots and playing at their very highest level next season, he has done very well.
Olivier Giroud is coming towards the back end of his career and no longer makes the impact that many would like, despite his recent run of form lately, while Michy Batshuayi is a player that many Chelsea fans could forget even plays for the club, such is his performance levels for the club.
And with reports in the media suggesting that the likes of Willian and Pedro could also be leaving the club at the end of the season, Frank Lampard will surely need to add to his attack with a new striker and a new midfielder, with both Miralem Pjanic and Lautaro Martinez on the shopping list.
Pjanic – Juventus
Pjanic is destined to leave Juventus after five years, That’s because manager Maurizio Sarri prefers a midfield axis of Rodrigo Bentancur with Blaise Matuidi and former Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey playing alongside, meaning there is no space for the little maestro.
Now 29, it’s claimed the Italian side are ready to cash in on stylish playmaker Pjanic to the tune of €60m (£55m) if anyone matches their asking price, and that has alerted Chelsea, according to reports, especially as reports claims a move to Chelsea is in his sights should the Blues secure Champions League football next season.
MARTINEZ – INTER MILAN
The Argentine forward has a whopping €111m (£101m) exit clause in his contract and that appears to have put off his suitors, with Inter reluctant to sell for less.
It is Barcelona who have been most strongly linked with the 22-year-old with Lionel Messi keen to star alongside his countryman at the Nou Camp, BUT the LaLiga giants are hesitant over his release clause and are trying to reduce his asking price.
And all the delaying means that will let Chelsea in, with the striker, according to Sport, open to the idea of moving to London, with Chelsea ready to pay ‘astronomical’ wages in a bid to blow his fellow suitors out of the water.
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