New signing hailed, stones for £20m, Chelsea urged to sign midfielder, Rice backed to thrive, Havertz message sent,

Werner hailed, Stones for £20 million, Chelsea told to complete Havertz deal, Rice backed to thrive, Havertz the greatest talent at Bayer in Chelsea news roundup..

Stuart Pearce has backed Declan Rice’s ability to thrive at a bigger club amid transfer interest from Chelsea.

Chelsea may have a very exciting attack that can create and score goals on a regular basis, but that back-line and stopper area of the pitch looks very dodgy and cost Chelsea alot of points in the Premier League.

Their defensive issues were the main reason why they failed to beat Arsenal in the FA Cup and then got smashed by Bayern Munich in the Champions League this week, and now that the transfer window is opened up, Lampard has admitted that he is keen to improve the defensive side of the squad.

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is a player that has been heavily linked with a move to the Bridge, especially as he is eager to make that step up in the game and avoid another relegation battle next season with the Hammers.

And amid all the speculation, Pearce has opened up and claimed that Rice has the ability to thrive at a big club: ‘He’s enjoying his football in the centre of midfield at the moment,’ Pearce told talkSPORT.

‘He’s improving, I don’t think you’re signing the complete article if anyone gets Declan rice, even if he stays at West Ham.

‘Year on year I expect to see improvement from him.’

When asked if he could handle the pressures of playing for a bigger club, Pearce said: ‘Yeah I think so. If you’re asking me is he a good professional and a very grounded kid? Yes he is, no doubt about that.

‘He reminded me a little bit of a very young Joe Hart when I first met Declan.

‘A good kid and he’s one of those you’d want him in your dressing room.’

Ex-Blues midfielder Michael Ballack has encouraged Chelsea to complete a deal for Kai Havertz this summer.

Now look, we all know that Chelsea have made the Havertz signing their number one target this summer as Frank Lampard is reportedly keen to add him to the attack ahead of next season.

All reports in the media suggest that a deal has been agreed between Chelsea and the player, but the Blues have so far been unable to agree the fee that will allow the German to make that move to Stamford Bridge.

But amid all the speculation, Ballack has opened up and urged Frank Lampard to make sure that Chelsea manage to secure a deal for Havertz, a player that he could help develop over the next few seasons.

He told Sportbuzzer: “I firmly believe that Frank Lampard would be 100 per cent behind Kai Havertz.

“He likes players who are very dangerous in front of goal and there aren’t many of those.

“Havertz is a player that Frank Lampard would help further, not least because he himself was a midfielder with an eye for goal, who was always moving into dangerous areas, looking to finish off a chance.”

German legend Michael Ballack has hailed Chelsea new boy Timo Werner after his move to Stamford Bridge

Werner is regarded as one of the finest and most exciting talents in the game right now and is expected to bring at least 30-goals a season to this Chelsea side, who have been lacking a world class striker for some time now.

He has already arrived at the club and has already done some light training to get himself ready for the start of the Premier League season in just a few weeks time, and many are expecting big things from him and Chelsea next season.

The little German had an incredible season with Bayer last season and managed to net an impressive 34 goals in just 45 appearances, making him one of the most deadly strikers in Europe right now.

And after seeing Werner make the move to Chelsea, Ballack has revealed that it was right for the striker to make the move to Stamford Bridge, He told Sportbuzzer: “He has an incredible speed, is direct and has force.

“The package Werner and Chelsea fits.

“For Werner, the move is a step forward because Chelsea have different ambitions than Leipzig.”

Rudi Voller has claimed that imminent Chelsea signing Kai Havertz is the greatest talent he has seen at Bayer Leverkusen.

There has been alot of speculation in the media about the possible arrival of Havertz to Chelsea this summer, as the deal has been dragged out due to the fact Leverkusen have not yet finished their season.

It is believed that Personal terms have been agreed with the player, and all Chelsea have to do is agree a fee with the German club, who will not accept anything less than their £90 million asking price.

But away from all the speculation, Voller has opened up and claimed that he believes that Havertz is the greatest talent to ever come out the system at Leverkusen, he told German publication BILD: “For me, he’s the best I’ve seen at Leverkusen, and I’ve been here for a lifetime.

“We had Emerson, Ballack, Ze Roberto, Kroos, but he’s on top.

“He is very young, he can play five or six roles, he has been here for ten years.

“When he was 17, I asked the first-team coach to let him train with the greats during the national team break.

“”He has talent with the ball at his feet, he is a mix between Ballack and Mesut Ozil, but he takes the best bits from both of them.”

Chelsea have again been linked with a surprise move for Man City defender John Stones, who could be signed for £20 million.’

Frank Lampard is seeking to improve a number of areas this summer, but there is a feeling that he will need to delve into that transfer kitty and land a central defender in order to help solve the defensive issues at the club.

Chelsea have let over 50 goals in the Premier League this season and Frank Lampard knows that he needs to sort out this back-line if he is to take the club back into the habit of winning the biggest trophies.

And a The Mirror claim the Blues could snap up Stones from Man City in a bargain £20million deal, as the Englishman is likely to be surplus to requirements at the Etihad following the signing of Nathan Ake from Bournemouth for £41million.

Pep Guardiola is also thought to be keen to bring in further defensive reinforcements, which could include Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, meaning that he would not need to have Stones in the side.

Gunners legend Paul Merson recently urged Chelsea to make a move for the £30 million rated England defender.

He recently told SKY SPORTS: People talk about the goalkeeper being a priority. Kepa Arrizabalaga is not saving them any points at the moment, that’s a problem, but they have a really good second goalkeeper in Willy Caballero, and I think he is really underrated. In this day and age, if we’re talking about Jan Oblak, he’s going to cost £100m. Kepa himself cost £71m, and has big wages too.

“I’m not sure about this one, as it wouldn’t be my major priority for the summer for Chelsea. Do they sign another £100m on a goalkeeper, where you’ve already got a goalkeeper you’ve spent £71m on, on big money, and you’re not going to get that money back? It becomes a £150m goalkeeper in the end, because you’d need to swallow the pill on Kepa. For me it’s not their major priority.

“Their priority has to be getting a centre-half and a left-back. 100 per cent. It tells you everything that they have to play three at the back, Frank Lampard doesn’t trust the centre-backs. They’ve bought well so far up front, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech are major signings, but don’t end up like Arsenal, where everyone is crying out and can see what they need. How many years did we say Arsene Wenger needs a centre-half, but he never went and got one?

“Marcos Alonso for me needs replacing; he gets vital goals but he’s not a natural defender. That doesn’t help the back three because centre-halves have to come out of their comfort zone and come out of the line of the box to defend on the wings. Alonso causes that problem.

“Cesar Azpilicueta is a great pro, but he’s getting on now. Kurt Zouma has a mistake in him. Chelsea don’t have a naturally-gifted centre-half who can put his foot on the ball and play. I’d go and get John Stones for that, and play him in the middle of the three.

“Then I’d say have Antonio Rudiger and Christensen either side of them. Chelsea love to play out the back, they roll it out every time, so you need someone unbelievably good on the ball.

“If you have pace around them, I think it will help Chelsea; I think Stones would be a great buy, and he has to play in a three.

“Stones has the potential to be great, he really has, but he needs the confidence. At the moment Chelsea have three centre-halves that aren’t in the same class as Stones on the ball.”

But would fans welcome a possible deal for Stones?

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