Klopp, legend wants Icardi signed, Kroos wants move, De Ligt leaving Ajax, Pulisic message in Chelsea Saturday news and gossip
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has warned his players that they need to starve Eden Hazard of possession in order of stopping the Chelsea man wrecking their Premier League title chase.
Maurizio Sarri’s side head to Anfield on Sunday hoping to derail Liverpool’s bid to win the league title for the first time since 1990 and Hazard will be central to Chelsea’s hopes of pulling off an unlikely victory, as the Belgian has looked in imperious form for the Blues over the course of the season, despite all the transfer rumours that he is leaving.
Klopp knows that he needs three points to keep up with City as the Manchester club very rarely lose a game and if Liverpool can keep the pressure on Pep Guardiola’s side with a big victory over Chelsea, then maybe the reigning Champions will slip up.
‘We will take 13 players this time, and two will play only against Eden!’ Klopped joked on the Sky Sports website
‘We have to make sure he can’t shine. Stop passes to him, react better than other teams did.
‘When he has the ball, already too late. Read the game, read the passes. In a one vs one you can’t defend him. ‘On his day, he can be the world’s best immediately. He had a brilliant career so far, and it’s not over yet.
‘I like his joy, cheeky as well, strong, quick, he’s a good player! But all good players have to play against us, and we have to try everything.’ (Read more)
Former Bleus hitman Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has urged Chelsea to try and sign Mauro Icardi during the summer transfer window.
It is no secret that Chelsea are currently fighting a transfer ban for the next few windows, but they are confident that it can be overturned and have been lining up a number of possible summer signings, just in case they are able to splash the cash and signa few players.
And one player that has been on the radar of Maurizio Sarri is that of Icardi, who is an absolute superstar at Inter Milan and their main source of goals, but there has been a lot of speculation in the media that he is on his way out of the club at the end of the season after failing to agree a new contract.
Inter reportedly value Icardi at around £70million, but Hasselbaink has urged the club to delve into their transfer kitty and land another striker in the coming window.
‘Chelsea are in desperate need of proven firepower so I would love to see them make a move for Lewandowski or Icardi this summer,’ Hasselbaink old Bwin.
‘Icardi would be my preference as I’m a little bit worried about Lewandowski’s age.
‘I think Icardi is a more realistic target while also being more likely to adapt to the Premier League.
‘Lewandowski is a superb striker but he is the wrong side of 30 and we have seen with Higuain that England is not an easy place to come at that stage of your career.’ (Read more)
Fresh reports have claimed long-term Chelsea transfer target Toni Kroos wants to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season.
Regarded as one of the finest passes of the ball in world football, Kroos has been part of the Madrid side that has won three Champions League titles on the spin and was part of the German side that won the World Cup just four years ago.
However, he has not looked like a very happy an this season and he has been dropping hints that he is ready to leave the club, with a whole host of Premier League and Italian clubs interested in trying to secure a transfer deal, with a fee of around £50 million on the cards.
And according to reports on the AS website, Kroos’ words have not gone down well with Real’s hierarchy, and with the club looking to overhaul an ageing squad, there is a feeling that the Spaniards are ready to cash in and let him leave for the right price, especially after he reportedly informed the club that he wants to leave.
Despite the fact Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic are controlling the midfield for Chelsea, it is not certain that Kovacic will stay at the club beyond the season after impressing and that could mean Sarri needs to spend big money to find an adequate replacement. (Read more)
Ajax coach Erik Ten Hag has told the likes of Chelsea that £60 million rated defender Matthijs De Ligt will be leaving the club at the end of the season.
De ligt is easily regarded as one of the finest young centre-backs in world football after helping Ajax get back to the top of the game, and his performances over the past few seasons has alerted a number of clubs to his potential.
Chelsea may be facing a transfer ban which stops them from signing anyone for the next few windows, but they are hoping to have that overturned and have been heavily linked with a move for the Dutchman, with reports Maurizio Sarri has made signing a new defender and striker his priority over the course of the transfer windows.
However, it seems that Bayern and Barcelona are leading the chase for the talented Dutchman and although Ten Hag has admitted De Ligt will be leaving in the summer, the Ajax boss does not know whom he will be joining at the end of the season, He told Suddeutschen Zeitung: “There’s zero chance Matthijs de Ligt is staying at Ajax. There are so many clubs interested in him.
“He will leave us this summer, but I don’t know whether he’ll join Bayern or Barcelona.” (Read more)
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said he expects Christian Pulisic’s arrival at Stamford Bridge to boost the club’s profile in the United States.
Regarded as one of the best talents in the Bundesliga, Chelsea ended months of transfer speculation by convincing the young man to reject the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United and make the move to Stamford Bridge, in a deal worth around £57 million.
It is unclear whether or not he is the immediate replacement for Eden Hazard, who is heavily tipped to pack his bags and leave for Real Madrid at the end of the season, especially as the Belgian has failed time and time again to commit his long-term future to Chelsea.
But ahead of his summer arrival to Stamford Bridge, Buck has admitted that he will hopefully help Chelsea boost the clubs profile in America.
“He’s a personable boy. He’s well-liked in this country,” Buck told Associated Press.
“So, of course I would expect him when we come here and play some friendly matches, which is what our objective is in the summer of 2020. Then yes, I think he will he will be helpful.” (Read more)