Ditch Kovacic, Prem star sends message, £85m Dybala spotted in London, Italian wants to be at Chelsea, Cheek urges Blues to keep Hazard
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Tim Sherwood has told Maurizio Sarri to forget about signing Mateo Kovacic and sign players that will help the Blues win matches.
The Blues are currently banned from registering new players for the next two transfer windows – this summer and January 2020 – after breaching rules relating to the signings of teenage players, but are battles to overturn or postpone the decision.
Kovacic’s impact has been debated this season having contributed no goals and just two assists from central midfield and Sherwood thinks Chelsea should forget about handing the midfielder a deal and sign players that can actually help win matches.
Sherwood told Premier League Productions: “Who’s going to be there next year? Is Eden Hazard? [Gonzalo] Higuain’s not going to be there. Kovacic? There’s so many uncertainties with Chelsea. It’s exciting times.
“I think what they need to do, especially with the embargo – I know they’re going to appeal it but as it stands they get two blocks, they cannot buy players in the next two windows. They’re going to have to find a different way.
“They’ve got the best academy in the Premier League bar none. Them kids are ready to play.
“Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, the two boys on loan with Frank Lampard at Derby, they’re ready to dip their toe and come in.
“Do not block up the pathway with average players like Kovacic and people like that, don’t do that.
“Go and spend your money on the make-the-difference player, like a Van Dijk what Liverpool did.
“I think it will be very positive if they go that way. At least they’d have an identity going forward, it’s a complete contrast to what they’ve done over the last 10 to 15 years.” (Read More)
Ryan Fraser has told the likes of Arsenal that he could remain at Bournemouth during the summer transfer window.
With Blues boss Maurizio sarri seeking to add a bit more width and creativity to his Gunners attack, there has been some speculation in the media over the past few weeks which have suggested the Bluescould make a move to try and sign Fraser for a fee of £25 million.
Fraser has scored seven goals and registered 14 assists this term and the Scotland international has also caught the attentions of Arsenal and Liverpool. But he has admitted that he is yet to make a definitive decision on his future.
‘I’ve got a year left,’ he said in the Sky Sports news website.
“There’s a very good chance I’ll be here next season. If that’s that then I’m going to try my best as I always do and I’ll enjoy it. I love the group here and the fans. There’s no bad side to what’s happening.
‘There’s a good chance I’ll be here next season and I’ll try and beat my assists record next season as well.’
Asked if the recent speculation regarding his future has been a distraction, he added: ‘Not at all. ‘I just love playing football so I just go and play football. I go out on the pitch and try my best and that’s all anyone can do.
‘There’s no point in putting stress on yourself or burdens. If you’re going out to enjoy football, what’s the worst that can happen? You have a bad game.
‘There’s a lot of things worse in the world than that.’ (Read More)
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has pleaded with Chelsea to try and keep hold of their squad this summer, as the transfer ban was not overturned.
FIFA found Chelsea guilty of breaching rules over the signings of foreign minors and the Blues launched an appeal last month in the hope that the punishment would get overturned, reduced or delayed, but after much consideration, the appeal has been rejected and Chelsea will not be able to sign aby players this coming summer.
But speculation in the media has constantly linked Eden Hazard with a move away to Real Madrid, with many reports in the media all suggesting that the Belgian superstar does indeed wish to leave the club in the coming months.
But Loftus Cheek believes it is imperative nobody is allowed to leave during the close season.
‘If the club is banned from transfers then we will have to keep the squad we have and bring some of the loan players back. But that isn’t something that should be used to get more just, I just want to work hard,’ said Loftus-Cheek on the Sky Sports website.
the news that Chelsea will not be able to sign any players in the coming transfer windows will be a huge blow to the clubs chances of getting back in the Champions League next season, as the squad needs some much needed quality in key areas of the pitch.
Reports have claimed Maurizio Sarri is ready to ditch a return to Italy and stay with Chelsea.
Sarri arrived last summer after Antonio Conte was sacked by the club, despite leading Chelsea to a Premier League win and FA Cup title, and the Italian quickly got his style of play across to the Blues players.
However, results since December have been mixed and sections of Chelsea’s support have voiced their frustration at the team’s style of play and Sarri’s tactics in recent months.
Many Blues fans have started chanting ‘f*** Sarriball’ since Chelsea’s FA Cup defeat to Manchester United in February, and there has been a lot of speculation in the media which have suggested that the Italian would be sacked if a trophy is not won this season, despite the fact the Blues now have Champions League football for next season.
According to reecent reports the former Napoli coach would welcome the opportunity to return to Italy after a single, often turbulent, season in England with reports Roma are interested in his services.
Roma face an uphill battle to secure Champions League qualification with three league games of the season remaining and have earmarked Sarri after they missed out on former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.
However, Sarri says he is keen to remain in England and joked he would rather move to another Premier League club before going back to Serie A.
“As I’ve said in every press conference, I want to stay here,” said Sarri on the Sky Sports news website
“I like very much English football – the atmosphere in the stadiums. So if I can I want to stay here. My target is to stay in English football at the moment.” (Read More)
Chelsea target Paolo Dybala has been spotted in London amid rumours he could he heading to the Premier League.
Chelsea have beaten the odds and managed to secure Champions League football after their 3-1 win at Watford at the weekend, meaning that boss Maurizio Sarri will be free to splash the cash and try to acquire some big named signings to help take the Blues to that next level.
There has been so many players linked over the past few months that Blues fans have forgotten who could arrive at the end of the season, but one name that has been mentioned as a possible signing is that of Dybala, the Juventus superstar.
Dybala has netted the second-most goals for the Turin club this season, striking 10 times as well as chipping in with four assists, but is reportedly unhappy at playing second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo, who arrived from Real Madrid at the end of the season.
Recent reports from Italy have claimed that Dybala is very close to leaving Juventus in the coming weeks as he seeks a fresh start, and both United and Chelsea are hoping to conclude a transfer deal.
Now Dybala has fuelled speculation he could making that move to England by posting a picture on his Instagram account showing himself in London, accompanied by the caption ‘cold cold’.