Defender closes in on Chelsea deal as Reps arrive in UK for talks, Chelsea told to sign world class act, Striker hints at shock Chelsea deal, Will Stones solve problem?
Gabriel reps arrive in UK, Chelsea told to sign Oblak, Will Stones solve problem?, Giroud hints at exit in Chelsea news roundup…
Representatives of Chelsea target Gabriel Magalhaes are in the UK talking with two Premier League clubs about a potential move to England.
Chelsea may have not done the transfer business that many fans would have liked to see during the January window as Frank Lampard was not given the funds to bring in some top-class players that would improve the side help get the Legends side back inside the Champions League next season.
However, there is some speculation in the media that Lampard will be handed the kind of funds he needs to improve the side in the summer, and will look to bring in another defender after the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner
The Lille defender’s performances in Ligue 1 have attracted plenty of interest from other high bidders in Europe over the past few seasons, and considering the Blues still need to improve the summer transfer window, he has has been added to that list.
And according to reports on the Sky Sports website have claimed that the representatives of the Brazilian is now in the UK talking to prospective clubs about a move to England in the summer.
However, Chelsea are not the only club interested as Both Everton and Manchester United are also interested in the player, who would cost around €30m.
Gabriel has taken his time to make a decision but the player is expected to decide his future in the next couple of days as he is waiting to see the offers that will come over the next few days.
Dimitar Berbatov believes Kai Havertz will be an ‘amazing’ signing for Chelsea but thinks the Blues should make a move for Jan Oblak.
Frank Lampard has already been a busy man in the transfer window open the past few months and look set to make another top-class signing, with Havertz the latest player that is seemingly heading to the club this summer.
Reports have claimed that Chelsea are locked in transfer talks over a deal for the German, and just need to negotiate a fee with Bayer Leverkusen before the deal can officially be announced.
But there is another area of the pitch that Frank Lampard needs to improve on and that is the stopper area, as reports suggested that he is not happy with Kep and will look to add an elite goalkeeper to the squad this summer.
And although Berbatov has claimed that Havertz will be an amazing signing, he thinks Jan Oblak would be the ideal signing to solve their issues between the sticks ahead of next season.
‘They for sure need a goalkeeper and Jan Oblak would be a great option,’ Berbatov told Betfair.
‘Timo Werner was a good deal, and Willian looks like he might stay if they win the FA Cup.
‘There are still rumours about Kai Havertz who would be an amazing player for them.’
Olivier Giroud has hinted he could leave Chelsea this summer, despite signing a contract extension until next summer recently.
Giroud has been a big part of the Chelsea set-up since the re-start of the football after the coronavirus outbreak and has been a big reason why Chelsea managed to get back inside those top four spots and reach the FA Cup final.
The France striker looks set to start against his former club Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday, with Frank Lampard aiming to win his first piece of silverware as a manager.
But with Tammy ABraham seen as the clubs future along with Timo Werner, game time at Stamford Bridge may be limited for the Frenchman next season, and Despite signing a new one-year deal in May, Giroud has cast doubt over his future in west London.
He told L’Equipe: “I still have one year to run on my Chelsea contract. If [I stay at] Chelsea, I’ll be happy. If this is not the case, another challenge will be presented to me.
“I can still play in a top league for another two years. I don’t set any limits for myself.
“I remember a discussion I had with Arsene Wenger.
“He told me that he saw me playing well until the age of 35 because, as I get older, my game would not be penalised since it is not based on speed.”
Paul Merson has urged Frank Lampard to invest in his Chelsea defence this summer with John Stones a name that he should sign.
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 with reports Stones is done at Manchester City, Merson has 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?