Chelsea fans see powerful striker sign deal, Boss opens up on possible signing, Legend shocked at Chelsea transfer decision, Abramovic approves statement signing
Here is a roundup of the latest Chelsea news from icfootballnews.com
Hertha Berlin have signed Poland striker and Chelsea target Krzysztof Piatek from AC Milan on a long-term contract.
Tammy Abraham is Chelsea’s top goalscorer this season, however, the England international is struggling with an ankle injury and that means that Chelsea only have Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud as the clubs only options up top.
And according to reports Lampard demanded the Blues sign a new striker last month, as the former Chelsea star has urged technical director Petr Cech and director Marina Granovskaia to back him in the transfer window, as Lampard felt the west London club must spend to secure a place in the top four this season.
And according to reports, if Frank Lampard offloaded Olivier Giroud to Inter Milan during the January window, then they may bid for the striker at rivals AC, with reports suggesting Stefano Pioli’s side were keen to do a £25 million deal.
However, Chelsea decided not to do any transfer business during the transfer window, and in the end, missed out on the very powerful young striker and even decided to keep hold of Giroud, despite reports he was keen to leave.
Now it seems that they have missed out on the gifted Piatek, as the striker will now play under former Spurs striker Jurgen Klinsmann, the head coach at Hertha.
“Krzysztof is an incredibly dangerous attacker who has shown his quality at the highest level,” said Hertha sporting director Michael Preetz.”
Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi has admitted his disappointment in not signing Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud during the transfer window.
There has been a lot of transfer speculation in the media over the past few weeks about the imminent departure of striker Giroud, who has become very unhappy in the Chelsea side this season after falling behind Tammy Abraham in the pecking order.
Abraham has proved himself to be a top Premier League striker, and rather than sit on the bench on a weekly basis, Giroud has shown a desire to depart the club for pastures new.
Giroud’s agentwas evens understood to have agreed personal terms with Inter Milan, with ex-CHELSEA manager Antonio Conte keen to recruit the World Cup-winning striker.
However, after failing to nail down a new striker during the transfer window, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was forced to keep hold of the powerhouse until the end of the season, a move that shocked many fans, and frustrated the former Arsenal hitman.
And Inzaghi has admitted his disappointment at not being able to complete a deal for Giroud, telling the TMW website: “I had said we would only move for a player who could genuinely improve and help the team.
“We have a few problems in attack with Joaquin Correa’s injury, as Felipe Caicedo and Ciro Immobile are playing a lot lately. Giroud would’ve certainly helped us, but we have to keep going and I’ll try to get Bobby Adekanye improving too.
“Few expected Lazio to be in the top three at the start of this season, so the lads know we must continue like this and keep on surprising everybody. Grit our teeth and keep going.”
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich reportedly wants to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho in the summer transfer window.
Chelsea have been linked with a move for the talented young winger for months now as reports in the media have suggested that Willian will depart the club at the end of the season after failing to agree a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
Sancho is one of the most highly-rated,. highly-regarded and highly-prized players in Europe after developing into a real creative force for the Germans after agreeing to leave Manchester City just a few seasons ago.
His performances over the past few years have led Chelsea officials to believe that he is the perfect long-term replacement for the departed Eden Hazard, as Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi have not lived upto expectations.
And after failing to make any transfer deals during the January transfer window and letting Lampard down with no new signings, the Football.London website has claimed that Abramovic may make a mega £100 million move for Sancho and make him the statement signing that he wants.
However, new he has struck up a great partnership with new signing Erling Haaland and the pair have already been involved in a number of goals for Dortmund since his arrival just a few weeks, and the big striker is making Chelsea’s move for Sancho just a bit harder.
But he also openly admitted that the pair needed to “keep it down a bit” otherwise other clubs would come calling for Sancho.
Haaland said: “You see on the pitch that it is very good and I do not want him to give me too many assists so we have to keep it down a bit! He’s a great guy.”
Arsenal legend Paul Merson admits he was ‘shocked’ by Chelsea’s quiet transfer window but has urged Frank Lampard not to allow the lack of January arrivals to wreck his team’s season.
The transfer ban was lifted by FIFA back in December and it quickly led to a lot of transfer speculation in the media suggesting that Chelsea would spend some serious money to help improve the side for the second half of the season.
Frank Lampard even came out on a number of occasions and voiced his frustration at the lack of business done by the club in January, but in the end, Chelsea fans failed to see any new arrivals make the move to London.
But despite the fact that no business was done, Arsenal legend Merson has urged Lampard to forget the window and try to focus on the rest of the season, telling the Sky Sports website: ‘It’s a shock, really, it’s a shock. This is a big club. You wouldn’t think they would be struggling to get players in.
‘They are probably the biggest team in London at the moment so I’m not sure why it was a problem to bring players in.
‘It’s a disappointment but I hope Frank doesn’t use it as a crutch and think: “If we don’t finish in the top-four… that’s why.”‘ Former Southampton and England striker Matt Le Tissier added:
‘What was the point of that [getting the transfer ban lifted]? What really was the point?
‘You could tell Frank was disappointed. He wanted to bring in players and it wasn’t done. ‘Having gone to all that trouble, you would have thought they would have done at least one transfer.’
Lampard has done a decent job with the squad that he has at the moment and even though the back-line and forward line was not improved by the Chelsea, he still has a very good chance of getting this young Chelsea side back inside the top four by the end of the season.
And when the transfer window opens up, he should try and start to sign players early.