Chelsea reach world class agreement, 20-goal hitma to shine at Chelsea?, £40m Dutchman ready for big move, Chelsea told £128 million star to make summer move
Guys here is a roundup of the top Chelsea news, gossip and transfer talk over the past few days from icfootballnew.com
Chelsea have confirmed that they have reached an agreement to sign Hakim Ziyech from Ajax in the summer window.
Chelsea were linked with all sorts of players during the January window but failed to get any transfer business done, as the clubs hierarchy did not want to fork out and splash the cash enough for Frank Lampard to improve on the side for the second half of the season.
However, that will not be the case in the summer transfer window as Chelsea will look to spend the money they made last summer and buy some world class players, and they have started with the signing of Ziyech, who will arrive at the club when the summer transfer window officially opens up.
The 26-year-old was one of the standout stars of Ajax’s squad last season, weighing in with 21 goals and 24 assists in 49 games from a wide midfield position as he helped Ajax clinch their first League title in five years while also reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Fans were eagerly awaiting the announcement after Ajax boss Erik ten Hag all-but confirmed the transfer, after the Dutch Champions broke the news with a statement on the club website, which read: “Ajax and Chelsea have reached an agreement for the transfer of Hakim Ziyech.
“The player will join the Premier League club on July 1st 2020 and will finish the season in Amsterdam.
“The clubs have reached a deal of €40million. This sum could potentially increase to a maximum of €44million, with variable factors.
“The contract of the Moroccan player lasts until the 30th of June 2022.”
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas reckons Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard would do well at Chelsea.
Now we all know that the January transfer window is now shut, and we also know that Chelsea failed to do any transfer business that would help Frank Lampard improve the side and help take the club back to the top by the end of the season.
But there is a feeling that Lampard will improve the squad in the summer with a few top-class additions, as reports have suggested that he will have around £150 million in the kitty to improve his side in all the key areas of the squad that actually need working on.
And reports have also claimed that he is keen to add a striker to the side, especially as Olivier Giroud looks all but certain to leave the club after failing to get his switch away during the January transfer window, simply because the Blues failed to land the striker they needed.
Edouard, 22, is enjoying a purple patch of form right now, with 20 goals in 22 league appearances this season, and former Celtic and Arsenal striker Nicholas thinks he could be ready for the step up to the Premier League.
HE SAID ON THE SUN : “Edouard is good enough to go and play at a Chelsea or a Manchester United.
“I say that with some confidence. I think he could go into both their squads and make a real impact. That is how much ability he has.”
German football journalist Kevin Hatchard has told Talksport Jadon Sancho is likely to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer, with Chelsea a likely destination.
Sancho, who has 12 goals and 13 assists in just 18 Bundesliga appearances this season, is one of the most in-demand players across Europe and there were many reports in the January window suggesting that Chelsea were keen to make a move to sign the winger then.
However, Dortmund did not want to sell one of their most prized assets and it seemed that Sancho was keen to stay put until at least the summer, meaning that Chelsea went the whole January transfer window without making any meaningful transfer deals.
But with the likes of Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich all credited with interest in the prodigious wide-man, Dortmund could demand in excess of £100million for Sancho in the summer, who became the first teenager ever to score 25 goals in Germany’s top flight recently.
Hatchard hailed the England winger as one of the most exciting players in Europe and believes he would demand a large transfer fee if the German side decide to sell, but Hatchard has also tipped the 19-year-old for a move to his boyhood club.
He said: “The Premier League is a possibility and I think Chelsea would be interested and he’s got a soft spot for them.”
Noel Whelan has told the likes of Chelsea that Bournemouth star Nathan Ake is ready to make a big move to a big club.
There was a lot of transfer speculation during the January transfer window involving Chelsea after it was revealed that they would be able to sign players and improve the squad, but despite all the speculation and despite all the rumours, Frank Lampard was not able to sign any players.
But that has not stopped speculation in the media about possible signings at THE END OF THE SEASON, and one player that has been heavily linked with a move BACK to Stamford Bridge, is that of Ake, who has emerged as one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League and one of the best young defenders in Europe right now.
Lampard knows that he needs to solve his defensive issues at Stamford Bridge if he is to get this side back challenging for that Premier League title, and Ake, has proven himself enough in the Premier League to warrant a move back to the Bridge, or even a move to one of the English games biggest and best clubs.
Now Noel Whelan has come out and suggested that Ake is ready to make that next step, play for one of the big boys and become one of the best players in the world, he told FOOTBALL INSIDER: “He’s been linked with moves back to Chelsea, he’s been looked at by Arsenal. There’s a lot of clubs looking at Nathan Ake.
“Since leaving Chelsea he’s really come on leaps and bounds and developed into a very good centre half.
“But I think now, come the end of the season, no matter where Bournemouth end up, whether they’re still in the Premier League or they get relegated, I think it’s probably time for him to take that step up to a big club.”