13th August 2021 , Chelsea Transfer News Roundup

Michy Batshuayi

Besiktas manager Sergen Yalçin: “We’re currently in talks to sign Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea. If nothing goes wrong, I expect him to join the squad next week.” (Fabrizio Romano)Tammy Abraham

AS Roma are still pushing on Tammy Abraham as priority to replace Dzeko. Talks ongoing in London with Roma director Pinto trying to convince Abraham as he received an approach from Arsenal.

The wait is on Tammy Abraham’s response as he weighs up his options.

Tammy will be in the squad for the Chelsea game tomorrow. (Fabrizio Romano)

Jake Clarke-Salter

Clarke-Salter will join Coventry on a season-long loan.

He will join Ian Maatsen who is also at the club.

Clarke-Salter will also join up with assistant manager of Coventry Adi Viveash who he has managed by in the youth setup. (Chelsea Youth)

Ross Barkley

Despite the lack of clubs being linked with Ross Barkley, the fact that Mateo Kovacic now occupies the number 8 at Chelsea highly suggests that his future at Stamford Bridge is very limited.

Robert Lewandowski

Lewandowski’s agent Pini Zahavi offered Robert Lewandowski for €80m to Chelsea. (Christian Falk)

Chelsea’s speculation of offering players over 30-years-old long term deals and big money can only have halted this transfer ever taking place.

Written by Frankie

17th July 2021 , Chelsea Transfer News Roundup

Armando Broja

After a good loan spell at Vitesse, Broja has reportedly agreed to a new five-year deal with the Blues. This will mean Broja’s new deal will last until 2026. (Fabrizio Romano)

With many youth players snubbing new deals in the last few months at Chelsea, this long term contract could inspire the likes of Tino Livramento to sign a new deal with the club.

Myles Peart-Harris

Football London reported today that Peart-Harris will leave Chelsea in the next few days and join a Premier League side.

Peart-Harris is apart of the trio that have rejected new contracts with Chelsea. (Lewis Bate, Tino Livramento and himself)

Dynel Simeu

Simeu’s contract expired last month and he rejected a two-year contract from Chelsea. Simeu is understood to have agreed a deal with a Premier League side.

Raphael Varane

Marca have reported that Chelsea are ‘heavily interested’ in signing Raphael Varane.

With Guehi departing and Chelsea centre backs not signing deals with contracts running out soon, the centre back ordeal may be underestimated.

To try and pry Varane away from the clutches of Manchester United would be an immeasurable task, considering they have reportedly agreed personal terms and a fee for the Frenchman.

Ike Ugbo

Sport Witness have released a report today claiming that West Ham have joined the race for Ugbo.

Countless European clubs have reportedly been interested in the 22-year-old and a fee of around £5m-£10m has been discussed but Ugbo remains at Chelsea for the time being.

Ugbo featured in the second half of todays pre-season friendly against Peterborough which likely means a deal that would see him move away from Stamford Bridge is still quite far away.

Olivier Giroud

Giroud today completed his move to AC Milan.

The deal is supposed to include “significant add-ons”. These add-ons have not been reported as of yet but we presume they are performance based or achievement based.

Marc Guehi

The 20-year-old centre back was seen holding up the Crystal Palace shirt next to Palace manager Patrick Viera.

This all but confirms the deal that sees Guehi move away from his boyhood club.

Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku

The Athletic reported that “should Chelsea concede defeat in their pursuit of Erling Haaland, then making one more attempt to re-sign Romelu Lukaku will be on their agenda”.

This same source told that “Romelu Lukaku has always felt that there is a case of ‘unfinished business’ at Chelsea”.

The source continued: “However, senior figures at Chelsea were surprised by reports suggesting they believe a bid of £150 million would be enough to land Haaland this summer as they are of the view that Dortmund have no interest in selling him this window”.

Harry Kane

The Athletic have reported that “Chelsea would also like to sign Kane and have sought to establish his intentions. Some industry sources believe that might be more appealing to Levy because a cash-plus-player deal involving players such as Tammy Abraham, for example, may be more realistic in terms of affordability and positional requirements than what City could offer”.

The idea of Levy selling Kane to London rivals has always prevented any advanced rumours but the option of including Tammy Abraham in the deal might persuade him.

Henry Lawrence

Henry Lawrence looks set to join Wigan on loan, following in the footsteps of the similarly versatile Reece James. (The Sun)

The 19-year-old going to Wigan could be the blossoming of a healthy relationship between the Latics and the Blues. And with the influx of youth stars at Cobham ready for senior football, Wigan could become a common place to send our youngsters.

Robert Lewandowski

Chelsea are ready to try and swoop in for Lewandowski in a £50m deal. (The Sun)

Seemingly failing with every move to try and lure Haaland away from Dortmund, we seem to have looked to Dortmund’s rivals Bayern Munich to try and bring their 32-year-old goal scorer to Stamford Bridge.

His age is noted as a potential issue but Lewandowski’s numbers just seem to get better and better with age. Signing Lewandowski is a massive risk and depending on how badly Roman Abramovich and Thomas Tuchel deem we need a new striker will determine whether we bring in Lewa.

Conor Gallagher

Chelsea will allow Conor Gallagher to leave on loan for the upcoming season. (The Sun)

Crystal Palace and Newcastle will be the two main teams battling for the cntral midfielder.

Chelsea are not looking to sell the 21-year-old and feel another loan will be beneficial in his career and help him to establish a place in the team in the next few seasons.

Written by Frankie

Looking back nine years ago – Chelsea’s first Champions League Trophy

A trophy that few have won, yet many wish to attain is the Champions League trophy. Players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé and Robert Lewandowski have played in this tournament, however, several clubs have yet to hoist it for the first time.

For each club that has achieved this great triumph, there was a long and difficult path to win the Champions League. One such club is Chelsea FC. Prior to Roman Abramovic’s purchase of the club back in June 2003, Chelsea managed to win trophies such as the FA Cup, Football League Cup and UEFA Winners Cup, though they weren’t successful in winning Champions League.

A new journey began when Abramovic officially became the new owner of Chelsea Football Club. It gave the team a new identity, philosophy and path moving forward. More importantly, it gave fans hope, that not only that they could compete against the bigger teams in the Champions League, but that Chelsea could finally contend to win this prestigious tournament.

During the Abramovich era, Chelsea has managed to have plenty of success come their way. He’s instilled a winning mentality which has brought triumph to this club. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the Blue, where players such as Andriy Shevchenko, Adrian Mutu and Juan Sebastián Verón, failed to meet expectations. However, the likes of of Didier Drogba, Eden Hazard and Claude Makélélé have been able to leave their mark and help this club become successful.

In May 2008, nearly five years since Abramovic purchased the club, Chelsea were in a situation that no one had imagined in their history. The club, managed by Avraham Grant, had made it to finals of Champions League, which was to be played in Moscow at Luzhniki Stadium after they defeated Liverpool 4-3 on aggregates in the semi-finals. An English club was standing in their path as their bitter rivals, Manchester United, had advanced to the finals after their win against Barcelona.

Heartbreak.

Unfortunately, the match ended 1-1 after extra time and Chelsea lost 6-5 in a shoutout.

Four years later in May 2012, the club found themselves in a similar position. They were, once again, in the midst of trying to win their first Champions League trophy. This time their opponent was the German powerhouse club, Bayern Munich. Unlike their meeting against Manchester United, their match against Munich needed guts, determination and the will to never give up.

Chelsea was managed by Roberto Di Matteo and had players such as Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Ashley Cole. They were a part of the team when they lost in 2008 and were hoping to not follow the same path.  With the score 0-0 and nearly tens minutes remaining, Chelsea conceded the first goal as Thomas Müller scored at the 83rd minute to give Munich the first lead of the match. Chelsea seemed destined to follow a similar path.

Five minutes later, with Chelsea fans nervous and frantic for that needed goal, they redeemed themselves. Drogba rose to the challenge, as he had done on multiple occasions throughout his career with the club. The striker scored one of the biggest goals in his career, as he found the back of the net at the 88th minute to tie the game at 1-1.

The match headed into extra time, which didn’t solve anything for either side and they needed penalty kicks to decide their fate. With their backs against the wall and Munich leading 3-1 in the shootout, the improbable happened for Chelsea. The Blues changed the script, as they won 4-3 in penalties and won their first Champions League trophy.

King.

The wait was over and fans were out of their seats cheering in a frenzy as Chelsea also became the first and only club from London to win Champions League.

Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer, Lampard, will always look back on this moment.

In a UEFA Q&A, Lampard said, “I had lots of ups and downs. We tried and fought to get to [Champions League] finals, we lost one, and then the culmination of that, to win at Munich, and to win in the circumstances we did – as underdogs in their home stadium. The ride we’d had to get there was crazy; it was the stuff of movies.”

“When anyone asks me about my career, I cannot help but have that as the moment that jumps out at me; that’s what the Champions League is.

“If I’d have finished my career without that on my CV, I would have certainly felt incomplete, and I think this club would be incomplete.

“To win the Champions League as Chelsea, the first London club to do so, is something we’re all proud of.”

The long wait for a Champions League trophy ended and there were celebrations all over London. For certain players such as Lampard, Drogba, Cole and Petr Čech, the feelings were much greater as they developed a relationship with the club. More importantly, they had a connection with the fans after being with the club for several years.

Now we look back to eight years ago and relish the moment which became a reality for all Chelsea fans, the night when Chelsea hoisted the Champions League trophy. For the players, it will be a game that they will never forget as their comeback and the events which occurred throughout the match, will go down as one of the best in the history of football.

Time to win the trophy.

How will Timo Werner fit this season with Chelsea FC?

It has a been tumultuous summer transfer market for Chelsea who have been one of the most active teams to date. One player who had been mentioned regularly prior to joining the Blues was Timo Werner. The German came off a career year who had been consistently mentioned to join Liverpool. Chelsea, who hardly were mentioned caught many people by surprise.

When a player such as Werner is available to be signed, a club who has the necessary funds should do what is possible to obtain their signature and commitment. If they wait too long to make a decision, other teams will grasp at the opportunity to acquire some of the best talent available in the transfer market. 

Over the past couple weeks prior to joining Chelsea, it was widely rumoured that Liverpool was in pole position to sign Werner. The Reds were reluctant to pay his full release clause of nearly €53 million euros and had yet to offer a contract to the forward.  Inter Milan and Juventus were also interested, but Chelsea seem to be willing to pay the full release clause and offer a five-year deal worth 10 million per year in wages. 

The late move by Chelsea caught many people by surprise and has shown that they are committed to signing one of the best up-and-coming players. Before signing Werner, in the past 12 months, Chelsea had only signed Mateo Kovaĉić and Hakim Ziyech. The transfer ban may have been a blessing in disguise as the club acquired a player who will help in many different ways.  Chelsea’s willingness to put pen to paper for the forward has Werner convinced in the project they have setup and Lampard playing a major role in convincing the German in what they plan to do moving forward.

While Liverpool continued to stall in signing Werner, Chelsea was lurking in the dark and wasted no time, pouncing on the opportunity. With the forward now part of the club, Chelsea fans have much to be excited about. What can they expect from the Leipzig forward?

Frank Lampard will be getting a player who should nicely fit his style of play. The Chelsea manager prefers to play direct attacking football, but the Blues have really struggled to finish their chances this season. Chelsea averaged 16.6 shots per game while only scoring 1.7 goals per game. Tammy Abraham has contributed 15 goals, but is the only player on the squad to find the back of the goal more than ten times in the English Premier League.  Willian who no longer is with the squad was second with six goals. The inability to find consistent scoring from other players has been a major issue for Lampard.  

Werner has flourished under manager Julian Nagelsmann, who’s been able to develop the forward’s game this season. Currently playing in a 4-4-2 formation, Werner showed to be very consistent, which is a rare quality to find in young players. The forward has scored many goals this season with his great movement and ability to strike the ball with great power and accuracy. The striker scored 28 goals in the Bundesliga, who was second in the league behind Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski. 

In the previous two Bundesliga campaigns, where he played as a wide forward, he averaged 3.6 shots per 90 minutes. In recent seasons he’s managed to get to the net and create opportunities for him and his teammates. This year, playing as a false nine, he’s averaged 3.6 shots per game and has improved his goal-scoring rate, averaging 0.71 goals per 90 minutes.  

Last season, Bayern Munich decided not to make a move for the forward, which has worked out well for the young forward.  Playing another season under Nagelsmann has helped Werner become a more complete player.

“Nagelsmann has said that I won’t be playing as an out-and-out striker for him as much, but more of a false 9,” Werner said.

“It has encouraged me to improve and develop myself, even when we come up against oppositions that sit deep. He’s helped me to make better use of space.”

Werner’s flexibility will provide Lampard positional versatility.  He will allow the Chelsea manager the option to play different formations, including the 4-3-3.  While Lampard has used various formations this season, the 4-3-3 is his preferred option. Werner will be a viable replacement for Pedro and Willian who are no longer with the club, and the forward has shown he can play on either wing, as a striker and as a false nine. 

Lampard’s current options include Abraham as the striker, Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson Odoi on either wing and Ziyech who could play as a right winger, a ten, or an eight. New addition, Kai Havertz could be used on the right wing or as an attacking midfielder, yet both players are capable of playing together up front. They have the ability to score and the experience of playing together for the German International squad.

Lampard has an abundance of players that offer positional versatility, which gives the manager many options to choose from. With so many competitions to be played, it never hurts to have more bodies in the line up as injuries do occur throughout the season. 

The scoring should vastly improve the most for Chelsea. Werner’s great movement will create more space for Abraham to work with and should result in more scoring opportunities.  Abraham’s physical strength up front and ability to play behind the defense should allow him room to separate him from the defense and have more chances to score. 

While Werner is not the most physical player, he has shown he can score at a prolific rate. He has scored 78 goals in 127 Bundesliga appearances with Leipzig over the past four campaigns. Goal scoring will no longer be an area of concern for Lampard as with a player of this caliber at his disposal. A new chapter is about to begin in Werner’s life and one which he will most certainly embrace. 

Bayern stroll past Fortuna Dusseldorf

Bayern Munich moved ten points clear at the summit of the Bundesliga with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Dusseldorf.

Bayern’s 10 point lead at the top last 24 hours before Dortmunds game the following day.

The German giants gained the lead in the 15th minute through an own goal by Mathias Jorgensen. Some good passing play saw Benjamin Pavard shoot but was deflected past the Dusseldorf goalkeeper by Jorgensen. 

French right back Pavard was able to find the back of the net himself in the same half to name the game 2-0.

Robert Lewandowski continued his rich form with his 33rd and 34th goals of the season. The Polish goalscorer put any chance of a Dusseldorf comeback beyond doubt either side of the half time interval.

Image from Bayern Munich

Young Canadian Alphonso Davies added insult to injury two minutes after Lewandowski’s second weaving his way past players in the penalty box and tucking the ball past the keeper.

Davies has been touted by some as the best left back in the world. Personally I feel he is currently the most inform left back, however, when you look at other players in that position you have to look at the likes of Marcelo and Jordi Alba at Real Madrid and Barcelona plus a certain Scot playing for Liverpool in the form of Andy Robertson as the best of in the world.

Image from Bayern Munich

With Chelsea looking for a left back these are the types of left backs that they should be thinking of in regards to their ability to get up the field to support the attack but also having the strong defensice skills.

Obviously the four named are well established in their teams so any transfer for the above named would be unlikely though others are available such as Nicolas Tagliafico of Ajax, Alex Telles of FC Porto and Ben Chilwell of Leicester City.

Finally, on loan Barcelona player at Bayern Munich Philippe Coutinho again was absent from the match day squad due to his ankle injury he substained during training during the break in football due to Coronavirus.