Footy Extras

Chelsea keen to bolster attack by signing €55m-rated Wilfried Zaha

Chelsea have reportedly held negotiations with fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha’s agent over a potential summer transfer.

As things stand, the Blues are no longer under a transfer ban for the January window and will be eligible to start landing players.

According to the Independent, the recruitment process is already underway because the Blues’ director of football Marina Granovskaia spoke to Federico Pastorello to discuss a swoop for Zaha.

Zaha, who is under contract until the summer of 2023, has regularly been linked with transfers away from Crystal Palace in the latest years since returning from Manchester United.

The 27-year-old star came out and said he wanted to play in the UCL and decided to ditch his entourage Will Salthouse from Unique Sports Management in September after a move failed to materialise.

Arsenal launched a £40 million offer in the summer but the Selhurst Park club wanted double that for their key man before the Gunners sealed a club-record deal to bring in Nicolas Pepe from Ligue 1 club LOSC Lille.

The Blues are understood to be long-term admirers of Wilfried and know the likes of Willian and Pedro are surely nearing the end of their Chelsea careers.

Even with Callum Hudson-Odoi signing a fresh contract and the arrival of Christian Pulisic, the Ivory Coast international could still offer plenty to Frank Lampard’s attack next campaign.

There is a chance that Chelsea boss will make a move in January following positive news at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea plan to make ex-Man City talent most expensive signing in their history

Chelsea are ready to smash their transfer record to land Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, according to the latest reports.

The Premier League giants are no longer banned from signing any stars. The club have found out on Thursday the appeal to overturn their transfer ban has been successful.

The Blues are given the green light, they will be able to bring in players in the next transfer window.

Goal report the club are ‘confident’ of signing Sancho ahead of Manchester United either in January or next summer.

He is close friends with Chelsea stars Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who the star grew up with in London.

And Jadon is expected to command a much bigger sum than the £72million arrival of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from La Liga outfit Athletic Bilbao at Stamford Bridge last year.

The England youngster, who is valued at more than £100 million, has appeared to be unsettled in Germany after a blistering 2018/19 term where he scored 12 goals and registered 14 assists in the German top-flight.

His numbers have been good this campaign, too, with five goals and six assists in 11 games in Bundesliga.

However, Jadon feeling ‘humiliated and scapegoated’ by die Borussen for their inconsistent form this term, which has seen them win only six of their opening 13 matches.

Sancho has also been connected with a big-money move to Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid and the Premier League title-chasers Liverpool.

£220,000-a-week Barcelona winger linked with move to Chelsea

Chelsea are holding negotiations with Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele’s entourage after having their FIFA transfer ban reduced following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

That is according to La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira, who claims that Dembele’s agents were in contact with the Blues’ chief Marina Granovskaia last week.

“Chelsea is interested in Ousmane Dembele. Last week his agent has talked with Marina Granovskaia.” – Nicolo Schira said.

This comes after CAS halved the London club’s transfer ban to one window, which was served in the summer, and that means they’ll be allowed to sign players next month.

The Premier League outfit were slapped with a two-window ban by FIFA in February for breaching regulations on signing young players.

Ousmane appears to have joined the list of the Blues’ targets, which also reportedly includes the likes of Crystal Palace man Wilfried Zaha, Leicester ace Ben Chilwell, Borussia Dortmund starlet Jadon Sancho and more.

Boss Frank Lampard is pleased with CAS’ decision but remained coy regarding his side’s transfer strategy as he claims this is a “discussion we can take up”.

Frank said: “It’s a positive outcome for us. It allows us the potential to look at the market going forward.

“So I’m pleased from a footballing level. It was never my business to get involved in the reasons why or the legal side of it.”

Dembele rose to prominence during his one-year stint at die Borussen where he scored 10 goals in 50 matches.

The France international winger then moved to Barcelona two years ago on a staggering £135.5m move.

Chelsea forward confirms offers to leave Stamford Bridge

Premier League giants Chelsea winger Pedro has admitted he has offers from sides to leave amid a ‘difficult time’ for him at the Blues.

The Spaniard has found himself out of favour under manager Frank Lampard this season, making just nine appearances across all competitions so far.

Only four have those have been in the PL, and he hasn’t finished a game since the 1-1 draw with Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City in August.

Frank has instead preferred to focus on the Blues’ young guns, which has resulted in a drastic change in circumstance for the likes of the Spaniard, who was a regular under Maurizio Sarri last term.

There have been talks that Chelsea’s hierarchy will be open to moving him on in the January transfer market, particularly as his existing deal comes to an end next summer.

And he has now confirmed that he has proposals from other clubs should he wish to move, although he insists he is calm about the current situation.

“Yes there are offers, there are always clubs that are interested, and that is a joy,” the former Barcelona man told Radio Club Tenerife, relayed by El Dorsal.

“I am calm because in the club they have always treated me in the best way; also the same with the fans and teammates.

“You have to keep working to take advantage when you have opportunities. Yes, it is a difficult time.

“I still have years to play, but you’re thinking about what things are going on. I’m running out of contract at Chelsea, I’m free, and we’ll see what happens.”

France international likely to remain at Chelsea beyond January window

Chelsea star Olivier Giroud may be forced to wait until the end of the campaign to leave Stamford Bridge as it is thought that no potential buyers are willing to pay a transfer fee for the experienced Frenchman.

Giroud, for whom the Blues paid around £18 million in January 2018, is due to be out of contract at the end of the term and so stands to be available as a free agent in 2020.

It means that there is minimal motivation for interested sides to cough up cash in January and The Sun states that even a £5m asking price has thus far been enough to put suitors off.

There have been talks that a lack of club action may put Olivier, a World Cup winner in 2018, in danger of missing out on a place in the France roster for Euro 2020.

However, it must be noted that it has not hurt him so far. He has played at least some part in every qualifier, featuring in most of them, and has scored four times in his last six matches for his country.

Giroud was an unused substitute for a friendly versus Bolivia in June, making it the first international match he has missed since injury ruled him out of a friendly versus Germany in November 2017.

Moreover, he has never been left out of a France team for anything other than injury since he made his international debut eight years ago.

Chelsea held meeting with entourage of €125m Barcelona flop

Ousmane Dembele has reportedly risked angering Barcelona as it’s stated his agent has met with executives from Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.

The 22-year-old star is currently sidelined by injury again as he has been limited to just nine matches so far this season, scoring just one goal and picking up no assists.

That’s been the story of his stint with the Catalan heavyweights for the most part, but he still arguably remains an important player for Ernesto Valverde with his ability to offer a different dynamic in the attack.

However, according to El Desmarque, his entourage, Moussa Sissoko, has met with officials from Chelsea, PSG and Man City without the permission of Blaugrana, and so it could now create a real problem between the respective parties.

It’s suggested that the French star will leave at the end of the season though with the club setting their sights on Neymar or Lautaro Martinez instead, two stars who have been requested by the Argentine superstar Lionel Messi to bolster their attacking options moving forward.

As for Dembele though, it’s noted that Citizens and Pep Guardiola could be the side most willing to fork out on him despite his history of injury troubles at Blaugrana, with the report above adding that they could offer as much as €95 million to prise him away from the Camp Nou.

Time will tell if that happens as that seems to be quite a major gamble especially with his injury history in mind, but ultimately it does sound as though Ousmane could be at risk of moving on next summer.