One-time defender Frank Sinclair says that Chelsea ace Billy Gilmour has the ability to become a Stamford Bridge legend in the future.
Before the coronavirus crisis, the academy graduate produced two man-of-the-match displays as Chelsea defeated Everton and Liverpool in the space of five days.
While it remains to be seen whether the 18-year-old midfielder will continue to be handed regular opportunities when football eventually resumes, Frank has talked up the chances of the Scottish talent becoming a permanent fixture in the starting lineup.
Frank told GentingBet: “Billy Gilmour has got what it takes to make it at Chelsea and he’s got an incredible future at the club – I’d put him up there as being a real Chelsea great if he gets the opportunity to play regular football for Chelsea.
“Before he even arrived in the first team this season, I was well aware of how highly he was rated after listening to what was coming out from the academy coaches on their analysis of the player. Everyone is fully aware as to how good he has been since he joined the football club.”
Frank spent eight years at the Blues between 1990 and 1998, making a total of 218 appearances across all competitions.
Meantime, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are allegedly preparing to rival Chelsea for the signature of Real Madrid full-back Achraf Hakimi during this summer’s transfer market.
Hakimi has spent each of the last two campaigns on loan at Borussia Dortmund but will return to his parent side ahead of the 2020-21 term.
The Blues have allegedly already been in touch with Madrid to discuss a potential move, but according to AS, Bianconeri and the Parisians are also considering offers for the Morocco international.
Angel Gomes has hinted his priority is to stay at Manchester United, despite interest from Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
The 19-year-old prodigy is out of contract at the end of the campaign and is yet to put pen to paper on a fresh deal.
While fellow academy products Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams have firmly established themselves as part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s senior team squad, Angel has struggled to make a similar impact.
The attacker has made just six first-team appearances across all competitions this season and the potential addition of Jadon Sancho this summer would further restrict Angel’s chances of making a breakthrough at Old Trafford.
He is said to have been frustrated at his inability to make progress and has watched on as several of his friends, including Tahith Chong, have signed improved contracts recently.
The Blues, who have blooded a clutch of youngsters this term under Frank Lampard, have been monitoring Angel’s situation carefully but Metro.co.uk reported last month that the Red Devils had reopened negotiations and are ready to offer the player a £30,000-a-week.
Speaking in an official Manchester United Google Hangout with teammate Andreas Pereira, Angel spoke about his ambitions at the club and appeared to commit his long-term future to his boyhood side.
‘I’ve seen it over the years, coming up from the academy and being at United my whole career. It’s what I want to go on to do – win trophies for the club.’ said Gomes.
Napoli, Juventus and Inter are all monitoring Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri’s situation at the club, sources have told Goal.
However, the former AS Roma player is still hoping his long-term future remains at the west London heavyweights.
Napoli are considering replacing Faouzi Ghoulam or Mario Rui with the Italy international in the next transfer market, with the Algerian having been left out of the club’s UCL squad this season.
Palmieri had fallen out of favour before play was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak, with the 25-year-old star not making Frank Lampard’s matchday squad in four of the club’s five most recent PL matches.
Frank has insisted that he has yet to make any final decisions over the future of his players and Palmieri is hopeful of convincing the club that his long-term future remains in west London.
The Blues have been looking to bolster at left-back for some time. Leicester City ace Ben Chilwell is an ambitious primary target for the club but the transfer sum could prove substantial after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United set an expensive precedent in their £80 million (€91 million) deal for Harry Maguire last summer.
Porto full-back Alex Telles is currently available for £35 million (€40 million) due to his release clause and is on the Blues’ transfer radar, while Getafe’s loan sensation from Barcelona Marc Cucurella is further down the wishlist.
Interestingly, Partenopei also have an interest in Cucurella, who could be purchased by Getafe from Barca ahead of a sale this summer at around £23 million (€25 million).