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Valencia interested in signing Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga
Chelsea FC goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is subject to interest from La Liga side Valencia FC. The Spanish side are looking to sign the Blues shot-stopper on a two-year loan deal in the summer. Recent reports have indicated that there is doubt over Kepa being a Chelsea FC player next season.
It is believed that a loan move for the Spaniard would involve a buyout clause on behalf of Valencia FC. The La Liga side are considering Kepa as a replacement for their current first-choice goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. The Dutch international is expected to leave the club in the summer.
Kepa signed for the Blues in 2018 for a world record fee of for a goalkeeper, that amounted to £72million. He previously played in the La Liga for Athletic Bilbao, where his performances had earned him rave reviews across Europe.
Upon signing for Chelsea FC, Kepa had to shoulder the huge responsibility of replacing Thibaut Courtois, who had made a move to Real Madrid. The Spaniard had performed well in his first season at Stamford Bridge. However, he was infamously involved in a heated argument with then Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri in the 2019 Carabao Cup final against Manchester City FC.
However, during Frank Lampard’s reign as the Blues manager, Kepa has endured mixed fortunes. Disappointing performances from Kepa have led to Lampard dropping the Spaniard from his starting lineup. Instead, 38-year old Willy Cabellero has replaced him as the Blues first-choice goalkeeper.
Despite Kepa starting both Chelsea FC games post lockdown, there is a great deal of uncertainty regarding his future in the Blues shirt. The 25-year old is rumoured to be wanting to leave Stamford Bridge as he seeks first-team assurances. Kepa is concerned about not being selected as Spain’s first-team goalkeeper in next year’s UEFA Euros.
If Kepa does decide to leave the Blues, Frank Lampard is expected to sign Andre Onana, who plays for Ajax FC.
Onana is a brilliant goalkeeper and had performed exceptionally well in last season’s Champions League when Ajax had reached the semi-finals.
Chelsea transfer stance on David Alaba explained as Frank Lampard eyes signing
Chelsea do not see Bayern Munich star David Alaba as a priority target ahead of the summer transfer window, reports say. Frank Lampard is eager to land a new left-back, having already secured the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner. But it appears the Austria international is unlikely to move to Stamford Bridge at current time.
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Alaba has fallen down the Bayern Munich pecking order this season, with the Austria international currently behind Alphonso Davies in the German giants’ pecking order.
And that’s sparked suggestions that he could become the latest player to join Lampard’s Chelsea revolution, with Werner and Ziyech having already signed on the dotted line.
Chelsea do want a new left-back and Express Sport understands that, at the current time, their priority is Leicester’s Ben Chilwell.
And Football London say Alaba isn’t a ‘top priority’ for the west London giants.
Chelsea fans are warned to not get too carried away about the prospect of the 28-year-old making the move to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea: Blues earned biggest win of the season against Manchester City
Chelsea has earned a plethora of important victories this season, but the Blues’ beating of Manchester City is perhaps the most impressive.
While Pep Guardiola downplayed the importance of this game for his squad, this match meant the world to Chelsea. Not because of the title implications or due to the narrative of the Blues as title clinchers, but for the sake of keeping Chelsea ahead of the pack in the top four race.
When analyzing the Blues’ remaining schedule, the game against Manchester City was one of—if not the—toughest games left to play. After a sub-par showing against Aston Villa that saw the Blues squeak out of Villa Park with a win, few knew what to expect of them. However, Frank Lampard delivered a tactical masterclass to school Guardiola and the Citizens, giving Chelsea its biggest victory of the season.
As Man City strolled into Stamford Bridge, the Citizens knew that two things were certain: Liverpool was going to eventually win the title and they would come second. On the other hand, nothing was guaranteed for the home side. Chelsea sat two points above in-form Manchester United and Wolves. With Leicester dropping points mid-week, as well, the west Londoners had to capitalize.
Goals from Christian Pulisic and Willian elevated the Blues to a five-point lead above United and Wolves with seven matches to go. Further, Chelsea now sits just one-point behind Leicester City in third. The top four has looked the same since early in the season, but a welcome change could be on the horizon.
As was the case at Tottenham late last year, the Blues shine on the biggest stages. Things haven’t always been easy this season, but whenever another club—be it Man United, Spurs, Wolves or Sheffield United—come for Chelsea’s Champions League place, the team seems to perform at its best. The Blues maintained a lead over the pack, despite a 12-match unbeaten run by Man United and have taken advantage of Leicester’s poor form.
The triumph over Guardiola’s side also showed supporters that the Blues aren’t far away from being the team City is now. While City has been unlucky with injuries over the course of the season, the Citizens are nowhere near what they were over the last two seasons. Chelsea has a lot of work to do to catch Liverpool, but with performances like this and added signings, the Blues may just surprise a few folks come next year.
Chelsea’s victory over Man City was vital to the club’s top four hopes. Now, the Blues have the chance to finish in the ‘best of the rest’ third place spot for the second season in a row. Wins like this define Lampard’s first season as manager, the sky is the limit for this Chelsea team in years to come.
Chelsea in the battle for 21-year-old Germany international
Bayer Leverkusen chief Fernando Carro admits the team are resigned to the fact Kai Havertz is set to take the ‘next step’ in his career amid speculation linking the midfielder with Chelsea and Bayern Munich.
Germany international has established himself as one of the most talented teenagers in European football after racking up 11 goals and five assists in the Bundesliga this campaign.
Blues verbally agreed on a deal with Timo Werner earlier this month, and Kai looked set to follow his fellow countryman to London club, with Frank Lampard’s side were favourites for his signature.
However, the latest reports suggest the Bavarians are confident of landing Havertz and are closer to Bundesliga giants’ £75m valuation of Germany international than the Blues.
Asked about the rumours surrounding Kai’s future, Bayer Leverkusen CEO Carro told Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger: ‘Many clubs are interested in him. I see the player’s wish to take the next step sometime shortly. You have to respect that as much as the fact that he has a contract in until 2022.’
In another interview with Infobae, Carro insisted Leverkusen were open to all possibilities ahead of the summer transfer window but that Kai was entirely focussed on the remaining games of the club’s season. ‘Kai has been with us for ten years, he is a player who is fully integrated and devoted to the club, but he wants to take a big step,’ he said.
‘All the great clubs in Europe are after him and for us, in the end, what the player wants is what is important.’