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Lampard opens up on possible Chelsea signing, Italian claims striker to Chelsea, not Madrid, Lampard has Chelsea transfer message

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Frank Lampard has opened up about the possible January signing of Boubarkary Soumare for Chelsea.

The 20-year-old has had an outstanding campaign with fifth-placed Lille in Ligue 1 and is widely regarded as one of the most promising young midfielders in Europe, and his performances have caught the attentions of Lampard.

It is believed that we are interested in signing this young man this month, as he is seen as the perfect long-term replacement for the brilliant Ngolo Kante, who has been linked with a shock exit at the end of the season.

But when asked if we were looking to finalise a deal for Soumare this month, Lampard said on the Daily Express website: “I’m aware of him as a player but he’s not on my radar for this window, to be fair.

“We played against them and I know he’s a good player but that’s one that’s not on the immediate radar, albeit he’s a good player.

“But he’s another club’s player.”

Soumare recently come out and claimed that he is not moving to England this transfer window, but has also admitted he may leave at the end of the season.

He told L’Equipe: “I want to do a full season, yes. I feel good, my team-mates are helping me. It is not time to leave. I don’t want to leave with regrets.

“Yes, of course [I would like to leave], I have already discussed with the coach. I told him very clearly. I have a very clear idea of ​​where I want to go in my career. I know where I am today. And that suits me.”

Edinson Cavani could join Chelsea as Atletico Madrid are struggling to comply with La Liga’s salary cap.

There has been ALOT OF TRANSFER SPECULATION in the media about a deal for Cavani, with many media outlets believing that he will be the big named signing that Frank Lampard needs to make an impact on the side for the second half of the season.

But despite all the talk that a deal is on the horizon, nothing has happened and many of the fans are becoming frustrated about all the speculation and rumours regarding a possible deal for the PSG star.

However, we have been handed a massive boost in their quest to land the PSG striker in the coming days from Italian Journalist Gabriele Marcotti, who believes the salary cap will stop any possible move to La Liga.

He told the Transfer Talk podcast: “You’ve got a tall, mobile, athletic striker. He turns 33 years old on Valentine’s Day, that’s the reality of it.

“So you’re kind of mad to give him anything more, in my opinion, than two-and-a-half years, max.

“Paris Saint-Germain say that they’re holding out for, what is it, €12m-€15m, €20m that they want.

“It seems like a ton of money given that he’s going to walk on a free at the end of the season.

“So it’s kind of like a game of chicken going on there. He was going to go to Atletico Madrid, as we know Atletico Madrid have serious issues obviously with the salary cap in La Liga, they have to move other players out.

“I don’t think he’d be a bad option for Chelsea.

“In fact I was speaking with a former Chelsea executive who made the point that Tammy Abraham is phenomenal but he’s played so much football.

“He’s carrying so much pressure. Maybe an impact striker, who could score goals regularly for you, take some of the pressure off him, allow him to grow and develop so that he could come back stronger and once again be the No 1 striker next year, would make sense.”

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Frank Lampard upped the ante in Chelsea’s pursuit of new signings, delivering a pointed message to the board in his post-match interview at Hull.

Lampard has been able to sign new players all transfer window and has been linked with some big time players, that will come in and help send a real statement to the rest of the Premier League, and possibly, Europe.

However, despite all the transfer speculation, we have so far been unable to celebrate any new signings, with the board playing silly buggers with possible transfers in the last few weeks.

But after seeing his side get past Hull in the FA Cup over the weekend, Lampard has once again upped the ante about signings, telling the BBC: “I don’t want to get caught up in the actual money’s of it [transfers]. That’s not my job.

“But what I have to do is be honest and truthful when I speak for myself, for the club and for the manager of the club.

“People look at me, they’re gonna say ‘Well, what are you doing with those players on the pitch? How are you coaching and training them?’

“Great, I accept that whether it’s criticism or whether it’s praise.

“But also, where are we going with the club and recruitment?

“When we’ve missed a window it’s very important for us and in the short term if feels very important now.

“So that’s something we’re working on and we have to get it right.”

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