Romagnoli chase, Icardi answer, Xavi message and Omeruo dream all feature in Chelsea roundup
Its been another crazy day in the media so here is our daily roundup of all IcChelseanews headlines.
We have reportedly rekindled their interest in AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli ahead of a potential bid in the January window.
Romagnoli has been on the transfer radar of Chelsea for a number of seasons now with reports even claiming that we make contact with Milan in a bid to finally sign the gifted central-defender, but the Italians were not prepared to sell their Captain and a player they hold in the highest regard.
So boss Maurizio Sarri cut his losses and just decided to complete deals for Kepa, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic and then work with what he had at the club, which has been a great decision so far having started the season unbeaten.
However, with speculation both Andreas Christensen is looking to leave the club in the January window, reports on the TalkSport website have claimed the Blues sent representatives to witness the Milan derby at the weekend, as we look to beat off Manchester United and land the world class star. (Read more)
Barcelona legend Xavi has hailed Maurizio Sarri for building a “spectacular” team at Chelsea since his arrival from Napoli in the summer.
Since his arrival at the club in the summer, Sarri has already transformed a side that struggled to keep pace with Manchester City and Liverpool last season and put us firmly in the chase for a Premier League title, with a big opportunity to also win the Europa League.
And although many in the media had their doubts that Sarri would change much at Stamford Bridge, Sarri has brought exciting and entertaining football back to the club, but also the ability to grind out results when we are not playing at our best, much like the result at the weekend against Manchester United.
Now Xavi the latest to praise the Italian, stating that he loves the way Sarri likes to play the game.
Xavi has been left very impressed from what he has seen from Sarri’s side, telling Italian publication Corriere dello Sport (via Football Italia): “I’ve studied Sarri’s football and I like it a lot, both when he was at Napoli and now at Chelsea. He always wants to have the ball and dominate the game. He didn’t win with Napoli, but maybe he can do it in London. He deserves it for his work, because he gets his teams playing with fluidity.
“He has great ideas and he knows how to put them into practice. Take the signing of Jorginho: he could have put a phenomenon like [N’Golo] Kanté in front of the defence, but he wanted to develop a certain style of football in terms of circulating possession.
“So he managed to find space for the Frenchman and Jorginho, and now his Chelsea are spectacular.” (Read More)
Kenneth Omeruo has told Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri that he still harbours dreams to one day play for the club.
The 25-year old midfielder joined the boys way back in 2012 and was hailed as one of the best young talents the club acquired in years, but he failed to make any real impact on the side and has spent much of his time here out on loan, spending a second spell at Turkish side Kasımpasa last season.
He once again he failed to convince Sarri over the summer that he deserved a chance to stay and get a chance to play, and ultimately decided to move to La Liga on a season-long loan with Leganes.
And although he admitted he would be open to a permanent deal with Leganes, he has admitted that he would love to one day play for us, even if it was for one game.
He told the BBC: “Right now I’m fulfilling my dream of playing in La Liga, it’s amazing and different. Leganes have an option to sign me permanently and I would like to give everything to stay in the league.
“I’ve played in the English championship, I’ve gotten a feel of that but La Liga is very good. If I end up playing for Chelsea someday fine, because it is one of the biggest teams in the world and they have the highest fan base in Nigeria. I would love to play for them, even if it’s just a game, but right now I am very happy with my life here in Spain.”
Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has told Maurizio Sarri that he has no intention of leaving the Italians in the January transfer window.
There has been a lot of media speculation over the last few weeks which suggested we were ready to delve into our transfer kitty in the winter window and splash over £90 million to acquire the services of Icardi, who has already hit nine goals this season for Milan.
It is no secret a section of the fans have jumped on the bandwagon of many pundits who claim Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata need to be sold and replaced with a striker that can actually find the back of the net, as we simply cannot rely on the goals of star man Eden Hazard throughout the whole season.
And reports suggested that Icardi was the Italians top transfer target with some reports even claiming that he would be open to a move to Stamford Bridge after failing to agree a new contract at Milan, as they are not prepared to offer him the £8.5 million a year he would like.
He was quoted on the Metro website: ‘I do not know if everything that is published is true. I always say that I am very good with my family at Inter, I have no intention of leaving.
‘Offers came in the summer but I have neither the need nor the desire to leave. Offers always arrive. At the moment I am very calm and I am focused on what we are doing with the team of which I am a captain. We are going to play in the Champions League and the offers will not move me.’ (Read More)