Chelsea close in on Coutinho deal after Barca message, Pedro updates on Chelsea fc future, Kokcu will thrive in Premier league in Chelsea news..
Barcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner has claimed that the club will only be partaking in swap deals in the upcoming transfer window, increasing speculation over Chelsea target Philippe Coutinho.
Coutinho, who has struggled to reach the kind of form which made him one of the best players in the game during his time with Liverpool, meaning that he will be on the transfer market during the summer window
We reportedly lead the chase, especially as there is talk that Brazilian Willian could be leaving the club after failing to agree a new contract and reports have suggested that the boss sees the Brazilian as the ideal man to replace Willian.
There has been some claims in the media that Barcelona are willing to accept a fee of around £70 million for the player that cost well over £100 million just a few seasons ago, simply because he has not made the impact on the side that many had hoped.
Now, amid all the speculation regarding a number of his players, 57-year-old Cordoner has lifted the lid on how the club have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic with players’ wages set to be slashed again despite the squad already accepting a 70 per cent cut.
In an interview with ESPN, Cardoner has revealed how the Blaugrana have already lost around £124million due to being in lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.
After stating Barca would definitely make a loss this campaign, he said: “Because our base economic situation is a solid one, this will not affect us the same way as probably other clubs.”
Pedro has opened up on his Chelsea future, with reports he is leaving in the summer.
There has been alot of transfer speculation in the media over the past few days, despite the fact the Coronavirus has dominated the headlines and the fact that the summer transfer window is still months away from opening.
But with the reports in the media all suggesting that Frank Lampard will be seeking to add a few wingers to his side in the summer, that means there will no longer be space for the likes of Pedro, who is out of contract when this season FINALLY finishes.
And With the arrival of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax in June, the veteran Spaniard would see his first team options limited still further and it would be a surprise to see him stay in west London.
But he insists that is still a possibility, However, with ‘offers from many places’ it still seems most likely that the World Cup winner will find a new home ahead of next season.
‘The coronavirus situation affected everything, so at the moment we are waiting for a meeting with Chelsea,’ said the Spaniard on the Sun website
‘I must meet with the club, but I have offers from many places too.
‘I know that the contract is concluding, but we have not yet sat down to discuss whether to renew and continue here or not.
‘I’m waiting for the meeting with the club, but am also open to listening to other offers.
‘The priority right now is completing my contract, then we’ll see what happens.
‘I don’t know, I really don’t know. I have offers from many places and I’ll evaluate what to do next.
‘The truth is, I don’t know what’s going to happen.’
Former Manchester United treble winner Jaap Stam is confident Chelsea transfer target Orkun Kokcu would thrive in the Premier League.
We are getting ready for the re-start of the Premier League season (when it officially resumes), but that has not stopped speculation linking the club with a number of players.
We have said it before and we will say it again, Frank Lampard is a man that needs to improve in certain areas of the pitch over the coming transfer windows to turn this side from top four chasers, to Premier League challengers.
Stam played a significant role in Kocku’s development having managed the attacking midfielder earlier this season before he resigned and has now come out and admitted that he is sure the Turkey Under-21 international has a bright future ahead of him.
‘He would need to adjust because the step to Arsenal and the Premier League is totally different when you compare it to Holland,’ Stam told Goal
‘The pace of the game, the quality, the intensity is a lot higher.
‘But he has the ability. He is a player who has the personality to want to improve, he always wants to do better. He’s never happy with himself, he’s disappointed if he doesn’t score, or his passes aren’t good enough.
‘When I joined Feyenoord, he hadn’t played a lot because everyone said he was too young. I put him in the first team and let him play most of the games, I trusted him and saw a lot of ability in him. Now he’s proving himself in Holland and is one of the best midfield players in the country.
‘He’s certainly got the ability to make that step to the Premier League.’
Kokcu has much to prove and considering we are one of the biggest clubs in the game, he may struggle to get the game time at Stamford Bridge that he would like.