Upamecano green light given to Chelsea, Tomori to leave, Rice wants London stay and Piazon deal to be announced in icchelseanews roundup…
Chelsea are on the verge of announcing that long-serving Lucas Piazon is all set to leave the club this month.
The forward is somewhat of a forgotten man at Stamford Bridge with his only Premier League outing come in the memorable 8-0 win over Aston Villa back in December 2012, but is his time at the club seems to be coming towards a very abrupt end.
He has made 12 appearances for Rio Ave so far this season, but that loan spell looks set to end earlier than expected and he is about to agree a transfer deal to Portuguese giants FC Braga
We have not been busy this transfer window, so once the deal is announced, it will be the first transfer deal that the Blues have completed, and Frank Lampard has warned it could be difficult to further trim his squad, with the likes of Emerson, Fikayo Tomori and Jorginho all linked with moves away
“We’ll see what happens with the squad because we’re in a very tough time in terms of Covid and how the transfer market looks,” Lamps told TalkSport
“So anything that happens, player by player, would have to be right for the club, for the player, dependent on contracts, and then myself.
“So it’s not simple.
“Generally, you want to have a squad that has a real balance to it, one that enables players to get minutes but also have good competition at the same time.
“I’m not saying this negatively about my players because I have a human side to me that understands why players are unhappy when they are not playing.
“I see that.
“But I just can’t make the decision to play everyone and that can be challenging.”
Frank Lampard admits Newcastle United target Fikayo Tomori could leave Chelsea on loan this month.
The 23-year-old defender is on the fringes of the first-team picture at Stamford Bridge, despite the fact that he is regarded as one of the very best young defenders in the Premier League right now.
Tomori has made just four appearances this season – the latest being a 10-minute cameo in the FA Cup win over Morecambe, and that has led to alot of speculation in the media that a number of teams are interested in a possible deal.
Newcastle boss Steven Bruce is one boss that is seeking to improve his squad this transfer window with a few loan signings, and has been tipped to make a move for the Blues star now that he knows there is a serious chance of a deal getting done.
And now Lampard has admitted that Tomori could be on the move for the rest of the season after failing to make the starting XI for the Morecambe clash, Lampard told football.london: “The situation with Fikayo is open at the moment.
“There is a possibility he could be going on loan to get games somewhere else. That was part of my thinking of not starting him today.
“I gave him some minutes at the end but while we were looking at that I wanted to make sure it was the right thing for the club and for him and individually. So that’s why he didn’t start.”
Red Bull Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has one again admitted that they may have to sell their best players, with Dayot Upamecano a player that Chelsea would like
Arsenal, Barcelona, PSG, Bayern Munich and now Chelsea have all entered the chase to get a transfer deal done for the young man, especially as Frank Lampard knows that his most important defender, Thiago Silva, will not be around the club for too many seasons.
And now amid all the speculation, Mintzlaff has once again admitted that they would sell their top performers if it make financial sense, commenting on potentially having to sell players, Mintzlaff told Sport BILD: “We have a squad that is very broad in terms of quality. So we will sell top performers again if it makes financial sense and we can cope with it from a sporting point of view.
“When I think of [Timo] Werner, [Matheus] Cunha, [Naby] Keita or [Diego] Demme, we’ve already made a lot of money and still made progress in terms of the sporting side.
“Overall, we have invested a lot in our team, no question about that. But look: the current squad had a market value of less than €250million (£225m) when the individual players made their debut.
“And if we now take the current market value, we are at around €550m (£495m). You have to take this plus of over €300m (£270m) into account when you talk about investments. We are creating value with our path.”
Declan Rice reportedly wants to stay in London with switch to Chelsea his priority.
The January window is just a few weeks away from closing and despite all the speculation linking the club with some big transfer moves, there has not been much action in the window so far.
However, that has been the case, down to the fact there is covid still flying around in the air, and that means that rather than improving the squads this transfer window, it is very likely that they are both planning for the summer window.
And that has of course led to more speculation that we will try and make a transfer move for Rice, who has become one of the very best midfielders in the Premier League over the past 12 months or so.
However, According to the Mirror, the England international has told friends he doesn’t want to live in the north, and should he leave West Ham in the coming windows, he would much prefer to stay in London.
A source close to the versatile 21-year-old said: “Dec has been flattered by interest in him but he doesn’t see himself moving to Manchester.
“It’s obvious where he’d like his next move to be.”
Potential suitors will have to cough up bug money for Rice, who has been valued at a whopping £80million by West Ham.
Rice is a brilliantly gifted player that has some great potential, but at the end of the day, we are not in dire need of adding a new midfielder to the squad right now, and certainly not for £80 million