(Video) Talks opened, striker boost given, Chelsea warned over Koulibaly, Striker opens up on possible move, Chelsea told Grealish will move,
Guys here is a roundup of the latest news, gossip and transfer talk from icchelseanews.com over the past 24 hours…
Paul Merson has told the likes of Chelsea that Jack Grealish will 100 per cent leave Aston Villa in the summer if they go down.
The 24-year-old is reportedly high on the transfer wishlist of Blues boss Frank Lampard, after an impressive league campaign for Villa in which he has registered seven goals and six assists.
Lmapard knows that he needs to add a bit more quality and creativity to his midfield in the summer but is also looking to add value for money, and Grealish has made himself the perfect transfer target for the club.
Dean Smith’s side were 19th in the table and two points from safety with a game in hand when the 2019-20 season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, and asked whether Grealish would be forced to leave Aston Villa if the club drop back into the Championship, Merson told Sky Sports: ‘100 per cent. ‘If Villa go down, I think Grealish will be sold. He’s a Villa through and through, he loves the club.
‘But he will have to move on if he wants to better himself, there’s no doubt about that.
‘It’s hard to say that because Villa is a great club but he needs to be playing in the Premier League. He would have to leave.’
Merson also said Grealish had a better chance of forcing his way into the England squad for Euro 2020 in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis.
‘I think it probably helps Jack Grealish in that sense,’ the Arsenal legend added.
‘He probably wasn’t getting in the squad [if the tournament happened this summer] but with one more good season he could.
‘I’m afraid to say as an ex-Villa man that he’ll probably move on. ‘But football is a funny game. Young players who were flying before this all happened could suddenly lose form.’
Italian football expert Aurelio Capaldi has warned the likes of Chelsea about the possible signing of Kalidou Koulibaly.
have been in the transfer headlines alot of the past few months as all indications suggest that boss Frank Lampard is keen to delve into that transfer kitty in the summer and improve his back-line.
And one name that is high up on the shopping list is that of Kouliably, who is easily regarded as one of the finest central defenders in Seria A, and around Europe.
But despite rumours we have made contact with Koulibaly, Capaldi has made it clear he is not the player he once was: “I think that Kouliably needs a new experience and also Napoli would be happy to let him go if they could get a good offer,” Capaldi told the Transfer Window podcast
“Newcastle has been a whisper but I think that it’s not the same situation, for example, as last year because Koulibaly’s last season was not so good.
“He had lots of physical problems, he had injuries, basically he made mistakes and he went unnoticed.
“So I think that Napoli are happy to let him go if they get the right money but it’s hard to identify the right quantity of money now because Koulibaly at the moment is not the player that he used to be.
“So that is something which must be discussed.
“Koulibaly is earning around €7million net per season and as you can remember two years ago, market reports were saying that there were clubs ready to buy him for €100m.
“I don’t think that is the case now, not only for Koulibaly’s recent performances, not only for the injuries he’s had to face, but also because the market has changed and the market is still changing.
“Everybody is trying to realise the new shape of the market.
“I think Napoli are trying to find the right balance between the value they give to the player and the realistic offer that will come.”[the_ad id=”164″]
Chelsea has been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa after he opened up about his future.
The Premier League seasons is surely just a few weeks away from being re-started and finished ahead of the summer window, which will mean that clubs like Arsenal will be able to focus on working on the side.
And that has led to speculation in the media suggesting that Lampard has been eyeing up a deal foe one of the best young strikers in the game, Chiesa.
Chiesa is being monitored by several top clubs across Europe, with United and Chelsea also facing competition from Juventus and Inter Milan, as he continues to impress over in Seria A.
However, the son of Italy’s soccer star Enrico Chiesa is currently without an agent and he doesn’t plan to get one soon, and he claimed that no negotiations are ongoing with regards to his transfer out of his current team.
‘There are no negotiations, there is Fiorentina,’ he told Corriere dello Sport newspaper (via Football Italia
“I do not have an agent, so I speak to the club and my father (former Fiorentina and Parma striker Enrico Chiesa) is always by my side. He is like my personal assistant!
‘We never even considered hiring an agent, but I don’t know if that will continue in future.
‘The rumour linking me with Francesco Totti’s agency was fake news and he was the first to contact the club to clarify that.
‘I’ve spoken so much to the President, Joe Barone and Daniele Prade over the last year, but I am concentrated only on the present.
‘I focus on working every day, achieving immediate objectives, first and foremost securing safety. We just hope to get back to playing and the rest will follow.
‘My objective is to improve in general, not just on a technical level, because I am the first to acknowledge that I need to become a more complete player.’
It has been a busy few days for Chelsea and we have some big Ben Chilwell and Moussa Dembele news
We all know that the we are keen to add a left-back and striker to the side at the end of the season and have been linked with alot of players over the past few months.
But after Lyon opened the door for us to sign Dembele, and the reports which have claimed thatwe have opened talsks to sign Ben Chilwell, especially after the big London claim that was made, it could be an exciting summer.
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