Stones transfer claim made, Havertz and Werner all set to explode for Chelsea and Sarr delighted with transfer move in icchelseanews roundup…
Chelsea defender Melang Sarr has admitted his delight after completing a loan move to Porto.
With all the signings that we made over the course of the summer, it is easy to forget that the club managed to secure a deal for the highly-rated Sarr, who became a free agent and was chased by most of the top sides in the Premier League.
But he needs time before he is ready to make an impact, and the club decided that letting him make the move to Porto on a short-term loan for the next 12 months should help give him the game time that he needs to develop.
Sarr joins a Porto side which has risen back to the top of the pile in Portugal in recent seasons. Last season, they won a Primeira Liga and Taca de Portugal double under Sergio Conceicao, and the Dragoes will be expected to keep the good times rolling in 2020-21.
“I am very excited,” Sarr told Porto’s website. “It was an opportunity I was looking for, so I am grateful and happy to be here. I feel prepared to start helping the team to achieve their goals.
“FC Porto is the best club in Portugal, it is a very big club with talented players and a history that, for me, is very important. I know this story, it’s a proud club and that’s what I hope to find, a team that fights and with a good mentality.
“I know that Porto is an ambitious club and I also came for that. I’m looking forward to the competition, big games, the Champions League and helping the club and the team to win another league title.
“The Porto fans are very good. I know that they have been helping the team as much as possible and that they want to get back to the stadiums as soon as possible. But for now, I know that they will continue to support us to help us get where we want to be.”
Harry Redknapp is surprised that the likes Chelsea did not make a summer move to try and sign John Stones from Manchester City.
It was no secret that Frank Lampard was looking to improve that back-line before the end of the summer transfer window, and was heavily linked with a £25 million move to try and sign Stones, but they opted to sign Thiago Silva on a free deal instead.
But the former Tottenham boss Redknapp believes Stones is a ‘real player’, and says he expected the trio to secure his signature: ‘Manchester United wanted to get Jadon Sancho in and that never happened,’ Redknapp told Sky Sports.
‘The new left-back [Alex Telles] sounds like he’s a good player. But I still thought they needed a new central defender. They needed that and that’s not happened.
‘I’m surprised someone didn’t take John Stones. I’m a big fan. I think he’s a real player.
“If someone got hold of him and got some confidence in him, he’s got all the tools. I like him, personally.
‘Someone like Arsenal, Chelsea. It’s a mixed bag for Manchester United. Ole needs players for now, not tomorrow.
‘It’s not a five-year plan. If you have a bad run of results, you’re out. He needed players for now. They needed a centre-half now.’
Pat Nevin expects Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to “explode” for Chelsea sooner rather than later.
Werner and Havertz are regarded as two of the most exciting talents in the game and we fought off a number of top clubs in the transfer window to make sure that they were the club to get deals done.
However, Neither German has made a huge impact at Stamford Bridge since their big money moves, and it is taking much longer than many people expected from them to take off, but Nevin believes it is only a matter of time before the pair explode into action
He told the club website: “We are still waiting for the expected explosion of goals from the newer players.
“It still feels like Timo and Kai are just bubbling under ready to explode onto the scene.
“For once I think the Chelsea staff might be absolutely delighted to see many of these players leave on international duty, but why?
“I reckon the likes of Kai and Timo both need as many games as possible to get themselves not only up to their own levels of mid-season match fitness, but higher still to the level expected week in and week out in the Premier League.”
Look, the pair have joined a side that are in the middle of getting the squad gelling together, give them a few more weeks and a few more game, and they will show just why they are rated as two of the best in Europe.
The will explode into action soon, and the Premier League should be worried about that.