Chelsea told to make Grealish move, Caicedo the real deal, Depay sends transfer message, Simeone hint in Chelsea roundup..
Rio Ferdinand reckons that the likes of Chelsea should be making a move for Aston Villa’s star player and captain Jack Grealish.
Grealish has become one of the best midfielders in the Premier League over the last few seasons and is attracting all sorts of interest with the performances that he has been putting in for Villa.
And despite not really needing to add another midfielder to the squad, Ferdinand has opened up and suggested that the likes of Chelsea should be making a move to sign the England International, who he has urged to quit Villa.
HITC quote Ferdinand as telling his YouTube channel: “If I am a manager of a top, top team in England, one of the top three or four teams. I don’t allow him to stay there no more. I’d go and take him.”
He’s a fantastic player to watch. I think when you talk about big numbers like £100 million or whatever you are going to talk about. It’s not about how good they look. It generally comes down to, are they putting up the numbers to justify that price tag?
“He’s been involved in 12 goals in his last 14 games. That suggests that he’s going to go for big, big dough. He looks good but he’s also producing.
“Does he need to push to get out? I’d suggest he probably does now. That’s the situation he will be in.
“If I am Jack Grealish and a Manchester United, a Liverpool, a Man City or a Chelsea, someone like that wants me then I walk into that office, whoever makes the decisions, and I am asking to leave.”
Chelsea target Diego Simeone hinted at the idea he could leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season after their awful Copa del Rey defeat to third-tier Cornella.
Simeone’s La Liga side may be sitting pretty at the very top of La Liga, but his side exited the Copa on Wednesday, losing 1-0 to a goal from former Atletico B defender Adrian Jimenez.
Simeone recognised Atleti are struggling in one-off knockout matches, and dropped a massive hint that he may decide to leave the club at the end of the current season, alerting the board
It is no secret that Frank Lampard is under intense pressure at the Bridge and is well in that firing line to get the sack, but even though many believe that he will last the season as coach, it is widely expected that there may be a change in the summer, with Simeone on the shopping list.
Simeone said on the AS website. “In the whole game, what they wanted was always done better than what we wanted.
“They took advantage of the set-piece situations and immediately found the goal.
“The boys tried to compete in the best way. In the first half, we had more chances, and in the second, it was rockier. It got difficult after the red card.
“This competition has not given us satisfaction in recent years but solutions will have to be found if we are here next year.”
Lyon star Memphis Depay said he may finish the season with the Ligue 1 giants after being linked to Chelsea
Since arriving in France, Depay has fired 64 goals in 155 matches, helping Lyon reach the semi-finals of the Champions League last season, and Only Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe (16) has been directly involved in more Ligue 1 goals than Depay (14) this season.
Depay scored twice in Lyon’s 3-2 win over Lens on Wednesday as they moved three points clear at the top, and his performances for the French club this season has led to alot of speculation that we are very interested in a possible deal.
Despite all the attacking quality that we already have at the club, Reports have claimed that Frank Lampard is still seeking to add something different to the side, especially as a number of players have not started the season at their best.
But While he is linked with a move, Depay said he may yet finish the campaign with Lyon rather than depart this month before his contract expired: “I’m happy here. We have a great team, I really like the president, we’ll see what happens,” he told Canal+ following Wednesday’s win.
“The president and I know what happened in the last four seasons. Let’s keep going and enjoy my presence. I might be here until the end of the season.
“Let’s focus on Saturday’s game, let’s be happy, we have a great team.”
Chelsea have joined the race to sign promising midfielder Moises Caicedo,
Caicedo has made 31 appearances for Independiente, scoring six goals. He made his international debut for Ecuador in October and has gone on to earn four caps since.
In October, Caciedo became the first player born in the 21st century to ever score in CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying with a goal in Ecuador’s 4-2 win over Uruguay, and is starting to attract all sorts of interest from around the globe.
Despite the fact that we already have a number of brilliant talents at the club already, there is always room to add some exciting players to the club and that is what we are reportedly seeking to do with Caicedo
Reports on El Telegrafo have reported that we have made the first move to try and get a deal done by approaching his current club about a possible transfer deal.
And according to South American football expert Tim Vickery, Caicedo is already the real deal, he told Sky Sports: “Only 19. The way the market is going with South American football is the European clubs want to take them as early as possible. They are buying on promise.
“The fella Moises Caicedo is much more than promise, he is reality. He is the first player born in the 21st century to score a goal in South American World Cup qualifiers.
“We have just lost Colin Bell and I am not saying he is as good as Bell but Moises Caicedo is in that kind of mould. He is a terrific athlete who makes football look easy. A box-to-box midfielder.
“A year ago he was saying that (N’Golo) Kante of Chelsea is his role model but he is already more than that. He already offers more in the final third.
“That kind of box-to-box midfielder that’s very much in the tradition of the England game. Strong, quick, intelligent and cool. He really does look like the genuine article.”
We cannot say much about the lad as we have not really seen him play, but many people are getting excited about his talent. He just needs to make the right career choice
If the board feel that he is worth buying, then he would be a welcome addition to the squad