Werner to make impact, Oblak opens door, Havertz message sent and Rice interest confirmed in Icchelseanews roundup..
Chelsea star Christian Pulisic reckons new signing Timo Werner will have a huge impact at Stamford Bridge next season.
After months of transfer speculation regarding the young man, who was heavily tipped to sign with Premier League Champions Liverpool, it was us that activated that clause and got a deal done.
Frank Lampard knew that he needed to add some more goals to this attack and after seeing Werner net an impressive 34 goals in just 45 games last season, the Blues made sure to get the deal done quickly.
Fans will hope that Werner can have a similar impact at Stamford Bridge in 2020-21, as Frank Lampard’s side look to close the gap on Liverpool and City at the top of the Premier League.
But as the players get to see the ability and quality of Werner on a daily basis, Pulisic has opened up and claimed that he believes that the young German will have a huge impact at the Bridge next season.
He told the Blues official website: “He’s a very dangerous player.
“I think he has some similar qualities to me and some of the attacking guys we have.
“He’s obviously very quick and very good in front of goal.
“He seems like a humble guy. He wants to come in and work.”
Trusted transfer journalist David Ornstein confirmed Chelsea’s interest in West Ham defensive midfielder Declan Rice.
Rice has been an outstanding player for the Hammers this season and is easily now one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League, with boss Frank Lampard reportedly ready to pay big money to try and get a deal done.
Earlier reports in the media has suggested that we have made their initial offer to try and tempt Rice away from The Hammers, with Lampard is desperate to add quality in defence and the England ace is high on his wish-list.
Now, transfer journalist David Ornstein has opened up and revealed that we are in fact trying to get a deal done for Rice, but he could cost between the £65-70 million mark this summer.
He told the Tifo Football podcast: “We know Frank Lampard is a big fan of Declan Rice of West Ham and would like to convert him from a midfielder to a top centre-back.
“I know people in football who think he can become world class in that position.
“West Ham will demand an incredibly high fee, sources have suggested in the region of £65-70million and they are in a strong position contractually.
“I don’t think that everyone at Chelsea is convinced by Declan Rice but he’s one that Lampard wants.”
Michael Ballack insists Frank Lampard would be ‘100 per cent behind’ Kai Havertz at Chelsea when he is signed this summer.
It is no secret in the media that WE are very keen to try and secure a transfer deal for Havertz and have been backed to complete a deal for the German star for months now.
However, it has been claimed that both Bayer Leverkusen and the boards cannot agree on the Havertz fee, and that is holding up the possible £70 million signing of a player that netted 18-goals last season.
But amid all the speculation, Ballack, who played alongside Lampard in midfield between 2006 and 2010, has backed the German wonderkid, 21, to develop into an even better player under the boss.
He told Sportbuzzer: “I firmly believe that Frank Lampard would be 100 per cent behind Kai Havertz.
“He likes players who are very dangerous in front of goal and there aren’t many of those.
“Havertz is a player that Frank Lampard would help further, not least because he himself was a midfielder with an eye for goal, who was always moving into dangerous areas, looking to finish off a chance.”
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak has not ruled out a potential summer transfer switch to Chelsea.
There has been alot of transfer speculation in the media suggesting that Frank Lampard is keen to sign a new stopper in the summer transfer window as he has not been impressed by the performances of Kepa, who has struggled between the sticks.
And that has led to some speculation in the media suggesting that we are ready to make a move and try to bring in Oblak to Stamford Bridge in a move that could cost the club a massive £100 million.
Oblak, who saw his four-season stranglehold on the Zamora Trophy – awarded to the best goalkeeper in La Liga – ended by Thibaut Courtois, has proven himself as one of the best in the world over six years at Atleti.
Probed on rumours linking him with a move here – and suggestions he would consider a move if the Spanish club’s ambition does not match his own – Oblak told AS: ‘This is not the time to talk about that, right now we’ve got Leipzig to think about.
‘I’ll assess the season when the last game is over, and hopefully we’ll have three more games left to play. Then there will be time after that to talk.
‘But first, Leipzig. I’m really looking forward to it.’
The fact that he has not ruled out a potential exit from Madrid just shows that he may be open to the idea of a transfer move and if WE were able to get this transfer deal done, it would most certainly be one of the best of the window.
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