Havertz offer made, Willian to make decision, Cuthbert signs deal, Chelsea told to sign Van Dijk type-player in icchelseanews roundup….
Frank Lampard says Willian is set to decide his own future and the Chelsea boss will accept the players decision.
Lampard couldn’t pick Willian due to injury in the 2-1 FA Cup final defeat to Mikel Arteta’s side and many now believe that will be leaving the club after failing to agree a new contract that has been talks about for months.
Now the manager explained he can do little to convince him to stay at this stage, and says that the decision will now be down to Willian about whether or not he leaves the club over the next few days.
“It is his decision, I haven’t got that answer,” Lampard told GOAL. “I know the situation at the club’s end. I have a great relationship with Willian, but I don’t actually know what the decision is.
“If that happens over the next whatever days, as he said, then that would be good for me in either way. Of course, I am very happy with Willian. He has been brilliant for me this season with his input and work ethic, within the squad.
“But it is his choice and I respect his choice. He has been a great servant for Chelsea if he decides to move on, and if he does decide to move on then Chelsea will move on and we have to look forwards ourselves.”
Chelsea have reportedly made an opening bid for Kai Havertz, according to transfer expert Ian McGarry.
Now there has been alot of transfer speculation in the media that we are very keen to make sure that Havertz is signed and brought to the Premier League, especially as all indications suggest that Willian is leaving the club.
It is believed that Leverkusen want a massive £90 million this summer to even consider selling their star man, who has netted an impressive 37-goals over the last few seasons for the German side.
Now, after failing to win the FA Cup at the weekend, Frank Lampard is eager to get a new deal done and McGarry claims Lampard has offered £45m plus £9m in add-ons – a way short of Leverkusen’s £90m demands.
He said on the SUN: “Chelsea’s pursuit of German international Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen has progressed a little bit.
“It is our understanding that Chelsea met with Bayer Leverkusen officials this week.
“Petr Cech had visited Leverkusen to speak to officials there and the player about a possible move to Stamford Bridge.
“That has resulted in an opening bid of 50m euros plus 10m euros in add-ons.
“Leverkusen continue to value the player at 90m euros. That is something Chelsea feel is not a fair price for the 21-year-old.”
Erin Cuthbert is the latest player to sign a new contract at Chelsea, signing a deal for another three years.
Last season she was also a pivotal performer in our 2020 Double-winning campaign having played a part in 23 out of 25 matches, helping the Blues clinch the Barclays Women’s Super League trophy and Continental Tyres League Cup, and Cuthbert has opened up and admitted her delight at officially signing with the club until the summer of 2023.
she told the official website: ‘It means so much to me, I’ve been here three-and-a-half years now and this club feels like home to me. I can’t imagine myself anywhere else and I’m just happy to get the deal over the line.’
‘I think I’ve developed so much, even when I came in I think I was miles off the pace and I’m first to admit that,’ Cuthbert said.
‘I think it’s shown in my game, I feel like I’ve really grown and developed and I feel like I’ve got so much more to give here.
‘I’ve had so many incredible moments, I think the first year winning the Double was special for me but the FA Cup final at Wembley was an incredible moment just because I had my family there. My mum said it was one of the best days of her life and for me to have that important impact for my mum is really special.
‘The Conti Cup was a great moment as well and now I’ve completed all the domestic ones, I want more and I feel like I can achieve that at this club.
‘The level in training has gone up another level again so it’s going to be really tough to get in the team and stay in the team. But that’s going to drive our standards forward and hopefully it’s going to be enough to get us over the line this year.
‘I want the Treble, but that includes the Champions League so I think I have to say the Quadruple.
‘The Champions League is the crème de la crème of club football, we want to get there, we narrowly missed out two years ago and we want more this year.
‘We want to go a step further and we’ve got more than enough fire power in this squad.
Chelsea need bring in their own version of Virgil van Dijk, says legend and icon Frank Leboeuf.
We have proven over the past few weeks and months that we will have a very exciting midfield and attack next season, especially with both Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech already at the club and Kai Havertz expected to make that move to London.
But that doesnt hide the fact that out defence is a bit shaky, is a bit dodgy in the big games and needs work over the next 10 weeks in order to get it good enough to compete.
And Leboeuf believes we need to be prioritising reinforcements at the heart of their back four from now and until the transfer window shuts in October, Leboeuf told ESPN FC on the challenge facing Lampard: “[He needs to improve] all of them. That’s the problem.
“The goalkeeper is a big issue, but you have to go to the main [issue]. If you’re looking at the main issue, it’s the central defenders.
“[Kurt] Zouma is doing great, but I’m not confident about [Antonio] Rudiger, I’m not confident about [Andreas] Christensen. I don’t know what will happen with [Fikayo] Tomori, but I think they need a big guy.
“You saw what happened with Liverpool when they got Van Dijk, he changed everything. Even Lovren and Gomez looked better alongside him.
“You need a big guy to make sure he’ll lead the defence. Look at Ramos. [Raphael] Varane is a fantastic player, but is he still the fantastic player when he plays for France as when he plays for Madrid with Sergio Ramos? He’s better with Real Madrid.
“They need a big guy in the centre of defence, yeah.”
He is right and once we get the Havertz deal done, the next signing in should be a top-class defender.
Dont you guys agree?