Hulk reveals offer, Chelsea told sign Stones, Werner opens up, Boateng boost in icchelseanews daily news roundup…
Timo Werner has revealed Frank Lampard was the ‘main point’ to him joining Chelsea this summer transfer window.
After another stunning season in the Bundesliga, Werner ended all speculation about where he would be playing over the next five-years by agreeing a £54 million move to Stamford Bridge, on a deal worth £170,000-a-week.
He has now arrived at the club and started training, but he has also admitted the main reason why he decided to make the move to our club: “He was the main point; we talked a lot about things like system, like how he wants to play and sees me playing, and how the system fits to me,” said Werner on the club website.
“He is a really nice guy who not only told me what he wants from me as a player because he wants to help me as a guy. He knows me now a little bit better and it fits very good between us and now I am happy to be here.
“When you have a decision to go from your old club and you come to a big club like this, it was for me a dream which came true because Chelsea is a very big club.
“I know of the players before when they won the Champions League with (Didier) Drogba, with my new manager Frank Lampard, Petr Cech as the technical advisor, it is like a little dream for me but I want to become, not a same player like them, but I want to be part of a new era here so I will play to try to give my best.”
'I want to be part of a new era here'
Watch @TimoWerner's first interview in full on the Chelsea app. 👊
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 28, 2020
While Werner expects a big challenge ahead in England, he also believes his attributes will suit the Premier League.
He added: “The style of the Premier League is very fast and my speciality is that I am really fast so I think it is perfect for me to play here.
“It is another league in another country so I can improve myself to bring it to another level, so those are the reasons I come to the Premier League and to Chelsea.
“I’ll try to score as much goals as I can for Chelsea, that is the big reason why they bought me, to bring the goals I scored in Leipzig here, and maybe score more goals than there.
“The first day is always a little bit crazy because you don’t know everybody so much. And not only the team, it is always a pleasure to meet the team behind the team the first time and now I am very happy and excited to meet them.”
Paul Merson has urged Frank Lampard to invest in his Chelsea defence this summer with John Stones a name that he should sign.
Frank Lampard is seeking to improve a number of areas this summer, but there is a feeling that he will need to delve into that transfer kitty and land a central defender in order to help solve the defensive issues at the club.
And Merson has urged the club to make a move for the £30 million rated England defender, he told Sky Sports: People talk about the goalkeeper being a priority. Kepa Arrizabalaga is not saving them any points at the moment, that’s a problem, but they have a really good second goalkeeper in Willy Caballero, and I think he is really underrated. In this day and age, if we’re talking about Jan Oblak, he’s going to cost £100m. Kepa himself cost £71m, and has big wages too.
“I’m not sure about this one, as it wouldn’t be my major priority for the summer for Chelsea. Do they sign another £100m on a goalkeeper, where you’ve already got a goalkeeper you’ve spent £71m on, on big money, and you’re not going to get that money back? It becomes a £150m goalkeeper in the end, because you’d need to swallow the pill on Kepa. For me it’s not their major priority.
“Their priority has to be getting a centre-half and a left-back. 100 per cent. It tells you everything that they have to play three at the back, Frank Lampard doesn’t trust the centre-backs. They’ve bought well so far up front, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech are major signings, but don’t end up like Arsenal, where everyone is crying out and can see what they need. How many years did we say Arsene Wenger needs a centre-half, but he never went and got one?
“Marcos Alonso for me needs replacing; he gets vital goals but he’s not a natural defender. That doesn’t help the back three because centre-halves have to come out of their comfort zone and come out of the line of the box to defend on the wings. Alonso causes that problem.
“Cesar Azpilicueta is a great pro, but he’s getting on now. Kurt Zouma has a mistake in him. Chelsea don’t have a naturally-gifted centre-half who can put his foot on the ball and play. I’d go and get John Stones for that, and play him in the middle of the three.
Once -linked Chelsea target Hulk is listening to offers from the Premier League as he prepares to leave China on a free transfer in January.
There was a point back in 2012 that Hulk was one of the most sought after players in the game after impressing over the Portuguese League with Porto and was being chased by some of the games biggest and best clubs.
But money got in the way and the 34-year-old striker moved to the Chinese Super League in 2016 after deciding to step away from top level football and take the massive pay-day that a move to China offers players like him these days.
But He will not renew his contract at Shanghai SIPG and will leave when his current deal expires on December 31, and Hulk told Brazilian outlet Lance: “I am listening to many proposals from Brazil and many places including in Europe.
“[I have offers from] Turkey, Portugal, England, Spain, Italy, Germany – and I also have an offer from China.
“Every day more new proposals arrive. I thank God I have a name that’s very strong in the market.
“The clubs have been following me and I keep up to date physically, it helps a lot.
“I will not put money ahead of football. I am talking to God to make the best decision, be very happy and continue my career.
“Where I went, I made history. I ask him God bless me and I keep writing this beautiful story in football.”
Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng has hinted at a potential move to the Premier League, with Chelsea a club that has been linked.
With Frank Lampard ready top spend big over the next ten weeks of transfer season, it is widely believed that the club legend will try to delve into that transfer kitty and land a new solid defender.
And Boateng, who spent one season at Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011, was has been linked with a move to the Premier League since the January window, when news broke that he is open to the idea of leaving Bayern.
Now he has hinted that he is now open to the idea of a move to the Premier League.
The German defender said on BILD: “I wouldn’t say no. I love watching the Premier League and I loved playing in it while I was there.
“For me, it was really unlucky because I was injured straightaway and then I didn’t play in the position they promised.
“I’m definitely down for it, it’s one of my favourite leagues, but I don’t know for the future. You never know… it’s not that I would never play there again, absolutely not.”
Frank Lampard should have alot of money to sign top-class players in the summer, so even though Boateng is a world class defender, he is not the player that we need to help improve this back-line.
Hopefully a move by the club will not be made, as he is not the same player that he was just a few seasons ago, he a player that is looking for one last big pay day, and the Premier League would offer that.