Chelsea get Lautaro boost, Legend sorry for Werner, Depay sends message, Barca to sell Griezmann and Haaland price revealed in icchelseanews roundup..
Journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Chelsea may be able to sign Erling Haaland for just €75 million in 2022
He has been heavily linked with a move to Premier League giants Manchester United, but it seems that we are ready to flex their financial power at the end of the season and make a move for the striker.
Lampard spent over £230million bolstering his squad during this summer’s transfer window, as He poached Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen and Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.
But it has been claimed that Lampard sees Haaland as the final piece of the puzzle for the club and is preparing to make a move at the end of the season, but they will now have a massive battle on their hands.
Romano has claimed that Dortmund do not want to sell their key man in 2021 and will fight to keep the striker, but he has told the club that Haaland has a release clause in his contract that they may be able to activate in the summer of 2022
He Tweeted: “Erling Haaland release clause will be valid by June *2022* for €75m, Borussia Dortmund board are in love with Haaland and hope to keep him also on next summer – for sure, they have no intention of selling Erling for €75m on 2021… 🇳🇴 #Haaland”
Inter striker Lautaro Martinez says he does not know what the future holds, with the likes of Chelsea linked with the forward.
during the course of the transfer window, Frank Lampard was heavily linked with a transfer move for the Argentine striker, as he needed to add a proven forward to this attack, but that massive £85 million price tag put the club off.
That meant that we splashed just £54 million to land Timo Werner, a player that netted 34 goals for RB Leipzig last season and is easily regarded as one of the finest young strikers in the game right now.
But if his move fails to give the club the goals that they deserve, then there has been some speculation in the media that a move for Lautaro could be on the cards for Frank Lampard, although they face a tough challenge in the form of Barcelona.
Martinez has gone on to score three goals in his first five Serie A matches of the season and, when asked about his future, the 23-year-old forward says he is only concerned with shining at Inter.
“I work every day to improve. Today I am an Inter player and I want to do the best of the team,” Lautaro was quoted on Tuttosport
“I’m happy, we work every day, we want to win and to bring Inter as high as possible. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, today I can say that I am at Inter and that I’m happy.”
“I thank the fans for all their affection,” he added. “The same goes for all the people who work for the club and who have always been close to me.”
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is reportedly ready to let France star Antoine Griezmann leave Camp Nou in January, alerting the likes of Chelsea.
After firing at least 20 goals in each of the last six seasons, Griezmann scored just 15 times in 48 games in his first season for Barca, a disappointing haul given the €120m (£107m/$134m) fee required to bring him to the club.
He has largely been played out of position since joining Barca, and because of that fact, he has not looked like the player that dominated over at Madrid for so many years and became one of the very best players in world football.
Now El Chiringuito de Jugones has claimed that Barca are expected to return for Lyon star Memphis Depay in January after their bid to sign him in the summer transfer window collapsed, and they have now decided that they will allow Griezmann to leave the club.
France star Griezmann has not been able to win a place in the Catalan side’s starting XI and the club are open to letting him go, if clubs meet their £100 million valuation in the January window.
former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently claimed Griezmann is unable to shine as he is forced to defer to Lionel Messi.
“Not playing at his position is complicated in the long term,” Wenger told beIN Sports. “At the start, the guy accepts it but, if he does not meet his needs in the long term and he feels that the position does not allow him to express his qualities, he will become discouraged.
“Today, he is a player who must play in the centre because he has a great work rate, a precision in his passes. He can be dangerous with the last pass and by scoring goals, but there is congestion because he is in the range of play of Messi.”
Chelsea’s summer transfer target Memphis Depay has reassured Lyon he remains focused after scoring in their 4-1 win over Monaco on Sunday.
Manchester United decided to offload Depay in 2017 after the winger failed to make the kind of impact that many expected after his big money move to Old Trafford, but the Dutchman has re-established himself in France with some eye-catching patches of form and his performances have actually linked him with a move back to the Premier League.
There has been reports that we may seek to try and bring him back to the Premier League in a bargain deal, as Frank Lampard wants to add some more goals to his side in the coming transfer windows.
But after seeing Depay net in the 4-1 win over Monaco at the weekend, Depay has opened up and reassured Lyon he remains focused on his job, rather than all the speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League, or to Barcelona.
“I have always been focused on OL, even in the transfer window. My future is no excuse for not doing my job,” Depay told Telefoot.
“As a player, I always want to be my best and add something to the team.”
Blues legend Alan Hudson says he feels sorry for Chelsea’s new forward Timo Werner.
Werner is one of the most highly-prized young strikers in the game right now after banging in an impressive 34-goals last season for RB leipzig, but he has had to play a different role at the Bridge and is struggling to find the back of the net.
And now legend Hudson has opened up and revealed just why he feels sorry for the German star, Hudson told CaughtOffside: “Frank was desperate to stop conceding so set his stall out to do so, therefore not having a shot on goal at the other end for so long, and in 90 minutes less than any other match this season.
“He has now got himself into quite a predicament and is ‘stuck in the middle’. After two 0-0s he’s put himself in a very tricky situation as to how to go about future matches. The creativity was clear – there was none, and the whole team were tuned into keeping a clean sheet as a defeat would have been harmful.
“On Werner and Havertz, Hudson added: “They were both disappointing because this defensive formula was foreign to them. They are both forward thinking players and they must be thinking ‘How many do we have to score to win?’
“I feel sorry for Werner in particular, because he’s making some great runs but not being picked out or spotted. If that continues he might stop making them.
“I watched him against Southampton and for the last goal his head went down as much as to say ‘What have I got to do to be on a winning side?’ Almost every goal he has scored he has had to create himself which tells a story alone.”
Do you guys feel the same?