Vieri makes Haaland claim, Neymar close to Chelsea move, Lampard sent Coutinho message in Chelsea news roundup…
Chelsea target Erling Haaland is the best striker in the world and will become the most expensive footballer of all time, believes Christian Vieri.
Now Look, Frank Lampard has one of the most exciting and dynamic sides in the Premier League and with the right signings in the summer, could become real contenders for that Premier League title next season, especially if they manage to land a new striker.
We all know that Tammy Abraham has been brilliant for us this season and is leading the line well, but Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi can be hit and miss, meaning that Lampard will need to delve into that transfer kitty and land a striker, a forward that can bang in goals on a weekly basis.
Many fans will have their favourite on who the Blues should sign in the summer to improve this squad, but we believe that a £100 million move to sign up the Bundesliga sensation Haaland, would be a move worth making for us, but there has been a feeling that Dortmund do not want to sell their big man.
And Italian great Vieri, who knows a thing or two about scoring after hitting 259 goals in 525 career games for club and country, reckons the youngster could go for as much as £260million.
Speaking on Instagram Live with Corriere della Sera, the former striker said: “In a couple of years he will go to a great team for €200m, maybe €300m [£260m].
“Haaland is the strongest of all [strikers] and has done well to choose Borussia Dortmund, the best club to enhance his talents.”
The agent of Brazilian star Neymar has opened up and revealed just how close he came to signing for Chelsea.
He was linked to a whole host of clubs while at Santos in his home-country, but despite all the speculation linking him to the Bridge Neymar moged to Barcelona and would go on to form part of one of the most feared attacks in world football alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez before leaving to join Paris Saint-Germain in a stunning €222million transfer.
However, Neymar’s former representative, Wagner Ribeiro, has explained how things could have turned out very differently for his client ten years ago: ‘There were many calls for him. I received an official offer from Chelsea the day Neymar debuted with the Brazilian team in 2010,’ Ribiero told Spanish outlet AS.
‘They made an offer, we studied it, but in the end we didn’t decide anything. ‘On that occasion, we transferred it to Neymar’s father and the player himself.
‘Then came other offers from Bayern Munich and Juventus, with whom I had a meeting in Turin.’
Back in 2014, Neymar lifted the lid on our interest and insisted he made the ‘right decision’ to stay on with Santos at that stage of his career.
‘It was August 23, 2010. My father and I had a meeting with president Luis Alvaro at the Santos headquarters inside the Vila Belmiro. Chelsea had made a huge transfer bid,’ the Brazil international wrote in his autobiography ‘Neymar: My Story – Conversations With My Father’.[the_ad id=”164″]
‘In the middle of our conversation, the president turned off the lights and pointed at an empty chair.
“This is the chair of the great national sports hero. Since Ayrton Senna’s death, this chair is vacant. If Neymar Jr stays in Santos and refuses Chelsea’s proposal, he will give his first step to sit in this chair.”
‘That made us think. That decision would be a turning point in my life. Even Pele called me. Can you imagine how important I felt? The King of Football called me and asked me to stay. ‘He reminded me of his entire career with Santos, his five world titles with the national team and the club, and all the recognition he received.
‘It wasn’t easy but it was the right decision for us. We did the right thing for our friends and my career.’
Chelsea need to forget about making a move to sign Philippe Coutinho this summer, because the Blues would be better off fixing their problems in other positions instead.
WE have been linked with a big money move for the Brazilian for weeks now after reports emerged suggesting that he was leaving Barcelona during the summer window, with the Premier League his preferred destination.
Recent reports have even suggested that we have been offered the chance to sign Coutinho at the end of the season for a fee of around £70 million, which is well below the £137 million that Barcelona paid Liverpool just a few seasons ago.
But Speaking on ESPN, Craig Burley explained that he feels the squad is lacking both in defence and attack and should forget about spending so much money on trying to sign Coutinho.
“I’m not sure if this is a go-er, exactly,” he said. “They’ve got a handful of playmakers already, albeit more natural wide players.
“Mason Mount made a big impact in a short period of time after playing in the Championship just 12 or 18 months ago.
“If I was able to get Philippe Coutinho in my team, would I take him? Yes, I would.
“But it’s going to come down to finances, budget, and it’s going to come down to what Frank Lampard needs more.
“What positions does Lampard really feel Chelsea need the most?
“First and foremost, that’s a frontman. Then you might look at a centre-half.
“If this deal can be done at the right price, there is potential. But I think Chelsea’s problems are in other positions.”