Lampard has spoken to striker about move, World clas target confirm summer move will happen, Chelsea sent Coutinho message
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Chelsea target Andre Onana has confirmed that he will be leaving Ajax at the end of the season.
There has been a lot of speculation in the media over the past few months which has suggested that Frank Lampard is keen to offload Spanish stopper Kepa in the summer after becoming frustrated at the young mans performances on a weekly basis.
And that has led to speculation in the media suggesting that Lampard is keen to add a new stopper to the side, with Ajax ace Onana on the shopping list of the boss after establishing himself as one of the best stoppers in Europe.
Onana helped Ajax reach the Champions League semi-finals last season and also helped the Dutch side regain their title after a few years of trying, and his performances caught the attentions of the legend
However, recent reports in the SUN claimed that we are looking to try and convince the Ajax stopper to leave in the summer and come to the Premier League, with reports suggesting that we believe a fee of around 325 million could be enough to convince Ajax to sell on.
Now, amid the rumours, Onana has now made it clear that he intends to be the next big name to secure a move away from Ajax, having attracted interest from Chelsea, Barcelona and Tottenham.
‘Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy with Ajax and I am very grateful to the club,’ Onana told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.
‘It was five great years here, but now my time has come to take a step. ‘I don’t yet know what will happen, but my ambitions and agreements are clear.’
Chelsea will not go after Philippe Coutinho in the next transfer window because they are prioritising signing a striker instead, says Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
The football world has been stopped over the past few months because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, but that has not stopped constant speculation in the media about possible signings that could be arriving to the club, and players that could be leaving.
Cesare Azpilicueta is still in talks about a new contract at the club, while there is speculation the Willian and Pedro are all set to depart the club at the end of the season as they have not been handed new contracts at Stamford Bridge.
But reports in the media over the past few days have claimed that Barcelona have offered Philippe Coutinho to us ahead of the summer window, as the Spanish giants are keen to get rid of the Brazilian, who has not made the impact that many had hoped when he signed from Liverpool.[the_ad id=”164″]
However, Balague says we should be ruled out of the running because they will focus on signing a striker instead to help lessen the load on Tammy Abraham.
“The story of Coutinho is quite simple,” Balague said on his YOUTUBE CHANNEL:. “Bayern Munich are not going to renew the contract that they’ve got.
“Does Lampard like Coutinho? Of course he does. Does he need Coutinho? He doesn’t need Coutinho. So Chelsea are not going to go for Coutinho, they need a striker, that’s their priority.”
Gianluca Di Marzio has opened up and claimed that Chelsea FC have spoken to Dries Mertens about a possible summer deal.
Chelsea were able to delve into their transfer kitty this transfer window after getting their transfer ban overturned just a few months ago.
But despite all the talk, and despite all the speculation surrounding possible new signings, Frank Lampard has been unable to complete the transfer deals that he would have liked and will now have to wait until the summer to get his transfer deals done.
And that has led to speculation in the media suggesting that a new striker will be a priority for the Blues boss, as he needs to add a top-class forward to help Tammy Abraham out with the goals, with Mertens constantly linked with a free move to Stamford Bridge.
Now in a Q&A with Sky Sports, @_harrisonV Aasked: “What is happening with Dries Mertens and Chelsea? and Di Marzio responded…
“Chelsea have wanted Dries Mertens since January.
“In January, they offered €10m despite his contract ending in June. But Napoli said no because they wanted him to break the club’s record of goals.
Di Marzio added: “Now his contract is ending and, in this moment, he is not renewing with Napoli. The deal with Napoli is in a difficult way and I know Chelsea want him again.
“They are talking to his representatives, Frank Lampard has spoken to the player and they are pushing forward to convince Mertens to accept their offer.”