Target playing for move, Mendy backed for Chelsea success, Rice decision made and Blues should sign £60 million man

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Frank Leboeuf has backed inbound Chelsea arrival Edouard Mendy to do a better job that current number one Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Kepa has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past 12 months and he once showed against Liverpool at the weekend, that the pressure is getting to him and he is unable to handle it.

That has led to the club making a move to bring the big Mendy into the club, with the big man reportedly agreeing a five-year contract that will cost us around £150,000-a-week.

And ahead of his move to the club, Former defender and French World Cup winner Leboeuf admitted that Kepa can no longer carry on as No.1 and backed Mendy to be a solid replacement.

‘He had a very good season at Rennes, I am very confident that he can do the job much better than Kepa and even [Willy] Caballero,’ Leboeuf told ESPN FC.

‘I don’t know if there is another goalkeeper that Chelsea could find, but for that amount of money it’s a bargain to have Mendy. ‘He’s a tall goalkeeper, very agile and I’m sure he’s going to do the job. But Kepa cannot do the job anymore, it’s over.

‘Maybe the first mistake from Frank [Lampard] is to keep on putting Kepa in goal where the guy has completely lost his confidence, I think Caballero should play,’ the French World Cup winner added.

‘He [Kepa] cannot play, his head is in a different planet, he doesn’t feel football, he doesn’t even live football, he just wondering if he’s still a goalkeeper, he shouldn’t play.’

West Ham have told Chelsea Declan Rice is not for sale this summer, according to 90min.

We have done some wonderful transfer business already this summer and have built quite a squad, but there is a big feeling that they still want to add rice to the side before the end of the transfer window

The England international Rice made his over 100 appearances for the Hammers already, and he is regarded as one of the finest holding midfielders in the game after a stunning last few seasons with the club

It is believed that Lampard would like to sign Rice and turn him back into a defender, especially as the young man has the ability to play football from the back, but that may not happen this summer.

According to 90Min’s, we will have to line-up another transfer target, as the Hammers are determined to hold onto their man, and will not even consider letting Rice leave if we meet that £80 million asking price.

Look, Rice has proven himself over the past couple of seasons to be a classy Premier League players, and there are many out there that are keen to try and get a deal done, they just do not have the funds to make a move.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed Kalidou Koulibaly will leave for the right price this summer, and Chelsea should forget about Declan Rice and make a move..

Koulibaly has firmly established himself as one of the very best centre-backs over in Italy over the past few seasons and his performances have led to rumours that he is coming to the Premier League

The 29-year-old defender has been linked with big-money moves to Chelsea for months now, But Frank Lampard has not been making any moves for Koulibaly as the asking price for the defender has been sky high

It is believed that weare keen to try and make a move to try and bring Rice to the club, although is massive asking price is also an issues for the club as the board reportedly dont believe in his abilit.

De Laurentiis recently confirmed Kalidou Koulibaly will leave for the right price this summer, with reports suggesting that he would now take £60 million for the powerhouse, he told Canale 21: “Koulibaly and [Napoli striker Arkadiusz] Milik are both on their way out, transfer market permitting.

“So, if the transfer market allows us to sell these two excellent players, we will know how to replace them.

“If not, then we’ll discuss it again next year.”

Jamie Carragher has revealed he is unsure where Kai Havertz belongs in the Chelsea starting XI.

We ended months of transfer speculation in the summer when they managed to convince Bayer Leverkusen into letting Havertz make the move to London, and break their own club transfer record in the process.

But since his move to the club, Havertz has not made the impression that many had hoped for and there has been some doubts as whether or not he is ready to play in the Premier League and be a big player for the club

And Speaking after the Blues’ defeat against the Reds at the weekend, he said to TalkSport: “I do look and already think, even though it’s only two games in, ‘where does Havertz play? Where does he fit into a 4-3-3?’

“He almost looks like a No.10 and we just don’t see them in football as much now.

“So he’s either going to have to be part of the front three in a wide position or he’s going to have to be part of a midfield three and be the attacking player from the midfield.

“But certainly where he played today, I don’t think that probably suited Chelsea.

“It may have suited him, he played for Leverkusen in the false nine, but it’s working out where he [Frank Lampard] is going to play all these players.”

Havertz needs time to settle and get used to the English game, we cant expect him to be an instant success, sometimes it does not work like that with young players.

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