£109 million for Gimenez, £Willian has update and reveals talks, Chelsea warned about duds Ziyech and Werner in icchelseanews roundup..
Chelsea will have to break the world record transfer fee for a defender to sign Jose Gimenez from Atletico Madrid, reports the Sunday Times.
We have already conceded more goals at the back than any side in the top 10 of the Premier League, and will not be able to challenge for that title if frank Lampard does not get the defensive players that will improve the side.
And that has led to speculation in the media which have claimed that we are lining up a possible transfer move for the very impressive Gimenez, who is very highly-rated over in La Liga.
But if we want to bolster their defensive ranks with Uruguay international Gimenez they have been told they will have to pay £109.1m, which will break the transfer record for a defender in the game.
Bleacher report journalist Dean Jones has recently come out and claimed that Chelsea are seeking to add a bit of authority to the back-line, a bit of leadership, something that Gimenez would be able to bring to the side.
Speaking to TalkChelsea, Bleacher Report journalist Dean Jones said: “They want a centre back and left-back as priority.
“They are not alone in this problem – Liverpool, Man City, Man United all need a new, good centre back too,”
“I’m told Chelsea just want someone to come in and show some authority and bring more confidence to those around them
“I’m not sure which defenders will end up leaving – to be honest there are only a couple that are definitely safe.”
Chelsea star Willian has given an update on his future amid interest from the likes of United and Arsenal, and has admitted contact with a few clubs.
Willian is no longer in the prime of his footballing career, but the Brazilian is still very much part of the plans at Stamford Bridge, as Frank Lampard has admitted that he would like to keep the midfielder at the club this summer window.
The Brazilian has even come out and stated that he would sign a new contract tomorrow if we offered him that three-year contract that he is looking for, but so far, that has not been the case.
Which has led to speculation that both Arsenal Manchester United are ready to swoop in and offer him the kind of contract that he desires, and Now, amid all the speculation, Willian has given an update on his future amid interest from the the top clubs.
Speaking on YouTube channel De Sola, he said: “No, not for the time being. Chelsea aren’t jealous.
“They didn’t say anything. At least they showed no jealousy. They’re letting go!
“Just kidding, I already had a conversation with the club a few months ago, even before the break.”
Graeme Souness has warned Chelsea boss Frank Lampard he might have picked up two duds in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech – just like Alvaro Morata.
There has been alot said over the past few months about the transfer dealings that Frank Lampard has managed to already do, as many are excited to see just what Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech can bring to the club.
Ziyech is regarded as one of the best wingers in the game having made a name for himself with Ajax, especially in the Champions League as he has constantly been one of the most creative players in the competition.
And Werner is a natural goal-machine, with 34 goals in the Bundesliga last season, he is one of the most deadly forwards the game has to offer, and a real bargain for that £50 million that we are reportedly paying.
However, despite all the hype, Souness has warned Frank Lampard he might have picked up two duds, just like Spaniard Morata, who came with a big reputation in the game, but failed to deliver on a weekly basis.
Speaking in his Times column, the cantankerous Scot said: “Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech will be available for next season.
“Both come with good reputations but so did Alvaro Morata and he made no impression.
“Even Thierry Henry, one of the great overseas signings, took a season at Arsenal to adjust to the demands of the Premier League, so there is no guarantee that the Blues’ two new recruits will turn them into title contenders overnight.”