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CHELSEA WANT JUDE BELLINGHAM, FRANK LAMPARD LIKES ROSS BARKLEY, AND THE PLAYERS WHO WILL LEAVE

Welcome to Inside Football, our new regular football feature which takes you inside some of the biggest clubs, and biggest stories, in European football. In Tuesday's edition, Dean Jones looks in detail at Chelsea's transfer plans and the changes Frank Lampard hopes to make to his squad, including a possible move for England's next superstar, Jude Bellingham...

https://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/transfers/2020-2021/chelsea-could-put-rice-pursuit-on-hold-to-target-bellingham_sto7996133/story.shtml

Chelsea want Jude Bellingham, Frank Lampard likes Ross Barkley, and the  players who will leave - Eurosport

Frank Lampard is starting to figure out his best Chelsea line-up but there are many new questions for him to ponder in the coming year.

His job this season in merging the elite talent of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell into the XI is starting to show signs of huge promise. Yet as we approach 2021 there will be at least 10 player situations to address, with big decisions to make over transfers for January and next summer.

Some choices will be easier to make than others. For example, goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and full-back Emerson Palmieri have no long term future in his side and there are plans to find new clubs for both. Then there are the cases of Antonio Rudiger, Jorginho and Olivier Giroud - who all have clubs waiting to find out if they will be available for moves in January.

But more complicated are the circumstances around Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who were supposed to be poster boys for the club's academy but are going through a rocky patch. And then there is Ross Barkley, who has been loaned out to Aston Villa but has done so well that the club are already starting to wonder if he might fit in after all.

On the transfer front there is the pursuit of Declan Rice to make a decision on too....

THE BIG CALL: GO FOR RICE, OR WAIT FOR BELLINGHAM?

 
Declan Rice talks to Jude Bellingham as England play Republic of Ireland at Wembley 

Declan Rice talks to Jude Bellingham as England play Republic of Ireland at Wembley

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Lampard would still love to sign Rice but the valuation from West Ham remains high - and there is another name that is starting to be whispered around Stamford Bridge. If they can't get Rice, sources are indicating there are figures at the club who feel it could be worth waiting for England’s newly-capped wonderboy Jude Bellingham instead.

The Rice transfer will probably make most headlines in the build-up to January as Lampard considers him a perfect addition to the current set-up. The board realise how much the manager admires him, and figures around the club are perfectly aware of Rice’s strengths and personality as he grew up in their youth ranks.

Midfield is Lampard’s area of expertise, obviously, and Rice's ability to read danger, intercept possession and dictate play are all key assets that have him earmarked for a big transfer. Yet there are some questions being asked inside the corridors of power about whether Chelsea truly need the West Ham man right now.

A £70 million price-tag will need negotiating but there are a couple of other key points being considered too before any offer in 2021. One of those is that they already have N’Golo Kante. The 29-year-old French World Cup winner and two-time Premier League champion has recently been the anchor of a midfield three for the Blues, and has played well.

There are some doubts about how long he will remain at the Bridge but there is also a trail of thought that if the side can get through the next 18 months with Kante, it could be worth biding time to make an offer for Dortmund midfielder Bellingham in 2022 instead of Rice.

Chelsea are going to keep close tabs on the player’s development at Signal Iduna Park but are very aware that he is one of the most promising teenage midfield players around. Bellingham had interest from the Premier League before moving to Germany, particularly Manchester United. Chelsea have always monitored him though, and like the fact he can play as a number six or number eight. The Blues have confidence they can convince almost any player in the world to become part of what Lampard is building.

A RETURN FOR ROSS BARKLEY?

 
Ross Barkley of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Southampton 

Ross Barkley of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Southampton

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Then there is the case of Barkley to analyse as he makes a big impact at Villa.

Sources say Lampard has already touched base with the player to let him know just how impressed he has been by early performances, and there could still be a way back for him if the loan spell continues to go well.

There have always been factors of Barkley’s game that Lampard has been fascinated by. However, on the back of Chelsea’s big summer spend he could not guarantee game time for the player and it was decided he would be better off having a full season of Premier League football.

The door will remain open for him to work his way back into the plans - but there are others that will not be so lucky.

THE PLAYERS ON THE WAY OUT

One such player is goalkeeper Kepa, who was identified as a problem by Lampard at the beginning of the year. Since signing Edouard Mendy it has become even more clear that Kepa needs a new club. A loan move in January is almost certain, as it is the easiest way to get around his fee and wages in the short term. They would be happy to let him leave temporarily for this season, then work on a permanent plan for the summer.

Similarly Emerson, who should really have left before this season began, is available and ready for a fresh start. Chelsea are also preparing to field enquiries on three other players who sit on the fringe of the side: Rudiger, Jorginho and Giroud.

Rudiger’s stance is that he would like to leave. He has not played a minute of Premier League action this term and does not feel he is being treated fairly, sources say. There has been interest from previous club Roma about a possible return, though there will be other options on the table too.

 
Jorginho of Chelsea arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sheffield United 

Jorginho of Chelsea arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sheffield United

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Jorginho has had more of a role this season, though that is beginning to change. He has been a substitute in the past two league matches and has also lost his role as penalty taker. Interest from Juventus has faded but sources say he has other options opening to return to Serie A.

Meanwhile, striker Giroud has played just 70 minutes of football across Chelsea’s 11 Premier League and Champions League matches and talks will take place over his future soon. Inter Milan are expected to table an offer in the January window for him to be reunited with Antonio Conte, and there is a feeling the player will push for the move to go through.

UNCERTAIN FUTURE FOR ACADEMY GRADUATES

Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek both have work to do over the coming months.

Loftus Cheek has been sent on loan to Fulham to recapture his form and confidence, yet is not in their starting XI at present. It’s a concern but Chelsea will scrutinise his future properly at the end of the season.

Hudson-Odoi has similar pressure to prove himself. Sources say Lampard has no doubts about his quality and class, but has had some concern about the way he applies himself and that has continued into this season. A loan move in January is not out of the question.

Lampard is still growing as a manager - yet he is preparing to make big calls that will impact the Blues for years to come.

 

 

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6 hours ago, Vesper said:

UNCERTAIN FUTURE FOR ACADEMY GRADUATES

Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek both have work to do over the coming months.

Loftus Cheek has been sent on loan to Fulham to recapture his form and confidence, yet is not in their starting XI at present. It’s a concern but Chelsea will scrutinise his future properly at the end of the season.

 

Here's a passage from a post I made, elsewhere, in May 2013...

...There is however one young man who, based on what I've seen this season, needs a swift kick up the backside if he is to have any hope of fulfilling the promise he, and the club, clearly think he has. During the two cup runs, this player has shown me absolutely nothing that even justifies his selection, never mind the huge contract he has reportedly been awarded. One of the oldest adages in the game is the observation that good players always seem to have time but there are some players who take their time because they think it makes them look good. In my opinion, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is falling into that way of thinking.

Ruben, get open, demand the ball, if possible decide what you're going to do with it before it arrives, get it under, quickly execute the decision you've made, get open again. You need more energy, more zip and better choices in your game or you'll be plying your trade in League One, if you're lucky.

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7 hours ago, Vesper said:

CHELSEA WANT JUDE BELLINGHAM, FRANK LAMPARD LIKES ROSS BARKLEY, AND THE PLAYERS WHO WILL LEAVE

Welcome to Inside Football, our new regular football feature which takes you inside some of the biggest clubs, and biggest stories, in European football. In Tuesday's edition, Dean Jones looks in detail at Chelsea's transfer plans and the changes Frank Lampard hopes to make to his squad, including a possible move for England's next superstar, Jude Bellingham...

https://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/transfers/2020-2021/chelsea-could-put-rice-pursuit-on-hold-to-target-bellingham_sto7996133/story.shtml

Chelsea want Jude Bellingham, Frank Lampard likes Ross Barkley, and the  players who will leave - Eurosport

Frank Lampard is starting to figure out his best Chelsea line-up but there are many new questions for him to ponder in the coming year.

His job this season in merging the elite talent of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell into the XI is starting to show signs of huge promise. Yet as we approach 2021 there will be at least 10 player situations to address, with big decisions to make over transfers for January and next summer.

Some choices will be easier to make than others. For example, goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and full-back Emerson Palmieri have no long term future in his side and there are plans to find new clubs for both. Then there are the cases of Antonio Rudiger, Jorginho and Olivier Giroud - who all have clubs waiting to find out if they will be available for moves in January.

But more complicated are the circumstances around Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who were supposed to be poster boys for the club's academy but are going through a rocky patch. And then there is Ross Barkley, who has been loaned out to Aston Villa but has done so well that the club are already starting to wonder if he might fit in after all.

On the transfer front there is the pursuit of Declan Rice to make a decision on too....

THE BIG CALL: GO FOR RICE, OR WAIT FOR BELLINGHAM?

 
Declan Rice talks to Jude Bellingham as England play Republic of Ireland at Wembley 

Declan Rice talks to Jude Bellingham as England play Republic of Ireland at Wembley

Image credit: Getty Images

Lampard would still love to sign Rice but the valuation from West Ham remains high - and there is another name that is starting to be whispered around Stamford Bridge. If they can't get Rice, sources are indicating there are figures at the club who feel it could be worth waiting for England’s newly-capped wonderboy Jude Bellingham instead.

The Rice transfer will probably make most headlines in the build-up to January as Lampard considers him a perfect addition to the current set-up. The board realise how much the manager admires him, and figures around the club are perfectly aware of Rice’s strengths and personality as he grew up in their youth ranks.

Midfield is Lampard’s area of expertise, obviously, and Rice's ability to read danger, intercept possession and dictate play are all key assets that have him earmarked for a big transfer. Yet there are some questions being asked inside the corridors of power about whether Chelsea truly need the West Ham man right now.

A £70 million price-tag will need negotiating but there are a couple of other key points being considered too before any offer in 2021. One of those is that they already have N’Golo Kante. The 29-year-old French World Cup winner and two-time Premier League champion has recently been the anchor of a midfield three for the Blues, and has played well.

There are some doubts about how long he will remain at the Bridge but there is also a trail of thought that if the side can get through the next 18 months with Kante, it could be worth biding time to make an offer for Dortmund midfielder Bellingham in 2022 instead of Rice.

Chelsea are going to keep close tabs on the player’s development at Signal Iduna Park but are very aware that he is one of the most promising teenage midfield players around. Bellingham had interest from the Premier League before moving to Germany, particularly Manchester United. Chelsea have always monitored him though, and like the fact he can play as a number six or number eight. The Blues have confidence they can convince almost any player in the world to become part of what Lampard is building.

A RETURN FOR ROSS BARKLEY?

 
Ross Barkley of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Southampton 

Ross Barkley of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Southampton

Image credit: Getty Images

Then there is the case of Barkley to analyse as he makes a big impact at Villa.

Sources say Lampard has already touched base with the player to let him know just how impressed he has been by early performances, and there could still be a way back for him if the loan spell continues to go well.

There have always been factors of Barkley’s game that Lampard has been fascinated by. However, on the back of Chelsea’s big summer spend he could not guarantee game time for the player and it was decided he would be better off having a full season of Premier League football.

The door will remain open for him to work his way back into the plans - but there are others that will not be so lucky.

THE PLAYERS ON THE WAY OUT

One such player is goalkeeper Kepa, who was identified as a problem by Lampard at the beginning of the year. Since signing Edouard Mendy it has become even more clear that Kepa needs a new club. A loan move in January is almost certain, as it is the easiest way to get around his fee and wages in the short term. They would be happy to let him leave temporarily for this season, then work on a permanent plan for the summer.

Similarly Emerson, who should really have left before this season began, is available and ready for a fresh start. Chelsea are also preparing to field enquiries on three other players who sit on the fringe of the side: Rudiger, Jorginho and Giroud.

Rudiger’s stance is that he would like to leave. He has not played a minute of Premier League action this term and does not feel he is being treated fairly, sources say. There has been interest from previous club Roma about a possible return, though there will be other options on the table too.

 
Jorginho of Chelsea arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sheffield United 

Jorginho of Chelsea arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sheffield United

Image credit: Getty Images

Jorginho has had more of a role this season, though that is beginning to change. He has been a substitute in the past two league matches and has also lost his role as penalty taker. Interest from Juventus has faded but sources say he has other options opening to return to Serie A.

Meanwhile, striker Giroud has played just 70 minutes of football across Chelsea’s 11 Premier League and Champions League matches and talks will take place over his future soon. Inter Milan are expected to table an offer in the January window for him to be reunited with Antonio Conte, and there is a feeling the player will push for the move to go through.

UNCERTAIN FUTURE FOR ACADEMY GRADUATES

Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek both have work to do over the coming months.

Loftus Cheek has been sent on loan to Fulham to recapture his form and confidence, yet is not in their starting XI at present. It’s a concern but Chelsea will scrutinise his future properly at the end of the season.

Hudson-Odoi has similar pressure to prove himself. Sources say Lampard has no doubts about his quality and class, but has had some concern about the way he applies himself and that has continued into this season. A loan move in January is not out of the question.

Lampard is still growing as a manager - yet he is preparing to make big calls that will impact the Blues for years to come.

 

 

for the future prospect is good,,but not for the first team depth squad next season. we already have connor and gilmour,,maybe we can just buy and loan him out to dortmund one season for his development. just like after we bought KDB and loaned him at bremen long time ago....

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8 hours ago, Vesper said:

THE BIG CALL: GO FOR RICE, OR WAIT FOR BELLINGHAM?

Lampard is still growing as a manager - yet he is preparing to make big calls that will impact the Blues for years to come.

That's an easy answer for me because Bellingham is a player I love. Waiting for something that might never happen does not sound like a great plan however. We can hope we'll get him but we can't plan on it. Unless Frank knows that our chances of getting Bellingham are good, we should take a different course.

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4 hours ago, OhForAGreavsie said:

That's an easy answer for me because Bellingham is a player I love. Waiting for something that might never happen does not sound like a great plan however. We can hope we'll get him but we can't plan on it. Unless Frank knows that our chances of getting Bellingham are good, we should take a different course.

I found it slightly strange we didn't go for him when he went to Dortmund. We could've got him a good two year loan and then gave him more money. Anyway, interesting to see how this one plays out, wouldn't be surprised if this story is a plant to try and lower the Rice price. Brady has been in the news over the past few days complaining about the cost of Covid. In my opinion, I see a deal to be done with Wet Spam, something like one dreg plus some cash which makes for a approximate £60m deal. 

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9 minutes ago, King Kante said:

I found it slightly strange we didn't go for him when he went to Dortmund. We could've got him a good two year loan and then gave him more money. Anyway, interesting to see how this one plays out, wouldn't be surprised if this story is a plant to try and lower the Rice price. Brady has been in the news over the past few days complaining about the cost of Covid. In my opinion, I see a deal to be done with Wet Spam, something like one dreg plus some cash which makes for a approximate £60m deal. 

There were stories that we did want Bellingham in the summer but that he believed that BVB was his best option. Reading between the lines, I'd say that we probably weren't even his second choice. Certainly United pulled out all of the stops, including a tour of the facilities guided by Alex Ferguson himself. I'm not aware that our interest got even as far as the lad visiting Cobham though I don't know that for sure of course.

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18 minutes ago, OhForAGreavsie said:

There were stories that we did want Bellingham in the summer but that he believed that BVB was his best option. Reading between the lines, I'd say that we probably weren't even his second choice. Certainly United pulled out all of the stops, including a tour of the facilities guided by Alex Ferguson himself. I'm not aware that our interest got even as far as the lad visiting Cobham though I don't know that for sure of course.

Yeah, this is my recollection too. It is why I am also not really buying this story. For me, Rice is still the real target. This is just paper talk imo (or a plant to put pressure on Wet Spam) as DMF is actually one position we really need to strengthen for the first XI and not just strengthen the depth of the squad. I personally cannot see us wanting to wait two years to sort that out. Only way that may be possible is if Amapdu turbo charges his development and can come into the squad for next season. That would then allow us to play Kante in a No.6 role in a 433, rotating with Mount who would be used more in the games where we have more possession. 

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1 hour ago, King Kante said:

Yeah, this is my recollection too. It is why I am also not really buying this story. For me, Rice is still the real target. This is just paper talk imo (or a plant to put pressure on Wet Spam) as DMF is actually one position we really need to strengthen for the first XI and not just strengthen the depth of the squad. I personally cannot see us wanting to wait two years to sort that out. Only way that may be possible is if Amapdu turbo charges his development and can come into the squad for next season. That would then allow us to play Kante in a No.6 role in a 433, rotating with Mount who would be used more in the games where we have more possession. 

I agree that the smokescreen idea is a possibility. As for Ethan. it seems he has been doing well in Sheffield. As you may have seen previously though, I don't believe he has quite enough to be a Chelsea player in either position. 

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink tells Chelsea to sign two players to help Frank Lampard win Premier League

https://metro.co.uk/2020/11/19/chelsea-news-frank-lampard-urged-sign-two-players-win-premier-league-transfer-13619983/

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says Chelsea and Leeds both forced him to leave |  Football News | Sky Sports

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has urged Chelsea to sign two players in January to help Frank Lampard win the Premier League. The Blues are currently fifth in the English top-flight – three points behind leaders Leicester City – with four victories from eight matches.

Lampard’s side finished fourth last season but will be hopeful of a closer run at the title following a summer in which the likes of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell arrived at Stamford Bridge.

Hasselbaink believes Chelsea are close to a serious title push but has urged his former club to sign a defender – either Caglar Soyuncu or Milan Skriniar – and another attacking midfielder in January.

He told Ladbrokes: ‘A lot of people are talking about Kalidou Koulibaly but he’s 29 years old and would be very expensive. ‘I actually quite like the Leicester defender, Caglar Soyuncu. I think he’d be very good at Chelsea.

Also the defender at Inter Milan, Milan Skriniar – everybody is talking about him, another very good player. ‘So there are players out there, but it’s such a difficult position to fill at the moment.’

Hasselbaink, who scored 87 goals in 177 appearances for Chelsea, added: ‘I would also like to see another creative midfielder.

‘I like Mason Mount, but maybe somebody to play alongside him. Havertz is there, I know, but you want healthy, quality competition in that area. ‘I don’t think Chelsea are far off at all.’ On Saturday,

Lampard’s side travel to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United, who have on three of their first eight matches to sit 13th in the Premier League.

 

 

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21 hours ago, OhForAGreavsie said:

I agree that the smokescreen idea is a possibility. As for Ethan. it seems he has been doing well in Sheffield. As you may have seen previously though, I don't believe he has quite enough to be a Chelsea player in either position. 

yes, I am not sold yet on Ampadu as a long term starting quality type for us

that can change, but it has not so far

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Worry for Chelsea as multiple clubs hover to snatch youngster away from Blues

http://sportwitness.co.uk/worry-chelsea-multiple-clubs-hover-snatch-youngster-away-blues/

Bundesliga clubs are interested in signing of Chelsea youngster Emran Soglo, according to claims from Germany.

Fussball Transfers reports that the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Stuttgart are both following the 15-year-old’s situation at the London side.

It’s explained that Chelsea are working on giving the player a long-term contract and want him to commit his professional future to the club. They are already in touch with the player’s family and want to convince them that Stamford Bridge and the Blues is the right choice for his future.

However, his relatives haven’t always liked the way Soglo was handled by the Premier League club, so that may weigh on their decision and could mean they send him to play somewhere else.

Fussball Transfers highlights the fact that many young players have been seeing Germany as a good place to develop their talent, and that would make it an attractive destination for the Chelsea midfielder.

Still, it’s not only Bundesliga sides who’ve been following the teenager. The report actually claims that other English clubs have been following his situation as well, so he should get more options on the table.

 

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