Chelsea Round-Up: Battle For Villareal Star, Willian’s Transfer Update, Lampard Plans to Sign Top-Class Defender

By | July 5, 2020

Chelsea and Man Utd eyeing move for 23-year-old La Liga star valued at £45m

Chelsea and Manchester United are reportedly weighing up an approach for Villarreal defender Pau Torres.

The 23-year-old centre-back has been a vital component of the Yellow Submarine’s backline this season, playing 29 La Liga games as Villarreal sit fifth in the standing.

Torres still has four years left on his current deal with the Spanish giants, however, his form in the Spanish top-tier this season have supposedly garnered the interest of several top clubs.

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea have joined the likes of Barcelona, Tottenham, Arsenal and Man City in the race to secure Torres’s services.

The report states that Torres possesses a £45m release clause in his current deal, although the Yellow Submarine would likely have to lower their price tag ahead of a transfer window set to be heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Man Utd have been quiet thus far as they yet to make any new addition for the next campaign, however, extended contract for Scott McTominay, Meanwhile,  Chelsea have already added Timo Werner from RB Leipzig and Hakim Ziyech from Ajax to the ranks at Stamford Bridge ahead of the 2020-21 season.

‘I have plans to stay in Europe” – Chelsea forward speaks out about his future amid Arsenal interest

Chelsea forward, Willian claims he has unfinished business in Europe and plans to play in the MLS before the end of his career as Arsenal and Tottenham are keen on to sign him.

The West London club stalwart is destined to become a free agent after the end of the 2019/20 season and appears likely to depart from Stamford Bridge despite enjoying to work with his former teammate Frank Lampard.

Willian put pen on a short-term contract that will take him up to the end of the current season, however, is likely to seek a fresh challenge thereafter, unless the West London club changes their stance and offer him the three-year contract,

The likes of Tottenham and Arsenal have been rumoured with a move for the talented winger and Willian is confident he still plenty to offer on the top level.

‘I have plans to stay in Europe and try to play here maybe for three or four more seasons,” Willian told ESPN Brasil’s Futebol no Mundo.

‘I believe I can still perform on a high level. After that, when I will be 35, 36 years old, I intend to go to the United States and play there. It is a goal that I have.

“That has to improve” – Frank Lampard drops hint to sign top-class defenders this summer

Frank Lampard has revealed Chelsea may strengthen their defensive end ahead of the next season.

Chelsea were overpowered by West Ham at set-pieces in their last match and the Blues boss thinks his side are lacking physicality at the backline as they are missing out the same quality players such as John Terry and Gary Cahill.

Lampard was critical of his players after the loss in the London derby, however, he appears confident he has found the main issue in the backline.

‘We’ve looked at set pieces this season,’ he said.

‘When we came into the club we looked at the stats from last season. ‘Last season we were bottom of the league defending set plays, in terms of teams getting big chances against us, and second bottom in attacking. ‘We haven’t improved much this year”

‘I really don’t like to talk about my own playing days but we didn’t work much at all on set pieces and there were a few reasons, mainly John Terry, Gary Cahill, Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack and [Branislav] Ivanovic.

‘You’d stick it in an area and they would defend it or score goals.

‘With Liverpool, I remember a lot of talk about them and set pieces a few seasons ago. They were zonal and conceding a lot.

‘They signed Virgil van Dijk and he heads out everything. There’s a huge relation to personnel and if you don’t have that size, the main thing is trying to compete as hard as you can and making it difficult for other teams to score.

‘But I’m not making excuses because we haven’t done that well enough and that has to improve.

‘When you look at who you might bring in with the balance of the squad it is certainly something to take into account.’

The West London club have the chance to bounce straight back from the defeat to the Hammers with another London match against Watford on Saturday evening.