Chelsea Round-Up: Replacement for Kepa, German Midfielder on Radar, French Midfielder Set to Leave

By | August 4, 2020

Chelsea step up their efforts to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga’s replacement

Chelsea are reportedly prepared to step up their efforts to sign Burnley stopper Nick Pope.

After failing to make a positive impact at West London club since his arrival in 2018, Kepa Arrizabalaga is believed to depart Stamford Bridge late this summer.

That leaves Frank Lampard looking for a suitable replacement for the Spanish stopper, whose potential sale will not generate anywhere near the £72m which the Blues shelled out two years ago.

According to the Daily Star, Frank Lampard is happy to prioritise a move for Burnley Pope after the England international’s superb season at Turf Moor.

However, narrowly missing out on the English top-tier Golden Glove award may lead to Pope being valued at £50m.

Pope is believed to be keen to move to a bigger team over the coming weeks, aware that it could help his chances of playing for Gareth Southgate’s team at Euro 2020.

Chelsea considering a move for another Premier League star Dean Henderson who has been in stunning form during his loan spell at Sheffield United from Man Utd.

The Red Devils are believed to demanding £50m for the 23-year-old stopper with reports also claim that Solskjaer could consider him as a David de Gea’s replacement.

Bayer Leverkusen yet to receive any offers for  €100m-rated Chelsea transfer target

Bayer Leverkusen yet to receive any offers for Kai Havertz, this according to German club’s sporting director Simon Rolfes.

Speaking to Sky Germany, Rolfes has revealed the club are yet to receive an official offer for long-term Chelsea target.

The 21-year-old German has been one of the brightest talents in European football at the moment and hosts of teams are circling around him.

Coming on the back of a sensational 2019/20 season, in which he has managed to score 17 goals and create 9 assists in 43 appearances across all competitions, Havertz has emerged as a top transfer target for Chelsea ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

Recent reports had suggested that Chelsea had agreed on a transfer fee with German club for Leverkusen midfielder. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case as Simon Rolfes confirms that teams haven’t received any offers.

“So far we have no offer. We know about the interest of clubs, but there is no official offer.”

Rolfes than insisted that German playmaker would remain at the club until their Europa League season ends next month.

“We have said several times that we will end the season with our entire squad. And that includes Kai. That goes without saying for us.”

Having already secure services of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech shown their ambition ahead of next campaign. Adding Havertz to the side will turn the Blues one of the contenders of the Premier League trophy.

Leverkusen value the 21-year-old at €100m.

Chelsea ready to listen to offers for the 29-year-old midfielder

Chelsea head-coach Frank Lampard is prepared to part ways with French midfield star N’Golo Kante to raise funds to strengthen other areas of his team, according to the reports.

Preparations for the 2020-21 campaign are in full swing for the West London club, who have at least one more game to play this campaign- Saturday’s Champions League last-16 second leg with German champions, Bayern Munich, which they trail 3-0 on aggregate.

Timo Werner and Hakim Zyech have been brought in from RB Leipzig and Ajax respectively, while Bayer Leverkusen’s playmaker Kai Havertz is asl believed to on his way at Stamford Bridge.

Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell and Atletico Madrid’s goalkeeper Jan Oblak – have also been rumoured with a move to the West London club.

The Times reports that Lampard has been informed that he needs to streamline his team and raise funds if he is to push through those signings, however, and N’Golo Kante is among those considered as dispensable.

The France international has endured an injury-plagued 2019-20 season, playing just 26 games in all competitions, and not at all in the Blues last seven games.

Paris Saint-Germain have previously been tipped to make a move for N’Golo Kante, who has three more years left on his current deal.