Chelsea Round-Up: Transfer Revelation, International No.4 Midfielder on Radar, Replacement for Kepa

By | October 18, 2020

Lionel Messi was on the verge to sign £50m per year contract with Chelsea in 2014

Argentine superstar Lionel Messi agreed to join Chelsea back in 2014 – where he would have earned £50 per week this according to Sky Sports journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

Messi, arguably the best has ever played this game, has spent his entire career to date playing for La Liga giants, Barcelona winning all possible trophies.

Since graduating from their illustrious La Masia academy, Argentine forward has stunned the football world with his talent.

Things could have been a lot different for Messi, however, for Di Marzio has claimed for Sky Sports that Chelsea came very close to becoming a new home for Argentine superstar back in 2014.

Di Marzio writes that Messi had a Facetime call with then a Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, during which he agreed to join the Stamford Bridge, where the report claims he would’ve earned an eye-watering £50m per-year.

It’s noted in the report the West London club’s intention to activate his €250m release clause, which six-years and a host of big-money move down the line feels like a small price to pay for one of the best players of all time if not the best.

At the time the transfer would have taken place, Argentina international forward would have been lining up alongside with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa in Chelsea’s front-line, with his best friend Cesc Fabregas playing from midfield.

Chelsea planning January move for £70m-rated Englishman

Chelsea could reportedly renew their interest in West Ham United versatile midfielder, Declan Rice during the winter transfer window.

The West London club were heavily linked with the England international this summer’s transfer window, however, the Hammers allegedly signalled that they would not be prepared to sell the defensive-minded midfielder for under £70m.

According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, England international midfielder stays a top transfer target for Frank Lampard’s side, and the London heavyweights are believed to return for the 21-year-old in the nearby future.

Frank Lampard’s side could therefore make an attempt to secure the services of the Englishman in the winter transfer window, although they are again likely to face serious resistance from the Hammers.

Rice has not missed a minute of Premier League games this campaign and has captained the London outfits in three of their four league games during the 2020-21 season.

The English midfielder has a deal at the London Stadium until the summer of 2024.

West Ham United another star Issa Diop has been also rumoured with a switch to Chelsea and Manchester United as both team are planning to strengthen their defensive options when the transfer window will be re-opened in January.

Chelsea considered move for 6 ft 4 AC Milan star this summer

Chelsea considered a summer move for AC Milan stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma before to Edouard Mendy’s arrival, according to Fabrizio Romano reports.

The West London club found themselves in dire need of a new stopper following the downturn in form of Spanish stopper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, who lost his place to former Man City star Willy Caballero towards the tail end of last campaign.

Edouard Mendy was recruited from Ligue 1 outfits, Rennes, with the Senegalese international starting the Blues last two marches before the current international break.

Mendy looks sure to be Frank Lampard’s No.1 choice keeper going forward, however, he wasn’t the only option considered by the West London club as they looked to secure a long-term replacement for Kepa who has struggled since his arrival from Atheltic Bilbao.

Fabrizio Romano writes for Calciomercato that the Blues sniffed around Italy international stopper, Donnarumma of Serie A giants, AC Milan over the summer, with the Italian’s deal set to end in the summer of 2021.

However, the feeling at the San Siro is that the youngster will put pen on a new deal with the Rossoneri, the team who gave him the opportunity to play regular first-team football in such a young age.

Chelsea will need to wait and see how Mendy manages to replace Kepa and then consider whether to renew interest in Donnarumma or not.