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Chelsea battling to sign €70m-rated defender

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West London outfit Chelsea are in the move to secure the signature of Jose Maria Gimenez from Spanish La Liga outfit ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Blues team might have invested as much as £200 million in the last summer transfer window but that was not enough as they still struggle this season, so far with more additions needed to be made.

Chelsea brought in Brazilian international Thiago Silva and he has been a good addition with his good form an experience but there is a need to have a younger successor in the team.

Jose Maria, who is an important part of Diego Simeone’s side at the Wanda Metropolitano could provide coach Tuchel with a long term solution in the back-line. His age also makes the deal interesting as he is now 25 and can be a player for the future and form a good partnership with Kurt Zouma.

The 25-year-old Uruguay international has played almost 200 games for the Los Rojiblancos and helped them to win the UEL in the 2017/18 campaign since joining for La Liga giants in 2013.

His importance to Diego Simeone won’t make a deal happen easily as he is highly valued at the club and that means he will not come cheap but Tuchel has the backing of the club and he has been trusted to succeed, hence he would be backed with some cash to strike the deal.

However, West London have a cheaper alternative for the Uruguayan central defender in Bayern Munich’s David Alaba if they are unable to agree on a fee for Jose Maria Gimenez.

David Alaba is expected to leave the German Bundesliga giants this summer transfer window as he has refused to sign a new deal.

He is a versatile player that will give plenty of options to manager Tuchel at the defence.

Although, Jose Maria Gimenez is keen on a move to the Premier League as he made it known when he spoke Uruguayan journalist Federico Buysan on his ambitions:

“I dream of playing in the Premier League because all of the matches are fairly even.

“But if Atletico offer me a contract for life, I will stay.”

He added: “Atletico taught me a lot from the first day I arrived. I am privileged to be at the club.”

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Chelsea defender is wanted in Brazil

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Thiago Silva has barely stayed with Chelsea for a year but he is already attracting interests from his country home, Brazil as his childhood club, Fluminense wants him back.

Fluminense manager Marco issued a transfer plea to Thiago Silva to join the club as soon as his contract with the Blues expires at the end of the season.

Thiago had a youth career with the Brazilian outfit before graduating to their senior team, He later left for AC Milan in January 2009.

Marco was signed by Fluminense to replace Odair Hellmann and wants to work with his former teammate, having played together in the Brazilian outfit.

Marco shared details of a text message conversation between the pair in which the Chelsea defender hinted he could return to assist him in the future.

Right on time, he [Silva] saw the message and said: ‘I’m going there to assist you,” Marco revealed in a press conference on Wednesday, as reported by Globo Esporte.

“I said: ‘Hey! Not as an assistant, come to play here, come to help us, you’ll be very welcome’. A great affection, we exchange messages every day.

“Somehow, we help out there. And in the same way, he helps here. God willing, soon he’ll be here with us too, being able to help on the pitch.”

Meanwhile, Silva could be staying at Chelsea beyond this season after admitting last month that he hopes to earn an extended deal to his one-year contract, having had an impactful stay so far.

“I have learned in [a lot of different competitions] and I use it to help young players.

“This is my first experience in the Premier League. I hope to continue to play well and that my contract will be renewed.”

The 36-year-old joined Chelsea on a free transfer after his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expired at the end of last season. He signed a one-year contract with an option to extend for a further year.

He has formed a great partnership with the defender and the Blues are already thinking of an extension.

“I’ve seen the reports and there is an option in Thiago’s contract that we can look at as the season goes on.

“Obviously the way he is playing at the minute we are very happy, so that’s the end of it really. I’m surprised it’s come out in that way.”

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Chelsea player put big clubs on transfer alert

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Antonio Rudiger seems to be having his last days at Stamford Bridge with the West London outfit Chelsea with claims that the club have made up their mind to sell him in summer transfer.

This development has placed a lot of clubs on alert, including Serie A duo, AC Milan, and Juventus, alongside Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona. The mentioned clubs have got a concrete interest in him.

However, the Spanish giants seem to be favorites in the chase of Antonio Rudiger as he is interested in a new challenge, away from what he has known in the past. He wants a bigger and thinks Barcelona can offer him that challenge.

Antonio Rudiger has had an experience of the Italian Serie A, having played with AS Roma. The league might no longer be attractive to the Blues player anymore.

Chelsea want £18 million for the star player who is already in the market ahead of the summer transfer window. He could bid goodbye after four years at the Stamford Bridge.

However, the Blues seem to be making efforts to keep Antonio Rudiger at the club for more years as he hinted that something has been happening as it relates to his stay.

“I’m satisfied with how the situation has developed in the past weeks, now I see myself as a permanent part of the team. I had a tough time, so I also checked other transfer options but I received positive signals from the coaching team.”

Should Antonio Rudiger leave Chelsea in the summer transfer window, he would be remembered for his role in convincing Timo Werner to join the Blues in the summer transfer window.

The centre-half has also been impressed with how quickly his fellow countryman has settled in the Premier League.
“The league has accepted Timo really well,’ Rudiger said.

“Timo integrated into the team and the league very quickly. He can use his speed very well, causes defenders huge problems and exudes confidence all the time.”

Meanwhile, Antonio Rudiger’s choice of a move will depend on his chances of playing in the Champions League as well as the playing time that would be handed to him at the prospective new club.

He seeks to be relevant at the international team and will do all it takes to keep playing to be able to get a place in the Dutch national team ahead of the European competitions coming up.

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Rio Ferdinand makes prediction about Chelsea target

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Man United hero Rio Ferdinand has predicted that West Ham United star Declan Rice will join West London outfit Chelsea ahead of Man United and other suitors.

The former Red Devils defender added that the 21-year-old, who has 13 England international caps will seal a move to the West London club around £50 million in the summer to end his about three years relationship with the Hammers.

The talented young midfielder is now the most important and consistent player that David Moyes has on his books and is already attracting interest from Man United and Chelsea.

However, Rio Ferdinand praised Declan Rice for his level-headedness, suggesting that he won’t push for a move away from the London Stadium.

“I don’t think he goes this window, I think he stays there for the remainder of the season. I don’t think he’s the kind of kid who is going to push to leave right now. If it happens, it will be between the clubs. I think he’s quite a laid-back kid in that sense but he’s a driven kid. He’s someone who wants to achieve, better himself and improve. He’s like a sponge.

“He wants to know everything because he wants to better himself and you can’t fault a kid like that. Good luck to him. I think it’s inevitable he will go but I think he will go in the summer and I think it would be to Chelsea if he had his wish. West Ham would be looking to get as much as they can. I think with the Covid situation, the price has to be altered again. West Ham would be looking for £70m plus but with Covid, it will be around £50m.”

Declan Rice is not out of contract until the summer of 2024 let us not forget. And West Ham have the option of extending that deal by a further 12 months but it is yet to be seen if Frank Lampard will be willing to invest £50 million for his signature.

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