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Chelsea battling to sign €70m-rated defender



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.”


Chelsea player that is “a killer” revealed



Romelu Lukaku

Former prolific midfielder, Joe Cole, has revealed that in Romelu Lukaku, The blues now have a “killer” in their squad who will score more goal.

Romelu Lukaku scored the only goal as Chelsea began their Champions League campaign with a slim 1-0 victory over Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday.

That was Romelu Lukaku fourth goal in four matches since returning to Stamford Bridge in a £98million deal from Inter Milan this summer.

Joe Cole has accepted the fact that Romelu Lukaku was not at his best against Zenit, but said his powerful nature makes him the perfect man to lead the team under Thomas Tuchel.

“I’m going to throw this out there, I think he’ll be top scorer in the Champions League this season.

“Lukaku didn’t even have one of his better games, he was a little bit scruffy but he’s a finisher now, a killer. Once that ball was delivered there was only going to be one winner, he’s a great finisher,” Cole said on BT Sport.

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Legend ignores Man Utd, names six teams that can win champions league



Danny Murphy

Experienced legend, Danny Murphy has listed the six clubs he thinks can win the Champions League this season.

His list include title holders Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool. However, Manchester United was not mentioned.

Danny Murphy predicts English clubs could be a dominant force in Europe this campaign, with Chelsea hoping to defend the title they won after beating Manchester City in last season’s champions league final.

For Liverpool, they reached successive Champions League finals in 2018 and 2019 and would be eager to challenge for another this seasonn.

Danny Murphy insists Manchester City are one of the favorites as with Chelsea, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, PSG and Atletico Madrid.

Asked which teams he expects to challenge for the Champions League title, Murphy told MailSport:

“I personally think the winners will come from one of six – Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and PSG.

“Atletico are an outsider because Diego Simeone has matchwinners in Luis Suarez and Griezmann in addition to the remarkable team spirit he’s fostered.”

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Tammy Abraham ‘fits the bill’ as an Arsenal signing, says Winterburn




With Arsenal interested in the signature of Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham, they have been told by their hero, Nigel Winterburn that the England international fits the profile of a potential signing for the club.

Tammy Abraham looks set to leave Chelsea this summer as the Blues continue their pursuit of Erling Haaland. He is also out of favour at the club with lack of playing time. He earned 22 Premier League appearances last term, scoring six goals which is not enough for him.

Reacting to the news, Winterburn said (via Goal): “He certainly would fit the bill of recent Arsenal signings, young with a point to prove.

“People will question his consistency but what you want is for these young players to get a run in the team.

“Is he going to get a run in a team if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is playing well? Probably not unless Aubameyang can be switched to the left-hand side – although you then need to leave out either Nicolas Pepe or Bukayo Saka.

“With Abraham, there’s potential there and development for a young, young player. So, I think it’s an option [for] Arsenal, although with Alexandre Lacazette being linked with a move away, it could be just a name that has been thrown into a hat.”

He will replace French striker, Alexandre Lacazette who is also opened to leaving the Emirates Stadium for £15 million after scoring 17 goals in all competitions last season.

When asked about Lacazette, Winterburn continued: “Arsenal shouldn’t sell Lacazette unless they’ve got an upgrade in place. I wouldn’t let him go until we have secured another striker. I’ve said that all along.

“Lacazette is a different striker to anything Arsenal have at the club. When he’s in top form, he holds the ball up well, his link-up play is good.

“I suppose his strike rate is not the very, very best of what you want, but then we are not at the very, very top of the league either at the moment as well.

“So personally, at the moment, I don’t want to see him go, unless we’ve got someone coming in that’s going to excite me.

“I wouldn’t let him go and then we haven’t got anybody else to bring in. For me, that’s just way too risky.”

He’s been linked with a surprise move across London. Reports have suggested Arsenal are monitoring his situation and could make an offer if Chelsea decide to leave him leave.

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