Chelsea begin their Premier League campaign on Monday at Brighton but despite five key additions and one for the future, Frank Lampard is not done yet in the transfer market.
Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are all in – while Edouard Mendy is close to joining from Rennes and competing with Kepa Arrizabalaga to be the No 1.
There is also the small matter of cutting the squad down, which has seen Marcos Alonso, Emerson, Fikayo Tomori, Kepa, Olivier Giroud and Callum Hudson-Odoi all linked with loans or permanent deals away. Lampard is also under pressure to deliver, having taken the Blues to fourth last season, the £200m+ injection to the squad will raise expectations to finish much closer to champions Liverpool this term and make inroads in the Champions League.
Frank Lampard said back in July that he is keen to see Callum Hudson-Odoi fulfil his potential, amid speculation today that he could be loaned.
That seems unlikely, given Hakim Ziyech’s injury and the departures of Willian and Pedro, the teenager will surely start vs Brighton on Monday.
“He needs to keep training at the highest level, which I have seen him do particularly in the last week or 10 days,” Lampard said.
“In the last two games, he’s come on and made good impacts and that’s the way he needs to continue as a young player with great talent and great potential.
“I want to see that potential come through.”
Wilf Zaha has asked to leave Crystal Palace this summer, but there’s a problem: No takers have come asking for him.
The Evening Standard report manager Roy Hodgson being surprised that teams aren’t “knocking on the door” to sign the attacker, with plenty of names linked but no official bids as yet received.
Palace wanted £80m for Zaha last year and reportedly turned down a lesser bid from Everton for him, but so far the big bids have not materialised.
Frank Lampard insists Kai Havertz’s arrival has not unsettled Mason Mount.
“I saw the story about Mason Mount, I know it was absolutely fabricated from somebody, particularly if it came from the German end,” said Lampard.
“I don’t know if he’s got any friends or relatives over there he would talk to, it’s a strange angle for that to come from Mason.”
Chelsea could make a second offer for Declan Rice to cap off a big summer of spending.
The purchase of the West Ham star would take their spending beyond £300m, with Sky Sport Italia claiming a second bid is now imminent.
Rice should be the last target in at Stamford Bridge, with a deal for Edouard Mendy nearing completion.
The Gunners have been linked with Thomas Partey all summer long, but Atletico Madrid are unwilling sellers.
Arsenal have tried to offer players in exchange to make up the asking price, but the Spanish side want cash only – which makes the latest rumour from AS in Spain strange to say the least.
The suggestion is that Inter Milan want Thomas as they can’t sign Kante from Chelsea, but they’ll be offering Ivan Perisic in exchange.
Atletico Madrid right-back Santiago Arias is in demand from Premier League clubs, say South American outlet Radio Caracol.
Everton, Newcastle and Wolves are all admirers, though it’s the Toffees who have made most ground toward a potential deal.
James Rodriguez and Yerry Mina are both also Colombian, adding to the appeal for Arias.
Napoli want Emerson to replace Faouzi Ghoulam it seems, with the Italy international now dropping down to third choice at best for Frank Lampard.
Sky Sport Italia report Emerson is an option for the Italians, with Lampard now installing Ben Chilwell ahead of him and Marcos Alonso.
Spurs have made an offer for Torino’s Andrea Belotti, according to Sky Italia.
Mourinho has recently said he’s still sure that Spurs will get a Harry Kane alternative, but it won’t be the Italian international unless they significantly up their reported offer.
The claim is that Spurs made a loan offer with an option to sign Belotti permanently for €50 million, which was never going to be accepted by the Serie A side.
Back on the pitch, Arsenal are ahead at Fulham.
Lacazette with a finish from close range.
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Wolves haven’t given up on signing Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
The new England international was the target of a £15m bid which was rejected, with some suggestion that he will now stay at Arsenal and be a key part of the side under Arteta.
But the Mail are reporting Wolves will return with an increased bid, as Arsenal seek for up to £25m for him.
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