According to French publication Le10 Sport (h/t Metro), Chelsea have made contact with Ligue 1 club Strasbourg over the possibility of signing defender Mohamed Simakan in January.
Simakan has been on Strasbourg’s books since 2017. Having risen through the youth ranks, the 20-year-old defender made his first-team debut in July 2019. Since then, he has grown into a regular member of the team, racking up 42 appearances so far.
Simakan has been an ever-present in the side this season, starting each of Strasbourg’s 17 Ligue 1 games. He has scored and assisted one goal apiece in the process.
The centre-back’s impressive performances have led to interest from Serie A giants AC Milan. The Rossoneri had tried to sign him up in the summer, but a move had failed to materialise.
However, they are looking to make a move for him again in January but are set to face competition from Chelsea. The Blues strengthened the centre-back department with the signing of Thiago Silva in the summer.
And while the Brazilian has forged a solid partnership with Kurt Zouma, it must not be lost that he is 36 years old and will need his game-time to be managed and gradually replaced.
So, bringing in a new long-term option to replace Silva in the coming years does make plenty of sense. And while Simakan is still at the beginning of his career, he has shown plenty of potential and can be groomed into a future leader of the defence.
To that end, Chelsea have made an approach to Strasbourg to sign him, along with OGC Nice. Strasbourg are demanding a transfer fee of at least €15m. It remains to be seen if we succeed in the pursuit of Simakan.
Speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Daily Mail) ahead of their match against Chelsea, Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan put his faith in Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to come good in the future.
Chelsea signed the duo in the summer but they are yet to make a case for their large transfer fee. Timo Werner, who was signed for £53m on a £175,000-a-week contract, has scored just 4 goals so far this season.
His current run of 11 games without a goal is in start contrast to his last season at RB Leipzig where he netted 28 times. The other Bundesliga starlet signed by Chelsea, Kai Havertz, is doing no better.
The 21-year-old has not been involved in a goal for the club in his last 9 league games. He has also not provided an assist for over 3 months, which is not what the club would have expected from a £71m signing.
However, Ilkay Gundogan believes that the time that the duo is taking to settle in at Chelsea is normal. Gundogan himself moved from the Bundesliga to the Premier League and understands their situation.
The City midfielder acknowledges the struggle involved in adjusting in a new team. Moreover, he says that the current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic and the congested fixture list has made it a bit more difficult.
“It’s not easy to adapt quickly to the Premier League when you come from a different country and now, with the situation going on, I think it’s just even harder. ”
Gundogan, who has played in the German national team with the Chelsea duo, trusts them to come good sooner rather than later. He says they possess “incredible talent” which they will be able to show in the league.
A report by football. london mentions that Chelsea revealed the financial impact of Covid-19 on the club’s finances in the yearly financial report, which was released on the New Year’s eve.
The club released its records for the last financial year which stated that despite losing money due to the pandemic, the club actually made a profit.
Chelsea’s revenue took a hit in all areas. Broadcasting revenue was reduced by £17. 6m, while the matchday revenue fell by £12. 2m.
The commercial income was reduced by £9. 5m and the turnover fell from £446. 7m to £ 407. 4m. The club made an overall profit of £32. 5m in the report, which was majorly due to 2 bumper sales.
Alvaro Morata joined Atletico Madrid for £58m while Eden Hazard left for Real Madrid in an £89m deal which could rise up to £150m with performance-related bonuses. (h/t football. london)
Bruce Buck, the chairman of the club, credits Chelsea for posting a profit in such trying times.
“It is a sign of the strength and stability of our financial operation that the company was still able to post a profit in the past financial year. ”
Buck also mentioned that despite the drop in revenue streams, the club is still developing on the pitch. His enthusiastic statement might be premature, however.
That is because the accounts are dated back to June 2020. This means that the true extent of the pandemic on the club may become even more visible in next year’s account.
Moreover, the reason Chelsea have made a profit in the past financial year is that the summer signings are not listed in the accounts. Chelsea spent close to £250m in the summer but it is not reflected in the report.
According to Chelsea blogger Simon Phillips (h/t The Sun), Chelsea have entered into negotiations with AC Milan custodian Gianluigi Donnarumma over a potential transfer in the summer.
The 21-year-old, a product of the AC Milan youth academy, made his senior debut way back in 2015. Since then, he has grown into one of the best goalkeepers in Italy and has already amassed over 200 appearances for the club.
An ever-present in the starting XI, Donnarumma has started 13 of Milan’s 14 Serie A matches this season, playing a key role in their ascent to the top of the table.
However, his future In Lombardy has become a subject of uncertainty as his contract runs out at the end of the season. Talks over a new deal have been ongoing, with Milan putting forth an offer of £6m-a-year for the shot-stopper.
But, Donnarumma’s agent, Mino Raiola, is using contract offers from the likes of Inter Milan and Juventus to get a better deal for the goalkeeper. Amidst this, Chelsea, too, have entered the fray to try and sign him up next summer. (h/t The Sun)
Frank Lampard signed a new goalkeeper in the form of Edouard Mendy last summer. And, the Senegalese barring a couple of mistakes, has been a solid presence between the posts for us.
However, with Kepa Arrizabalaga still seemingly out of favour and Willy Caballero not getting any younger, the club should look to bring in another top-notch goalkeeper.
And, the possibility of signing someone as talented as Donnarumma on a free transfer doesn’t come along all too often. And, it is claimed that the Blues have already held talks with the Italian international over a possible move in the summer.
Mendy has certainly done quite well since coming in last summer. However, Donnarumma would certainly add more quality to our squad. Any deal, though, will depend on how his contract negotiations with Milan go.
As reported by Sky Sports, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has insisted that he will not abandon his principles in order to end his team’s recent run of poor results.
Chelsea are going through a bit of a difficult period in the Premier League, having picked up just one win in the last five games. After back-to-back defeats against Everton and Wolves, the Blues picked up a much-needed win against West Ham United.
However, over the past week, Lampard & co. succumbed to a defeat to Arsenal and were held to a draw by Aston Villa. This run has left Chelsea seven points below league leaders Liverpool.
The run has put some pressure on manager Lampard. But, the former midfielder has insisted that he will stick to his principles and not make any drastic changes in order to turn the team’s fortunes around.
“I’m not stupid, I know that we need to get results. We want to get results. Do I change things? Sometimes, a little bit. I tweak things. You have to search, but you also have to stick to your principles. ”
The gaffer also insisted that it is natural to be lauded one day and to face criticism the other based on results. And he said that is important to not get too excited when things are going your way and be down when they aren’t.
“One of my strengths hopefully is never being too excited when we’re going well. And then my job is to not be too down when results go against us. The first person who puts pressure on me is me. I do that all the time, for good and bad, so that doesn’t change much. ”
Chelsea face a depleted Manchester City side on Sunday in the Premier League. It is important that Lampard & co. get things back on track as soon as possible or we may risk the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United pulling away at the top.
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