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Chelsea selling star is good news for two Thomas Tuchel players

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The latest reports indicate that Olivier Giroud is nearing a move to the Serie A with AC Milan and the development will come as good news for two Chelsea players in particular, who could see a boost to their minutes next season as a result.

Giroud has established himself as a capable Premier League goalscorer, notching 90 over the course of his career in England with Chelsea and Arsenal.

A report from the Daily Mail indicates that the 34-year-old is on the verge of signing a two-year deal with the Italian giants, with his meagre £1million release clause posing no obstacle.

The Frenchman’s exit from Stamford Bridge should, at least on a professional level, come as music to the ears of German duo Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.

With Giroud out of the equation, the pair would be the undisputed first choices up-front, unless the club sign a top-class striker in the transfer market.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have been heavily linked with a £150million move for Erling Haaland in recent weeks, although there is still plenty of work needed to see it through.

If he did arrive in what would be a sensational transfer, Havertz and Werner would at least be the first-choice back-ups up top.

With Chelsea involved in a range of competitions over the course of the season, rotation will undoubtedly be needed and Giroud’s absence would mean fewer experienced front-men to compete with for minutes.

The Blues spent £120m on bringing the former Bundesliga pair to west London last summer, although there is a general feeling that both could have shown more during their debut seasons.

Havertz could only tally nine goals in all competitions, with Werner not much further ahead on 12 as the latter gained unfortunate notoriety for his poor finishing.

However, at the end of the campaign, Havertz in particular began to find his best form, bagging the winner in the Champions League final against Manchester City.

In recent weeks, both men met the unfortunate fate of being dumped out of Euro 2020 by England at Wembley.

After picking themselves up and dusting themselves off, a squad trimmed of the fat up-front would place increased emphasis on their goalscoring exploits next term.

Although, with Tammy Abraham strongly linked with the Stamford Bridge exit door too, Chelsea could be forced to bring in attacking reinforcements.

If that arrives in the shape of Haaland, Havertz and Werner will have a mighty scrap on their hands to see consistent Premier League minutes through the middle.

Yet they would still expect to play regularly out wide, and will then be the main options to replace Haaland whenever necessary.

As it stands, however, with one seasoned front-man seemingly destined for Serie A, Chelsea’s pricey German duo will be under added pressure to come up with the goods when the new season rolls around.

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea are all set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix.

Felix has endured a difficult start to the season for Atletico and is yet to score in five starts in the league.

Last season wasn’t much better for Felix, only managing 24 league starts.
With competition up top including French international Antoine Griezmann, Felix is often used as a rotation option under Diego Simeone.

Now, according to Fichajes, a move to the Premier League could be on the cards, with Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal all interested in signing the striker.

Both Manchester United and Chelsea will need to find a long-term replacement for their current first-choice strikers.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are both reaching the latter stage of their careers for their respective clubs, so bringing a player with a similar age profile to Felix would be a smart move.

A move to Arsenal may not benefit Felix’s development as much, with Gabriel Jesus performing exceptionally well for the North London club and still only 25 years old.

 

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Manchester United transfer news RECAP plus fixture updates and Cody Gakpo latest

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Manchester United and fellow Premier League clubs are counting down the days until they can strike-up further business in the transfer market. Erik ten Hag welcomed six players to Old Trafford during his first window and they have all made their mark in the starting XI.

Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez have all quickly become mainstays, while Antony broke a record set by Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he scored on Sunday night. That 2-1 victory over Everton also saw former Real Madrid player Casemiro handed his first Premier League start for the club.

Martin Dubravka was the other recruit, signing on a season-long loan from Newcastle.

With one eye on January and future windows, meanwhile, United are understood to still have Frenkie de Jong on their radar, while elite clubs from across Europe will be queuing up for Jude Bellingham should he decided to leave Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in the near transfer window.
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So good’: Reece James and Carney Chukwuemeka react to display from £135m star Chelsea reportedly want to sign

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Jude Bellingham shined yet again last night for Borussia Dortmund on the Champions League stage, which received some interesting reaction from a Chelsea perspective.

England star Bellingham, 19, scored in Dortmund’s 1-1 draw against Sevilla. It means the teenage midfielder has now scored in all four Champions League group stage matches so far this season

Afterwards, Bellingham posted on Instagram “more to do” following Dortmund’s midweek result in Europe.

There were some interesting replies in the comment section, especially from two current Chelsea stars.

“Another day at the office”, Reece James posted.

Carney Chukwuemeka added: “So, so good”.

Bellingham in Champions League

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Bellingham plays alongside plenty of Chelsea stars on the international stage with England, so let’s hope they can put in a good word to try tempt him to the Bridge.

He’s an all – action central midfielder that offers so much both offensively and defensively.

 

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