Brendan Rodgers insists Foxes are ‘relaxed’ about Ben Chilwell’s future amid constant speculation linking him with a move to London club. Blues have made a real statement of intent in the wake of their two-window transfer ban by wrapping up deals for Hakim Ziyech, and Timo Werner and Chelsea are far from done this summer.
Chelsea manager is keen to add another attack-minded footballer to his squad, with Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz firmly on his radar, and England defender Chilwell remains high up on the club’s wishlist.
However, Foxes have told the London giants they will need to pay more than £75m for Ben’s signature, and Rodgers brushed off the talks when asked about the defender’s future at his press conference on Thursday.
Blues are confident the draw of Champions League football, should they secure their qualification, would be enough to lure the 23-year-old defender to Chelsea if they stump up enough cash for the Englishman.
Frank has been forced to scour the market for a new left-back after failing to be convinced by either Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri since taking over the reins from Maurizio Sarri.
Glen Johnson believes Ben would be the perfect signing to Lampard’s squad and has urged his former club to meet Leicester’s asking price for the English left-back.
The club-record sale of Eden Hazard has funded the majority of Blues transfer business this summer, and Alvaro Morata’s £48m move to Atletico Madrid, while they also expect to receive a fee of nearly £14m from Atalanta for Mario Pasalic.
Newcastle United have reportedly joined the race to sign Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko this summer with the Frenchman likely to leave Stamford Bridge – and Graeme Souness is clearly a fan.
Bakayoko, 25, has returned to Chelsea after French football was suspended until September by president Emmanuel Macron. The one-time France international was on loan at Monaco, having joined Chelsea from Monaco in 2017.
A £40million (Sky Sports) signing for Chelsea three years ago, Bakayoko clocked up 43 appearances in his first season but has since been loaned to Milan and Monaco. Now, Newcastle, West Ham and Watford are all keen.
That is according to Le10Sport who also suggest that Milan want Bakayoko back, as do Patrick Vieira’s Nice. Former Newcastle manager Souness praised Bakayoko for his athleticism among other traits during his first season.
‘Tiemoue Bakayoko came in and demonstrated that he is energetic, athletic and can get around people and stop them playing,” Souness was quoted as saying by the Metro, back in August 2017.
Unlucky at Chelsea after a decent first season, Bakayoko was loaned to Monaco which the Frenchman may have feel aggrieved about – and rightly. A drop in confidence, perhaps because of the move, coincided with poor form.
But a return to his permanent class has been restored while at former side Monaco and towards the end of his Milan loan. Likely to be available for a cheaper price than the £40million spent on him by Chelsea, he is a decent option
Leicester City have Chelsea on Sunday evening for a spot in the semi finals of the FA Cup.
The Foxes presently can’t seem to dominate a match since the Premier League continued in June, however their record pre-break against big teams has left fans idealistic of accomplishment against the customary world class in the cup.
Their rivals, in any case, have flown out of the squares since English football returned, with two successes in the same number of games. An amazing triumph at home to Manchester City on Thursday was the undeniable feature, however a sharp rebound against Aston Villa toward the end of the week displayed a noteworthy spine as well.
The Blues have their own injury worries ahead of their outing to the Midlands however. Defender Fikayo Tomori has been battling with a strong issue and will probably pass up a major opportunity, while Callum Hudson-Odoi is far fetched to play having missed the last two Premier League games with a lower leg thump.
Concerning Chelsea, they have been amazing with two straight successes after the three-month break. A huge 2-1 triumph over Manchester City implies that they go to the King Power with a lot of energy and certainty to get another triumph.
Here’s the means by which the two sides have fared in their last five experiences.