Chelsea are set to move for Southampton’s Cedric Soares, as they try to bring in at least three more players before the transfer window closes. Antonio Conte is keen to add to his wing-back options and believes that the Portuguese international could be the perfect player to compete with Victor Moses. The 25-year-old isn’t the club’s only right-back target, as they are also monitoring Serge Aurier and Joao Cancelo.
The Telegraph report that has been a target for Chelsea for some time, as they view him as an ideal addition to their current squad. He is attractive to them, as he would be cheaper than the other options. The club believe that they could sign him for between £15-20 million, which would be viewed as good business in the current market. Cedric has performed well in the Premier League and showed that he could compete at a higher level when he helped Portugal win Euro 2016.
What would he bring to Chelsea?
Cedric is good in both halves of the pitch and he would provide a more balanced option to Victor Moses, who is better at going forward than he is out of possession. The Portuguese international is effective at positioning himself well as he is rarely caught out. He is aggressive when trying to win the ball back, as shown by his average of 347 ball recoveries per ninety minutes last season.
The Premier League is a physical league and the 25-year-old has proven that he can do well in this environment, which lowers the risk of signing him. The other two players linked haven’t played in England and this could be why Cedric is the one being targeted.
During his time at Southampton, he has posed a threat going forwards and that is crucial for a wing-back in Conte’s system. Last season, he contributed three assists and averaged 1.43 chances created every ninety minutes., which is a good return for a full-back. At a team like Chelsea, he will get more opportunities to go forward and he would thrive as a result. He is an excellent crosser of the ball and a potential link-up with Alvaro Morata could be very productive.
How likely is a transfer?
There is no doubt that Chelsea will be desperate to add players before the transfer window closes. They lost on the opening day and their squad is lacking depth. Antonio Conte hasn’t been happy with the backing he has received this summer and this is why the club need to act. It would be disastrous to lose the Italian, which is why they need to give him the tools to do the job.
Southampton won’t want to sell Cedric and they have been tough sellers all summer, as Virgil van Dijk remains at the club, despite plenty of interest from other clubs in the Premier League. Cedric is a player they could offload, but they will be keen to keep him. If Chelsea are serious about signing the right-back, they have a great chance of getting him, but they may have to pay more than the £20 million that the piece suggests.
Arsenal and Chelsea receive huge boost in pursuit of Aleksandr Golovin
The London rivals have been given an edge over Juventus in the pursuit it seems.
London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have recieved a huge boost in their pursuit of Russian maestro Aleksandr Golovin, after the play-maker’s father revealed he is currently learning English, in quotes via Russian outlet Komsomolskaya Pravda.
Italian giants Juventus are said to be courting the CSKA Moscow midfielder closely, with some reports even claiming a deal had been agreed between the two clubs (Calciomercato). However, the new revelation from the player’s father suggests the move is anything but a formality, and Chelsea and Arsenal remain in the race.
“He [Golovin] now has one thing on his mind: the Russian team. But if such proposals are made, I believe that he will go abroad, play abroad,” the Russian international’s father claimed.
“Their football is of a different level, there is nowhere to hide. Speeds are different. I’m sure my son will be able to play at a new level. It will be more difficult with a foreign language. But I know that he has already started learning English.”
Arsenal have no plans of slowing down in the transfer window after agreeing a deal for 34-year-old Stephan Lichtsteiner and closing in on Lucas Torreira. SportBILD claims that a deal for Bernd Leno is also close to being completed, as personal terms have been agreed. And now it would appear Unai Emery is keen on continuing the pursuit for Golovin.
However, they will face stern competition from west London, as Chelsea have expressed an interest in signing the 22-year-old, with the Express claiming that the club are looking to quickly encore the managerial appointment of Maurizio Sarri with the Italian’s long-spanning target.
CSKA are said to want £22 million before they would be willing to do business for a player they regard as one of the most influential in their squad, while they also assert that a sell-on clause will be part of any deal, to ensure they dont miss out should the player’s market value drastically increase in the future, according to The Sun.
Willian could hold key to Tottenham landing Anthony Martial
If Manchester United land the Brazilian it would undoubtedly improve Tottenham’s chances.
Manchester United are reportedly preparing a £60 million bid to bring Chelsea winger Willian to Old Trafford this summer, according to reports from the Daily Mail, with manager Jose Mourinho having been linked with an approach for his former star for some time.
Chelsea were unwilling to sell at that time, but it is possible that Willian could be interested in a new challenge after apparently growing frustrated with life at Stamford Bridge, according to recent reports from Sky Sports. He managed a combined 25 goals and assists in 55 appearances in 2017/18, but only 20 of his 37 Premier League outings actually came as a starter.
Tottenham meanwhile, have become frustrated at United’s assertion that Anthony Martial will not be sold this summer (Sky Sports), after Mauricio Pochettino made the Frenchman his priority target last month (the Sun), as he looks to bolster the supply line to Harry Kane next term.
However, Martial’s revelation that he wants to leave the club could be vital for Spurs, as Mourinho has previously stated that he would never stop a player from moving if they really want the move and the money is right. And he’s backed up his words, selling two-time Chelsea Player of the Year Juan Mata to his current club in 2014.
The Red Devils are currently stacked in terms of depth for the left wing, with Marcus Rashford struggling to start games over January signing Alexis Sanchez, but wide-right is somewhat scarce and Willian would undoubtedly improve United’s balance for the better.
Although the manager would prefer the Frenchman went abroad, if he asked for the move to north London, Willian’s transfer to United would undoubtedly improve Pochettino’s chances of securing his key man. United will also be buoyed by their recent business with the west Londoners, having surprisingly secured the signing of Nemanja Matic from Stamford Bridge last summer.
Rafa Benitez should plot Fernando Torres reunion at Newcastle United
Rafa Benitez should plot a reunion with his former superstar.
Newcastle United are reportedly in the market for new forwards this summer, with Rafa Benitez identifying the Magpies’ attacking output as a key weakness last term, despite their impressive 10th place finish.
The Spaniard is calling for the club to back him in pursuit of a “10 to 15 goals a season” striker this summer, with the likes of Salomon Rondon (Northern Echo) and Bas Dost (the Sun) circulating around the Newcastle rumour mill.
However, both would likely break the Magpies current club-record of £16 million – for Michael Owen from Real Madrid in 2005 – and perhaps Benitez would be better served going for a former favourite.
Fernando Torres is a free-agent having left Atletico Madrid, following last month’s Europa League triumph and Newcastle should offer the 34-year-old a route back to England’s top flight this summer.
Under Benitez’s tutelage at Liverpool, Torres was widely recognised as one of the most formidable forwards in world football, and though his impact has diminished over the years, there’s no doubting the World Cup winner’s quality in front of goal.
The prospect of an elite level striker arriving at St James’ Park on a free transfer is a no brainier if the player can be convinced and the club should make it happen. He knows the league inside-out, having made 212 appearances for Chelsea – where he won the Champions League – and with Benitez at Anfield, and he could instantly propel Newcastle’s attack to higher levels.
Becoming a crucial part of a new project on Tyneside would be enticing for Torres, as his unwavering desire and tenacity on a football pitch is something that cannot be questioned. And he doesn’t seem the type to move to the States or China in pursuit of one last pay-cheque.
He has all the attributes to become a cult-hero at Newcastle, and the club should act now.
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