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At £5 million, could Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah be one of the bargains of the summer?

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According to reports from The Sun over the past day, Chelsea and England midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah could be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge this summer for a hugely cut-price transfer fee.

It is understood that the 22-year-old could be put on the market for little over £5 million, with Premier League sides Watford and Swansea City alleged to be the front-runners to secure their man.

But contrasting reports from the Mirror have claimed that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is prepared to offer Chalobah £65,000-a-week – a £20,000 raise – to persuade him to stay in the English capital.

Does Chalobah have the quality to be in the Premier League?

For years now, the 22-year-old has been on the precipice of breaking into the Blues’ first-team, featuring every now and then for Chelsea and slotting in and performing well whenever selected.

This, added with 40 appearances for England’s Under-21 outfit – making him the third-most experienced player at that age range – has made him one of the hottest British prospects.

Yet, despite receiving a Premier League winners’ medal last year, as Chelsea were rampant on their way to the title, Chalobah was only awarded ten appearances by Conte – and only one start against Watford.

A player of his calibre arguably deserves to be playing week in, week out, with his endless work-rate whilst on the pitch and his vast experience for somebody of his age far too good for the subs bench.

Spells at Watford, Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Burnley, Reading and a less successful stint playing for Napoli in Italy have left Chalobah mature beyond his years, and it’s easy to forget he is only 22.

Strongest when driving from the heart of the midfield with intent, his versatility, to play in a deep role or in a more advanced position, would be an asset for any team. He has already shown enough glimpses of his potential to be one of the best in the Premier League – despite rare first-team action.

With the announcement of Monaco’s highly-rated midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko growing closer at Stamford Bridge – as per ESPN sources – there is little chance of regular first-team action next season.

Whether Watford, Swansea or another unknown side swoop in and secure Chalobah – which, for £5 million, is frankly ridiculous – they would easily be making one of the signings of the summer.

 

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With the promise of first-team football should he move to Watford or Swansea it’s certainly an appealing option for Chalobah, who requires more regular action to enhance his future England prospects. But if Conte can stay true on his promise of more action – despite the impending signing of Bakayoko – and follow through on his wage increase, it’ll be an extremely hard offer to turn down at the champions.

Will is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Salford, specialising in the art of sports. Long-time suffering Northampton Town fan who once saw us win a league title. Find him on Twitter - @96PearsonW.

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Tottenham Hotspur must avoid repeat of Willian situation as Chelsea enter Malcom race

Tottenham are again looking to beat Chelsea to the signing of a Brazilian attacking talent.

Mathew Nash

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Tottenham Hotspur are back in the race for Brazilian winger Malcom. Le10 Sport reported this week that Spurs are now the frontrunners for the player, with Inter Milan falling short in their pursuit. The French source claimed Malcom was now available for just £35.3 million.

The same source has since gone on to report that Tottenham are now looking into the deal. However, that most recent report also commented on the presence of a transfer rival. It is suggested that Chelsea are entering the race.

Which immediately harks back to memories of Tottenham’s failed pursuit for Willian in 2013. Andre Villas-Boas had identified the Anzhi Makhachkala winger as the perfect option for Spurs. As reported by the BBC, a £30 million fee was agreed and a medical had been undertaken. Willian, was set to be a Tottenham player.

(during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on April 1, 2018 in London, England.

However, two days later, Willian had joined Chelsea.

It was a huge blow for Spurs and left them open to ridicule from Chelsea fans.

The parallels are clear. A talented young Brazilian winger wanted by Spurs, but with Chelsea set to swoop in.

The irony on this occasion is that Chelsea may even be targeting Malcom as a replacement for Willian, who is a target for Barcelona and Manchester United.

Tottenham must not be left with their tails between their legs once again.

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Kenedy loan arrival creates transfer window momentum for Newcastle

Jake Jackman

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Newcastle United are set to complete the loan signing of Chelsea winger Kenedy, according to Sky Sports. The 22-year-old has been a long-term target for Rafa Benitez and he proved why during the second-half of last season in a Magpies’ shirt. He was a revelation and played a major role in the club’s excellent form in 2018.

Although he only contributed two goals and two assists, his overall contribution was a sizeable one and it is not a surprise that Newcastle have brought him back for another year. It is thought that the deal includes an option to buy and that is a positive for the Magpies. At the age of 22, Kenedy is already a first-team calibre player and his potential for growth is huge.

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Benitez knows that he has a limited budget at St James’ Park, but he is doing his best to provide the squad with as much quality as possible. Kenedy joins Ki Sung-Yueng and Martin Dubravka as new signings this summer, with all three joining at a low cost. It shows impressive squad management by the Magpies’ manager as all three have the ability to start regularly for the first-team.

The arrival of Kenedy could be the turning point of the summer for Newcastle and provide the positive momentum required as we reach the final weeks of the transfer window. It was clear that the Brazilian would be the priority target for the club after the impact he had last season. He was one of the standout players during the second half of the campaign, providing the dynamism and final ball that was previously lacking in the squad.

Towards the end of last season, supporters were pessimistic about Kenedy returning for the 2018/19 campaign, due to his excellent form. The risk posed by loan deals is that the parent club can choose to take the player back into their own club, while other teams can become interested. Sky Sports reported back in April that Bayern Munich and PSG were both interested in the 22-year-old. This underlines how highly the player is thought of in the game.

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This summer has been one of slow progress for Newcastle with tensions remaining between owner and manager, but the arrival of Kenedy represents a major breakthrough. Benitez wanted the winger to return and the club have made it happen in a deal that provides more security for the Magpies, as they have an option to buy.

They must now use this positive momentum to make further additions to the squad. Benitez will want another two or three quality additions, with a striker being at the top of his hit-list. Newcastle haven’t broken their transfer record since Mike Ashley bought the club, but that will need to change this summer if they are to appease their world class manager.

As long as Benitez remains as the club’s manager, the supporters will have a symbol of hope for the future. However, the Spaniard’s contract expires at the end of the season and he will need to see progress both on and off the pitch before he signs a new deal. The loan signing of Kenedy is a positive, but more quality additions are required to class this transfer window as a successful one.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek must elevate his career and opt for permanent Crystal Palace move

The 22-year-old looks set to leave Stamford Bridge for a second season, on loan.

Max Cohen

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Reports this week in the Evening Standard claimed Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be looking to move away from Stamford Bridge this summer on loan.

Crystal Palace is reportedly at the front of the queue to sign him, news which will be greeted by Palace supporters given Loftus-Cheek’s excellent 2017/18 season at Selhurst Park.

Yet to truly make a name for himself, Loftus-Cheek must take his career to the next level and complete a permanent move to Crystal Palace this summer.

After Loftus-Cheek’s impressive World Cup appearances, it is clear he is a top talent ready to play consistent first-team football at his parent club.

But Chelsea are currently mired in uncertainty, with rumours swirling about a potential new manager but with nothing confirmed.

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The Englishman would do well to secure a permanent transfer with the Eagles, an upward-looking club where he has found his best form to date.

A second loan in a row would just stunt his progress another year, psychologically affecting the player by reminding him he is not good enough for Chelsea, even after proving himself on international football’s biggest stage.

At this stage of his career, Loftus-Cheek needs a permanent home – and he can find a perfect one at Palace.

With his long-term future secured in south London, Loftus-Cheek can lead the Eagles to previously unheard of heights. Why keep yourself at a club in disarray that has shown little interest in you, when you can head to Selhurst Park where you are truly celebrated for your talents?

Instead of a second consecutive short-term and short-sighted loan, Ruben Loftus-Cheek needs to make up his mind this summer and finally leave behind his toxic Chelsea relationship for a move to Crystal Palace.

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