Lampard sanctions £85m Chelsea transfer bid
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has sanctioned a stunning £85million transfer move for Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey, according to reports.
Bailey, 22, is rated as one of the most exciting young prospects in Europe and has also attracted interest from Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester United.
But the Daily Express say Lampard is desperate for Chelsea to secure his signature and wants the Blues to submit a £85m bid to beat his domestic rivals to a summer deal.
It is claimed Lampard was impressed by Bailey’s performance for Leverkusen in their recent Europa League victory over Steven Gerrard’s Rangers.
The Jamaica international rounded off a brilliant evening for the German club by scoring his team’s third goal in a 3-1 win at Ibrox, although the return leg has been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Bayer Leverkusen are braced for offers for Bailey, who has made over 100 appearances for the club since signing from Genk in 2016, and would rather sell to a Premier League club than a direct rival in Bayern Munich.
Chelsea view Bailey as a perfect replacement for Willian and Pedro, who are both expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
Largely due to Chelsea’s transfer ban, Lampard has helped a number of young players develop this season and Bailey fits the profile of players he wants to add to his squad.
Lampard is already set to welcome Morocco international Hakim Ziyech to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, after Chelsea agreed a £36m deal with Ajax.
But Chelsea are ready to hand their manager a transfer kitty of around £200m this summer following a January window which left Lampard short and frustrated.
How would a season cancellation affect Chelsea?
The future of the Premier League is up in the air after the recent decision to suspend the current season until at least April 4.
After the emergency meeting on Friday morning, the league are set to hold another one next Thursday, following Uefa’s own stakeholder meeting on Tuesday (March 17).
There have been many thoughts on what could happen.
One option is that Euro 2020 is pushed back a year, meaning that the domestic leagues around Europe would have extra time to complete the 2020/21 campaign.
However, with no real timeline on how long the coronavirus might affect the world, there has been another option put forward that the current season will be cancelled.
FA chairman Greg Clarke has also reportedly told the Premier League that he does not believe that the domestic football season will be completed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to The Times , Clarke said he did not think it was “feasible” that the season would be completed, with government guidance suggesting that the coronavirus will not peak in the UK until around mid-June.
The legal implications and financial impact it would have on the Premier League, clubs, EFL and businesses would be huge, but it might be seen as the only reasonable option.
So what would that mean for positions and how would it affect Chelsea for the 2020/21 campaign?
At the moment, the Blues are in a great league position, meaning if the competition finishes right now, then Chelsea would have a Champions League place.
If this season is completely ‘null and void’, then once again the Blues would remain in a Champions League place, with last season’s positions being carried over.
Chelsea’s first team and coaching staff are currently in self isolation after Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus.
However, the winger posted on social media to say that he has recovered and is just getting himself back to full health in an attempt to return soon.
Thursday is set to be another big day in the future of the Premier League and what the future of football in England will look like.
Chelsea want Barcelona man with €25m clause as new left back
Chelsea are tracking Marc Cucurella of Barcelona as a potential left back option for this summer.
It seems odd to be thinking so far ahead given what’s going on in the world, but there’s not much else to do at the moment with football on hold.
Cucurella has impressed, first at Eibar and now at Getafe, playing as a flying wing-back down the left. Barcelona have failed to give him the chances he deserves, and it’s no surprise to read on Goal.com today that Getafe will use their option to buy him €6m this summer.
He then will have a €25m purchase clause in his contract, a figure which is interesting Napoli and German teams as well as potentially Chelsea.
It’s still claimed that Ben Chilwell and Alex Telles are higher on our list of priorities, but as a bargain option this could be a superb buy for a player who has really established themselves over 3 years in La Liga.