Chelsea: The 4 Players the Blues Must Sell This Summer Despite the Transfer Ban

Since Roman Abramovich took over at Chelsea in 2003, the Blues have become a team that have always looked to the transfer market to solve their problems. This has meant that even with a list of players owned by the club almost reaching three figures, Chelsea have always bought their way out of sticky situations.

This is all changing this summer though, with Chelsea transfer banned for two windows following in-proper approaches in signing Under-18 players. Though Chelsea are appealing this decision, it means they’ll be forced to go through this summer transfer window without signing any players.

This however doesn’t mean that the Blues should hold back on trimming the fat at Chelsea. With the club in possession of so many talented players, these are four players that are surplus to requirement at Stamford Bridge.


David Luiz

David Luiz

At the age of 32, Luiz is past his prime and on a steady defensive decline. Currently enjoying his second spell at Chelsea, Luiz has amassed an impressive 160 appearances for the club, but his best days in the blue shirt are all but gone.

Though Luiz himself is a great character in the dressing room and a valuable servant to the club, he is bast his sell-by date as a physical talent. This, coupled with the ability of the likes of Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rüdiger and even César Azpilicueta, means that Luiz should soon be shown the door at Stamford Bridge.

David Luiz recently signed a two-year contract extension with Chelsea, which means he’s likely to stay with the club for at least another year. But if he is to stay, he should be given a back seat and the younger players at Chelsea should be given the chance to strut their stuff.


Tiemoue Bakayoko

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Tiémoué Bakayoko has just returned to Chelsea following a divisive loan spell at AC Milan. Though Bakayoko did well to turn his time at San Siro, in the second half of the season he fell out with management a proved to difficult to be deal with in the dressing room. 

Having signed from AS Monaco in 2017 for £40m, Bakayoko never really hit his stride at Stamford Bridge. With a handful of expensive errors and a bad attitude, Bakayoko looked anything but ready for life in the Premier League.

Now that Lampard is manager of Chelsea and Kante is more than likely set to return to his favoured defensive role in the midfield, it doesn’t leave much room for the likes of Bakayoko to break into the team. Therefore Chelsea should look to cash in on the player while they still can. 


Willian

Willian

Willian is praised for almost single handedly keeping Chelsea in the top half of the table during the 15/16 season. However, his decision making in the attack in recent years has left many Chelsea fans furious on more than one occasion, often choosing to try and rifle one home rather than teeing up a team mate for an easier shot on goal.

This has hampered Willian’s stats for Chelsea, leaving Willian with a mere 28 goals and 32 assists in 198 Premier League appearances for the club. For a club that has such high demands and expectations, it’s amazing that Willian is still making regular appearances at Stamford Bridge.

With the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Pedro, Christian Pulisic and even at times Ruben Loftus-Cheek able to play on the wings, the interest from Barcelona in Willian should be catered to, not rejected.


Davide Zappacosta

Davide Zappacosta

Davide Zappacosta was signed by Antonio Conte in order to play in the Italian’s five at the back formation. With Conte since departing and Azpilicueta now holding down the right full-back position, Zappacosta has struggled for game time for the Blues.

Even more significant to his situation is the return of the likes of Reece James and Fikayo Tomori, both younger and home-grown players coming off the back of incredibly impressive seasons playing in Zappacosta’s favoured position. Given James’ dominance for Wigan and Tomori’s time under Lampard at Derby, Zappacosta’s time at the Bridge looks up.

Though on his day Zappacosta provides an attacking threat from defence, his defensive capabilities aren’t up to scratch. Although he is more experienced than the youngsters returning to the team, Azpilicueta at the very least will be keeping the Italian out of the team. With that in mind Chelsea should look to sell off Zappacosta and allow James and Tomori to gain some experience behind club captain César Azpilicueta.


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Tottenham Hotspur: 7 of the Spurs’ Best Youngsters Who Deserve a Shot at the First Team in 2019/20

Mauricio Pochettino has built a reputation at Spurs for developing his young talent to create one of the best teams in England. 

With new breakthrough talents impressing in each campaign, the Argentine will no doubt have one eye on his academy products again this summer as he plans for the upcoming Premier League season. 

We take a look at seven players who’ve been knocking on the door of the first-team and deserve to be given a chance to impress this season. 


Oliver Skipp

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Oliver Skipp will be a name on many ​Tottenham fans minds this summer after he broke into the first team during a hectic Christmas schedule last season, with the holding midfielder featuring in five games in this period. 

The 18-year-old did himself justice in these appearances as Tottenham conceded just three times in those first five games. Skipp featured another three times over the course of the season including in the final game against ​Everton, leading many to tip him for a breakthrough this season.  


Cameron Carter-Vickers

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The 21-year-old has been on the fringes of the Tottenham first-team for some time but has yet to break into the starting line-up. He’s spent the last two seasons on loan in the ​Championship making 64 appearances for three different teams.

He became a full United States international in 2017 and has gone on to make eight senior appearances for his nation. Establishing himself as a centre-half who’s cool under pressure, with a good eye for a pass, he’s exactly the kind of ball-playing centre-half popular in the modern game.  


Josh Onomah

Josh Onomah

Something of a forgotten man at Tottenham, Onomah made his breakthrough into the first-team at the age of 18. He went on to make 13 appearances for the first-team over the next two seasons before falling out of favour with the emergence of Harry Winks. 

Onomah spent the past two seasons on loan in the Championship as well, establishing himself as an important player in ​Aston Villa’s run-up to the play-off final in 2018, before helping execute a turnaround in fortunes for ​Sheffield Wednesday last season that took them to the cusp of the play-offs. 


Kazaiah Sterling

Kazaiah Sterling

The tenacious forward has been a rising star in Tottenham’s academy, quickly shifting his way through the youth ranks. With a total 25 goals from 53 appearances across the Under-18 and Under-23 sides, Sterling was Spurs’ top scorer in the ​Premier League 2 the season before last. 

His performances saw him elevated to the fringes of the first team, making a two-minute cameo against Apoel Nicosia in the ​Champions League last season. He spent the latter half of the campaign on loan at Sunderland, where he bagged his first senior goal.


Marcus Edwards

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The young attacking midfielder has already drawn the obvious comparisons to Lionel Messi in his short career with some eye-catching displays. Lauded for a low centre of gravity that makes him a nightmare to track when he snakes into the final third.

He was one of the standout stars of Spurs 17/18 UEFA Youth League campaign, captaining his side and providing four goals from five appearances. That earned him a loan to Dutch side Excelsior last season where he completed more dribbles per game than any other Eredivisie player.  


George Marsh

George Marsh

Marsh signed a new professional contract this summer so he is clearly in the manager’s long term thinking. The combative holding midfield man has become known for his no-nonsense approach to defending, particularly in an altercation with ​Adam Lallana during a Premier League 2 clash. 

The 20-year-old shot to prominence after some impressive displays against ​Barcelona and ​Milan in last summer’s pre-season preparations. Pochettino was so impressed that he made Marsh a frequent back-up option in his matchday squads, including as part of the party that travelled to the Champions League final last season. 


Tashan Oakley-Boothe

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The talented midfielder has already had a decorated international career at youth level, a prominent member of England’s European Under-17 Championships runners-up squad and the FIFA Under-17 World Cup winners squad in 2017. 

After an impressive Premier League 2 campaign, ​Tuttosport named Oakley-Boothe on a 100-man shortlist for European Golden Boy 2019. He’s been linked with a switch to Championship hopefuls ​Leeds and ​Derby this summer, so he may have to wait another year before impacting the Spurs first team. 


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Antoine Griezmann Reveals He Cried Tears of Joy After Completing Move to Barcelona

Antoine Griezmann has admitted to crying tears of joy upon his move to Barcelona from Atletico Madrid earlier this month.

After months of speculation and countless updates regarding the Griezmann’s situation, the French striker finally joined Barcelona after La Blaugrana activated his €120m release clause.

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Speaking in a recent interview with ​Marca, Griezmann was asked to comment on how he has found life at ​Barcelona, to which he responded:  “Good, really good. With lots of stress and pressure to finalise it all. I just wanted to end my holiday and start this new challenge.

“The dressing room have welcomed me very well: players, coaching staff and doctors and, for the moment, I’m enjoying it and let’s hope I can get enough confidence to speak, be myself and enjoy.”

Griezmann also revealed his initial reaction after the move was completed, adding: “Well, I called my father and I started to cry with happiness because I was there, everything was done. I was with my friends, my wife and my children and it was an incredible moment.”


Atletico Madrid supporters have reacted poorly to Griezmann’s departure, ​recently defacing the 28-year-old’s plaque outside the Wanda Metropolitano, and he went on to admit that he is expecting a hostile reception when he returns to face his former side.

“I know there will be whistling. It’s part of football: they really loved me and when someone leaves, it can hurt. It was like that at Real Sociedad: my first visit back wasn’t easy, but I will always have La Real and Atleti in my heart because they gave me so much.”

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Barcelona Enter Race to Sign Moise Kean as Juventus Youngster’s Future Remains Uncertain

Barcelona are the latest side to be linked with a potential approach for Moise Kean, as the Juventus youngster’s future remains increasingly uncertain.

Despite enjoying an impressive breakout season with Juventus, Kean has been touted with a move away from the Italian champions this season with the likes of Inter, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and Everton all being cited as potential suitors for the 19-year-old.

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Now, according to a report from Italian journalist ​Gianluca Di Marzio, ​Barcelona have entered the fray and could be prepared to pay the €25m to €30m fee ​Juventus are currently demanding. If Barcelona were successful in their quest to sign the Italian forward, then they would consider sending him out on loan to Sevilla.

However, in contrast to those reports, ​Mundo Deportivo are suggesting that Sevilla are not interested in pursuing a loan deal for Kean, as they are instead focused on keeping Wissam Ben Yedder at the club. 

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​Manchester United have been eyeing up a move for the French striker and 

Sevilla-based outlet La Colina de Nervion have gone as far as to say that he has agreed personal terms with the Red Devils. 

While Juventus will be willing to let Kean go this summer, they would still be looking to include a buy-back clause to ensure that they can bring him back to Turin if he achieves his full potential elsewhere.

Moise Kean

Juventus have already been busy in the transfer market so far this summer, securing deals for Matthijs de Ligt, Adrien Rabiot and Cristian Romero, but they are yet to strengthen their options up top, which could indicate that they have a number of replacements for Kean in their sights.

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Transfer Window: 6 Players That are Vying for Moves But Have Absolutely Nowhere to Go

​With the summer transfer window in full flow, there is a lot of business still yet to be done by clubs and players. While teams around Europe and worldwide are looking for new recruitments ahead of the season, there are a lot of players who are also looking to leave their respective sides.

However, this summer more than any other in recent memory, a lot of players vying for big-money moves have nowhere to go. 

Here are just a few of the players who are pushing for moves this summer, but seem unlikely to get their wish.


Neymar

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Despite joining Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee just two summers ago, ​Neymar already wants to move on. The Brazilian star didn’t turn up to pre-season training earlier this month, which infuriated the Parisian club, who stated they were to take “appropriate action”.

PSG’s sporting director Leonardo has said that Neymar can leave “if there is an offer that suits everyone”, and ​Barcelona have been heavily linked with bringing him back to the Camp Nou two years after his departure. 

Although Neymar is in a tough situation at the moment, it looks like he’ll be staying in Paris. Barcelona would need to pay a huge fee to re-sign him, and although PSG say that Neymar can leave it would be daft to let a £200m record signing exit the Parc des Princes after two seasons.


Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba

​Paul Pogba has been at the heart of another transfer saga this summer, this time involving big-spending ​Real Madrid. The ​Manchester United midfielder is one of Los Blancos’ key targets, as Florentino Pérez aims to continue his summer spending spree in style.

Although the Spanish side are willing to pay a large fee and give up big players to acquire Pogba’s services, the problem lies with whether United will part ways with arguably their best and most important player and whether Real will follow through with their pursuit.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a summer of rebuilding to do, and Pogba is likely to be apart of his plans. While the Frenchman may feel that it is best for him to move on, the Red Devils are not as eager and look like they will fight to keep him at Old Trafford, whatever it takes.


Nicolas Pépé

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After bagging 23 goals and 12 assists for Lille last season, Nicolas Pépé is hot property in the European market. A number of clubs have been vying for his signature, with European champions ​Liverpool and ​Arsenal battling to sign him.

Pépé himself also seems eager to join one of Europe’s biggest clubs, with ​Inter and PSG also in contention. However, Lille have set an €80m price tag for their star forward, and even then they seem reluctant to part ways with Pépé.

Lille and Pépé are waiting for the right offer from the right club, and while there are plenty of options staying in northern France and helping the club in their ​Champions League campaign may turn out to be a priority for Pépé as he decides the next step in his career.


Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen

Rumours have been flying around White Hart Lane over midfielder ​Christian Eriksen, who could be ​La Liga bound. Eriksen has been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona this summer, and has been delaying a possible contract renewal with ​Tottenham for months.

The Dane is believed to be eager to move to Spain, and has been waiting for one of their top clubs to make an offer. However, Spurs have shown no sign of letting Eriksen go, despite not tying him down with a new contract amid the speculation.

Spurs don’t look like they’ll be letting any players go, especially not ones like Eriksen. He will continue to wait for a breakthrough in the transfer saga, but with a few weeks of the transfer window to go, he may be spending another season in north London.


Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha

​Crystal Palace and ​Wilfried Zaha are stuck in an internal conflict with one another, with the Ivorian telling the club that he wants to leave this summer. Zaha has been with the Eagles since 2004 as a youth player, but looks like he now wants a move to Arsenal.

Manager Roy Hodgson has hinted at the fact that the club would let him go, but with Aaron Wan-Bissaka already leaving for Manchester United, it would be a fatal blow for Crystal Palace if another one of their star players left for pastures new.

Zaha will no doubt keep pushing for a move, but if Palace continue to reject big money offers then he will have no choice but to stay. The Ivorian will keep trying to find a compromise with the club, as he hopes to make a huge move in his career.


Danny Rose

Danny Rose

With Spurs already facing a battle with Eriksen, they are now preparing for one with ​Danny Rose too. PSG, ​Juventus and Manchester United have all expressed interest in the England full-back, with Rose left out of Spurs’ pre-season tour squad so he can “explore other opportunities”.

Although Rose will be deciding whether he wants to move on, Tottenham may be wiser to keep ahold of him. They are already short of full-backs ​having sold Kieran Trippier to Atlético Madrid, and if they can’t replace Trippier and Rose in time then they’ll have to hold onto the latter.

Rose does look very likely to leave at the moment, but the rumours and interest in signing him may not hold up. If Spurs cannot reach a deal with another club or make a decision regarding Rose, then he will likely be stuck at White Hart Lane for a while longer.


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