Monday, August 31, 2020

Cech: “Nobody is giving up on Kepa”

Chelsea Legend Petr Cech is not giving up on Kepa Arrizabalaga and believes he can overcome last season’s wobble to be an important player for the team.

Kepa was dropped by Manager Frank Lampard on numerous occasions last season and he even lost his place to Willy Caballero in the last FA Cup Final.

Despite the sour turn of events, Chelsea’s Technical and Performance Adviser believes Chelsea have not lost all hope on him yet but admits the club are in the market for another Goalkeeper.

"Kepa struggled last season, that is unquestionable," 

"But the club invested in him and gave him a long-term contract because they believe he has the qualities and attributes to be successful. 

"Additions will be made to the squad, perhaps even in goal, and this is what is being discussed now.

"But nobody is giving up on Kepa and we all hope he has a great future."

Cech also confirmed that there would departures and movements within the club before the Summer Transfer window closes

"The issue of reinforcements is now very much alive," 

 "The transfer window is until the end of October this year so there will be a lot of changes after the league begins.

"And the question is how much the coronavirus pandemic will affect everything."

Valencia in for Guendouzi

Matteo Guendouzi is a reported target for Spanish Club Valencia CF who have contacted Arsenal concerning a possible transfer.

Los Che are interested in bringing him on loan for the 2020/2021 season and the Gunners could look into a deal.

The 21-year-old infamously clashed with Brighton’s Neal Maupay after the final whistle in late June and hasn’t played a game for Arsenal since then.

Schalke 04 keen on Martinez

Schalke 04 have joined to race for Emiliano Martinez; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt of a reported interest.

The 27-year-old featured for Arsenal in last week’s FA community Shield win over Liverpool but his future is far from certain.

Schalke 04 are ready to bid for the Goalkeeper whose Arsenal contract expires in 2022 but Aston Villa wont let the German club have him easily.

Chelsea delay Gallagher’s loan move

Conor Gallagher’s Move to Crystal Palace is being “held-up” at the moment because Chelsea are offering a new contract; SOCCER PUNCH understands.

The 20-year-old has two years remaining on his Chelsea contract and the blues want to tie down his long term future to a new longterm contract.

A deal will be reached with Crystal Palace for his season-long loan move and he is expected to be promoted to the Chelsea first team following in the footsteps of Ruben Loftus-cheek.

Aston Villa to capture £15m Matty Cash

Aston Villa could welcome Matty Cash at the Villa park in the coming days as a move for the fullback draws closer; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt.

The 23-year-old has agreed personal terms with the villains and a deal for a £15m transfer is close to being done. 

Schick set for Leverkusen move

Patrik Schick is closing in on a move to Bayer Leverkusen; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt.

AS Roma and Bayer Leverkusen have reached an agreement over a €27m transfer for the striker who spent last season on loan at RB Leipzig.

Rakitic taking “paycut” to sign for Sevilla

Ivan Rakitic will depart the Camp Nou and sign for Sevilla this week; SOCCER PUNCH can confirm.

The Croatian Midfielder will take a pay cut from  the €8m he earned at Barcelona and will now earn €3m at the Andalucian club. He will also sign a two-year-contract with an option for another year.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Nuno Espirito Santo hesitating on signing contract

Nuno Espirito Santo is hesitating on Signing a new three-year Contract with the club; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt.

The Portugese tactician wants assurances whether the wolves board will back him in the transfer market and reinforce the squad.

Nuno’s current contract will expire at the end of the 2020/2021 season but signing a new contract will keep him beyond 2021.

Van de Beek wants ManUnited move

According to Fabrizio Romano, Donny Van de Beek favours a move to Manchester United from AFC Ajax.

Manchester United have been in contact with his agent for weeks and has been scouted for many months. Ajax claim they have yet to receive any bid from United while Barcelona have ruled out an interest in him.

Ajax will allow him to depart the Johan Cruyff Arena if a bid matches their €40m valuation of him.

Rennes looking for Mendy replacement

Rennes looks ready to accept Chelsea’s improved bid of €20m for their Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy because they are looking for his replacement.

The French Side are looking at bringing Alphonse Areola who failed to nail down a spot for himself at Paris Saint-German.

Edouard Mendy is touted by many as the man who could challenge Kepa Arrizabalaga between the sticks at Chelsea.

Michael Keane to sign new contract

Micheal Keane is set to pen a new contract at the Goodison Park; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt.

Carlo Ancelotti sees him as an essential part of his defensive options and the 27-year-old new contract will see him at Everton beyond 2022.

Leeds targeting Udinese Midfielder de Paul

Leeds United are eyeing another signing in the form of Rodrigo de Paul who plies his trade at Udinese; According to The Telegraph in the UK.

The Premier league newcomers have already splashed the cash on Rodrigo and Robin Koch this summer but their summer spending spree looks set to continue with their third major signing.

Monaco close in on Volland

AS Monaco are set to add a Striker to their ranks with Kevin Volland close to moving to Stade Louis; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt

The Bayer Leverkusen Forward who scored 10 goals in the Bundesliga last season will cost Monaco €15m and deal is set to be completed in the next 48 hours.

Barcelona have to pay €14m to terminate Suarez Contract

FĂștbol Club Barcelona must pay €14m if they want to terminate the contract of their Striker Luis Suarez, SOCCER PUNCH has learnt.

Ronald Koeman has told the Star Forward that he is surplus to requirements over the phone in recent weeks just like how he has spoken to other members of the Squad.

The Uruguay International Contract expires in the Summer of 2021 and unlike Lionel Messi he will report back for preseason training waiting  to see if the club will decide whether to cancel his contract, which will cost them a total of €14m in compensation fees.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Arsenal win 16th Community Shield title

Arsenal have won the 2020 FA community shield beating premier league champions Liverpool (5-4 on penalties).

The Game finished (1-1) at piece at the end of regulation time and penalty shootouts was needed to decide the winner.

Arsenal scored all five of their penalties from Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Cedric soares, David Luiz and Pierre-emerick Aubameyang while Rhian Brewster failed to convert Liverpool’s third penalty after Salah and Fabinho had scored the first and second.

Curtis Jones and Takumi Minnamino scored the fourth and fifth penalty but it wasn’t enough as Arsenal lifted their 16th FA community Shield title.

Chelsea and Brighton share spoils in Pre-season friendly

Brighton and Chelsea met in a pre-season friendly at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

It took just four minutes for Chelsea to take the lead with New boy Timo Werner scoring from a well placed header on from Callum Hudson-odoi.

In the Second half, Substitute Rudiger gave away a penalty to Brighton and Hove Albion, Cabellero guessed right and saved the resulting spotkick.

Brighton were awarded a penalty at the death after Aaron Conolly was fouled in the area, Pascal Gross stepped up to equalize for Brighton and Hove Albion.

The game ended as Chelsea and Brighton shared the spoils.

Elsewhere, The Chelsea Women won the FA community shield today beating Manchester City by two goals to nil.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Inter renew interest in Vidal

Inter Milan has resolved Manager Antonio Conte’s future at San Siro which means the 51-year-old Manager can push for his signings.

Fabrizio Romano reports that Inter are back with interest for Arturo Vidal and are in talks with Barcelona for a potential deal.

Vidal has been told to find a new club by Ronald Koeman alongside Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic.

Arsenal want £20m for Maitland-Niles

Wolves will not be fazed after Arsenal rejected their £15 million pounds for Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

The Gunners want around £20m for the Versatile Defender and Wolves are willing to answer that call by proposing a new bid for him in the coming days.

Bartomeu wants “face-to-face” talks with Messi

Josep Maria Bartomeu won’t be forced to step down as the Barcelona President despite calls and agitated expressions from angry Blaugrana fans.

The President wants to have face-to-face talks with Lionel Messi and hopes he would be able to convince him to stay put.

Lionel Messi is not in Barcelona but he is willing to attend training sessions in preparation for the new season pending the time his future is resolved.

Bonucci shuns Mancity

Leonardo Bonucci wants to stay at Juventus and work under new head coach Andrea Pirlo for the new season.

According to SkySports Italia, The Veteran Defender has shunned a move to Manchester City because he is happy in Turin despite Pep Guardiola’s efforts.

Tottenham preparing £21m bid for Doherty

According to Football Insider, Tottenham are ready to pay up to £21m to Wolves for Matt Doherty.

Matt Doherty is Tottenham Hotspur’s first target in replacing Serge Aurier and a formal bid will be presented to Wolves in the days to come.

Fulham keen on Gazzaniga

Joe Hart’s move to Tottenham Hotspur has put Paulo Gazzaniga’s Spurs future in doubt.

Newly promoted side Fulham are ready to swoop for him; Scott Parker is also keen on adding him to his Squad as he seeks a mainstay in the premier league.

Messi wants Neymar at City with him

Lionel Messi will only join Manchester City if Pep Guardiola remains the headcoach of the Citizens.

According to ESPN Brazil, Messi wants his former teammate Neymar to leave PSG and join him at Manchester City.

It remains to be seen if Neymar would be interested in a move away from PSG after suffering heartbreak in the last champions league final.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Juventus sees Dzeko as Higuain’s replacement

Roma’s Edin Dzeko is Juventus first choice target in replacing Gonzalo Higuain, SOCCER PUNCH has learnt.

According to Calciomercato, Juventus see the Bosnian as more viable option with the likes of Raul Jimenez, Duvan Zapata and Arkadiusz Milik having being linked to the Biaconeri in recent weeks.

Kolasinac wants Schalke 04 return

Sead Kolasinac is interested in a move away from the Emirates Stadium and favours a return to Germany.

He wants to return to Schalke 04 on loan for next season having seen his place in the Arsenal team come under threat.

Napoli join race for Tagliafico

Napoli have joined the race to sign Ajax’s Nicholas Tagliafico who is also wanted by Leicester City, According to Gianluca DiMarzio.

The Foxes want to replace the soon-to-be departing Ben Chilwell with the Argentina International but will now face stiff competition for the leftback.

Leeds United in advanced talks for Rodrigo

According to numerous reports reaching SOCCER PUNCH, Leeds United are in advanced talks for Valencia Striker Rodrigo.

The Newly promoted premier league side are preparing a €30m bid plus add-ons for the spanish Forward.

Leeds United seem uninterested in pursuing a deal for Chelsea outcast Michy Batshuayi

Mancity confident of new deals for Guardiola and Aguero

Manchester City are confident of convincing Pep Guardiola in Signing a new deal at the Etihad Stadium.

Khaldoon Al Mubarak who is the club’s chairman is working on a deal for the Catalan tactican who has entered the last season of his contract.

Also, He is also working on a new deal for Prolific Striker Sergio Aguero.

BREAKING: Lionel Messi wants to leave Barcelona

Lionel Messi has told Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu that he wants to leave the club, SOCCER PUNCH has learnt 

The Six-time Ballon d’or winner spoke to new Manager Ronald Koeman days ago but still remains unconvinced despite the talks.

Messi has also told the club to trigger a clause in his Barcelona contract which allows him to leave this summer and he won’t take coronavirus tests scheduled for all players this Saturday.

OFFICIAL: Pedro joins Roma

Roma has announced the signing of Pedro from Chelsea on a three year deal, SOCCER PUNCH can confirm 

Pedro spent five years in Chelsea winning the premier league, FA Cup and the europa league and will now head to the Serie A in search of a new challenge.

The Winger suffered a dislocated shoulder during his last game for the club and he has now the Giallorossi on a free transfer.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Longstaff to remain at Newcastle United

Matty Longstaff will reject a move away from the Premier league and is now set for an improved pay day at Newcastle United.

Udinese were prepared to offer him €30,000-a-week contract more than the £890-a-week he was earning at Newcastle prior to his contract expiring.

Newcastle Manager Steve Bruce has held talks with the 20-year-old and has convinced him to stay put.

Arsenal closing in on €30m Gabriel Magalhaes

Arsenal are set to sign Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes after agreeing a transfer fee worth €30m with the French Side.

The Gunners have been chasing the defender for weeks now but they might have just done enough to land him.

Mourinho wants Bale back at Tottenham

Jose Mourinho is keen on bringing back Gareth bale to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Zinedine Zidane and Gareth Bale don’t have a great relationship together which has lead to lack of game time for the welshman.

Bale is looking to see out him contract at Real Madrid but Tottenham are willing are get him out of Madrid.

Ajax make €15m Suarez bid

Luis Suarez is up for sale this summer as President Josep Maria Bartomeu didn’t declare him untouchable.

His former club Ajax have made a €15 million bid for him and Barcelona are willing to accept the offer.

Lautaro Martinez has been targeted as his replacement.

AC Milan close to extending Ibrahimovic’s Contract

AC Milan are not far away from extending Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract at San Siro for another season.

The Big Swede was in goalscoring form at the tale end of last season which has convinced the Rossoneri to offer him a contract extension.

Wolves may sell Adama Traore

Several Clubs are interesting in Wolves’s Adama Traore who has had an improved season in 2019/2020.

Liverpool are reportedly interested in the pacy winger and Wolves may be prepared to cash out on him if a suitable offer is tabled.

Chelsea mulling over Thiago Silva

Chelsea are thinking of signing Thiago Silva who will be a free agent after PSG’s champions league campaign comes to an end this Sunday.

The 35-year-old centreback has a lot of experience at the highest level and the blues are considering offering personal terms of a new contract to him.

Monday, August 17, 2020

BREAKING: Barcelona have sacked manager Quique Setien

Barcelona has sacked their head coach Quique Setien following their disastrous exit from the Champions league by Bayern Munich.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed the sacking of the 61-year old manager to Tiempo de Juego yesterday.

Netherlands Boss Ronald Koeman is the favourite to replace him while Mauricio Pochettino and Laurent Blanc are in the mix as well.

The Sacking of the 61 year old was made official on Monday evening on the Barcelona website.

Ronald Koeman choosen as new Barcelona Manager

Ronald Koeman has been chosen as the next Barcelona manager that will replace the soon-to-leave Quique Setien.

In today’s board meeting among which Oscar Grau, Josep Maria Bartomeu was in attendance, Barcelona has reportedly agreed to hire current Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman.

Ronald Koeman will leave his role as the Dutch national team manager this week and will sign a Barcelona contract.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Chelsea closing in Lewis Dunk

Chelsea have turned towards Brighton’s centre-half Lewis Dunk who is approaching his late twenties.

Dunk impressed for Brighton and Hove Albion last season who finished in 15th place and he is said to be keen on a move.

The Englishman could cost the blues £40 Million and are set to beat Tottenham Hotspur for the Defender.

Westham United have set an £80 Million valuation on Declan Rice which has made Chelsea unwilling to propose a bid.

Liverpool agree “personal terms” with Thiago Alcantara

Liverpool have reached an agreement on personal terms with Thiago Alcantara with the Spaniard agreeing a four year contract.

According to reports, Thiago has found a house in Liverpool and has told his current teammates that he would move on from Bayern Munich.

However, The two clubs are yet to agree on a transfer fee.

Leicester prepared for “likely” Schmeichel exit

Leicester City are prepared for the likely departure of Kasper Schmeichel identifying Sevilla’s Sergio Rico as a replacement.

The Danish Goalkeeper could be looking for a new challenge elsewhere and the Foxes don’t want to be caught off-guard by his exit.

Sergio Rico should cost about €10 Million this summer.

Eric Garcia refuses to “comment” on City future

Manchester City’s Eric Garcia has refused to comment on his Manchester City future when asked after his side’s loss to Lyon on Saturday night.

The Citizens suffered a shock loss to french team Olympique Lyon and the Spaniard who rejected a new contract at the etihad stadium was in no mood to talk to reporters.

Sorloth emerges as Liepzig’s transfer target

RB liepzig are interested in doing a deal for on loan Crystal Palace Striker who impressed last season in the Turkish league.

Alexander Sorloth who scored 20+ goals for Trabzonspor last season could yet not make his move permanent and might let the German side have him.

Henderson wants to challenge Degea for No.1 spot

Sheffield United are not thinking of signing Dean Henderson permanently and there has been talks of a deal in place with Bournemouth’s Aaron Ramsdale.

Henderson himself doesn’t want to be at the Bramall Lane next season and is looking to challenge David degea for a place in the first team.

Barcelona ready to sell some first team players

Barcelona are already planning to sell a number of first team regulars this summer as they look to rebuild the team.

Among players to be replaced are Luis Suarez, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Blaugrana are looking to keep hold of Ter Stegen, Lionel Messi and Frenkie De Jong.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Inter Milan “thinking about” Signing Kante.

Inter Milan are thinking about Signing N’golo Kante this summer with Antonio Conte a huge fan of his former player.

Kante has struggled to make an impression in a season that has been blighted by injuries and inconsistent form.

With the Frenchman being played out of his favoured defensive midfield position in recent seasons, Kante might opt for a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Roma “could” sell Edin Dzeko

Juventus have highlighted Edin Dzeko has a replacement for the departing Gonzalo Higuain.

According to reports close to Roma, The Forward could be sold for €15 Million which would please the likes of Inter and Juventus.

Calciomercato reports that Roma are already eyeing up replacement for him

Barcelona still want to get Setien replaced

Barcelona are still searching for a new manager despite Quique Setien leading them to the latter stages of the Champions league this season.

Setien’s half season in charge of the blaugrana has been dramatic and controversial off-the-pitch which numerous cases of players falling out with assistant coach Eder Sarabia.

Maurico Pochettino, Ronald Koeman have been touted to steer the club forward.

No official Liverpool bid for Alcantara

Liverpool have not made any offer bid for Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara; SOCCER PUNCH has learnt.

According to SkySports in Germany, Bayern Munich has set an asking price of €30 million for the Midfielder and Liverpool are unwilling to pay such a fee and want the fee to be reduced.

Roma, AC Milan in race for Maksimovic

Roma and AC Milan are set to make offers for Nicola Maksimovic who Everton is also interested in.

The Serbian Centre-back is stalling on agreeing a new contract that the naples club have set on the table.

This has alerted other Italian clubs in Roma and AC Milan over a possible deal.

Paulinho set to join Wolves.

Paulinho is set to join Wolves from Sporting Braha in a deal worth £23 Million shunning Lazio in the process.

Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Lazio offered £14 Million for the South American but Wolves have proposed a better bid.

United and Juventus in Pogba-Dybala talks

Manchester United are in talks with Juventus regarding a potential swap deal between Paul Pogba and Paulo Dybala.

Reports emerged this week from the camp of Juventus which says the Old lady want to their Argentine Star but might sell if a huge bid comes for him.

Furthermore, Andrea Pirlo is big fan of Paul Pogba who was his ex-Juventus teammate and is willing to bring the Frenchman back to the Allainz Stadium.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

AC Milan in talks to sign €35M Bakayoko

AC Milan are in talks to sign Tiemoue Bakayoko from Chelsea who is valued at €35 million.

Fabrizio Romano reports that AC Milan has started talks with a €3M loan bid + €35M ready to be offered as a first bid.

However, Chelsea are willing to soften their stance on the French Midfielder and are willing to accept figures from £20 Million and above.

Liverpool not looking to sign Thiago Alcantara

Thiago Alcantara has been linked with a move to the Premier league particularly to Liverpool.

Several Pundits believes the Spaniard will be a great addition to the current midfield options that the reds currently have.

However, Liverpool are contented with their current midfield players are will not look to sign thiago alcantara this summer.

Juventus Approach Lacazette

Higuain is set to leave Juventus this summer after New Manager Andrea Pirlo told him he is surplus to requirements.

Juventus are now looking to replace him with Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette who still has two years remaining on his Arsenal Contract.

The Bianconeri are keen to add him to the Juventus book and are prepared to offer Daniele Rugani or Cristian Romero in any swap deal. 

Westham open contract talks with Antonio

Westham Midfielder Antonio is set to be rewarded with his fine performances which has helped the hammers in escaping relegation this season.

The 30-year old is currently earning £65,000-a-week and a new contract will push him past the £100,000 mark.

According to the Daily Mail, Westham United has opened talks with him over a new contract beyond 2021.

Inter Milan close in Sandro Tonali

Inter Milan are close to completing a deal for Sandro Tonali which is being hunted by several of europe’s leading clubs.

The Nerazzuri’s want to challenge for the Scudetto next season after narrowly missing out by a point this season and they have decided that the midfield needs reinforcements.

The 20-year old Midfielder is set to sign a five year contract worth €3.5 Million per year with the Milan Club.

Valencia announce Coquelin Sale

Villarreal have signed former Arsenal Midfielder Francis Coquelin from Valencia after three years at the Mestalla based club.

Valencia have confirmed the sale of the Midfielder with a Statement on their official website which reads:

“Valencia CF have reached an agreement with Villarreal CF for the transfer of footballer Francis Coquelin. 

“Valencia CF wish him the best for the rest of his professional career and want to thank him for all his effort and commitment as a VCF player. 

Fernerbahce want Kelechi Iheanacho

Fernarbache have approached Leicester City concerning a deal for Kelechi Iheanacho.

Iheanacho has struggled for game time ever since he got to the King Power Stadium in 2017.

The Turkish Club are prepared to take the Nigerian Striker on loan for the next two seasons by paying £11 Million.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Matuidi closing in on Inter Miami move

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi is closing in on a move to Inter Miami, SOCCER PUNCH has learnt.

The 33-year-old could make his way to MLS on a free transfer if his contract at the Allianz Stadium is terminated a year early.

New Juventus head Coach Andrea Pirlo is not a fan of the Frenchman and wants him and Sami Khedira out of the club.

Fulham to seal loan move for Ampadu

Fulham are expected to seal a loan move for Chelsea's Ethan Ampadu.

It is reported that Norwich City had been interested in a move for the Blues player as a flexible option but with the canaries now in the Championship, it is looking increasingly unlikely.

He now looks set to make the short move across London instead to join the Cottagers as the Blues want the youngster to gain top flight experience following the cottagers promotion to the Premier league.

Barcelona looking to lure Bernardo Silva

Barcelona are looking to prize away Bernardo Silva from Manchester City in a Cash-plus-player deal, SOCCER PUNCH has learnt.

The Portugese Midfielder who is celebrating his birthday today has struggled for game time this season with the Citizens and is looking increasingly frustrated.

Barcelona are prepared to offer Nelson Semedo as part of the deal to bring Silva to Camp Nou.

Real madrid set to offer Kroos or Isco for Dybala

Real madrid are prepared to offer Kroos or Isco to land Paulo Dybala From Juventus, SOCCER PUNCH has learnt.

Juventus new head coach Andrea Pirlo is a big fan of Isco and may push for the deal to be completed 

However Juventus are unwilling to part with their prized asset in Dybala as they look into rebuilding after Sarri’s departure.

Cucurella highlighted as back-up left back option

Chelsea are still chasing Sergio Reguilon and Have not given up on a deal for Ben Chilwell but Ruguilon remains their first choice left-back signing.

However, should in case they fail to lure either of the two, Marc Cucurella has emerged has a cheaper option.

Inter Eyeing Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling is being linked with a move to either Inter Milan or Juventus.

The English defender has impressed during a season long loan move to AS Roma and has now returned to Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Inter Milan are looking to sign him on a permanent basis after failing to lure Nicola Milenkovic from Fiorentina.

Sancho may not sign for United

Jadon Sancho may not sign for Manchester United again according to numerous sources, SOCCER PUNCH has learnt.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United were told to pay €120 million for the Englishman but the deadline has now passed

However, Sancho was among the players to depart for Switzerland on Monday, meaning United missed the cut off.

Borussia Dortmund are not involved in Europe anymore and they have travelled to Switzerland to begin preparations for the new season.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Lampard refuses to criticize players: “its a work in progress”

Bayern Munchen destroyed Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate to book their place in the quarterfinals of the champions league on Saturday night.

However, Chelsea Manager Lampard has refused to be harsh on his performance following a dismal performance in both legs of the tie.

The 42-year old believes his inexperienced team will take valuable lessons from this experience and come back stronger for next season.

"It's a good exercise for us to go up against Bayern and their Champions League experience, with a lot of our players having debut seasons," 

"I can see where I want us to go and I know we'll be back.

"They performed all right. Difficult to say after a 4-1 defeat, not happy but when you concede two early we did get back into the game after that.

"When you match our Champions League appearances to theirs, I saw lots of good things in the team and also some of the bad we have seen this season. We had individual errors that gave them goals and at this level that will finish you off.

"It is a work in progress. It is not the norm for Chelsea. We lost the best player in the league pretty much in Eden Hazard. People would not normally commend coming fourth for Chelsea. We want more but the feeling is we have achieved something with the group we have. Now is the time to think where we can improve."

Willy cabellero lauded the bavarians who he believes deserves to go through despite his teams best efforts.

"A few things wrong, we arrived here with a difficult score from the first game. But we conceded the penalty and it was a little bit difficult," 

"We showed good character to play the game and then they showed more quality in our box so they deserve to be in the next round.

"We did a proper tournament in the Premier League - we are in the Champions League [next season] which is good for the team, there's nothing to regret today.

"I have a contract for one more year. I'm really happy to play in this shirt and I would like to keep playing. I became the first choice and we will see what happens in the future, I will work hard to have this opportunity again."

Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich-Chelsea

Bayern 4-1 Chelsea (7-1 on agg)

Chelsea visited the City of Munich looking to overturn a first leg three goal deficit against all odds.

The Job was made even more difficult when Robert Lewandolski scored his 12th goal of the season from the penalty spot in the 8th minute

Lewandolski provided an assist for Perisic to double bayerns lead before Tammy Abraham goal got the blues back into the game on the stroke of halftime.

Lewandolski once again assisted Coretin Tolisso for Bayern third before the Polish Striker himself got his second goal (53rd of the season) to compound Chelsea’s woes.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Lampard: “We will move on if Willian decides to leave”

Frank Lampard was quizzed about one of his players future at the Club while speaking to the media on Friday.

The 42-year old believes Willian would make the decision that is best fit for him and that Chelsea have done enough to convince him to stay at the Club.

The Former Midfielder who began his career at Westham, believes if Willian decides to leave, the club will move on and forward from him.

"It does not matter if there's a disappointment from any party, in this situation," 

 "He remains our player at the moment. He was injured for the cup final and injured for tomorrow and he would have given everything to play in those game.

"I know Willian well, I have seen him. He has carried this injury a little bit in the latter part of the restart. In terms of being disappointed, certainly as a club we have done everything we can to explain [the situation] to Willian.

"Mine and his relationship is very close and I would have no feeling of disappointment if he does move on. He is a fantastic man and a fantastic player. I think he will feel like that about Chelsea. I will leave him to say his own words.

"But I don’t want anyone to try to find a negative attitude. The club have acted very well in this as well. If he moves on I personally will wish him well. I think he [would] leave a hole as a player who has been here for I think seven seasons, being part of successful teams.

"When I came in and we had a lot of issues in terms of younger players, players back from loan, transitional elements to the group, Willian as the one you looked at and relied on in terms of his experience and quality. He has shown me that all year. He has his own decisions to make.

"We as a club will always want to move forward, no matter what. Eden Hazard left last year; the club continues to work in a forward direction which I think we have in many ways. That remains the same, whatever player leaves the club.

"When a player is out of contract, they have the freedom and the right to play wherever they want. You have to understand that if they stay in the league and it is a player of Willian’s quality, for instance, then they will go and contribute to that team.

"We have to accept that and move on. I have no problems with that."

Rudiger who also had a press conference after Lampard did, admitted the Brazilian will be missed if he decides to move on.

"He is own man and he makes decisions for himself," 

 "I don’t know what the situation is yet but if he goes it will be a huge loss for us. Especially after the restart people could see he was very important for us."

Lampard confirms how long Pulisic will be out for

Chelsea Manager Frank Lampard has confirmed that Christian Pulisic will miss the beginning of next season after confirmation of a six weeks injury.

The Blues boss was speaking to the media after the blues squad arrived at Munich, Germany on Friday evening.

"With Pulisic it’s touch and go for the start of the season. We have to treat it right," 

"He has been fantastic although had a couple of these injuries this season. In the big scheme when Pulisic reflects on the first season, I think his improvement levels coming here, when you think of his goals and assists being the best of his career in the first year in the Premier League.

"From where he was at the start and how he was playing in restart he should be very happy because that is down to his work.

"We will get him fit and ready. If he misses the first part of the season, the first one or two games, then we will have a firing Christian hungry for restart."

Also Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro are also absentees for the big clash but Lampard provided positive news regarding Kante and Loftus-cheek.

"They are fit to start, both. With Pulisic we are looking at around a six week injury, Azpi hopefully three weeks," 

"Pedro is moving on but his injury is hopefully six weeks - he had an operation earlier in the week. Willian’s injury is improving but not right for this game.

Aston Villa appoint Shakespeare as Assistant Manager

Aston Villa has announced the appointment of Craig Shakespeare has the Club’s new assistant Manager.

Shakespeare was assistant manager of Watford who failed to beat the drop in the premier league last season.

Aston Villa’s Manager Dean Smith is delighted to have Shakespeare on board.

“ I was keen to add some additional Premier league Know-how to my coaching team and Craig certainly has that in abundance”

“He is a vastly experienced coach who will add another dimension to our team. I’ve known Craig for many years since our Walsall playing days and I’m really looking forward to working with him”

Flick: “Lampard has done an extraordinary job”

Hansi Flick is in awe of the work Frank Lampard has done with the blues this season.

The Bayern Munich Manager commends a fantastic work his counterpart has done in a difficult season with a transfer embargo but insists he won’t have it easy tomorrow night.

"I can say Lampard has been doing an extraordinary job with Chelsea," 

"They've managed to qualify for next 

season's Champions League through the Premier League and they've been pretty successful after the restart.

"I like the way they play and how they've performed."

"It was a difficult situation when he started," 

 "But at the end of the season he really performed an 

extraordinary season with his team."

Hansi Flick believes his boys will be raring to go against a blues side who should be positive about an unlikely comeback.

"If I would be in the position of the Chelsea manager or Chelsea fan, I would say we have nothing to lose, we will try to give all we have and we'll see,"

"We have respect for our opponents. We know Chelsea have a great and also big squad with lots of players who have fantastic potential.

"I know from my time with the DFB [German Football Federation] how football is played in England.

"If we look at the development that has been showing for years now, it is unbelievable, it is fantastic, how they bring up new, young players and focus on the youth.

"Chelsea have a great team filled with a lot of young players with great potential and we will be ready to face them tomorrow."

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Reguilon responds to transfer rumours

Sergio Reguilon has responded to transfer rumours linking him away from Sevilla to Chelsea.

The Real Madrid loanee has enjoyed a spectacular season on loan at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan but reiterates that he is only focused on the present and that his future will be sorted out in the future when the season is over.

“If my year at Sevilla had not been good, then this would not be happening. These teams would not ring.

“If I am fine, the team is fine and the club is fine, everyone is happy. But I do not think about these possibilities now – I’m sorry if that sounds like a clichĂ©.

“I’ve been saying since quarantine that until the season isn’t over I won’t be talking about my future.

“Until then it would be unfair on myself, my team-mates and the club.

“I have no complaints about anything, about the city, the club, my colleagues. I feel very loved. Who knows what will happen in the future.”

PSG eager to sign Alaba

Paris St Germain want to replace Thiago Silva who is set to depart the Parc des princes this summer, SOCCER PUNCH has learnt.

They have identified David Alaba as his replacement and their chances has been boosted because Bayern Munich are willing to sell.

However, the Bavarians will prefer him to move to either Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Chelsea eyeing Jose Gimenez

Chelsea are eyeing a potential move for Atletico Madrid’s Defender Jose Gimenez, According to the Daily Star.

The Blues are already in advanced talks to sign full back Sergio Reguillon and are looking to strengthen the central back spot.

Gimenez has a €110 Million release clause but the blues do hope it can be brought down significantly.

Milan cool interest in Luka Jovic

AC Milan are not looking to step-up their interest in Luka Jovic Anymore, According to Calcio Mercato.

Stefano Pioli has convinced Zlatan Ibrahimovic in signing a new deal which will keep him at the San Siro for next season.

Ibrahimovic will sign a new deal after the Rossoneri have offered him a new contract which means Jovic is no longer priotised.

Spurs willing to offload Aurier

Tottenham Hotspur want to sell their right back Serge Aurier, SOCCER PUNCH has learnt.

Jose Mourinho has deemed his surplus to requirement amid interest from AC Milan and Monaco.

Serge Aurier who lost his brother weeks ago is keen on a move away from the Premier league with france his preferred destination.

Lyon willing to sell Houssem Aouar

Lyon are willing to sell Houssem Aouar this summer if any suitor tables €70 million, SOCCER PUNCH has learnt

Juventus have been keeping tabs on the 22-year-old for months, and could launch a bid for his signature ahead of the 2020-21 campaign and Olympique Lyon are willing to sell due to the financial ramifications caused by the Coronavirus pandemic

Aouar scored nine goals and laid on seven assists in 38 games for Lyon in all competitions last season.

Groves backs Arsenal’s interest in Willian

Arsenal has been backed to sign Willian from Chelsea; according to one of their former Midfielder.

Perry Groves believes the 31-year Old Brazilian winger is an upgrade on the likes of Nicolas Pepe, Riess Nelson.

Nicolas Pepe has been inconsistent during his first season as an Arsenal Player finding it hard to be produce numbers early in the season leading to Emery’s sacking.

“It’s a no-brainer, an absolute no-brainer,” 

“You say he’s 31, in our day you were probably coming to the end of your career at 30, 31 as an outfield player.

“Now, because they look after themselves, he'll be playing until he’s 33 or 34.

“And if you look at his injury record, over the last seven years he’s averaged 33 or 34 games a season, so he’s not injury prone, he’s consistent, he's got a winning mentality, he will buy into the way that Arteta wants to play, his attitude is good, he plays in the Premier League, so the risk is low and reward is very, very high.

“Is he better than what Arsenal have got at the moment? I’d say yes. He’s experienced.

“Yeah [Willian is better than Pepe]. Yes [Pepe has got great potential] but he’s not on Willian’s level of consistently delivering, he's had his best goalscoring year.

“Willian would make Arsenal a stronger team, it’s a no-brainer.”

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Chelsea need “a big guy” in defence

Chelsea need “a big guy” in defence, According to an ex-chelsea centre-half.

Frank Leboeuf is not impressed with the centre-halfs currently donning the shirt of Chelsea and wants reinforcements as soon as possible.

Chelsea shipped in 54 goals last season in the premier league ( the most in the top 10) finishing fourth.

Cash has been splashed on Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech but Leboeuf believes more has to be done.

“[He needs to improve] all of them. That’s the problem he is facing 

“The goalkeeper is a big issue, but you have to go to the main [issue]. If you’re looking at the main issue, it’s the central defenders.  

“[Kurt] Zouma is doing great, but I’m not confident about [Antonio] Rudiger, I’m not confident about [Andreas] Christensen. I don’t know what will happen with [Fikayo] Tomori, but I think they need a big guy. 

“You saw what happened with Liverpool when they got Van Dijk, he changed everything. Even Lovren and Gomez looked better alongside him. 

“You need a big guy to make sure he’ll lead the defence. Look at Ramos. [Raphael] Varane is a fantastic player, but is he still the fantastic player when he plays for France as when he plays for Madrid with Sergio Ramos? He’s better with Real Madrid. 

“They need a big guy in the centre of defence, yeah.”

Ginter not looking to leave Gladbach

Chelsea, Inter and Atletico Madrid are chasing the signature of a World cup winning defender.

Mathias Ginter has rubbished rumours linking him away from Borussia Mochengladbach insisting he has a contract with his club and would stay for next season.

When asked by Kicker about the transfer rumours, the 26-year old was flattered by numerous interest in him.

“I’m definitely staying in Gladbach," 

 “Of course I heard of the enquiries and was flattered by this attention, but I've said often enough how good things are for me in Gladbach.”

Monday, August 3, 2020

Chelsea won’t do deal for Henderson

Chelsea are not expecting to do a deal with Manchester United for Dean Henderson, SOCCER PUNCH has learnt 

The Blues have held talks regarding the Sheffield United loanee, but Frank Lampard is now ready to turn his pursuit of a new goalkeeper elsewhere.

Apparently, Frank Lampard prefers Burnley’s Nick Pope and Ajax’s Andre Onana to the Manchester United loanee.

Willian rejects latest Chelsea contract

Willian is understood to have rejected a latest two year contract from Chelsea, SOCCER PUNCH has learnt.

It is said that the offer from Chelsea is still on the table despite the Brazilian rejecting the terms of the contract.

Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham have also contacted the Brazilian winger but Arsenal have gone ahead both United and Tottenham by offering him a three year contract with the option of extending for a fourth year.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Azpilicueta, Pulisic, Pedro all out for Bayern Clash

Three Chelsea players pulled up with injuries during an FA cup loss to london rivals Arsenal.

Cesar Azpilicueta was carried off with an apparent hamstring injury moments after giving away a penalty which Aubameyang converted.

Christian Pulisic also pulled up with a similar injury after rolling a shot wide of goal just after the restart.

Pedro was given oxygen as he was stretched off after seemingly dislocating his shoulder.

Meanwhile, Frank Lampard said he doesn’t know the full timeframe of when they would be out but confirms hamstring injuries for both Azpilicueta and Pulisic.

"I don't know the full extent of the injuries, but I know its the hamstrings with Azpi and Christian," 

"They have to be scanned and assessed over the next few days. They clearly won't be fit for next week."

Lampard couldn’t confirm Pedro’s injury as he didn’t see him as he was carried off

"I believe it could be a dislocated shoulder but don't go too soon on that”

"I've not seen him yet as he was whisked away so it's a disappointing end as that's probably going to be his last game for Chelsea.

"He's been an incredible servant and I'm disappointed for him."

Arteta thanks Guardiola “big time”

Arteta has expressed gratitude to Pep Guardiola for mentoring him to be the coach he is now.

The Arsenal boss spent three years as the Catalan’s assistant before departing for North London.

Unai Emery was sacked last November which paved the way for Arteta to take the reins of his former club.

"He has been a key figure in my development as a coach,"  

"He has my gratitude. I wouldn't be sitting here today without him. I have to thank him big time."

Arteta has described the FA Cup triumph has deserved for the efforts his players have put in and wants them to build on it.

"I think this is the best moment of my career because I know the difficulties we've been through," 

"I had one mission - make the players and staff believe that we could do it. Seeing the change in the dressing room is what makes me more proud.

"I completely understood the needs of this football club. I knew the challenges I was facing when I made a decision to come here and the expectations we will always have. 

"This is the first one. Let's enjoy it today. My players have been fantastic and the staff and everyone upstairs."

Arteta saw lighter side of Aubameyang trophy drop

Pierre-emerick Aubameyang scored twice to down Chelsea in the FA cup final on Saturday evening.

With no one able to hand the trophy to Arsenal captain Aubameyang, he had to carry it himself to his excited teammates but he dropped it much to the disbelief and humour of those watching on.

However, Mikel Arteta saw the lighter side of the trophy drop.

"It can happen, I think it happened a few years back as well," 

"He needs more experience with trophies! We can get him used to that."

Rob holding also knew that Aubameyang was going to drop the trophy as he didn’t carry it well

"I saw him walking with the bottom bit attached and I was like, 'you need to take that off!'. It seems the trend now anyway for people to drop the trophy," 

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Lampard: “We just didn’t perform well enough to win a final”

Chelsea Manager Frank Lampard wasted no time in lauching a scathing assessment of his side’s loss at the Wembley Stadium.

Chelsea started brightly but slumped to two comeback goals from pierre-emerick Aubameyang which sealed their fate.

Speaking post-match, The 42-year Old feels his side didn’t do enough to win the game; but one game shouldn’t be used to judge a great season for them.

“We started well for 10 or 15 minutes, scored a goal and created a few chances were in control of the game," 

 "But after that, we can only blame ourselves from that point in football terms.

"We got complacent. We took too long on the ball, we started playing short passes like it was a stroll. An FA Cup final can never be a stroll. We allowed Arsenal back in the game and from that point onwards, it’s always going to be difficult. A lot of today was on us.

"In the second half we came out brighter, if Christian goes through and scores as opposed to missing and doing his hamstring - well, the circumstances in the game conspired against us.

"It’s been a busy period for us. The players have given everything. With 10 men the last 20 minutes was a really difficult challenge for them. We shouldn’t become too stuck on today. Of course we are disappointed tonight, but over the season as a whole what we have managed to do, come where we did in the league, is a huge plus for us.

"Today would have been the icing on the cake but it wasn’t to be.

"There are elements of our game that we’ve worked hard on all year but there are other bits that are within you that you have to show. A couple of weeks ago here in the semi-final against Manchester United, we were fantastic. We controlled the game, we moved the ball, hit the sides and had a threat behind us.

"Then today, we were slow, played back on ourselves and invited pressure and we didn’t know where to go from that. We just didn’t perform well enough to win a final."