Here are your latest football.london Chelsea headlines on Friday, June 24.
Why Armando Broja wants to move to West Ham this summer
The Hammers face a huge battle in convincing Chelsea to let the Albanian leave this summer. David Moyes’ side are reportedly preparing a £30million opening offer which is expected to be rejected outright by the Blues, who reportedly want a lot more.
Manager Thomas Tuchel is keen to have a look at Southampton’s No. 18 for 2021/22 before making a decision ahead of the 2022/23 campaign but regardless of what is determined, it is understood according to ExWHUemployee that the player in question sees a career at West Ham as one where he can ‘progress more.’
His tweets read: “Chelsea have put a “Big” price tag on Broja which West Ham aren’t willing to match at the moment, negotiations will continue to see if there is a middle ground. Broja is open to a move and thinks his career might progress more there.”
Raphinha for Hakim Ziyech swap deal?
With the Moroccan seemingly on his way out this summer amid mild rumours that AC Milan could agree a deal soon, Chelsea could halt those negotiations with the Serie A club in order to secure the signing of Leeds United winger Raphinha. The Lilywhites’ valuation of £65million has so far not been matched, despite Arsenal being the only club so far to make a formal offer.
However, Chelsea could use Ziyech as a pawn in negotiations to strike a deal with Leeds United for the Brazilian international. This is according to CBS’s Ben Jacobs, who said on one of the latest episodes of the Football Terrace show: “Barcelona and Arsenal are the two leading clubs at the moment, but don’t be surprised if Chelsea advance their interest if they bring Hakim Ziyech into the equation, because my understanding, talking to Leeds sources, separate to Raphinha is that Ziyech has been a player on their radar.”
Michael Edwards’ stance on replacing Marina Granovskaia at Chelsea revealed
Former Liverpool Sporting Director Michael Edwards sees a move to Chelsea as one that has a ‘great appeal’ as the two main candidates to replace Marina Granovskaia in Todd Boehly’s board reshuffle emerge.
This week has been one of many twists and turns for the Blues off the pitch. On the board, both Bruce Buck and Granovskaia stepped down from their roles after their many years of service under Roman Abramovich. Petr Cech’s future is also coming under severe scrutiny.
On the transfer side of things, new interim sporting director Boehly appears close to finalising the Romelu Lukaku loan deal, a piece of business that could in turn spark of a flurry of action for the current World Champions with regard to incoming players.
But in the long run, Boehly knows that a new heir to Granovskaia’s throne needs to be appointed and two candidates have emerged as the early favourites in this race. Firstly there is Atletico Madrid’s Andrea Berta, who reportedly is interested in the role and would be willing to jump ship at the Wanda Metropolitano to try something new.
The other is ex-Liverpool director Edwards, a person who played a big part in the construction of Jurgen Klopp’s serial-winning side. He’s a person that has great appeal to Boehly, who wants to turn the Blues into a Liverpool-type club in the transfer market.
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