Here are the titles of the Chelsea evening for Sunday 29 March
Gabriel Magalhaes’ deal is about to end
Chelsea’s quest for a central defender may be near the end. Having already concluded an agreement for Hakim Ziyech, which will be officially completed in the summer, the Blues have been busy trying to solve another of their key problems, central defender.
Frank Lampard has rotated among his options in the position throughout the season. Four defenders have played more than 1,000 minutes in the Premier League this season and Lampard has passed between a quarter and a third, apparently never satisfied with his team’s balance.
Chelsea are reportedly on the verge of signing Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille with a £ 30 million deal. “Gabriel (LOSC) at Chelsea is very strong,” Eurosport reporter Manu Lonjon wrote on Twitter. “Almost completed. Everton also tries, but Chelsea is far ahead … “
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Everton had completed an off-site doctor, for The Independent, but Chelsea appear to have launched at the last minute to find the central defender’s solution.
£ 72 million stalls to search for attackers
Chelsea may not have a more urgent need on the team than the center forward. But according to reports, they are eager to tackle the position this summer and are willing to spend the money needed to find a solution.
And on Sunday, Lyon’s Moussa Dembele was named as another potential target this summer. Dembele has scored 16 goals in 27 Ligue 1 games this season and looks set to become an elite striker.
According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are reevaluating their plans during the current delay and ahead of the transfer window. They reportedly have the first refusal on any move Dembele could make, but according to Le10 Sport, it could cost £ 72 million.
It remains to be seen if Chelsea will be willing to spend this amount in the current climate, but Dembele’s name will be one to keep an eye on in the coming weeks and months.
Juan Mata wanted Manchester United
In 2014, Juan Mata signed for Manchester United, completing a £ 37 million move. It has not been used regularly since Jose Mourinho returned as a manager at the start of the 2013/14 season and, despite being named Chelsea’s player for two consecutive seasons, he was sold to a direct opponent.
However, Mata has now revealed that he was so keen to move to Old Trafford that he had to convince Chelsea to let him go.
“When Manchester United called and they said” We are going for you and making an offer to Chelsea, we want you to come, “I talked to them. I really wanted to go and I really wanted to experience what it means to be a Manchester United player.” Mata explained to the UTD podcast. “I had suffered playing against United with Chelsea and they are definitely one of the biggest clubs in the world. At that time, they were struggling with the first season of [David] Moyes and they weren’t going great in the league, but it doesn’t matter. I wanted to become a player for this club. “
“I spoke to Chelsea and said, ‘Listen, there is this offer. It’s also good money and you can sign another player, because I’m telling you so that you have time to sign another player. I am not playing much and I want to take this opportunity. It is perfect for everyone. So it happened. “