Chelsea’s 2021/22 season kicks off in less than a month with a meeting with Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup.
Then it’s on to Premier League matters for Thomas Tuchel‘s side with games against Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Liverpool before the first international break of the new campaign.
But before competitive action returns, a number of Chelsea players have been in training this week ahead of the upcoming pre-season fixture against Peterborough United on Saturday.
The match is likely to be played at the Cobham training ground so will remain behind closed doors, but Tuchel will get the chance to experiment with his squad.
One player who could feature is Charly Musonda who has not played consecutive games for four years following a series of injuries, the most recent one a serious knee problem.
He was back at Cobham this week to be put through his paces alongside the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Lewis Baker, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Conor Gallagher.
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Medical imminent after Leeds agree deal to sign in-demand Chelsea talent
Leeds United have agreed a deal to sign Chelsea midfielder Lewis Bate, according to reports.
It was reported recently that Bate was looking likely to leave Chelsea in search of first-team opportunities elsewhere. According to the Daily Mail, he has been attracting interest from Leeds, Liverpool, West Ham and Southampton. The situation has developed quickly and now one suitor is in the clear lead.
According to The Athletic, Leeds have now had a bid accepted for the 18-year-old. The exact size of the fee is not specified. Chelsea will retain a sell-on clause but there will not be a buy-back clause in their favour.
Leeds have been looking to strengthen in midfield for a while and the imminent addition of Bate should give them a long-term option. It remains to be seen if they will target a more experienced midfielder as well, but at least this will be one more body in the engine room for them.
It is not yet a done deal and The Athletic warn that other suitors could yet hijack proceedings. However, the clock is ticking, because Leeds are close to completing the deal.
Bate could undergo a medical as early as Wednesday, with discussions over personal terms already underway.
Should the deal go through, Bate will become the fifth new signing of the summer for Leeds. They have also brought in teenage talents Amari Miller and Sean McGurk, as well as making Jack Harrison’s move from Manchester City permanent and capturing Junior Firpo from Barcelona.
Leeds finished in the top half in their long-awaited first season back in the Premier League in 2020-21. The target now is to consolidate their place and they are reinforcing as many areas of their squad as possible to do so.
Rice sings with Chelsea, United and City players
Hammer Declan Rice has flown to the Greek island Mykonos on a lads holiday.
A video circulated on social media with Dec joined by fellow England teammates Mason Mount, Luke Shaw and Kyle Walker as well as former Love Island star Josh Denzel having dinner together.They all seem to be having a great time on their well-deserved rest, with the video showing them all banging on the table as a topless Kyle Walker joins the crowd in the restaurant belting out the lyrics to ‘Sweet Caroline’, the adopted anthem of England fans during the international tournament this summer.Each player is contracted to have three weeks off over the summer, with Rice and his teammates and are not due to return to their clubs until Sunday 1st August two weeks before the start of the Premier League
Chelsea tipped to complete ‘very good’ £30m Aston Villa transfer
Former Aston Villa striker Tammy Abraham is a hot topic this summer.
The Chelsea forward could be key to his side’s transfer business this summer with the Mirror reporting that he has been offered as a makeweight in a deal to bring Erling Braut Haaland to Stamford Bridge from Borussia Dortmund.
Abraham has also been linked with a return to Villa, where he scored 26 goals in the 2018-19 season as Dean Smith’s side returned to the Premier League through the Championship’s play-offs.
Villa’s Premier League rivals Leicester City and West Ham United have also been credited with an interest in Abraham, who was one of Chelsea’s most prolific strikers last season scoring 12 goals.
Thomas Tuchel decided not to play Abraham in either the FA Cup final or Champions League final, though, hinting at a lack of confidence in the England international.
Chelsea want a marquee striker to compete with Timo Werner this season and have already sold Olivier Giroud to AC Milan and Abraham could soon follow.
Villa may look to sign a centre-forward this summer to compete with Ollie Watkins, Keinann Davis and Wesley Moraes.
Wesley is not long back from recovery after a serious knee injury while Davis is still unproven at Premier League level.
Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan reckons a £30 million fee would be sufficient for any club that wants to sign Abraham.
“I would say that’s about right,” Whelan told website Football Insider.
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“He’s done very well in the Premier League, he’s done very well in the Championship and he’s played international football.
“I think £30m for a player that’s not been a regular in the squad and has played a bit-part. It’s still very good business for Chelsea.
“They must know the capabilities of that player or they wouldn’t be putting him up for £30-40m. I think when you’re getting a player with that ability at that age, £30m is not extortionate to any club.
“It is still very good money for a very, very good young, talented player there.”
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