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Chelsea already looking to replace “stupid” £25m summer signing



Chelsea are one of the toughest teams to predict in the Premier League this season. Whilst they suffered defeats against Brentford and Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge, they ended Tottenham Hotspur’s unbeaten start and held Arsenal to a 2-2 draw in a game that saw them squander a two-goal advantage.

As each weekend of action arrives, Mauricio Pochettino faces a guessing game as to which version of his side will turn up on the day. And that inconsistency has already left the Blues behind in the race for a Champions League spot.

Given their results, Chelsea have unsurprisingly already turned their attention towards the January transfer window, where they could reportedly look to replace one summer signing in ruthless fashion.

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Chelsea were once again one of, if not the busiest clubs in Europe during the summer transfer window, as the likes of Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic and Kai Havertz made way for arrivals such as Cole Palmer, Nicolas Jackson and Moises Caicedo. As the league’s top spenders, the pressure was on the Blues to instantly deliver.

It seemed impossible for their problems to continue. Yet, three months into the campaign and they remain on course to finish outside of the top four, leaving Pochettino to assess one particular summer signing.

According to Pete O’Rourke of Football Insider, Chelsea are looking to sign an undisputed number one goalkeeper in January to already replace Robert Sanchez, who has struggled to get going at Stamford Bridge.

Sanchez’s price-tag was reportedly a hefty £25m, but that doesn’t look set to stop those at the London club from splashing the cash even further and welcoming an upgrade.

It remains to be seen just who that upgrade will be in January, though it is certainly worrying news for Sanchez, who arrived in the summer with the hope of establishing his place as the number one at Chelsea.

Sanchez labelled “stupid” in Chelsea draw
It’s been a difficult start to life in a Chelsea shirt for Sanchez, whose mistakes against Arsenal ended up costing the Blues all three points in what would have been a statement victory. And whilst patience is the key, the London club’s ability to spend endless money puts any poor performers in doubt for Pochettino’s side, rightly or wrongly.

The new shot-stopper earned his fair share of criticism during the aforementioned Arsenal draw, including from TalkSport’s Andy Townsend, who said:

“I was very impressed with the Chelsea performance for 70 minutes until Sanchez made that silly decision for reasons only better known to him. When you’re 2-0 up against a very good team, you make a daft decision like that, and you hand Arsenal a lifeline.

“With 20 minutes to go, you’re thinking there is no way Chelsea aren’t going to win that match, but they let it slip through their fingers because of that daft decision by the goalkeeper. It was stupid.”

Sanchez will hope to see his fortunes chance at Chelsea, with reports suggesting that his place as Pochettino’s number one could already be in doubt as the January window approaches.

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Ex-Chelsea Flop, Timo Werner In Shock Move To Man Utd




Former Chelsea striker Timo Werner is a shock transfer target for Manchester United, according to Sky Sports Germany’s Florian Plettenberg.

Werner, 27, has been linked with a loan move to a variety of interested clubs in January, including Real Madrid, but Plettenberg believes the German will prefer to see out the season at RB Leipzig before making a permanent move.

Werner is said to be disgruntled with the way things are going in Saxony despite only having rejoined Leipzig from Chelsea in 2022, while Man United are keen to strengthen their attack. Manchester United have enquired about Werner’s availability, but no offer has been made and there haven’t been any negotiations at this stage.

Reds boss Erik Ten Hag will now monitor Werner’s situation over the next couple of weeks before the transfer window opens.

If Werner were to move to Old Trafford in January, he would join the likes of Odion Ighalo and Wout Weghorst on a growing list of stop-gap striking options that the Premier League side have turned to in recent history.

Werner has only scored twice this campaign, but he managed to register 16 goals last season back in the Bundesliga.

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Newcastle eyeing January move for Kalvin Phillips




Newcastle United are lining up a January move for Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips, sources have told ESPN.

The England midfielder has started just one game for City this season and the club are braced for offers ahead of the January window.

Newcastle are keen to bolster their midfield to compensate for the loss of Sandro Tonali, who has been hit with a 10-month suspension for breaching rules around betting. Juventus and Bayern Munich are among the other clubs interested in Phillips.

Kalvin Phillips has largely been restricted to a role from the bench in his time at City. Getty
Phillips, a £43 million ($53.6m) signing from Leeds United in 2022, has struggled to break into Pep Guardiola’s team and according to a source, is keen to find regular football ahead of the Euros in Germany next summer.

The 27-year-old started just four games last season, with both of his Premier League starts coming after City had been confirmed as champions.

His only start this season came in the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle in the Carabao Cup in September and he was left on the bench for league defeats to Wolves and Arsenal despite his competition in central midfield, Rodri, serving a suspension.

Phillips has been named in the latest England squad for games against Malta and North Macedonia during the international break, despite his lack of game time.

Gareth Southgate will name just one more squad — for March internationals against Brazil and Belgium — before finalising his team for Euro 2024.

If he stays at City into the new year, Phillips is set to face even more competition in the new year with Kevin De Bruyne expected back from a hamstring injury.

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Nicolò Fagioli signs new Juventus contract




As expected, Juventus have officially extended their contract with midfielder Nicolò Fagioli until June 2028, although he is suspended for illegal betting.

The Bianconeri youth academy product confessed to the club and the authorities last month that he had been struggling with a gambling addiction that left him needing to borrow money off teammates, pretending that it was to buy luxury watches.

He worked out a plea bargain for a seven-month ban, which will see him available for the final match of this Serie A season.

That ban includes a commitment to undergo treatment for gambling addiction and make several public appearances warning others of the dangers of this misunderstood condition.

His contract had been due to expire in June 2026, but Juventus showed their support for Fagioli by extending it to 2028.

The 22-year-old had joined the club’s academy as a 14-year-old and made his senior debut in 2021.

Fagioli also recently changed management to CAA Stellar.

He is being allowed to train regularly with the rest of the Juventus squad during his ban.

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