Chelsea News Summary: Battle For Italian Midfielder, No.10 Shirt For English Attacker, Replacement For Sarri

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Chelsea ready to offer No.10 shirt to £40m-rated forward

Chelsea are hopeful that they can convince English winger Callum Hudson-Odoi to remain at the club for a long time by offering him the No.10 shirt that will be vaccinated after Eden Hazard completes his move to Real Madrid in the summer.

The 28-year-old winger has reportedly agreed on personal teams with La Liga giants Real Madrid already and even though they are yet to reach a compromise with the West London club over a fee for the Belgian attacker, the deal is expected to go through. Losing former Lille forward would be a massive blow for the Blues considering his form this campaign, however, the club are making plans to build a new-look side around Hudson-Odoi, so long as ties himself down to a long-term deal.

The 18-year-old forward was the subject of four separate bids from German champions Bayern Munich during the  January transfer window and even handed in a transfer request at Chelsea to try and push through a move.

Hudson-Odoi’s contract at Stamford Bridge is set to expire in 2020 and although he has turned down their previous offers about the contract extension, according to the Mail claims that meetings are scheduled to take place between the agent of the player and the club board.

Chelsea are hoping that they can convince Calum Hudson-Odoi to stick around by giving him a prestigious No.10 shirt and a more prominent role in the side than he has enjoyed under the Italian boss this campaign,

Hudson-Odoi is likely to miss the start of next campaign after suffering a ruptured Achilles injury earlier this season.

Chelsea determined to replace Maurizio Sarri with club legend after the Europa League final

Chelsea are preparing to axe Italian manager Maurizio Sarri regardless of whether he wins the Europa League title and reportedly want to lure Frank Lampard back at Stamford Bridge as his replacement.

The Italian boss has struggled to win the hearts of the Blues supporters despite a solid first campaign in charge at the West London club getting to the final of two Cups and finishing third in the English top-tier Nevertheless, Sky Sport Italia claimed that the Blues are looking to change their head coach after the Europa League final and want Frank Lampard to usher in a new era.

The ex-Chelsea midfield star is currently plotting a way past of Aston Villa in Derby County’s promotion play-off decider at Wembley in the coming week, having enjoyed an excellent first campaign as a manager.

Chelsea chiefs have been impressed with the way Frank Lampard has carried himself and are believed to be keen to bring the legendary players back to Stamford Bridge as Petr Cech has already offered a job at the West London club.

The 40-year-old manager has had two Chelsea players on loan on his books at Derby Coventry – Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount and, with a transfer ban potentially looming, Chelsea want a head-coach who is prepared to bring through and develop their youngsters from the youth academy.

Jody Morris, who was the Blues Under-21s head-coach before joining Frank Lampard as his assistant at Derby, has previously been vital of how few rising stars have made the grade at Chelsea.

Interestingly, Sky Sport claims that Sarri may not be out of work for very long, with the former Napoli man has been offered a job at Juventus as a replacement for Allegri.

The Old Lady announced that Massimiliano Allegri will leave the club after the season ends and Sarri has been on top of their wishlist.

Inter Milan set to hijack Chelsea move for 22-year-old Serie A playmaker valued at €50m

Serie A giants Inter Milan are set to make a summer move for reported Chelsea midfielder Nicolo Barella, according to the Tuttomercatoweb reports.

The West London club have been rumoured with securing the services of Cagliari playmaker for a number of months, as they plan to strengthen their squad for the next season.

Their 22-year-old star has been criticised for being too one-dimensional this campaign, with Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho in for particular criticism.

Italian midfielders creativity is seen as something that can be a valuable addition, however, the Blues now face stiff competition for his services ahead of the next season.

Inter Milan are believed to be in pole position, partly because the Italian midfielder favours to remain in Serie A.

The Nerazzurri are willing to offer around €30m plus their rising star Facundo Colidio and Lorenzo Gavioli, rather than meet Cagliari’s asking €50million fee, although it is not yet known if Cagliari will accept it.

A five-year contract is being mooted, meaning that the 22-year-old midfielder would be an Inter Milan player until the summer of 2024.

It is now up to the Blues to respond, should their strong interest in the Italian midfielder remain serious.

Meanwhile, Serie A outfits Atalanta are working on a deal to secure a permanent contract for on-loan Chelsea playmaker Mario Pasalic.

According to Calcio Mercato, the Italian side are keen to make his loan move permanent as Pasalic has become a vital part of Atalanta’s starting XI.

Atalanta are currently 4th in the Italian top-tier and look set to secure a place for the Champions League next campaign, ahead of the likes of Lazio AS Roma and AC Milan.