In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, there is talk about Jeremie Boga being re-signed by the Blues after impressing at Sassuolo, Paul Merson feels our next two games will be crucial to our Champions League ambitions and Bayern Munich will be missing a key player for their upcoming match with Chelsea.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Boga to return to SW6?
The Independent reports former Chelsea winger Jeremie Boga could be brought back to Stamford Bridge in the summer following his impressive form for Italian side Sassuolo this season.
The 23-year-old made just one senior appearance for the Blues before he joined the Serie A club on a permanent deal in 2018.
However, after watching him score six goals and contribute three assists in 22 games this season, Sassuolo club president Giovanni Carnevali indicated Chelsea have a buy-back clause for Boga and could decide to exercise it at the end of the season.
‘Chelsea can redeem him in June,’ said Carnevali to Goal.com’s Italian language website.
‘We have a great relationship with the club and we already met them before Christmas – also for other business.
‘We like to have what we have with Barcelona, to have a collaborative relationship.
‘They can take him back but we can also re-sign him, everything is open.’
Merson on Lampard’s big call
Writing in his weekly column for Sky Sports, Paul Merson felt Frank Lampard made a big decision in opting to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga for the game against Leicester and highlighted the importance of our next two Premier League games.
‘I think that is one of his biggest decisions since he became a manager in football if I am being honest,’ said the former England midfielder of the Chelsea boss opting to make Willy Caballero his starting goalkeeper for the match.
‘Willy Caballero made a mistake, which can happen when you change the goalies, but he is a decent person to come in. I know he made a mistake; he is probably too keen and he has not played for a while.’
Merson still believes the Blues are in a good position but our upcoming matches could be crucial for our Champions League ambitions.
‘I am all right with Chelsea at the moment, they have two big games coming up - Man Utd and Tottenham at home - if they win both of them, for me they will finish in the top four.
‘You have to remember that it was only a few weeks ago that they were ripping Tottenham to shreds at Tottenham's ground.
‘A draw at Leicester is all right. Frank was a bit nervous as they have lost a few tight games this season when they should not have lost. They dominated that game against Leicester for long periods and could have lost it in the end.
‘So the next two home games are the ones - if they do not win either of them, I think they are in major trouble for top four. But if they win them, then I think the only ones who can catch them are Wolves.’
Perisic injury blow for Bayern
Goal.com reports Bayern Munich could be missing a key player for the upcoming Champions League match against Chelsea after forward Ivan Perisic suffered a bad injury in training.
The German champions expect the Croatian to be out of action for at least a month after he fractured his ankle following a challenge by Alvaro Odriozola during a session on Tuesday.
‘He has a fracture at the outside of his ankle,’ said Bayern’s interim manager Hans Flick.
‘It will take at least four weeks until it is healed and only then he will be able to start with building up training again.’
The 31-year-old, who is on a season-long loan from Inter Milan, has five goals and eight assists in 22 matches for the German club this season.
Chelsea host the first leg of the last 16 tie on 25 February with the return game in Bavaria on 18 March.