In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, two former Blues contribute, one by video…
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Sky Sports today speculates that Chelsea could be one of what it reckons are four top Premier League clubs who have Bournemouth striker Josh King as a transfer target.The 28-year-old has been at the South Coast club for five seasons having originally been a trainee at Manchester United and the Old Trafford club is also one of those interested in King, according to Sky Sports which states:‘King has one year left on his Bournemouth contract and is likely to leave this summer. He has scored 48 times since moving to Bournemouth five years ago after his contract ran out at Blackburn Rovers.‘He is wanted by four of the top six clubs in the Premier League this summer.‘Part of the appeal of King to United would be his ability to play both centrally and wide, where his pace has been used to good effect throughout his Bournemouth career.‘Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard also wants to add to his attacking options when the transfer window opens.’
Frank favours Havertz over Coutinho
The Bundesliga continued its return to action this weekend and a player who scored two goals for the second weekend running, Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, should be on Chelsea’s radar according to our former player Frank Leboeuf whose words are reported in the Metro.
The 20-year-old midfielder was previously discussed by another former Blue, Michael Ballack, and now Leboeuf, analysing Havertz’s recent performances, had this to say:‘I like his maturity on the field, he looks like someone who is 30 and knows exactly what he has to do and when he has to do it.‘He’s the master orchestrator of that team and I talked about him last week and I said that’s a player that I would hire for sure.‘When we were talking Chelsea about Coutinho, when you see that player [Havertz], he should be in the Premier League very soon. He should be because he’s a very, very talented player.’Leboeuf has previously questioned speculation linking Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea. The Brazilian is currently on loan from Barcelona at Bayern Munich.
Cesc on completing Mourinho’s jigsaw
Looking back at the move he made from Barça to the Blues in 2014, Cesc Fabregas has revealed the recruitment of Diego Costa that same summer played a major part in persuading him to make the switch.The nowadays Monaco midfielder was interviewed by Rio Ferdinand in YouTube video link-up called The Locker Room Recalling his conversation with Jose Mourinho, who was Chelsea manager at the time, Fabregas told Ferdinand:‘Jose has one system but he works on that system very well. He’s got the specific players for the right system.‘He told me, “I need two players, I’m going to sign Diego Costa. If you come to me, this team is winning the title”.
‘The first day I met him he said I only need two players - Diego, who is basically signed and then Thibaut Courtois was coming but if not it was Petr Cech. It’s basically the same but he said, “You come, we will win the title”.Mourinho’s prediction proved accurate as Chelsea won the Premier League in Fabregas’s first season with us. He and Diego Costa played major parts in that triumph.