Here are your Chelsea evening headlines for Thursday, February 25th.
David Alaba’s transfer condition
David Alaba is set to be one of the hottest properties in the summer transfer window, with the Austria international set to leave Bayern Munich on a free transfer.
Alaba is reportedly being targeted by a number of clubs across Europe, but won’t come cheap despite the lack of a transfer fee.
Alaba is reportedly looking for around £10million in wages per year – a fee he can look for with no money due to Bayern Munich to seal his transfer.
And he’s apparently not short of suitors, with Chelsea, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid all said to have an interest in the versatile defender.
However, there is apparently one main condition the 28-year-old has set for whichever team he does end up signing for in the summer.
Chance to return to Stamford Bridge
Chelsea supporters may have the opportunity to return to Stamford Bridge before the 2020/21 campaign comes to a close, according to reports.
On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled plans which would see up to 10,000 fans allowed back into stadiums from May 17, just six days before the final round of Premier League fixtures.
Chelsea are scheduled to close out out their top-flight campaign with a trip to the Midlands to face Aston Villa on May 23.
And that would have resulted in just one Premier League game being played at Stamford Bridge – the 3-0 victory over Leeds in December – in front of supporters all season.
However, there may yet be some hope for Blues fans of seeing Thomas Tuchel’s side in action this season at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea told the two targets they should sign
Former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson has admitted that Chelsea are in need of signing a “top striker and a centre-back” this summer if they are to make progression, insisting the Blues need Erling Haaland more than anyone else.
“Most teams are crying out for Haaland, but Chelsea will be the number one team that needs him,” Johnson told CheltenhamGuides.com. “He’s a big and powerful striker and can help with the way they play.
“At the minute Chelsea are a better team when Giroud plays, and Giroud is the one they have been trying to move on. They’ve spent money trying to replace Giroud but can’t as top players are hard to replace but this young kid, Haaland, could be the next best thing for the next five or six years.
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“They also need a long-term top central defender. Thiago Silva has been great when he has played, but he’s said himself that he can’t play every week for two more years.
“A top striker and a centre back is what Chelsea need.
“The goalkeeper, [Edouard] Mendy, has come in and done a great job and they have lots of top players that can’t always get into the team that they’ve bought for a lot of money in midfield areas.”