Here is your morning Chelsea digest on Thursday, February 9.
Klopp tipped for Chelsea job
Liverpool icon Jurgen Klopp has been tipped to replace Graham Potter at Chelsea amid a difficult spell for both managers.
The Reds have been poor since the World Cup, winning only three games. However, in recent weeks, performances and results have placed Klopp under scrutiny. With a Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and EFL Cup under his belt, there remains plenty of credit in the bank for the German to turn the fortunes around.
However, former Premier League striker Stan Collymore has backed Chelsea to be tempted by Klopp, should he leave Liverpool. Speaking to CaughtOffside, he said: “The situation the club finds itself in now is needing to replace a lot of players and it’s never something they’re going to be able to do in one window.
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“Fans forget that when Pep Guardiola came to City, he pretty much changed their entire defence overnight and he’s lauded as a revolutionary, world-class tactician. Now you imagine what Klopp could do if he was given the same resources.
“The reality is, if FSG sack Klopp, there is no one else out there better equipped to do a better job, so anyone calling for him to go should be careful what they wish for because I’m certain that if he suddenly became available, you’d have Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, PSG and even Chelsea all lining up… I still don’t think Klopp should be facing the sack.”
Napoli president reveals Osimhen stance
Chelsea will be forced to spend big again in the summer transfer window should they want to sign Napoli striker Victor Osimhen.
Chelsea will be forced to rival Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain for the target man, with previous reports insisting a fee in the region of £100million will have to be paid for his services. As shown in the January window, Boehly is not fearful of spending big on quality with a club-record fee of £105m spent on Enzo Fernandez.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed that, despite interest, Osimhen is not for sale. Speaking to German newspaper Bild, De Laurentiis has admitted Napoli have no reason to sell Osimhen. “I can tell you that Osimhen is not for sale,” he said.
“Our players are in demand, but I don’t have to sell anyone. We don’t have any debts.”
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Dumfries summer move possible
Chelsea long-term wing-back target Denzel Dumfries could be available for €40million (£35.5m) in the summer.
Dumfries’ deal at the San Siro is due to expire in 2025 and reports over the January transfer window claimed that Inter rebuffed approaches for the 26-year-old. However, he could become available in the summer due to the Italian’s financial difficulties.
That’s according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who has claimed that Dumfries’ situation could change in the summer with a number of clubs targeting the attacking wing-back. Speaking to CaughtOffside, the transfer guru said: “Premier League clubs are following Denzel Dumfries but Inter turned down all the approaches in January.
“In the summer the situation could change but they want at least €40m to sell Dumfries.”