Below are Chelsea evening headlines as Marina Granovskaia makes key transfer decisions and Kai Havertz call.
Ballack tips Lampard to improve Havertz
Bayer Leverkusen and the Premier League side have been in talks for several weeks over a deal for the 21-year-old German international, who is valued at £90 million.
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While no deal has yet been struck, Havertz is expected to become a Chelsea player this summer. And Ballack says he will only improve under Lampard.
“I firmly believe that Lampard would be 100 percent behind Havertz,” Ballack told Bild, via Goal.
“He likes players who are very dangerous in front of goal and there aren’t many of those.
“Havertz is a player that Lampard would help further develop, not least because he himself was a midfielder with an eye for goal, who was always moving into dangerous areas, looking to finish off a chance.”
Bayer Leverkusen managing director Rudi Voller says Havertz can leave the Bundesliga club this summer, but only if certain conditions are met.
Chelsea have been in talks with the German side for several weeks, yet there was no chance of Havertz leaving Leverkusen while the club were still in the Europa League knockout stages.
However, after Bayer were eliminated by Inter Milan on Monday, Blues supporters were hopeful a move could soon be completed.
“No decision has been made yet,” Völler told Kicker via BuLinews. “There is nothing new in this regard.
“I’d like to repeat myself by emphasising that we’re talking about a wonderful footballer.
“We have a clear and mutual agreement with him and his representatives that he can only leave under certain conditions.
“Otherwise, he will stay.”
CROWDS COMING BACK!
Football fans will finally begin returning to stadiums next month — but might not be allowed to sing.
A further easing of lockdown rules announced tonight will also see snooker lovers back in the Crucible this weekend for the World Championship.
Rugby matches and racing at Goodwood are also on the list of approved “pilot” events in the coming weeks.
But capacity will be capped and all fans will likely be urged not to chant or shout for fear of spreading the virus.
The new Premier League season starts on September 12.
Trials of allowing some fans back in stadiums will be tested later that month ahead of a planned full rollout in October…
PAIN IN THE ARSENAL
Willian’s agent has slammed Arsenal’s previous transfer policy by accusing the club’s former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat of “cock ups”.
Kia Joorabchian – who represents Cedric Soares, David Luiz and Gunners bound Willian – has been labelled as having too much influence on Arsenal’s transfers since Mislintat left his role in January 2019.
But when asked about his links with Arsenal’s dealings the super-agent took a swipe at Mislintat.
He told talkSPORT: “People forget about the previous guy, Sven.
“He made a bunch of cock-ups with players he brought in at very, very large numbers.”
Granovskaia proven right about Pasalic
Whenever a talented player leaves a club, there is always a tinge of disappointment among supporters.
While they may not have succeeded, if they have shown talent, fans are always wary of what might be in the future.
Chelsea have experienced this more than most thanks to Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah, and Romelu Lukaku.
However, while Mario Pasalic enjoyed an excellent season for Atalanta, culminating in scoring the opening goal in their Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain, Marina Granovskaia was right to let the youngster leave.
Pasalic spent six years at Chelsea, but in that time he completed five loan moves away and made no appearances for the Blues.
He was finally sold this summer after two impressive seasons on loan at Atalanta.
Pasalic is flourishing as a result of his rounded, versatile skill set that is ideal for Atalanta’s unique system.
RAMMING IT HOME
Chelsea posted an appreciation tweet for Brazilian midfielder Ramires as today marks ten years since they signed the star.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 13, 2020
Willian will complete his free transfer to Arsenal this weekend after leaving Chelsea, according to reports.
The Brazilian star, 32, is rumored to have agreed to a three-year contract worth £100,00 a week with the Gunners.
Talks over a new contract at Stamford Bridge stalled after Blues chiefs refused to offer more than two years.
On Thursday, Willian’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, confirmed his client’s next career move would be announced soon.
And now, the Daily Mail has claimed it will be to Arsenal – and will be as early as this weekend as earlier reported by SaveChelsea.