Chelsea ‘confident’ of beating Arsenal to midfield transfer, Frank Lampard key advantage

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  • Chelsea are on the trail of Feyenoord midfielder Lamare Bogarde
  • Frank Lampard is ‘confident’ of beating rival suitors Arsenal and Spurs
  • The Blues boast a key advantage over Barcelona in the pursuit of Miralem Pjanic
  • Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech has been tipped to ‘destroy’ the Premier League

Wanted: Lamare Bogarde

Chelsea are on the trail of Feyenoord midfielder Lamare Bogarde.

That’s according to Football Insider, who claim Frank Lampard is eager to bring the Holland talent to Stamford Bridge in the upcoming transfer window.

It’s thought that Chelsea chiefs are ‘confident’ of beating rival suitors Arsenal, Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund to the teenager’s signature.

The defensive midfielder, 16, has been tipped for stardom having shone at Under-16 level for Holland and Feyenoord’s youth squads.

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  • Man Utd and Liverpool offered £27m transfer discount, player to return

Chelsea advantage

Chelsea reportedly boast a key advantage over Barcelona in the pursuit of Miralem Pjanic, despite the La Liga giants supposedly closing in on the Juventus midfielder.

Reports from Spanish publication Sport this week suggested that both Pjanic and team-mate Mattia De Sciglio could move to Nou Camp in exchange for Nelson Semedo, as long as Juventus sweeten the deal with £22million.

However, Gazzetta dello Sport combat this by saying such reports are fanciful and Chelsea in fact hold the cards in the pursuit of Pjanic.

The Italian outlet say that Juventus only want midfielder Arthur, not Semedo, from the Catalan side’s squad but the Brazilian is not keen on leaving the Nou Camp.

Chelsea are therefore in prime position to make a move for Pjanic with Jorginho the ‘ace in the hole’ who could be key to the transfer.

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  • Man Utd complete SIX transfers, Liverpool to copy Bruno Fernandes deal

Ziyech tipped to ‘destroy’ Premier League

Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech has been tipped to ‘destroy’ the Premier League when he finally arrives at Stamford Bridge, according to Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana.

The Moroccan midfielder agreed a £33.4million move from Ajax in February and is due to join up with Frank Lampard’s squad this summer.

“When he leaves Ajax, we will lose the most brilliant player on the team. It will not be easy,” Onana told Dutch outlet NOS. “He was already here when I got here. I can understand why. I understand his choice.

“I am happy for him and proud of what he has done for this club. I wish him the best of luck. He’s going to destroy everything in the Premier League.”

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