Chelsea Round-Up: Injury Update, Battle For Serie A Star, Transfer Blow
Chelsea boss provides update about injury of explosive winger after UCL win
Frank Lampard lavished praise on talented English forward Callum Hudson-Odoi’s display in 4-0 victory over Russian outfits, Krasnodar and played down fears over the attackers fitness after he was pictured with ice strapping around his thigh after being substituted.
England international winger was handed a rare start in Wednesday evening’s Champions League clash with Krasnodar and he has managed to score the opening goal for the Blues.
A flurry of late goals from Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic have secured the Blues the victory, but there were concerns surrounding a possible injury to Hudson-Odoi, who left pitch in the second half.
However, Lampard is hopeful Hudson-Odoi’s problem is not overly severe despite the promising forward appearing in some discomfort in the the Blues dugout.
‘In terms of his injury, it hasn’t been flagged to me after the match that there’s a problem,’ he said when asked about Hudson-Odoi’s fitness.
‘I hope and assume that there’s nothing wrong and I’m just pleased he had a good evening.’
Chelsea boss, hopes Hudson-Odoi is buoyed by his stunning performance and could help them in both domestic and European competitions.
‘I think the goal is clearly going to be good for his confidence,’ the Chelsea head coach said.
Chelsea keeping close tabs on 6 ft 2 Serie A defensive rock
Man Utd and Chelsea are reportedly both keeping close tabs on the process of Cagliari centre-back, Sebastian Walukiewicz ahead of possible bids.
The 20-year-old defender has joined Cagliari from Polish outfits Pogon Szczecin back in 2019 and has played 21 games for the Italian team in all competitions since his arrival.
The 6 ft 2 defender has played every minute of his team’s five Serie A games this campaign, meanwhile, having secured a starting spot for Eusebio Di Francesco’s side.
According to 90min, both Man Utd and Chelsea scouted Walukiewicz while in action for Poland against Italy in the UEFA Nations League earlier this month.
The report suggests that scouts, who were also present from Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Lazio and Atletico Madrid were especially impressed by the central defender’s aerial ability.
Walukiewicz still has two and a half years left on his current contract with Cagliari, while the Serie A outfits also have the option of extending the agreement by a further 12 months.
Chelsea and Man Utd both need to strengthen their defensive end and they could use January transfer window to make additions in order to compete for all possible trophies.
“We’re in talks to extend contract” – Chelsea long-term target on the verge to sign new deal
Juventus director Fabio Paratici has revealed that the Serie A champions are in private talks with Paulo Dybala over a contract extension amid interest from hosts of European teams.
The Argentina international forward has only has little over 18 months left on his current deal, and both Chelsea and Manchester United have been credited with strong interest this month.
However, Paratici has claimed that discussions over a new deal for the 26-year-old forward have now started, with Argentine international being branded ‘part of the club’s future’.
“We’re in talks to extend Paulo’s contract,” Paratici told Sky Italia. “He wants to stay and we want to keep him – he’s part of our future.
“It has been a tricky period because we were locked in the hotel for two weeks due to the Covid scare and not allowed to meet anyone. But we’ll continue the negotiations to find an agreement.”
Dybala has played his first Serie A games of the season in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona and being alos in the starting XI in 2-0 defeat against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League.