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Manchester United join Chelsea in Ben Chilwell transfer race – reports

Manchester United have reportedly joined Chelsea in the race to sign Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell this summer. The Mirror has claimed that Frank Lampard’s side remain the favourites to sign the England left-back this summer but do not agree with the fee that Leicester are demanding for the player. It is reported that much like Harry Maguire’s transfer last summer, the club that finished fifth in the Premier League, missing out on UEFA Champions League football could demand £80 million for the 23-year-old.

It has been suggested that Chilwell was Lampard’s number on transfer target this summer but the London club had not yet agreed on the fee demanded for the fullback. It is stated that officials from the club were stunned when they were told that £80 million would be needed to allow the player to leave this summer, which seemingly stopped negotiations from concluding with a deal. Now United have Benn once again linked to the player and it could be suggested that United will not spend that kind of money on the player either so there would be no point thinking that they would.

Of course, the 23-year-old could push for a move away from Leicester City this summer after the club failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League this season, sitting in good position at one stage of the season, 14 points clear of United, ending up finishing fifth with United sitting four points clear after beating the club 2-0 in the final match of the season. Playing in the UEFA Europa League may not be the level that Chilwell wants to continue playing, so in that case, a move to either United or Chelsea would give him higher level European football next season.

United have Luke Shaw as their first choice left-back and with him missing from the squad due to an injury sustained against his former club, Southampton, United have been utilising Brandon Williams in the position, as they have for much of the season when Shaw was injured. Tim Fosu-Mensah also played in the position for one match, doing well on playing in an unfamiliar position. Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers was reported by The Sun commenting on whether Chilwell had played his last match for the club, saying:

“He’s not a player we want to lose. I’m quite relaxed on it. I’m not worried at all.

“We’ve got a fantastic squad that we want to keep together so I don’t worry.

“You can spin it whichever way you want. There is no intention to sell Ben Chilwell and there is absolutely no need for us to sell Ben Chilwell.

“If you want a message, the message is he’s not for sale.”

At this stage, it is not even certain as to whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has thought about signing a new fullback this summer although in terms of strengthening, if Diogo Dalot did leave the club, there would be a place available in the squad which could either be taken by Fosu-Mensah or even Ethan Laird, who has been training with the first team for much of the season since the restart and completion of the domestic season. Shaw has been missed, which shows his stature at the club right now and his importance this season. If he can keep his fitness, it might work but United might have another year before making a decision.

Written by John Walker

Manchester United and Chelsea boosted in chase for left-back this summer – reports

Manchester United and Chelsea could be boosted because of Leicester City’s failure to earn UEFA Champions League football next season with left-back Ben Chilwell reported wanted by both clubs. A report by The Sun has stated that the Foxes were set to try and secure the player with a new contract this summer and they had hoped to be able to use the lure of elite European football to get that deal done. However, the club will compete in the UEFA Europa League instead.

Leicester were at one stage of the season 14 points ahead of United and their collapse, added to United’s great form since the restart resulted in the Old Trafford club breaking down their lead and finishing four points ahead of them, an 18-point surge to qualify for the Champions League next season. The 23-year-old is contracted until the summer of 2024 so there is no rush to secure him on more lucrative terms with with two suitors both offering Champions League football, it could be tough for Leicester.

If the left-back was to much for a move this summer, he would no doubt earn more money at both Chelsea and United, also playing the best teams in Europe in the Champions League, which might benefit him internationally for England, especially with the UEFA European Championships coming up next summer, after they were delayed by the coronavirus pandemic with the competition originally supposed to have happened this summer.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has suggested that the player is not for sale this summer, but aside of saying that, he does not know what the player wants. He might decide to stay at the club and sign a new contract but with bigger clubs that could offer him trophies interested in him, you never know what could happen. Leicester supporters will be confident that he could decide to remain at the club though, which would be a blow for both Chelsea and United, if both clubs are seriously interested in the player. Rodgers was reported by The Sun as saying:

“He’s not a player we want to lose. I’m quite relaxed on it. I’m not worried at all.

“We’ve got a fantastic squad that we want to keep together so I don’t worry.

“You can spin it whichever way you want. There is no intention to sell Ben Chilwell and there is absolutely no need for us to sell Ben Chilwell.

“If you want a message, the message is he’s not for sale.”

This season, the 23-year-old made a total of 33 appearances for Leicester, playing in the Premier League, the Carabao Cup and the Emirates FA Cup. He scored three goals and assisted a further four. The player has suffered three major injuries at Leicester in his time as a first team player, which puts him ahead of Luke Shaw, whose season seems to be over after suffering an ankle injury against his former club. If Leicester are blown away by an offer for Chilwell, they may decide to see, no matter the reluctance of Rodgers. It would seem doubtful though, in my opinion as Leicester would demand a massive fee for the player with United likely to spend big in another area of the squad instead.

Written by John Walker

Luke Shaw’s Manchester United future could be at risk with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking towards Ben Chilwell – reports

Manchester United will allegedly battle it out with Chelsea to try to sign Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell this summer, according to reports. It is suggested that Leicester will demand £60 million for the left-back this summer, a player that has been on Chelsea’s radar for a long time now. Seemingly, reports suggest that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is interested too.

This season at Leicester, Chilwell has made a total of 33 appearances, scoring three goals and adding a further four assists, which seems positive coming from the fullback area. Shaw, on the other hand has 32 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal and assisting three more. It is not a bad comparison, considering.

If United do get involved in a move for Chilwell, it could spell trouble at United for Shaw, who has not had the best of careers at the Old Trafford club but has shown an improvement this season with Solskjaer seemingly holding out for more. The best teams in the Premier League and beyond were build on solid defending, which is the key to success.

As Sir Alex Ferguson one stated; “attack wins you games, defence wins you titles,” which is something that he firmly believed and for most of his time managing United, he did have a solid defence. When you look at players such as Denis Irwin and Patrice Evra, he really had some great left-backs at the club, stabilising the defence and helping the attack.

Solskjaer seems to model himself on Ferguson, which is a great manager to model yourself on and he clearly has plans to have sone success at United. Whether it is success like what Ferguson brought to the club remains to be seen but the Norwegian manager is clearly seeking to get something sorted at the Old Trafford club.

United have some depth in the position with Brandon Williams coming through from the academy this season and he is capable of playing at both left-back and right-back, which shows the strength in depth at the club in these positions. If Solskjaer did sign Chilwell, or another left-back, it would be Shaw that loses out, not Williams, who could be the future.

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