Richard Keys sensationally claimed chelsea want to rebuild their team with an ‘English backbone’ – naming Harry MaguireDeclan Rice and Harry Kane as targets.
He is expected to usher in a new era at Stamford Bridge and beIN SPORTS presenter Richard Keys has heard a very interesting story.
He said on his website: “Here’s one to watch. What I’m about to say will meet the usual rebuttals – how many times have we been right in this blog?
“I keep hearing Chelsea want to go back – and build an English backbone through their team. The new owners will want to make a statement and that could be it.”
Keys then threw in some interesting names, including Maguire and Kane as well as Declan Rice.
Maguire is currently captain of Manchester United, but it was a season to forget, for him and for the team.
The Red Devils failed to qualify for the Champions League and Maguire suffered the brunt of the abuse from fans.
United would go on to lose 4-0 to Liverpool after that and he hasn’t started a game since.
Chelsea are set to lose Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, which means their defense will need to be rejuvenated.
Keys theorized: “They need a centre-back. Harry Maguire? How much would he cost? £40/50m? I’m pretty sure he’d jump at the chance of a fresh start.”
Rice’s contract expires in 2024 and he has reportedly turned down three separate contract offers as he seeks to win trophies elsewhere.
The 23-year-old was in Chelsea’s academy setup as a youngster and Keys believes a return is on the cards.
“The most obvious in midfield would be Rice,” he said. “Kante almost stopped. Rice would be a perfect replacement. Would West Ham sell? Of course they will if the money is right. I’d give you £150m for him all day. If Rice is pushing hard, it might not take that long.”
Last but not least is Kane. Thomas Tuchel added Romelu Lukaku to his squad last summer but the Belgium international has struggled to adapt to Premier League football.
Lukaku scored twice in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Wolves but those were his first league goals of 2022.
Meanwhile, Kane remains the Premier League’s deadliest finisher and his game has reached new heights under Antonio Conte.
Keys speculated: “Tuchel wants to get rid of Lukaku – it’s pretty obvious. But how far? Who got the most out of him in his career? Correct – the Tottenham guy.
“So if Conti [sic] can be persuaded to stay – and he wanted to work with Lukaku again – what could Spurs do to get him?
“They wouldn’t want to pay anything like Chelsea did for him. So what about a player swap? Two players worth £50m each?
An English backbone at Chelsea I said. so son [Heung-min] or [Dejan] Kulusevski would not interest them in Bridge.
“That leaves an option. Yes. England No.9 [Kane]. Let’s see.”
He then ended the column with: “A modern transfer is hard enough – but three of this size in one summer would be incredible. I keep hearing it though – that’s why I shared it with you.”
It remains to be seen what Chelsea will do in the transfer window, but it would rock English football at heart.
Too bad the odds are incredibly low. Almost impossible. Chelsea fans rejoice or recoil depending on how you rate the Three Lions trio.