Here is your football.london Chelsea morning digest on Wednesday, September 15.
Gary Neville’s Premier League title race warning
Sky Sports pundit and former defender Gary Neville has sent Chelsea a stern Premier League title warning as he has hinted that rivals Liverpool have the strongest starting XI in the league.
The latter of the two clubs have been backed by Neville to go close this year due to him believing that Jurgen Klopp’s outfit are potentially the strongest in regards to having the best first line-up in the league.
He said on Monday Night Football: “That XI could be the best XI in the league, but I think where Liverpool might struggle is all the games you have to play, Champions League is coming up this week, they’ve got AC Milan on Wednesday huge games.
“I’ve been wrong about Liverpool in the past about the league and the Champions League and they’ve proved me massively wrong – I just feel like other teams have massive strength in depth but Liverpool’s starting XI is outstanding, a brilliant, brilliant team.”
Read more here about what Neville said in regards to Chelsea’s performance over Aston Villa on the weekend.
Timo Werner for Leroy Sane swap deal rubbished
Chelsea and Bayern Munich have been linked with a swap deal involving Timo Werner and Leroy Sane, but those claims are wide of the mark, according to German broadcaster Sport1, via InsideFutbol.com.
It has been claimed that Werner could return to Germany as Chelsea are interested in including him in a swap deal that would see Bayern Munich star Sane come to London.
However, claims of a potential swap deal being on cards between Chelsea and Bayern Munich are wide of the mark.
It has been reported that the Bavarians are not keen on letting Sane leave the club after splashing £38.4million for him in 2020.
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Jude Bellingham’s true transfer value revealed
Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund have both had mixed fortunes over the years when it comes to transfer dealings between the pair.
German outlet Sport Bild have reported that Hans-Joachim Watzke will not let Bellingham leave for anything less than a mammoth price of €100million (£85m) if they are going to be successful in prising away the Three Lions international from the continent in the upcoming transfer windows.
The report goes on to say that Liverpool have already made their initial early move to lead the race for Dortmund’s number 22, with manager Jurgen Klopp already reportedly putting out the feelers to Bellingham’s camp for a potential £93m swoop.
For Chelsea, a need for a new long-term midfielder option when looking towards to future is clearly on Marina Granovskaia’s agenda with the likes of N’Golo Kante not getting any younger and any less injury-prone at 30-years-old.
Ultimately, a move for the Dortmund starlet to west London could also depend on what happens with new loan recruit Saul Niguez, who endured a disappointing Premier League debut against Aston Villa last weekend.
If the Blues are to make the loan permanent come the end of the season, then that could shelve any plans that the Chelsea board have in relation to plotting a move for a new midfielder. football.london understands that the option to buy Saul is in the region of £30m.
Read the full story here to find out Bellingham’s true transfer value.