Why Michy Batshuayi needs to leave Chelsea this summer

Why Michy Batshuayi needs to leave Chelsea this summer

Chelsea are entering the season with a new striker in the form of Alvaro Morata and they could yet sign another to compete with the Spanish international. However, Michy Batshauyi is making a case for himself during pre-season with some great performances. The Belgian was underused last season and it appeared that Antonio Conte wasn't a huge fan of the striker. He arrived with a growing reputation and was regarded as a greater talent than Alexandre Lacazette when he left …
Analysing Alvaro Morata's imminent move to Chelsea

Analysing Alvaro Morata's imminent move to Chelsea

Chelsea were dealt a blow in their preparations for the new season when Romelu Lukaku moved to Manchester United. There were many in the game that expected the Belgian to return to Stamford Bridge, but he has ended up joining up with his former Blues' manager at Old Trafford. Antonio Conte would have been frustrated by losing out on his number one target, but they have recovered quickly and are now moving closer to signing a new striker. They have …
All you need to know about Chelsea's Tiemoué Bakayoko

All you need to know about Chelsea's Tiemoué Bakayoko

Chelsea must love signing French midfielders in the middle of July. Especially those who have helped their previous teams register shock league victories. Last year on July 16 they had signed N’Golo Kante from Leicester City. He not only helped the Blues regain the Premier League title but also won the Premier League Player of the Year. So this year, on 15th July, Chelsea went to France and signed the 22-year old ball-winning midfielder Tiemoué from the Ligue 1 champions …
What will Antonio Rudiger bring to Chelsea?

What will Antonio Rudiger bring to Chelsea?

Chelsea announced over the weekend that they had completed the signing of Antonio Rudiger in a deal that could be worth £33 million if all the clauses are met. The centre-back emerged as a priority target over recent months and the Blues were quick to clinch a deal just a week after the defender helped Germany to success in the Confederations Cup. After moving to a 3-4-3 formation last season, it was inevitable that Antonio Conte would have to bring …
Where now for Chelsea in their striker search after missing out on Lukaku?

Where now for Chelsea in their striker search after missing out on Lukaku?

Chelsea's summer is reaching a crossroads after it has emerged that priority target Romelu Lukaku is set to join Manchester United. This is a huge blow for the Blues as it was widely reported that Antonio Conte wanted to bring the Belgian back to Stamford Bridge this summer to be his first choice striker. The fee is believed to be around £75 million, which is lower than many expected, but Wayne Rooney is set to go in the opposite direction. …
The Most Full-On 'Off-Season' Ever!

The Most Full-On 'Off-Season' Ever!

With the transfer window now officially open; we are already well into full-on 'silly season' mode. Here at 2Upfront, we look at all the rumours currently circulating and more widely, how we as football fans, find ourselves in this crazy world of multi-million pound transfers, obscene wages and ludicrous transfer speculation. How Did We Get Here? The 2017 summer transfer window is the culmination of many factors that we have seen building over the last few years. Firstly, the latest …
Lukaku is the flat-track bully Mourinho needs at Manchester United

Lukaku is the flat-track bully Mourinho needs at Manchester United

The initial reaction to the news that Manchester United were in advanced talks including agreeing a fee in a staggering deal to sign Everton's Romelu Lukaku was one of utter disbelief. This slowly morphed into shock and now, having had a couple of days to process everything, this writer is positively excited and completely convinced that the soon-to-be-confirmed move makes total sense to United - in almost every aspect. To understand and even quantify what Lukaku could bring to Manchester …
Nathan Aké to Bournemouth: Worth Smashing the Transfer Record For

Nathan Aké to Bournemouth: Worth Smashing the Transfer Record For

Thanks to some mind-boggling TV revenues this season, Premier League clubs are in a transfer record smashing mode. Every club is being linked to a variety of stars and almost every club is willing to pay a high premium to ensure that they get their desired players for the start of the next season. Liverpool narrowly missed the transfer record in case of Mohamed Salah, although if the bonuses are included, it might still be their current record transfer. But …
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