Chelsea academy graduate Tariq Lamptey is undergoing Brighton medical ahead of reported 4.5 million Euros deadline day move
Tariq Lamptey, 20 will undergo the second part of his medical on Friday morning. As he securing his move to Brighton and Hove Albion. The report from mail claims that Lampard tried to pursue the English right-back to stay, however, the player opted otherwise. Lampard even played the youngster in recent games to pushed his stay.
Chelsea currently sits 4th in the Premier League table. They don’t have problems in the right-back position as of now. Especially after the return of Reece James. One of the most talented Academy products of Chelsea’s youth systems. BothCésar Azpilicueta and Reece James have given each other tough competition for that spot.
The 19-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season. Frank Lampard had been confident of tying the youngster down to a longer deal with talks over an extension. However, the Englishman held out on signing a long term deal and now looks set to join the Seagulls in a move worth £4.5m. Crystal Palace, Nice, and Lille were other clubs who were interested in the youngster.
Lille had been interested in offering Lamptey a pre-contract to join next season. But the Chelsea academy graduate preferred to stay in England. The Blues handed him greater first-team involvement in recent weeks in a bid to persuade him that his future lay at Stamford Bridge. The England Under-20 international made his debut with an exciting cameo in Chelsea’s win at Arsenal in December. He also made further substitute appearances in the FA Cup against Nottingham Forest and Hull.
Contact for Youngester
Tammy Abraham and Tino Anjorin are next scheduled for talks to renew contracts at Stamford Bridge. A host of other youngsters to do so this season. They include the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Fikayo Tomori, and James. They have all penned new deals after Lampard’s return to managing the team that he most notably played for.
Chelsea’s transfer status
Chelsea have been hoping to sign Napoli’s Dries Mertens from Napoli. The Serie A club have pushed back on all their offers with the Belgian unwilling to force through a move. Time is now running out for Lampard to get the striking reinforcements that he wants with little time to agree on a deal for Mertens or for them to work on other targets.
Chelsea also tried to sign PSG’s Edinson Cavani but those approaches were unsuccessful with the Ligue 1 side quoting a high price and the player wanting to move to Atletico Madrid in the summer. Olivier Giroud may find his exit blocked from Chelsea with Tottenham his preferred option but the Blues reluctant to strengthen a top-four rival in January. Lazio are also in the market for Giroud but his family now wants to stay in London having been given the option.