Marina Granovskaia could repeat clever Frank Lampard transfer trick as Chelsea prepare £27m gift – Jai McIntosh
Andriy Shevchenko has been unveiled as the new Genoa manager as the Vecchio Balordo currently sit one place outside the relegation zone. Following in the footsteps of previous Chelsea legend and former Blues manager Frank Lampard, Andriy Shevchenko could be looking over to West London in the hopes of adding much needed quality to his struggling side.
At both ends of the pitch Genoa have been struggling, however, defensively Genoa have arguably been worse than they have going forward, although it is close. Striker Mattia Destro with six, and left-back Domenico Criscito with five are the most dangerous attacking threats whilst at the back little can be said in terms of shining performers.
I will suggest three Chelsea players Genoa should be looking at taking from Chelsea that could help propel them up the Serie A table to guarantee safety and allow Shevchenko to build a real project in the North-West of Italy.
Malang Sarr’s Chelsea career has, in fairness, failed to really materialise. A solid stint on loan at FC Porto last season saw the Frenchman pick up meaningful minutes for a team playing European football. His return to Chelsea has seen him spend the majority of his time on the periphery but has performed admirably when called upon.
No doubt the young defender will be looking for some stability at a team where there is an identifiable project with forwarding momentum, and Genoa could be that team providing Shevchenko can get a tune out of them during the winter months.
Genoa currently averages two goals conceded per game, and an addition of a player as good as Malang Sarr could see this number decrease which, in turn, could see Genoa climb the table. With a Transfermarkt value of £6.75 million, Sarr could be a bargain pick up for Shevchenko.
Caught up in the tumult of the Chelsea loan system, Michy Batshuayi has failed to find stability since joining Chelsea in July 2016. His finishing has always been good, but at the very top level, his ability and application have occasionally been questioned. However, he will forever occupy a special place amongst the Stamford Bridge faithful with his Premier League winning goal during the Antonio Conte era.
Now at Besiktas, Michy Batshuayi has five goal involvements in twelve games so far for the Black Eagles, as well as becoming a fan favourite at the same time. It can occasionally be written off as unimportant, but his character is vital in the dressing room as he is able to take the sting out of issues when a team is struggling.
A return to one of Europe’s top five leagues, under the management of a legendary striker, a permanent move to Genoa could be exactly what the club and player need. Genoa drastically needs another source of goals in attack, and Batshuayi all but guarantees that. With a Transfermarkt value of £9 million, few strikers would be as good value for money as the Belgian international.
Kepa’s Chelsea career has been mixed, and a move to Genoa might seem like a considerable step down for a keeper who has quite clearly rediscovered both his form and his confidence. Yet, the likelihood of Kepa ever becoming Chelsea’s number one goalkeeper diminishes by the day, and a guaranteed starting role away from England could be just what he needs.
Having won all three available European Cups, Kepa’s Chelsea career has not been the disaster some have labelled it as. Nonetheless, it cannot be disguised that some of his performances have been far below par and it now might be the perfect time to sell the former Spanish international in the hopes that he can rediscover his former qualities.
It has always seemed that a move back to Spain is most likely, and perhaps it still is. Chelsea will never be able to recuperate anywhere near the enormous transfer fee they paid for him, and his wages are equally significant. It might be a slight curveball, but Kepa could find a new home in Genoa and help provide stable foundations for Shevchenko and the team to build from.
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With a Transfermarkt value of £11.7 million, this could once again be another bargain buy for Genoa. However, as with all the players in this list, their valuations and the price Chelsea will want for them will obviously differ. Yet, with the quality, these player’s could bring to Andriy Shevchenko’s side. They might just be worth it.
When Frank Lampard took over as Derby manager, he was able to use his close contacts at Chelsea to acquire Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount, both have gone on to play starring roles for their club and both sit top of their league respectively, with Milan level on points with Napoli and Chelsea three points clear.
Shevchenko should look to mimic Lampard’s talent acquisition, as it could see the Ukrainian legend take this Genoa team to a much better place by the end of the season.
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