Chelsea news: Mauricio Pochettino targets 'next Lionel Messi' as Rayan Cherki sends message


Your morning Chelsea digest on Wednesday, August 30.

Edwards deal eyed

Chelsea have reportedly broadened their search for a new attacking midfielder. The Blues have been heavily linked with numerous creative players this summer as Mauricio Pochettino hopes to further bolster his squad.

According to Simon Phillips, Chelsea have considered exploring a deal to sign Marcus Edwards from Sporting. The 24-year-old midfielder, who sees his contract at the Estadio Jose Alvalade expire in 2026, featured 33 times for the Portuguese outfit in the Primeira Liga, directly contributing towards 16 goals.

Edwards also led Ruben Amorim's side to the Europa League quarter-final following a handful of superb performances against the likes of Arsenal and Juventus. While his emergence as a Chelsea target may surprise many, Pochettino forecasted the playmaker's rise to superstardom a couple of years ago during their time together at Tottenham.

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Fabregas prediction

Cesc Fabregas has claimed that Chelsea are not yet ready to mount a Premier League title charge. In an interview with Sky Sports, he claimed that the Blues are on 'the right track to success' but they still need some time.

The 36-year-old said: "I can see what they are trying to do. A young, dynamic, powerful team. The players they have signed are top quality. It is about putting them together and letting them grow. For example, Enzo Fernandez has had some time to adapt, and Moises Caicedo is a top player.

"He is strong and with quality, having been coached by a top manager like Roberto De Zerbi. Maybe not this year, but from next year they will be ready to compete."

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Cherki message

Rayan Cherki has posted a cryptic message on social media while Chelsea brace themselves for a busy end to the summer transfer window. The 20-year-old playmaker was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge earlier this summer as Mauricio Pochettino hopes to further bolster his squad.

While speculation of a move to Stamford Bridge has died down, Cherki appears focused on transforming the French side's fortunes around. Lyon have failed to win each of their opening three games this season and they currently sit in the bottom three of Ligue 1.

Determined to reap the rewards of his hard work, the France Under-21s international posted a two-word message on Instagram. He wrote: "WORK & PATIENCE."

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