6am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Joe Cole defends Havertz, Rudiger set to be sold, Alaba latest

CHELSEA have topped their Champions League group after a 1-1 draw with Krasnodar at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

And on the transfer front, we've got the very latest on Antonio Rudiger's future, while the West London club continue to be linked to David Alaba.

Follow all the latest Chelsea news below…

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    The Blues are getting ‘regular updates’ on David Alaba’s contract situation, it has been claimed.

    The Austrian is out of contract in the summer and talks over a new Bayern Munich deal have stalled.

    Eurosport report on Chelsea being kept in the loop with the player’s representatives said to be expecting a chunky fee for the move.

    Sport Bild went on to name Chelsea as one of four clubs with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain that are keen on the defender.

    Yet the German newspaper details how Alaba’s salary demands may put off the LaLiga duo, who are both struggling financially.

    Meanwhile, Rangers are keen on a deal to sign Billy Gilmour on loan next month.

    Chelsea may be open to the prospect of sending the teenage midfielder back to Ibrox until the end of the season.

    Gilmour starred in the Champions League clash against FK Krasnodar on Tuesday night.

    But he faces a tough fight in the battle for places in Frank Lampard’s midfield and could be tempted by a return to the Gers.

    And finally, Fikayo Tomori could also be set to follow Gilmour in leaving Chelsea on loan in January as well, according to reports.

    The defender, 22, has made just one appearance in the Premier League this season.

    And, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, that has convinced him to leave Stamford Bridge next month.

    The Blues board are keen for the academy graduate to secure regular first-team football.

    West Ham and Newcastle are among several clubs that have been linked with a loan move for Tomori.

  • Joe Brophy

    FOUR HIT FOR SIX

    Exclusive by SunSport's Martin Lipton: England's Big Six could ALL be part of a new-look Champions League.

    The latest blueprint unveiled to the Prem elite opens the way for Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United AND Spurs to all share millions in extra Euro revenue from 2024.

    But the rest of the Prem would have to finish in the top FOUR to get their passport to the big time.

    Uefa chiefs’ latest plan intends to fend off the genuine threat of a breakaway European Super League.

    Europe’s governing body is now working with the European Club Association, headed by Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, to find a format acceptable to the biggest clubs.

  • Joe Brophy

    BILLY THE KID

    Ally McCoist has admitted Rangers' hopes of landing Billy Gilmour on loan will be dashed by the Scotland starlet breaking into the Chelsea side.

    As quoted by the Herald Scotland, he said: “Billy would fit in [at Rangers] perfectly because he is a very good footballer himself.

    “It’s whether Frank [Lampard] and himself would sit down and say, ‘Go up to Rangers, get some game-time’. I’m not sure it’ll happen because I think he’ll get the game-time with Chelsea

    “Looking at the performance against Krasnodar, he’s clearly a lad that works hard, trains well and wants to soak in all the information that’s coming his way.

    “I’d be surprised if he doesn’t get more game-time at Chelsea.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE

    Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has spoken to Ross Barkley after the Chelsea loanee reportedly broke social distancing rules with Jack Grealish.

    He told Sky Sports: "I have reminded Jack and Ross of their responsibilities but I've also reiterated that to the whole group of players. They have responsibilities as representatives of Aston Villa.

    "These are challenging times for all. I can't pretend I enjoy explaining the latest regulations – that travelling from tier 2 to tier 2 is not a problem but, even though the players all eat together daily, they can't go for lunch in a restaurant together."

  • Joe Brophy

    KAI IN THE SKY

    Joe Cole has defended Kai Havertz by insisting the German's qualities will eventually shine through at Chelsea.

    He told BT Sport: “The talent is unquestionable. He’s widely regarded as one of the best young players in Europe. He’s had his injury difficulties, he had the virus and that set him back.

    “My feeling is the cream will always rise to the top and he’s a top, top player. You see it in flashes and as the season moves on that will just get more and more consistent.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FEELING BLUE

    Chelsea women demolished Benfica in a FIVE goal romp – with Fran Kirby hitting twice to become the club's all-time record scorer.

    The Blues strike sensation has now found the net 70 times for the West Londoners, despite being dogged with injuries and illness for the past year.

    She stormed past Chelsea legend Eni Aluko's tally of 68, even after being told she may never play football again due to a rare heart condition.

    Millie Bright, Pernille Harder and Beth England also made the score-sheet with Guro Reiten adding three assists in a perfect first leg of the round of 32.

  • Joe Brophy

    GOAL OF THE MONTH

    Tammy Abraham's strike against Newcastle and Callum Hudson-Odoi's Champions League opener vs Rennes is up for November's award.

    Pernille Harder’s effort against Everton Women is also included in the vote, as are goals from U18 stars Jude Soonsup-Bell, Lewis Bate and Harvey Vale.

  • Joe Brophy

    JANUARY BLUES

    Fikayo Tomori is set to leave Chelsea on loan in January, according to reports.

    The defender, 22, has made just one appearance in the Premier League this season.

    And, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, that has convinced him to leave Stamford Bridge next month.

    The Blues board are keen for the academy graduate to secure regular first-team football.

    West Ham and Newcastle are among several clubs that have been linked with a loan move for Tomori.

  • Joe Brophy

    TINO TIME

    Tino Anjorin will reportedly be kept on standby following the injuries to Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

    The teenage forward made his first Champions League start in the 1-1 draw against Krasnodar on Tuesday night.

    And the Evening Standard claim he will remain with Chelsea’s first team squad as they prepare for a hectic Christmas schedule.

  • Joe Brophy

    EUR KIDDING

    Manchester United suffered European heartache at the hands of RB Leipzig in the Champions League last night.

    Their disappointment, however, is far from the worst suffered by English clubs on the continent.

    Click HERE for a closer look at five particularly awful nights for Premier League clubs in Europe.

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    N’Golo Kante was ‘unbelievable’ in Leeds’ defeat to Chelsea last weekend, Kalvin Phillips has said.

    He told BBC Leeds: “I think Kante was unbelievable during that game, he was everywhere, didn’t look like he broke a sweat.

    “When you see stuff like that you think when you’re running around obviously and you’re tired and you look at Kante and he’s just jogging around as if it’s nowt, it kind of – not demoralises you but – [makes you think] this is going to be a difficult second half.

    “It’s hard to say a player is that good and that fit and everywhere but he was. Literally, any second ball that dropped, he was there, any 50:50 that was there, he was there, so he was at the right place at the right time every single time.

    “I think without Kante, they’re not the same team.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BARC FOR MORE

    Barcelona need to make some signings in January to save their season.

    Ronald Koeman's side – who lost 3-0 to Juventus on Tuesday – are ninth in the LaLiga table.

    Antonio Rudiger has been heavily linked with a move to the Nou Camp.

    The 27-year-old is one of two defenders that Chelsea plan to offload in January.

    Here's how Barca could line-up with Rudiger and some other choice signings…

  • Joe Brophy

    RANGERS RETURN?

    Rangers are keen on a deal to sign Billy Gilmour on loan next month.

    Chelsea may be open to the prospect of sending the teenage midfielder back to Ibrox until the end of the season.

    Gilmour starred in the Champions League clash against FK Krasnodar on Tuesday night.

    But he faces a tough fight in the battle for places in Frank Lampard’s midfield.

    Gilmour, who missed four months following knee surgery, is the subject of an approach by former club Gers.

  • Joe Brophy

    CONNECT FOUR

    Chelsea are one of four clubs identified by David Alaba's agent as a potential destination for the Austrian next summer, reports claim.

    Alaba has played his entire senior career at Bayern Munich.

    But according to Bild, the German champions have now withdrawn their contract offer for the versatile defender, making an exit likely.

    Alaba's current deal expires next summer, meaning that he will be free to negotiate with other teams from January 1 onwards.

    The 31-year-old is represented by Pini Zahavi, who has drawn up a four-team shortlist of destinations for Alaba, with Chelsea among them.

    Also on Zahavi's list are Barcelona, although as the agent behind Neymar's 2017 exit, the 77-year-old is not a popular figure among the Catalan club's chiefs.

    Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are two other potential landing spots.

  • Marc Mayo

    TOP BILLING

    Billy Gilmour was the star of the show in last night’s 1-1 draw with Krasnodar.

    The midfielder’s heatmap shows he dominated the centre of the park.

  • Marc Mayo

    FOUR THE WIN

    David Alaba will be chased by four teams when the January transfer window opens.

    Sport Bild name Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain as keen on the defender.

    As mentioned earlier, the defender is out of contract at Bayern Munich and not expected to renew his deal.

    The German newspaper details how Alaba’s salary demands may put off the LaLiga duo, who are both struggling financially.

    But Barcelona presidential hopeful Joan Laporta is a ‘close contact’ of the player’s camp and may make his signing a priority.

  • Marc Mayo

    DIDIER PRAISE

    Former Chelsea star Demba Ba has been backed by Didier Drogba after standing up to fourth official Sebastian Coltescu last night.

    The Romanian’s alleged racial abuse of Pierre Webo, the Istanbul Basaksehir assistant manager, led to a walk-off by both the Turkish side and Paris Saint-Germain.

    They will replay the game today and ex-Blues hero Drogba tweeted his support for Ba.

  • Marc Mayo

    ALABA AVAILABLE

    Chelsea are getting ‘regular updates’ on David Alaba’s contract situation, it has been claimed.

    The Austrian is out of contract in the summer and talks over a new Bayern Munich deal have stalled.

    Eurosport report on the Blues being kept in the loop with the player’s representatives said to be expecting a chunky fee for the move.

  • Marc Mayo

    100 CLUB

    Olivier Giroud came off the bench last night to make his 100th Chelsea appearance.

    In that time, the striker has notched 35 goals and 14 assists… not bad for a super sub.

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  • Marc Mayo

    DONN AND DUSTED

    Gianluigi Donnarumma will NOT sign for Chelsea – or anyone, for that matter.

    According to CalcioMercato, the goalkeeper is ready to renew his AC Milan contract.

    Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain join the list of teams said to desire Donnarumma, who can negotiate a pre-agreement with any team for free from next month.

    Yet he wants to stick around the San Siro and pen a new deal.

    Anywho, Chelsea’s summer capture of Edouard Mendy appears to have solved their keeper question.

  • Marc Mayo

    ALLY COI ON BILLY

    Billy Gilmour WILL get the chance to impress at Chelsea, meaning he won’t go on loan to Rangers.

    That is according to Ally McCoist, who reckons his old club will miss out on a reported move for the young midfielder.

    He said on talkSPORT: “[Gilmour] would fit in [at Ibrox] perfectly because he is a very good footballer himself.

    “It’s whether Frank and himself would sit down and say, ‘Go up to Rangers, get some game-time’. I’m not sure it’ll happen because I think he’ll get game-time with Chelsea.

    “Looking at last night’s performance, and clearly he’s a lad that works hard, trains hard and wants to soak in all the information that’’s coming his way.

    “I’d be surprised if he doesn’t get more game-time at Chelsea.”

  • Marc Mayo

    BARC-ING UP THE WRONG TREE

    Antonio Rudiger is being continuously offered to Barcelona – to no avail.

    Mundo Deportivo report on the LaLiga club being guided by agents towards available centre-backs due to their injury crisis in defence.

    But it is said that Barcelona do not want Rudiger and have never approached Chelsea regarding the German.

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  • Marc Mayo

    KAN DO ATTITUDE

    N’Golo Kante was ‘unbelievable’ in Leeds’ defeat to Chelsea last weekend, Kalvin Phillips has said.

    The England international went toe-to-toe with his midfield counterpart and admitted to learning a lesson or two in the process.

    He told BBC Leeds: "I think Kante was unbelievable during that game, he was everywhere, didn't look like he broke a sweat.

    "When you see stuff like that you think when you're running around obviously and you're tired and you look at Kante and he's just jogging around as if it's nowt, it kind of – not demoralises you but – [makes you think] this is going to be a difficult second half.

    "It's hard to say a player is that good and that fit and everywhere but he was. Literally, any second ball that dropped, he was there, any 50:50 that was there, he was there, so he was at the right place at the right time every single time.

    "I think without Kante, they're not the same team.”

  • Marc Mayo

    ZOUM ZOUM

    Chelsea turn their attention back to the Premier League after last night's game.

    Going into the clash with Everton, their is a surprise name atop the club scoring charts!

  • Marc Mayo

    NEXT ROUND DRAW

    Chelsea fans can look forward to the next round of the Champions League – but when is the draw?

    Pencil in 11am on Monday, December 14 with the Blues seeded as a group winner.

    Porto, Lazio and Barcelona are three possible opponents in the hat, with the rest to be decided tonight.

    Ties will be played on February 16/17 and March 9/10.

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