7am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Haaland and Rice top targets, Chilwell injury updates

CHELSEA are reportedly considering an incredible double swoop for Erling Haaland and Declan Rice.

Meanwhile Ben Chilwell was forced off injured in their 3-0 win over West Ham.

Follow all the latest from the Bridge below…

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Monday night’s 3-0 victory over West Ham was somewhat marred by Ben Chilwell’s worrying early injury.

    The man himself seems to be optimistic, however, tweeting: “Back to winning ways. Hopefully injury is not so bad”

    And with or without his £50million left-back, as well as Reece James, Frank Lampard is unconcerned ahead of Saturday’s clash with Arsenal – having been impressed by Cesar Azpilicueta and Emerson Palmieri.

    The boss said: “We want to attack with our full-backs, they know that. Reece and Chilly have been doing really well, we hope their injuries are not that bad and they will be in and around the games over Christmas, so we’ll see.

    “But I was pleased with the two lads, they were comfortable.”

    According to Sky Sport over in Germany, the Blues are set for another busy year in the transfer window, after reinvesting £200m in 2020.

    They reckon that the Blues will look to flog Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso, Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater and Victor Moses.

    And in return, they could go after the likes of Erling Haaland and Declan Rice.

  • Etienne Fermie

    ICYMI – TESTING SURGE

    London’s six Prem teams will be tested twice a week for Covid as League bosses try to ensure the season is not seriously disrupted.

    The new testing regime will see players and staff at Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Spurs and West Ham reverting to the 72-hour sampling rules that came in for Project Restart in the summer.

    League bosses sanctioned testers from scientific company Prenetics to reduce their visits to once a week this season.

    But the sudden switch of the capital and the rest of the South East to the new Tier Four has brought in the immediate ramping up of testing.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    ICYMI – MORE LIKE IT

    Tammy Abraham said last night’s double was ‘more like it’ after ending his own personal goal drought.

    The forward notched two goals in quick succession to settle the result against West Ham.

    He said: “Much more like it. We needed a performance and that’s what we did.

    “My job is to help the team score goals and getting in the right areas. That’s what I did for my team.

    “It’s something you do in the park, getting in the box and getting in the right areas and be ready when the ball lands.

    “As a striker scoring goals gives you confidence. I give credit to my teammates.

    “I need to help the team with either goals or assists, or just being a threat. It’s about keep getting goals, keep being in the right place.

    “I have to get in the box in the right areas and be ready and that’s what I was today.”

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  • Etienne Fermie

    'TOUGH SELL'

    Chelsea will struggle to offload outcast goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, according to former England stopper Robert Green.

    He told the Athletic: "It’s a tough sell. It’s a numbers thing. Chelsea and [their director] Marina Granovskaia are not in the business of losing money.

    “They have an asset which is depreciating greatly but with football clubs in the financial state they’re in, it’s going to be tough to put something together.

    “I’m not even talking just about selling, even a loan is going to be a struggle.

    “The transfer fee and the wages is the biggest obstacle to resolving the situation."

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  • Etienne Fermie

    FIRM CHOICE

    Chelsea have their very own version of Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino in Tammy Abraham, according to Gary Neville.

    He said: "He’s got to get 12-15 goals. He’s not going to 25 goals, but the pressure will come on him when people say ‘Chelsea need a goalscorer’.

    I know they’ve got Werner who will score from wide areas, but when the centre-forward isn’t scoring 15 goals, 20 goals a season, he’ll come under pressure.

    "He’s got to get those goals early in the season. I think there’s a massive relief there on his face when doing that interview. I mean he could be the Firmino. You see Firmino at Liverpool who does sometimes get questioned a little bit for not getting enough goals.

    "But I don’t think from anyone who knows football questions him and what he brings then the other two get more plaudits and score goals. But he does a lot of work for the team that obviously supports that."

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  • Etienne Fermie

    TAM TO SHINE

    How good was it to see Tammy Abraham back on the scoresheet last night, Chelsea fans?

  • Etienne Fermie

    ON THE MEND

    Jamie Carragher has hailed the 'massive difference' that Edouard Mendy has made on Chelsea's back line.

    He said on Sky Sports: "I must be honest, when they brought him in from Rennes, at 28-years of age, it’s not late in his career as a goalkeeper but you think, could he have been spotted earlier? How good is he really?

    “He came in and made a massive difference but I think any keeper would have made a massive difference. What’s happened the last few weeks, it will be interesting to see how he reacts himself.

    "I think he’s made a good start, a few mistakes of late and all eyes will be on him now.”

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  • Etienne Fermie

    FRENCH CONNECTION

    Inter Miami want to reunite Olivier Giroud with his former France team-mate Blaise Matuidi, according to reports.

    Matuidi joined up with David Beckham's MLS franchise this year following a spell at Juventus.

    And Eurosport claim that Inter want to bring Giroud onboard too.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    FULL OF IT

    Frank Lampard has spoken about his backup full-backs, after both were required in last night's win over West Ham.

    He said: "A slight difference in attributes can change things to a degree but I don’t expect too much because they are accomplished players.

    “The captain of the club, Azpi, did brilliantly (against West Ham) in all senses of his game, particularly the defensive side which was so important in the way they play.

    “Emer did well as well. When we train we work inclusively as a whole squad and know the movements we want to make. We’ll prepare for Arsenal and onwards with our attacking plan.

    “We want to attack with our full-backs, they know that. Reece and Chilly have been doing really well, we hope their injuries are not that bad and they will be in and around the games over Christmas, so we’ll see. But I was pleased with the two lads, they were comfortable.”

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  • Etienne Fermie

    SILVA LINING

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has heaped praise on 'fantastic' summer acquisition Thiago Silva.

    He said: "‘I remember playing in the Premier League at 36 and I wasn’t playing like Thiago is!

    "I was in and out of the team, I couldn’t play week-in, week-out because I could feel it at that stage in my career.

    "I was a bit tentative with bringing Thiago here on that front, as I knew he was a fantastic player but I wasn’t sure how he would take to the demands of the Premier League.

    "He’s been fantastic and maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised because from working with him every day you see up close just how much he puts in.

    "He prepares so well, he’s so dedicated, his reading of the game is fantastic and his desire to win headers and compete with anyone is superb. He’s really studious and I think it’s clear he will go on and become a manager if he wants to be. He’s been a great addition for us both on and off the pitch."

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  • Etienne Fermie

    ALL IN DUE TIM

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has insisted he is not worried about Timo Werner's continued goal drought.

    The German striker failed to find the back of the net for the ninth game in a row in all competitions during the Blues' 3-0 win over West Ham.

    He said: "I'm not worried. Every striker will want to be scoring goals, it's what they ultimately get judged on and that's why Timo was a great acquisition for us because of the level of goals he's scored in the last few years.

    "He's a player in a new league and we have to give him time to settle but he's getting positions regularly, he's scaring teams and giving them a problem.

    "It's not quite going in for him at the moment but the moment that changes then we'll see goals from Timo Werner for sure. That's the period Timo is in. It's unfortunate but he's getting in the positions – when one goes in it will be a run for him."

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  • Etienne Fermie

    RICE AND CHOPS

    Chelsea’s summer transfer plans have been revealed with huge changes planned, reports claim.

    The Blues have lined up Erling Haaland and Declan Rice as signings but SEVEN players are set to be axed.

    Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso, Ross Barkley, Jorginho, Danny Drinkwater and Victor Moses could make way.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    TESTING SURGE

    London's six Prem teams will be tested twice a week for Covid as League bosses try to ensure the season is not seriously disrupted.

    The new testing regime will see players and staff at Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Spurs and West Ham reverting to the 72-hour sampling rules that came in for Project Restart in the summer.

    League bosses sanctioned testers from scientific company Prenetics to reduce their visits to once a week this season.

    But the sudden switch of the capital and the rest of the South East to the new Tier Four has brought in the immediate ramping up of testing.

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  • Craig Mahood

    RICE AND CHOPS

    Chelsea's summer transfer plans have been revealed with huge changes planned.

    The Blues have lined up Erling Haaland and Declan Rice as signings but SEVEN players are set to be axed.

    It could be a huge summer of transfer activity at Stamford Bridge, with Sky Sports claiming there is likely to be a massive overhaul of the squad.

    Chelsea have set their sights on bringing Erling Haaland to the club but they will face massive competition for the star.

    Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland is one of the most sought after players in Europe with the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United chasing him.

    Haaland is currently out injured but the prolific finisher has already scored 17 goals in just 14 matches this season.

    Rice has been heavily linked with Chelsea and the West Ham midfielder faced the Blues on Monday night in the Hammers' 3-0 defeat.

    The England midfielder is reportedly keen on a move across on London and a deal for him should be easier to complete than Haaland.

    But Lampard will have to reduce his squad if these expensive signings are made and the Blues are set to axe up to seven players.

     

  • Craig Mahood

    MOST EXPENSIVE

    Will any player take a spot within this list in January?

  • Craig Mahood

    ALA-BA BYE

    Bad news from Spain for Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea as Real Madrid ‘way ahead’ of other clubs in pursuit of David Alaba.

    The Bayern defender is set to leave the Germans on a free transfer having failed to agree new terms in Munich.

    Spanish outlet Marca say Alaba has a desire to play for Madrid while his versatility, experience and lack of transfer fee appeals to Real.

    They report a deal could be close which is a blow to the Premier League sides who had hoped to lure him to England.

  • Craig Mahood

    UH HUH…..

    Declan Rice and Frank Lampard embrace at full-time 👀

  • Craig Mahood

    ED TEASER

    Eden Hazard has vowed to play for Turkish giants Fenerbahce before he retires, according to former club chief Hasan Cetinkaya.

    The Belgium talisman, who moved to Real Madrid from Chelsea in a £150million deal in 2019, has told Cetinkaya he will play for the Turkish Super Lig side.

    Last year, Cetinkaya revealed: "Eden Hazard is an old friend of mine, I've known him since he was 15 or 16 years old and still played for Lille.

    The former Fener supremo spoke to Turkish sports news website Ajansspor: "He had incredible sympathy for Fenerbahce and gave me his word: 'Hasan, one day I'll play for Fenerbahce, I just do not know when that will be.

    He was 16 when he played for Lille, they had him, Gervinho and Sow, but we could only attract Sow to us.

    "And then Hazard reached a different dimension, he was one of the greatest talents in Europe, and I wish he had, time will tell, Eden Hazard will one day play for Fenerbahce."

  • Craig Mahood

    A LOOK BACK

    The stats from last night's victory.

    It was a hairy first hour at Stamford Bridge but the hosts would go on to win comfortably.

  • Craig Mahood

    MORRI BIRTHDAY

    Jody Morris celebrates his 42nd birthday today.

    A legend as a Blues player, Morris is an integral part of the management team who has helped Frank Lampard's men retain a positive position in the Premier League.

  • Craig Mahood

    TESTING, TIMES TWO

    Premier League clubs in Tier 4 areas of England will revert back to being Covid tested twice a week.

    A new variant of the virus has swept the South East of the country and this new testing regime is described as ‘an extra precaution’.

    Newcastle United duo Jamal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin were revealed to be suffering from ‘long-term Covid’ that was hampering their ability to return to action.

    Outbreaks in the EFL at Millwall and Ipswich have also raised concerns that further outbreaks are likely.

    This return to twice-weekly testing is likely to be introduced across the whole country after Christmas, as society tries to deal with the new wave of Covid.

  • Craig Mahood

    WE'LL COPE

    Frank Lampard says his Chelsea side will cope without Ben Chilwell in the short-term if a scan reveals a longer spell on the side-lines.

    Chilwell was taken off early in the win over West Ham and will undergo a scan today to determine the extent of the injury.

    Emerson replaced the left-back, with Azpilicueta in for the injured Reece James on the opposite side.

    Lampard said: “A slight difference in attributes can change things to a degree but I don't expect too much because they are accomplished players.

    “The captain of the club, Azpi, did brilliantly (against West Ham) in all senses of his game, particularly the defensive side which was so important in the way they play.

    “Emer did well as well. When we train we work inclusively as a whole squad and know the movements we want to make. We'll prepare for Arsenal and onwards with our attacking plan.

    “We want to attack with our full-backs, they know that. Reece and Chilly have been doing really well, we hope their injuries are not that bad and they will be in and around the games over Christmas, so we'll see.

    “But I was pleased with the two lads, they were comfortable.”

  • Craig Mahood

    OUTSIDE TOP FOUR

    Gary Neville agreed with Jamie Carragher and picked Liverpool to win the Premier League again this season.

    But Neville has made a shock prediction by claiming Chelsea will miss out on the top four.

    Neville said: “You’re allowed to change your mind, aren’t you? To be honest with you I said Chelsea I thought could finish in the top four.

    “That last one – I think Manchester City and Manchester United will definitely finish in the top three and I think it'll be Chelsea or Tottenham, and it’s a flip of the coin to be honest with you.”

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    THE PERFECT PRESENT

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    MENDY HIGH

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