7am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Declan Rice latest, David Alaba competition, Emerson loan, Kai Havertz criticism

7am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Declan Rice latest, David Alaba competition, Emerson loan, Kai Havertz criticism

CHELSEA have lost two Premier League games in a row and currently sit outside the top four.

Frank Lampard's men were beaten by a Wolves stoppage-time winner from Pedro Neto on Tuesday, while off the field we've the very latest on target Declan Rice.

Follow all the latest from the Bridge below…

  • Jack Figg

    MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    Chelsea could face opposition from Manchester United for reported top targets Declan Rice and David Alaba.

    Two straight Prem defeats denied Frank Lampard's seventh-placed side top spot ahead of Monday's home derby with West Ham – just a place below them.

    So the latest transfer rumours might be a pleasant distraction for Lampard.

    The Hammers' England star Rice, 21, is said to now also interest Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he can play in two of United's problem positions, central defence and midfield.

    And Bayern Munich's versatile defender Alaba, 28, has also been linked with PSG, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    Meanwhile, Blues' frontman Olivier Giroud is tipped to stay put in the January transfer window after eight goals in 14 games.

     In fact, ex-Chelsea star Mario Melchiot claims the 34-year-old's hot form means Lampard can't drop him.

    Melchiot said: "He has to put him in because he scores the goals… He needs to lead the line at this point.”  

  • Ian Tuckey

    'SUPPORT SOMEONE ELSE'

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard wants all football fans to "support someone else" over Christmas – to help tackle loneliness and mental health issues during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Stamford Bridge legend and Chelsea women's team chief Emma Hayes are helping to launch an initiative launched by the Three UK mobile network.

    Lampard said: "We want you, the fans at home and abroad, to support someone else.

    "Everyone here at the club, together with our partner Three, would like you to support each other this Christmas, because this year has been tough for everyone.

    "And while Christmas is a happy time for some, for others it can be incredibly difficult.

    "People may be struggling with their mental health and can feel isolated and alone… so please support someone else this Christmas."

  • Ian Tuckey

    WILLIAN PLAYING 'LIKE ON HOLIDAY'

    Arsenal legend Martin Keown claims Willian should be swapped to the left in a bid to rediscover his Chelsea form – as the midfielder is playing "like he is on holiday".

    Brazilian Willian has struggled since the Gunners saw off big-money MLS bids to sign the 32-year-old over the summer.

    And ex-England defender Keown said: "I admired Willian at Chelsea but it is like he is on holiday at Arsenal.

    "The first thing I would do is play him on the left where he was a success at Chelsea.

    "And play Bukayo Saka on the right where he looks more effective."

  • Ian Tuckey

    PREM CLUBS EYE MARSEILLE ACE SANSOM

    Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson is reportedly on the January radar of three Premier League clubs – with Arsenal previously linked to the 26-year-old.

    Sky Sports say the Ligue 1 giants want at least £22.5million for the ex-France Under-21 star.

    Le10 Sport claimed in August the Gunners were frontrunners for the ex-Le Mans and Montpellier star.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS JOIN ISCO FIGHT

    Real Madrid midfielder Isco is being linked with Arsenal.

    Manchester City and Chelsea have also reportedly been keen on the Spain star.

    And the 28-year-old's struggle for regular football under Bernabeu boss Zinedine Zidane appears to have deepened this season.

    Now the Gunners are said to be monitoring the situation, with Isco keen to revive his chances of playing in next summer's Euros.

  • Ian Tuckey

    YOU CAN'T DROP GIROUD

    Former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot claims Olivier Giroud's hot strike form means Frank Lampard can't drop the 34-year-old.

    World Cup winner Giroud has bagged eight goals in 14 games despite only earning a regular start in the past two weeks.

    Olivier Giroud hails his Chelsea opener on Tuesdaybefore Wolves fought back to win 2-1- and deserves to keep his place, says Mario MelchiotCredit: AFP

    He still hopes to make the France squad for next summer’s Euros.

    And ex-Ajax, Birmingham and Holland sar Melchiot, 44, told  talkSPORT: “How do you take a scoring striker out of the team? 

    "Giroud has scored then he scores another goal, now he scores again. The guy is in hot form.

    “He is telling him, ‘Frank, I am the scoring guy for your team, put me in’. Frank isn’t going to think, ‘no, I can’t put him in’.

    “He has to put him in because he scores the goals… He needs to lead the line at this point.” 

  • Ian Tuckey

    DIE IS SET…

    Ex-Chelsea striker Diego Costa is fit enough to face them for Atletico Madrid in the Champions League after recovering from deep vein thrombosis.

    And the Blues have tempted fate with this flashback clip of a classic rising header from the Spain star.

    Costa, 32, had only just returned from a muscle injury when his latest ailment struck.

    And he also suffered from Covid-19 during the summer, which is thought to have possibly affected his latest medical condition.

  • Ian Tuckey

    TOP OF THE BILL

    Billy Gilmour would be a fantastic signing for Rangers, according to ex-Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell.

    The 50-year-old talked up a possible loan move for the Scottish midfielder – even though Chelsea manager Frank Lampard may not favour letting the 19-year-old go.

    Campbell told Football Insider: “Gilmour would be a huge asset to Rangers, without a shadow of a doubt.

    “He is a very impressive footballer. A young man who has been injured and now he is back he needs game time.

    “To be able to get regular game time and play for Rangers would be fantastic for him. What a side they would have if they got Billy Gilmour.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    NOT THE END OF THE ROUD

    Olivier Giroud is set to stay at Chelsea through the January transfer window.

    The Telegraph report on the Frenchman being happy to stick around after being given assurances on playing time.

    Frank Lampard has started Giroud in the last three Premier League games, scoring twice.

    And the resurgence has even led to France boss Didier Deschamps worrying that he will play TOO OFTEN.

  • Ian Tuckey

    COSTA FREE TO PLAY BLUES

    Diego Costa should be available for Atletico Madrid's Champions League tie against his old club Chelsea after recovering from deep vein thrombosis.

    The Spain striker was diagnosed with the nasty condition three weeks ago.

    The condition involves a blood clot forming in a deep vein in the body, usually in a leg or the pelvis.

    Costa, 32, had only just returned from a muscle injury when his latest ailment struck.

    And he also suffered from Covid-19 during the summer, which is thought to have possibly affected his latest medical condition.

    Costa is yet to feature in the Champions League this season, and has appeared just five times in LaLiga.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CLAN UTD?

    Chelsea target Declan Rice is being linked with Manchester United.

    West Ham’s versatile England star, 21, has so far proved too costly for even the big-spending Blues.

    West Ham could face a tough battle to keep Declan Rice over the next two transfer windowsCredit: Reuters

    But Rice’s ability to play in central defender or as an anchor midfielder tick two of the boxes Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to fill.

    Chelsea are thought likely to bid again for Rice, although a serious offer might not come until next summer.

    And reports today suggest United will be genuine rivals for his signature – if the Hammers relent on selling their prized asset.

  • Ian Tuckey
  • Ian Tuckey

    STAT'S GOTTA HURT…

  • Ian Tuckey

    CONCUSSION SUBS ALLOWED

    Prem clubs will be able to make up to two concussion substitutions per match from January in a radical new rule change.

    SunSport reported earlier this week how all 20 top-flight teams were set to vote in favour of Fifa’s global trial starting next month.

    lubs will now be able to make two changes regardless of whether they have already used the maximum amount of subs allowed.

    However in the Premier League’s bid to avoid potential abuse of the rule, opposition teams will also be able to make a change at the same time.

    The need for concussion substitutions was escalated when Arsenal defender David Luiz carried on after colliding with Wolves’ Raul Jimenez in a sickening clash last month.

    Luiz – who required seven stitches following the clash of heads – played on for the remainder of the first half in a blood-soaked bandage before being taking off at half-time.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PREM CLUBS beIN IN TO WIN IT

    PREM clubs delivered a £367m two-fingered salute to Newcastle owner Mike Ashley as they agreed a new three-year deal with Qatari-based broadcaster beIN Sports.

    The deal, to run until the end of the 2024-25 season, comes after League bosses became embroiled in a public row with Ashley over his proposed sale to Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

    Newcastle were the only one of the 20 clubs to vote against confirming the new deal at the “shareholder” meeting of the 20 clubs.

    But with the other 19 teams – including Saudi-owned Sheffield United – backing the deal, it scuppered any realistic short-term chance of the Toon takeover being resurrected.

    Ashley was desperate to complete the £350m deal with the Saudis.

    League bosses declined to ratify the sale after the World Trade Organisation backed complaints that the Saudi state had orchestrated the “piracy” of the beIN feed via the illegal beOUTQ operation.

    beOUTQ, which also hijacked beIN’s coverage of events including the Champions League and Wimbledon, saw set-top converters using the Arabsat satellite also owned by the Saudis.

    Prem chiefs demanded “appropriate information” from the Saudi-led consortium. That led to the Saudis officially withdrawing their offer, amid claims from Ashley – fiercely dismissed by the Prem – that it had been rejected by the League’s Board.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD JOIN CHELSEA HUNT FOR ALABA

    Manchester United are reportedly entering the race for David Alaba.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is out to spruce up his defence with the 28-year-old’s contract expiring in June.

    Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all been linked with the Austrian.

    And Sport Bild, via the Express, reckon United are keeping an eye on things too.

  • Marc Mayo

    INEVITABLE

    West Ham come to the Bridge on Monday, the club have shared a classic goal from Didier Drogba against the Hammers.

    The Ivorian boasted a mega record against West Ham, winning ten and drawing two of his 12 encounters – scoring five goals.

  • Marc Mayo

    CALL THE BILL

    Billy Gilmour would be a fantastic signing for Rangers, according to Kevin Campbell.

    The former Premier League striker has talked up a possible loan move for the midfielder – even though Frank Lampard may not favour letting the youngster go.

    He told Football Insider: “Gilmour would be a huge asset to Rangers, without a shadow of a doubt.

    “He is a very impressive footballer. A young man who has been injured and now he is back he needs game time.

    “To be able to get regular game time and play for Rangers would be fantastic for him. What a side they would have if they got Billy Gilmour.”

  • Marc Mayo

    VAR-CICAL

    Football’s top law-maker claims VAR has made football better – because players are no longer misbehaving.

    Former leading referee David Elleray is now the technical director of the International FA Board.

    Elleray said: “As a result of VAR there are now fewer games decided by clear and obvious errors by the match officials.

    “And there are fewer players getting away with violence on the field behind the referee’s back or indeed getting away with potential injury-threatening tackles which the referee hasn’t been able to judge correctly.

    “It’s also clear that VAR has had an impact on the flow of the game. 

    “Inevitably, if you are going to stop the game to look at a replay, that involves stopping the flow of the game. I think some of the other benefits are less well publicised.”

    Credit: AFP or licensors
  • Marc Mayo

    SUPER MARIO

    Kai Havertz will come good at Chelsea… if the play him in the right position.

    That is according to Mario Melchiot and the former Blues defender has tracked Havertz for some time – with down the middle seen as his best position.

    He told talkSPORT:  “I knew Kai Havertz before he came to Chelsea. I knew Kai was a great talent.

    “The only difference I see is that in the system Chelsea play he comes from the outside, but in Germany he was a No.10 or a striker. He had more freedom because the team was built around him.

    “When he comes to Chelsea, he’s not going to get that! They have a player that has to get used to a certain way of playing and that takes time.

    “People don’t expect him to need more time because of the price tag; people want him to fire straight away.”

  • Marc Mayo

    BIG TIME CHARLIE

    The future's bright if you're a Chelsea fan.

    The Blues were enjoying the emergence a number of youth products in their first team earlier this year before coronavirus turned the world upside down.

    England's Charlie Webster, 16, is a rising star at Stamford Bridge, and is already wanted by Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.

    That's why he's been dubbed the 'next Jadon Sancho'.

    Read Jon Boon's full feature on the starlet here.

  • Marc Mayo

    SUBBED OFF

    Clubs have rejected allowing five substitutes for the THIRD time. But in a sop to the Big Six, teams will be allowed to have nine replacements to choose from.

    The latest five subs vote at the meeting of the 20 “shareholder” clubs was deadlocked at 10 votes to 10.

    That was well short of the 14-6 majority required under Prem regulations for a rule to be changed.

    The decision came despite lobbying from PFA boss Gordon Taylor and the urging from FA chief executive Mark Bullingham for a change of heart.

    And it also failed even though 15 of the 20 top flight bosses having signalled their support fo a change at a meeting last month.

    It leaves English football’s top flight as the only major league in Europe to stick with three substitutes.

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty
  • Marc Mayo

    NO PAIN IN SPAIN

    Alan Shearer does not foresee any issues in Chelsea beating Atletico Madrid next year.

    The last-16 kicks off of the Champions League with the Blues backed alongside Manchester City, Liverpool and Shearer’s favourites Bayern Munich.

    He told Coral: "I would expect all the English sides to progress in the Champions League.

    “It's a common theme at the moment across Europe that a lot of the bigger teams aren't doing as well as they would of been expected to, with many of the usual suspects not sitting top of the leagues across Europe. 

    “Going forwards I think they will begin to improve and get back to their best and this should be seen in Europe in the spring.

    “Bayern are the worthy favourites, they were definitely the best side in the group stages which the results emphatically showed but City, Chelsea and Liverpool all have a very good chance of making it through to the quarter-finals.”

  • Marc Mayo

    LOAN AND BEHOLD

    Emerson Palmieri will not be allowed to leave Chelsea on the cheap this January, his agent has confirmed.

    The left-back is tipped for a switch to Inter Milan having played second fiddle to Ben Chilwell throughout the campaign.

    But agent Fernando Garcia has told FC Inter News that the Nerazzurri will have to pay up to land Emerson.

    He said: “Chelsea eventually want to monetise his sale. Not having a [loan fee] is a problem. 

    “Some teams have already made some enquiries, but I won’t reveal which ones. 

    “We haven’t talked about [cost].”

  • Marc Mayo

    FOG OF WAR

    Diego Costa rose highest above the Crystal Palace defence to bag the winner for Chelsea on this day in 2016.

    Any team would surely love to have the striker in his prime in their XI…

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