CHELSEA were held to a 1-1 draw at Brighton, but other results meant that things could have been far worse for the Blues.
Wolves, Tottenham and Man Utd were all beaten on the road as Frank Lampard's men gained a point on all their main top four rivals.
But they will be keen to tie Tammy Abraham down to a new deal and stave off interest from Man City.
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CHRISTIAN PULISIC has insisted he welcomes competition should Chelsea sign any wingers this January.
The Blues have been linked with the likes of Jadon Sancho and Wilfried Zaha, but the American isn't bothered.
He said: “Yeah I mean it is normal, teams look to improve their team and and if players do come in there is competition, that is how it goes.
“So we’ll be ready for that and hopefully we’ll have players that come in and want to help us.”
ASTON VILLA have launched a desperate search for a striker after £22million record signing Wesley Moraes was ruled out for the rest of the season with a crippling knee injury.
The 23-year-old Brazilian, signed from Club Brugge during the summer, suffered severe damage to his right knee following a 71st minute challenge by Burnley’s Ben Mee during Wednesday’s 2-1 win at Turf Moor.
Reports in Belgium claim Wesley suffered serious damage to his posterior cruciate ligament which will side-line Villa’s first-choice striker for between six to nine months.
Villa boss Dean Smith is expected to confirm the devastating news on Friday but has already moved swiftly to find a replacement with Chelsea pair Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi top of his wanted list.
Giroud scored more than a century of goals for Arsenal before moving across London to Chelsea in January 2018 due to a lack of playing time at the Emirates but has failed to nail down a regular place at Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampard.
Ironically the Frenchman cannot budge 22-year-old Tammy Abraham – who impressed while on loan at Villa last season – from Lampard’s Chelsea starting line-up.
Giroud has only made three starts for the London giants this season but his power, especially in the air and experience of the Premier League, could be crucial to Villa’s survival.
The 33-year-old has been linked with moves to Rangers, Lyon and West Ham but Villa are hopeful the guarantee of regular first team football could persuade the veteran to move to the Midlands – at least until the end of the season – as he tries to seal his place in France’s squad for this summer’s European Championships.
Smith will hope his assistant John Terry’s links with Chelsea and close friendship with Frank Lampard could help make the move possible and give Villa an edge over rival clubs.
Villa have also inquired about taking Chelsea's Belgian international forward Michy Batshuayi on loan however the striker still believes he can convince Lampard he has a part to play at Stamford Bridge, especially if Giroud leaves.
FRANK LAMPARD will have a £150million transfer kitty to spend this month, according to reports.
The Blues boss was handed a boost when Fifa lifted their transfer ban, freeing the club to spend again after their summer embargo.
And with links to a number of top talents in recent weeks, Chelsea will no doubt be keen to bolster the squad as they continue to battle in the Champions League and for a top-four finish.
Jadon Sancho is thought to be a potential target but is unlikely to move in the January window.
If Chelsea did go all out and manage to sign him, that would surely use up the majority of that £150m available to him, as reported by the Express.
Wilfried Zaha would certainly be a cheaper option compared to Sancho with Crystal Palace valuing their star man at around £80m.
Timo Werner is another player whose name has been touted as a possible target for the Stamford Bridge club.
CHELSEA have been dealt a blow after having a £34million bid for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele rejected, according to reports.
The Blues were reported to have made a cash offer including Olivier Giroud in the deal for the 23-year-old Ligue 1 forward.
But FootMercato claim Lyon – who sit 12th in the French top flight – have absolutely no intention of selling.
And a sternly-worded statement on the club's official website read: “Olympique Lyonnais has taken note of certain information relayed by the media suggesting that Moussa Dembele could interest other clubs during this transfer window.
“OL would like to reaffirm its wish, as in the summer of 2019, to keep Moussa Dembele.
“The club has full confidence in Moussa and counts in particular on him to build a successful team for the seasons to come.”
Chelsea's £34m bid was reportedly “swept away” and “hardly moved” transfer chiefs at Lyon.
And injuries to Memphis Depay and Jeff Reine-Adelaide have strengthened the club's resolve to hold onto their main man.
But the report add further down that Frank Lampard is expected to come back “quickly” with another offer.
MANCHESTER UNITED and Chelsea are ready to battle it out for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, according to reports.
The German, 23, has been in red-hot form for the Bundesliga outfit this season with 23 goals in 25 appearances before the turn of the year, helping his side sit top of the table.
His goals have not escaped the attention of some of the Premier League's top sides.
Now the Express report that United and Chelsea are both interested in making moves for the star.
There is still confusion over a potential release clause in Werner's contract – with reports it is as low as £25.6million and others as high as £51.2m.
The Telegraph say that Chelsea are trying to make checks to get this clarified.
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