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8.30am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Nagelsmann first choice to replace Lampard, Haaland bid planned, Alaba 'approach'

ROMAN ABRAMOVICH is reportedly targeting RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann, should he decide to sack Frank Lampard.

Meanwhile Chelsea's manager troubles aren't deterring them on the transfer front, with a bid for Erling Haaland reportedly being lined up.

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  • sstreet

    JUL IN THE CROWN

    Roman Abramovich has reportedly identified Julian Nagelsmann as the man he wants to take Chelsea forward, should Frank Lampard be sacked.

    The Independent state that the Blues hierarchy are determined to make a permanent appointment rather than going with an interim boss if they dispense with club legend Lampard.

    The report adds that Thomas Tuchel is second choice to RB Leipzig boss Nagelsmann but Max Allegri is not in the frame.

    That would back up reports from The Athletic yesterday which stated that Chelsea are looking for a German-speaking manager to get the best out of new signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

  • Etienne Fermie

    ON THE MEND

    Chelsea stopper Edouard Mendy has opened up on what's going wrong at Stamford Bridge.

    He told the club's official website: "What we are missing at the moment is consistency, being good for the whole match. We often have a bad patch, concede a goal and it makes it too hard to recover. We need to find more consistency in matches to be able to get past this level of team.

    "It’s difficult to explain because we were in good form and then we got into difficulty. It happened very quickly. We need to concentrate on the return phase now and getting near the levels we were at.

    "It’s up to us to rectify the current situation and above all show more. We have to stay together and stay as positive as possible during this delicate moment."

    Credit: PA:Press Association
  • Etienne Fermie

    CHIL NOW

    Chelsea star Ben Chilwell has revealed that he 'barely played' during his Under-15 season with Leicester City – and that his dad quit his job to take him to games.

    He told the club's official website: "I barely played that season. The coach would read out the squad on a Thursday after training ahead of the game on a Saturday and my name was never being read out.

    "My dad was sacrificing a lot to take me to training three or four times a week, he’d given up his job to drive me all around the country, and those car journeys home were pretty difficult because every week there was hope and then it didn’t happen."

    Credit: Reuters
  • William Pugh

    MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    Under-fire boss Frank Lampard could have just three games to save his Chelsea job.

    Amid talk club owner Roman Abramovich is eyeing experienced alternatives – like ex-PSG chief Thomas Tuchel – Lampard faces a crucial fortnight.

    His position is safe for now despite Tuesday's dire 2-0 loss at Leicester. 

    But slip-ups against out-of-form Wolves and lowly Burnley could change the situation, especially if Chelsea then succumb at big rivals Tottenham on February 4.

    Abramovich is said to prefer an older replacement should Lampard be axed.

    Tuchel remains the most-mentioned candidate, followed by former Juventus manager Max Allegri.

    It's even claimed the Blues have already had contact with the pair.

    Despite splashing £217.3million on new players, Chelsea have slipped to eighth in the Premier League with five defeats in their past eight games.

    Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund hotshot Erling Haaland is rated as a potential huge-money target next summer.

    And England centre-back Fikayo Tomori’s loan exit to AC Milan could be confirmed this week. 

  • Ian Tuckey

    FAN BAN SET TO LAST WHOLE SEASON

    Prem chiefs have steeled themselves for a fan-free season — despite the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine.

    The 20 “shareholder” clubs today confirmed that all matches up to the end of next month will be screened live on TV.

    But privately, League and club chiefs recognised it is unlikely fans will be allowed back through the turnstiles until next term.

    And unless there is a surprise change of heart from Government and health chiefs, that will mean the entire second half of the campaign being available for fans to watch “live” from home.

    In a statement released after the two-hour virtual meeting, a Prem spokesman said: “All Premier League fixtures from Saturday January 30 to the last weekend of February will be available to UK fans to watch.

    “Matches will continue to be shown via the existing services of broadcast partners Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    FRANK COULD HAVE 3 GAMES TO SAVE JOB

    Frank Lampard faces a crucial fortnight for his future as Chelsea boss.

    The club legend is safe in the job for now but Tuesday’s abject defeat at Leicester has fuelled growing concerns that the axe is looming.

    Stamford Bridge boss Frank Lampard is under mounting pressure

    Upcoming games against out-of-form Wolves and struggling Burnley have now become pivotal matches instead of routine rollovers for the head coach.

    Then comes a daunting trip to Tottenham on February 4, which could also have a huge bearing on Lampard’s reign.

    Despite spending £217.3million on new players, Chelsea have slipped to eighth in the Premier League, losing five of their last eight games.

    Lampard, 42, is running out of time to turn things around and facing an increasingly uphill battle to convince owner Roman Abramovich he can lead the team, for whom he scored a record 211 goals as a player.

    Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, out-of-work German Thomas Tuchel and RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann are already being considered as possible replacements this summer.

    Club insiders fear the huge, rapid investment in new talent has given Lampard too much choice in his squad and that has led to problems.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WISE HEAD WANTED

    Chelsea want an experienced manager to take over from Frank Lampard, according to The Athletic’s Simon Johnson.

    Last week, Bild’s Head of Football Christian Falk revealed that the Blues had contacted Thomas Tuchel and Max Allegri – two men who would certainly fit the bill.

    However, there has also been a surge in recent bets on Ukraine manager and former Blues striker Andriy Shevchenko.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'BLUES TOO SOFT'

    Chelsea are ‘soft’ and their players have ‘got to do more’, according to Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.

    The former Liverpool and Spurs midfielder – and Frank Lampard’s cousin – was unimpressed with the performance at Chelsea called on the players to take responsibility for the club’s current run of poor form.

    He said: “They were out-thought and out-battled and like Frank said, the better team won.

    “One or two of them are a little bit soft. You never want to be labelled a soft team. You never want to be labelled a team that doesn’t run enough, work hard or win individual battles.

    “The players that Frank brought in, you’re always asking them to do better and they didn’t do enough a lot of the players that had their chance today.

    “So when they get back to training tomorrow, they can’t really moan too much or knock on the door when they get left out next week. They’ve got to do more.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    BLUES HOPES KNOCKED FOR SIX

    Fast-falling Chelsea could struggle to finish in the TOP HALF of the Premier League – judging by these staggering stats.

    The Blues dropped to eighth with Tuesday's 2-0 loss at Leicester, leaving them with just 29 points, their sixth-lowest ever tally midway through a Prem season.

    And in four of those worst five campaigns have failed to finish above 10th.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MUS TRY HARDER

    Manchester United are looking to swoop for ex-Chelsea starlet Jamal Musiala, according to reports.

    The 17-year-old sensation is in talks with Bayern Munich over a new contract but negotiations are said to have stalled.

    Bayern Munich starlet Jamal Musiala is being linked with Man Utd

    Attacking midfielder Musiala is after a whopping £100,000-a-week contract despite his tender years, according to Goal.

    And his demands are said to have caused a deadlock – with the German giants unwilling to cough up.

    Musiala is still on a youth contract which doesn’t expire until summer 2022.

    But having broken several records with the Bavarians, if an agreement cannot be reached, a summer transfer looks likely.

    Liverpool and Manchester City are also said to be keeping tabs on the situation.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LIGHT THE BLUE TUCH PAPER

    Chelsea are reportedly in talks to hire Thomas Tuchel as pressure grows on Frank Lampard.

    Jan Aage Fjortoft claims discussions are ongoing between Tuchel’s representatives and the Chelsea hierarchy in the wake of Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Leicester.

    Ex-PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is reportedly on the radar of Chelsea

    SunSport revealed earlier this month that Tuchel was being lined up by Roman Abramovich following a string of bad results.

    The defeat at Leicester was Chelsea’s sixth in the league this term, leaving them eighth in the table and nine points from top.

    Despite spending well over £200million last summer, Lampard is yet to get the best from new signings including German pair Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

    It’s also understood that should there be a change of manager, Chelsea want to hire someone who can speak fluent German in order to help the star duo tick.

    Tuchel is available after being sacked by PSG and replaced by former Spurs man Mauricio Pochettino.

    He won two Ligue 1 titles during his 18 months in the French capital, while also leading PSG to last season’s Champions League final.

    A move to Chelsea would see Tuchel reunited with his old captain Thiago Silva, who made a free switch to Stamford Bridge after the European Cup showpiece defeat by Bayern Munich.

  • Ian Tuckey

    HAAL FOR BRIDGE?

    Chelsea will make a summer bid for Borussia Dortmund hotshot Erling Haaland, according to reports.

    The Athletic claim that the Blues are determined to bring in a high-profile striker and the Norwegian is their first choice.

    Erling Haaland

    The Blues had not been among the favourites to sign Haaland, with the likes of Man Utd and Real Madrid circling.

    However their transfer team believe many potential suitors will sit back and wait for his £66m release clause to be activated in 2022.

    That would potentially give Chelsea space to negotiate a deal with Dortmund that suits all parties.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GET YOUR FIX HERE

    The Premier League’s televised fixtures for the month ahead have been announced – including a mouthwatering clash between Arsenal and Manchester United.

    The league leaders travel to Mikel Arteta’s in-form Gunners at 5.30pm on Saturday, January 30 for a clash live on Sky Sports.

    With fans no closer to returning to stadiums, the entire fixture list will continue to be shown.

    A shareholders meeting on Wednesday gave the green light to continue with round-the-clock football, while preparing for seeing out the season without supporters. And another game has also been confirmed for terrestrial tele.

    West Brom’s match with Fulham on January 30, kicking off at 3pm, will air on BBC.

    Standout games in February include Tottenham’s clash with Chelsea on Thursday, February 4 at 8pm – which will be on BT Sport.

    The following weekend, on Sunday at 4.30pm, Liverpool host Manchester City on Sky. Saturday, February 13 features two big top of the table match-ups, in Leicester versus Liverpool (12.30pm, BT) and City hosting Spurs (5.30pm, Sky).

    Jurgen Klopp will see his squad tested to the full with the Merseyside derby only seven days later, live on Sky at 5.30pm.

    City then head to Arsenal on Sunday, February 21 for a 4.30pm clash on Sky. The final ‘Big Six’ meeting of the month sees Manchester United head to Chelsea on Sunday, February 28 for the evening game on Sky.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ALL GAMES LIVE UNTIL END OF FEBRUARY

    Premier League chiefs have steeled themselves for a fan-free season despite the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine.

    The 20 “shareholder” clubs today confirmed that all matches up to the end of next month will be screened live on TV.

    But privately, League and club chiefs recognised it is unlikely that fans will be allowed back through the Prem turnstiles until next season.

    And unless there is a surprise change of heart from Government and health chiefs, that will mean the entire second half of the campaign being available for fans to watch “live” from home.

    In a statement released after the two-hour virtual meeting, a Prem spokesman said: “All Premier League fixtures from Saturday 30 January to the last weekend of February will be made available to fans to watch live in the UK.

    “Matches will continue to be shown via the existing services of broadcast partners Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC.

    “Details of all contracted broadcast selections will be announced today, along with early additional selections.

    “Confirmation of the remaining fixtures, up to match round 26, will follow in due course.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    MADD FOR CHELSEA'S WEAKNESSES

    James Maddison revealed Leicester had highlighted Chelsea's tactical weaknesses and managed to exploit them during the Foxes' 2-0 win over the Blues at the King Power on Tuesday.

    The midfielder gave a refreshing post-match interview after his side's win and fans online were loving it.

    Brendan Rodgers' team took all three points thanks to Wilfred Ndidi and Maddison's first half goals.

    Ndidi's came from a short corner involving Maddison.

    And speaking to Sky Sports after the game, the 24-year-old said: "We worked on it, we looked at Chelsea, little short corners and being creative.

    "They switch off at times from set-pieces and we knew that was something we could pick on.

    "We have not scored enough goals from set-pieces. I have been pulling my hair out as the corner taker.

    "Credit to the manager as well. We made a bit of a switch at half-time to almost go 4-4-2 out of possession, 4-3-3 in possession.

    "Just little things like that, thinking on our feet. We dealt with the threats that came our way and I thought we deserved the three points."

  • Ian Tuckey

    FROM SHINPADS TO iPADS

    Leeds' ex-Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford has donated £5,000 to a school to help fund iPads for kids.

    The classy footballer also sent a personal message for pupils at Beeston Primary School – near Leeds' Elland Road home.

    Schools are shut to most children across the country amid the lockdown with some struggling to access remote learning.

    And Bamford, 27, made the brilliant gesture before urging the kids to carry on working hard and exercising.

    He said in his personalised message: "I've spoken to Mrs Tidey (Deputy Head) and whoever gets nominated by their teachers for working hard or doing their work to the best of their ability will win some form of prize."

  • Ian Tuckey

    BLUES WANT EXPERIENCE

    Chelsea want an experienced manager to take over from Frank Lampard, according to The Athletic’s Simon Johnson.

    Last week, Bild’s Head of Football Christian Falk revealed that the Blues had contacted Thomas Tuchel and Max Allegri – two men who would certainly fit the bill.

    However, there has also been a surge in recent bets on Ukraine manager and former Blues striker Andriy Shevchenko.

  • Ian Tuckey

    QUICK FIK'S DEAL

    England centre-back Fikayo Tomori’s loan move from Chelsea to AC Milan could be confirmed this week.

    The23-year-old is out of favour at Stamford Bridge and will be allowed to leave on a temporary basis.

    Chelsea's Fikayo Tomori has been wanted on loan by Prem rivals but AC Milan could complete a temporary deal this weekCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano added there is an option to buy for around £27million and the English defender will fly to Italy this week.

  • Ian Tuckey

    AWAY DAY BLUES

    Frank Lampard is in a half-ton of trouble as he bids to reverse Chelsea's miserable run.

    OptaJoe have revealed a stunning stat over the Blues' dismal defensive record away from home since under-pressure Lampard took over as boss at the start of last season.

    Last night's 2-0 loss at Leicester means only Newcastle (52) have let in more away goals than Chelsea's 50 in that period.

  • Joshua Jones

    AND IT’S ALL LIVE

    In a statement released after the two-hour virtual meeting, a Premier League spokesman said: “All Premier League fixtures from Saturday 30 January to the last weekend of February will be made available to fans to watch live in the UK.

    “Matches will continue to be shown via the existing services of broadcast partners Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC.

    “Details of all contracted broadcast selections will be announced today, along with early additional selections.

    “Confirmation of the remaining fixtures, up to match round 26, will follow in due course.

    “The Premier League and its clubs are committed to an accessible solution for fans.

    “These plans have been made with the cooperation of our broadcast partners, working with us to deliver these additional matches while stadiums are missing the supporters who are such an integral part of the game.”

  • Joshua Jones

    IN STREAMLAND

    A bit of breaking football news for you…

    Premier League chiefs have steeled themselves for a fan-free season despite the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine.

    The 20 “shareholder” clubs today confirmed that all matches up to the end of next month will be screened live on TV.

    But privately, league and club chiefs recognised it is unlikely that fans will be allowed back through the turnstiles until next season.

    And unless there is a surprise change of heart from Government and health chiefs, that will mean the entire second half of the campaign being available for fans to watch “live” from home.

    Tottenham and Manchester United are the hardest hit by the continued shut-out, losing around £6m in income for each home game played behind closed doors.

    But while crowds of up to 2,000 were allowed for a few weeks in December, the subsequent clampdown in the face of the mutant strains of the virus saw the gates shut once again.

  • Joshua Jones

    'MUST DO MORE'

    Chelsea are 'soft' and their players have 'got to do more', according to Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.

    The former Liverpool and Spurs midfielder – and Frank Lampard’s cousin – was unimpressed with the performance at Chelsea called on the players to take responsibility for the club's current run of poor form.

    He said: "They were out-thought and out-battled and like Frank said, the better team won.

    “One or two of them are a little bit soft. You never want to be labelled a soft team. You never want to be labelled a team that doesn't run enough, work hard or win individual battles.

    "The players that Frank brought in, you're always asking them to do better and they didn't do enough a lot of the players that had their chance today.

    "So when they get back to training tomorrow, they can't really moan too much or knock on the door when they get left out next week. They've got to do more."

  • Joshua Jones

    GER TIME’S UP

    Chelsea are reportedly compiling a shortlist of German-speaking managers should they axe Lamps.

    According to The Athletic, the Blues hierarchy believe a German-speaking boss could be the future.

    Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel, RB Leipzig chief Julien Nagelsmann and legendary German coach Ralf Rangnick could all come into consideration.

    And the execs' thinking could be surrounding the dismal form of German summer signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

  • Joshua Jones

    SACK RACE

    Frank Lampard is the new favourite to be the next Premier League boss to leave his post, according to bookmakers Paddy Power.

    The 42-year-old was priced at 7/2 but last night's result has seen his odds slashed to odds-on 8/11 – leapfrogging previous favourite Steve Bruce.

    The Stamford Bridge boss, who spent more than £200m on new recruits last summer, now admits he's 'worried' about Chelsea's form.

    Premier League next manager sacked odds – Paddy Power

    Frank Lampard – 8/11

    Steve Bruce – 15/8

    Chris Wilder – 3/1

    Roy Hodgson – 9/1

    Nuno Espirito Santo – 11/1

    Mikel Arteta – 14/1

  • Joshua Jones

    STATS WORRYING

    The Blues could struggle to finish in the TOP HALF of the Premier League if these alarming stats are anything to go by.

    Chelsea dropped to eighth – nine points off leaders Leicester – and have one of their lowest points totals at the halfway stage in Prem history.

    They have only picked up less than this season's total of 29 points from 19 games on five occasions.

    And four of those times they have failed to finish above 10th in the Prem.

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