4.10pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Kai Havertz woes, Emerson loan, Giroud 'almost joined' Bordeaux, Declan Rice update

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 Olivier Giroud.

Follow all the latest from the Bridge below…

  • 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.”

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  • 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.

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  • 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…

  • Marc Mayo

    FIAB DEAL

    Chelsea beat Manchester United to Nigerian talent Bryan Fiabema because they were ‘faster’, it has been revealed.

    The 17-year-old was appearing for Tromso in Norway when clubs picked up on his talents.

    But dad Mina has revealed how the Blues were able to secure his services in a transfer at the start of 2020.

    He told All Nigeria Soccer: “Chelsea for him was a dream come true, Manchester United were also looking at him.

    "Chelsea were faster than Manchester United. 

    “Youth players are hardly signed during the winter transfer window, so we were not expecting him to join Chelsea but the invitation came in December and he was signed in January.”

  • Marc Mayo

    ROOK-IE ERROR

    Olivier Giroud has revealed N’Golo Kante trumps him at chess.

    However, the striker has the edge when it comes to scrabble.

    He told the Blues media: “It’s true he beats me at chess but he’s had more training because he started playing before me.

    “When I saw him playing, I said, why not? Let’s play together’.

    “He has more experience but he’s definitely very good. Out of 10 games, he would normally beat me seven times. 

    “We play Scrabble a lot too, in French, and I beat him by far!”

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  • Marc Mayo

    WHEN AL IS SAID AND DONE

    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

    THE GIR AND NOW

    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.

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  • Marc Mayo

    ‘CULT HERO’

    N’Golo Kante is the fan favourite that everyone adores back in France, according to Olivier Giroud.

    The striker shared his thoughts on his club and international colleague in a joint-interview with the Chelsea website.

    He said: “‘[Kante] is very quiet and he doesn’t really express his emotions often but the way he is playing on the pitch is his personality.

    “He is a leader by how he acts and not how he talks. 

    “In France, they love him. He is the ‘chouchou’, the favourite. 

    “Like a cult hero. He is always smiling and people love him because he is humble and simple.”

  • Marc Mayo

    FIK TOK

    Fikayo Tomori could be the final piece in Leeds’ defensive jigsaw, reckons Alex McLeish.

    The former Scotland boss told Football Insider that the centre-back would be a fantastic signing after being linked on loan.

    He said: “Tomori could come in from Chelsea, a big name, which players will look up to. 

    “Although he’s not a household name as such, because he’s not played that many times for Chelsea, he has had all that schooling at that club.

    “He’s played in the first team, he’s played with absolutely fantastic players and I would say that somebody like that, getting his career going again, coming to Leeds, I’m sure he would be absolutely determined to get his career on the move again.”

    However, reports this morning reckon Rennes are first in the queue…

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  • Marc Mayo

    MY OL FRIEND

    N’Golo Kante has heaped praise on Olivier Giroud after the Frenchman broke back into the Chelsea team.

    The midfielder believes his compatriot can perform on any day, even when left out for several weeks.

    He told the club website: “Since he came to Chelsea, we’ve won the FA Cup and Europa League, which he was top scorer in even if he didn’t play much at the beginning, and after the restart he scored many important goals.

    “He’s always working, trying to do well in training and bringing positive energy to the team, no matter his game time. 

    “He always gives his best and it’s positive for all the team to see a player like this, staying positive and giving 100 per cent in training and games.”

  • Marc Mayo

    SUPPORT SOMEONE ELSE

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has made an important announcement to fans this morning.

    He is urging everyone to 'support eachother' over Christmas after such a tough year.

  • Marc Mayo

    RICE, RICE BABY

    Will Chelsea pull off a deal for Declan Rice in January?

    Italian reporter Fabrizio Romano has claimed that the midfielder is keen on the switch.

    But negotiating a fee with West Ham, who have enjoyed a good start to the season, will be very tough.

  • Gary Stonehouse

    MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    Kai Havertz's quiet form is "very concerning" as Chelsea bid to resurrect their title bid.

    That's the verdict of Blues' legend Frank Lebeouf after two straight defeats denied Frank Lampard's men temporary top spot ahead of next Monday's home derby with fellow high-fliers West ham.

    Lebeouf rated £71million summer buy Havertz as "almost invisible" in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat at Wolves.

    And he added: “You can be bad – [Timo] Werner didn’t have a good game – but we saw him trying to get something going.

    “We don’t see Havertz getting anything. I’m very concerned about that guy."

    Meanwhile, Chelsea’s one-cap England centre-back Fikayo Tomori is tipped to join Rennes on loan for the rest of the season.

    The 22-year-old was strongly linked with a temporary switch to West Ham over the summer, with Nice also keen.

    And disgusted Chelsea defender Reece James warned thieves who stole Christmas charity gifts from his car: “What goes around comes around.”

    The England ace found his window smashed when he returned from helping food charity The Felix Project, where he donated £10,000. 

  • Ian Tuckey

    KAI'S NOT A CHIEF

    Former Chelsea defender Frank Lebeouf is "very concerned" about their "almost invisible" summer signing Kai Havertz.

    Two straight defeats have stopped the Blues topping the Premier League, with Germany attacker Havertz showing only flashes of his Bayer Leverkusen flair.

    Kai Havertz has struggled but England midfielder Mason Mount has thrived alongside him in Chelsea's creative departmentCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    And Lebeouf believes the 21-year-old's display in Tuesday's 2-1 stoppage-time defeat at Wolves sums up boss Frank Lampard's dilemma.

    He told ESPN: "Almost invisible. I touched on the point some weeks ago. We heard Frank Lampard say, 'no, we need to give him time'.

    "Sometimes it feels like he’s not there, that he’s not trying to compensate for a lack of confidence with a desire or just being a warrior, showing us that, 'okay, I’m not good at the moment, but I’m going to fight for the club and not be invisible'.

    "You can be bad – [Timo] Werner didn’t have a good game – but we saw him trying to get something going.

    "We don’t see Havertz getting anything. I’m very concerned about that guy.

    "‘I don’t understand what Havertz is doing right now but I want answers."

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUE'S FOR BLUES?

    Chelsea are reportedly considering promoting Swansea loan star Marc Guehio into their first-team squad.

    Many clubs are said to be monitoring the England Under-21 defender following his outstanding form in the Championship this season.

    And The Athletic claim parent club Chelsea have been impressed by his rapid rate of improvement while helping the Swans up to fourth place in the second tier.

    That could even lead to the 20-year-old returning to Stamford Bridge as part of Frank Lampard's senior set-up next term – or being loaned to a Premier League rival.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GR-EIGHT EURO TRIP

    Chelsea women beat Benfica 3-0 for an 8-0 aggregate route into the Champions League last 16.

    Bethany England finally rewarded the Blues' host of chances with a fierce 27th minute opener.

    Sam Kerr then doubled the lead on her European debut before England backheeled Chelsea's third in stoppage time.

  • Ian Tuckey
  • Ian Tuckey

    HE'S SONDA WAY BACK

    Charly Musonda is reportedly set to end his 15-month Chelsea injury hell after recovering from a serious knee injury.

    Goal claims the winger, 24, is just a week or two away from returning to training with the Under-23s after spending over a year on the sidelines.

    Musonda was told he had just a 20 per cent chance of playing again after undergoing knee surgery in August 2019.

    He first suffered a nasty cruciate ligament tear in 2016 before hurting the same knee again in 2018. 

    But Musonda remained positive and made a return to the gym in October.

    He is now set to defy doctors and return to full training with Chelsea’s development squad next month.

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