7am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Kai Havertz, Pulisic and Thiago Silva set to miss Newcastle match, Chilwell to return – The Sun

CHELSEA are back in Premier League action this week as they travel to Newcastle.

But they appear to have a mounting injury list as we give you the latest on Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell.

Follow ALL the latest Chelsea transfer news below…

  • Josh Graham

    HAV HIM BACK?

    Kai Havertz shared a snap of him in training.

    The Blues midfielder has recovered after a bout of coronavirus.

    But he may not be fit enough to face Newcastle on Saturday lunch-time.

  • Josh Graham

    JAN AND ONLY

    Chelsea keeper target Jan Oblak continues to impress onlookers.

    The Slovenian No1 helped his nation to clinch promotion to Nations League League B with a 0-0 draw in Greece.

    Oblak's move from Atletico Madrid to Stamford Bridge was scuppered by technical advisor Petr Cech's advice to sign Edouard Mendy from Rennes.

    The Atleti shot-stopper has a massive £107million release clause but is still being monitored by Premier League scouts.

  • Josh Graham

    CLIMBING THE MOUNT

    Mason Mount is back with Chelsea with words of encouragement from England boss Gareth Southgate ringing in his ear.

    The Blues midfielder bagged a goal alongside childhood pal and Chelsea target Declan Rice in the Three Lions' 4-0 win over Iceland on Wednesday.

    Southgate said: “I thought he made excellent forward runs, our attacking play was very, very good.”

  • Josh Graham

    CON MAN

    Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher is a European giant in the stats.

    The England Under-21 ace is on loan at fellow Premier League side West Brom.

    And stats revealed by Sofa Score, show the loanee midfielder is the best player under 21 for duels won per 90 minutes across Europe's top five leagues this season.

    Gallagher, 20, averages 10.3 duels won per game.

  • Josh Graham

    JUST ROUD

    Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud's agent claimed the France striker's treatment by boss Frank Lampard was 'not fair'.

    The 24-year-old former Arsenal forward has featured sparingly this season, starting just one game in the Carabao Cup.

    But Giroud showed he still knows his way to the goal with a double for Didier Deschamps' side against Sweden this week.

    Agent Michael Manuello told Foot Mercato: “With Olivier Giroud and without the signings, Chelsea were on 18 points from nine matches. These 18 points were gathered when Olivier started seven times. Chelsea scored 18 goals.

    “Since the beginning of the season, Chelsea have played eight matches, scored 22 goals and taken 15 points. So if they win their next match, they will equal what Olivier did last year.

    “It is not the same to play with Ziyech, Havertz, Werner than playing without them. So we need to look at this relatively.

    “But at the same time you’d be blind not to see that Frank Lampard has decided to put Tammy Abraham ahead of him. It is not frankly fair when you look at what Olivier did at the end of the season. But he has the right, it is his choice.”

  • Josh Graham

    CAL-M DOWN

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard played down Callum Hudson-Odoi's claims that his side can challenge for the Premier League title.

    The Blues are unbeaten in their last eight games in all competitions and sit fifth in the table, three points off leaders Leicester.

    England Under-21 winger Hudson-Odoi said: “We’ve started really well and we want to maintain that.

    “We want to keep building, keep getting goals, keep getting assists and keep working hard as a team and hopefully, you never know, we could win the title as well.”

    But Lampard said: “Yeah he’s a young man! He’s excited! I get it. I like confidence, I like the players feeling like that.

    “I’m delighted with Callum going away and playing and scoring goals and, for me, as a young, developing player your performances like that, when you have Callum’s talent, will always be a reflection of how you train and prepare yourself and all those things.

    “So it’s brilliant news for us and for Callum. As for us as a team, my job is to dampen what he’s said there and say that we know there’s a long way to go.”

  • Josh Graham

    GET ROUDY

    Chelsea misfit Olivier Giroud is reportedly eyeing a January exit.

    The Guardian claims Giroud, 34, is ready to end his three-year Stamford Bridge stay after being warned by Didier Deschamps that his place in France’s starting XI for the Euros is under threat.

    Giroud has made just six appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, scoring just once.

    He has not started a Premier League or Champions League game at all.

    And despite often being hailed as Chelsea’s saviour last season, Giroud now finds himself as Frank Lampard’s third-choice striker behind Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham.

    Inter Milan are known to be keen on a January deal, with San Siro boss Antonio Conte bringing Giroud to West London from Arsenal in January 2018.

  • Josh Graham

    'OPTIMISTIC'

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is 'optimistic' about fans returning to stadiums in the UK BEFORE Christmas.

    Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden told talkSPORT: “There is definitely a chance [of that happening]. Obviously in all of this we have to be guided by scientific evidence.

    “We’re in close discussions with the centre of government about what we could do as we go back into the tiering system to see whether there’s a possibility in the lower risk areas.”

    And when his comments were put to Lampard by the radio station, he said: “I am optimistic having heard him speak. I think it’s something where the government haven’t been vocal enough on for whatever reason.

    “We as a public and in the sport want to know whether it’s positive or negative. Today is the most positive answer I’ve heard from the government.

    “It wasn’t factual and I understand why not because it has to be safe first and foremost before we can have fans back in the stadiums.

    “But when you see other areas of life at the moment where we are having gatherings that are controlled and safe environments then, of course, we have to look at it and try to get it back as quickly as we can.”

  • Josh Graham

    LUIZ-ING THE PLOT

    Former Chelsea star David Luiz has been involved in a training ground bust-up with Arsenal team-mate Dani Ceballos.

    The pair were forced to apologise to the squad after the incident last week.

    Ceballos was reportedly left with a cut on his face, per The Athletic, after tempers boiled over when the Spanish midfielder launched a late tackle on the Brazilian.

    The pair are understood to have squared up last Friday at the club's London Colney HQ with ex-Blues star Luiz lashing out and reportedly scratching the skin of his team-mate.

    Ceballos, 24, jumped up to confront the defender before fellow Arsenal players jumped in to stop things before they got out of hand.

    SunSport understands the Gunners are relaxed about the confrontation, believing it was nothing more than the kind of thing that happens on training grounds across the country.

    Ceballos – who is on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid – has denied the claims.

  • Josh Graham

    DOING OR-RIGHT

    Former Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu has signed a new deal at Southampton.

    The Spaniard, 29, left Stamford Bridge to join Saints in 2015 and has signed until summer 2023.

    He made 33 appearances for Chelsea, scoring one goal.

    Romeu said: ““It does really feel like home.

    “It’s great to commit to the club for longer and I’m very happy they also insisted on me staying.”

  • Josh Graham

    FRANKLY NOT ON

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard slammed the decision to make Chelsea play at Newcastle on Saturday – just 48 hours after the end of the international break.

    The multi-national Blues squad is reassembling after the three-game break ahead of the 12.30pm KO on Saturday but Lampard is unimpressed with the scheduling.

    He said: “I have to be honest. We have been training as four players these last two weeks. So the majority of our squad has been travelling. Some are landing just now.

    “They will travel to fly to Newcastle and fly back and then fly to Rennes on Monday and then fly back again.

    “The broadcasters have never had as many slots as they have now. That 12.30 slot, how many times does it need to be there?

    “If you look over the course of the season how many times do we return from international duty? It's absolutely not the optimum way to have players preparing for a Premier League game which is an incredible brand around the world. So you want the best of the brand.

    “It's very difficult for us to prepare anywhere near our best. I want us to play to our best but it's difficult circumstances.”

  • Josh Graham

    NO HASSEL

    Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has put rivalry aside and backed Tottenham to win the Premier League.

    The former Dutch striker reckons Spurs' lethal front three gives them the edge over his beloved Blues as well as Liverpool and Manchester City.

    Hasselbaink, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leeds v Arsenal, said: “I fancy – and this might hurt Chelsea supporters – Spurs for the title. I really do.

    “If you look at their front three, they've got Gareth Bale, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.

    “On paper that is the best front three in the country. And then on the bench, as replacements for that front three, they've got Steven Bergwijn, Carlos Vinicius and Lucas Moura.

    “Then in midfield, they've got so many options. They've got Dele Alli, who doesn't even play, Tanguy Ndombele, Pierre-Emile Hojberg, Harry Winks….

    “It should be – if you look on paper – Tottenham's year.”

  • Joe Brophy

    PUL THE OTHER ONE

    Frak Lampard will be sweating over the fitness of a number of key players ahead of Saturday's game against Newcastle.

    The Blues have a trio of players in a race against time to be fit after knocks or illness.

    Fans have been hoping to see Christian Pulisic return to action, having been struggling to get over a troublesome hamstring injury.

    But Lampard, 42, said on the American: “Christian Pulisic is not fit for Newcastle but he’s stepped up his training slowly.

    “It’s been quite a problematic injury so we’ll stay cautious.”

    Meanwhile, Kai Havertz has been recovering after testing positive for coronavirus, while 36-year-old Thiago Silva had a lengthy trip back from international duty in South America, having suffered a 'terrible headache'.

  • Joe Brophy

    RETURN-STILE

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden believes there is a “definite chance” of fans starting to return to Prem and EFL grounds by Christmas.

    PM Boris Johnson has already signalled his desire to see the turnstiles open for the first time since March.

    It is likely that any numbers will be limited, with fans proving they are Covid-free on an “electronic passport” app on their phones.

    But speaking to talkSPORT, Dowden gave the most upbeat assessment when asked if fans could be back by the end of the year.

    He said: “There is definitely a chance of it. We have to be guided by the scientific evidence.

    “If we can just open the door ajar a little bit and start to prove in the lowest risk areas we can make this work I would love for us to be able to do that.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TESTING TIMES

    Premier League bosses face Covid-19 D-Day today as they discover how many of their returning international stars are available for this weekend.

    It threatens to disrupt preparations for the start of the most intensive period of action of the entire season, with 10 Prem rounds scheduled between this weekend and January 2.

    Even before the round of tests, Liverpool are definitely without Mo Salah for their game with Leicester, Arsenal lost both Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac, with doubts over Willian, while Spurs cannot field Matt Doherty against Manchester City.

    But League chiefs are privately more concerned about how many players could be ruled out for the next two weekends – as any infected cases that go undetected initially emerge in the coming days.

    Every player coming back to their clubs from their national team duties must test negative for the virus before being allowed to meet or train with their club-mates.

    Prem clubs agreed in the summer that, as long as 13 senior players were Covid-free, games would have to go ahead – unless all the senior goalkeepers were infected.

  • Joe Brophy

    FEELING BLUE

    Chelsea starlet Hudson-Odoi was the stand-out performer for England U21 against Albania andsparked the rout with a goal inside five minutes.

    The Londoner was playing for Gareth Southgate’s senior Three Lions last November but saw his progress hindered by a bad Achilles injury.

    There was talk of him leaving to join Bayern Munich — but he stayed at the Blues.

    He said: “It has been a rollercoaster.

    “I want to make sure I am working my hardest, trying to get in the team and working my way back to the senior team in the England set-up.

    “I am feeling more confident day in, day out.

    “I want to improve on my goals and assists.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BAIL OUT

    The Government has announced the full details of its £300m sports bail out.

    Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston outlined the 'winter survival package' in a Commons statement that provides much-needed security for sports peering into the financial abyss as a result of the Covid crisis.

    Football’s lowest reaches will receive £28m, including the pre-announced £10m Lottery funding for the National League.

    Steps 3-6 of the pyramid, from the tier below National Leagues North and South to regional leagues, will be able to claim part of the £14m on offer, with £3m available to the upper two levels of the women’s game.

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Sports clubs are the beating hearts of their communities, and this £300 million boost will help them survive this difficult winter period.”

  • Joe Brophy

    JAM MUST STICK

    Callum Hudson-Odoi is trying to convince close pal Jamal Musiala to stick with England.

    Bayern Munich whizkid Musiala, 17, scored on his first England Under-21s start in Tuesday’s 5-0 thrashing of Albania at Molineux.

    England and Chelsea star Hudson-Odoi, 20, said: “I said he should be staying with England!

    “He knows a lot of the boys already and has been really welcomed into the team. I said to him, ‘I can’t choose for you but it would be nice if you stayed with England’.

    “Hopefully, he gets to the seniors as quickly as possible.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SEA OF RICHES

    Chelsea have cashed in a stunning £886million from selling players over the past decade.

    The transfer market has continually grown ever more bonkers and top clubs' spending has hardly been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Joe Brophy

    KEP CALM

    Exclusive by Andy Dillon: Kepa Arrizabalaga will take a pay cut to end his Chelsea nightmare.

    The £71.6million keeper has slipped to third choice for Spain.

    Kepa, 26, is now behind David De Gea and Unai Simon, leaving him in the wilderness for both club and country.

    He has not started for Chelsea since October 17 — and the team has flourished in his absence.

    And that convinced Kepa his time is up at Stamford Bridge and to get out in January.

    He will accept a loan and a reduction to his £150,000-a-week wages to try to revive his fortunes.

    Kepa acknowledges he must be playing first-team football to stand any hope of making Euro 2020.

  • Joe Brophy

    NEW REAL-ITY

    Manchester United target David Alaba wants a free transfer to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in January – and talks are set to begin soon, according to reports.

    The left-back's contract runs out at the end of this season and it is believed he already has his sights set on his next destination.

    But the situation is far from wrapped up with other European giants like Juventus, Manchester City and Barcelona prepared to offer big money to lure the 28-year-old to their clubs.

    Marca report that Real Madrid are very much the favourites and the Spanish club are getting ready to pounce.

    The article says Los Blancos are 'counting the days' to begin negotiations of Alaba's pre-contract.

  • Joe Brophy

    BACK WITH A BANG

    Michael Owen has predicted Chelsea to narrowly edged past Newcastle 2-1 this weekend.

    He told BetVictor: “Newcastle appear very inconsistent just now. I was covering their game against Southampton and it was clear that they couldn’t get into any rhythm.

    “It will be interesting to see if Callum Wilson can shake-off the hamstring injury that he picked up in that game. He’s been excellent in front of goal for the Magpies, so far.

    “I think in terms of the whole season, Newcastle should be fine, but their inconsistency could cost them dearly over the course of a season and as I can only see them finishing around mid-table. I originally said I fancied Chelsea to finish third, however, I think that the points total will be lower this year, and that could bring the Blues right into the title mix.

    “If they are to achieve that, then they will have to take maximum points from matches such as this.

    “With Timo Werner in such good form, I think he could be amongst the goals in a Chelsea victory.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BACK AT IT

    Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbainkbelieves signing another centre-back should be a priority for the Blues in January.

    He told Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leeds v Arsenal: “A lot of people are talking about Kalidou Koulibaly but he's 29 years old and would be very expensive.

    “I actually quite like the Leicester defender, Caglar Soyuncu. I think he'd be very good at Chelsea.

    “Also the defender at Inter Milan, Milan Skriniar – everybody is talking about him, another very good player.

    “So there are players out there, but it's such a difficult position to fill at the moment.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ALL HANDS ON DEC

    Mason Mount has told Frank Lampard how he can play with best friend Declan Rice in Chelsea's midfielder if the Blues seal a transfer for the West Ham star.

    “Being in there with him, letting him do the defensive side, winning the ball back,” He told Sky Sports.

    “I kind of had the freedom to go a bit forward, link up with Jack [Grealish] Phil [Foden] and H [Harry Kane] up front and that's the freedom I had.

    “So just trying to link everything up, obviously score goals, get assists.

    “The attack we had tonight was deadly in scoring goals. It was a good performance and hopefully we can get better and better.”

  • Joe Brophy

    COURT OUT

    Former Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois was left red-faced when letting a backpass slip under his foot against Denmark.

    In a battle for top spot of Nations League Group 1B, the Danes were given late hope by the Real Madrid goalkeeper's late howler.

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