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10pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Lionel Messi tussle with Blues ‘in equation’, Spurs draw reaction

CHELSEA were held at home by Tottenham Hotspur as they missed out on the chance to go top of the league.

And the Blues are rumoured to be one of the clubs interested in six-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi.

Follow all the latest Chelsea news below...

  • FIK-LE GAME

    Chelsea defender Fikay Tomori could leave Stamford Bridge on loan for Newcastle in January.

    The Mirror suggest Tomori could swap West London for the Toon after being starved of game time under Frank Lampard.

    Steve Bruce's side are only likely to be able to sign new players on loan in the upcoming window, according to The Northern Echo.

    Owner Mike Ashley coughed up £35million on Jamal Lewis and Callum Wilson in the summer and is unlikely to green light any more heavy spending.

    And the Blues are reportedly open to a temporary move away for Tomori, who has only played three times this season.

  • FA CUP DRAW

    Chelsea have been drawn against Morecambe at home in the FA Cup third round.

    The game will be played on the weekend of 9 and 10 January 2021.

  • BLUE BEAUTY

  • CHEEK OF HIM

    It seems Fulham fans won't be able to count on Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek to lift the club's penalty curse.

    The Cottagers have missed their last three spot-kicks, which has potentially cost them five points.

    Loftus Cheek told YouTuber Manny in a FIFA 21 showdown as part of Amazon’s Black Friday Live: "I’m not on pens, you have to respect it!

    "In terms of goals for the season, because I’ve been out for so long, I’ve just been coming into this season to get a good run of games.

    "I just want to get back playing, I’m so grateful to be playing football. From when I first got injured to my first competitive game I was out for 13 months!.

    "Now I feel strong and no thoughts about my injury are coming into my head, I just need to kick on from now."

  • ZAK ATTACK

    Man City are ready to battle it out with neighbours United and Chelsea in the race for Monchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria.

    The 24-year-old midfielder, whose contract runs until 2022, has just returned to action after fighting back from a long-term knee injury.

    Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano told his Here We Go podcast that City have already been in contact with Zakaria’s agent.

    He said: “Manchester City are focusing on Zakaria, he is so appreciated by the board, they are following him, they are in contact with his agent.

    “So he’s for sure on the list of Manchester City, there is nothing advanced yet because they are not negotiating yet with Borussia Monchengladbach, they need time.”

    Further reports claimed last month that both Manchester United and Chelsea were looking at making a move for the attacker.

  • ED'S GONE

    Chelsea icon Eden Hazard could miss the rest of 2020 after suffering yet another injury at Real Madrid.

    The Belgian, 29, was forced off the field during Real’s shock 2-1 home defeat to Alaves on Saturday.

    Hazard underwent ultrasound and MRI scans on Sunday to determine the extent of the problem.

    And Real have now announced he has suffered a small rupture in his right hamstring.

    A Real statement read: “Following tests carried out on Eden Hazard, he has been diagnosed with an injury in the rectus femoris muscle of his right leg.”

    According to Spanish outlet AS, Hazard could now miss four weeks of football.

    That would see the ex-Blues man sit in the stands for EIGHT games, including crunch LaLiga clashes against rivals Atletico Madrid and Sevilla.

  • JANUARY SALES

    Chelsea are pressing ahead with plans to land David Alaba on a free transfer, according to reports.

    Frank Lampard's side remain in pole position ahead of fellow European heavyweights to land the signature of the Bayern Munich superstar.

    According to AS, the Blues will send representatives to talk with Alaba's agent in the New Year and convince the defender his future belongs at Stamford Bridge.

    Alaba's availability and long list of accolades mean he is one of the most sought-after players in Europe.

    Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are just three clubs in a transfer tug-of-war while Liverpool and Manchester City have also been linked.

    But the involvement of Alaba's agent Pini Zahavi, who has helped Roman Abramovich's club seal many transfers in the past, is said to help the Blues' case.

  • ROUD AWAKENING

    Inter Milan reportedly want to sign Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.

    Antonio Conte's side are keen on a six-month loan deal, according to Tuttosport.

    And the former Blues boss is understood to want an option to buy included in any deal.

    Giroud was previously urged to seek more game time by France boss Didier Deschamps ahead of the delayed Euro 2020 this summer.

    The former Arsenal striker told Telefoot: "It's worrying. I thought I still had a role to play at Chelsea but my playing time is getting reduced a lot. It's going to have to change or a decision must be made."

  • FAN FRENZY

    Chelsea will welcome 2,000 home supporters for Saturday's Premier League match against Leeds.

    The club are operating a ballot system to decide which lucky fans get to go to a game at Stamford Bridge for the first time since March.

  • TAM TO STEP UP

    Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has called on Tammy Abraham to 'step up' after missing chances in Sunday's stalemate against rivals Tottenham.

    Hasselbaink criticised Abraham for failing to convert three chances to steal the show and send Chelsea to the top of the Premier league.

    Speaking on Sky Sports after the game, Hasselbaink said: "He had three chances. Three opportunities to make that his own.

    "He has to improve in those moments. He did ever so well when he came in last season, for half of the season he was a breath of fresh air.

    "Second-half he had it difficult but that's normal because he's a young boy.

    "But second season he has to step up and at times he can do better.

    "With his stature, with his ability, he can do better and score more important goals."

  • CHIL OUT

    Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell revealed his relief at dodging a serious injury against Spurs.

    The former Foxes defender received lengthy treatment after rolling his ankle in the 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge yesterday.

    He said: "I was desperate to carry on and thankfully I ran it off.

    "It’s fine now so I’m just looking forward to recovering and hopefully playing again in midweek."

  • SILLY WILLI

    Former Chelsea star Willian's ambitious dream of winning the Champions League at Arsenal looks increasingly unrealistic.

    The Gunners sit 14th in the Premier League after the 2-1 loss to Wolves last night.

    After moving across London, Willian told SunSport: "One of the reasons I wanted a three-year deal was to be part of a plan, not just a player passing through.

    “When I talked with the manager he told me why he needed me for three years. It was that he first wanted to qualify for the Champions League and win it by the time I left. That was what I wanted to hear.

    "I was at Chelsea for seven years and won everything except the Champions League. Hopefully this move will give me the trophy I haven't got as well as another Premier League title.”

  • MAT OF THE MATCH

    Chelsea's Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic was voted man of the match against Spurs on Sunday.

    The Blues drew 0-0 at Stamford Bridge - missing the chance to go top of the Premier League with a win.

  • THE NAME'S BOND

    Chelsea and West Ham are reportedly keen on RB Leipzig’s Matthew Bondswell.

    The England Under-18 international left-back is a man in-demand after a series of impressive displays in Holland.

    Former Nottingham Forest starlet Bondswell, 18, joined FC Dordrecht on a season-long loan to further his development.

    His form for the Dutch second division outfit have caught the eye of the Premier League duo, according to The Telegraph.

    But the Prem clubs face strong competition from Sporting Lisbon - where Spurs ace Eric Dier came through the system.

  • MOR DRAMA

    Former Chelsea flop Alvaro Morata was sent off AFTER the full-time whistle for Juventus against Benevento.

    The Old Lady were held to a shock 1-1 draw by the minnows.

    And Morata saw red for slating the ref's 'shameful' decision not to award the Bianconeri a penalty, according to Tuttosport.

    He had earlier scored the game's opening goal before being dismissed for dissent after the match ended.

  • GARDEN OF EDEN

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard refused to compare his Blues new boys with old star Eden Hazard.

    Lamps and the Belgian ace were team-mates for two seasons and Hazard smashed home 85 Prem goals in 245 games for the West Londoners before leaving for Real Madrid in 2019.

    Over the weekend, Lampard said: "I think it is very hard to fill one-for-one a player of Eden Hazard's talents.

    "His input at the club was huge and I have been talking a lot about Harry Kane today and his impact was similar in terms of goals and assists. To lose that, you have to try and find a way around it.

    "With the transfer ban last year, it was more about the younger players coming in and being efficient as a team to at least stay where we are and look further forward in improvement. I think we made good steps on that front.

    "With the new players we have in now, I would hate to give any of them the job or idea of they must replace Eden. They must focus on themselves and they have brought talent into the squad, without a doubt.”

  • ZAK ATTACK

    Chelsea face competition from rivals Manchester United and now Manchester City for Borussia Monchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria.

    The 24-year-old midfielder, whose contract runs until 2022, has just returned to action after fighting back from a long-term knee injury.

    Swiss international Zakaria came off the bench against Augsburg on November 21 for his first game since March and has since featured twice more.

    It was his performances last term that caught the eye before he was sidelined, helping Gladbach to seal Champions League football.

    His return to fitness has re-ignited the interest from potential suitors, and Pep Guardiola’s City are reportedly one of those keen.

    And Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano told his Here We Go podcast that City have already been in contact with Zakaria’s agent.

  • WELL I NEV-ER

    Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink teed up Roy Keane to absolutely savage Gary Neville live on Sky Sports on Sunday night.

    During a chat on Super Sunday about the importance of wingers getting in early crosses for strikers, Hasselbaink admitted he knew Neville was ‘highly rated’ but disagreed with his view.

    On what forward’s want from their team-mates, Hasselbaink said: “Yeah I didn’t agree with Gary…I think, as a striker, you want that early cross. You want to know what is coming.

    “You have to know what your wingers are going to do. I know Gary is really highly-rated here, but…”

    Keane chuckled before interrupting with a smile, joking: “Is he? By who?”

    Now in fits of laughter himself, Hasselbaink hit back, saying: “By you!”

    Through a broad smile, Keane replied: “Not me.”

  • PHIL'ING GOOD

    Chelsea target Philippe Coutinho has not ruled out a Premier League return.

    The Brazilian playmaker has hit some form under Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman, notching two goals and two assists in seven LaLiga appearances.

    The former Liverpool man told World Soccer: "The Premier League is one of the most exciting leagues in the world and to have the chance to play there with a team like Liverpool will always be something I will feel grateful for.

    "It is impossible to say what might or might not happen in the future - but what I know is that right now my only focus is on being successful with Barcelona."

  • MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    Frank Lampard believes Chelsea should be table-toppers this morning.

    The third-placed Blues would have leapfrogged champions, Liverpool and leaders Tottenham if they had turned dominance of possession and chances into more than a 0-0 home draw with Spurs.

    And boss Lampard said: “It kind of went as I sort of expected.

    "I think we created enough to win the game. So we had good control."

    The Stamford Bridge legend also claimed Chelsea were "excellent" at stifling Tottenham's "amazing" counter-attacking ability - "their threat of Harry Kane and Son particularly",

    Lampard added: "We didn’t really give them a sniff, [and] didn’t quite take our chances.” 

    But on his return with Spurs, ex-Blues manager Jose Mourinho said: “You can tell us we didn’t have many chances and I agree, but how many did they have?"

    Meanwhile, Inter Miami owner David Beckham is reportedly willing to offer Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud an eyewatering package to join the new MLS club.

    Giroud, 34, is said to be Becks' transfer priority, with a £4million apartment or a stunning mansion part of a possible offer.

  • LAMPS: WE DID ENOUGH TO WIN

    Chelsea side “created enough” to beat Spurs rather than draw 0-0, says Stamford bridge boss Frank Lampard.

    Lamps hailed the Blues for taming the visitors’ “amazing” counter-attackers.

    And he said: “We had good control, the clean sheet factor against a team which we’ve seen recently are set up to counter attack and have amazing players to counter attack.

    ” I thought that part of our game was our excellent.

    “To deal with their threat of Harry Kane and Son particularly, we didn’t really give them a sniff, [and] didn’t quite take our chances.”

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