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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ARTETA BACKS LAMPARD
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has wished struggling Chelsea boss Frank Lampard well amid his struggles at Stamford Bridge.
The Spaniard said: “When any of my colleagues are in difficulties, I don’t smile.
“If anything, I would like to support them and I had a lot of support from a lot of managers in the league when we were going through rough times, even some advice as well and that’s how it should be.
“We are competing with each other but we share a profession and we know the challenges of this profession. So I wish Frank the best.”
RODGERS IS BEST MAN IF LAMPARD IS SACKED
Brendan Rodgers has been hailed as Chelsea's best choice to succeed Frank Lampard.
Former Blues' midfielder Craig Burley believes ex-PSG chief Thomas Tuchel is over-rated and one-time Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri too "pragmatic" for Blues' owner Roman Abramovich.
Burley believes Leicester boss Lampard is up there with Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola in the list of the Premier League's top three coaches.
The ex-Scotland star told ESPN: “Allegri is known for pragmatism. There is nothing wrong with that but Abramovich has always tried to get away from that. He had enough of it under [Jose] Mourinho.
“I’m not a Thomas Tuchel fan. He’s done a decent job at Dortmund and PSG but I’m not on the Thomas Tuchel train.
“I look at Brendan Rodgers as, at least, the third-best coach in the Premier League.
“Is there anybody better [except Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola]? No, not even close.”
FEELING PIAZED OFF
Lucas Piazon has blasted Chelsea for loaning out him SEVEN times in nine years.
The Brazilian winger joined the Blues in 2011 from Sao Paulo for a fee reported to be worth around £10million.
But Piazon, 26, only ever made three senior appearances for Chelsea, all coming in 2012.
Piazon then took in loans at Malaga, Vitesse Arnhem, Eintracht Frankfurt, Reading, Fulham, Chievo and Rio Ave before being recalled by Chelsea this month.
But with just six months left on his deal, Piazon was only being brought back in order to sell him to Braga on a four-and-a-half-year deal.
Piazon told Oh My Goal: “When I turned 18, I was on the bench for the first time under Andre Villas-Boas and then the season finished.
“And then it wasn’t him anymore, it was Roberto Di Matteo. In the beginning I felt Chelsea really wanted me and really wanted me to do well and come back.
“But after the third or fourth loan, I knew it was just maybe business.
“[At different clubs] it’s always a big change and it takes time. You have to be patient but when you’re on loan there’s none. The pressure on you to perform is huge because you are from Chelsea.”
PREM GIANTS’ £310m EACH TO JOIN SUPER LEAGUE
Premier League clubs agreeing to join a new European Super League were in line for a £310million payment, it has been claimed.
New leaked documents have emerged amid Fifa’s attempt to kill off the proposal.
According to The Times, six English clubs were being eyed up as founder members of the Super League.
This is most likely to have been the ‘Big Six’ of Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal – even though the latter two teams are currently placed eighth and tenth respectively.
A huge £3.1billion fund was being formulated by the competition’s organisers, which was to be split between the 15 founder clubs.
The payment, ranging from £89m to £310m, was reportedly described as an ‘infrastructure grant’ to spend on stadiums, training facilities and account for lost pandemic revenue.
Liverpool, United, AC Milan and Real Madrid have been named as clubs involved in planning the Super League, with the Spanish giants’ president Florentino Perez a vocal advocate.
Barcelona are one club who have already signed up for proposals, according to former chief Josep Maria Bartomeu.
TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT?
Fikayo Tomori could complete his loan switch from Chelsea to AC Milan tonight.
Reports suggest the Serie A leaders might even sign the England centre-back, 23, in time for training tomorrow, with a squad place at stake against Atalanta on Saturday.
CHELSEA STARS 'TOO NICE' TO 'LIGHTWEIGHT' HAVERTZ
Former Chelsea defender Robert Huth has accused the Blues dressing room of being 'too nice' to Kai Havertz as the German youngster continues to struggle at Stamford Bridge.
The 21-year-old, who signed for Frank Lampard's side for £70 million in the summer, has scored just one Premier League goal in 20 games so far this season.
And Huth, who played for Chelsea's title-winning sides in 2005 and 2006, believes the German's teammates need to start getting tougher with him.
He told Stadium Astro: "I just don’t like his body language at all, he looks a bit lightweight. It’s his first year, but he looks like he’s not bothered at times. He loses the ball, gives it away and doesn’t work back.
"It is a difficult time to come in with no fans, but you just want to shake him. We used to have Mahrez in our changing room [at Leicester] who got a lot better, but the team took care of him by saying ‘you can’t just do one side of it or 10 minutes of the game’.
"Maybe Chelsea lack that internal leader or leaders where that conversation happens. It’s not always a nice conversation to have when you’re not performing well, but it needs to happen.
"He needs someone to tell him what it takes to play in the Premier League. Maybe the whole changing room is a little bit too nice."
TOP OF THE SHOTS
Manchester United are top of the shots (with 110 on target) as well as the Premier League.
And despite sliding down to eighth place in the Prem Chelsea are fourth in the shots table, on 99.
HOW TO MEND THE BRIDGE
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.”
NOT ALL A-LOAN
Chelsea's loan army have now scored 40 goals this season - more than the Blues' Premier League total.
Brazilian Kenedy levelled for Granada in their 2-2 draw at Villarreal adding to the success of Chelsea's players out on loan.
In stats shared by Twitter handle CarefreeYouth, it revealed the 15 scorers who have contributed to the 40 goals.
Frank Lampard's struggling squad have managed just 33.
Looking for some light relief amid this bad run, Chelsea fans?
This might be just what you were hoping for.
Ahead of Chelsea's FA Cup clash with Luton at the weekend, let's remind ourselves of how the Blues safely sealed their progress in the last round against League Two Morecambe.
Global football chiefs have slammed the door shut on plans for a breakaway European Super League.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has been the ringleader of the plotters, regularly talking up the concept.
But the Euro giants have now been warned they will find themselves banned from domestic leagues if they joined any breakaway.
And players will be banned from taking part in the World Cup, European Championship or South America’s Copa America if their clubs are among the rebels.
Uefa are expected to confirm the details of the new-look Champions League to take effect from the 2024-25 season in the next few months.
YES HE KEN
Chelsea loanee Kenedy scored an absolute screamer for Granada last night.
The Brazilian, 24, has made 27 first-team appearances for the Blues.
And he showed off that kind of pedigree, by smacking his side level against Villarreal.
Trailing 2-1, he cut inside before feinting to shoot, beating his man in the process - then thumped the ball past the helpless goalkeeper.
TUCH AND GO
It's no secret that Frank Lampard is under pressure at Chelsea, with results having gone downhill in the last couple of months.
Ex-PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is one of the favourites for the job.
So it's probably worth finding out some more about the German - SunSport's Jon Boon has you covered here.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek delivered arguably his most impressive outing of the season, as his Fulham side took on Manchester United at Craven Cottage last night.
The Chelsea-loanee was on the receiving end of a 2-1 defeat.
But he encouraged fans with his performance, and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet in West London, being denied by David de Gea as he completed the 90 minutes.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has wished struggling Chelsea boss Frank Lampard well amid his struggles at Stamford Bridge.
The Spaniard said: "When any of my colleagues are in difficulties, I don't smile.
"If anything, I would like to support them and I had a lot of support from a lot of managers in the league when we were going through rough times, even some advice as well and that's how it should be.
"We are competing with each other but we share a profession and we know the challenges of this profession. So I wish Frank the best."
Chelsea's 2-0 defeat to Leicester City continued their miserable run in the Premier League.
But it's not all doom and gloom for the Blues.
Frank Lampard's men have collected seven points from losing positions this season - with only Manchester United, Liverpool and Leicester City having snatched more.
HATS OFF TO YOU
Chelsea now turn their attention to Sunday's return to FA Cup action.
Frank Lampard's under-pressure side will take on Championship outfit Luton Town at Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard's job is fancied by Thomas Tuchel and Max Allegri, according to reports.
Chelsea's manager is under intense pressure having lost to Leicester - their fifth defeat in eight Premier League games.
And the experienced pair both fancy the Stamford Bridge gig if Roman Abramovich gives Lampard the boot, according to Sky Sports News.
Former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain manager Tuchel, 47, was sacked by the French giants in December and replaced by Mauricio Pochettino.
And ex-Juventus and AC Milan chief Allegri, 53, has been out of work since he left the Old Lady in 2019.
AC Milan have planned Fikayo Tomori's medicals for tomorrow, ahead of his loan transfer from Chelsea.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the Serie A leaders will also have the option to make the move permanent for £26.5million.
Tomori, 23, has made just one Premier League appearance for the Blues this term.
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.
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."