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BLUES NEWS

ROMAN ABRAMOVICH is reportedly targeting Mauricio Pochettino, 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.

Follow all the latest below...

  • POSSIBLE XI VS HATTERS

    Chelsea will be looking to put their Premier League misery behind them with some FA Cup joy this weekend.

    Frank Lampard’s side welcome Championship outfit Luton Town to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

    Despite their poor form in league action, the Blues will be hoping to advance to the fifth round as Lampard ponders ringing the changes from their midweek 2-0 defeat at Leicester.

    Chelsea eased past Morecambe in the last round with Mason Mount, Timo Werner, Callum-Hudson-Odoi and Kai Havertz on the scoresheet in a 4-0 win.

    And after the setback to the Foxes, Lampard is expected to keep only three of the side, Mount, Havertz and Hudson-Odoi, that started at the King Power in his XI for this one.

  • I'LL CON MY IDOL

    Harry Connick is planning the “perfect” weekend – dumping more misery on his idol Frank Lampard.

    The Luton Town forward is a self-confessed “glory hunter” and supported the Blues when Jose Mourinho was winning back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006.

    The 25-year-old would go down in club folklore if he scores in an FA Cup upset at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

    If that happens, then it would intensify the pressure this season on Chelsea boss Lampard, the man Cornick hero-worshipped while growing up on the south coast.

    Cornick said: “My older brother was a Chelsea fan and I followed him. Especially as my mates at school were Liverpool and Arsenal fans.

    “I’m 100% a glory fan to be honest. I started supporting them mainly when it was the team of Terry, Lampard, Drogba, Robben and Duff.

    “I don’t need psyching up for this. It’s one of those games you dream of as a kid.

    “You're playing against the team you support, some of the best players in the world. You want to play against Kante, Werner, and Thiago Silva. You want to test yourself and see how good you can be."

  • STAT’S EMBARRASSING OR KAI-LY AMUSING?

    One cheeky tweeter has shown that Kai’s the limit for creativity … as he contrasted Chelsea’s spluttering form with Manchester United’s surge to the Premier League summit.

    And according to him, it all coincides with United signing Wayne Rooney’s son Kai, 11, in mid-December.

    In a stark comparison, Chelsea’s £70milion summer buy Kai Havertz has yet to settle – epitomising, for some, boss Frank Lampard’s problems with his new-look squad.

  • HAPPY BOEUF-DAY

    The Blues have sent 52nd birthday greetings to their former defensive stylist Frank Leboeuf.

    The French World Cup winner, who won 50 caps, twice won the FA Cup while with Chelsea from 1996-2001.

  • IN THE FIK OF IT

    Frank Lampard insists Fikayo Tomori still has a long-term Chelsea future.

    And the Blues sent their England defender on loan to AC Milan with a well-wishing message on social message.

  • ARE EU READY?

    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.

    The so-called ‘big six’ English clubs were being eyed up as founder members of the Super League.

    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.

    Along with the 15 founder teams, including Italian, Spanish, German and French teams, five other sides would reportedly have qualified for the Super League.

    Two groups of ten teams would play out the first round before two-legged quarter-finals and semi-finals, and then a final on neutral ground.

    The tournament was expected to be funded by TV rights money, with clubs also told they can sell some matches on their own streaming services.

  • WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE

    Danny Drinkwater has hit back at a troll with a quick retort on Instagram.

    The midfielder has endured a sharp fall from grace since signing for Chelsea in 2017.

    Drinkwater, 30, hasn’t featured for the Blues’ first-team since the 2018 Community Shield, and was this week shipped out to Turkish side Kasimpasa on loan.

    Upon his move, the former Leicester star invited fans to ask him questions on Instagram.

    But he appeared to take exception with one user asking him: “Where did your career go wrong?”

    The former England international replied with a picture of himself lifting the Premier League trophy with the Foxes.

    And he simply captioned the image: “Go wrong?”

  • TOMORI'S FRESH START

    Fikayo Tomori has landed in Italy to complete his loan switch to AC Milan.

    The Chelsea defender is braced to join on a six-month deal with the option of a £27million permanent switch at the end of the season.

    Tomori, 23, will now undergo his medical before signing on the dotted line and being unveiled as an AC Milan player.

    The England international has fallen out of favour under Frank Lampard this season.

    He has slipped below Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen in the pecking order and has made just one Premier League appearance.

  • CATCHER OF THE RY

    MIKEL ARTETA will look towards Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand to provide competition at left-back, according to reports.

    Scottish international Kieran Tierney has been one of Arsenal’s best players this season having made that spot his own.

    But the Spaniard admitted he is in the market to add strength in depth in that position.

    Tierney’s understudy Sead Kolasinac was allowed to leave on loan this month.

    And while Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Bukayo Saka can fill the void, Arteta is aware it is a position he needs to invest in.

    According to Goal, Bertrand is eyed as a potential target with his Saints deal expiring in the summer.

    It means the England international could leave Saint Mary’s for a bargain fee to avoid losing him for nothing in six month’s time.

    It is claimed that Arsenal have made contact with the 31-year-old’s representatives over a potential deal.

  • TUCHEL 'FAVOURITE' TO BE NEXT BLUES' BOSS

    Thomas Tuchel has reportedly been installed as the favourite to become the new Chelsea manager.

    German outlet Bild claim the Blues will attempt to finish the current season under Frank Lampard but have already drawn up a shortlist to replace him.

    The report adds that a move for Massimiliano Allegri has already been ruled out with ex-Paris Saint-Germain boss Tuchel the favourite.

    Former RB Leipzig chief Ralf Rangnick is said to be Chelsea's alternative.

    Lampard has been made odds on to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked following Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Leicester.

  • CITY PREDICTED TO PIP UTD TO TITLE

    Manchester United are set to miss out on their first Premier League title since 2012-13, according to a supercomputer prediction.

    The Red Devils currently sit top of the pile after an impressive run of form either side of Christmas.

    Old Trafford fans haven’t tasted league glory since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge with the club desperate to add to their 20 top-flight crowns.

    However, they are set to be overtaken in the second-half of the season by local rivals Manchester City, according to a number-crunching supercomputer.

    United sit two points above Pep Guardiola’s squad – with City having a game in hand.

    And despite injury to star man Kevin De Bruyne, bettingexpert’s data points to another league crown for the Etihad giants.

  • FIKAYO ARRIVES FOR AC FITNESS TEST

    Newcastle, Southampton and West Brom were also linked with borrowing the one-cap England man, 23.

    But the Blues reportedly preferred him moving outside the Premier League.

    And it doesn't come much bigger than joining Milan...

  • BLUES' POSSIBLE XI VS LUTON

    Chelsea will be looking to put their Premier League misery behind them with some FA Cup joy this weekend.

    Frank Lampard’s side welcome Championship outfit Luton Town to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

    Despite their poor form in league action, the Blues will be hoping to advance to the fifth round as Lampard ponders ringing the changes from their midweek 2-0 defeat at Leicester.

    Chelsea eased past Morecambe in the last round with Mason Mount, Timo Werner, Callum-Hudson-Odoi and Kai Havertz on the scoresheet in a 4-0 win.

    And after the setback to the Foxes, Lampard is expected to keep only three of the side, Mount, Havertz and Hudson-Odoi, that started at the King Power in his XI for this one.

  • ALL-DAY QUEUE

    Bayern Munich have confirmed their interest in Dayot Upamecano ahead of a summer swoop.

    The Bundesliga giants will battle the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea for the defender’s signature.

    Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hinted the club will trigger Upamecano’s £38million release clause.

    He said: “We will of course deal with it, not only with this player, but in principle with all the positions where we want and need to do something.”

    When quizzed about a transfer agreement, he added: “It’s too early for something like that, he’s still a Leipzig player at least until the end of the season. But it’s common knowledge that he has a clause in his contract.”

    Manchester United have wanted him since he joined Leipzig for £9million in 2017 but the Red Devils missed out on his signature then because of a row over just £200,000.

    Chelsea have been linked to him as Frank Lampard looks to strengthen his defensive options.

  • YOU BLUE IT

    John Terry trolled Liverpool as he questioned whether any team will ever beat Chelsea's unbeaten home record.

    The Reds' 68-game streak came to an end on Thursday night as Jurgen Klopp's side lost 1-0 to Burnley at Anfield.

    As a result, Chelsea's 86-game run from March 2004 to October 2008 is still the record.

    Stamford Bridge icon Terry, 40, decided to remind his fans of that last night.

    Speaking on Instagram, he said: "86 Games. 4 Years Unbeaten At Home @chelseafc.

    "Some record this is, it’s only when you retire and appreciate how good Liverpool have been to even get close to it.

    "Will This Ever Be Beaten?"

  • STAT ATTACK

    Ahead of the clash at Stamford Bridge, our friends at Opta have pulled together some juicy stats…

  • HATTERS IN THE CUP

    Chelsea are back in action on Sunday when they face Luton in the FA Cup fourth round.

    It is a 12pm kick-off at the Bridge and is live on BBC One. 

  • 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.

    Forward Ike Ugbo, playing for Cercle Brugge in Belgium, is leading the way with ten goals on loan this term.

  • COSTLY TRANSFER

    Diego Costa has rejected an offer from Turkish side Trabzonspor, according to reports.

    The Spanish international is a free agent after having his contract terminated six months early by Atletico Madrid.

    Costa, 32, is said to be receiving plenty of interest from Turkey and the Middle East.

    But Trabzonspor would appear unlikely to be his next destination, with AS claiming that the former Chelsea striker has turned down a £43,000-a-week contract to sign for the Super Lig side.

    The six-time champions offered Costa the security of a three-year contract, but failed to get close to matching his salary demands.

    The Spanish outlet claim that the forward was earning around treble Trabzonspor's offer at Atletico.

  • NOT NASTY ENOUGH

    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 team-mates 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.

    "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."

  • DRINK IT IN

    Danny Drinkwater has hit back at a troll with a quick retort on Instagram.

    The midfielder has endured a sharp fall from grace since signing for Chelsea in 2017.

    Drinkwater, 30, hasn't featured for the Blues' first-team since the 2018 Community Shield, and was this week shipped out to Turkish side Kasimpasa on loan.

    Upon his move, the former Leicester star invited fans to ask him questions on Instagram.

    But he appeared to take exception with one user asking him: "Where did your career go wrong?"

    The former England international replied with a picture of himself lifting the Premier League trophy with the Foxes.

    And he simply captioned the image: "Go wrong?"

  • LOAN RANGER

    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.

    Piazon told Oh My Goal: “We [the loanees] would come back and go to pre-season with the new coach, and new players were coming in from the summer.

    “They were always like, ‘if you do well the coach might keep you’. But deep down inside we knew we didn’t have a chance because they were paying big money for the players and the club would definitely use them.

    “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.

    “The pressure on you to perform is huge because you are from Chelsea.”

  • PACKING A PUNCH

    Fernando Torres’ amazing body transformation is so extreme even WWE couldn't resist making a comment.

    The former Chelsea man put his El Nino nickname to shame by bulking up after hanging up his boots.

    But the world only took notice after announcing his sponsorship partnership with a Southeast Asian casino website.

    Torres, 36, has also just been unveiled as the new Atletico Madrid B boss following a coaching role at the side.

    So it is unlikely he'll take up a potential offer from the WWE.

    After BT Sport Twitter saw the pic of Torres' muscles bulging, they wrote: "'El Nino' looks like he's ready for the Royal Rumble. Fernando Torres getting in shape for January 31st."

  • BAY’S MAY DAY

    Bayern Munich have confirmed their interest in Dayot Upamecano ahead of a summer swoop.

    The Bundesliga giants will battle the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea for the defender's signature.

    Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hinted the club will trigger Upamecano's £38million release clause.

    He said: "We will of course deal with it, not only with this player, but in principle with all the positions where we want and need to do something."

    When quizzed about a transfer agreement, he added: "It's too early for something like that, he's still a Leipzig player at least until the end of the season. But it's common knowledge that he has a clause in his contract."

    Manchester United have wanted him since he joined Leipzig for £9million in 2017 but the Red Devils missed out on his signature then because of a row over just £200,000.

    Chelsea have been linked to him as Frank Lampard looks to strengthen his defensive options.

  • FIFA FIGHTBACK 

    But after recent developments, the plans do look in jeopardy.

    Fifa and the six intercontinental federations released a strongly-worded statement on 20 January banning players and clubs in a Super League from their competitions.

    The statement read: "In light of recent media speculation about the creation of a closed European 'Super League' by some European clubs.

    "Fifa and the six confederations once again would like to reiterate and strongly emphasise that such a competition would not be recognised by either Fifa or the respective confederation.

    "Any club or player involved in such a competition would as a consequence not be allowed to participate in any competition organised by Fifa or their respective confederation."

    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.

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