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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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • TOM OFF TODAY?

    Fikayo Tomori is set to join AC Milan on loan after the clubs reportedly reached an agreement.

    The 23-year-old will join the Serie A leaders on a six-month deal and the Italians will have the option to buy him in the summer.

    Talks stepped up on Thursday night and deal paperwork between the two clubs has been exchanged, according to the Times.

  • MORNING CHELSEA FANS!

    Mauricio Pochettino is rated Chelsea's top choice if Frank Lampard gets axed - and Blues' players are accused of being too nice to 'lightweight' Kai Havertz.

    Former PSG chief Thomas Tuchel and ex-Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri remain the frontrunners should Blues owner Roman Abramovich lose patience with Lampard.

    But some reports claim new PSG manager Pochettino would be the boss that Abramovich most wants.

    Another twist in the managerial speculation is former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley insisting Leicester chief Brendan Rodgers is the ideal candidate.

    Burley believes only Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola can rival Rodgers as coaches in the Prem.

    Talking of ex-Blues, Robert Huth has delivered a brutal verdict on fellow German and £70million summer buy Havertz.

    Former centre-back Huth told Stadium Astro: “I just don’t like his body language at all, he looks a bit lightweight.

    "He loses the ball, gives it away and doesn’t work back.

    “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.”

    Finally, England defender Fikayo Tomori has completed a six-month loan switch to AC Milan.

  • TOMORI SEALS AC SWITCH

    Chelsea's England defender Fikayo Tomori has completed his loan move to Serie A leaders AC Milan for the rest of the season.

    Newcastle were amongst the 23-year-old's other suitors.

  • WARMING UP FOR LUTON

    Chelsea's hugely-expensive squad are stepping up preparations for Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at home to mid-table Championship side Luton.

  • BLUES' MAUR KEEN

    Mauricio Pochettino is still Chelsea's top choice if Frank Lampard gets sacked.

    That's the claim from the Daily Mail, despite the ex-Tottenham chief just taking over PSG on a two-and-a-half year deal.

    Former PSG chief Thomas Tuchel and ex-Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri remain favourites, though, should Blues owner Roman Abramovich lose patience with Lampard.

  • 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.”

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