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5pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Giroud latest with Juventus interested, Tomori exit talk, Sevilla build-up

CHELSEA are heading to Spain to play their penultimate group game against Sevilla in the Champions League.

If they win, the Blues are not only guaranteed to qualify for the last 16, but are also nailed on to finish as group winners.

Follow all the latest Chelsea news below...

  • TEEN CAN ED IN FOR £45m

    Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga could be available for just £45million as Manchester Utd, Chelsea, Juventus and Real Madrid hover.

    AS suggest the three-cap France star’s Ligue 1 club are geared up to selling him despite 18 months remaining on his contract.

    The Angola-born ace was previously rated at £68m.

    But Camavinga reportedly sacked his agent in a signal of intent to join a new club.

  • HOW BLUES MIGHT LINE UP

    Frank Lampard is set to hand Callum Hudson-Odoi a starting berth in Chelsea's trip to Sevilla on Wednesday.

    The Blues head to Spain knowing that a draw will keep them on top of Group E, having already qualified for the next round.

    Hudson-Odoi is banging on the door for a fresh run in the team after impressing in the recent win at Rennes.

    Lampard said: "I have tough decisions when we have a fully fit squad, that we pretty much do now, to leave players out that work hard through the week and are desperate to play for the club."

  • WRIGHT OR WRONG

    Ian Wright changed his mind and now thinks Spurs have a better chance of winning the title over Chelsea.

    The Arsenal legend initially told Premier League Productions: "I’d probably say… it is tough because if you lose a [Harry] Kane or a [Heung-min] Son it’s going to cause you a problem, just like if Chelsea lose a [Timo] Werner or a [N’Golo] Kante, it depends, it really does depend.

    “It’s a tough question. If I had to choose somebody, I would probably at the moment say Chelsea.

    "Not just because of my Arsenal affinity, but I just feel that they just might have a little bit more at the moment.

    "But then they’ve got Mourinho as the manager at Tottenham.

    “Do you know what? I’m probably going to change my mind and go with Tottenham. I think so, yeah."

  • OD ONE OUT

    Callum Hudson-Odoi has been urged to keep smiling through his frustration at Chelsea this season.

    The winger is set to start against Sevilla tomorrow night following talks with boss Frank Lampard over his lack of game time.

    Hudson-Odoi scored against Rennes last week as Chelsea reached the Champions League knockout stage with two games to spare - only to be axed for Sunday’s clash with Tottenham.

    Lampard said: “I did speak to him personally because I want him to feel where he’s at at the minute. 

    “If there are times when he’s not starting or not in the squad, the main thing is I want him to stay positive. Part of my job is to have that communication level.

    “He took it very well. It’s not an easy decision. It’s not an easy conversation.

    “I’ve been really pleased with his training lately. I’ve spoken about Callum at different times since I’ve been in the job and his training. His attitude is bang on, his work ethic in training and that’s led to him scoring against Rennes, coming on at Newcastle when I thought he was bright, going away with the England under-21s and doing well.”

  • SMILE LIKE YOU MEAN IT

    Chelsea travel to Sevilla ahead of tomorrow night's Champions League game and the Blues squad are in good spirits.

    And why wouldn't they be? Frank Lampard's side are already assured of a place in the knockout stages.

  • GONE TO POT

    Former Chelsea star Andre Schurrle is swapping football pitches for a different type of grass - by investing in a CANNABIS company.

    The German World Cup winner hung up his boots during the summer after leaving Borussia Dortmund.

    Schurrle, 30, now reportedly plans to plough funds into the Sanity Group. The Berlin-based firm, founded in 2018, grows cannabis for medicinal purposes. It is legal in Germany.

    Elements of the plant can be used to prevent inflammations and relieve pain.

    Schurrle's former Germany and Dortmund team-mate Mario Gotze has been lined up as a fellow investor.

    Rapper Will.i.am, 45, model Stefanie Giesinger, 24, and ex-Germany midfielder Dennis Aogo, 33, are also planning to buy stakes in the company.

    A company spokesman told Germany's top-selling paper Bild that they have held talks with Schurrle and Gotze, 28, about working together.

  • BARNES-TORMING

    Jurgen Klopp was right not to sign Chelsea's Timo Werner, according to John Barnes.

    The Liverpool legend reckons former Wolves man Diogo Jota's flying start to life at Anfield has proven the German boss right.

    Barnes told BonusCodeBets.co.uk: "Timo Werner is doing well and I'm sure he could have fit into what Liverpool wanted, but Liverpool want a player that wants to come to them.

    "Maybe Werner wanted to guarantee that he was going to play in every single week, which he does at Chelsea and he may not necessarily have got that at Liverpool, just as Jota hasn’t.

    "Jota is playing well not just because he's a really good player, but because he's happy to not play every game and he's got the right attitude.

    "What Klopp does with all the players is he looks at a player that can fit into what he wants and he knew Jota could do what he wanted.

    "I'm sure Werner could have done the same, so like with a lot of players at Liverpool I don't think they're improving, I think they're at a club that suits their style perfectly and the way Liverpool play perfectly suits Jota."

  • OUT OF FIK

    Newcastle are plotting a move to take defender Fikayo Tomori on loan

    The Chelsea centre-half is finding first team appearances hard to come by despite his promising performances last season.

    Tomori, 22, rejected a similar move to West Ham on transfer deadline eve in September. But he may now be open to getting away from Chelsea for a while to get some action.

    Injury to Newcastle skipper and defensive rock Jamal Lascelles is also playing a part in boss Steve Bruce’s plans to bolster his back line next month.

    Tomori has not featured for Chelsea at all since his club’s exit from the Carabao Cup at Tottenham in September. 

    The combination of Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma has triggered a massive upturn in Chelsea’s defensive strategy and no team in the Premier League now boasts a better goal difference than them.

  • HAK ATTACK

    Chelsea new boy Hakim Ziyech admits he takes inspiration from club legend Eden Hazard and feels at home at Stamford Bridge.

    The Morroco international arrived in West London from Ajax for £37million this summer.

    He told Chelsea's website: "So far, I’m happy. I feel good and at home/

    "Those things are the most important for how you perform on the pitch. 

    "Eden is a world-class player and you always take inspiration from that.

    "You look at the small things - how he’s playing the game, how he’s doing stuff and I know I can still learn a lot from him."

  • EUROPEAN DREAM

    Take a look back at Chelsea's successful Champions League campaign ahead of the trip to Sevilla tomorrow.

  • WHERE VAR YOU?

    VAR will operate remotely for Chelsea's game against Sevilla.

    The Champions League clash will use officials based in Switzerland, Uefa confirmed.

    Substitute VARs will be in place at Sevilla's Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium 'in case of any connectivity issues'.

    Chelsea travel to Andalucia tomorrow night having already qualified for the knockout stages.

  • BARGAIN BAY

    Bayern Munich defender David Alaba is reportedly 'appreciative' of Chelsea's interest in signing him.

    The defender can leave for nothing in the summer.

    And the Blues are thought to be interested in bringing the versatile 28-year-old to Stamford Bridge.

    AS reports the Austrian has been encouraged by Frank Lampard's interest and Chelsea appear to be in the driving seat.

  • ITALIAN JOB

    Juventus and Inter Milan are set to battle for Olivier Giroud's signature in January, according to reports.

    The Chelsea striker, 34, has grown frustrated by his lack of playing time this season after opting to stay at the club beyond the summer after a strong end to 2019-20.

    Giroud also has one eye on next summer's European Championship - knowing he must be playing regularly to keep his spot in the France squad.

    And Inter Milan are looking to rescue the ex-Arsenal star in January, according to Tuttosport.

    Antonio Conte brought Giroud to Chelsea in January 2018 before he was sacked in the summer.

  • RAMS RAID

    Chelsea legend John Terry is in the frame for the role of Derby manager, putting him in competition with old rival and England pal Wayne Rooney.

    Rooney, 35, is currently sole interim boss of the Rams following Phillip Cocu’s sacking.

    The former Manchester United star joined Derby as a player-coach in August.

    And despite Rooney saying he is ready to retire from playing football if he’s offered the Derby boss’ job full-time, the club’s potential new owners are keen on Terry, according to the Daily Mail.

    Championship basement-boys Derby are close to be taken over by Sheik Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan – a senior member of the Abu Dhabi royal family – in a £60million deal.

    And it’s believed he is keen to bring in current Aston Villa No2 Terry – who has never served as head coach.

  • YELLOW FEVER

    John Terry was BOOKED during Aston Villa's 2-1 defeat at West Ham after a heated row with Hammers staff.

    The East Londoners were fuming after Jack Grealish was awarded what they believed was a soft free-kick and Dean Smith's assistant stood up to back his man.

    West Ham coach Dave Billows was also given a yellow in the aftermath as the ref came over to sort the matter after a report from the fourth official.

    Dean Smith accused the Hammers bench of calling Grealish a 'diver and a cheat'.

    England man Grealish went down under what appeared to be a soft challenge from Pablo Fornals.

    The Spaniard boot did brush the England man's knee but Grealish's international team-mate Declan Rice was incensed over the perceived play acting.

  • MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    The Blues are reportedly pressing ahead with plans to land David Alaba on a free transfer from Bayern Munich.

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

    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 Chelsea' case.

    Meanwhile, 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.

    In other news, Newcastle could make a January loan move for Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori.

    Tomori’s opportunities have remained limited this term, following the summer arrival of Thiago Silva, as well as the failure to flog Antonio Rudiger.

    According to the Northern Echo, Newcastle boss Steve Bruce could pounce on the situation to bolster his defence for the second half of the campaign.

    And finally, 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.

  • 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.”

  • TOUCHY TERRY

    Chelsea icon John Terry got a yellow card during Aston Villa's game at West Ham after a heated row with Hammers staff.

    The hosts were fuming with Jack Grealish for going down under minimal contact and Dean Smith's assistant stood up to back his man.

    A Hammers coach was also booked in the aftermath as the ref came over to sort the matter after a report from the fourth official.

    Grealish went down under a soft challenge from Pablo Fornals.

    The Spaniard brushed the England man's knee with his boot and the Villa midfielder fell to the ground screaming and holding his leg.

    Grealish's England team-mate Declan Rice was incensed with his Three Lions colleague for the perceived play acting.

  • NORTHERN ROCK

    Newcastle could make a January loan move for Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori, according to reports.

    Tomori's opportunities have remained limited this term, following the summer arrival of Thiago Silva, as well as the failure to flog Antonio Rudiger.

    According to the Northern Echo, Newcastle boss Steve Bruce could pounce on the situation to bolster his defence for the second half of the campaign.

    The report claims that the Toon will be limited to loan signings only.

    And the Blues have 'indicated' that Tomori will be on the move when the window opens, putting Newcastle on alert.

  • CAMA HAVE A GO

    Man Utd and Chelsea target Eduardo Camavinga is reportedly available for just £45million.

    AS claims the Rennes star, 18, is free to leave the Ligue 1 side with just 18 months left on his current deal.

    Real Madrid are also in the race for Camavinga, with Juventus also keen.

    The youngster was previously thought to be available for £68m.

    But Camavinga reportedly sacked his agent in a signal of intent to join a new club.

    And with time rapidly expiring on his current contract, Rennes are apparently happy to let him depart for a more reasonable £45m.

  • 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.

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