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9.15am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Tomori to AC Milan ‘on Monday’, Tuchel and Allegri ‘contacted for manager’s job’

BLUES NEWS

ROMAN ABRAMOVICH has reportedly contacted Thomas Tuchel and Max Allegri as Frank Lampard feels the heat.

Meanwhile Fikayo Tomori is set to join AC Milan on loan with a view to a permanent move as soon as Monday.

Follow all the latest below...

  • IN THE FIK OF IT

    Fikayo Tomori's move to AC Milan could be completed as soon as Monday, according to reports.

    Gianluca Di Marzio spoke live to Sky Sport Italia to confirm the deal is on the verge of being completed.

    Tomori is set to join on loan with an option to buy.

    A figure on the purchase option has yet to be confirmed but it is thought to be between £22m and £27m.

  • GIROUD AWAKENING

    Alan Smith has urged Chelsea manager to start Olivier Giroud against Fulham to help turn around the Blues' poor run of form.

    Lampard is under pressure ahead of his side's derby clash at Craven Cottage after just one win in six Premier League matches.

    Smith told the Evening Standard: "Werner led the line in the limp 3-1 defeat by Manchester City, with Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham remaining unused on the bench."

    “It would be a major surprise if that happens again. 

    “For me, the experience of Giroud would be the right call in these pressurised circumstances, with Werner cutting in from the left side.”

  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    England right-back Reece James returns for Chelsea at Fulham tonight as Frank Lampard's men bid to end their dismal Premier League run.

    James, 21, is back in full training after hurting his hamstring against Arsenal on Boxing Day.

    The Blues have picked up just four points from six games, dropping to ninth.

    So perhaps that's one reason boss Lampard is reportedly reluctant to let Olivier Giroud and Fikayo Tomori depart this month.

    France striker Giroud's talks with Juventus have stalled as the France striker wants a much longer contract than the six months on offer.

    West Ham and AC Milan too are still being linked with the 34-year-old.

    And Milan also want to borrow centre-back Tomori, 23 - but Lampard lacks defensive cover.

    Nonetheless, the Blues hope to raise funds and clear the decks a little for their reputed main target – West Ham’s versatile England ace Declan Rice.

    Reports suggest Chelsea have made “further enquiries” for the 22-year-old this month.

    And finally, Blues' forgotten midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 30, is close to joining Turks Kasimpasa on loan until the end of the season.

  • DRINK OR SWIM: DANNY'S LAST CHANCE?

    Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater is close to completing a loan switch to Turkish club Kasimpasa until the end of the season.

    Drinkwater, 30, has made just 23 appearances for the Blues since his £35million move from Leicester in 2017.

    The £110,000-a-week man has not featured in the first team since the 2018 Community Shield against Manchester City and has been forced to train with the Under-23s.

    After failing to impress on loan at Burnley and Aston Villa, he’s been seeking an overseas loan move since the summer.

    He will head to Turkish capital Istanbul and put pen-to-paper with the club who sit 13th in the Super Lig.

    He still has 18 months left on his deal at Chelsea with boss Frank Lampard eager to get him off the wage books.

  • TOMORI EXIT DOUBT

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is reportedly reluctant to leave AC Milan loan target Fikayo Tomori.

    That's despite the Blues hoping to raise funds and clear the decks a little for their reputed main target - West Ham's versatile England ace Declan Rice.

    Reports suggest Chelsea have made "further enquiries" this month.

    But Hammers' boss David Moyes is determined to keep hold of the 22-year-old, at least until the summer.

  • PREM CHIEFS CONFIDENT SEASON WILL BE FINISHED

    Prem chiefs believe the new Covid-19 measures are already working to keep football on track to finish the season.

    But League bosses do not expect fans will be back in grounds before the start of next term.

    SunSport understands League leaders expect the number of positive tests from samples this week will show a significant drop from the past fortnight which saw 40 and then 36 players with the virus.

    That is seen as proof that the enhanced protocols that have been brought in have already had an effect.

    But while chief executive Richards Masters remains “cautiously optimistic” the season can be played to a finish without a break, he has admitted he is not planning to see turnstiles reopen this term.

    Masters said: “We had fans back in small numbers before Christmas and it was great to have that, a real boost for the game. 

    “But the national situation has changed. I am hopeful and optimistic we can have them back for the start of next season. If it happens before then, we will be ready.”

  • MILAN 'CLOSE ON TOMORI LOAN DEAL'

    Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori is reportedly nearing a loan move to join AC Milan.

    The Mail claim the clubs have discussed a temporary deal with the option to make the defender's switch permanent for £27million.

    Yet the report adds that Chelsea have only agreed to an initial loan so far before taking stock in the summer.

    The Italians had been chasing Mohamed Simakan but Milan's director of football Frederic Massara has tracked Tomori since his time at Roma.

    England star Tomori is well down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, having made just four appearances this season.

    The 15-cap England U21 international's latest outing was a 10-minute cameo in the FA Cup win over Morecambe.

    A string of Premier League clubs, including Leeds and Newcastle, are reportedly interested in snapping Tomori up this month.

    He snubbed a move to West Ham on summer transfer deadline day to fight for a spot at Chelsea.

  • I HEARD A RUMMA

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has labelled AC Milan team-mate and rumoured Chelsea target Gianluigi Donnarumma "the best goalkeeper in the world".

    Italy stopper Donnarumma, 21, could leave for nothing this summer unless he finally accepts a new deal with the Serie A leaders.

    But Milan director Frederic Massara told DAZN: "We’re confident to reach an agreement with Donnarumma and (Hakan) Calhanoglu in order to extend their contracts in the next weeks."  

    Meanwhile, ex-Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic can't believe Donnarumma has yet to reach the heights n European football.

    The Sweden legend said:  "It's not normal that he has never played a Champions League match."

  • WILLIAN: I'M STILL ADAPTING

    Arsenal midfielder Willian has explained why he has struggled for form at the Emirates after joining on a free transfer in August.

    The 32-year-old has stated that he has found it hard adapting to a new club after leaving Chelsea having spent seven years at Stamford Bridge.

    He told the club’s official matchday programme: “Well it’s never easy changing club, especially after being somewhere for so long.

    “Things are different so I’m still adapting but I feel good, I have been learning a lot – a new footballing philosophy.

    “Everyone is great here. I know I can improve a lot, and of course my performances on the pitch can be a lot better.”

  • CALLUM: I'LL KEEP SMILING

    Chelsea wideman Callum Hudson-Odoi insists he will keep smiling despite his struggle to win a regular place for Chelsea.

    He told Sky Sports: “I like to open up the game as much as possible, it’s part of my game, and hopefully I can create more goals for the team.

    “I’m always smiling – that’s the main thing. I like to smile, be positive no matter the situation.

    “I’m just happy to keep trying my best, get the opportunities to play and improve every game. I’m really happy with that.”

  • AC OK FOR KAYO

    AC Milan are reportedly closing in on the loan signing of Fikayo Tomori.

    Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “AC Milan director Massara always wanted Fikayo Tomori, also when he was working at AS Roma.

    “Negotiations are now in advanced stage w/Chelsea to sign him on loan with buy option [and *not* obligation] around €30m (£26m). AC Milan hope to complete the deal in the coming days.”

    Romano then stated that the Blues are also set to offload Danny Drinkwater on loan.

    He added: “While negotiations with AC Milan for Tomori are progressing, Chelsea loan out Danny Drinkwater to Kasimpasa until the end of the season.”

  • HUDSON-ODOI VOWS TO FIGHT FOR RE-CALL

    Callum Hudson-Odoi admits he does not know why Chelsea have played him so rarely this season.

    But the England wideman, 20, is vowing to stay positive - despite seeing big summer buys  Kai Havertz and Timo Werner help limit him to just two Premier League starts this campaign.

    And although he has long been linked to Bayern Munich, Hudson-Odoi insists his hunger for a Blues' starting spot has never dipped.

    Asked by Sky Sports if he knew the reason for his regular omission, he said: “No. I’m trying hard in training every day, I’m giving 110 per cent in training and in games.

    “No matter when the opportunity comes, I’m going to try and continue to do my best and contribute to the team – scoring and assisting. Hopefully more opportunities will come."

  • GIROUD'S JUVE TALKS STALL

    CHELSEA will fight to keep Olivier Giroud after talks with Juventus stalled.

    The France striker, 34, also being eyed by West Ham and AC Milan, is unhappy at Juve reportedly offering only a six-month contract.

    Blues' boss Frank Lampard also has the option of fending off Giroud's many admirers and handing him a new one-year contract in the summer.

    The Italian media claim Juventus believe Giroud's guile can help main man Cristiano Ronaldo revive their bid for a tenth straight Serie A title.

    But Tuttosport suggest there are two major stumbling blocks to a move.

    Firstly, ex-Arsenal targetman Giroud wants far more security than a deal until the end of the season - ideally a contract until the summer of 2022.

    And secondly, Lampard is reluctant to offload his most consistent scorer, even though he is confident summer buy Timo Werner will soon settle down in the Premier League.

    It's also claimed Giroud is now reasonably content at Stamford Bridge, even if he is still not playing quite as much as he would like.

  • TIME FOR TAM 'N TIM

    EXCLUSIVE – Chelsea cult hero Tore Andre Flo reckons Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner could play up top TOGETHER.

    Frank Lampard is facing criticism after a string of bad results have seen the Blues slip from Premier League title contention all the way down to ninth.

    Speaking of Werner and Abraham ahead of the club’s clash against Fulham on Saturday, Flo told Bookmakers.co.uk: “I think they can work together.

    “I don’t think they’ve quite found the right rhythm to maximise a partnership just yet, but I think they can do – there’s more to come.

    “As a striker you need goals and finally Werner found the net again and hopefully that can instill confidence and he’ll continue to score.

    “He’s more than capable of doing well in the league, it’s just about getting a few goals and getting that confidence up.”

  • BLUE IS THE COLOUR

    Ahead of Chelsea's clash against Fulham, the Blues have posted a clip of Pedro's strike against the Cottagers in 2018.

    Take a look at the goal below.

  • FUL OF HOPE

    Reece James is set to make his return for Chelsea against Fulham on Saturday.

    The 21-year-old has been out of action since the Boxing Day defeat to Arsenal.

    But James returned to training this week after recovering from a hamstring issue.

    The four-cap England international is expected to start the match at right-back.

    Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma and Ben Chilwell are expected to make up the rest of the back four.

    Frank Lampard has a fully fit squad to chose from for the trip to Craven Cottage.

    Here's how the Blues could line-up...

  • EDEN FOR A FALL

    Zinedine Zidane was forced to defend Eden Hazard once again after Real Madrid were dumped out of the Supercopa de Espana.

    The Belgian produced another uninspiring performance in the 2-1 defeat by Athletic Bilbao and has scored just three goals in 18 months since signing from Chelsea in a deal that could exceed £150million.

    Speaking of the ex-Chelsea star, Zidane told reporters: "[Hazard] needs to recover confidence, play a great game or score a goal, just to do something different.

    "We know what a great player he is and we need to be patient with him as he is working hard.

    "We are behind him and we must give him time. The fans want to see the best version of Eden so we must be patient.

    "We're sticking with him and he really wants to step up. But today it wasn't just Eden, we're all in this together."

  • OLIVIER TWIST

    Real Madrid have reportedly identified two Premier League strikers to replace Luka Jovic who has joined Eintracht Frankfurt on loan.

    According to AS, Zinedine Zidane is keen to bolster his attack before the winter transfer window slams shut.

    They state that Los Blancos are keen on signing Chelsea's Olivier Giroud as well as Manchester City's Sergio Aguero.

    However they state their No1 target is Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland - though he will be prioritised in the summer.

  • TO BE FRANK

    Here is what Frank Lampard had to say in Chelsea's pre-match press conference ahead of their clash against Fulham tomorrow.

  • PLAYED ‘EM OF THE PARK

    Man Utd icon Park Ji-sung has revealed his performance against Chelsea in 2011 was his best display of his career.

    The midfielder won four Premier Leagues, three League Cups and a Champions League with the Red Devils.

    reckons his finest hour was against Chelsea in May 2011 – a 2-1 victory which virtually sealed United’s 18th top-flight title.

    In an interview with Four Four Two magazine, he said: “I believe it was my best in a United shirt – I was everywhere.

    “I think it was after this game when fans started believing in what I gave the team.

    “My performance that afternoon, especially in the first half, was incredible.”

  • BLUE MOON

    AC Milan are reportedly closing in on the loan signing of Fikayo Tomori.

    Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted: "AC Milan director Massara always wanted Fikayo Tomori, also when he was working at AS Roma.

    "Negotiations are now in advanced stage w/Chelsea to sign him on loan with buy option [and *not* obligation] around €30m (£26m). AC Milan hope to complete the deal in the coming days."

    Romano then stated that the Blues are also set to offload Danny Drinkwater on loan.

    He added: "While negotiations with AC Milan for Tomori are progressing, Chelsea loan out Danny Drinkwater to Kasimpasa until the end of the season."

  • BELLTING SIDE

    A front three of Lionel Messi, Ronaldo and Thierry Henry would be fit to grace any all-time XI.

    Especially when it has Ronaldinho and Andres Iniesta pulling the strings behind them!

    Former Chelsea defender Juliano Belletti - scorer of the winner in the 2006 Champions League final for Barcelona against Arsenal - has played with some of the biggest stars to grace the game.

    He told Four Four Two magazine what his Perfect XI of ex-team-mates would be.

    And it would take some beating...

    Take a look at his team below.

  • MONSTER HUNCH

    Chelsea have joined Tottenham’s pursuit of a South Korean superstar defender nicknamed ‘The Monster’.

    Spurs are reportedly revving up their interest in 6ft 3in Beijing Guoan centre-back Kim Min-jae  in response to rival clubs hovering for the 24-year-old.

    And the Blues are said to be racing up the queue for the 30-cap ace, who has been with his Chinese Super League club since 2018.

  • CAL ON ME

    Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has spoken of his lack of game time this season as he looks to cement a place in Frank Lampard's starting XI.

    He told Sky Sports: "I'm always smiling - that's the main thing. I like to smile, be positive no matter the situation.

    "I'm just happy to keep trying my best, get the opportunities to play and improve every game. I'm really happy with that."

    Commenting if he knows why he has been limited to mostly appearances off the bench, he added: "No - I'm trying hard in training every day, I'm giving 110 per cent in training and in games.

    "No matter when the opportunity comes, I'm going to try and continue to do my best and contribute to the team - scoring and assisting. Hopefully more opportunities will come.

    "When I'm on the ball, I like to create as much as possible. I like to look up early, see the open play and try to switch the ball quickly. [I like to] drive at the defence, and create opportunities for myself too."

  • WILL I NEVER

    Arsenal midfielder Willian has explained why he has struggled for form at the Emirates after joining on a free transfer in August.

    The 32-year-old has stated that he has found it hard adapting to a new club after leaving Chelsea having spent seven years at Stamford Bridge.

    He told the club’s official matchday programme: “Well it’s never easy changing club, especially after being somewhere for so long.

    “Things are different so I’m still adapting but I feel good, I have been learning a lot – a new footballing philosophy.

    “Everyone is great here. I know I can improve a lot, and of course my performances on the pitch can be a lot better.”

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