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9am Chelsea news LIVE: Tottenham build-up, Sancho £120m transfer close, Guehi loan, Isco £44.4m battle with Arsenal

FRANK LAMPARD's Chelsea are looking to end a dismal run of four losses in five games as they head to Jose Mourinho's Spurs.

And off the pitch, the Blues have landed their first signing since their transfer ban was overturned.

But they will look to add to their squad, with Jadon Sancho reportedly close to joining Chelsea.

Follow all the latest transfer gossip and updates from the Bridge below...

  • Jake Lambourne 's avatarJake Lambourne21 minutes ago22nd December 2019

    After an outstanding autumn, this is probably not the Christmas Chelsea fans wished for.

    The Blues have gone from winning six on the spin to four defeats in five.

    Frank Lampard will be having sleepless nights over what’s gone wrong ahead of this crunch London derby against Spurs – who now have his old mentor Jose Mourinho at the helm.

    So what’s changed?

    Well, oddly, they’ve started to play BETTER.

    The game that turned Chelsea’s fortunes from good to bad was a 2-1 defeat against Manchester City at the Etihad in late November.

    But that performance had a lot of positives. It remains the only time all season the champions have seen less of the ball than the opposition.

    And Chelsea used their 53.3% possession well, making City’s centre look as soft as a Strawberry Creme in your tin of Quality Street – slicing them apart with four through balls.

    Read more HERE.

  • Gary Stonehouse 's avatarGary Stonehouse2 hours ago22nd December 2019

    EXCLUSIVE By Duncan Wright

    NORWICH and Southampton want Chelsea’s highly-rated young defender Marc Guehi to help save them from relegation this season.

    The two Premier League clubs have contacted the Blues about taking the England Under-21 star on loan until the end of the season.

    But they face competition from Championship clubs Bristol City, Swansea and Nottingham Forest who both believe the 19-year-old can make a major difference to their fights to gain promotion to the top flight.

  • Sam Street 's avatarSam Street12 hours ago21st December 2019

    EXCLUSIVE by Duncan Wright

    CHELSEA are ready to battle Manchester United and Liverpool to sign £120million-rated Jadon Sancho.

    The Blues are working on a deal which could see them splash out a club-record fee.

    United have spent the past year trying to tempt the 19-year-old to Old Trafford believing he could help fire the club back to the pinnacle of European football.

    But Frank Lampard's side have emerged as the most likely destination for Sancho after indicating they will meet Borussia Dortmund’s huge valuation of the England star.

    The Bundesliga club’s demands have put off the Reds, while Dortmund are determined to keep the winger until the end of the season knowing he is vital to their hopes of winning the title.

    One option would to be to clinch the transfer in January and loan Sancho back to Dortmund — the same kind of terms the Blues agreed with the German side for Christian Pulisic last January.

  • Anthony Chapman 's avatarAnthony Chapman12 hours ago21st December 2019

    GLENN HODDLE believes new Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is now at a bigger club than Chelsea.

    Ex-England coach Hoddle says Spurs have a larger fanbase, a bigger stadium and superior training facilities than Mourinho’s old stomping ground in West London.

    Hoddle is a rare commodity in that he has played for and managed both Spurs and Chelsea.

    In a fascinating foreword to the book The Boss — Memories of Bill Nicholson to Jose, published this week, Hoddle said: “First of all we should all applaud the wonderful work of Mauricio Pochettino.

    “If it wasn’t for the way he turned around Spurs then someone like Mourinho wouldn’t have given them a second glance.

    “In fact, up until a couple of years ago, it would have been unimaginable to think of Mourinho at Spurs.

    “So it’s a measure of how well Pochettino has built the team up that the club can attract a manager of Mourinho’s calibre and world standing.

    “But it’s not only Pochettino. It’s the fact the club also now have a world-class training centre and a world-class stadium — all the ingredients to make Spurs an attractive proposition for Mourinho.”

  • Anthony Chapman 's avatarAnthony Chapman13 hours ago21st December 2019

    CHELSEA stars N'Golo Kante and Marcos Alonso travelled across the capital to watch the boxing on Thursday night.

    The pair were in the audience for Richard Riakporhe's points victory against Jack Massey that won him the British cruiserweight title.

    That was the headline fight on the card at the iconic York Hall in East London's Bethnal Green.

    Both players will be hoping to feature for Chelsea on Sunday when the Blues travel to take on city rivals Tottenham.

    But while Kante is all-but guaranteed a starting spot when fit in Frank Lampard's starting XI, Alonso's situation is very different.

    The Spaniard, 28, has not featured for the Blues since November 5 when he was hooked at half-time in the dramatic 4-4 draw against Ajax.

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