7.45am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Rice may cost just £50m, Nagelsmann or Tuchel to replace Lampard, Tomori joins Milan

ROMAN ABRAMOVICH is reportedly targeting Julian Nagelsmann and Thomas Tuchel, should he decide to sack Frank Lampard.

Meanwhile some reports suggest Declan Rice could leave West Ham for as little as £50m this summer.

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  • Craig Mahood

    GAME DAY

    It's a lunchtime kick-off for Blues in the FA Cup as they welcome Championship side Luton to the Bridge.

    Another masterclass from Billy Gilmour coming…..

  • Craig Mahood

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS,

    Frank Lampard says the club's alarming loss of form is down to a lack of energy.

    Ahead of hosting Luton in the FA Cup on Sunday, Lamps said: “It was a really key thing when I heard Maddison speaking about Brendan Rodgers — a coach I have a lot of admiration for.

    “It was the message that, ‘If you don’t run, you don’t play’.

    “If I want to start my identity that’s how I start it.

    “From the minute I came into this club last year and started pre-season, with trips to Dublin and Japan, it was: ‘Can we run and be really good and effective off the ball and on the ball? Can we have energy in the team?’

    “That’s the first thing I want to see and it’s something we’ve definitely dropped off on, no doubt about that.”

    Meanwhile, on the transfer front, West Ham are reportedly considering slashing their asking price for Chelsea target Declan Rice.

    According to the Guardian, Hammers bigwigs could be willing to sell the England international for £50million at the end of the season.

    The potential new fee is £30MILLION less than the asking price just last summer.

    It is claimed that West Ham are thinking of slashing their players’ valuations due to the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.

    And finally, Frank Lampard has been urged to bring in his uncle Harry Redknapp to help him at Chelsea.

    Paul Merson said in his latest Daily Star column: “Frank Lampard needs an experienced coach like Harry Redknapp to come in and help him at Chelsea.

    “Someone he can use as a sounding board who isn’t a threat to his job but has plenty of knowledge and can give him good advice.

    “I don’t know how Frank hasn’t already reached out to someone like that and offered them a role at the club.”

  • Joe Brophy

    MILES AWAY

    Frank Lampard says Chelsea’s alarming loss of form is down to a lack of energy.

    Ahead of hosting Luton in the FA Cup on Sunday, Lamps said: “It was a really key thing when I heard Maddison speaking about Brendan Rodgers — a coach I have a lot of admiration for.

    “It was the message that, ‘If you don’t run, you don’t play’.

    “If I want to start my identity that’s how I start it.

    “From the minute I came into this club last year and started pre-season, with trips to Dublin and Japan, it was: ‘Can we run and be really good and effective off the ball and on the ball? Can we have energy in the team?’

    “That’s the first thing I want to see and it’s something we’ve definitely dropped off on, no doubt about that.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BILLY THE KID

    Billy Gilmour has delighted Chelsea fans ahead of a possible start against FA Cup outing against Luton.

  • Joe Brophy

    WRECK IT RALPH

    Alan Smith has hailed Chelsea managerial target Ralph Hasenhuttl.

    He told Stadium Astro: "Well I don’t want to see Frank Lampard out of a job, I think he deserves time.

    "But there’s no question that if Ralph was to get that job, he wouldn’t be out of his depth. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.

    "He would be invigorated by coaching better players I think. He’s got a bit of the Jurgen Klopp about him. That would be interesting."

  • Joe Brophy

    BELE FLOP

    Chelsea are among the clubs reportedly keeping tabs on Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele.

    Sport claim the Blues are set to rival Manchester United, Juventus and Bayern Munich by monitoring the Frenchman's contract situation.

    Dembele is only tied to the Liga giants until 2022 and Camp Nou officials are said to be against letting him enter the final 12 months of his deal.

  • Joe Brophy

    UPA AND AWAY

    Frank Lampard has targeted RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano as the long-term successor to Thiago Silva, according to reports.

    The Evening Standard claim the Blues have joined Manchester United and Bayern Munich for the 22-year-old's signature.

    The report adds that Chelsea view Upamecano as a possible long-term replacement for Silva who will be 37 at the end of the year.

  • Joe Brophy

    MARCS OUT OF TEN

    Marcus Rashford, 23, believes his England pals Mason Mount and Reece James can make a huge difference.

    After winning the Football Writers’ Association Tribute Award, Rashford said: “It is great.

    "The fact people are doing it off their own backs is an amazing feeling and for the future it is going to help massively for kids that are not born yet.

    "It is going to be a different environment which they come in to.

    “Hopefully it continues and more and more people come on board and start to do their own things, their own little ways of helping people. That is how change happens."

  • Joe Brophy

    TOP MARCS

    Marcus Rashford has hailed Reece James and Mason Mount for “amazing” charity work he believes can help change the world.

    Right-back James, 21, has been helping The Felix Project hand out healthy food to charities and schools.

    Meanwhile, 22-year-old midfielder Mount is a patron of Together for Short Lives, supporting children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

    And after winning the Football Writers’ Association Tribute Award, Rashford said: “It is great.

    “We have all experienced a tough year and change needs to happen, which is evident.

    "The fact people like Reece and Mason are doing that is amazing to see.”

  • Joe Brophy

    MUS PAY UP

    Jamal Musiala's wage demands have been holding up contract negotiations with Bayern Munich.

    The 17-year-old wants £100,000-a-week after just 20 senior appearances for the Bundesliga champions.

    He has 18 months left on his youth agreement and Allianz Arena bigwigs are eager to secure his future.

    But Goal claim negotiations between the club and player are advancing.

    The former Chelsea youngster is reportedly happy to remain at Bayern despite having plenty of admirers in the Premier League.

  • Joe Brophy

    LAMP LIGHT

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

    He 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.”

  • Joe Brophy

    PRICE IS RICE

    West Ham are reportedly considering slashing their asking price for Chelsea transfer target Declan Rice.

    According to the Guardian, Hammers bigwigs could be willing to sell the England international for £50million at the end of the season.

    The potential new fee is £30MILLION less than the asking price just last summer.

    It is claimed that West Ham are thinking of slashing their players' valuations due to the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.

  • Joe Brophy

    RED ALERT

    Frank Lampard has been urged to bring in his uncle Harry Redknapp to help him at Chelsea.

    Paul Merson said in his latest Daily Star column: “Frank Lampard needs an experienced coach like Harry Redknapp to come in and help him at Chelsea.

    “Someone he can use as a sounding board who isn’t a threat to his job but has plenty of knowledge and can give him good advice.

    “I don’t know how Frank hasn’t already reached out to someone like that and offered them a role at the club."

  • Joe Brophy

    TO BE FRANK

    Jose Mourinho refused to offer any backing to under-pressure Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

    The Spurs chief knows all too well what it's like to be axed at Stamford Bridge having been twice dismissed under Roman Abramovich.

    Yet when asked whether he’d like to offer any encouragement to his former midfielder Lampard, the Special One's response was brutal.

    Mourinho responded: “No, that’s not my problem at all.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Frank Lampard has vowed to fight his way out of trouble.

    The Chelsea boss is under the cosh after five defeats in eight Premier League games, amid mounting pressure over his future in the job.

    Speaking of handling the heat, Lampard said: “I’m a fighter first and foremost. It’s how I managed to make a career out of the game as a player.

    “I’m manager of the club that I love. When I packed up I could’ve come out of football completely.

    “I love the fact that if there are tough times and you fight your way out of them — and I include the players as well — it’s the best feeling in football. The best feeling you can possibly have.

    “It’s not going to be 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 that will win us the games we need to in the short term. It’ll be the passion, the desire and the togetherness of the team.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    TEENAGE DREAMS

    Former Chelsea ace Jason Cundy believes Billy Gilmour could be one to watch this weekend when the Blues face Luton.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BLUE IS THE COLOUR

    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.

  • Jake Lambourne

    LEAGUES BEHIND

    LaLiga chief Javier Tebas has slammed “selfish” Euro giants for backing the planned 20-club Super League.

    SunSport reported the Prem Big Six are being tempted by up to £310m each plus a minimum of £130m per year to join the breakaway alternative to the Champions League.

    And as further details of how the competition would be ENTIRELY run by the “founder” clubs, including a form of Financial Fair Play on transfer and wages spending, Tebas went after his three potential mutineers.

    Tebas said: “This is a clandestine and unviable project that would do a lot of damage to European football. I know what is going on and what is being discussed.

    “Those clubs working on this project behind the back of football institutions are not loyal to the competitions in which they participate.

    “I don’t understand why we should want change because of the theoretical selfishness of a few clubs.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    RAF AND READY

    Rafa Benitez has left Dalian Professional as the pressure builds on the managers at two of his former Premier League clubs.

    The ex-Newcastle boss has walked away from the Chinese Super League outfit citing family reasons amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    Benitez made the move to China in July 2019 after his Newcastle contract expired.

    He was replaced at St James' Park by Steve Bruce, who is under pressure after a string of poor results and performances.

    Chelsea are also reportedly considering Frank Lampard's future after falling out of title contention.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HAMMER BLOW

    West Ham have reportedly seen a loan enquiry for Emerson Palmieri rejected by Chelsea.

    The Hammers are looking to provide competition for Aaron Cresswell with Arthur Masuaku currently injured.

    And the London side have turned to Palmieri, according to the Mirror.

    However despite the defender out of favour under Frank Lampard, the Blues are said to have turned down West Ham's enquiry.

    They want Palmieri as cover should they pick up an injury.

  • Jake Lambourne

    CAI IT AIN'T SO

    Man Utd and Chelsea look set to be beaten to the transfer of Ecuador wonderkid Moises Caicedo by Brighton.

    Caicedo plays for Independiente del Valle in his native country of Ecuador, where he has become a regular feature.

    The 19-year-old box-to-box midfielder has also featured for Ecuador's national side making four appearances.

    Sky Sports reports that Caicedo is flying in to the UK to finalise a £4.5m move to the Seagulls.

    According to his club's general manager Santiago Morales, a work permit has already been arranged.

    There is also a 20 per cent sell-on clause in the transfer.

  • Jake Lambourne

    RICE IS RIGHT

    Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly in competition with two other Premier League clubs in the race to sign West Ham star Declan Rice.

    According to 90min, both Liverpool and Manchester City are keen on securing the England international's services.

    It has been claimed that the 22-year-old could cost in the region of £50million.

    Rice has spoken of his fondness for Chelsea in the past, but it remains to be seen who will manage to nab him should he decide to depart the Hammers.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ART ATTACK

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes Chelsea boss Frank Lampard deserves more time at Stamford Bridge, despite the Blues flattering to deceive in recent weeks.

    Arteta said: "I have known Frank for a few years and I spent some time with him and I would like the club to support him and give him a chance.

    "He has huge experience as a player, he is an icon over there and he has done some really good things.

    "You need time, and something we have not had in this calendar year is time to work on anything."

  • Jake Lambourne

    CHEEK OF IT

    Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus Cheek celebrates his 25th birthday today.

    Take a look below of his stunning strike against Brighton in 2019.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BLUE MOON

    Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has been accused of not getting along with his fellow team-mates in West London.

    Former Newcastle and Stoke midfielder Amdy Faye told Africa Foot United: "There is a big problem with Chelsea's defence.

    "We have the impression that Thiago Silva does not get along well with others.

    "In addition, Lampard changes his team all the time."

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