7am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Olivier Giroud could join Inter Miami, Jorginho admits Arsenal talks – The Sun

CHELSEA were 2-0 winners at Newcastle on their return to Premier League action.

But Olivier Giroud is keen to leave the club in summer while Jorginho has admitted that negotiations were held with Arsenal over the summer.

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  • supal

    MORNING BLUES FANS

    Chelsea's Billy Gilmour continued his return for injury on Sunday with a goal for the Under-23s.

    The midfielder started and scored on Sunday as Chelsea's youngsters came from 2-0 down to draw with Manchester City in Premier League 2.

    Gilmour has been sidelined since July after suffering a knee injury during a pre-season match against Crystal Palace.

    Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud's future appears to be elsewhere – with David Beckham's MLS outfit Inter Miami linked with a move for the French star.

    In an interview with Telefoot he said: “It's worrying. I thought I still had a role to play at Chelsea but my playing time is getting reduced a lot. It's going to have to change or a decision must be made.

    “I am clear-headed about my situation: I will have to make a decision in January. I hope to make the right one, as I have always done.”

    But Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is set to block Aston Villa from making a permanent move for in-form midfielder Ross Barkley.

    Lampard has been impressed by the former Toffees man's rejuvenation and has revealed he will be part of his plans next season, according to 90min.

    Barkley has clocked up three goals and one assist in nine appearances across all competitions.

  • Jon Boon

    EYE EYE CAPTAIN

    West Ham know that Chelsea target Declan Rice will leave the club, which is why they've made him captain, Patrice Evra has claimed.

    The French defender was a pundit on Sky Sport watching West Ham's 1-0 win over Sheffield United on Sunday – a game in which Rice was named ahead of Noble as skipper for the Irons

    Rice is reportedly a top priority for Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and Evra sees the England midfielder eventually moving to Stamford Bridge.

    “Moyes has given him the captaincy, so for me, it symbols the future of West Ham. It’s not easy to put Mark Noble on the bench,” Evra explained.

    “They know they are going to lose him, because many big clubs are interested in Declan, but right now, he’s the man of West Ham. I’m not surprised.

    “I knew this player would never allow his head to get bigger because he’s so focused and so humble, and you can see him smiling – he’s happy, what a joy. I’m very pleased for him.”

  • Jon Boon

    RODGERS AND OUT

    SKY SPORTS pundit Jamie Carragher believes Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers could be headed for the hot-seat at Stamford Bridge, should Frank Lampard's job ever be available in the future.

    Rodgers has excelled at Leicester City, guiding the club to a fifth place finish last term.

    And Carragher believes that the former Liverpool boss could make the ideal Chelsea boss one day.

    “Brendan Rodgers is the best British coach out there, no doubt,” he said.

    “Maybe you could argue that the Liverpool job came too early but I think he did a good job, coming closer than any manager to winning the League in 30 years.

    “He’s a fantastic coach, he’s done a great job at Leicester and I think his next job could be a Chelsea or an Arsenal.

    “Maybe it would be difficult to go back to Liverpool or to coach Manchester United, given the Liverpool connection, but I think he’ll be up for the top jobs in this country, maybe England too.”

  • Jon Boon

    NO GO

    CHELSEA boss Frank Lampard will block Aston Villa's permanent move for Ross Barkley, according to reports.

    Lampard is said to have been impressed with the midfielder's form since his loan move to Villa Park.

    And the 42-year-old has even picked up the phone to ring Barkley and congratulate him on his success, while signalling his intent to integrate him into his first team, according to 90min.

    Barkley, 26, has been in red-hot form for the Midland giants who are enjoying an impressive start to the season and are currently seventh. 

    The former Toffees star has clocked up three goals and one assist in nine appearances across all competitions.

  • Jon Boon

    NO PEN

    IAN WRIGHT has revealed penalty takers Jorginho and Bruno Fernandes' penalty technique should be banned.

    Both the Chelsea and the Manchester United man are famous for stopping their run-up with a skip before striking the ball, often bamboozling goalkeepers.

    But Match of the Day pundit Wright believes it should be outlawed after Fernandes' latest effort against West Brom which was initially saved by goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, until it was ordered to be retaken after the keeper strayed from his line.

    “It is [difficult for goalkeepers],” he said on the BBC.

    “And then you've got forwards jumping up, doing this, doing that sort of stuff and the goalie can't move his foot off.

    “They should stop people jumping and that, they should have to make a full… just run at the ball and hit it. If they can move and the goalies can't, that's not fair.”

    Host Gary Lineker then posed the question: “Are you going to have a law that says you can't jump?”

    To which Wright, 57, replied: “Yeah, you have to go straight through your penalty run-up, no jumping.”

  • Jon Boon

    BILLY THE GOAT

    Billy Gilmour has earned rave reviews after his comeback for Chelsea's U23 side.

    The Scottish midfielder, 19, is back on the first team trail following a knee injury that curtailed his progress in the first team back in July.

    And he appeared against Manchester City in the 2-2 Premier Leage 2 draw – scoring a goal and impressing fans on Twitter.

    @imahadjr wrote: “Generational talent,” while @piesie_sam said: “That was a sweet come back though, we'll get better. Nice to see that great performance from @billygilmourrr once again.”

    @KumbuMwenda asked: When will the boy be back in the senior team??”

  • Jon Boon

    TITLE CONTENDERS

    Former Chelsea star Craig Burley believes his former side are better equipped than London rivals Tottenham to mount a title challenge.

    Frank Lampard's men ran out 2-0 winners at Newcastle on Saturday, as new signings Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell have settled in well.

    It's impressed Burley, who tipped them for future success.

    “Oh yeah. I think Chelsea are a much more talented team than Spurs,” Burley told ESPN.

    “Tottenham have a good squad but Chelsea have an unbelievable amount of attacking players.

    “They got great experience in with the signing of Thiago Silva, they’ve got a natural left-back in Ben Chilwell. The rise of Reece James has been meteoric, he’s taking his game to a new level.

    “They’ve strengthened their goalkeeper situation and Frank [Lampard] has mentioned that N’Golo Kante is looking like the player he was a couple of years ago.

    “I just think Chelsea have better options [than Tottenham]. They’re in as good shape as they can be to mount a title challenge.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    KOSCIELNY ADVICE

    Oliver Giroud has revealed that Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny has given him some career advice as he ponders his Chelsea future.

    In an interview with Telefoot he said: “I have a lot of desire and freshness, and what makes a career last is also the head.

    “We would like things to be a little easier, but we grow through adversity.

    “And as my buddy [Laurent] Koscielny often says: 'I am the best when my back is against the wall'.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    GILMOUR SCORES

    Chelsea's Billy Gilmour continued his return for injury on Sunday with a goal for the Under-23s.

    The midfielder started and scored on Sunday as Chelsea's youngsters came from 2-0 down to draw with Manchester City in Premier League 2.

    Gilmour has been sidelined since July after suffering a knee injury during a pre-season match against Crystal Palace.

  • Justin Lawrence

    RICE JOY

    West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice has admitted being released by Chelsea as a 14-year-old was the best thing that could have happened to him.

    Rice, who was been heavily linked with a big-money return to the Blues in the summer transfer window – was released by the west London-based club when he was a teenager.

    The England international has previously admitted that he was left crying his eyes out following the release from the Chelsea academy.

    When asked if his move to the Hammers was a good thing he said: “I think so. I think that’s the making of me to be honest with you.

    “I had to move to West Ham at 14, away from my family. I’m a family boy, love my mum and dad, live at home with them, and to leave them at 14 to play with people I don’t know from Monday to Friday, I think that shaped me into the person I am.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    COLE'S THEORY

    Ex-midfielder Joe Cole believes both Frank Lampard and Roman Abramovich deserve plenty of credit for Chelsea's impressive start to the season.

    Cole has credited Lampard with piecing the cogs together and Abramovich for backing his young manager.

    He said: “Frank has to take a lot of credit for that. The ownership has to take a lot of credit for that for sticking by Frank, just giving him the money to spend.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    GIROUD'S FUTURE

    Chelsea striker Oliver Giroud has revealed that he will have to make a decision on his Chelsea career in January.

    In an interview with Telefoot he said: “It's worrying. I thought I still had a role to play at Chelsea but my playing time is getting reduced a lot. It's going to have to change or a decision must be made.

    “I am clear-headed about my situation: I will have to make a decision in January. I hope to make the right one, as I have always done.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    HARGREAVES BELIEF

    Owen Hargreaves believes Tammy Abraham will be dropped by Frank Lampard when Christian Pulisic returns to full fitness.

    Abraham scored and was awarded the Man of the Match award in Chelsea's 2-0 win over Newcastle at St James’ Park.

    But Hargreaves doesn't believe that this will be enough to keep him in the starting line-up.

    He said: “Undroppable? Timo Werner is undroppable. But Abraham is making himself a really good squad player.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    KLOPP FEAR

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said he fears Chelsea could challenge for his side for the title this year.

    He believes several clubs could challenge for the Premier League title this year and Chelsea will be one of them.

    Klopp said: “But I'm a little bit afraid it won't be Guardiola against Klopp over the next few years as it looks like Frank (Lampard) and Chelsea are building a proper team there.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    DEFENSIVE PRAISE

    Frank Lampard has praised defender Antonio Rudiger after his strong return to the Chelsea squad in the side's 2-0 win over Newcastle.

    He said:It's not easy to ask them to come straight into the team and perform because it means they need a good attitude through the week and how they prepare.

    “But I've got confidence in Toni and I thought his performance alongside Kurt (Zouma) was very strong.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    GILMOUR PRAISE

    Frank Lampard has once again sung the praise of starlet Billy Gilmour.

    The Scottish teenager is edging closer to a return action, following a torn meniscus in July when Chelsea played Crystal Palace.

    Speaking on his recovery he said: “He is fit again. He played on Wednesday night in the EFL Trophy, got good minutes and I’ve heard he played well so we are happy with him and he’ll play again at the weekend in the Under-23's.

    “He’s getting minutes but he’s not match fit.

    “That will be a short period as he is a generally fit boy.

    “I’m really excited to have him back fit.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    WERNER WARNING

    Ian Wright has warned Frank Lampard that new signing Timo Werner has got to be more clinical in front of goal if Chelsea are to challenge for the Premier League.

    Werner fluffed his lines on a number of occasions when presented with guilt-edged chances to find the net in the Blues 2-0 win over Newcastle.

    Wright said: “I think today I thought Tammy was a lot better with his movement and got his goal in the end and Timo Werner he was kind of wasteful with the kind of chances that we know he normally will take.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    CHELSEA TRANSFER BATTLE

    Chelsea, Arsenal and Leeds United are reportedly in a fight to sign AFC Wimbledon starlet Quaine Bartley.

    The three clubs are interested in signing the 16-year-old, who is tipped to make his first-team debut for the League One club, according to TEAMtalk.

    The report claims that Bartley is not pushing for a move despite the Premier League interest and he remains hopeful he could force himself into the first-team at the New Plough Lane this season.

  • Justin Lawrence

    BECKHAM EYES GIROUD

    David Beckham is reportedly interested in taking Oliver Giroud from Chelsea to play in the US with his team Inter Miami.

    The veteran striker is a target for the Florida franchise after falling to third choice under Frank Lampard at Chelsea, according to The Mirror.

    Giroud could be interested in the move in order to keep his place in Didier Deschamps' France squad.

  • Justin Lawrence

    KANTE PRAISE

    Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has heaped praise onto N’Golo Kante as he gets back to his best for the Blues.

    Lampard has spoken in glowing terms about how good it is to see the 29-year-old back to his old self.

    He said: ” We’ve been working very hard to get him fit and fresh with how we manage his training and game time. But his levels of performance are really high.”

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    AVERAGE POSITIONS

    Here is how Chelsea lined up in their 2-0 win at Newcastle.

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    IT'S A TIM' GAME

    Frank Lampard has told Timo Werner to keep being a threat for Chelsea, despite drawing a blank at St James’ Park.

    Werner missed a host of chances but his rapid run setting up Abraham had Lampard purring.

    The Chelsea boss said: “Sometimes it doesn’t go in for you but he was a real threat, especially on the transition which is important against a team like Newcastle who are hard to break down when they are set.

    “But when they try to open up you need players like that, and I thought the pace with which he travelled with the ball was special.

    “And then the unselfishness to find Tammy. You rely on top players to do those things.”

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Chelsea moved to the top of the Premier League table – albeit for just a few hours – with a 2-0 win at Newcastle.

    An own-goal from Federico Fernandez opened the scoring at St James’ Park, with the Blues dominating all areas of the pitch.

    Tammy Abraham sealed the win in the second half but Chelsea will have been left frustrated by their number of missed chances in front of goal.

    And boss Frank Lampard urged his side to remain grounded after their third consecutive league win.

    He said: “The Premier League is tough, relentless, and we dealt with the challenge of the game very well.

    “I won't get excited about being top of the table for five minutes. It's important to be humble and know it's a long race.”

    Meanwhile, Super Frank also praised Timo Werner, who took Newcastle apart countless times despite being unable to net himself.

    Lampard added: “He [Werner] had a couple of chances and sometimes it doesn't go in for you, but I thought he was a real threat for us throughout.

    “You need players of that quality to win game and the pace he travels with the ball is something special.

    “He was so unselfish, and you rely on those players who are top-class.”

    Finally, Arsenal reportedly attempted to sign Chelsea vice-captain Jorginho over the summer.

    The Athletic claims talks were held as Mikel Arteta tried to land the Italian midfielder.

    It's reckoned Jorginho was wanted to play alongside Thomas Partey, but the ace ended up staying at Stamford Bridge.

  • Anthony Chapman

    BY JORG

    Arsenal reportedly attempted to sign Chelsea vice-captain Jorginho over the summer.

    The Athletic claims talks were held as Mikel Arteta tried to land the Italian midfielder.

    It's reckoned Jorginho was wanted to play alongside Thomas Partey.

    But the ace ended up staying at Stamford Bridge.

  • Anthony Chapman

    KANTE BELIEVE IT

    Frank Lampard has hailed N’Golo Kante’s recent impact following his return to full fitness.

    The Chelsea gaffer beamed: “We’ve been working very hard to get him fit and fresh with how we manage his training and game time.

    “But his levels of performance are really high. I’m really, really happy with how he’s playing.

    “Because every time you train and you allow him off the leash in training, he makes ridiculous output because that’s the way he plays.

    “We are very careful with that and at the minute we are in a good place and hopefully that continues.”

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