Chelsea news and gossip is coming in thick and fast and Sportarena is on hand to bring you all the very latest from Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea in pole position to land David Alaba on free transfer next summer
Chelsea are already pressing ahead with plans to improve their squad for next season, despite we only three-and-a-half months into the current campaign.
According to reports, the Blues remain at the front of the queue to sign Bayern Munich veteran defender David Alaba on a free transfer in summer 2021.
Spanish outlet AS claim that the Premier League side aim to meet with the 28-year-old’s representatives in January in the hope of securing Alaba to a pre-contract.
His agent is Pini Zahavi who has concluded many deals with Blues owner Roman Abramovich in the past.
The Austria international will be a free agent at the end of the season, after Bayern decided to withdraw their offer for a new deal, and is free to talk to foreign clubs about his future in January transfer window.
Alaba’s stellar performances at the German giants has attracted a number of suitors with European heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Real Madrid all in the hunt for him as well. Liverpool and Manchester City have also been linked with the defender in the past too.
However, AS state that Chelsea lead the race with Frank Lampard keen to build his defence around David Alaba.
Barcelona considering moves for Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger
Barcelona have reportedly made Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger included Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi their alternative defensive targets if they fail to secure the sign of Eric Garcia when the transfer window opens next month.
Veteran defender Gerard Pique is likely to be sidelined for around four month after picking up a knee ligament injury in November, leaving Ronald Koeman’s side short of option in the centre of defence.
City defender Eric Garcia is still Koeman’s No 1 target but the Catalan giants have lined up the out-of-favour Rudiger and Mustafi as possible back-up options, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Lampard on left Hudson out of Blues squad against Spur
Frank Lampard has admitted it was difficult to tell starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi that he would play no part in Blues’ clash with Tottenham despite his good run of form.
The 20-year-old has impressed since making his way back into the team in recent weeks, having scored the opening goal in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Rennes before making a cameo role in the win over Newcastle United.
He looked set to feature in Sunday’s derby but manager Frank Lampard had to tell him that he would not be in the squad against Spurs, which ended in a goalless stalemate at Stamford Bridge.
And while it was a blow for the 20-year-old, Frank Lampard insists he is back in contention to face Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.
‘It was difficult to tell him that he wasn’t in the Spurs squad as his attitude has been bang on,’ said Lampard.
‘He was bright against Rennes and Newcastle. He is getting better and is back in contention and I want him to keep that going. I want him to stay positive.
‘I am aware of Callum and where he is at, he took it well but it wasn’t and easy conversation. I am not worried about the noise around it, I just have to pick the right squad. I have to work with him positively.
‘I can relate to it because we all have steps on the ladder. He got into the team and there was a lot of talk around him and he got a bad injury.
‘Now time and work have shown that he’s back and then you have to appreciate he is developing.
‘I have to see the bigger picture and he is hopefully going to have hundreds of games ahead of him. We have a big squad, it has to be a strength and not a weakness.’
Lampard issues update on Billy Gilmour ahead of Sevilla vs Chelsea
Frank Lampard has confirmed starlet Billy Gilmour is in contention to face Sevilla in the Uefa Champions League on Wednesday evening.
Gilmour is yet to feature for the first-team this campaign having struggled with a knee injury he picked up in the summer.
But Blues boss Frank Lampard delivered some good news in today’s pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday night’s clash with Sevilla, confirming Gilmour will be in the squad.
‘He is fit and he could probably do with some more match minutes,” he said.
‘He is in the squad tomorrow and it would be nice for him to get some minutes in these two group stages.
‘He has a great attitude and will compete with the rest of the midfielders.’
Gilmour, 19, played two games since his injury, both with the under-23s, playing his first full 90 minutes the week before last having previously played 60 minutes in the EFL Cup.
The Scott is one of the brightest up and coming talents from the Chelsea youth system and he has already racked up six league appearances for the first-team, as well as more outings in cup competitions.