5.30pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Tomori SIGNS Milan contract, Pochettino to replace Lampard update, Haaland LATEST

ROMAN ABRAMOVICH is reportedly targeting Mauricio Pochettino, should he decide to sack Frank Lampard.

Meanwhile Chelsea's manager troubles aren't deterring them on the transfer front, with a bid for Erling Haaland reportedly being lined up.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    TOMORI'S FRESH START

    Fikayo Tomori has landed in Italy to complete his loan switch to AC Milan.

    The Chelsea defender is braced to join on a six-month deal with the option of a £27million permanent switch at the end of the season.

    Tomori, 23, will now undergo his medical before signing on the dotted line and being unveiled as an AC Milan player.

    The England international has fallen out of favour under Frank Lampard this season.

    He has slipped below Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen in the pecking order and has made just one Premier League appearance.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CATCHER OF THE RY

    MIKEL ARTETA will look towards Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand to provide competition at left-back, according to reports.

    Scottish international Kieran Tierney has been one of Arsenal’s best players this season having made that spot his own.

    But the Spaniard admitted he is in the market to add strength in depth in that position.

    Tierney’s understudy Sead Kolasinac was allowed to leave on loan this month.

    And while Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Bukayo Saka can fill the void, Arteta is aware it is a position he needs to invest in.

    According to Goal, Bertrand is eyed as a potential target with his Saints deal expiring in the summer.

    It means the England international could leave Saint Mary’s for a bargain fee to avoid losing him for nothing in six month’s time.

    It is claimed that Arsenal have made contact with the 31-year-old’s representatives over a potential deal.

  • Ian Tuckey

    TUCHEL 'FAVOURITE' TO BE NEXT BLUES' BOSS

    Thomas Tuchel has reportedly been installed as the favourite to become the new Chelsea manager.

    German outlet Bild claim the Blues will attempt to finish the current season under Frank Lampard but have already drawn up a shortlist to replace him.

    The report adds that a move for Massimiliano Allegri has already been ruled out with ex-Paris Saint-Germain boss Tuchel the favourite.

    Former RB Leipzig chief Ralf Rangnick is said to be Chelsea's alternative.

    Lampard has been made odds on to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked following Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Leicester.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CITY PREDICTED TO PIP UTD TO TITLE

    Manchester United are set to miss out on their first Premier League title since 2012-13, according to a supercomputer prediction.

    The Red Devils currently sit top of the pile after an impressive run of form either side of Christmas.

    Old Trafford fans haven’t tasted league glory since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge with the club desperate to add to their 20 top-flight crowns.

    However, they are set to be overtaken in the second-half of the season by local rivals Manchester City, according to a number-crunching supercomputer.

    United sit two points above Pep Guardiola’s squad – with City having a game in hand.

    And despite injury to star man Kevin De Bruyne, bettingexpert’s data points to another league crown for the Etihad giants.

  • Ian Tuckey

    FIKAYO ARRIVES FOR AC FITNESS TEST

    Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori was ushered in for his fitness test today ahead of his sixth-month load deal with Serie A leaders AC Milan.

    Newcastle, Southampton and West Brom were also linked with borrowing the one-cap England man, 23.

    But the Blues reportedly preferred him moving outside the Premier League.

    And it doesn't come much bigger than joining Milan…

  • Ian Tuckey

    BLUES' POSSIBLE XI VS LUTON

    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.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ALL-DAY QUEUE

    Bayern Munich have confirmed their interest in Dayot Upamecano ahead of a summer swoop.

    The Bundesliga giants will battle the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea for the defender’s signature.

    Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hinted the club will trigger Upamecano’s £38million release clause.

    He said: “We will of course deal with it, not only with this player, but in principle with all the positions where we want and need to do something.”

    When quizzed about a transfer agreement, he added: “It’s too early for something like that, he’s still a Leipzig player at least until the end of the season. But it’s common knowledge that he has a clause in his contract.”

    Manchester United have wanted him since he joined Leipzig for £9million in 2017 but the Red Devils missed out on his signature then because of a row over just £200,000.

    Chelsea have been linked to him as Frank Lampard looks to strengthen his defensive options.

  • Joshua Jones

    YOU BLUE IT

    John Terry trolled Liverpool as he questioned whether any team will ever beat Chelsea's unbeaten home record.

    The Reds' 68-game streak came to an end on Thursday night as Jurgen Klopp's side lost 1-0 to Burnley at Anfield.

    As a result, Chelsea's 86-game run from March 2004 to October 2008 is still the record.

    Stamford Bridge icon Terry, 40, decided to remind his fans of that last night.

    Speaking on Instagram, he said: "86 Games. 4 Years Unbeaten At Home @chelseafc.

    "Some record this is, it’s only when you retire and appreciate how good Liverpool have been to even get close to it.

    "Will This Ever Be Beaten?"

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  • Joshua Jones

    STAT ATTACK

    Ahead of the clash at Stamford Bridge, our friends at Opta have pulled together some juicy stats…

    • This is the first meeting between Chelsea and Luton since April 1994, when the Blues beat the Hatters 2-0 in the FA Cup semi-final to reach their first final since 1970. 
    • Luton have been eliminated from seven of their last eight FA Cup ties against Premier League opponents, beating Norwich as a non-league side in January 2013. 
    • Chelsea have progressed from 51 of their last 53 FA Cup ties against sides from a lower division, losing against Barnsley in March 2008 and Bradford in January 2015. 
    • Since losing to Chelsea in the 1993-94 semi-final, Luton have reached the FA Cup fifth round in just one of the subsequent 26 campaigns, doing so as a non-league side in 2012-13. 
    • Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has been involved in 25 goals in 32 FA Cup appearances in his career (16 goals, 9 assists), including 19 in 20 starts in the competition (12 goals, 7 assists).
    • Joshua Jones

      HATTERS IN THE CUP

      Chelsea are back in action on Sunday when they face Luton in the FA Cup fourth round.

      It is a 12pm kick-off at the Bridge and is live on BBC One. 

    • Joshua Jones

      NOT ALL A-LOAN

      Chelsea’s loan army have now scored 40 goals this season – more than the Blues' Premier League total.

      Brazilian Kenedy levelled for Granada in their 2-2 draw at Villarreal adding to the success of Chelsea's players out on loan.

      In stats shared by Twitter handle CarefreeYouth, it revealed the 15 scorers who have contributed to the 40 goals.

      Frank Lampard's struggling squad have managed just 33.

      Forward Ike Ugbo, playing for Cercle Brugge in Belgium, is leading the way with ten goals on loan this term.

    • Joshua Jones

      COSTLY TRANSFER

      Diego Costa has rejected an offer from Turkish side Trabzonspor, according to reports.

      The Spanish international is a free agent after having his contract terminated six months early by Atletico Madrid.

      Costa, 32, is said to be receiving plenty of interest from Turkey and the Middle East.

      But Trabzonspor would appear unlikely to be his next destination, with AS claiming that the former Chelsea striker has turned down a £43,000-a-week contract to sign for the Super Lig side.

      The six-time champions offered Costa the security of a three-year contract, but failed to get close to matching his salary demands.

      The Spanish outlet claim that the forward was earning around treble Trabzonspor's offer at Atletico.

    • Joshua Jones

      NOT NASTY ENOUGH

      Robert Huth has accused the Blues dressing room of being 'too nice' to Kai Havertz as the German youngster continues to struggle at Stamford Bridge.

      The 21-year-old, who signed for Frank Lampard's side for £70 million in the summer, has scored just one Premier League goal in 20 games so far this season.

      And Huth, who played for Chelsea's title-winning sides in 2005 and 2006, believes the German's team-mates need to start getting tougher with him.

      He told Stadium Astro: "I just don’t like his body language at all, he looks a bit lightweight.

      "It’s his first year, but he looks like he’s not bothered at times. He loses the ball, gives it away and doesn’t work back.

      "It is a difficult time to come in with no fans, but you just want to shake him.

      "Maybe Chelsea lack that internal leader or leaders where that conversation happens. It’s not always a nice conversation to have when you’re not performing well, but it needs to happen.

      "He needs someone to tell him what it takes to play in the Premier League. Maybe the whole changing room is a little bit too nice."

    • Joshua Jones

      DRINK IT IN

      Danny Drinkwater has hit back at a troll with a quick retort on Instagram.

      The midfielder has endured a sharp fall from grace since signing for Chelsea in 2017.

      Drinkwater, 30, hasn't featured for the Blues' first-team since the 2018 Community Shield, and was this week shipped out to Turkish side Kasimpasa on loan.

      Upon his move, the former Leicester star invited fans to ask him questions on Instagram.

      But he appeared to take exception with one user asking him: "Where did your career go wrong?"

      The former England international replied with a picture of himself lifting the Premier League trophy with the Foxes.

      And he simply captioned the image: "Go wrong?"

    • Joshua Jones

      LOAN RANGER

      Lucas Piazon has blasted Chelsea for loaning out him SEVEN times in nine years.

      The Brazilian winger joined the Blues in 2011 from Sao Paulo for a fee reported to be worth around £10million.

      Piazon told Oh My Goal: “We [the loanees] would come back and go to pre-season with the new coach, and new players were coming in from the summer.

      “They were always like, ‘if you do well the coach might keep you’. But deep down inside we knew we didn’t have a chance because they were paying big money for the players and the club would definitely use them.

      “In the beginning I felt Chelsea really wanted me and really wanted me to do well and come back.

      “But after the third or fourth loan, I knew it was just maybe business.

      “The pressure on you to perform is huge because you are from Chelsea.”

    • Joshua Jones

      PACKING A PUNCH

      Fernando Torres’ amazing body transformation is so extreme even WWE couldn't resist making a comment.

      The former Chelsea man put his El Nino nickname to shame by bulking up after hanging up his boots.

      But the world only took notice after announcing his sponsorship partnership with a Southeast Asian casino website.

      Torres, 36, has also just been unveiled as the new Atletico Madrid B boss following a coaching role at the side.

      So it is unlikely he'll take up a potential offer from the WWE.

      After BT Sport Twitter saw the pic of Torres' muscles bulging, they wrote: "'El Nino' looks like he's ready for the Royal Rumble. Fernando Torres getting in shape for January 31st."

    • Joshua Jones

      BAY’S MAY DAY

      Bayern Munich have confirmed their interest in Dayot Upamecano ahead of a summer swoop.

      The Bundesliga giants will battle the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea for the defender's signature.

      Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hinted the club will trigger Upamecano's £38million release clause.

      He said: "We will of course deal with it, not only with this player, but in principle with all the positions where we want and need to do something."

      When quizzed about a transfer agreement, he added: "It's too early for something like that, he's still a Leipzig player at least until the end of the season. But it's common knowledge that he has a clause in his contract."

      Manchester United have wanted him since he joined Leipzig for £9million in 2017 but the Red Devils missed out on his signature then because of a row over just £200,000.

      Chelsea have been linked to him as Frank Lampard looks to strengthen his defensive options.

    • Joshua Jones

      FIFA FIGHTBACK 

      But after recent developments, the plans do look in jeopardy.

      Fifa and the six intercontinental federations released a strongly-worded statement on 20 January banning players and clubs in a Super League from their competitions.

      The statement read: "In light of recent media speculation about the creation of a closed European 'Super League' by some European clubs.

      "Fifa and the six confederations once again would like to reiterate and strongly emphasise that such a competition would not be recognised by either Fifa or the respective confederation.

      "Any club or player involved in such a competition would as a consequence not be allowed to participate in any competition organised by Fifa or their respective confederation."

      Uefa are expected to confirm the details of the new-look Champions League to take effect from the 2024-25 season in the next few months.

    • Joshua Jones

      ARE EU READY?

      Premier League clubs agreeing to join a new European Super League were in line for a £310million payment, it has been claimed.

      New leaked documents have emerged amid Fifa's attempt to kill off the proposal.

      The so-called ‘big six’ English clubs were being eyed up as founder members of the Super League.

      A huge £3.1billion fund was being formulated by the competition's organisers, which was to be split between the 15 founder clubs.

      The payment, ranging from £89m to £310m, was reportedly described as an 'infrastructure grant' to spend on stadiums, training facilities and account for lost pandemic revenue.

      Along with the 15 founder teams, including Italian, Spanish, German and French teams, five other sides would reportedly have qualified for the Super League.

      Two groups of ten teams would play out the first round before two-legged quarter-finals and semi-finals, and then a final on neutral ground.

      The tournament was expected to be funded by TV rights money, with clubs also told they can sell some matches on their own streaming services.

    • Joshua Jones

      TOM OFF TODAY?

      Fikayo Tomori is set to join AC Milan on loan after the clubs reportedly reached an agreement.

      The 23-year-old will join the Serie A leaders on a six-month deal and the Italians will have the option to buy him in the summer.

      Talks stepped up on Thursday night and deal paperwork between the two clubs has been exchanged, according to the Times.

    • William Pugh

      MORNING CHELSEA FANS!

      Mauricio Pochettino is rated Chelsea's top choice if Frank Lampard gets axed – and Blues' players are accused of being too nice to 'lightweight' Kai Havertz.

      Former PSG chief Thomas Tuchel and ex-Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri remain the frontrunners should Blues owner Roman Abramovich lose patience with Lampard.

      But some reports claim new PSG manager Pochettino would be the boss that Abramovich most wants.

      Another twist in the managerial speculation is former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley insisting Leicester chief Brendan Rodgers is the ideal candidate.

      Burley believes only Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola can rival Rodgers as coaches in the Prem.

      Talking of ex-Blues, Robert Huth has delivered a brutal verdict on fellow German and £70million summer buy Havertz.

      Former centre-back Huth told Stadium Astro: “I just don’t like his body language at all, he looks a bit lightweight.

      "He loses the ball, gives it away and doesn’t work back.

      “He needs someone to tell him what it takes to play in the Premier League. Maybe the whole changing room is a little bit too nice.”

      Finally, England defender Fikayo Tomori has completed a six-month loan switch to AC Milan.

    • Ian Tuckey

      TOMORI SEALS AC SWITCH

      Chelsea's England defender Fikayo Tomori has completed his loan move to Serie A leaders AC Milan for the rest of the season.

      Newcastle were amongst the 23-year-old's other suitors.

    • Ian Tuckey

      WARMING UP FOR LUTON

      Chelsea's hugely-expensive squad are stepping up preparations for Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at home to mid-table Championship side Luton.

    • Ian Tuckey

      BLUES' MAUR KEEN

      Mauricio Pochettino is still Chelsea's top choice if Frank Lampard gets sacked.

      That's the claim from the Daily Mail, despite the ex-Tottenham chief just taking over PSG on a two-and-a-half year deal.

      Former PSG chief Thomas Tuchel and ex-Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri remain favourites, though, should Blues owner Roman Abramovich lose patience with Lampard.

      Ex-Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is rated a potential successor to Frank Lampard at Chelsea despite just taking the PSG jobCredit: AFP or licensors
    • Ian Tuckey

      ARTETA BACKS LAMPARD

      Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has wished struggling Chelsea boss Frank Lampard well amid his struggles at Stamford Bridge.

      The Spaniard said: “When any of my colleagues are in difficulties, I don’t smile.

      “If anything, I would like to support them and I had a lot of support from a lot of managers in the league when we were going through rough times, even some advice as well and that’s how it should be.

      “We are competing with each other but we share a profession and we know the challenges of this profession. So I wish Frank the best.”

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