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CHELSEA will be hoping for better results in 2021 as Frank Lampard's men ended the year with a run of poor form.

Meanwhile Atletico Madrid are said to be interested in signing Olivier Giroud to replace Diego Costa, while we've the latest on Declan Rice's potential switch from West Ham.

Follow all the latest from the Bridge below…

  • Dave Fraser

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, BLUES FANS!

    The transfer window is open and that can only mean one thing. Speculation!

    To kick us off, Chelsea have reportedly joined Manchester United in the race to sign Jadon Sancho.

    The Borussia Dortmund star has been continually linked with a move back to the Premier League.

    And according to CBS Soccer podcast Que Golazo, there are TWO possible destinations for the England international.

    Chelsea are now keeping an eye on his situation in Germany and could dash United's hopes of landing the 20-year-old.

    But both clubs will have to wait until the end of the season – Dortmund are not considering a January sale of the star winger.

    One man who did swap Germany for West London was Timo Werner and Frank Lampard WILL get the best out of the striker, according to Tony Cascarino.

    The former Blues star believes a strike partner may be needed to boost Werner’s form.

    He told talkSPORT: “It’s a bit like Michael Owen; Michael Owen without Emile Heskey was never going to be the same player.

    “Michael was blisteringly quick but had not the greatest of touches, but he always fired goals when he had a big lad beside him to take the pressure off him.

    “Werner is exactly the same to me; he is blisteringly quick, his touch is not exceptional, he’s technically not bad but not great… he can’t play centre-forward on his own.

    “He just can’t, because he can’t lead a line or bring players into play. He has to play off the left side of someone."

    In sad news, former Chelsea manager Tommy Docherty passed away on New Year’s Eve at the age of 92.

    The Blues stated their ‘sadness’ after he lost a long battle with illness.

    Joining the club in 1961, he could not prevent relegation from Division One but revitalised the club and introduced the all-Blue kit scheme that remains today.

    With a team dubbed ‘Docherty’s Diamonds’, he led Chelsea to a League Cup win and FA Cup final before leaving in 1967.

  • Marc Mayo

    MAKE A WISH

    What will Chelsea fans be dreaming of when the clock strikes 12 tonight?

    Kai Havertz to hit form? Another new contract for Olivier Giroud?

    A league title?

    That’s what dreams are for…

    Credit: PA:Press Association
  • Marc Mayo

    MONEY MEN

    More details of Chelsea’s financial picture in 2020 have been released.

    With a £32.5million profit for the year ending June 30, turnover nonetheless fell from £446.7m to £407.4m.

    Broadcasting and matchday revenues decreased by £17.6m and £12.2m, largely due to the coronavirus pandemic hitting in March. Commercial revenue dropped by £9.5m.

    A total of £93.7m was invested in the squad, including contract extensions, but that figure will not include the entire summer window.

    Chairman Bruce Buck said: “In common with many, many businesses across the globe, the pandemic has had a significant impact on Chelsea’s income.

    “But it is a sign of the strength and stability of our financial operation that the company was still able to post a profit in the past financial year.”

  • Marc Mayo

    COUNTDOWN TO KICK-OFF

    Here’s all you need to know about Chelsea’s next game…

    Manchester City travel to Stamford Bridge for a Sunday evening meeting, on January 3.

    Pep Guardiola’s side have beaten their coronavirus outbreak to commit to the game.

    It kicks off at 4.30pm and is live on Sky Sports.

  • Marc Mayo

    LET’S GET DEFENSIVE

    A defender is the most likely January signing at Stamford Bridge, according to Goal.

    They name Ben White, David Alaba and Declan Rice as the first-choice targets.

    Bayern Munich star Alaba is out of contract in the summer while Rice will be hard to dislodge from West Ham.

    As reported by SunSport in the summer, the Blues see him as a potential centre-back if he moves across London.

  • Marc Mayo

    OBITUARY

    Tommy Docherty was the king of the one-liners.

    He could have done stand-up comedy standing on his head.

    And on his head, that sunny day at Wembley on May 21, 1977, sat the lid of the FA Cup trophy as he gambolled around the pitch at the scene of his greatest triumph.

    For Manchester United had just beaten all-conquering Liverpool.

    That meant the great rivals from Anfield could not go on to win a historic treble of the title, European Cup and the world’s oldest knockout competition.

    Read Ken Lawrence’s full tribute to the ex-Chelsea boss, who passed away today aged 92, HERE.

    Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd
  • Marc Mayo

    KAI BACKED

    Mateo Kovacic has spoken of his pleasure at seeing the ‘elegant’ Kai Havertz play for Chelsea.

    Some doubters remain on the German midfielder following a slow start at Stamford Bridge but Kovacic is content that he will come good.

    He told the Blues website: "I like a lot Kai Havertz. He is such a talented player. He is a great signing for Chelsea.

    "He will be a huge player for Chelsea and for world football, I’m sure of that. He has huge potential. 

    “He is such an elegant player. He just needs to learn to play in the Premier League, that’s all. 

    “It’s a difficult league with a huge tempo, and he will get used to it. Game by game he is getting better so I have no fear for Kai."

  • Marc Mayo

    JANUARY VIEW

    As December draws to a close, let’s take a look at what January has in store for Chelsea.

    Frank Lampard’s side won’t have to travel far for the first half of the month with Manchester City heading to the capital on January 3.

    Then it is the FA Cup third round and Morecambe are the visitors, on January 10.

    That comes before a Friday night West London derby in the Premier League, away to Fulham on January 15.

    Four days later and it’s a trip to Leicester before the possible FA Cup fourth round.

    January rounds off with a league meeting with Wolves on January 27.

    Not a cruise, but certainly not too tricky a schedule for the Blues to start 2021.

  • Marc Mayo

    IN THE BLUE

    Chelsea have announced their financial results for the year ending June 30, 2020 – with a profit of £32.5million.

    That figure only covers the initial part of the coronavirus crisis and their summer spending, but will nonetheless be seen as a very positive outcome for the club.

  • Marc Mayo

    DOCHERTY TRIBUTE

    Chelsea have released a statement following the death of former manager Tommy Docherty.

    The Scot passed away at the age of 92 after a long illness.

  • Marc Mayo

    RED ALERT

    A Reddit user took on Mason Mount’s FIFA Ultimate Team – and found it full of Liverpool players!

    The PlayStation player, nicknamed Charrisard, noticed the 99-rated Pro Player version of Mount that EA hands out only to the star themselves.

    Amazingly, the line-up featured a raft of Liverpool star surrounding Mount along with Ruud Gullit and Patrick Vieira – plus Nuno Espirito Santo on the bench.

    Some have speculated that Mount, a keen gamer, may have handed his Pro Player card to a friend or relative.

    But, either way, the Liverpool-stacked Mount team lost 6-4 to their rival on this occasion…

    The 'Mount team' on FIFA 21 captured by a Reddit user
  • Marc Mayo

    BRAND VALUES

    Covid-19 has had a huge impact on football clubs' worth, no doubt.

    But Manchester United are still the most valuable brand in the Premier League.

    Despite the pandemic, the Red Devils are worth a whopping £1.07bn, according to research conducted by Safe Betting Sites.

    Their nearest rivals on and off the pitch are Premier League champions Liverpool, who are valued at £1.02bn.

    While Tottenham are a bigger commercial entity than their North London enemies Arsenal.

  • Marc Mayo

    BREAKING NEWS

    Former Chelsea manager Tommy Docherty has died at the age of 92.

    Joining the club in 1961, he could not prevent relegation from Division One but revitalised the club and introduced the all-Blue kit scheme that remains today.

    With a team dubbed 'Docherty's Diamonds', he led Chelsea to a League Cup win and FA Cup final before leaving in 1967.

  • Marc Mayo

    WHICH-EMER WILL IT BE?

    Conflicting reports over Emerson Palmieri's future emerging out of Italy.

    After we brought you La Repubblica's verdict that Napoli cannot afford a move for the Chelsea left-back…

    Calciomercato report that the Serie A side ARE working on a deal to sign Emerson next month.

    Let's wait and see!

  • Marc Mayo

    ISCO BALL

    Where will Isco end up next month…

    Chelsea, Sevilla, Everton, Arsenal?

    Blues fans may be pleased to know that the Spaniard previously dropped a big hint over his dream destination.

    Speaking to Soccer Bible, the 28-year-old revealed Stamford Bridge to be one ground he would like to play at but was yet to have the chance.

    Now, Isco has stepped foot on the turf at the likes of Wembley, Anfield, Old Trafford and Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan – but not the Emirates.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    CHELSEA SEEK SIMAKAN

    Frank Lampard is reportedly keen on signing Mohamed Simakan from Strasbourg.

    French outlet Le 10 Sport claim AC Milan and Nice are also interested in the highly rated 20-year-old.

    The Mail Online report that Chelsea failed with a £12.5million bid for Frenchman Simakan last summer, but an offer of around £13.5million in January could be enough for Strasbourg to let him leave.

    Credit: AFP or licensors
  • Giacomo Pisa

    ROUNDUP

    Here's a roundup of all the Chelsea transfer news so far today Blues fans.

    Chelsea have reportedly joined Manchester United in the race to sign Jadon Sancho, who has admitted previously that he was a Blues fan as a child.

    Fabrizio Romano expects Olivier Giroud to stay at Stamford Bridge this January, but there are growing rumours about a potential offer from Atletico Madrid, who are searching for a striker after Diego Costa's contract was terminated.

    Emerson is wanted by Italian club Napoli on loan, but the Serie A side will have to sell first in order to free up wage space for the Brazilian left back.

    And finally Sami Khedira has praised Frank Lampard for the summer signing of Thiago Silva.

    It was earlier reported that 33-year-old World Cup winner Khedira wants a move to the Premier League, and the praise given to Frank Lampard could mean Khedira fancies a move to Stamford Bridge.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LONDON'S MOST VALUABLE

    Manchester United have the highest brand value in the Premier League, according to Safe Betting Sites, with the Red Devils' brand worth a whopping £1.07billion.

    Liverpool take second place with a brand value of around £1billion, with Manchester City in third with a value of £912million.

    Three London clubs fill the remainder of the top six, with Chelsea's brand value the highest in London, worth £769million.

    Tottenham's brand value is higher than Arsenal's for the first time, with Spurs brand valued at £636million, and Arsenal's being £568million.

    Credit: AFP – Getty
  • Giacomo Pisa

    EMERSON UPDATE

    It was earlier reported that Napoli are keen to sign Chelsea left back Emerson on a loan deal for the rest of the season.

    However, Italian outlet La Repubblica claim Napoli do not have the funds for Emerson's wages, and will need to sell a player before making a move.

    Full backs Faouzi Ghoulam and Mario Rui are reportedly up for sale, as the Italian club want Emerson at left back for the rest of the season.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ATLETICO EYE OLIVIER

    Atletico Madrid are still weighing up whether to make a move for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.

    Diego Simeone is keen to sign a striker after Diego Costa's contract was terminated, leaving Luis Suarez as the only striker at the club.

    32-year-old Giroud was widely tipped to be leaving Stamford Bridge in January after barely getting a look in at the start of the season, but a recent revival means he could see out his contract with the Blues.

    Giroud's deal runs out in the summer meaning he can leave on a free, so if Atletico submitted an offer in January, surely it would be hard for the Blues to refuse?

    Credit: EPA
  • Giacomo Pisa

    SAMI PRAISES LAMPS

    Sami Khedira has praised Frank Lampard for the summer signing of Thiago Silva.

    It was earlier reported that 33-year-old World Cup winner Khedira wants a move to the Premier League, and the praise given to Frank Lampard could mean Khedira fancies a move to Stamford Bridge.

    In an interview with the Athletic, Khedira said: "Take Frank Lampard. In Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, he’s brought in two outstanding footballers but the key signing is Thiago Silva at the age of 36.

    "Lampard knows that it’s not enough to have players who run fast and shoot hard.

    "You also need guys with experience that help others perform by force of their presence and personality.

    "A good manager sees the bigger picture and understands what pieces are missing to complete the puzzle."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DEBUT DAY

    Frank Lampard is expecting to hand a number of Chelsea youngsters their senior debuts in the FA Cup third round tie against Morecambe on Jaunuary 10.

    Goal report that Lewis Bate and Henry Lawrence are expected to start against League Two side Morecambe.

    However, there is uncertainty regarding whether the game will go ahead due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Morecambe camp.

    There has been no official announcement yet on the game being postponed, but if it does go ahead then expect an extremely youthful Chelsea side.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ALL CLEAR

    Chelsea will face Manchester City on Sunday after a round of negative test results for coronavirus.

    City's game at Everton on Monday night had to be called off amid fears the virus had spread through Pep Guardiola’s squad.

    Now though, it appears City have managed to contain the spread of the virus.

    After the club training ground re-opened on Wednesday afternoon, the whole first-team bubble will be tested again on Thursday and Saturday to ensure they still have a clean bill of health.

    That means the clash between Chelsea and City scheduled for January 3 should be ok to go ahead.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GOOD JOB JIMMY

    Chelsea legend Jimmy Greaves has been awarded an MBE in the New Year's honours list.

    Greaves played 169 games for the Blues, scoring a whopping 132 goals between 1957 and 1961.

    He has been recognised for the award for his services to English football.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    KEEP FAITH IN KAI

    Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has backed the struggling Kai Havertz to come good for the Blues.

    Havertz has one goal and two assists in fourteen Premier League appearances, and has lost his starting place in Frank Lampard's side.

    Speaking to Chelsea's official website, Kovacic said: "I like Kai Havertz a lot. He is such a talented player. He is a great signing for Chelsea.

    "He will be a huge player for Chelsea and for world football, I’m sure of that.

    "He just needs to learn to play in the Premier League, that’s all.

    "It’s a difficult league with a huge tempo, and he will get used to it.

    "Game by game he is getting better, so I have no fear for Kai."

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