5pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Tommy Docherty tributes, Declan Rice LATEST updates, Giroud linked to Atletico move

MARINA GRANOVSKAIA has reportedly thrown a spanner into Chelsea's January plans by only agreeing to sanction a move for Declan Rice.

Meanwhile Atletico Madrid are said to be interested in signing Olivier Giroud to replace Diego Costa, just as Chelsea did in 2018.

Follow all the latest from the Bridge below…

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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  • 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."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    HAVING A LAUGH

    It's been a strange year Chelsea fans, but these moments from Blues training sessions in the last twelve months should help put a smile on your face.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FEELING THE BLUES

    Chelsea have reportedly joined Manchester United in the race to sign Jadon Sancho.

    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.

    Chelsea have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Sancho after the winger admitted he was a Blues fan growing up.

    Manchester United were heavily speculated with his return to England in the summer but refused to stump up his £108million asking price.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    AZPI'S ASPIRATIONS

    The main hope for Chelsea club captain Cesar Azpilicueta is to get fans back into stadiums in 2021.

    Speaking to Chelsea's official website, Azpilicueta said: "I would like to see the stadium full of fans.

    "That would be a sign we are going back to normality. Unfortunately, since March it has been difficult for a lot of people.

    "So many jobs are at risk so it is a moment to stay responsible and follow the rules.

    "People are going through tough periods but we have to try and remain positive.

    "Hopefully we can get over this being better and I am sure we will enjoy every second more."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SHOULDA GOT GREALISH

    Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley thinks the Blues missed a trick in the summer by not targeting Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.

    Grealish has been in sensational form for the Villans, while Chelsea's big name signings have struggled to adapt to life in South-West London.

    Burley told ESPN FC:"I wouldn’t have been against signing Jack Grealish. He’s been superb again, a fantastic season.

    "He has a bit of everything. At the moment Havertz is lost and Werner has lost his confidence.

    "Timo Werner is a different kettle of fish because Jack Grealish is a midfielder who can do a bit of everything. Werner is an attacker, and in essence so is Havertz – although he can play a little deeper.

    "Grealish would have given them more options than Havertz."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    EMERSON ON THE MOVE

    According to reports in Italy, Chelsea left back Emerson is a loan target for Napoli in January.

    Emerson has struggled to nail down a starting spot ever since his arrival at the Blues, and the signing of Ben Chilwell in the summer means his chances have been even more limited.

    Corriere Dello Sport state that Napoli are keen to take Brazilian Emerson on a six month loan deal.

    However, with Marcos Alonso seemingly edging towards a move to Atletico Madrid, the Blues may have to keep hold of 26-year-old Emerson in case of an injury to Chilwell.

    Either way, Chelsea are likely to lose at least one left back once the transfer window opens tomorrow.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    JORGINHO TO GO?

    Chelsea midfielder Jorginho's Stamford Bridge days seem to be numbered, with his agent stating a move to Italy could be on the cards.

    Jorginho has struggled to cement a starting place in Frank Lampard's midfield, but he is likely to remain at the Blues in January, although a summer exit is a possibility.

    29-year-old Jorginho joined the Blues in 2018, and has made over 100 appearances in the centre of Chelsea's midfield.

    Football Italia report that the Italian's agent Joao Santos said: "Jorge is a Chelsea player and he is very happy there, but I wouldn’t rule out a return to Italy in future."

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    OLI'S STAYING

    Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has states Olivier Giroud will be going nowhere in January.

    The 33-year-old Frenchman has struggled during his near three years with the Blues to establish himself as first-choice.

    Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham have been preferred to him in attack this term, although he has had a revival of sorts in recent weeks.

    Giroud has eight goals in his last eight matches for Chelsea, but will become a free agent at the end of the season.

    However it seems likely he will not be going anywhere in January, and will stay in South-West London until his contract expires.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    THE KEY

    Frank Lampard has been urged to sign a striker in a similar mould to Emile Heskey to get the best out of Timo Werner.

    Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino told talkSPORT: "It’s a tricky one, because I’ve seen a lot of Werner and when he was at Leipzig he played alongside Poulsen who is a big centre-forward, and he played off the left of him and thrived.

    “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."

  • Josh Graham

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Atletico Madrid have identified Olivier Giroud as the ideal replacement for Diego Costa, who left the club on Tuesday.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, Atletico will attempt to sign Giroud in the January transfer window but are hoping to do business with a small cash offer.

    That could be a bit hard considering Chelsea have spent over £200million in the summer and would look for a significant sum to balance the books.

    But then again Atleti are banking on the Blues’ fear of losing their striker for free in the summer when his contract expires

    Meanwhile, Chelsea have recently been linked with a shock bid for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Braut Haaland.

    Haaland has been on fire ever since moving to Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg earlier this year as he has already netted a staggering 33 goals in 32 matches across all competitions.

    Rumours have surfaced suggesting the Blues will try and sign the star striker in January but that is extremely unlikely.

    And that is because club director Marina Granovskaia is keen on only one transfer in the January transfer window with Declan Rice posing as a priority.

    Plus, Dortmund would almost definitely never agree to let such an important player leave in the middle of the season

    Finally, Man Utd are leading the charge for Chelsea target Moises Caicedo.

    Fabrizio Romano claims contacts have been made with the 19-year-old Ecuador midfielder.

    There are no bids on the table yet but the ball is in United’s court.

    And it’s now up to the Red Devils to make their move before Chelsea and other sides join the fray.

  • Anthony Chapman

    GO FOR SANCHO

    Chelsea are apparently eyeing a shock deal for Jadon Sancho.

    The Que Golazo podcast via Football.London claims the Blues are closely monitoring his situation.

    Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech have both suffered injuries this term, forcing Timo Werner to the wings.

    But Frank Lampard will have to wait until the summer if he wants to make a move for England international Sancho.

  • Anthony Chapman

    MORE PREM COVID Q&A

    CAN’T THEY JUST MAKE UP THE GAMES?

    It’s not that easy. The delayed start means the Prem season, normally spread over 34 weekends, is actually being played over 32, with two extra midweek dates scheduled.

    But there is far less wriggle room after European games meant midweeks were unavailable until the middle of December.

    Prem fixture planners have set aside three “catch-up” dates – March 2, April 20 and May 19 – but there is still not enough room if teams go deep in Europe and the domestic cups.

    YES, BUT WHAT ABOUT EXTENDING THE SEASON?

    No can do. Unless there is a Europe-wide shutdown, the Prem must finish on May 23, to give players time to prepare for the delayed Euro 2020 starting in June.

    The Europa League and Champions League Finals are the following week, too.

    SO WHAT IF THERE IS A SERIES OF INFECTIONS?

    Being unable to complete the full season is the Prem’s worst fear, especially as clubs would have to confirm “curtailment rules” allowing a points per game calculation.

    They were already split on how many matches need to be played for the season to be deemed legitimate – and are now LESS likely to reach agreement. 

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