9am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Pochettino shock choice to replace Lampard, Haaland bid planned, Alaba 'approach'

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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  • 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.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    RODGERS IS BEST MAN IF LAMPARD IS SACKED

    Brendan Rodgers has been hailed as Chelsea's best choice to succeed Frank Lampard.

    Former Blues' midfielder Craig Burley believes ex-PSG chief Thomas Tuchel is over-rated and one-time Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri too "pragmatic" for Blues' owner Roman Abramovich.

    Brendan Rodgers has guided Leicester to third in the Premier League, with Tuesday's 2-0 win over Chelsea sending Lamaprd's men down to eighthCredit: AFP

    Burley believes Leicester boss Lampard is up there with Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola in the list of the Premier League's top three coaches.

    The ex-Scotland star told ESPN: “Allegri is known for pragmatism. There is nothing wrong with that but Abramovich has always tried to get away from that. He had enough of it under [Jose] Mourinho.

    “I’m not a Thomas Tuchel fan. He’s done a decent job at Dortmund and PSG but I’m not on the Thomas Tuchel train.

    “I look at Brendan Rodgers as, at least, the third-best coach in the Premier League.

    “Is there anybody better [except Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola]? No, not even close.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    FEELING PIAZED OFF

    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.

    But Piazon, 26, only ever made three senior appearances for Chelsea, all coming in 2012.

    Piazon then took in loans at Malaga, Vitesse Arnhem, Eintracht Frankfurt, Reading, Fulham, Chievo and Rio Ave before being recalled by Chelsea this month.

    But with just six months left on his deal, Piazon was only being brought back in order to sell him to Braga on a four-and-a-half-year deal.

    Piazon told Oh My Goal: “When I turned 18, I was on the bench for the first time under Andre Villas-Boas and then the season finished.

    “And then it wasn’t him anymore, it was Roberto Di Matteo. 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.

    “[At different clubs] it’s always a big change and it takes time. You have to be patient but when you’re on loan there’s none. The pressure on you to perform is huge because you are from Chelsea.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    PREM GIANTS’ £310m EACH TO JOIN SUPER LEAGUE

    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.

    According to The Times, six English clubs were being eyed up as founder members of the Super League.

    This is most likely to have been the ‘Big Six’ of Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal – even though the latter two teams are currently placed eighth and tenth respectively.

    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.

    Liverpool, United, AC Milan and Real Madrid have been named as clubs involved in planning the Super League, with the Spanish giants’ president Florentino Perez a vocal advocate.

    Barcelona are one club who have already signed up for proposals, according to former chief Josep Maria Bartomeu.

  • Ian Tuckey

    TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT?

    Fikayo Tomori could complete his loan switch from Chelsea to AC Milan tonight.

    Chelsea want more game-time for defender Fikayo TomoriCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Reports suggest the Serie A leaders might even sign the England centre-back, 23, in time for training tomorrow, with a squad place at stake against Atalanta on Saturday.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CHELSEA STARS 'TOO NICE' TO 'LIGHTWEIGHT' HAVERTZ

    Former Chelsea defender 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 teammates 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. We used to have Mahrez in our changing room [at Leicester] who got a lot better, but the team took care of him by saying ‘you can’t just do one side of it or 10 minutes of the game’.

    "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."

  • Ian Tuckey

    TOP OF THE SHOTS

    Manchester United are top of the shots (with 110 on target) as well as the Premier League.

    And despite sliding down to eighth place in the Prem Chelsea are fourth in the shots table, on 99.

  • Ian Tuckey

    HOW TO MEND THE BRIDGE

    Chelsea stopper Edouard Mendy has opened up on what’s going wrong at Stamford Bridge.

    He told the club’s official website: “What we are missing at the moment is consistency, being good for the whole match. We often have a bad patch, concede a goal and it makes it too hard to recover. We need to find more consistency in matches to be able to get past this level of team.

    “It’s difficult to explain because we were in good form and then we got into difficulty. It happened very quickly. We need to concentrate on the return phase now and getting near the levels we were at.

    “It’s up to us to rectify the current situation and above all show more. We have to stay together and stay as positive as possible during this delicate moment.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    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.

  • Etienne Fermie

    SILVA LINING

    Looking for some light relief amid this bad run, Chelsea fans?

    This might be just what you were hoping for.

  • Etienne Fermie

    MORE-TO-CAMBE

    Ahead of Chelsea's FA Cup clash with Luton at the weekend, let's remind ourselves of how the Blues safely sealed their progress in the last round against League Two Morecambe.

  • Etienne Fermie

    SEEING RED

    Global football chiefs have slammed the door shut on plans for a breakaway European Super League.

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has been the ringleader of the plotters, regularly talking up the concept.

    But the Euro giants have now been warned they will find themselves banned from domestic leagues if they joined any breakaway.

    And players will be banned from taking part in the World Cup, European Championship or South America’s Copa America if their clubs are among the rebels.

    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.

  • Etienne Fermie

    YES HE KEN

    Chelsea loanee Kenedy scored an absolute screamer for Granada last night.

    The Brazilian, 24, has made 27 first-team appearances for the Blues.

    And he showed off that kind of pedigree, by smacking his side level against Villarreal.

    Trailing 2-1, he cut inside before feinting to shoot, beating his man in the process – then thumped the ball past the helpless goalkeeper.

  • Etienne Fermie

    TUCH AND GO

    It's no secret that Frank Lampard is under pressure at Chelsea, with results having gone downhill in the last couple of months.

    Ex-PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is one of the favourites for the job.

    So it's probably worth finding out some more about the German – SunSport's Jon Boon has you covered here.

    Credit: Alamy Live News
  • Etienne Fermie

    LOFTY AMBITIONS

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek delivered arguably his most impressive outing of the season, as his Fulham side took on Manchester United at Craven Cottage last night.

    The Chelsea-loanee was on the receiving end of a 2-1 defeat.

    But he encouraged fans with his performance, and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet in West London, being denied by David de Gea as he completed the 90 minutes.

    NINTCHDBPICT000631762115Credit: EPA
  • Etienne Fermie

    MANAGERS' UNION

    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."

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    POINTS GAME

    Chelsea's 2-0 defeat to Leicester City continued their miserable run in the Premier League.

    But it's not all doom and gloom for the Blues.

    Frank Lampard's men have collected seven points from losing positions this season – with only Manchester United, Liverpool and Leicester City having snatched more.

  • Etienne Fermie

    HATS OFF TO YOU

    Chelsea now turn their attention to Sunday's return to FA Cup action.

    Frank Lampard's under-pressure side will take on Championship outfit Luton Town at Stamford Bridge.

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