7am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Declan Rice and Haaland LATEST updates, Giroud to Atletico Madrid

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…

  • Gary Stonehouse

    MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud could be on the move in January with Atletico Madrid reportedly keen on signing him.

    The LaLiga outfit are in the market for a new centre-forward after they mutually agreed to terminate the contract of ex-Blues fan favourite Diego Costa.

    According to Rai Sport, Diego Simeone has eyed up a potential move for the Frenchman who is in the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge.

    And Simeone has also spoken of Atletico's interest in Spanish left-back Marcos Alonso.

    Speaking yesterday ahead of their clash against Getafe, he said: “I am not talking about what is being said from the outside. I’m thinking about tomorrow’s game."

    In other news, Frank Lampard is statistically Chelsea’s joint-worst Premier League manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club.

    His current points-per-game (PPG) record of 1.70 is matched only by Andre Villas-Boas at the bottom of the pile.

    Lampard has 27 wins, 11 draws and 16 defeats from his 54 league games in charge since replacing Maurizio Sarri in the summer of 2019.

    And finally, West Ham midfielder Mark Noble has admitted he is unsure whether Chelsea target Declan Rice’s long-term future is with the Hammers.

    He told talkSPORT: “He’s still learning his trade, he’ll get much better with experience. I’m hoping it’s here [at West Ham] but in this game you never know.

    “I’m sure he’ll be a top, top player and an even better player in years to come.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TO BE FRANK

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has reflected on how the club have fared in 2020.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TIME TO DIE-GO

    Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has revealed why former Chelsea striker Diego Costa wanted to depart to Spanish side on a free transfer.

    He said: "We have spent a lot of time together over the years, he has given us a lot and we have given him a lot too.

    "We spoke about his personal issues and the club wanted to help him without harming its own interests and we feel better now we have resolved the issue.

    "He felt the need to find a new challenge, and I'm sure wherever he goes he will do well, because he's a fighter."

  • Jake Lambourne

    FEELING BLUE

    Former Chelsea left-back Graeme Le Saux has questioned why the Blues didn't give the ball to Ben Chilwell more during their draw against Aston Villa.

    He told Amazon Prime: "They should have given him the ball more and more and more.

    "I used to get so frustrated when you’re an outlet and people don’t give you the ball.

    "I think he could’ve been even more dangerous tonight if they had just fed him the ball a little bit more through the 90 minutes.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    CHIL OUT

    Aston Villa fans have taken aim at Ben Chilwell after the Chelsea left-back stated the Midlands outfit were lucky to snatch a point at Stamford Bridge.

    He said: "They’ve had one shot and they’ve scored. It’s disappointing, but we need to look at the positives – like 48 hours after a poor performance, we’ve played well and showed good character."

    To which one Villans supporter tweeted: "Flippant comment because he missed the chance to win the game at the death. Hell of an effort though."

    Another said: "Arrogance. Shame. I expected better from him."

    A third added: "You had a blinder on the pitch man, but way off with that quote. Good game, keep fit England needs you this summer."

    One simply stated: "They’re bitter because we matched them in every department."

  • Jake Lambourne

    PLEASED BERGER

    Ann-Katrin Berger admits to being unbothered by missing out on one of the women's games top goalkeeping awards this year.

    And the Chelsea ace, who emerged as one of the WSL’s best stoppers after overcoming thyroid cancer, still sees herself as an underdog in the sport.

    Berger told Fifa’s website: "It wasn’t a disappointment when I didn’t win, because I still see myself as an underdog. 

    “When I was nominated, I was the only goalkeeper yet to make their debut for their country. 

    “I went on the assumption that I wouldn’t win and still celebrated my nomination as a victory.

    "Apart from the pandemic, it was a very successful year for me – both individually and also for my team. 

    “Based on that, I’d say that while the pandemic obviously happened, I didn’t want to focus too much on it and preferred to concentrate on the sporting side of things instead. 

    “It was my safe place, as it were – that was all there was as far as I was concerned. It gave me more time to work on myself."

  • Jake Lambourne

    TIME OFF

    Premier League chiefs face an anxious wait to discover if the Covid crisis is running out of control – and risks leading to a potential short-term shutdown.

    Sheffield United followed Manchester City in reporting an outbreak of the virus, although their game at Burnley went ahead, so did Southampton’s clash with West Ham, despite boss Ralph Hassenhuttl isolating at home after a family member tested positive.

    Fulham have reported a number of positive cases ahead of their game at Spurs this evening, although no postponement request has yet been made.

    League bosses are now braced to announce an all-time high of Covid cases – after last week’s total set a worrying new record.

    The Prem confirmed 18 positive results from 1,479 tests between December 21 and 27, exceeding the early November previous record weekly tally of 16.

    But those figures did NOT include the latest results from City or the Blades and with the mutant strains running wild across the country there is genuine concern over the breadth of the contagion.

    And that could lead to club chiefs having to consider a temporary “circuit-breaking” shutdown, although at this stage that idea has not gone beyond the boardroom of a couple of clubs.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ROUD BEAUTY

    Since his move to England in 2012 from Montpellier, no player has scored more goals from headers in the Premier League than Olivier Giroud.

    The Chelsea striker has found the back of the net 32 times with his head.

  • Jake Lambourne

    MARK MY WORDS

    West Ham midfielder Mark Noble has admitted is unsure whether Chelsea target Declan Rice's long-term future is with the Hammers.

    He told talkSPORT: "He's still learning his trade, he'll get much better with experience. I’m hoping it’s here [at West Ham] but in this game you never know.

    "I’m sure he’ll be a top, top player and an even better player in years to come.

    "With Dec I don’t have to say too much. He’s such a great kid, got a great family, he’s a top, top player.

    "There are two or three things that I’ve been on him about in the last two seasons to change in what he does.

    I do believe that if he progresses then he’ll captain England one day. That’s the sort of player he is. He’s such a level-headed kid. You’ve got to remember he’s still only 21."

  • Jake Lambourne

    HAV SOME OF THAT

    German journalist Raimund Hinko believes that Kai Havertz regrets signing for Chelsea ahead of Bayern Munich.

    The BILD journalist said: "Kai Havertz, even if he doesn’t say it out loud, will have already cursed a hundred times that he moved from Leverkusen to the midfield bores of Chelsea, following the lure of money.

    “Everything went to pieces. No celebrating Christmas, far away from his family, trapped on the island, not even strumming a few contemplative songs on his piano.

    “Instead, watching from the draughty bench against bottom-of-the-table Arsenal in a 3-1 defeat. Then substituted for the last quarter of an hour.

    “A kind of mercy killing. The maximum punishment for such a great talent.

    “Havertz will have kicked himself often enough for not returning Bayern’s interest more vehemently as long as coach Hansi Flick was still interested in him.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    MENDY’S THOUGHTS

    Here’s what Chelsea shot-stopper Edouard Mendy had to say about yesterday’s draw:

    “Difficult game because Aston Villa is a good team.

    “I think it was better than Arsenal and West Ham and yes I think we played good today, and we deserved to win today.”

    When asked whether playing without Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva was different because of the language barrier, Mendy said:

    “No it’s not different because I already speak at the training ground or the game because I’ve already played with Tony [Rudiger] and Christensen so it’s easy for me to switch in English.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BEING FRANK

    Frank Lampard is statistically Chelsea's joint-worst Premier League manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club.

    His current points-per-game (PPG) record of 1.70 is matched only by Andre Villas-Boas at the bottom of the pile.

    Lampard has 27 wins, 11 draws and 16 defeats from his 54 league games in charge since replacing Maurizio Sarri in the summer of 2019.

    The Boxing Day defeat at Arsenal and draw at home to Aston Villa on Monday mean his win percentage has dropped to 50 per cent.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SIMEONE SPEAKS

    Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has spoken about the rumours surrounding Marcos Alonso, and his possible transfer to Madrid.

    He said: "I am not talking about what is being said from the outside. I’m thinking about tomorrow’s game.

    "We have a rival who always competes very well, they have not had positive results but they have improved and competed to the maximum in the games they’ve played."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    COSTA TO RETURN?

    Breaking news emerged earlier today that Diego Costa has had his contract terminated at Atletico Madrid.

    Reports suggest that Arsenal are interested in a move for the former Chelsea man, but there are some Blues fans who want Costa to return to the club.

    Costa played 89 times for the Blues, scoring 52 goals, as well as winning two Premier League titles.

    What do you think Blues fans, would you take Diego Costa back at Stamford Bridge?

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SIMEONE WANTS GIROUD

    Diego Costa has today had his Atletico Madrid contract terminated, meaning boss Diego Simeone needs a new striker to partner Luis Suarez.

    Rai Sport report that Olivier Giroud is the man Atletico are targeting, after Giroud's resurgence of sorts in recent weeks.

    Giroud could barely get a look in at the start of the season, but a return to the Chelsea side along with a handful of goals, including four in one game against Sevilla, mean he is now back in Frank Lampard's plans.

    That will not deter Atletico from making their move though, who know Giroud is out of contract in the summer, meaning Chelsea may have to cash in in January while they still can.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    MBAPPE TO THE FUTURE

    Thomas Tuchel has admitted he's 'interested' in taking over at Chelsea after being sacked by Paris Saint-Germain.

    Should the German take over in West London, he could bring a few old favourites with him, including superstar Kylian Mbappe.

    Timo Werner has struggled early in his Chelsea career and Tuchel could look for some elite back-up to ease the German in.

    Mauro Icardi could be the man Tuchel turns to, with the Argentine another of Tuchel's signings at PSG.

    Icardi has played just five times for PSG this season and has long been linked with a move to Chelsea.

    Elsewhere, Tuchel will likely realise the need for some more creative talent in midfield, with Marco Verratti another played long linked with a PSG exit.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BARKLEY LOAN

    Ross Barkley has impressed for Aston Villa since moving to the West Midlands on loan from the Blues in the summer.

    Barkley has two goals and an assist in just five Premier League games for the Villans

    When Villa boss Dean Smith was asked about a potential permanent transfer, he hold Birmingham Live:

    Smith said: "It’s not been discussed. The idea was to bring him on loan.

    "He’s a Chelsea player and they’ve got a long-term contract with him. That’s one Johan (Lange) and the owners will speak about."

    Credit: Reuters
  • Giacomo Pisa

    ZIYECH UPDATE

    Frank Lampard was questioned yesterday on whether Chelsea's poor run of form is related to the absence of Hakim Ziyech.

    He also gave hope to Chelsea fans that Ziyech could return to action in just amatter of days.

    "In his post match press conference Lampard said: "I don’t think it’s a coincidence.

    "You can’t rely completely on it. But with Hakim, the way he was playing, he was very effective in terms of assists, chance creation, and we were very fluid at the time when he got injured against Leeds.

    "Where is he at? There’s a possibility he could be fit for Man City if it goes ahead."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    OLD RELIABLE

    Olivier Giroud delivered the goods again for Frank Lampard last night, heading in the opening goal of the Blues 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.

    The Frenchman seemed to be heading towards the exit door at Stamford Bridge at the start of the season, but a return to the side along with a handful of recent goals mean Giroud could stay put at the Blues.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FRANK'S ANALYSIS

    Frank Lampard had this to say after last night's match to chelseatv on his side's performance:

    "[The] performance was there like you say, and after Arsenal I wanted that, that was my first thing today.

    "And of course three points is always paramount, [we] played some really good stuff, created enough chances, they score when we're a man down.

    "When it's tough moment it can happen, and Andreas is down, they keep the ball I suppose that's their prerogative and we're a man short in the box at that point.

    "[It's] typical of a tough moment and the lads pushed after that I can't ask for any more.

    "We can score at the end, we have chances [with] Chilly, Timo, corners, possession, entries into the box, shots at their goal so I'm not disappointed, I wanted three points but performance wise I'm not."

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    TOUGH FOR TIMO

    Timo Werner replaced Olivier Giroud in the 72nd minute last night.

    He touched the ball just eight times after coming on, but one of those was a good shooting opportunity inside the box.

    However Werner could only blast his effort over, meaning the German has now gone eleven games without a goal for the Blues.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ADIOS ALONSO

    Marcos Alonso is edging closer to the exit door at Stamford Bridge, with a six month loan deal to Atletico Madrid on the cards.

    Spanish outlet El Chiringuito are reporting that Alonso will move to the Spanish capital on a six month deal, with the Blues paying 50 percent of his wages.

    Alonso has not featured for the Blues since being hooked at half time in the 3-3 draw with West Brom in September, with his Stamford Bridge career seemingly coming to an end.

    The report states Alonso will fly out to Spain later this week to get the deal done.

    Credit: AFP
  • Giacomo Pisa

    STAY PUT

    Former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips thinks January Chelsea target Michael Olise should stay at Reading for the rest of the season.

    19-year-old Olise, who has four goals and seven assists this campaign, is also a target for Leeds and Liverpool.

    Kevin Phillips told Football Insider: "He should stay at Reading for the rest of the season. Stay and help get your club promoted"

    "Why would you leave? He is playing week in, week out. Is he going to play at Leeds? Probably not.

    "He may come off the bench and start the odd game but it would disrupt his development."

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    BIGGEST THREAT

    The majority of Chelsea's attacking play last night came through left back Ben Chilwell.

    The £50million summer arrival from Leicester delivered a number of dangerous crosses in from the left, including the assist for Olivier Giroud's goal, and was inches away from winning it for the Blues late on.

    Chelsea's average positions from last night show that the number 21 was actually on average the second highest man forward on the pitch for the Blues.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TELL HIM JT

    John Terry told a furious fan Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen 'should have got up' after his collision with Jack Grealish on Monday.

    The pair came together early in the second half at Stamford Bridge with play allowed to carry on despite the Danish international staying down hurt, with Villa eventually scoring while Christensen was on the deck.

    Sharing a video taken from the pitch inside an empty stadium, Terry wrote on Instagram: "Great to be back at the Bridge tonight @chelseafc.

    "Another great performance in the space of 48 hours from the boys @avfcofficial. Rest & Recover now for our next game. @elghazi21"

    One fuming fan commented: "You’d have been raging at that equaliser John. The sporting side of this game has disappeared."

    But Terry, 40, made his feelings clear, simply replying: "He should have got up."

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