12.30pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Caicedo LATEST, Simakan linked, Giroud 'set to stay' at Bridge

CHELSEA are in FA Cup action this weekend as they welcome League Two side Morecambe to the Bridge.

On the transfer front, we've the very latest on interest in Moises Caicedo plus an update on the future of Olivier Giroud.

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  • Josh Graham

    FA CUP MEMORIES

    The Blues face Morecambe on Sunday in the FA Cup.

    But eight years ago it was Ramires who stole the show with a double against Portsmouth – note the involvement of current boss Frank Lampard.

  • Josh Graham

    PIAZ OF CAKE

    Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon's move to Braga is reportedly set to be 'made official soon'.

    The Record reports the player is ready to seal a permanent switch to Portugal.

    His Blues contract is up in the summer and he was most recently on loan at Rio Ave.

    Piazon has not appeared for Chelsea in EIGHT years, spending them all on loan, but is technically the Blues' longest serving player.

  • Josh Graham

    ROUD AWAKENING

    West Ham are reportedly interested in Olivier Giroud as David Moyes looks to replace Sebastian Haller.

    Flop Haller was sold to Ajax in a fee believed to be around £25million.

    West Ham are reportedly interested in Olivier GiroudCredit: AFP

    It is around a 50 per cent hit on the £45m the Hammers paid Eintracht Frankfurt 18 months ago.

    Eurosport reports Giroud is considering his future after fluctuating spells in and out of Frank Lampard's starting XI.

    The former Arsenal forward's contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the season.

  • Josh Graham

    GO GET EM

    Napoli are reportedly 'dreaming' of signing Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri.

    Gazzetta dello Sport reports the Italian side are showing a real interest in the fringe Blues star.

    Emerson and outcast Marcos Alonso are both behind Ben Chilwell in Frank Lampard's pecking order.

  • Josh Graham

    CHELSEA BOSZ

    Kai Havertz's old manager at Bayern Leverkusen, Peter Bosz, says he doesn't see where the star fits into Frank Lampard's plans.

    The £70million man has failed to hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge after being tried in a number of positions – despite previously lighting up the Bundesliga.

    Frank Lampard has struggled to get Kai Havertz firingCredit: Andy Hooper-The Daily Mail

    Bosz told The Athletic: "As for Kai, I can see why Chelsea brought him in but I cannot yet see the exact idea Frank Lampard has for him.

    "It’s really good that he protects him in the press, though. But in the end, you must deliver, you must score goals and make goals. For a €100 million transfer you must play, and he isn’t.”

  • Josh Graham

    WRIGHT OR WRONG

    Ian Wright has questioned Frank Lampard for blaming his players for the Blues' slump in form.

    Chelsea boss Lampard held his players accountable for the 3-1 defeat by Arsenal on Boxing Day.

    And speaking on Optus Sport's The Kelly and Wrighty Show, Gunners legend Wright said: "What that says to me is that he [Lampard] has obviously had a couple of blasts in the dressing room about their performances.

    "And he’s told them in certain terms that they’re not performing to the levels.

    “But to say it out loud in the public, the players [would] probably feel a little bit aggrieved by that.”

  • Josh Graham

    TEAM OF THE YEAR

    Chelsea players Thiago Silva and Mateo Kovacic have been nominated for video game Fifa's team of the year.

  • Josh Graham

    BRITISH BEEF

    Chelsea are on a mission to land the best young British stars as Brexit has led to restrictions on overseas recruitment.

    Frank Lampard's side have been busy developing relationships around the UK with junior teams including Newcastle City Juniors.

    English clubs will no longer be allowed to sign players from abroad until they turn 18 due to Britain's Brexit deal.

    A points-based system will also be introduced to cap the number of foreign players that are able to play in the UK.

    The Blues have created a link with Newcastle City Juniors – who train just three miles from St James' Park.

    Chelsea have even loaned a state of the art camera system to the youth club to allow them to record training sessions and games.

    According to the Mail, a spokesman from Stamford Bridge said: "Establishing and maintaining good relationships with grassroots clubs up and down the country is something we have always been keen on."

  • Richard Forrester

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS,

    Chelsea’s bumper new signings need more time to settle in, according to striker Tammy Abraham.

    The Blues are ninth in the Premier League and the likes of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner are yet to hit top form in England.

    Abraham said: “We have hardly had any time to train together and to work out how each other play so we’re just taking every day as it comes at the moment.

    “Every game we play, we’re learning new things about each other. I’m starting to understand them more and they’re starting to understand me more so hopefully we drive each other and be the best we can be.”

    Meanwhile, Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta still aims to bag a Champions League winners medal with the Blues.

    He told the club’s website: “When I signed I was so happy. I walked through the door for the first time and was sitting next to legends of the game, and then was on the pitch with them.

    “I could see straightaway the ambition and desire of the club. It was a big step forward in my career. The club had just won the Champions League and I wanted to be part of that success in the future.

    “It’s the biggest trophy, and being a Chelsea player you have the biggest ambition for trophies. That’s one that I would like to achieve.

    “We know it’s a new competition that starts in February, seven games, and every detail counts. We have to learn from the Bayern Munich games last season, make it right and hopefully go as far as possible.”

    And finally, Frank Lampard has been back to turn things around at Chelsea by former boss Avram Grant.

    He said on Instagram: “About the current situation I can say only this. You need to be strong when things are not going well, when things are going well everyone is a genius and knows what to do.

    “But in the situation like this when things aren’t going well you need to be strong, look for solutions and show a lot about your character.”

    Grant added: “What I can say to Frank and the others at the club is be patient, and more than this do whatever is necessary to do that’s for sure. Two things: never lost it even when things are going well, don’t lose your fighting spirit at the highest level.

    “And second, don’t lose what you have here [points at head] you need to think right and look for solutions. If you do that then everything will be okay because the quality is there and there is a potential like there was [at Chelsea] in my time.”

  • Joe Brophy

    DEC FOR SURE

    Tony Cottee wants West Ham to target two January signings — boss David Moyes and star player Declan Rice.

    He exclusively told SunSport: “As far as I’m concerned the only two signings to be bothered about are David Moyes and Declan.

    “I’m pretty sure that even now, with his elevated status, Dec will not be earning the same kind of money as the top men in the squad.

    “But he’s their most valuable player and in time will become the next captain after Mark Noble.

    “I know he signed a five-year deal not so long ago but get him tied down and up there with the bigger earners and make him a bedrock of the future team.

    “We all know other teams are interested. West Ham should be acting to secure Declan, so he is not allowed to drift into the last two years of his contract and possibly leave on a free transfer.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WISH IS GRANTED

    Frank Lampard has been back to turn things around at Chelsea by former boss Avram Grant.

    He said on Instagram: "About the current situation I can say only this. You need to be strong when things are not going well, when things are going well everyone is a genius and knows what to do.

    "But in the situation like this when things aren't going well you need to be strong, look for solutions and show a lot about your character."

    Grant added: "What I can say to Frank and the others at the club is be patient, and more than this do whatever is necessary to do that's for sure. Two things: never lost it even when things are going well, don't lose your fighting spirit at the highest level.

    "And second, don't lose what you have here [points at head] you need to think right and look for solutions. If you do that then everything will be okay because the quality is there and there is a potential like there was [at Chelsea] in my time."

  • Joe Brophy

    SPEAKING FRANKLY

    Frank Lampard has been back to turn things around at Chelsea by former boss Avram Grant.

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    A post shared by Avram Grant (@avramgrant_)

  • Joe Brophy

    JANUARY DEALINGS

    Will Frank Lampard be given the chance to add another name to this list in the transfer window to turn around Chelsea's recent poor form?

  • Joe Brophy

    ROAD TO THE FINAL

    Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta still aims to bag a Champions League winners medal with the Blues.

    He told the club’s website: “When I signed I was so happy. I walked through the door for the first time and was sitting next to legends of the game, and then was on the pitch with them.

    “I could see straightaway the ambition and desire of the club. It was a big step forward in my career. The club had just won the Champions League and I wanted to be part of that success in the future.

    “It’s the biggest trophy, and being a Chelsea player you have the biggest ambition for trophies. That’s one that I would like to achieve.

    “We know it’s a new competition that starts in February, seven games, and every detail counts. We have to learn from the Bayern Munich games last season, make it right and hopefully go as far as possible.”

  • Joe Brophy

    GAME ON

    Sean Dyche says footballers should be fast-tracked for coronavirus vaccination, to prevent the game being forced into another shutdown.

    He explained: “I think vaccination throughout the game is the way forward for football.

    “I appreciate some people will be surprised by that comment, but if you think about it, we’re all going to get vaccinated.

    "And we all wanted football back, for the cash it generates through tax, and the well-being it generates has been seen.

    “The obvious most high-profile example is Marcus Rashford and what he achieved. There’s a lot of good come through football,

    “I am not trying to step in front of key workers, the vulnerable or anyone who needs it. But if there is a window to fast track football, then you would keep it on the TV in a really tough period.

    “I appreciate there will be people who disagree with me wholeheartedly. But I just feel the balance between getting vaccinations to footballers quicker, the payback would be enormous by comparison.”

  • Joe Brophy

    POT LUCK

    This season's FA Cup winners will bank just half what Arsenal received last year – at £3.4million.

    The Gunners scooped a total £6.8m for beating Chelsea at Wembley in May.

  • Joe Brophy

    KAI IN THE SKY

    Despite a difficult start to his Chelsea career, Kai Havertz remains one of the world's most valuable footballers.

    That is according to the latest CIES Football Observatory, whose algorithm uses such factors as performance, age and contract length, as well as club and country represented to determine an individual's worth.

  • Joe Brophy

    HELPING HAND

    Chelsea FC are once again providing free accommodation to support NHS workers during the pandemic.

    The club said: "Club owner Roman Abramovich will again be covering the costs of providing the accommodation, which includes bed and breakfast, in the Copthorne Hotel. A similar initiative was rolled out last March in response to the first coronavirus outbreak in London.

    "Many of the medical staff will be working long hours and may not be able to travel home or would have to make long commutes at a time when the virus is so transmissible. The rooms will be initially available until the next government review in mid-February.

    "Millennium Hotels and Resorts, who manage the hotel, are supportive and assisting the club in providing this service to the NHS."

  • Joe Brophy

    HANDS OFF DEC

    Chelsea staff are reportedly doubful over the potential signing of Declan Rice.

    David Orstein told the Athletic's YouTube channel: “This [Rice] is a target driven by Lampard and there are some at Stamford Bridge who harbour reservations, including over whether Rice has corrected certain perceived weaknesses that contributed to the decision to release him from their academy as a teenager.

    “And also, the sure scale of finance it would take to get him out of West Ham.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SILVA LINING

    Chelsea fans have the chance to send two of their own into FIFA 21's Team of the Year.

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Fikayo Tomori’s hopes of a loan move away from Chelsea look to have been scuppered by a knee injury suffered by Andreas Christensen.

    Tomori had been hoping to secure a temporary deal this month after finding his first team chances limited at Stamford Bridge this season.

    But centre-back Christensen has undergone scans on the injury suffered in the draw with Aston Villa.

    And the club fear that will leave him sidelined for a period.

    That leaves Chelsea boss Frank Lampard short of defensive options.

    And Tomori is now seen as needed in the first team squad for the foreseeable future.

    Newcastle had shown an interest in taking the 23-year-old on loan until the end of the season. And Leeds have also been linked with Marcelo Bielsa seeing key defenders ruled out through injury.

  • Josh Graham

    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DREAM

    Despite Chelsea's poor form, club captain Cesar Azpilicueta still aims to bag a Champions League winners medal with the Blues.

    The Spanish right-back became the 13th Chelsea player to reach 400 appearances for the club in the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City last weekend.

    But the former Marseille man is still dreaming of big things at Stamford Bridge.

    He told the club's website: "When I signed I was so happy. I walked through the door for the first time and was sitting next to legends of the game, and then was on the pitch with them.

    "I could see straightaway the ambition and desire of the club. It was a big step forward in my career. The club had just won the Champions League and I wanted to be part of that success in the future.

    "It’s the biggest trophy, and being a Chelsea player you have the biggest ambition for trophies. That’s one that I would like to achieve.

    "We know it’s a new competition that starts in February, seven games, and every detail counts. We have to learn from the Bayern Munich games last season, make it right and hopefully go as far as possible."

  • Josh Graham

    CES THE DAY

    Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has reflected on the changing role of the full-back in football after racking up his 400th Blues appearance.

    The Spaniard told the club's website: "Football has changed a lot since I arrived here. There is a different pace and it’s become more and more physical.

    "Now we see a lot of full-backs nearly like wingers, very quick and they go up and down.

    "Back in the day we saw more centre-backs who could adapt to right and left-back and were more defensive.

    "Now we see former wingers who are becoming full-backs and doing well."

  • Josh Graham

    JOR BLIMEY

    Catch this interview with Chelsea midfielder Jorginho.

  • Josh Graham

    BLANK SLATE

    Chelsea's goalkeepers are hard at work as Frank Lampard's side attempt to end their current slump.

     

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