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CHELSEA hammered Sheffield United 4-1 at Stamford Bridge as Hakim Ziyech turned in a masterclass.

But they could face a battle to keep hold of N'Golo Kante with Antonio Conte reportedly desperate to bring the midfielder to Inter.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • Jim Sheridan

    ALONS-GO

    Crystal Palace are reportedly considering signing Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso should Patrick van Aanholt depart Selhurst Park.

    The Dutch defender is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, with the Eagles already eyeing up potential replacements.

    According to the Daily Mail, Palace are still keen to extend the 30-year-old's stay in South London.

    But they are aware he may not agree terms, and have already identified Chelsea outcast Alonso as one possible target.

    It has also been stated that Marseille star Jordan Amavi – who spent two seasons at Aston Villa – is another option.

    The news report also adds that Palace will look to offer new deals to Jairo Riedewald, Tyrick Mitchell, Gary Cahill, Scott Dann and Vicente Guaita.

    Alonso has been deemed as surplus to requirement by Frank Lampard following the arrival of Ben Chilwell at Stamford Bridge.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Reece James has credited new Chelsea signings Thiago Silva and Hakim Ziyech with improving his own game.

    The Blues full-back told The Athletic: “Thiago has brought a lot of experience.

    “I have played alongside him a few times now. He has helped me a lot. You can see straight away why he has been one of the best in the world.

    “Further forward, there have been signs with Hakim in training. Ever since he arrived, we got on well. I knew I would be playing behind him.”

    Ross Barkley remains in Chelsea manager Frank Lampard's plans beyond the 2020-21 season, according to 90min.

    Barkley joined Aston Villa on a season-long loan in the summer but has reportedly been told by Lampard there is still a place for him at Stamford Bridge.

    The 26-year-old has impressed since joining Villa and is hoping to force his way back into England contention ahead of next summer's Euros.

    Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is still keen on a reunion with midfielder N'Golo Kante.

    However, any move will rely on Inter finding a buyer for out-of-favour Christian Eriksen.

    Finally, West Ham are considering a £7million move for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud in January.

    The 34-year-old has played just 154 minutes this season, scoring one goal.

  • Daniel Brookes

    INTER STILL WANT KANTE

    Inter Milan are still interested in Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

    However, any move for Kante rests on Inter's ability to offload Christian Eriksen.

    Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is known to be keen on a reunion with the Frenchman.

    Kante and Blues boss Frank Lampard were reported to have fallen out earlier this season but the World Cup winner has featured regularly since the pair squashed their beef.

  • Daniel Brookes

    BARK-ING MAD

    Ross Barkley remains in Chelsea manager Frank Lampard's plans beyond the 2020-21 season, according to 90min.

    Barkley joined Aston Villa on a season-long loan in the summer but has reportedly been told by Lampard there is still a place for him at Stamford Bridge.

    The 26-year-old has impressed since joining Villa and is hoping to force his way back into England contention ahead of next summer's Euros.

  • Daniel Brookes

    JAMES PRAISES SILVA, ZIYECH

    Reece James has credited new Chelsea signings Thiago Silva and Hakim Ziyech with improving his own game.

    The Blues full-back told The Athletic: “Thiago has brought a lot of experience.

    “I have played alongside him a few times now. He has helped me a lot. You can see straight away why he has been one of the best in the world.

    “He constantly talks to me throughout games, helping me in my positioning, directing me and making sure he is talking to me before, during and after games. It all adds up and improves performances.

    “Further forward, there have been signs with Hakim in training. Ever since he arrived, we got on well. I knew I would be playing behind him.

    “We clicked early and tried to build this connection in training to use this season. His left foot is just unbelievably good.”

  • Daniel Brookes

    WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT

    Chelsea and Arsenal will go head-to-head in the race to sign Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng.

    The ex-Manchester City defender will become a free agent next summer after the European champions refused to offer him a new contract.

    Boateng, 32, will be free to negotiate terms with other clubs from January.

    Sport Bild reports Tottenham are also interested in the former Germany international.

  • Daniel Brookes

    WEST HAM EYE GIROUD

    West Ham are considering a £7million move for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.

    The Frenchman has struggled for game time at Stamford Bridge this season following the arrival of Timo Werner.

    Giroud has played just 154 minutes this season, scoring one goal.

    The 34-year-old scored eight goals in Chelsea's final 12 league matches of last season.

  • Daniel Brookes

    HAVERTZ RECOVERY

    Chelsea newboy Kai Havertz has provided fans with an update on his coronavirus recovery.

    The German's diagnosis meant he missed the Blues' wins over Rennes and Sheffield United.

  • Joe Brophy

    RETURNING HOME

    Timo Werner has admitted it is extra special returning to Leipzig now with the German national team.

    He said: “I’ve really been looking forward to coming back here.

    “It felt a little like I was coming home after being on holiday. I always like returning to Leipzig so international games here are always twice as special for me.

    “The Nations League was introduced so that you have competitive games against other very good teams. It’s a good test, especially ahead of the Euros.

    “When you’re taking part in a competition, you always want to win and finish first in the group, qualify for the final four and then win that as well. That is the kind of success that brings a team together and helps it to improve.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SILVA MEDAL

    Ben Chilwell has hailed the impact Brazilian defender Thiago Silva has had on him.

    “Yes, he is a massive personality,” He told Soccer AM.

    “When you train with him and you play with him he just has that calming aura.

    “For me, against Burnley, where I played alongside him, he was constantly telling me where to be in my positioning, helping me out.

    “Even when the ball is on the other side of the pitch, [he is saying] 'Chilly [Chilwell], tuck in a bit. Chilly, you can go wider now.'

    “To be able to play with someone who has played at the top level and can literally help you for the whole 90 minutes… that kind of goes unnoticed – how good he is to play with.

    “So, hopefully, we can keep him fit for the whole season so that he can help us win a lot of games.

    “Like I said, he is brilliant to watch on the ball, but in terms of helping everyone around him, he is top as well.”

  • Joe Brophy

    GOAL OF THE MONTH

    Blues fans are tasked with picking between either of Timo Werner's two goals against Southampton as well as Kai Havert'z first Premier League strike in that game.

    Hakim Ziyech is also in the running with his finish against Burnley while Sam Kerr and youngster Jude Soonsup-Bell complete the line-up.

  • Joe Brophy

    PALM OFF

    Chelsea left back Emerson Palmieri has dropped a transfer hint of a return to Serie A.

    “Here at the national team I play, I have fun and I'm fine”, Emerson told CalcioMercato.

    “The coach told me that the best solution for me is to play, at Chelsea or in another team, let's wait for the next two months and see what will happen.

    “Unfortunately I'm not playing at Chelsea, but I'm calm, I think things can improve in London or in another place.

    “There was some interest in me but not concrete things. I'd like to return to play in Italy but I can't say if it will happen in January or in five years.”

  • Joe Brophy

    KANE AND ABLE

    Following Jorginho's misses from the spot, Timo Werner has taken over Chelsea's 12-yard responsibility and hasn't looked back.

    Ben Chilwell told Soccer AM: “We were talking on the bench after I'd come off [against Rennes] how good his penalties are.

    “In front of goal he is so good.

    “He has similar characteristics to both Vardy and Kane.

    “In terms of running the channels and how quick he is, he's similar to Vardy.

    “With Harry, his link-up play and finishing is similar so he's definitely in a category with those two.

    “At Chelsea, we're very lucky to have him.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TIM IS RIGHT

    Timo Werner is on a par with Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy, according to Ben Chilwell.

    The English duo have been among the Premier League's top strikers for almost half a decade, both surpassing a century of goals.

    He told Soccer AM: “He's up there with [Kane and Vardy] and he can go on to be absolutely world class for a long time, the next ten years or so.

    “I think when you look at his age and how prolific he is in front of goal, even now his stats at Chelsea he's scored a lot of goals already.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    HAV A GO

    Kai Havertz has revealed what it would mean to him to win the title with Chelsea.

    Speaking on the club website, he said: “We're a young team with many great players and we think offensively.

    “We want to build something and attack, which motivates me a lot.

    “A title with Chelsea is just worth a lot more.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    BLUE IS THE COLOUR

  • Jake Lambourne

    FAB ADVICE

    Cesc Fabregas believes Mikel Arteta should adopt a similar approach to former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at Arsenal.

    He told 90min.com: “That’s they key nowadays, especially from what I’ve seen in the last four or five years with coaches that I’ve had.

    “They come with an idea, they try to start with that idea, but as soon as something goes wrong, they become a little bit… not scared, but they prefer to get results and get confidence, rather than keep going with their philosophy or their ideas and lose.

    “Like [Jose] Mourinho always used to say, you need to be pragmatic. Maybe at the beginning nowadays, you do need to get results first, I don’t deny that, but you have to have the personality.

    “For example, someone like Patrick Vieira at Nice. I followed him at New York City and now at Nice for a few years.

    “He has a young squad but he goes with his philosophy no matter what. He likes to play. He knows that the kids will make mistakes, but he says ‘If you make a mistake, it’s on me’. He has the personality to not change.

    “You will not see Vieira going 4-4-2 in a defensive way or something like that because he always believes in his players and his methodology. It’s very nice to see coaches like this.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    WELL GOOD

    Ben Chilwell has heaped praise on Timo Werner as he compared him to Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane.

    He told Soccer AM: ” I’d already say he’s up there with them two [Kane and Vardy] and he can definitely go on to be absolutely world-class for a long time for the next 10 years or so.

    “I think when you look at his age and how prolific he is in front of goal, even now his start to Chelsea he’s scored a lot of goals already. Just in front of goal he’s so good.”

    Before adding: “He has similar characteristics to both Vards and Harry to be fair.

    “In terms of running the channels and how quick he is it’s similar to Vards. ‘With Harry his link-up play and is finishing is similar. He’s definitely in a category with them two.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    LIVE AND WERN

    Timo Werner has claimed playing at Chelsea is making him more robust.

    Speaking at a press conference, the Blues star said: “In England, they play long balls a lot, the style of play is a bit different from here in the national team.

    “I am becoming more robust myself because I have to deal with so many robust opportunities.

    “That also helps in the national team, but there are always other things that matter.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    HAV SOME OF THAT

  • Jake Lambourne

    BLUE BEAUTY

    Hakim Ziyech continued his red-hot form of late with a stunning two-goal show and assist for Morocco.

    The former Ajax playmaker has been in blistering form for the Blues of late.

    And he took that level of performance onto the international stage with his fantastic display in the 4-1 victory against Central African Republic in a World Cup qualifier.

    Ziyech set up Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi for Morocco's first on ten minutes.

    CAR equalised but that only seemed to antagonise Morocco.

    The Blues midfielder scored from the spot to put Morocco back in front.

    Ziyech, 27, then made it 3-1 from an incredible angle before the Atlas Lions added a fourth through Zakaria Aboukhlal.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GUNNER NEED SOMEONE

    Arsenal legend Lee Dixon believes the club have to sign a player in the similar mould as Chelsea ace Mason Mount.

    Addressing the Gunners' lack of creativity, Dixon told the Handbrake Off Podcast that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can't carry the burden of scoring alone

    He said: “That is a huge, almost total reliance on one player to get you a goal.

    “No goals from anywhere else, although Lacazette has three in six he seems to have gone off the boil.

    “No goals from midfield at all. No breaking midfield player that forces teams back like a Mason Mount or somebody running through the middle like that and breaking into the box.

    “So, already the way that you can play with that, and I haven’t even mentioned the back four or five, then you’re limited in what you can achieve.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    CECH MATE

  • Jake Lambourne

    FAB SIGNINGS

    Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has hailed the club's summer business as he stated they should be competing for the Premier League title.

    He told the Daily Mail: “I like this team a lot.

    “They added a lot of quality, speed and creativity which was missing.

    “They also added leadership in Thiago Silva.

    “They should aim to win the league this season because I believe with Liverpool and Man City they have the best squad talent-wise.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    BLUE MOON

    Broadcaster Ian Darke believes Chelsea can win the Premier League should Thiago Silva remain fully fit throughout the season.

    He told ESPN: “I think they're strong dark horses the way things are shaping. The big question was could they mend their leaky defence?

    “It looks like they can, because Mendy's looked solid since he's come into play in goal and Thiago Silva's a terrific leader and all class at the back.

    “So I think if they can keep Thiago Silva fit, with the attacking talent they've got as well, they've got as good a chance as anybody.”

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