8am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Tomori to AC Milan 'this week', Tuchel and Allegri 'contacted for manager's job'

ROMAN ABRAMOVICH has reportedly contacted Thomas Tuchel and Max Allegri as Frank Lampard feels the heat.

Meanwhile Fikayo Tomori is set to join AC Milan on loan with a view to a permanent move as soon as Monday.

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  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    David Moyes has issued a hands-off warning as Manchester United and Chelsea reportedly eye-up a move for Declan Rice.

    Neither side has yet made a bid but are said to be interested in the England international.

    Moyes said: “They’re not true [rumours of a bid], we’ve had no contact from either of those clubs regarding Declan and we wouldn’t want any anyway.

    “He’s doing great for us, he’s a big leader now, he’s taken a lot of the weight off Mark Noble. He’s turning out to be a really good player but also a really good boy and good around the club.”

    Elsewhere, AC Milan have the option to make Fikayo Tomori’s loan move permanent in the summer for just £27million, according to reports.

    The Serie A league leaders are on the brink of signing the out-of-favour Blues defender, 23, until the end of the season.

    Tomori has slipped below Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen under Frank Lampard this season.

    Now, reports in Italy claim Milan have the option – but not obligation – to make Tomori’s loan move permanent in the summer in a £27m deal.

    Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano revealed the latest on Tomori’s move.

    Romano tweeted: “Fikayo Tomori is set to join AC Milan from Chelsea.

    “The agreement is expected to be completed next week on loan with buy option [no obligation] around €30m.

    “Tomori will fly to Milan in the next few days.”

    And finally, Jamie Redknapp heaped praise on Mason Mount after he scored the winner in the Blues’ 1-0 win at Fulham.

    He said: “Energy, he [Mount] had energy.

    “I looked at times today you’re thinking [Christian] Pulisic might do something, [Hakim] Ziyech had a couple of moments but not enough.

    “But what Mason Mount did today is he set the tempo all game.

    “Frank’s got a few players in that team right now that he will be picking every single week; he [Mount] is one, Mendy, Thiago Silva’s incredible, Chilwell.

    “Apart from that, I think there’s only a few of them. Mount was the man today for Chelsea.”

  • William Pugh

    UNDROPPABLE MASON

    Jamie Redknapp has identified Mason Mount as one of four Chelsea stars that should start every game.

    The pundit named Mount along with summer signings Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, Redknapp said: “Energy, he [Mount] had energy.

    “I looked at times today you’re thinking [Christian] Pulisic might do something, [Hakim] Ziyech had a couple of moments but not enough.

    “But what Mason Mount did today is he set the tempo all game.

    “Frank’s got a few players in that team right now that he will be picking every single week; he [Mount] is one, Mendy, Thiago Silva’s incredible, Chilwell.

    “Apart from that, I think there’s only a few of them. He [Mount] was the man today for Chelsea.”

  • William Pugh

    LEFT-BACK CONUNDRUM

    Chelsea have yet to receive offers for reserve left-backs Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri this month, according to reports.

    The Blues have been working to reduce Frank Lampard’s squad size during the January transfer window, with Fikayo Tomori and Danny Drinkwater expected to head out on loan before the deadline.

    The Athletic understands there have been no offers whatsoever for Marcos Alonso, who has been frozen out by Lampard since September.

    Emerson is known to have interest from Serie A but Lampard is happy to keep the Italy international as back-up until the end of the season.

  • William Pugh

    OD-OI, STOP THAT!

    Chelsea heaped praise on Callum Hudson-Odoi for his range of passing during their 1-0 win at Fulham.

    The winger was seen spraying balls all over the place at Craven Cottage as his side nabbed the win at their local rivals.

  • William Pugh

    THROWBACK THURS… SUNDAY

    Chelsea posted a throwback video from this day in 2015.

    The Blues beat Swansea 5-0 at the Liberty Stadium with Diego Costa and Oscar both scoring twice each.

  • William Pugh

    BLUE LEADERS

    Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and captain Cesar Azpilicueta looked pleased with their afternoon's work after their team won 1-0 at local rivals Fulham.

    Mason Mount's second-half goal was enough to separate the teams and Lampard and his skipper took a moment to fist bump after the game.

  • William Pugh

    MONU-MOUNT-AL PERFORMANCE

    Chelsea fans had their say and voted Mason Mount their man-of-the-match by a landslide.

    The midfielder scored the winner in their 1-0 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage yesterday and 83 per cent of Blues fans thought he was the best player in a blue shirt.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    UNLUCKY CALLUM

    Despite earning credit for his impressive performances of late, Callum Hudson-Odoi was unlucky not to start last night for the Blues.

    And after the game Frank Lampard admitted he should have started the 20-year-old.

    He said: "Callum could’ve deserved to start today to be fair.

    "It’s not easy selections for me on that side of the pitch at the moment.

    "I am delighted with how he is playing at the minute and he is approaching it in the right way. He will get many, many minutes for us."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    HIGH PRAISE

    This is what Blues boss Frank Lampard had to say on Mason Mount after the England international hit the winner against Fulham last night:

    "He’s been very, very good for us. He only turned 22 last week, and he’s an example of our youth.

    "I came to Chelsea at 22 and I wasn’t blowing the world away in my first year at Chelsea, I was finding my feet.

    "Mason has already got so many games under his belt. His effort and attitude was outstanding."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    AS IT STANDS

    Here's how the Premier League table shapes up from a Chelsea point of view.

    The Blues picked up their second win in seven Premier League games to close the gap on the top four.

    Frank Lampard will be hoping that yesterday's result will kick start a good run of form for his Chelsea side.

     

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TOP OF THE TABLE

    Chelsea women claimed a huge victory over Manchester United this afternoon to go above United and top of the WSL table.

    Fran Kirby netted the winner for the Blues with 25 minutes left on the clock to pick up a vital three points in this season's title race.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MARVELLOUS MASON

    Blues match winner Mason Mount has taken to Instagram expressing his delight about grabbing the winner against Fulham last night.

    That's two goals in his last two games for the 22-year-old, who is quickly establishing his position as one of the first names on Frank Lampard's team sheet.

     

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ICYMI

    AC Milan have the option to make Fikayo Tomori's loan move permanent in the summer for just £27million, according to reports.

    The Serie A league leaders are on the brink of signing the out-of-favour Blues defender, 23, until the end of the season.

    Tomori has slipped below Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen under Frank Lampard this season.

    Now, reports in Italy claim Milan have the option – but not obligation – to make Tomori's loan move permanent in the summer in a £27m deal, according to Fabrizio Romano.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    COACH EL NINO

    Ex-Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has been appointed Atletico Madrid B manager.

    The 36-year-old, who also played for Liverpool and AC Milan, has begun his managerial career at the club where he spent most of his playing days.

    Torres had returned to Atletico in September to take on a coaching role with the B team but has now got the main job.

    According to Spanish newspaper Marca, the club's youngsters are said to be amazed by his training sessions.

    Chelsea spent £50million on Torres in January 2011, signing El Nino from Liverpool, but he never lived up to his billing.

    He scored just 20 Premier League goals in three-and-a-half seasons with the Blues before being offloaded to Milan.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    EYE OF THE NEEDLE

    Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has impressed Blues fans with his recent performances.

    The 20-year-old has bagged two goals in his last three games, with many fans believing he was unlucky not to start last night's game against Fulham.

    Hudson-Odoi was lively when he came on and looked a constant threat with his pace, but also provided this inch-perfect pass to Timo Werner.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TUT-TUT THIAGO

    Thiago Silva could be slapped a punishment by the FA for giving his shirt away after last night's victory over Fulham, according to the Daily Star.

    The Blues centre back was seen throwing his match worn shirt to a construction worker at Craven Cottage, something that is prohibited by the FA.

    Premier league Covid guidelines state shirt swapping is not allowed meaning Silva could find himself in trouble for gifting his shirt away.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    HANDS-OFF

    David Moyes has issued a hands-off warning as Manchester United and Chelsea reportedly eye-up a move for Declan Rice.

    The Blues released Rice in 2014 and will have to pay a significant amount of money if they wish to re-sign him.

    The 22-year-old has attracted interest from his former club and Manchester United – but Hammers boss David Moyes has revealed neither have firmed that up with a formal offer.

    Moyes said: "They're not true [rumours of a bid], we've had no contact from either of those clubs regarding Declan and we wouldn't want any anyway.

    "He's doing great for us, he's a big leader now, he's taken a lot of the weight off Mark Noble. He's turning out to be a really good player but also a really good boy and good around the club."

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    TIMO'S TROUBLES

    Mis-firing Chelsea frontman Timo Werner fluffed a golden chance to score last night against Fulham but could only fire wide when clean through on goal.

    Premier League legend Ian Wright had this to say on the German's goalscoring woes:

    "I was willing him to score this because he looks like one of those strikers that once he gets going, he really does.

    "He does literally everything right here but when he gets to the end, it’s almost behind him a little bit.

    "It’s almost like in golf, he’s blocked it. The ball needs to be a little more in front of him so he can get that whip on it and unfortunately, up until that point, he had done everything right.

    "It’s just unfortunate that he got too much on it and it went wide but hopefully he’ll keep going and he’ll get his goals."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    INFLUENTIAL

    Mason Mount was superb in last night's victory over near neighbours Fulham.

    The recently turned 22-year-old managed nine touches of the ball in the Fulham box, including one strike that cannoned off the crossbar and the eventual winning goal.

     

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MOUNT THE MAN

    Yesterday's match winner Mason Mount had this to say to chelseafc.com on his crucial strike last night against Fulham:

    "I turned 22 [last Sunday] and now I have two goals so it has been a good week and hopefully that continues.

    "I should have had two against Fulham really, I should have scored in the first half but I am happy with one as well.

    "Jorginho went off and the manager brought Tammy on and then Timo on so I dropped a bit deeper and I was in there with Kov [Mateo Kovacic] so I told him to sit a bit and that allowed me to go a bit more forward, and then I found myself in the box which recently in the last couple of weeks I haven’t been doing.

    "I haven’t been getting in the box as much and that was something I looked at. I managed to get in there in this game and it fell to me."

  • Daniel Brookes

    TOMORI ON HIS WAY

    Fikayo Tomori's loan move to AC Milan will be completed in the next few days, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

    The Chelsea defender will fly to Milan next week, after a loan deal with a £27m option to buy was agreed between the two clubs.

  • Daniel Brookes

    FIKA-GOING

    AC MIlan are close to completing a loan swoop for Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori, according to reports.

    Sport Mediaset reported last week Milan had offered £890,000 to take the 23-year-old on loan until the end of the season, with Chelsea holding out for £2.6m.

    However, Italian journalist Antonio Vitiello claims an agreement is now near.

  • Daniel Brookes

    NO RICE OFFER

    West Ham manager David Moyes insists there have been no offers for midfielder Declan Rice.

    The England international has been a long-time target for Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, while Manchester United are also believed to have entered the conversation in recent weeks.

    Moyes said: "They're not true, we've had no contact from either of those clubs regarding Declan and we wouldn't want any anyway.

    "He's doing great for us, he's a big leader now, he's taken a lot of the weight off Mark Noble.

    “He's turning out to be a really good player but also a really good boy and good around the club.”

    Rice has played every minute of West Ham's premier League campaign so far this season.

  • Daniel Brookes

    AK WELL

    Chelsea are chasing Bursaspor striker Ali Akman, according to the Daily Mail.

    The 18-year-old frontman could be available for as little as £3m this month, as his contract expires in six months' time.

    Akman has scored nine goals and provided three assists in 16 appearances in the Turkish second division this season.

  • Daniel Brookes

    TOMORI LATEST

    Frank Lampard appears to have made a U-turn on his Fikayo Tomori transfer stance.

    Lampard told reporters in November he was pleased to see the 23-year-old reject a loan move to West Ham in the summer, but the England international now looks set to join AC Milan on a six-month loan.

    Speaking on Friday, Lampard said: "There's an absolute long-term plan for Fikayo in my head about his career here.

    "And if it's to go and play games it's to absolutely enhance his personal development.

    "Hopefully [he will] help whatever team he goes to, because that will come hand in hand, and then come back to us a better player."

     

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