Welcome to Savenet.one’s live Chelsea blog on Boxing Day.
We hope you had a brilliant day yesterday, but attention turns back to the football today as the Blues take on Aston Villa this afternoon.
Chelsea will be hoping to secure their first victory in the Premier League since December 11 – where the Blues edged out Leeds United.
As well as this, with the January transfer window now just days away, attention from the west Londoners could switch to who they can bring in next month.
Also, the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Christian Pulisic continue to be linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.
So, with all this being said, savenet.one has a Chelsea-dedicated live blog for your pleasure, and you can find that down below
Chelsea appear to be set to welcome back Romelu Lukaku to the side for tonight’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa.
The Belgian has been restricted to the sidelines for the past two league games but featured heavily in the Blues’ pre-match promotional material.
Romelu Lukaku could return to the Chelsea starting lineup against Aston Villa. (Photo by Igor Russak/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Inter Milan join Digne race
Inter Milan have reportedly joined the race for Everton defender Lucas Digne
The Frenchman has fallen out of favour at Goodison Park over recent weeks, with it having been reported Chelsea were interested in his services.
Now, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Serie A champions are eyeing a move.
Lucas Digne has been linked with a move to Chelsea (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)
Chelsea would reportedly have to break their wage structure if they want to bring Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic to Stamford Bridge.
According to the Daily Star, the Blues are admirers of the Serbian but his £200,000 per week wage demands are making a move unlikely.
Dusan Vlahovic of ACF Fiorentina celebrates a goal during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and US Salernitana (Image: Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
Pulisic makes Salah admission
Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has admitted that Liverpool’s Mo Salah has been the best player in the Premier League this season.
Speaking to Amazon Prime, the American said: “I think if you’re looking at our team there’s been some incredible performances, you look at Jorginho and N’Golo [Kante].
“But it’s hard to argue with [Mohamed] Salah and what he’s accomplished. He’s a top guy too.”
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 24: ( THE SUN OUT,THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT ) Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the second goal during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Liverpool FC and FC Porto at Anfield on November 24, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
John Terry set for Chelsea return
Chelsea hero John Terry is edging close to a return to the club in a coaching capacity.
According to The Athletic, he is expected to return to the club to assist in a youth development capacity.
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 21: Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea anch John Terry of Chelsea celebrate winning the league following the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 21, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
Antonio Rudiger latest
There are now just a couple of days until the January transfer wondow and that means Antonio Rduiger will officially be free to discuss a move to a foreign club.
Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and even Tottenham Hotspur have been spoken up as admirers over recent months.
Antonio Rudiger’s Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Chelsea waiting on Milan word
Chelsea have beenn left waiting on AC Milan’s decision to pursue Malang Sarr.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the Italian giants do not yet know their budget for the January transfer window but should they be handed a considerable warchest, then they will pursue a somewhat costly centre-back signing.
If not, they will target Chelsea man Sarr on a loan deal.
Malang Sarr could potentially be set to move to either AC Milan or Napoli. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Gerrard set to miss Chelsea clash
Villa boss Steven Gerrard is set to be missing from the touchline from this afternoon’s clash with Chelsea.
The Birmingham outfit have confirmed that he has tested positive for Covid-19 so will miss today’s game. As it stands, the match is going ahead amid a raft of Boxing Day postponements.
Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard is set to miss the Boxing Day clash with Chelsea. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Full Chelsea squad revealed
Away from transfers, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel knows the full Blues’ squad he has at his disposal for today’s trip to Aston Villa.