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Chelsea news and transfers LIVE: Lucas Digne conditions, Terry returns, Azpilicueta ‘agreement’

Hello and welcome to today’s Chelsea live blog from Savenet.one

The Blues are in action this evening as they welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to Stamford Bridge as they look to keep tabs with Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.

Chelsea will be desperate to secure three points as they look for some sort of momentum again in the title race.

As well as this, though, there will be some heads turning to the January transfer window that opens later this week.

There are plenty of names being linked with a move to Chelsea, as well as some of Thomas Tuchel’s men possibly leaving next month.

So, with all of this being said, scroll down for the very latest Chelsea-related coverage throughout the day.

  • Chelsea consider Digne loan

We brought you the news earlier that Chelsea and Inter Milan were both interested in Everton’s Lucas Digne.

The Blues might have found a way to sign the Frenchman at a more affordable rate with an initial loan move to Stamford Bridge.

French outlet L’Equipe claim that is the Blues priority as they attempt to find a replacement for Ben Chilwell.

Lucas Digne is being linked with a January move to Chelsea(jpeg)

  • Chelsea make Malang Sarr loan decision

On the topic of defenders who have been linked with a move to Milan in January, Chelsea appear to have changed their stance on Malang Sarr.

Following the news that Ben Chilwell is likely to be out for the season, the Blues are now blocking loan offers for the Frenchman according to Goal.

AC Milan were apparently in the running for his signature.

Malang Sarr has made three appearances for Chelsea this season after failing to secure a loan move in the summer.(jpg)

  • Inter Milan move for Digne

Inter Milan have made an attempt to sign Chelsea target Lucas Digne.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian champions are interested in signing the Frenchman and are proposing a loan with an option to buy to Everton.

Digne is thought to be interested in returning to Italy having previously represented AS Roma.

Lucas Digne has been linked with a move to Chelsea (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

  • Blues face less competition for Szalai

Chelsea might have been handed a significant advantage in the race for Fenerbahce defender Atilla Szalai.

According to Tuttosport, AC Milan are not all that convinced of making a move for the Hungarian, which could potentially gift the Blues a free run at attempting to bring him to Stamford BrTuesday

Atilla Szalai is apparently on Chelsea’s transfer wishlist ahead of January. (Photo by Abdulhamid Hosbas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

  • Chelsea told to recall Gilmour

Chelsea have been told to recall midfielder Billy Gilmour from Norwich following the abusive chants he received from supporters.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Gabriel Agbonlahor said: “If I am Chelsea now, I’m bringing him back now – ‘pack your stuff, get yourself back and we’re going to find you a club in January that are going to play to your strengths’.

Billy Gilmour was subject to a foul chant from Norwich City supporters against Crystal Palace on Tuesday(jpeg)

  • £200m decision

The January transfer window is only just a couple of days away and that means that the Blues can start negotiating with free agents regarding a potential move.

The Blues have already been linked with a couple of players who see their contracts expire at the end of the season – some of them being valued at up to £200m.

Savenet.one has taken a look to see how the Blues would line-up should just three of them arrive at Stamford Bridge.

Kylian Mbappe alongside current Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku. (Photo credit should read GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP via Getty Images

Breaking News: John Terry returns to Chelsea

Some breaking news from Cobham now as John Terry’s return to Chelsea is confirmed.

The former Blues defender takes up a coaching consultancy role with the academy having left Aston Villa earlier this year.

Former Chelsea defender John Terry has returned to the club in a coaching capacity. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

  • AC Milan reveal Hernandez price tag

Serie A giants AC Milan have told Chelsea that it would cost more than €60m (£50m) for Chelsea to sign left-back Theo Hernandez.

The Blues are currently on the hunt for a left-back following the long-term injury to Ben Chilwell, and the Frenchman has been identified as a viable candidate.

According to Tuttosport however, a move for the former Real

UDINE, ITALY – DECEMBER 11: Theo Hernandez of AC Milan in action during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and AC Milan at Dacia Arena on December 11, 2021 in Udine, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

  • Van Dijk fires Chelsea warning

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has said there is ‘no point’ in thinking about Chelsea or Manchester City following the Reds’ stutter against Leicester City on Tuesday.

Speaking after the loss at the King Power Stadium, the Dutchman said: “They [Manchester City] have been fortunate no one obviously have cases but there is no point looking at them or Chelsea or look at the other teams around us at this point in the season. And we won’t, we should look at our performance today and have to improve and take it with us into the next game.”

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has had his say on the Premier League title race. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

  • Azpilicueta ‘close’ to Barcelona

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta is reportedly close to joining Barcelona on a free transfer, according to reports.

The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the season and according to Gerard Romero is ‘close’ to joining Barcelona. The Catalans apparently have an ‘agreement’ in principle with Azpilicueta, with personal terms the only aspect of the deal that could see it fail.

  • Full Chelsea squad revealed

Chelsea will aim to cut the gap to Manchester City this evening as they take on Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge.

Thomas Tuchel already knows the full squad he has at his disposal ahead of the game.

  • Out of contract latest

It’s been well-broadcast that Chelsea have a number of players quickly appraoching the ends of their deals at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva are among those all within at least their final 18 months on their current deals.

Savenet.one has taken a look at what could happen to each player between now and then

  • Haaland decision expected ‘quickly’

Chelsea target Erling Haaland is reportedly set to make a decision over his future ‘quickly’ according to SportBild.

The Dortmund forward has been linked with an exit from the Bundesliga giants, with the Schwarzgelben apparently set to offer him a new deal in January.

A decision is expected to be made soon, with Dortmund having set a February deadline.

  • Digne transfer latest

Everton defender Lucas Digne has reportedly emerged as a target for Liverpool ahead of next month’s transfer window following the injury setback to Ben Chilwell.

With Digne reportedly falling out with Toffees boss Rafael Benitez, the Merseyside-based club are said to be open to offers for their left-back.

Lucas Digne is being linked with a January move to Chelsea (Image: Getty Images)

  • Liverpool lose ground…

Liverpool were beaten 1-0 at the hands of Leicester City yesterday evening, handing Chelsea a chance to move ahead of their Premier League title rivals tonight.

The Reds were beaten 1-0 by the Foxes after a second-half strike from Ademola Lookman was enough for the hosts at the King Power.

If Chelsea avoid defeat versus Brighton later on, then they will move into second-place.

  • Kante in Chelsea training

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been pictured in training this evening ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with Brighton.

The France international was taken off on Boxing Day after picking up a minor knock, but he looks to be in contention to play on Wednesday evening.

 

 

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