Chelsea news and transfers LIVE: FA Cup rule change, Haaland statement made, major Dest hint

Welcome to’s live Chelsea blog on Friday evening.

The transfer window has now been open for exactly a week and moves are already starting to be made. So far, the revolving door at Stamford Bridge has remained relatively quiet but that does not mean work is not being done by Blues boss Thomas Tuchel or Marina Granovskaia.

Chelsea have already been linked with a number of players to add to their squad including Everton’s Lucas Digne and Sergino Dest of Barcelona. We will be bringing you the latest on any potential deals throughout the day.

Meanwhile, a number of the current squad have also been linked with moves away throughout the January window including Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, Malang Sarr and many more.

Away from transfers, Chelsea are preparing to kick off their 2021/22 FA Cup campaign. Stick around right here for all of the latest injury news, line-up hints and much more ahead of this weekend’s clash with Chesterfield in the blog below.

Chesterfield message ahead of FA Cup tie

Speaking of the FA Cup, the Blues host Chesterfield tomorrow and Spireites captain Curtis Weston has instructed his teammates to relish the opportunity of going up against the Blues.

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel speaks to the media(jpeg)

Talking to Mail Online, he said: “My message to the players is to enjoy it. You don’t know when these occasions will come around again. It can be a platform to show what you can do.”

FA Cup rule change that you might have missed

The FA Cup third round kicks off tonight with Manchester City’s clash with Swindon Town.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur will all be trying to lift the FA Cup at the end of the season. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

The competition is set to have a slightly different look this year though with the news that replays have been scrapped.

West Ham eyeing Sarr deal

West Ham United are one of a number of clubs reportedly eyeing a move for Chelsea defender Malang Sarr.

Malang Sarr could be set to leave Chelsea during the January transfer window. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

According to Foot Mercato, the Hammers are eyeing the Frenchman and face competition from Watford, Strasbourg and Torino.

AC Milan, Inter Milan and AS Roma have also all been linked in the past.

Diego Costa on the move

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa is on the move once more having left Brazilian top flight outfit Atletico Mineiro.

Antonio Conte celebrates with Diego Costa after Chelsea’s win over Everton(jpeg)

According to Fabrizio Romano, the ex-Blue has reached an agreement to end his contract with the club and is now a free agent.

Dest drops transfer hint

Sergino Dest has hinted that he is happy in Spain amid transfer interest from Chelsea.

Sergino Dest has previously spoken about life with current employers Barcelona. (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Speaking to SoccerBible in November, the American said: “Yeah, it’s nice to experience different cultures and I think this one [in Spain] fits me really well.”

Chelsea prioritise Emerson recall

Chelsea have a few decisions as to what to do with their search for a left-back.

According to Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph, the Blues are prioritising recalling Italian defender Emerson Palmieri from Lyon, whilst a loan deal will also be explored should he remain in France for the rest of the season.

Geremi speaks on Lukaku situation

Chelsea icon Geremi has suggested that the previous furore surrounding Romelu Lukaku was ‘bizarre’.

Romelu Lukaku battles Davinson Sanchez during Chelsea’s win over Tottenham(jpeg)

Speaking on behalf of Genting Casino, he said: “I read about the Lukaku situation on the news and it is a bit bizarre to me. When you look at his attitude on the pitch, you think ‘maybe this is not true’ or ‘maybe it was not what it seemed’. He goes over to clap the fans immediately post the final whistle, he fights on the pitch, gives 100%.

“That performance against Tottenham was not a player who wants to leave Chelsea. Sometimes what the newspapers say depends on the interpretation. If he is not happy, why would he fight – he can’t lie to himself. For the club, it’s not good to keep a player with no motivation. Maybe there was a misunderstanding around what he actually said. Lukaku is one of the best in the world, so for Chelsea to lose him would be a big blow. But I don’t think there is a problem.”

Haaland decision to stay with Dortmund

Erling Haaland is apparently set to stay with Borussia Dortmund amid major interest from Chelsea, according to the club’s CEO Hanz-Joachim Watzke.

Erling Haaland has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)

He said: “Haaland will not leave in January. No way. Who accepts to sell top European striker during the winter break when they don’t have to?”

Spurs handed Son injury blow

Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a major injury blow ahead of next week’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg after Son Heung-Min sustained a problem muscle injury.

Son Heung-min looked dejected during Tottenham’s Carabao Cup game at Chelsea (Image: Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Antonio Conte said: “The day after, Son felt a bit of pain in his muscle, in his leg and he had a scan. Now we have to make the right evaluations from the doctors.”

Azpilicueta: How Tuchel solved Lukaku crisis

Cesar Azpilicueta has revealed how manager Thomas Tuchel dealt with the Romelu Lukaku situation at the club over the past week.

Cesar Azpilicueta looks on during the Carabao Cup Semi Final First Leg match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur (Image: Chloe Knott)

“The manager has the experience of dealing with different types of players and in this situation, from the very first second, he has dealt with things calmly and without making too many emotional decisions,” he said in an interview with the club’s official website.

“He made his decisions alongside the club and it is very clear everything is sorted. Now we have to put it behind us and only focus on what happens on the pitch.”

5 steps needed to make Chelsea champions again

The Premier League title race is threatening to get away from Chelsea this campaign as Manchester City streak away at the top of the table.

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel oversees training at Cobham (Image: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

So how do the Blues reach a stage they can challenge again?

FA Cup rule change ahead of third round weekend

The FA Cup gets underway for Premier League teams this weekend as the third round kicks off.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur will all be trying to lift the FA Cup at the end of the season. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea face a clash with Chesterfield but it is worth remembering that, due to a new rule, there will be no replays in the tournament until the fifth round.

Eden Hazard’s birthday celebrations

It is Eden Hazard’s birthday!

Eden Hazard linked to AC Milan as Chelsea return is put into doubt (Image: (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images ))

The winger has been linked with a move back to Chelsea over the course of the season but perhaps staying in Madrid to celebrate is the smarter option for all involved.

Chelsea still working on Jules Kounde

Chelsea are still working on bringing in Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde according to transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano.

Chelsea defensive target Jules Kounde has sent Marina Granovskaia a cryptic transfer message as the January window opens (Image: (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images))

Speaking on his YouTube channel, the journalist said: “I’m told Chelsea are still working for Jules Kounde, they think he has the perfect skills for Chelsea, they really love him, they are talking to people close to Kounde, another player they’ve followed is Niklas Sule.”

Morning digest

All the biggest Chelsea headlines on Friday morning, including updates on Sergino Dest, Lucas Digne and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Sergino Dest continues to be linked with a move to Chelsea. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images) (Image: Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Coman set for extended Bayern stay

Chelsea have been handed a mjor blow in their attempts to sign long-term target Kingsley Coman.


Kingsley Coman is reportedly wanted by Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea (Image: Getty Images)

According to reports in France, the Bayern Munich man has elected to remain at the Allianz Arena, with a long-term contract reported to be on the table.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are thought to be among the winger’s admirers.

Dest price announced

Chelsea now know how much it will take for them to sign Barcelona full-back Sergino Dest.

Sergino Dest continues to be linked with a move to Chelsea. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images) (Image: Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

According to Spanish outlet SPORT, the American is only set to cost €20m (£16.7m) if the Blues were to make an effort to sign him.

The 21-year-old still has three-and-a-half years left to run on his current contract at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona enter Rudiger race

Barcelona are reportedly now contenders for Antonio Rudiger, with the German’s contract expiring at the end of the campaign.

Antonio Rudiger’s Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

According to Sky Sports, the Catalan giants are ‘monitoring’ his current situation at Stamford Bridge having already been linked with Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel speaks to the media

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