7am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Granovskaia will only allow Rice deal, Haaland and Caicedo latest

MARINA GRANOVSKAIA has reportedly thrown a spanner into Chelsea's January plans by only agreeing to sanction a deal for Declan Rice.

That would mean other targets, such as Erling Haaland, would have to be put on the backburner until summer.

Follow all the latest from the Bridge below…

  • Gary Stonehouse

    MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Pressure is growing on Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge following the disappointing 1-1 draw against Aston Villa.

    The result means that Chelsea have won just one out of their last five Premier League matches ahead of their clash against Manchester City on Sunday.

    Commenting on their form, ex-Blues striker Chris Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live: "At this moment in time, they are a crisis club because they are under-performing.

    “With the nature of this season and how tight it is, a couple of dodgy results and Chelsea are the latest team that needed to bounce back.

    “They didn’t do so and now the pressure will build. I think things are a little bit flat at this moment in time but I can’t put my finger on it.”

    In other news, former fan favourite Diego Costa has reportedly asked Atletico Madrid to terminate his contract.

    The 32-year-old has asked for an early release from his deal ‘for personal reasons’, according to Marca.

    Costa’s contract runs until the summer, but it is now likely he could leave in the January transfer window.

    Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel is already eyeing a return to the dugout after being sacked by Paris Saint-Germain – with Chelsea reportedly on his radar.

    Tuchel reportedly fancies a move to West London, were that position to become available.

    And finally, Chelsea are eager to part ways with Danny Drinkwater and Baba Rahman in January in a bid to free up some of their wage budget, and open the door for Declan Rice to move to join the club.

    The Blues are long time admirers of the West Ham ace, who was once part of the Chelsea academy set up and is still best mates with Blues midfielder Mason Mount.

  • sstreet

    THE P-RICE IS RIGHT

    Frank Lampard will not be allowed to make significant reinforcements to his squad this January, according to The Athletic.

    But the publication states that he will receive permission to sign Declan Rice if a deal can be done.

    The England international has been a long-term target for the Blues and therefore Marina Granovskaia is willing to sanction a move for Rice.

    However Granovskaia will not allow Lampard to sign anybody else this window.

    And West Ham boss David Moyes said it will take "the Bank of England" to prize Rice away from East London.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TOUGH FIX

    Man City’s coronavirus outbreak has sparked fixture chaos – with next week’s huge trips to Chelsea and neighbours Manchester United in doubt.

    Monday night’s clash at Everton was called off four hours before kick-off as more positive tests for City followed those of Gabriel Jesus, Kyle Walker and two staff members.

    Pep Guardiola’s men are due to visit Chelsea in the Premier League next Sunday and United in the Carabao Cup semi-finals three days later.

    But City’s training ground is closing for an “indeterminate period” as clubs chiefs cite “a risk the virus could spread” and the “security of the bubble compromised”.

    Football bosses now face a headache amid concerns over the rising second wave of Covid-19 as City’s next two games seem certain to need rearranging.

  • Jake Lambourne

    CHRIS CROSS

    Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton believes the Blues are in a 'crisis' following the 1-1 draw against Aston Villa.

    Frank Lampard's men have won just one of their last five Premier League games.

    Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sutton said: "Whether we like it or not, this is a totally different season for Frank Lampard.

    "The pressure is on, he has spent the big money. You look at the changes that Frank made tonight and then you look at the changes Dean Smith made.

    "What that tells us is that Frank has such a strong squad, with the players that came into the side, a really strong squad. But at this moment in time, they are a crisis club because they are under-performing.

    "With the nature of this season and how tight it is, a couple of dodgy results and Chelsea are the latest team that needed to bounce back.

    "They didn't do so and now the pressure will build. I think things are a little bit flat at this moment in time but I can't put my finger on it."

  • Jake Lambourne

    TO BE FRANK

    This is what Frank Lampard has to say on whether he saw a response today from his team:

    "Yeah I did definitely in [the] performance.

    "[We] started really well, Villa had some moments but [we] dealt with them in the second half and came through the first half pretty strongly, get our goal that we deserve.

    "Second half conceded with our man on the floor, that's kind of the run we're on at the minute and then we pushed and we couldn't break the deadlock in the end to get the win but attitude wise, effort wise, some of the play was really good against a good team."

    "I definitely got a reaction with the performance."

  • Jake Lambourne

    DEAN'S DELIGHT

    Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has spoken of his pride that his side earned a point at Stamford Bridge.

    He told Amazon Prime: "It's tough turning it around but I trust the players.

    "I asked every one of them if they were ready to go again and they looked me in the eye and said they were.

    "It's a big thing to have that trust and they have gone and proved that today.

    "We've had to battle at times today, there were spells of pressure from both teams but it is great to get a point here."

  • Jake Lambourne

    FULL TIME

    What a game!

    Chelsea will be fuming that they haven't walked away with the three points, while Dean Smith will be delighted his side fought back after coming from behind.

    Ben Chilwell almost won it at the death for the Blues, who have now won just one out of their last five Premier League games.

  • Jake Lambourne

    EQUALISER

    Aston Villa are level and it's that man Anwar El Ghazi again!

    The ex-Ajax ace has now scored five goals in as many games in the Premier League.

    He latched onto Matty Cash's cross to weep home beyond Edouard Mendy.

    Game on!

  • Jake Lambourne

    SECOND HALF RESUMES

    It's a big 45 minutes for both teams.

    Frank Lampard needs a win to ease the pressure surrounding him.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HALF TIME

    Chelsea go into the break 1-0 much to Aston Villa's disappointment.

    Dean Smith's men are still in this game, but you feel as though it could be game over if the Blues strike early in the second half.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ROUD BEAUTY

    Olivier Giroud has put Chelsea ahead!

    The French striker met Ben Chilwell's delivery to steer his header beyond Emiliano Martinez at the near post.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HONOURS EVEN

    It's been a lively encounter so far with both sides having chances to go infront.

    It can go either way at the moment.

    Great game!

  • Jake Lambourne

    KICK-OFF

    Chelsea's clash against Aston Villa is underway.

    Click HERE to follow the SunSport LIVE blog of the match.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SPEAKING FRANKLY

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believed Aston Villa will provide a tough test for his team at Stamford Bridge.

    He said: "They obviously added to their squad in a very good way in the off season.

    "They have a good manager, good coaches and a good team with very good individual players who are playing well.

    "They are in a really good time at the moment and I am not completely surprised by it, and it will be a tough match."

  • Jake Lambourne

    TERRY-FIC

    Frank Lampard has praised former Chelsea team-mate John Terry for his role in Aston Villa's uplift in form.

    Ahead of the meeting between the two teams, Lampard has stated the knowledge of the Villans assistant head coach has benefited the Midlands outfit.

    He told Chelsea's website: "I am sure John has an influence because he is in my opinion one of the greatest centre-backs to have played in the Premier League and for England, and in the world for a long period of time.

    "He has an absolute wealth of knowledge of the game so his input will be invaluable to Dean Smith and all the staff.

    "Their team are working hard and you have seen a real big uplift in them, and I am sure there is a lot work behind the scenes through John and all the staff there."

  • Jake Lambourne

    RIP IT UP

    Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has reportedly asked Atletico Madrid to terminate his contract.

    The 32-year-old has asked for an early release from his deal 'for personal reasons' according to Marca.

    Costa's contract runs until the summer, but it is now likely he could leave in the January transfer window.

    That would leave Luis Suarez as the club's only 'No9' striker.

    Marca reports that 'the ball is now in the club's court', and 'they will sit down to talk to the forward'.

    ESPN journalist David Cartlidge has reported that the striker was 'absent from training with permission' as he pushes for his exit.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FIVE OF THE BEST

    Chelsea fans, here's a look at five of the best Blues goals against tonight's opponents.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    STAMFORD BRIDGE WOES

    Aston Villa haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last nineteen Premier League away games against Chelsea (W2 D3 L14) since a 1-0 win in March 1998.

    Can the Villans turn that around this evening?

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WHO WILL START?

    Both Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud are in good goalscoring form of late, but which one of them will make Frank Lampard's starting line up tonight?

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BLUE GOT YOUR CHANCE

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is poised to ring the changes for tonight's visit of Aston Villa.

    The Blues gaffer was fuming after his side flopped to a 3-1 defeat to lowly Arsenal at the weekend.

    The biggest casualty from that loss is likely to be £47.5million striker Timo Werner after the German was subbed at half-time of that game and then called out by his boss post-match.

    Werner has now gone ten games without scoring for the West Londoners – though in his defence, he has been shunted out to the left-wing.

    Here's a look at two possible ways the Blues could line up this evening.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FIKAYO ON THE GO

    Earlier this month it was reported that Rennes was the most likely destination for out of favour Chelsea centre back Fikayo Tomori.

    The move was likely to be just a loan deal, but now reports suggest that West Ham are eyeing a permanent deal for Tomori.

    The 23-year-old rejected a move to West Ham in the summer, but a lack of game time so far this season could force him to re-think, with Hammers fans desperate to land a defender in January.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TRICKY TASK

    Dean Smith and Aston Villa will travel down the M40 to South-West London full of confidence ahead of tonight's visit to Stamford Bridge.

    Aston Villa have kept more clean sheets than any other Premier League side this season, with eight shutouts so far, with the Villans looking to record five consecutive top flight clean sheets for the first time since September 1998 under John Gregory.

    Aston Villa have also won five of their six Premier League away games this season (L1), last winning more in a single top-flight campaign in 2009-10 (9).

    Tonight's game could go either way.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ON FORM OLIVIER

    Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has scored in each of his last six Premier League appearances against Aston Villa, netting eight goals in total in this run.

    The Frenchmam has netted more goals against the Villans than he has against any other Premier league side.

    Will Giroud be recalled to Frank Lampard's starting side after being an unused substitute in the Boxing Day loss to Arsenal?

    Credit: Reuters
  • Giacomo Pisa

    TIMO'S TROUBLES

    Timo Werner was hooked by Frank Lampard at half time in the Boxinf Day defeat to Arsenal.

    Werner's heat-map from the game shows just how much the German forward struggled to make an impact before his substitution.

    Blues fans will be hoping Werner can find his form this evening against Aston Villa, with it being ten matches since he last found the back of the net.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PRE-MATCH STATS

    Here are a couple of stats ahead of this evening's clash with Aston Villa.

    Chelsea have lost just one of their last thirteen Premier League home games (W10 D2), going down 0-2 against Liverpool earlier this season.

    Chelsea have also only lost their final league game of the calendar year just once in the last seventeen calendar years, although that was their last home league loss against Aston Villa (1-3 in 2011).

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