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Son Heung-min has warned Spurs are ready to hunt down Chelsea in the race for the top four.

The South Korean forward hit the second of his club’s two goals as Jose Mourinho’s side stunned Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.

It reduced what was an 11-point gap when Mourinho succeeded Mauricio Pochettino in November to just four.

Spurs now sit fifth, with Chelsea firmly in their sights ahead of a showdown at Stamford Bridge on February 22.

“We have over 10 games now,” said Son. “We have a lot of games to play but at the end of the season we will see what happens. We just try to be focused. We just try to get as many points as possible.”

Son scored the first of Tottenham’s two goals against Manchester City
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Tottenham, who host Southampton in their FA Cup fourth round replay tomorrow night, next play in the Premier League a week on Sunday when they go to Aston Villa.

Debutant Steven Bergwijn, signed for £25.4m last week from PSV Eindhoven, made himself an instant Spurs hero by scoring the first against City.

In midfield Giovani Lo Celso impressed once again to mark himself down as a potential upgrade now that Christian Eriksen has left for Inter Milan.

At left-back rookie Japhet Tanganga continued to shine and in goal Hugo Lloris pulled off a crucial second half save from Sergio Aguero to keep Spurs in the game.

England midfielder Dele Alli believes the north Londoners are now ready to build on that morale boosting win.

Alli and Spurs are bidding to chase Chelsea down in the race for fourth spot
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And he says Spurs intend to take the chance they’ve earned for themselves as they push for a return to the Champions League.

“If you look at the table we know it is getting closer,” he said. “We obviously know it is going to be difficult but we know where we should be as a team.

“We know we have let ourselves down at times and not got the right results but we just have to take each game and keep improving. Hopefully we will be up there at the end.

“Sunday is a massive result for us in terms of confidence. We have had a few games we were expecting to get the three points from and we haven’t and it is tough to bounce back. But Sunday was a great result.

”It is not an easy position, we know we have a lot of work to do but it gives us confidence going into the home stretch.”

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Sunday’s win was the third time Spurs have seen off Pep Guardiola’s men in the last four years and the second since the Spaniard dismissed them as ‘the Harry Kane team’ in 2017.

Kane is out until at least April with a hamstring injury but Son insists Spurs have options up front, even though they failed to land a striker in the transfer window.

“Lucas Moura can play striker,” he said. “I can play striker, but not as a No.9 striker. But Lucas is doing an amazing job with his position. All we can do is try to give our best in our position always and I think this is the most important thing.

“Lucas is doing an amazing job. He is running, he is trying to win the headers and we can’t compare with Harry because Harry is a proper No.9, but we have options.

“It is good to have some more options because Lucas is different to me and I’m different to Lucas.”

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/son-heung-min-warns-tottenham-21423936

Chelsea have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Red Bull Leipzig star Timo Werner, after the 23-year-old revealed he is interested in a move to the Premier League.

The German international has also been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool after spending four prolific seasons in the Bundesliga with Leipzig.

Having netted at least 19 goals in all competitions since making the move from Stuttgart in 2016, Werner has kicked on further this season.

The striker has already surpassed his best goalscoring return and is only two goals behind Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski in the race for the Bundesliga’s golden boot.

Unsurprisingly, his prolificness in front of goal has attracted some of Europe’s biggest clubs and, when asked about his future, Werner told German newspaper Kicker that he is open to leaving Leipzig.

“What do you say if a club comes knocking in the next two weeks, a club which is one of the favourites to win the Champions League and makes an incredible offer? Most likely every player would think about it,” he said.


“I can generally imagine playing abroad one day, although I don’t have any specific club where I want to be.

“I am open for everything. I was over in America for a holiday recently and English football was on all of the time.

“That’s an exclamation mark for the Premier League. But there are also big, famous clubs and it would certainly be fun playing there.

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“When you score 20 goals as a 23-year-old in a season then, of course, there is interest. That’s clear.

”But, right now, I am not thinking about what happens in the future. We are going into many important games. That’s what I want to focus on now. I can still contemplate my future later.”

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/timo-werner-gives-chelsea-huge-21423644

Chelseas franske anfallaren Olivier Giroud, som har avtal med Londonklubben över den här säsongen, rapporterades i januari vara aktuell för en flytt efter knapp speltid den här säsongen och för att komma i form inför sommarens EM.

Inter uppgavs vara en av flera intressenter, men i slutändan blev den 33-årige fransmannen kvar i Chelsea. Nu bekräftar Inters sportchef Giuseppe Marotta att Inter ville ha Giroud i vinter, men att Chelsea var omöjligt att diskutera med.

– Det fanns några prioriteringar, vilka var spelarna vi värvade, så vi är väldigt nöjda. Vi ville ha en till anfallare, vilket var Giroud, men Chelsea var inte ens berett att förhandla med oss, säger Marotta enligt Football-Italia.

Inter gjorde i vinter i stället klart med Ashley Young, Victor Moses och Christian Eriksen, alla med en bakgrund i England.

Giroud lämnade vintern 2018 Arsenal för Chelsea. Den här säsongen är han noterad för ett mål på sju matcher i alla turneringar. Totalt har han gjort 78 mål och 32 assist på 225 matcher i Premier League.

https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/bloggar/sillybloggen/2020/02/03/inter-bas-bekraftar-forsok-att-varva-fran-chelsea-var-inte-ens-berett-att-forhandla/

For all that a keenly-contested draw was a likely outcome when third-placed Leicester City hosted fourth-placed Chelsea, a smorgasbord of the unlikely lay just beneath the surface, especially for the visitors. Antonio Rudiger, who had bagged only one away league goal in his career, scored twice.

The world’s most expensive goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, sat glowering on the bench, ousted by the eternal understudy, Willy Caballero. And when Tammy Abraham, their only central striker, was hooked with the game delicately poised, he was replaced by midfielder Ross Barkley.

For Leicester, perhaps the most unlikely thing of all, after the 2-2 draw is that this morning, following a transfer window in which only backup centre half Ryan Bennett was recruited, they lie 13 points above the Europa League slots [subs: 12 if Tottenham win].

Their manager, Brendan Rodgers, pondered the suggestion that his team, who finished ninth last season some 20 points behind Chelsea, may be overachieving.

“At the start of the season we were classed with Everton, West Ham and Wolves as four teams that could maybe – maybe – break into the top six. So, for this group of young players to achieve what we have up to this point is remarkable,” Rodgers said. “But we’re not settling: we know there’s a lot to improve; it will always be a challenge against the Chelseas, Arsenals and Manchester Uniteds, and we need more quality going forward. All the same, to get where we want to get to, we had to win today’s game, we had to.”

For Rodgers, Leicester’s winter break cannot come soon enough and they will not return to work until Sunday. Some of his exhausted troops looked to be running on empty during their ninth game of 2020: Wilfred Ndidi pulled out on Saturday morning; James Maddison has lost his joie d’vivre and Jamie Vardy has not scored since the week before Christmas. 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2020/02/02/leicester-citys-surprise-high-fliers-must-get-better-brendan/

Hislop has questioned whether it was the right call to leave Kepa out, despite him having the worst save percentage of goalkeepers in the English top flight.

And the pundit says Kepa must be brought back in by Lampard or Chelsea, who currently sit five points clear in fourth spot, will miss out on Champions League qualification this term.

“Listen, I don’t know what kind of discussion Frank Lampard had with Kepa about the situation, about his own performances,” Hislop told ESPN FC.

“But from the outside looking in, I’m not sure how this makes him better.

JUST IN: Man Utd determined to beat Chelsea and Real Madrid to £90m Kalidou Koulibaly transfer

https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1236838/-

Söndagen bjöd på ett Londonderby i WSL mellan Chelsea och West Ham. Både Magdalena Eriksson och Jonna Andersson var med i hemmalaget som fullständigt körde över motståndarna från östra London.

För när matchen summerades hade Chelsea gjort hela åtta mål och West Ham inget. Jonna Andersson assisterade till ett av Maren Mjeldes två mål i en match där även Bethany England blev tvåmålsskytt. De sista fyra målen gjordes av Sophie Ingle, Erin Cuthbert, Ramona Bachmann och Emily Murphy.

Chelsea ligger en poäng efter Manchester City i toppen av WSL, men laget har en match mindre spelad än serieledaren.

https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/england/chelsea-korde-over-west-ham---andersson-framspelare-i-londonderbyt/

Söndagen bjöd på ett Londonderby i WSL mellan Chelsea och West Ham. Både Magdalena Eriksson och Jonna Andersson var med i hemmalaget som fullständigt körde över motståndarna från östra London.

För när matchen summerades hade Chelsea gjort hela åtta mål och West Ham inget. Jonna Andersson assisterade till ett av Maren Mjeldes två mål i en match där även Bethany England blev tvåmålsskytt. De sista fyra målen gjordes av Sophie Ingle, Erin Cuthbert, Ramona Bachmann och Emily Murphy.

Chelsea ligger en poäng efter Manchester City i toppen av WSL, men laget har en match mindre spelad än serieledaren.

https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/england/chelsea-korde-over-west-ham---andersson-framspelare-i-londonderbyt/

Söndagen bjöd på ett Londonderby i WSL mellan Chelsea och West Ham. Både Magdalena Eriksson och Jonna Andersson var med i hemmalaget som fullständigt körde över motståndarna från östra London.

För när matchen summerades hade Chelsea gjort hela åtta mål och West Ham inget. Jonna Andersson assisterade till ett av Maren Mjeldes två mål i en match där även Bethany England blev tvåmålsskytt. De sista fyra målen gjordes av Sophie Ingle, Erin Cuthbert, Ramona Bachmann och Emily Murphy.

Chelsea ligger en poäng efter Manchester City i toppen av WSL, men laget har en match mindre spelad än serieledaren.

https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/england/chelsea-korde-over-west-ham---andersson-framspelare-i-londonderbyt/

Söndagen bjöd på ett Londonderby i WSL mellan Chelsea och West Ham. Både Magdalena Eriksson och Jonna Andersson var med i hemmalaget som fullständigt körde över motståndarna från östra London.

För när matchen summerades hade Chelsea gjort hela åtta mål och West Ham inget. Jonna Andersson assisterade till ett av Maren Mjeldes två mål i en match där även Bethany England blev tvåmålsskytt. De sista fyra målen gjordes av Sophie Ingle, Erin Cuthbert, Ramona Bachmann och Emily Murphy.

Chelsea ligger en poäng efter Manchester City i toppen av WSL, men laget har en match mindre spelad än serieledaren.

https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/england/chelsea-korde-over-west-ham---andersson-framspelare-i-londonderbyt/

United have spent the last 12 months targeting Koulibaly and Ed Woodward still regards him as the top defensive priority.

The Red Devils will step up their efforts to sign the Senegal international as soon as the summer transfer window opens.

Koulibaly is open to the idea of a switch to the Premier League and is aware of United’s interest, according to the Daily Star.

United could face competition from Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain for his signature though.

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https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1236736/-

Willy Caballero has spoken about the goalkeeper situation at Chelsea after he replaced Kepa Arrizabalaga for the draw against Leicester.

Kepa had put in a string of poor performances for the Blues and Frank Lampard appears to have lost patience, giving Caballero his first Premier League start of the season.

Caballero had made a good save from Jamie Vardy in the first half but was then caught out to allow Ben Chilwell to score with the match eventually finishing 2-2.

And the former Manchester City keeper opened up on the situation at Chelsea following the entertaining encounter.

The shot-stopper said: ”I am really happy to help the team to play today.

“I made a few saves but more important is the spirit of the team, we rescued one point here which is so difficult.

”It is hard as a goalkeeper when we don’t have the opportunity to play, we have to keep the faith, keep training well and when the opportunity arrives you have to be ready for it.

“This is a lesson for every goalkeeper in the world, we must be ready at any time.”

Willy Caballero made his first Premier League appearance of the season

But Chelsea boss Lampard was not giving much away on what the future holds for his goalkeepers.

“I’m not going to talk about that now,” said the Chelsea manager when asked if Caballero would keep his place.

“But I thought his overall performance was pretty good. He made some good saves, was comfortable with his feet.

“I was right behind the Harvey Barnes goal it was typical the deflection it was instantly in so there wasn’t much he could do with either goal.

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“At the end of the day it’s good to take a point away from here because they were pushing and after the 1-0 we were a bit sloppy.

“I’m happy for the team but most important is the spirit we showed after the 2-1 and we came back.

“We only have to look game by game. The upcoming month of February will be very tough. But we will be up for the fight, that’s for sure.”

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/willy-caballero-addresses-chelsea-goalkeeper-21411562

Första 45 minuterna på King Power Stadium mellan Leicester och Chelsea slutade mållöst. Det gjorde inte de resterande 45 minuterna av matchen i alla fall.

Andra halvlek var en minut gammal när Antonio Rüdiger nickade in 1-0 till gästerna på Mason Mounts hörna. Kvitteringen kom åtta minuter därpå, efter ett fint Leicester-spel hamnade bollen på Harvey Barnes fötter vars avslut tog på en Chelsea-försvarare och letade sig in bakom Willy Caballero i bortamålet.

Tio minuter senare small det igen – och den här gången var det hemmalaget som tog ledningen genom Ben Chilwell. Men glädjen hos Leicester-spelarna blev kortvarig. Sju minuter efter 2-1 kom nämligen kvitteringen. Och återigen var det Rüdiger som gjorde det för gästerna – och återigen var det Mount som stod för assisten.

Mötet slutade 2-2 vilket gör att tabelltrean fortsatt är åtta poäng före Chelsea i tabellen, som placerar sig på platsen bakom dagens motståndare.

https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/england/delad-poang-mellan-leicester-och-chelsea--rudiger-ovan-tvamalsskytt/

Chelsea are still in the transfer market despite the clock dwindling down over a move for a striker.

Frank Lampard had told the board that he was desperate to see a new forward arrive.

The Blues’ position in the Premier League had looked perilous beforehand due to a string of inconsistent form.

And that looks under even more threat now after the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal all improved their squads this transfer window.

Bruno Fernandes, Steven Bergwijn and Pablo Mari have joined their biggest rivals while Chelsea have failed to strengthen anywhere at all.

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However, according to the Telegraph, the Blues are still in the market for a new striker.

A number of targets had been touted over the past few weeks including Moussa Dembele of Lyon, Paris St-Germain’s Edinson Cavani and Napoli star Dries Mertens.

But transfers fell through over these targets – much to Lampard’s disdain.

“The window is probably 95 per cent shut for us,” he said,

”I know there are hours left of it. The answer would be no to probably I’m guessing the players that you are saying.”

Olivier Giroud looks set to stay at Stamford Bridge until the end of the season
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However, the Telegraph further report that their plan to land a new striker involves waiting around for one to ’come up’.

That would further frustrate Lampard and Olivier Giroud, who had hoped a new arrival would allow him to leave for more first-team football.

The Chelsea boss insisted that the Frenchman has been professional throughout the window despite it now looking likely that he will remain.

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”Olivier Giroud in this window has been incredible as a professional and as a man,” Lampard added.

”We all know that there has been interest and I have sat here in every press conference and said ‘if its right for Olivier, for myself and the club’ and he has been impeccable in that period.

”I have got huge respect for him for that and as a player. The answer again is no. Will he leave? No.”

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/chelsea-still-transfer-market-striker-21404940

Chelsea have been keen to sign a new striker this month.

They’ve been looking to replace Frenchman Olivier Giroud, who has grown unhappy at the club over a lack of playing time.

Throughout the January transfer window, the Blues have been linked with a host of strikers across Europe, but a move has failed to materialise.

Chelsea are still waiting for the chance to sign a new forward, however, according to the Telegraph.

JUST IN: Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud ’stressed’ about transfer deadline day

https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1236352/-

Öppettiderna i det största ligorna:
* Premier league, Bundesliga och Ligue 1: 1–31 januari.
* La liga och Serie A: 2–31 januari.
* Eredivisie: 3–31 januari.
…och i Sverige hålls fönstret öppet från 8 januari till 31 mars, allt enligt Fifas transferkalender.

https://bloggar.aftonbladet.se/sillyseason/2020/01/31/officiellt-brighton-varvar-ytterback-fran-chelsea/

Olivier Giroud har fått sparsamt med speltid under Frank Lampard och ihärdiga rykten har placerat fransmannen i Lazio, Inter och Tottenham inför att transferfönstret stänger. Natten mot fredag kom dessutom uppgifter i italiensk press om att fransmannen, som vill säkra speltid inför sommarens EM, var beredd att träningsstrejka för att få igenom en flytt från Stamford Bridge. 

Men när Chelsea tränade på fredagsförmiddagen fanns anfallaren med och på den följande presskonferensen var Lampard tydlig med att fransmannen stannar. På en direkt fråga om fransmannen lämnar svarade Lampard: ”Nej”, och tillade att han inte har något att klaga på kring spelarens attityd. 

– Den har varit oklanderlig, säger Lampard enligt The Guardian.

Dries Mertens och Edinson Cavani har också placerats i Chelsea, men Londonlklubben räknar inte med några nyförvärv innan fönstret stänger.

– Till 95 procent är vårt transferfönster redan stängt, säger Lampard.

Till helgens match kan Lampard dock eventuellt få tillbaka skadade forwarden Tammy Abraham. Abraham tränade på fredagen och är aktuell för truppen mot Leicester. 

https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/england/frank-lampard-olivier-giroud-stannar-i-chelsea/

Olivier Giroud har fått sparsamt med speltid under Frank Lampard och ihärdiga rykten har placerat fransmannen i Lazio, Inter och Tottenham inför att transferfönstret stänger. Natten mot fredag kom dessutom uppgifter i italiensk press om att fransmannen, som vill säkra speltid inför sommarens EM, var beredd att träningsstrejka för att få igenom en flytt från Stamford Bridge. 

Men när Chelsea tränade på fredagsförmiddagen fanns anfallaren med och på den följande presskonferensen var Lampard tydlig med att fransmannen stannar. På en direkt fråga om fransmannen lämnar svarade Lampard: ”Nej”, och tillade att han inte har något att klaga på kring spelarens attityd. 

– Den har varit oklanderlig, säger Lampard enligt The Guardian.

Dries Mertens och Edinson Cavani har också placerats i Chelsea, men Londonlklubben räknar inte med några nyförvärv innan fönstret stänger.

– Till 95 procent är vårt transferfönster redan stängt, säger Lampard.

Till helgens match kan Lampard dock eventuellt få tillbaka skadade forwarden Tammy Abraham. Abraham tränade på fredagen och är aktuell för truppen mot Leicester. 

https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/england/frank-lampard-olivier-giroud-stannar-i-chelsea/

Olivier Giroud har fått sparsamt med speltid under Frank Lampard och ihärdiga rykten har placerat fransmannen i Lazio, Inter och Tottenham inför att transferfönstret stänger. Natten mot fredag kom dessutom uppgifter i italiensk press om att fransmannen, som vill säkra speltid inför sommarens EM, var beredd att träningsstrejka för att få igenom en flytt från Stamford Bridge. 

Men när Chelsea tränade på fredagsförmiddagen fanns anfallaren med och på den följande presskonferensen var Lampard tydlig med att fransmannen stannar. På en direkt fråga om fransmannen lämnar svarade Lampard: ”Nej”, och tillade att han inte har något att klaga på kring spelarens attityd. 

– Den har varit oklanderlig, säger Lampard enligt The Guardian.

Dries Mertens och Edinson Cavani har också placerats i Chelsea, men Londonlklubben räknar inte med några nyförvärv innan fönstret stänger.

– Till 95 procent är vårt transferfönster redan stängt, säger Lampard.

Till helgens match kan Lampard dock eventuellt få tillbaka skadade forwarden Tammy Abraham. Abraham tränade på fredagen och är aktuell för truppen mot Leicester. 

https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/england/frank-lampard-olivier-giroud-stannar-i-chelsea/

Tottenham presenterade tidigare i veckan Steven Bergwijn som nyförvärv. Men José Mourinho verkar inte vara nöjd där utan portugisen är på jakt efter fler förstärkningar i anfallet med tanke på Harry Kanes långtidsskada.

Nu uppger Sky Sports Italia att Spurs är överens med Chelsea om en övergång för Oliver Giroud. Samma sajt uppgav tidigare under fredagen att fransmannen överväger att bojkotta Chelseas träning för att få till en flytt innan transferfönstret stänger.

Tidigare har Giroud bland annat ryktats till Lazio, men nu verkar han trots allt bli kvar i London. Först var det Arsenal, därefter Chelsea och nu blir det alltså Tottenham för anfallaren?

https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/bloggar/sillybloggen/2020/01/31/uppgifter-tottenham-overens-med-chelsea-giroud-gar-till-rivalen/

Chelsea will launch one last attempt to sign Napoli forward Dries Mertens.

The west Londoners have already had an approach rejected by the Italian club who insist they do not want to let him go – even though he is out of contract at the end of the season.

But Chelsea believe they could yet make an offer that Napoli cannot refuse.

The Blues also have PSG striker Edinson Cavani as a fall-back option after Atletico Madrid cooled their interest in the Uruguayan on Thursday.

Olivier Giroud is still available after seeing a number of potential moves fall through but Napoli have so far refused the chance to take him.

Mertens is a legend in Naples having scored 118 goals for Napoli since joining from PSV Eindhoven in 2013.

Mertens could be tempted to leave Napoli
(Image: Getty Images)

The Belgian’s tally places him second in the club’s all-time top scorers list behind his former teammate Marek Hamsik and ahead of Diego Maradona in third.

Mertens is just three strikes away from equalling Hamsik’s tally of 121, but the offer of a new challenge in west London could tempt the 32-year-old to move away from the club and the Premier League before the closure of the transfer window.

Lampard admitted that new additions could be possible after the FA Cup win over Hull City at the weekend.

”My job is to work every day on the training ground to make the players better,” he said.

Lampard is known to want an experienced forward
(Image: Clive Mason)

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”The other part is looking at how we can move forward by bringing in players.

”We lost ground last summer and we need to make moves now to take us forward.

”I have a strong feeling of where we can improve personnel-wise to take us forward.

”So for me it’s clear. The money of it is not my job but I have to be honest and truthful. Short-term recruitment is something we have to get right.”

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/chelsea-launch-last-ditch-attempt-21397633

Napoli have turned down Chelsea’s offer of £5m for striker Dries Mertens, according to reports in France.

The Belgium international is out of contract with the Italian side at the end of season having been in the Serie A since 2013.

And he was thought to be the subject of interest from Chelsea, who reportedly tabled a £5m offer for the 32-year-old, and Inter Milan.

However, Le10Sport report that Napoli have turned down the offer, with Mertens not keen to leave before the summer.

Instead, the versatile attacker is expected to see out the rest of his contract and leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Sky Sports’ Anton Toloui insisted a move for Martens could be the “bargain of the window”, if they can pull it off at the reported low price.

“I absolutely love this idea,” he said on Good Morning Transfers on Thursday. “I genuinely think this could be one of the bargains of the window, regardless of the fact that he’s out of contract at the end of the season.

“He’s a guy that can do everything. Dries Mertens is kind of a forgotten winger – he’s played second fiddle in the Belgium team to the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne.

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“When there was an injury to Milik a couple of seasons ago, he moved to play centre-forward, and he exploded. He scored 28 goals in Serie A one season, then followed that up with 18, then 16.

“This guy can do everything. He brings leadership, he can play anywhere across the frontline, he can score tap-ins, he can score from outside the box.

“He has Champions League experience and he has World Cup experience.”

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/napoli-respond-chelseas-5m-dries-21396789

Arsenal

Arsenal have reached all but one of the Continental League Cup finals since the tournament began in 2011

London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea will contest the 2020 Women’s Continental League Cup final after both winning tense semi-finals on Wednesday.

Record five-times winners Arsenal beat holders Manchester City 2-1, reaching the final for the eighth time since 2011.

Chelsea reached their first final as Maren Mjelde’s cool second-half finish saw them win 1-0 at Manchester United.

The City Ground in Nottingham will host the final on Saturday, 29 February.

The two ties were being played between the top four sides in the Women’s Super League, who all also reached the last four of the League Cup last term.

Cushing’s penultimate game ends in defeat

Defeat for the holders saw outgoing manager Nick Cushing beaten in his penultimate game in charge before he takes up a coaching position at men’s team New York City in the United States after 2 February’s home league game against Arsenal.

Two uncharacteristic defensive mistakes did the damage in the first half for City, who had beaten the Gunners on penalties in 2019’s final.

Firstly Gemma Bonner gave the ball away and Vivianne Miedema slotted in the opener, before goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck let Danielle van de Donk’s strike slip through her fingers for the hosts’ second.

England’s Ellen White then saw a penalty saved by Manuela Zinsberger after the break for the visitors, with the Arsenal stopper diving well to her right after Lauren Hemp had been fouled in the area.

City did halve the deficit moments later from the resulting corner, however, through Bonner’s header, but Arsenal were able to hold on and continue their bid for a sixth Continental League Cup crown.

Blues win tight semi-final

Chelsea, who were 4-1 winners at Arsenal in the WSL on 19 January to take the initiative in the league title race, will now bid for their first League Cup triumph.

Emma Hayes’ side were denied in the first half by Mary Earps’ superb save to keep out Millie Bright’s header, but Earps could not stop Mjelde’s clinical finish from a very tight angle with 18 minutes to go.

Striker Lauren James had a good chance to level for Casey Stoney’s Red Devils but fired over the bar from the edge of the area and Chelsea celebrated at full-time.

Chelsea’s Australia star Sam Kerr and South Korea playmaker Ji So-Yun were both away on international duty but Mjelde’s strike was enough to see them through in their absence.

The Blues had been eliminated at the semi-final stage of three competitions last season but can now look ahead to a showdown with Joe Montemurro’s Gunners.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51304286

Chelsea can compete for the Premier League title in two years if they recruit well.

That’s according to Glenn Hoddle who reckons savvy transfer business will make or break Frank Lampard.

The Stamford Bridge hero can now make singings after Chelsea had their transfer ban lifted.

He’s eager to bring in a new striker to ease the burden on Tammy Abraham, but has so far been unsuccessful.

Hoddle says it’s not this transfer window that will define Lampard’s tenure as Chelsea’s manager, though.

“I think [Lampard] does want to bring somebody in this window,” Hoddle told Premier League Productions.

“Whether he’s going to get that opportunity, reading between the lines I’m not so sure actually.

“But this is more important, over the next coming two windows I think for Frank.

“I think if he brings in the right professionals, the right experienced players, uses the right money on that level…

“He’s got the youngsters, he knows he’s got a group of young players there.

“In two years time, if he brings in the right pros, the good apples and good players, experience, with these kids, I think they’ll be challenging for the league in two years time.

“That’s how Chelsea owners have got to look at it, not about now.

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“Even if he goes fifth this year and misses out on the top four, this squad and whatever manager is at Chelsea, the key is who he brings in, the experience.

“Those kids, they’re good enough. You’ve got six or seven of them, superb.

“And you’ve got a little underbelly as well, you’ve got a little underbelly coming through that are going to be great in two years time.

“But these kids now that are playing are going to have two more years experience.

“It is really important for Chelsea Football Club who he brings in, experienced players, to play with them.

“He’s going to be losing Pedro and Willian, they’ve been great players, they’re all going to be going.

“It’s really key for how their future is and it could be exciting in two years time.”

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/glenn-hoddle-says-chelsea-can-21389370

Chelsea, med svenskduon Magdalena Eriksson och Jonna Andersson i laget, har inför andra halvan av säsongen en bra chans att vinna Women’s Super League. London-laget är en poäng bakom Arsenal på andraplats och Manchester City i serieledning, men med en match färre spelad än toppkonkurrenterna. 

Nu har laget även en bra chans att ta hem ytterligare en titel. 

Magdalena Eriksson och Jonna Andersson spelade under onsdagskvällen båda från start när det blev seger med 1-0 efter mål av Maren Mjelde mot Manchester United i semifinalen i ligacupen. Norskan slog till i 72:a minuten och därefter spelade laget av matchen. 

Chelsea ställs nu mot Arsenal i finalen i turneringen. Arsenal besegrade under onsdagen Manchester City med 2-1 i den andra semifinalen. 

https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/england/chelsea-vidare-till-final---slog-united-i-ligacupen/

Barcelona rapporteras vilja förstärka truppen inför avslutningen av säsongen. Tidigare under onsdagen uppgav BBC att Barcelona fått ett bud på 100 miljoner euro, lite mer än en miljard kronor nobbat av Everton på Richarlison och nu uppger Sky Sports att den spanska storklubben i stället har ställt in siktet på Chelseas ytter Willian, 31.

Barcelona förbereder, enligt Sky Sports, ett “sista-minuten-bud” på 20 miljoner pund, drygt 250 miljoner kronor på spelaren för att ro en värvning i hamn. Barcelona ska under en längre tid ha följt brassen, vars kontrakt går ut i sommar, och vill därmed köpa loss spelaren redan nu för att försäkra sig om spelarens ankomst.

Enligt Sky Sports budade Barcelona så sent som under sommaren 2018 på Willian, men fick bland annat då ett bud på 55 miljoner pund, drygt 668 miljoner kronor nobbat. Willian lär också, enligt sajten, lämna Chelsea oavsett i sommar, då förhandlingarna om ett nytt kontrakt inte gått som planerat för Chelseas del.

Willian anslöt under sommaren 2013 till Chelsea och har hittills stått för 32 mål och 36 assist på 221 matcher med klubben i Premier League. Willian har även varit med och vunnit Premier League två gånger, FA-cupen en gång, ligacupen en gång och Europa League en gång. Den här säsongen är han noterad för fem mål och fem assist på 30 matcher i alla turneringar.

31-åringen har även nio mål på 69 A-landskamper för Brasilien på cv:t.

https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/bloggar/sillybloggen/2020/01/29/barcelona-uppges-forbereda-bud-pa-chelsea-ytter/

Öppettiderna i det största ligorna:
* Premier league, Bundesliga och Ligue 1: 1–31 januari.
* La liga och Serie A: 2–31 januari.
* Eredivisie: 3–31 januari.
…och i Sverige hålls fönstret öppet från 8 januari till 31 mars, allt enligt Fifas transferkalender.

https://bloggar.aftonbladet.se/sillyseason/2020/01/29/uppgifter-chelsea-vill-varva-serie-a-anfallare/

Tottenhams anfallsstjärna Harry Kane är skadad och blir borta ett tag framöver. Därmed är José Mourinho ute efter en anfallsvärvning i januari och har bland annat rapporterats vilja ha in Alexander Isaks anfallskonkurrent i Real Sociedad Willian José, men även Milans polske anfallare Krzysztof Piatek. Enligt italienska Sky verkar det dock inte bli någon värvning från varken Real Sociedad eller Milan, vilket talar för en “plan B”, utöver värvningen av Steven Bergwijn, som blev presenterad tidigare under tisdagen.

Sky uppger att Tottenham nu i stället har siktet inställt på Chelseas franske anfallare Olivier Giroud, som den här säsongen har fått ont om speltid och behöver få matcher för att komma i form inför sommarens EM. Giroud har tidigare rapporterats vara aktuell för Inter, men ännu har ingen övergång dit blivit presenterad och därmed kan fransmannen nu i stället vara aktuell för en flytt till Tottenham.  33-åringen ska även vara öppen för att stanna i London, där han har bott sedan flytten till Arsenal sommaren 2012.

Giroud anslöt vintern 2018 till Chelsea från lokalrivalen Arsenal och har avtal med Londonklubben fram till i sommar. Den här säsongen är han hittills noterad för ett mål på sju matcher i alla turneringar.

https://www.fotbollskanalen.se/bloggar/sillybloggen/2020/01/29/uppgifter-tottenhams-plan-b-vill-varva-fran-chelsea/

Abraham, along with Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford, is one of three England strikers currently injured and Lampard believes the situation is a worry for manager Gareth Southaget ahead of the European Championships.

Asked if the punishing schedule was a concern ahead for the Euros, Lampard, who made 106 appearances for England, said: “Yeah I think so as an England fan and I’m sure Gareth Southgate is (concerned). You talk about Kane, you talk about Rashford and our own Tammy, of course. You are talking about pivotal players in the team, so, of course, yes.

“We do now have a winter break. I suppose you can argue where that break is, because all these injuries have come before it so maybe that puts the timing of it under the spotlight. But I do think that will be a benefit, for sure, the two-week break.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2020/01/28/chelsea-could-ask-tammy-abraham-play-pain-barrier-against-leicester/

According to ESPN, the London giants are targeting Chilwell and Ziyech but are not interested in signing them amid the ongoing January transfer window.

Lampard is looking to replace Marcos Alonso and has identified the Leicester star as the perfect replacement for the Spaniard.

The club legend is also looking to add more creativity in attack and Ziyech is among his top targets for the wings.

Both players have also been on United’s radar as Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to add more spark up front.

JUST IN: West Ham want four transfer deals done by Friday with Tomas Soucek to jet in for medical

https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1234517/-

Chelsea are poised to launch a late challenge to Tottenham for the signing of AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek.

The Blues are switching to the 24-year-old Poland International with first-choice Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain closing in on a move to Atletico Madrid.

Piatek had been in negotiations with Spurs but the north Londoners moved on to Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose after failing to agree an initial loan deal with Milan.

As the transfer deadline approaches, however – and with Jose priced out of a move to Spurs by Socieded – Spurs are set to return to Piatek.

AC Milan’s Polish forward Krzysztof Piatek in action
(Image: AFP/Getty Images)

Now, though, Chelsea are interested as Frank Lampard hunts more firepower ahead of the second half of the season.

West Ham have expressed an interest but Piatek has rejected them in favour of a move to a bigger club.

Although Piatek has managed only four goals in 18 outings for Stefano Pioli’s Milan side, he had an excellent campaign last season, with 19 goals for Genoa to earn his move to Milan where he scored 11 times during the second half of the campaign.

Lampard recently emphasised that his squad needs to strengthen this month in order to challenge for trophies and a top-four place.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani is expected to join Atletico Madrid
(Image: REUTERS)

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The Blues were unable to sign players last summer but their FIFA-imposed transfer ban has since been lifted.

Lampard said: ”It’s a big test coming up for us, it’s clear we’ve got a punishment where we couldn’t bring in players and we lost one of the biggest players in our history (Eden Hazard).

”My job is to work every day on the training ground with the players – can we get better? We lost ground last summer so now we need to (sign players), to challenge for top four.

”For me it’s clear. I don’t want tot get caught up too much in the money because its not my job. The recruitment when you’ve missed a window in the short term is very important and we need to get it right.”

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/chelsea-consider-late-transfer-swoop-21373652

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