Chelsea news live: Haaland boost, Rice ‘wish’, AC Milan in for Tomori, Dybala & Upamecano latest

Chelsea news and gossip is coming in thick and fast and Sportarena is on hand to bring you all the very latest from Stamford Bridge.

Declan Rice’s “wish”

Ex-United defender Rio Ferdinand has insisted that West Ham midfielder Declan Rice will choose Chelsea over The Red Devils in the transfer window.

The 22-year-old versatile player has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge last summer before United now shows interest in Englishman.

However, Ex-United star Rio Ferdinand has suggested that Declan Rice, who left Stamford Bridge at age of 16 will choose Chelsea over Manchester United.

‘I don’t think he goes this window, I think he stays there for the remainder of the season. I don’t think he’s the kind of kid who is going to push to leave right now,: Ferdinand said on his YouTube channel.

‘If it happens, it will be between the clubs. I don’t think he’s going to be the person that instigates it.

‘I think he’s quite a laid-back kid in that sense but he’s a driven kid. He’s someone who wants to achieve, better himself and improve.’

He added: ‘Good luck to him. I think it’s inevitable he will go but I think – if I’m being realistic – he will go in the summer and I think it would be to Chelsea if he had his wish.’

Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan

After Frank Lampard confirmed full-back Fikayo Tomori could leave the Stamford Bridge on a loan this month, Serie A giant AC Milan are interested in take him for the rest of the season.

Tomori, who produced a big impression in the heart of Chelsea defence last season, struggling to get playing time this term, following the arrival of Thiago Silva and standout performances of Kurt Zouma.

These situations will allowing him to leave the club on a loan this month, confirmed by Blues boss Frank Lampard.

He said: ‘The situation with Fikayo is open about the moment.

‘There is a possibility he could be going on loan to get games somewhere else. So that would have to be the solution for him and the club. That was part of my thinking of not starting him today.’

And according The Guardian, AC Milan are interested in signing him on loan for the rest of the season, as are Newcastle and Leeds United.

Chelsea eye Dayot Upamecano

Despite the arrival of Thiago Silva and emergency performances of Kurt Zouma, Frank Lampard & co. still in market for another defender.

The Blues are reportedly set up their interest in the highly-rated RB Leipzig full-back Dayot Upamecano, who has been monitoring by top club’s across the Europe, with including Premier League rivals Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

The Frenchman will be available for £40million his summer due to a release clause in his contract.

Dayot, meanwhile, will not allow to leave this month and Chelsea are prepared to wait until the summer before get their primary target.

Erling Haaland transfer boost

Chelsea have been handed a major boost in their hopes of signing Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland.

According to reports in the Italian media at the end of December, Frank Lampard has told the club’s hierarchy that he would like to add the talented 20-year-old to his squad during this month’s transfer window.

Blue’s current form has raised questions about the state of the squad, despite splashing out more than £220million on seven new additions last summer, leading to reports that the Blues may need to add a new big-name star to their ranks in an attempt to get the juices flowing once again.

Paulo Dybala update

Chelsea have not made any contact with Juventus about the possibility of signing playmaker Paulo Dybala, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

Dybala’s future with the Italian champions has been in doubt following reports they would look to sell him if he turns down the offer of a lucrative new contract.

The Argentina international’s current deal runs until the summer of 2022 and he has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with both Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have been credited with an interest in the playmaker.

However, according to Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claim the Blues are not interest in the Argentina star.

He said: ‘Someone is asking me about Dybala because he is not extending at the moment his contract with Juventus, so there is nothing decided, but if he doesn’t extend his contract with Juventus before the summer, I think he will leave Juventus.

‘I want to say that Chelsea have not made any contact with Dybala or his agent.

‘They want to defend players like (Kai) Havertz or (Hakim) Ziyech. They are happy with them.

‘Obviously, they need time to be at their best level, in particular Havertz needs time, he’s so young, but they spend like €100m on Havertz, so they don’t want to say after one year we’ll go with Dybala and Havertz will sit on the bench, so at the moment there is nothing between Chelsea and Dybala’

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