Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and his young Chelsea team have the opportunity to make a big statement when Premier League leaders Liverpool visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.
Lampard and Chelsea host Liverpool in a week six game of the new Premier League campaign.
Chelsea have the opportunity to be the first team to take points off Liverpool in the league this season as the Reds have won all their five league games till date.
Both teams have already met this season in the UEFA Super Cup.
Liverpool won the Champions League last season, while Chelsea won the Europa League last season.
Both teams met in the UEFA Super Cup as a result of their respective European trophy triumph.
Liverpool won that UEFA Super Cup title via penalties after the two teams shared a four-goal thriller at the end of regulation time and extra time.
The Reds have won all their five games in the Premier League this season from victories over the likes of newcomers Norwich City, Southampton, Arsenal, Burnley and Newcastle United.
On their part, Chelsea have eight points from five games and are in 10th place.
Chelsea XI: Kepa Azzibalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Fikayo Tomori, Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso; Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante; Pedro Rodriguez, Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.
Chelsea, Man United Face Missing Out On This Transfer
Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester United could both miss out on the signing of Paris Saint Germain (PSG) striker Edinson Cavani after another competitor lodged a bid for the player.
Edinson Cavani is the subject of a €10m bid from Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid who are the frontrunners for the player.
PSG sporting director Leonardo confirmed the Atletico Madrid bid shortly after the French Cup win over Lorient who are in the second tier of French football these days.
Leonardo made this known in a chat with reporters after the Lorient game.
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Chelsea and Manchester United are in the market for a new striker and Edinson Cavani is at the top of their shortlist.
Blues boss Frank Lampard doesn’t trust his striker options of Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi who are backups to leading striker Tammy Abraham who is the leading scorer for his team this season.
Tammy Abraham has scored 15 goals in all competitions this term including 13 goals in the Premier League.
For Manchester United, the striker search has been intensified following the news that leading goalscorer Marcus Rashford will miss a lot of games as a result of a back issue.
Rashford could be out of action until March at least.
Frank Lampard has identified the player he will sign – too much money
Europa League holders Chelsea are eyeing a big-money move for a Premier League defender according to the various reports coming out from the British media.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has money to spend in this transfer window and he has identified the centre back position as one of the areas to strengthen.
The specific publication via the Daily Star revealed that Chelsea are planning a £48m bid for Brighton and Hove Albion skipper Lewis Dunk.
It remains to be seen whether the Seagulls would want to sell Lewis Dunk in the middle of the season as they are in a battle to avoid the drop in the Premier League.
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Lewis Dunk is undoubtedly the best centre back in the Brighton squad.
Frank Lampard and Chelsea have already lost eight games in the Premier League this season. In addition, defence has been the Achilles heel for the Blues this season but they have still managed to keep their place in the top four of the league.
They have a five-point lead over Manchester United with 15 games left to play in the Premier League.
Only the first four spots on the Premier League table will guarantee a place in the Champions League next season.
Chelsea Start Timo Werner Transfer Negotiations But Liverpool Join The Battle
Europa League holders Chelsea have opened preliminary talks with RB Leipzig over star player Timo Werner according to the Daily Star.
It was revealed that the Blues have initiated contract talks with the Germans and that has pushed Premier League rivals Liverpool to accelerate their transfer plans for the £60m striker.
Frank Lampard is keen to sign a new striker to provide competition for Tammy Abraham who has been a top performer for his team in the Premier League this season.
Chelsea have two back-up options to Tammy Abraham in Olivier Giroud and Belgian national team attacker Michy Batshuayi but none is as effective as the England international in front of goal.
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Giroud and Batshuayi have not performed at the required levels this season and the two players might also leave the club before this winter transfer window ends on January 31.
Timo Werner is one of the hottest strikers in European football after the German scored 20 goals in the league alone this season.
He took his German Bundesliga tally to 20 goals this season after he netted a brace to help RB Leipzig to a comeback win over Union Berlin.
Timo Werner hit the back of the net twice to lead his team to a 3-1 win over their guests.
Chelsea ‘Line Up £100m Bid’ For Jadon Sancho
West London giants Chelsea are lining up a big bid for in-demand Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho according to one of the publications via Sports Mole.
Jadon Sancho is a key player for Borussia Dortmund and the England international has appeared on the radar of a lot of European teams including Chelsea mainly due to his impressive performances for the German Bundesliga outfit.
He has scored 13 goals and provided another 14 goals in just 25 games in all competitions this season.
Jadon Sancho left the Premier League in the summer of 2017 and he could return this summer after three hugely successful seasons in German.
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The 19-year-old signed for Borussia Dortmund from Premier League champions Manchester City three years ago for a fee believed to be around £8m.
Aside from the Blues, Jadon Sancho is also attracting the interest of other English clubs like his former team Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United ahead of this summer.
Borussia Dortmund have already informed the interested clubs that Jadon Sancho won’t be for sale in the current winter market though a sale in the summer has not been ruled out.
Chelsea are the only club willing to pay over £100m to sign him as things stand according to the above-mentioned media outlet.
£102m is the fee being mooted and it would be a Premier League record ahead of the £89m spent on Manchester United star Paul Pogba.
Inter Milan To Sign Victor Moses On One Condition
Chelsea player Victor Moses is on loan at Turkish Super League giants Fenerbahce at the moment but that has not stopped him from being touted as a possible transfer addition to the Inter Milan squad.
Victor Moses worked with Antonio Conte at Chelsea and the two parties could link up at Inter Milan.
According to popular Italian media outlet Corriere dello Sport, Inter Milan will only sign Victor Moses if the retired Super Eagles of Nigeria player is ready to play immediately.
Inter Milan are still on the search for a fullback after the move for AS Roma defender Leonardo Spinazzola fell through.
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AS Roma fullback Spinazzola was initially expected to join Inter Milan in a swap deal that will see Matteo Politano move from the San Siro to the Italian capital club until the move broke down.
Victor Moses has struggled for fitness this season and that has restricted him to just seven appearances this season in the colours of Fenerbahce whom he joined one year ago on an 18-month loan deal until this summer.
He has struggled with a thigh problem this season.
Fenerbahce want to send him back to Chelsea to save some money and that could Inter Milan the avenue to sign him on loan till this summer with the option of a permanent transfer.
Liverpoool Want Timo Werner, Chelsea Also Interested
EPL table toppers Liverpool are interested in a big money move for red-hot Bundesliga striker Timo Werner and will also face stiff opposition from top flight rivals Chelsea for his transfer.
According to the Daily Mirror, both Liverpool and Chelsea are keen on a swoop for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner who has scored the goals to propel his team to the top of the German Bundesliga table.
Timo Werner is rated at £60m at the moment and interested clubs like Liverpool and Chelsea will have to wait till the summer as the German international is not ready to leave RB Leipzig in the middle of working on achieving something special for his club.
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RB Leipzig and Timo Werner have moved five points clear at the top of the German Bundesliga table after they came from behind to beat capital club Union Berlin 3-1 at home.
They were able to capitalize on the slip up from Borussia Moenchengladbach in the second place.
The weekend started with just two points separating the surprise top two teams at this stage.
Borussia Moenchengladbach were beaten 2-0 by Schalke 04 on Friday night thus opening up the opportunity of going five points clear which was duly taken.
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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard would be hoping to build on the last win in the Premier League when he takes his players up north to face Newcastle United.
Lampard and his players returned to winning ways following the emphatic victory over struggling Burnley last weekend.
Jorginho (penalty), topscorer Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi were on target as Chelsea thrashed the Clarets 3-0 at home and that win was enough to maintain their place in the top four.
Ahead of the Newcastle United, Chelsea have a good advantage in the race for the top four places in the Premier League which will guarantee a spot in the Champions League.
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Chelsea occupy fourth spot on the log and they have a five-point lead over fifth-placed Manchester United.
The Blues can extend their lead over Manchester United to eighr points with a win over the Magpies on Saturday evening as Manchester United don’t play until Sunday.
Manchester United have a tough game on paper as they travel to take on a Liverpool side with a perfect record at home.
Chelsea XI vs Newcastle United: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Reece James, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta; Jorginho
Roman Abramovich Endorses Chelsea’s Bid To Make £120m Signing
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has approved the multi-million pounds pursuit of Borussia Dortmund player Jadon Sancho according to The Metro.
Recent reports had claimed that Chelsea are in talks to sign Jadon Sancho who is an England international who made his debut for the Three Lions against Croatia towards the end of 2018 in what was a UEFA Nations League game.
Apart from Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United are also interested in Jadon Sancho who could cost up to £120m.
Chelsea have a good business relationship with Borussia Dortmund and that could work in their favour as they try to prise Jadon Sancho from the German Bundesliga club.
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Jadon Sancho has scored nine goals and nine assists in 15 games in the league to further show his importance to Borussia Dortmund who sold Christian Pulisic to Chelsea in a £57m deal last year.
Chelsea had agreed a deal with the Germans for Christian Pulisic in January 2019 but the American international didn’t join them until last summer.
The same transfer strategy could be applied by Chelsea as they try to sign 19-year-old Sancho who is seen as the man to replace Eden Hazard at the club.
Hazard left Chelsea for Real Madrid at the start of this campaign.