7.45am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Tuchel automatic new deal clause, Gilmour to STAY, Haaland LATEST

7.45am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Tuchel automatic new deal clause, Gilmour to STAY, Haaland LATEST

February 2, 2021

CHELSEA are on the hunt for summer transfers to strengthen Thomas Tuchel's squad after Frank Lampard's controversial exit.

Meanwhile Billy Gilmour will stay at the club after Tuchel reversed Lampard's decision to loan him out for the remainder of the season.

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  • sstreet

    DEAL ME IN

    Thomas Tuchel will automatically earn a contract extension if Chelsea qualify for the next two Champions Leagues, reports the Daily Mail.

    The German is at Stamford Bridge on an 18-month contract and was said to be concerned about joining on such a short term deal.

    But in a big vote of confidence from notoriously trigger-happy owner Roman Abramovich, the Blues agreed to the mandatory new deal clause.

    Tuchel said of his deal: "At first it was a concern, I was a little like, 'Oh, why 18 months?'

    "But after only one minute I thought, 'What does it change?' What does it change if they give me four and a half years? They could sack me anyway.

    "If they are not happy with me, they will sack me anyway. And if they gave me four and a half years they would put in a clause that when they sack me, they'll pay me."

  • sstreet
  • sstreet

    MOUR TO COME

    It was certainly a quieter transfer window than the summer…

    The main question on fans' mind for deadline day was whether Billy Gilmour would stay or go out on loan.

    At one point it looked like he might complete a short-term switch to Southampton.

    However, Thomas Tuchel is keen to see how the midfielder gets on at Stamford Bridge, reversing Frank Lampard's plan to loan him out.

  • supal

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Well, it wasn’t exactly a transfer window thriving with business.

    In fact there was no business at all at Stamford Bridge – deadline day came and passed the Blues by this year.

    New boss Thomas Tuchel didn’t make any emergency moves in the market and will now get to work evaluating his squad before the summer.

    He’s got over £200m of talent that Frank Lampard signed last summer to sypher through as well in the closing months of the season.

    There were no arrival at all for the Blues in January but a few departures to speak of.

    Danny Drinkwater (Kasimpasa), Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan) and Baba Rahman (PAOK) were among the players to leave west London on loan.

    Charlie Brown was also sold to MK Dons, and Lucas Piazon left to join Braga.

    It’s back to business on the pitch pretty quickly for all these Premier League teams with another full bill of midweek fixtures kicking off tonight.

    For Chelsea, it’s the small matter of taking on rivals Tottenham – a side desperate and hungry for points with a certain former Blues manager in charge.

    Stay with us all day as we’ll build up to that one and bring you all the Blues news you need.

  • supal

    CHELSEA JANUARY MOVES

    Here's the final report card for the Blues this month…

    IN

    (None)

    OUT

    Charlie Brown (MK Dons), Lucas Piazon (Braga), Danny Drinkwater (Kasimpasa) loan, Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan) loan, Baba Rahman (PAOK) loan, Jack Wakely (Brighton) loan.

  • supal

    AL CLEAR

    Chelsea target David Alaba is yet to agree a move to Real Madrid.

    That’s according to Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who concedes the star is ’99.9 per cent’ likely to leave the Allianz Arena.

    Alaba, 28, is out of contract this summer and has so far rejected the chance to extend his deal.

    Real Madrid were thought to have agreed terms with the Austrian.

    But reports claim Chelsea remain optimistic they can lure Alaba to London after making Thomas Tuchel their new manager.

    Chelsea target David Alaba is yet to agree a contract with Real MadridCredit: EPA
  • supal

    MADE HIS MARC

    Marcos Alonso was among the players linked with a deadline day move away from Stamford Bridge.

    But he's made an impression on Thomas Tuchel after his goal against Burnley – and the new boss will want to have a closer look over the next few months.

  • supal

    LAMP SHADE

    Gary Neville has explosively suggested Frank Lampard was part of a group of Chelsea players who called the media in a bid to get Andre Villas-Boas sacked in 2012.

    Speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast, the ex-England right-back claimed: "[Lampard's sacking] wasn't really a shock.

    "I thought initially he would get more time, just to let them settle in but you can't be surprised by Chelsea.

    "I go back to Napoli eight or nine years ago, when Villas-Boas had picked a team in the afternoon of a Champions League game. He left out Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and another big player at that time. 

    "I remember Chelsea players at that time ringing up members of the media and trying to get him out. Frank was part of that group."

    Gary Neville has claimed Frank Lampard was part of a group of Chelsea players who helped get Andre Villas-Boas sackedCredit: PA:Empics Sport
  • supal

    BANNER BAN

    Chelsea removed the 'In Frank We Trust' banner from Stamford Bridge out of respect for Thomas Tuchel.

    The Blues took the tribute to Frank Lampard down ahead of their 2-0 win over Burnley at Stamford Bridge but left it in place for the German's first home game against Wolves.

    Chelsea fans had clubbed together to have the £1,000 banner made and it read: "In Frank we trust. Then. Now. Forever."

    Chelsea have removed this Frank Lampard banner from Stamford BridgeCredit: Eddie Keogh Telegraph Media Group
    The homage to the Chelsea legend was taken down out of respect for Thomas TuchelCredit: Reuters
  • supal

    DEADLINE DAY RECAP

    A bit quiet out there so time for a quick recap – here's the pick of the storylines from deadline day…

    • Liverpool signed two centre-backs – Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies
    • Dele Alli stayed at Tottenham despite interest from PSG
    • Joe Willock (Newcastle) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (West Brom) both left Arsenal on loan
    • No movement at Chelsea or Manchester United
    • Bournemouth's Josh King joined Everton in a deal announced at 1am
    • Southampton signed Takumi Minamino on loan from Liverpool in a late swoop

    TEST BOOST

    Premier League Covid positives have finally dropped back to pre-Christmas levels in a further boost to football chiefs.

    Last week’s 2,957 tests across the 20 Prem clubs brought just seven new positive cases.

    That is slightly down from the eight recorded in the seven days up to January 24, although this time there were positive cases in both sampling rounds.

    Four of the positives came in the first batch of tests, of 1,713 players and staff, between Monday and Thursday.

    There were then three positives out of 1,244 samples between Friday and Sunday.

    The seven positives is the lowest total since the week of December 20, when the same number was recorded from only 1,569 tests.

    JAB STAND

    FIFA President Gianni Infantino has insisted that footballers cannot be allowed to jump the Covid-19 jabs queue.

    There have been calls for elite athletes to be moved up the priority list to ensure they can play inside secure bubbles.

    But Infantino, speaking at an appearance at the World Health Organisation, dismissed that idea – but also pledged he expected full houses at the 2022 World Cup Finals.

    Infantino said: "The priority for the vaccine is of course for the people at risk and health workers.

    "That is very sure in our minds and we don't consider football players as a priority in this respect.

    "Of course, in the months to come and in the context of international competition and travel, vaccination might be recommended at some point.

    "The Olympic Games are only in the summer but this will happen respecting established order of distribution. The people at risk should have priority."

    TRAVEL PROBLEMS

    Prem clubs have been left up in the air over whether they will be forced to release players for next month’s World Cup qualifiers, Martin Lipton reports.

    Last week’s new UK border rules mean that South American and Portuguese players will be forced to spend 10 days in strict hotel quarantine when they return to British soil.

    SunSport revealed how it could deprive Liverpool of Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino for three games at the start of April.

    And it would bring similar issues for Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles and Ederson, Ruben Dias and Gabriel Jesus at Manchester City.

    HURRY REDKNAPP

    Harry Redknapp was in a hurry after he got LOST on his way to the Sky Sports studios in a hilarious transfer deadline day gaffe.

    Redknapp was given an ovation as he finally joined Jim White on set, more than 40 minutes after he was supposed to following his ordeal to get from his Bournemouth home to West London.

    Explaining the palaver, the former Spurs boss said: "I was on the M3, plenty of time and it's taken my three-and-a-quarter hours it took me from Bournemouth.

    "I was going along lovely and then suddenly a sign flashed up saying 'accident J4 to J2'. Closed. Whatever.

    "So I had to divert all the way back and Jim, I didn't have a clue. I've ended up coming up the M4, cutting across to Reading."

    Asked if he has a sat nav, Redknapp added: "We do Jim but I have to be truthful, I've changed my car and I've not been anywhere since because we're in lockdown.

    "I know my way here easy enough. I ain't got a clue how to work the sat nav. I can't work it. It's too complicated."

    WERNER SOLUTION

    New Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel insists his compatriot Timo Werner needs a lucky break to regain his dominant form.

    Tuchel is adamant that "no warm words" or "hugs" can help summer signing Werner rediscover his goalscoring prowess.

    The Chelsea boss said: "No talks, no hugs, no warm words can make up for this feeling. Maybe we need a stupid goal, a deflection or whatever for him.

    “As long as the guys work, as long as the guys are reliable in their positions and in their work rate for the team, we will push them, there’s no doubt about it.”

    • supal

      AL CLEAR

      Chelsea target David Alaba is yet to agree a move to Real Madrid.

      That’s according to Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who concedes the star is ’99.9 per cent’ likely to leave the Allianz Arena.

      Alaba, 28, is out of contract this summer and has so far rejected the chance to extend his deal.

      Real Madrid were thought to have agreed terms with the Austrian.

      But reports claim Chelsea remain optimistic they can lure Alaba to London after making Thomas Tuchel their new manager.

      Chelsea target David Alaba is yet to agree a contract with Real MadridCredit: EPA
    • supal

      ICYMI

      It looks like things are beginning to quieten down a bit now.

      They've been pretty quiet all day at Chelsea, to be fair.

      One piece of news from earlier in the day that you may have missed – Baba Rahman is on the move again.

      More on that here…

    • supal

      DRY JANUARY

      If you think it's been a quiet one at Chelsea, well let this put things into context for you.

      Martin Lipton reports that EFL clubs have not declared a PENNY in January transfer fees.

      The astonishing lack of spending is the clearest sign yet of a collapse in the market due to coronavirus.

      Across Europe, as expected, deals were down markedly from this time last year, when Premier League clubs alone spent £230million.

      This year top-flight deals were worth less than £100m, with similar declines across Europe.

      This year top-flight deals were worth less than £100m, with similar declines across Europe.

      Derby signed Teden Mengi on loan from Manchester United in one of the most high-profile temporary deals in the EFLCredit: Rex Features

       

    • supal

      DEADLINE DAY WRAP

      Here's the pick of the storylines from deadline day…

      • Liverpool signed two centre-backs – Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies
      • Dele Alli stayed at Tottenham despite interest from PSG
      • Joe Willock (Newcastle) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (West Brom) both left Arsenal on loan
      • No movement at Chelsea or Manchester United
      • Bournemouth's Josh King is on the brink of joining Everton
      • Southampton are set to sign Takumi Minamino on loan from Liverpool

      CHELSEA JANUARY MOVES

      Here's the final report card for the Blues this month…

      IN

      (None)

      OUT

      Charlie Brown (MK Dons), Lucas Piazon (Braga), Danny Drinkwater (Kasimpasa) loan, Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan) loan, Baba Rahman (PAOK) loan, Jack Wakely (Brighton) loan.

      TUMBLE WEED

      It's been eerily quiet at Stamford Bridge today – no business to report at either end of the spectrum.

      Thomas Tuchel will have the rest of the season to evaluate his squad before getting to work shaping it in the summer.

      • supal

        DEAL SHEETS

        It's that time of deadline day – What is a deal sheet? How do we know if a transfer has gone through? Etc etc.

        Looks like the Premier League website have it covered…

      • Kostas Lianos

        SUMMER TRANSFER PLANS

        According to Football London, new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel may have some major plans for the summer transfer window.

        The Blues could make a move for RB Leipzig star defender Dayot Upamecano as Tuchel will be looking for a centre-back partner for Thiago Silva next season.

        The west Londoners could also try and sign Borussia Dortmund megastar Erling Braut Halland.

        Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele may also remain on Chelsea's transfer list

      • Kostas Lianos

        CHELSEA DONE DEALS

        Out
        Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan) Loan
        Danny Drinkwater (Kasimpasa) Loan
        Charlie Brown (MK Dons) Undisclosed
        Lucas Piazon (Braga) Undisclosed
        Baba Rahman (PAOK) Loan

        GETTY IMAGES – GETTY
      • Kostas Lianos

        CHELSEA QUIET

        Still nothing from Chelsea as we approach the end of the January transfer window.

        As explained below, Emerson Palmieri is the likeliest player to depart.

        Emerson has been linked with a move back to the Serie A with Juventus and Napoli keeping tabs.

        It doesn't look like there will be any further additions by 11pm

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