CHELSEA are reportedly determined to land Declan Rice this transfer window and keen to offload a number of players to make sure the deal happens.
Meanwhile Edouard Mendy is set to make his debut for the Blues against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.
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RICE AND SHINE
Declan Rice remains Chelsea's top target and the Blues will be looking to offload a number of players in order to afford the West Ham star.
While the Hammers are reluctant to sell, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano insists the deal is doable.
CHIL OUT SON
Ben Chilwell has fired a warning shot at Tottenham by scoring two sumptuous volleys during training.
Frank Lampard confirmed he is fit enough to play but refused to say whether he would start.
“But I wanted to believe. I prayed that God would find me a project that lived up to my ambitions. He heard me because Chelsea are the best in England.”
Silva spent eight years at Parc des Princes and played for them in last month’s Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich, even know he already knew he would not be offered a new deal.
The veteran admitted: “It’s a situation that annoyed me, I really didn’t like the way it was conducted.
“Even if there was a lockdown things could have been done differently.
“I was in Brazil, in quarantine, when Leonardo called me to tell me that because of the pandemic and the difficulties… no, actually first he called me to ask if I was okay to continue for two more months to compete in a possible Final Eight. I told him yes.
“But he told me the club wouldn’t go beyond those two months, it would be two months and nothing else. It should have been done differently.”
NO SILVA LINING
Thiago Silva has fired a bitter parting shot at Paris Saint-Germain after joining the “best team in England” Chelsea.
And the Brazilian defender also admitted he was left “p***ed off” by the way he and fellow star Edinson Cavani were treated by the French giants.
The 36-year-old made his debut for Frank Lampard’s side against West Brom on Saturday after his contract expired at PSG.
But despite enduring a nightmare bow in the Premier League that led to him being subbed off, he still believes he has made the right choice in moving to the Blues…
Silva told France Football: “In truth, when I knew it was over with PSG, I always hoped for something big.
“At first, we were afraid that my age would count against me and directors would have negative prejudices…
CAN'T BE FRANK
Frank Lampard refused to confirm whether Ben Chilwell or Edouard Mendy will start for Chelsea in their League Cup game against Tottenham tomorrow.
But the Blues boss did confirm the pair are fit and ready for selection.
Billy Gilmour was packing a punch as he continues to fight back to full fitness.
The Scottish midfielder has missed the start of the season having undergone knee surgery in the summer.
And he was captured hitting the pads during a session, earning the nickname 'Billy Balboa'.
Chelsea starlet Jake Clarke-Salteris reportedly wanted by Trabzonspor and Club Brugge with Championship clubs also interested in his signature.
Both clubs would like to take him on loan and a decision on his future will be made soon, according to Goal.com journalist Nizaar Kinsella.
He also said that while an overseas loan deal is possible, there are also some Championship clubs interested in Clarke-Salter too.
Fans are divided about who he should go to, with one saying: “Club Brugge are in the European competition, he should go there and gain more experience.”
Another fan disagreed and replied: “No buddy! he must come to Trabzonspor, where Baker is.”
Clarke Salter, 22, has also been a target for Championship sides Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest.
Despite their interest, it seemed that a deal for the English starlet had been agreed with Ligue 1 side Brest, according to Football Insider.
PAY THE PENALTY
The Premier Leagueis on course for more than 70 controversial handball penalties this season if the hardline enforcement of the new Law continues.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho was uncharacteristically speechless in his fury after Eric Dier was penalised in the 95th minute to award Newcastle a last kick penalty equaliser on Sunday.
So far, there have been five “VAR handball penalties” awarded from just 26 Prem games, with a total of 16 spot kicks given.
Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof was the first to fall foul of the new clampdown against Crystal Palace, followed by Spurs’ Matt Doherty in the latter stages of their 5-2 win at Southampton.
Saturday saw Brighton’s Neil Maupay concede the match-winning spot kick against United and Ward’s adjudged indiscretion to hand Richarlison the spot-kick winner, before Dier was pinged despite not even looking at the ball when it struck him off Andy Carroll’s header.
If the same rate of awards continues through the season, there will be 73 such handball penalties awarded over the course of the campaign and a staggering 234 spot kicks in total.
TO BE FRANK
Frank Lampard led Chelsea to a 2-0 away win at Tottenham last year.
He will hope for the same when the Blues travel to Spurs in the Carabao Cup tomorrow.
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Liverpool have rapidly emerged as the heavy-favourites to retain their Premier League crown this season.
The bookies have slashed the odds on the Reds winning the title for a second successive season following Manchester City's 5-2 defeat to Leicester.
Chelsea meanwhile, who have won just one of their opening three games, have drifted to 25/1 odds following their 3-3 draw with West Brom.
Arsenal are also rated at the same odds.
Everton who are behind Leicester on goal difference, are also adrift of the Foxes' 33/1 odds to replicate their historic 2016 title win.
Manchester United have been made the same price despite the Red Devils coming from behind to beat Brighton 3-2 for their first win of the season.
SAVE THE EF-HELL
Government demands for Premier League clubs to pay the £250million EFL bail-out have been criticised by MPs and two former FA chairmen.
Lord Triesman and Greg Dyke are among the signatories to the letter, written by Tory MP Damian Collins.
And in a stinging rebuke of Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, the group says it is the Government, and not Premier League clubs, who must be responsible for keeping the lower tiers of English football alive.
They say: “We understand that you had hoped that the Premier League clubs might make a significant additional contribution to support the EFL.
“Whilst this would be welcome, those clubs too face swingeing losses from lost ticketing receipts and falling revenues from broadcasting matches.
“However, it cannot be the Premier League's sole responsibility to sort out issues arising from Government policy.
“The Government itself needs to take responsibility or many already-embattled towns – often in areas of the country which have suffered many hardships in recent decades – will lose their last focal point.”
Ben Chilwell was captured scoring an incredible volley in training.
The left-back was signed from Leicester this summer.
But he was injured in the opening weeks of the campaign, but made his debut in the Carabao Cup last week.
He is in line to feature against Spurs tomorrow.
KANTE BE GOING
Frank Lampard insisted N’Golo Kante is part of his plans despite reported interest from Manchester United.
United have reached out to Kante's advisors to see if a deal can be made, according to The Mirror.
Despite United's links, Lampard has expressed his desire for Kante to stay.
He said: “He is an incredible player, I keep saying it and I mean it, he is huge for this club.”
West Ham hope to get Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea in a loan deal, SunSport can reveal.
The Germany centre-half is worried about his role in Frank Lampard’s plans at Chelsea.
And he may need a move ahead of the Euro 2020 finals next year.
Hammers are keen to take Rudiger for the season and will pay good money to take him.
They have already failed in similar enquiries for Rob Holding at Arsenal and Manchester United’s Chris Smalling.
Blues may prefer to sell Rudiger, 27, but if that plan fails then David Moyes’ Irons have a serious chance of success.
CAL ON ME
Callum Hudson-Odoi's impact against West Brom has been revealed.
The winger came on for the second half as Chelsea trailed 3-0 against the Baggies.
Hudson-Odoi scored the Blues' second as they pulled it back to 3-3.
Here is how he changed the game.
TO BE FRANK
Frank Lampard has been urged to switch to a back three to help combat Chelsea's leaky defence.
Former Arsenal player Paul Merson wants centre-back Antonio Rudiger back into the squad.
Merson told The Star: “Frank Lampard needs to change his tactics or Chelsea can kiss goodbye to Antonio Rudige.
“Chelsea have got five centre-backs and that’s too many unless you’re playing three every week – and I think that’s what Lampard should do.
“At the moment he’s playing a back four and someone is always going to miss out. Right now it’s Rudiger, which surprises me.
“I thought Kurt Zouma or Andreas Christensen would go this summer because Rudiger is better than both of them.
“But he can’t even get on the bench. If that carries on he’ll be gone. He won’t want to stick around to be fifth choice.
“But if Lampard switches to three at the back with wing-backs, he solves the problem and gets the best out of Thiago Silva, who won’t be so exposed in that system.”
WRIGHT MAN FOR IT
Man Utdhave been told to replace Ed Woodward with former Chelsea transfer guru Michael Emenalo.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright says the Old Trafford club should make the call to ramp up their pursuit of new players.
He said on the Kelly and Wrighty show: “For me, and it's blatantly obvious to me, you've got someone like Michael Emenalo who was at Chelsea.
“He won three Premier Leagues under three different managers, he's won the Champions League, he's helped oversee the loan system and the academy system at Chelsea.
“We're talking about a director of football who knows exactly what he's doing.
“We're talking about under [Roman] Abramovich with three different managers and he still managed, because he's a football man, to get the job done.
“What happened with Chelsea was that when we say 'another manager's come in', but they're still winning trophies.”
KOP FEELING THAT
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reckons Chelsea will challenge for the Premier League title this season.
As reported by the Liverpool Echo, he said: “The Premier League and these teams with what what they do is too much and too good that the season isn't decided before started, so it doesn't just work like this.”
Before he added: “Nobody is safe of these kinds of things and so we have to work incredibly hard to sort it out, but the other teams have no influence.
“When we face them we want to beat them, that's all we can do, but, yes often it is an open race.
“Chelsea will be there 100 per cent, United will be there, Arsenal and Tottenham will always be there.”
TALK TO FRANK
More on Frank Lampard as he reflects on Chelsea coming from three behind to draw against West Brom.
He said: “It leaves me with mixed emotions because to come back like that and keep believing shows a great attitude but we should never have conceded three goals from three first half shots.
“We have to be humble enough to accept our mistakes and know we have to get better.”
Frank Lampard backed Thiago Silva to bounce back from his disastrous Premier League debut.
The Brazilian's first-half mistake led to a West Brom goal on the weekend, with Chelsea going on to come back from three behind to draw 3-3.
Chelsea manager Lampard said: “He is going to be fantastic for us,' Lampard insisted. 'He has been incredible in his career and I am sure he will be open about his mistake, but there is no blame on him.
“We are team that has to react around that. It is nothing on him. He will admit his mistake, but that was the only one. That's his first Premier League game done and in the bank.
“He will show a lot more as he gets fitter and the whole squad gets fitter.
“I am not blaming the players but just stating facts we made mistakes to give ourselves a mountain to climb.”
Christian Pulisicis on a specialised training regime with Chelsea growing increasingly concerned over his injury record.
The American has yet to feature this season and remains sidelined with a hamstring issue he picked up in the FA Cup final in August.
Pulisic, 22, faced lengthy spells on the treatment table last season including missing almost three months with a groin problem.
Here is our alternate team to play Tottenham.
It would see Ross Barkey, Olivier Giroud and Fikayo Tomori game time, as they were given in the last round.
Striker Timo Werner would also shift out to the left wing.
Frank Lampard faces a squad headache going into his Carabao Cup clash against Spurs.
Chelsea had to come from three down to draw 3-3 against West Brom on Saturday.
And with the team not in top form, it remains to be seen whether Lampard will rest players against Tottenham or play his full strength line up.
Here's our predicted side to play Spurs.
KANTE BELIEVE IT
Tottenham could strike it lucky by getting Milan Skriniar on the cheap — because Inter Milan are scrambling for cash to sign N’Golo Kante.
Spurs are in talks with the Italian club over a deal for Skriniar — the man boss Jose Mourinho believes can sort out his team’s defensive problems.
But they were put off by the £55million asking price for the 25-year-old Slovakian.
Inter have since lowered their demands to just over £45m.
But they may now drop their valuation to £35m just to get some cash in to fund a bid for Chelsea star Kante.
Chelsea's keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is reportedly seeking a move back to Spain.
A source, presumably close to the player, is quoted as saying: “His problem is not Chelsea, it’s England,” according to AS.
AS also claim that there’ll be interest in Kepa, no specific clubs are named and his agents have a big job on to seal the move.
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