12pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Moises Caicedo battle with United, Marcos Alonso Atletico loan, Haaland latest

CHELSEA are reportedly looking to hijack Man Utd's signing of Ecuador international Moises Caicedo.

Meanwhile Marcos Alonso could be set for a loan move to Atletico Madrid.

Follow all the latest from the Bridge below…

  • Craig Mahood

    COULD THEY?

    CHELSEA have reportedly joined Manchester United in the hunt to prise Ecuadorian teenager Moises Caicedo away from Independiente del Valle.

    The Red Devils were believed to be in pole position to secure the 19-year-old midfielder's services following his dazzling displays this season.

    According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea have entered the race to bring Caicedo to England.

    And they have also claimed that while United are interested in the player, talks aren't yet at an advanced stage.

    It has been stated that the Blues have sent scouts to watch the youngster in action.

    Chelsea are also said to have held discussions with Independiente del Valle about a possible £4.5million deal.

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  • Craig Mahood

    OR THIS?

    Although Frank may prefer to keep Hudson-Odoi in reserve and start with Tammy Abraham.

    This one better?

  • Craig Mahood

    CHELSEA PREDICTION

    Here's our predicted XI for the Boxing Day clash with Arsenal, with Callum Hudson-Odoi back and Hakim Ziyech still out.

    Ben Chilwell and Reece James remain doubts for the game.

  • Craig Mahood

    OL IN FOR HIM

    AC Milan have joined Chelsea in the race for Reading forward Michael Olise, reports claim.

    SerieBnews.com claim the 19-year-old is on the Italian giants; radar with a view to buy and loan him out to another Italian side for the remainder of this season.

    Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal are all tracking the youngster who has four goals and seven assists.

  • Craig Mahood

    SUPERCOMPUTER PREDICTS

    A sneaky top four spot for the Blues!!

  • Craig Mahood

    MAR-GO

    Marcos Alonso could be lined up for a move back to his homeland in January, according to reports.

    Alonso has struggled for game time this campaign as sits behind Ben Chilwell and Emerson in the pecking order.

    The Spaniard is being linked with a loan move to La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.

    Spanish TV show Ed Chiringuito say Diego Simeone are proposing a move for the left back.

  • Craig Mahood

    DROGBAAAAAA

    He loved a goal against Arsenal…..

  • Craig Mahood

    SURPRISE RESULT

    Berbatov has also tipped the Gunners to beat Chelsea on Boxing Day.

    He points to the FA Cup final result being the factor to give them extra motivation that they can get a result.

    Berb said: "Arsenal need to pick themselves up quickly for their big Boxing Day clash against Chelsea.

    "I can see a surprise result here, with the Gunners winning.

    "Their fortunes have to change at some point and a London derby, against the team they beat in last season’s FA Cup final, could give them the motivation to raise their game."

  • Craig Mahood

    MOISES BATTLE

    Manchester United are still frontrunners to land sought after Moises Caicedo.

    In a transfer battle set to rumble on, the Ecuadorian is rumoured to be valued at just £4.5million.

    Another couple of teams are now said to be in the hunt to land what could turn out to be a bargain.

    The Daily Mail report Chelsea, Newcastle and Brighton have all registered their interest in the midfielder.

  • Craig Mahood

    COPE WITH IT

    Blues skipper Cesar Azpilicueta has sent a warning to his Chelsea teammates ahead of the Boxing Day Arsenal clash.

    The Spaniard said the Gunners have ‘dangerous players’ and urged his colleagues to cope with whatever is thrown at them.

    He told the Chelsea FC website: "We were obviously disappointed with that result [the FA Cup final defeat].

    "But now we’re four months later, it’s a different competition and a new game. They are not in their best form but we know their qualities and that they have dangerous players so we have to cope with that.

    “We respect them and we know it’s going to be tough but we need points so hopefully we can go there and play our game.

    “We have the confidence and belief to do that and obviously we will try to get the points.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Chelsea are eyeing a stunning move for Erling Haaland.

    Sky Sports claims the Borussia Dortmund star has caught Frank Lampard’s eye.

    Haaland has 17 goals in 14 games and could join Timo Werner in attack at Stamford Bridge.

    The outlet also claims Chelsea remain keen on West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.

    But Frank Lampard is reportedly ready to axe seven current stars.

    Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Jorginho, Danny Drinkwater, Marcos Alonso, Victor Moses and Ross Barkley all have no futures under Lampard.

    Meanwhile, West Ham are lining up an audacious January move for Olivier Giroud.

    The Mirror claims David Moyes is ready to chance his luck and make an offer for the World Cup winner.

    Giroud has found himself playing a bit-part role at Stamford Bridge.

    And he could be tempted by a move to the opposite side of London in a bid to save his Euro dream with France.

    Finally, PSG are reportedly set to move for Rudiger next month.

    Le Parisien claims the German, who has made just one Premier League appearance this term, is being targeted by Thomas Tuchel.

    PSG are light on numbers at the back, and experienced Rudiger is seen as the man to fill the void left by Thiago Silva.

    The Brazilian has ironically ousted Rudiger from the current Chelsea side.

  • Anthony Chapman

    NOT A KEPA

    Chelsea will struggle to find a buyer for £71million flop Kepa Arrizabalaga and his £150,000-a-week wages.

    That’s according to Rob Green, who played for the Blues the same season Kepa was signed from Athletic Bilbao for Maurizio Sarri.

    Green told The Athletic: "It’s a tough sell. It’s a numbers thing.

    “Chelsea and [their director] Marina Granovskaia are not in the business of losing money.

    “They have an asset which is depreciating greatly but with football clubs in the financial state they’re in, it’s going to be tough to put something together.

    “I’m not even talking just about selling, even a loan is going to be a struggle.

    “The transfer fee and the wages is the biggest obstacle to resolving the situation."

  • Anthony Chapman

    ROUD NOT TO

    West Ham are lining up an audacious January move for Olivier Giroud.

    The Mirror claims David Moyes is ready to chance his luck and make an offer for the World Cup winner.

    Giroud has found himself playing a bit-part role at Stamford Bridge.

    And he could be tempted by a move to the opposite side of London in a bid to save his Euro dream with France.

  • Anthony Chapman

    THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

    Chelsea could be ready to axe SEVEN players from their squad next summer.

    According to Sky Sports, centre-backs Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger are not wanted by Frank Lampard.

    Wing-backs Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses are also out of his plans.

    Meanwhile, midfield trio Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley and Jorginho all face the chop.

  • Anthony Chapman

    OK COMPUTER

    Here is how the Premier League will finish this season thanks to a computer simulation.

    Liverpool will apparently retain their title, with Leicester coming an impressive second.

    Man United will claim third spot for the second successive season, with Chelsea also claiming a Champions League place.

    Meanwhile, Fulham, West Brom and Sheffield United will go down, with Arsenal narrowly avoiding the drop.

  • Anthony Chapman

    COSTA BUSINESS

    Diego Costa will not be renewing his Atletico Madrid contract.

    Fabrizio Romano claims the ex-Chelsea star is now set for a free transfer either in January or next summer.

    Costa would prefer to leave as soon as possible but is willing to wait if there are a lack of offers.

  • Anthony Chapman

    RICE AND EASY

    Chelsea remain keen on signing Declan Rice.

    The West Ham anchorman is seen by Frank Lampard as a long-term replacement for N’Golo Kante, says Sky Sports.

    But the Blues may need to clear out some dead wood first.

  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY SUNSPORT'S MARTIN LIPTON

    FA disciplinary beaks are on standby to hold emergency Christmas hearings — to prevent club chiefs “gaming” the system.

    With games 48 hours apart for some clubs over the festive period, the chance to circumvent the disciplinary framework for red-card suspensions would have been an option.

    In previous years, clubs have appealed against bans for players to ensure they were available for the next match, knowing that hearings could not be held in time.

    But FA chief Mark Bullingham and Prem bosses have agreed that panels can sit virtually on Sunday and Monday to ensure any appeals are heard instantly.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ERL’S COURT

    Chelsea are eyeing a stunning move for Erling Haaland.

    Sky Sports claims the Borussia Dortmund star has caught Frank Lampard’s eye.

    Haaland has 17 goals in 14 games and could join Timo Werner in attack at Stamford Bridge.

  • Anthony Chapman

    INTER THE DRAGON

    Inter Milan have put Premier League clubs on alert after revealing ex-Spurs star Christian Eriksen has been TRANSFER LISTED after just one year.

    CEO Giuseppe Marotta reportedly told Sky Italia: "Yes, I can confirm that Christian Eriksen is on the transfer list. He's going to leave in January.

    “He's not functional to our plans and he had difficulty here at Inter. I think it's right that Christian goes away to find more space."

  • Anthony Chapman

    RUDI HELL

    PSG are reportedly set to move for Antonio Rudiger next month.

    Le Parisien claims the German, who has made just one Premier League appearance this term, is being targeted by Thomas Tuchel.

    PSG are light on numbers at the back, and experienced Rudiger is seen as the man to fill the void left by Thiago Silva.

    The Brazilian has ironically ousted Rudiger from the current Chelsea side.

  • Anthony Chapman

    HAIL CESAR

    Frank Lampard has praised Cesar Azpilicueta after the Chelsea captained returned from seven games out to marshal the defence against West Ham.

    Azpilicueta is set to continue in place of the injured Reece James against Arsenal on Boxing Day.

    Lampard said: "The defence were great. Thiago was the leader but Azpilicueta came in and did brilliantly.

    "As full-backs, you have to defend your zone when they're crossing the ball again and again.

    "They're very good at set-pieces so it's something that we've worked on a lot in training and personnel like Thiago Silva clearly help a lot.

    "Some of our defending of the box this season has been really good and consistent and that has to stay, particularly against opponents like we had."

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  • Anthony Chapman

    SILVA LINING

    Frank Lampard is in awe of Thiago Silva's quality despite his advancing years.

    He said: "I remember playing in the Premier League at 36 and couldn't play like he is playing week in week out.

    "I was in and out of the team and could feel it at that stage in my career.

    "I know he's been a great player for a long time, but the pressures of the Premier League when you've played in France for so long, no disrespect. But he's exceeded (my expectations) probably, but really I shouldn't have been surprised.

    "I can see the quality, the preparation, the desire to win headers and he is very studious about the game. He has been a great addition on and off the pitch."

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  • Craig Mahood

    TRAINING PICS

    Attention turns to Arsenal now as Blues look to close the gap on leaders Liverpool and add to theit London rivals' woes.

  • Craig Mahood

    LAMPARD ON INJURIES

    Lampard has given an update on three key members of his playing squad who look set to miss Saturday's game.

    He had hoped to have Hakim Ziyech back for the Arsenal game but that now seems unlikely.

    Reece James and Ben Chilwell remain doubtful for the game.

    On Ziyech, he said: "He had a knee injury at the start of the season and he now has a muscle injury.

    "You have to wait to recover. It's not a long-term concern and we hope to have him back in the next week or so.

    "And hopefully he can offer what he did before because he was offering great things.

    "We missed that in a way but that's football, that's a squad and it's what happens when players are playing at high level every two or three days."

    On the full backs: "They're both doubtful. We're not sure whether they will be fit for either game," said Lampard.

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