Chelsea News LIVE updates: All the latest from Stamford Bridge including the pursuit of Roma star Edin Dzeko
Friday January 26
Chelsea target Giroud – EXCLUSIVE
18:41: Chelsea’s interest in Olivier Giroud could step up a notch as they sweat over Edin Dzeko.
Express Sport can exclusively reveal that Arsenal striker Giroud is now being eyed as a serious transfer target.
Chelsea are desperate to sign a goalscorer before the transfer deadline ends.
And there is growing concern over Dzeko’s contract talks, which have already stalled.
Chelsea only want to offer the striker a contact until the end of the 2018/19 campaign.
But the ex-Manchester City star wanted a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Meanwhile, Arsenal will only let Giroud leave if they sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.
Morata wants Asensio to replace Hazard
18:00: Chelsea star Alvaro Morata reportedly wants Marco Asensio to join him at Stamford Bridge if Eden Hazard leaves for Real Madrid.
The Spain international swapped La Liga for the Premier League last summer in a deal worth an initial £57m.
His consistent starts represent a marked difference from his final season at Real, where he played second fiddle to Karim Benzema.
The latest reports from Spain suggest he does not want to see one of his old-team-mates to suffer the same fate that he endured at the Bernabeu.
According to Diario Gol, Morata is resigned to waving goodbye to fellow Chelsea ace Hazard at the end of the season.
And, knowing the Belgian would be a guaranteed starter in Madrid, he wants the Blues to rescue Asensio to stop him from being pushed to the fringes.
Diario Gol claim Morata has already told Chelsea to go after his compatriot when they lose Hazard to Real, and Asensio would apparently be keen on a move to west London to ensure his progress is not hampered.
Edin Dzeko deadline
17:30: Chelsea are still actively pursuing Roma striker Edin Dzeko but will end their interest if an agreement isn’t reached by Monday, reports claim.
The former Manchester City striker, 31, is a target for Blues boss Antonio Conte as he looks to bolster his attack, with Alvaro Morata struggling for form and Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi used sparingly in the starting line-up.
But negotiations have been difficult.
Roma are demanding upwards of £25million for the Bosnia international, who breaks Chelsea’s transfer policy of not paying fees for players aged 30.
The player himself also wants a contract that extends beyond June 2019.
The Telegraph claim Chelsea are still eager to bring Dzeko to Stamford Bridge, but will pursue other targets if the deal isn’t completed over the weekend.
Lampard rules out Oxford job
17:15: Former England and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard would relish the chance to move into management one day – but insists the Oxford job is not on his immediate agenda.
The 39-year-old, who also had a spell at Manchester City and then in Major League Soccer at New York City, has been linked with the vacancy at the Kassam Stadium.
Lampard, though, confirmed while there had been some initial contact with the League One club during the summer, there was nothing currently on the table.
“I spoke to Dave Jones, who works at Sky and is on the board at Oxford, in the summer about the job and that is far as it went. There wasn’t in it what has come out this week,” Lampard said on talkSPORT.
“Certainly I’m working on my badges now and it’s my intention (to get into management) if the right thing comes along.
“I don’t know what the route will be – there are plenty of different routes to become a top manager and I am working there (at Chelsea with the Under-18s) now to get towards that.”
Conte cautious on signings
17:00: Antonio Conte kept his counsel on Chelsea’s transfer policy as the head coach hinted Ross Barkley would make his full debut in Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie with Newcastle.
Following Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final loss at Arsenal, Conte did little to hide his frustration at a lack of recruitment, with Barkley’s £15million purchase from Everton on January 5 the only incoming player so far this month.
Conte said on Wednesday: “The club decide our transfer market. From the summer, the club decides every single player.”
Asked whether any arrivals can be anticipated, Conte took his usual stance to defer to the club.
“The club will inform you if there is news,” Conte said. “As I said before, I think I’m repeating every three days, I would be very happy to continue to work with my players. I would be very happy if there are some new players. It doesn’t change my opinion, my mind only three days (on).
“I’m repeating always the same thing. I’m the coach. My task is to try to do the best for this club, to try to improve my players for this club.”