1.15pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Hudson-Odoi to Bayern 'still on', Upamecano LATEST, Caicedo to Brighton

CHELSEA will play Luton Town at home in the FA Cup fourth round after hammering Morecambe 4-0.

On the transfer front, Bayern Munich are reportedly not taking no for an answer in their pursuit of Callum Hudson-Odoi.

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  • Marc Mayo

    DRAW RECAP

    It's Luton Town up next for Chelsea in the FA Cup, at Stamford Bridge on the weekend of January 23.

    Following that, a trip to Norwich or Barnsley awaits…

    You must be happy with that, Chelsea fans?

  • Marc Mayo

    WEEK OFF

    Chelsea are one of the few teams not in action this midweek.

    With rivals around them playing, the Blues may lose touch with the top-fouras others catch up a game in hand.

    However, they will at the very least hold onto ninth place – unless Arsenal can win by ten goals…

  • Marc Mayo

    KIRB YOUR ENTHUSIASM

    Fran Kirby hailed Chelsea's 5-0 demolition of Reading in the Women's Super League.

    The forward returned to her old stomping ground to hammer four goals at the Madejski Stadium.

    She told the Chelsea media: "We were really clinical and I think getting the clean sheet is just as important.

    "It shows that even though we go 3-0 up at half-time, we stayed defensively solid and switched on for the whole of the 90 minutes. It was a good win and for me personally I’m really happy to get on the scoresheet."

    She added: "It took us a little while to get going in terms of the first 10 minutes. We were getting the cobwebs out and finding our feet but I think after that we were ruthless and looked really sharp.

    "It was really good to see everyone firing on all cylinders."

  • Marc Mayo

    BOOM

    The best goal of Sunday's game?

  • Marc Mayo

    MORE TO COME

    Pat Nevin was delighted to see Chelsea’s new signings perform against Morecambe.

    Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz all made an impact on the weekend with ex-Blues player Nevin noting the ‘relief’ on their faces.

    He told the Chelsea website: “When Kai got his goal late on it underlined once more just how good he is in these situations. 

    “I definitely expect this to be a common occurrence going forward.

    “So the ‘newbies’ got a much needed lift after coming under a good deal of pressure. 

    “You just have to look at Kai’s reaction when he scored to see that it was relief as much as anything that was written across his face.”

  • Marc Mayo

    CAL WORKING ON ‘FLAWS’

    Callum Hudson-Odoi has vowed to keep improving following a fantastic display in the FA Cup.

    The young winger starred in the win over Morecambe but has told Frank Lampard he won’t stop learning as he looks to earn a regular spot in the XI.

    He told the club website: “Nobody is a perfect player. There are always flaws and you want to keep improving every day. 

    “I want to keep working hard and learning every day. I want to keep educating myself whether it’s at home watching clips or just learning under the manager.

    “He knows what to do and he knows what is right for me and how to play so I want to keep learning under him and working hard.

    “Every time I get on the pitch or in training, I want to give my best every time. I want to give 110 per cent in the match.”

  • Marc Mayo

    LOAN AND BEHOLD

    Fikayo Tomori will benefit from a loan to play regular football, Darren Bent has said.

    The ex-Charlton and England forward believes Tomori has plenty of potential currently going unfilled on the Blues bench.

    He told talkSPORT: “I like Tomori, I think he’s a good defender.

    “I thought he would have got more of an opportunity at Chelsea. But, unfortunately, he didn’t.

    “As long as he gets himself back out there and starts playing regular football. I think he will benefit from that.”

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  • Marc Mayo

    BAK AND FORTH

    Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko could stay at Napoli after his loan spell finishes, his agent has stated.

    Scoring the winner against Udinese on the weekend meant Bakayoko kept the Partenopei within touching distance of the Serie A title race.

    And his agent, brother Abdoulaye Bakayoko, told Radio Marte: “It’s too early to talk about [a permanent move], there are many things that must be considered.

    “He is on loan until the end of the season and he hasn’t talked to the club yet, but staying at Napoli would be a nice opportunity, so we will see.

    “He has played for many clubs, but he is happy at Napoli. The results are there and this club would be an ideal option for the future.

    “Napoli are title contenders; a positive ending is in everyone’s interest. Napoli will be his priority in June.”

  • Marc Mayo

    NOT TO-DAY

    Manchester United and Chelsea have been dealt a transfer blow with Dayot Upamecano not leaving RB Leipzig this month, according to reports.

    However, it is thought he will be sold for £38million in the summer.

    The French defender, 22, is one of the hottest young talents with plenty of top clubs chasing his signature.

    As well as United and Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Arsenal were also thought to be keen.

    But transfer guru Fabrizio Romano insists Upamecano will not be going anywhere in January.

    However, he did add the centre-back is expected to move on at the end of the season.

  • Marc Mayo

    HUD’S UP

    Former Chelsea player Alan Hudson has put the emphasis on Frank Lampard to get Chelsea purring.

    Despite a comfortable win over Morecambe, Hudson feels that Roman Abramovich may be doubting his manager after an expensive summer.

    He told Caught Offside: “The problem Frank has now is that this means nothing if you take into account the two performances that were not good enough [vs Arsenal and Manchester City].

    “Which if they had performed would have kept them right in there, therefore they would have given themselves a breather, instead the heat is on.

    “As for January signings, I think Roman has given Frank enough money to get that front line sorted out but it hasn’t happened.

    “The owner might be having second thoughts about both spending and whether Frank is the answer?”

  • Marc Mayo

    FIK TOK

    AC Milan have entered the race for Fikayo Tomori, according to reports in Italy.

    Gianluca Di Marzio reports on the Rossoneri’s interest, as an alternative to their deal for Mohamed Simakan from Strasbourg.

    Frank Lampard has opened the door to a loan move for the young defender.

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  • Marc Mayo

    MO WAY

    Moses Caicedo has completed a move to a Premier League club – but not Manchester United or Chelsea.

    A number of teams were linked with the Independiente del Valle starlet.

    And the youngster’s club have confirmed his imminent move.

    Independiente chief Santiago Morales confirmed: “Everything is completed with a Premier League club for Moises Caicedo.

    “Today he is getting his work visa and between Wednesday and Thursday we will announce it."

    Reports suggest Brighton have won the race with a £4.5million bid for Caicedo.

  • Marc Mayo

    HE'S OUR MAN

    Arsenal and Chelsea have entered the race for Bursaspor wonderkid Ali Akman.

    The 18-year-old has nine goals already this season with bids rejected from RB Salzburg and Galatasaray.

    According to the Mail, a bid lower than £3million may nab the striker's services.

    Akman's contract expires in six months with clubs across Europe ready to battle for his services.

  • Marc Mayo

    NO RUSH WITH ROSS

    Chelsea will demand a big fee if Aston Villa try and make Ross Barkley's loan move permanent.

    The midfielder has enjoyed a rejuvenating spell in the Midlands but is till under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2023.

    According to Birmingham Mail, the Blues are under no pressure to sell and Dean Smith is eyeing David Brooks of Bournemouth as a potential alternative in the summer.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Chelsea will face Luton Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

    And if they manage to go through, they’ll face either Barnsley or Norwich.

    Chelsea have reportedly placed Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl on a shortlist of potential Frank Lampard replacements.

    The Mail reports Hasenhuttl is the star name on a provisional shortlist drawn up as the pressure mounts on the current Blues boss amid the club’s slump in form.

    But Saints’ Austrian manager is not likely to leave St Mary’s midway through the season – so has been earmarked as one for the future if he keeps impressing on the south coast.

    Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is toying with the idea of bringing Avram Grant back to the club in some capacity, according to TEAMtalk.

    Grant is believed to be close with Abramovich and he could be brought in to help boss Lampard due to his wealth of football knowledge.

    Chelsea target Gianluigi Donnarumma is set to pen a new deal at AC Milan, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.

    AC Milan sport director Frederic Massara told DAZN: “We’re confident to reach an agreement with Donnarumma and Calhanoglu in order to extend their contracts in the next weeks”

    Tiemoue Bakayoko could finally be on his way out of Chelsea, according to reports.

    The 26-year-old had an awful one-season spell at the club before being sent out on loan to the likes of AC Milan, former club Monaco, and now Napoli.

    Bakayoko’s agent has spoken about the possibility at staying at Napoli.

    As reported by Simone Guadagno, Bakayoko’s agent said: “Redemption at Napoli?

    “Too soon to talk about it, there are still so many things to see.

    “Neither the club nor the player spoke to each other. Staying in Naples would be a good chance.

    “We will see at the end of the season. However, Napoli has priority over his future for June.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    STAT ATTACK

    Tammy Abraham has scored six goals for Chelsea in the Premier League, outscoring new boy Timo Werner.

    Summer signing Ben Chilwell has provided from left-back, picking up four assists.

    Kante is top of tackles won, as expected! But he's also top of fouls conceded.

  • Joshua Mbu

    CUP RUN

    Chelsea will be looking to win the FA Cup this season after losing in last years final against Arsenal.

  • Joshua Mbu

    AV THAT

    Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is toying with the idea of bringing Avram Grant back to the club in some capacity, according to TEAMtalk.

    The 65-year-old is believed to be talking to a number of clubs in the Middle East.

    Grant managed Chelsea back in 2007/08 when they finished runners-up in the Premier League, League Cup and the Champions League.

    The former Blues boss also had his say over the weekend on the current Frank Lampard debate.

    In an Instagram post, Grant said: "What I can say to Frank and the others at the club is be patient, and more than this do whatever is necessary to do that for sure.

    “Two things – never lose it even when things are going well, don’t lose your fighting spirit at the highest level.

    "And second, don’t lose what you have here [points at head], you need to think right and look for solutions.

    “If you do that then everything will be okay because the quality is there and there is a potential like there was, during my time [at Chelsea].”

    Grant is believed to be close with Abramovich and he could be brought in to help boss Lampard due to his wealth of football knowledge.

  • Joshua Mbu

    DON NO GO

    Chelsea target Gianluigi Donnarumma is set to pen a new deal at AC Milan, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.

    AC Milan sport director Frederic Massara told DAZN: “We’re confident to reach an agreement with Donnarumma and Calhanoglu in order to extend their contracts in the next weeks”

    The 21-year-old has made 226 appearances at Milan, with his debut coming at the tender age of 16.

    The Blues may have to look elsewhere.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ON THE MOVE

    According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea will have to wait until the summer to land RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano.

    The Frenchman is regarded as one of the best young defenders in the world and has attracted interest from the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool.

    RB Leipzig are not open to selling one of their prized assets in the January Transfer window.

    The player has a release clause of £37million.

  • Joshua Mbu

    DRAW COMPLETE

    Chelsea will take on Luton Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup, and if they managed to win they'll go on to face either Barnsley or Norwich in the fifth round.

  • Joshua Mbu

    FA CUP

    Chelsea will take on Luton Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup!

    The fifth round draw is underway.

  • Joshua Mbu

    TOP W-EARNERS

    Kai Havertz is Chelsea's top earner, followed by fellow national team team-mate Timo Werner and fellow summer arrival Ben Chilwell.

  • Joshua Mbu

    HAPPY GILMOUR

    Chelsea legend Alan Hudson has urged Frank Lampard to hand Billy Gilmour a ‘long run’ in the starting lineup.

    Gilmour had a brilliant game against Morecambe in the FA Cup completing the full 90 minutes.

    Speaking to CaughtOffside, Hudson said: "Billy Gilmour has a big future, a fine player in midfield – but the problem is although he is a fine footballer, Frank has a big problem in who he leaves out if Billy is the answer?

    “Playing against Morecambe is different from Manchester City, as you know, but this young man looks to be going places.

    “The problem with Chelsea is they have five midfield players who are much the same, I certainly can’t tell the difference, in my day there was Hollins, the grafter, Hudson, the creator and Cooke, the entertainer, easy to work out.

    “I think Billy should now be given a long run in the team and build the midfield around him and Kante – two players who are more consistent and reliable.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    GOAL OF THE MONTH

    Surely it has to be Giroud?

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