10am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Granovskaia will only allow Rice deal, Haaland and Caicedo latest


Pressure is growing on Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge following the disappointing 1-1 draw against Aston Villa.

The result means that Chelsea have won just one out of their last five Premier League matches ahead of their clash against Manchester City on Sunday.

Commenting on their form, ex-Blues striker Chris Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live: “At this moment in time, they are a crisis club because they are under-performing.

“With the nature of this season and how tight it is, a couple of dodgy results and Chelsea are the latest team that needed to bounce back.

“They didn’t do so and now the pressure will build. I think things are a little bit flat at this moment in time but I can’t put my finger on it.”

In other news, former fan favourite Diego Costa has reportedly asked Atletico Madrid to terminate his contract.

The 32-year-old has asked for an early release from his deal ‘for personal reasons’, according to Marca.

Costa’s contract runs until the summer, but it is now likely he could leave in the January transfer window.

Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel is already eyeing a return to the dugout after being sacked by Paris Saint-Germain – with Chelsea reportedly on his radar.

Tuchel reportedly fancies a move to West London, were that position to become available.

And finally, Chelsea are eager to part ways with Danny Drinkwater and Baba Rahman in January in a bid to free up some of their wage budget, and open the door for Declan Rice to move to join the club.

The Blues are long time admirers of the West Ham ace, who was once part of the Chelsea academy set up and is still best mates with Blues midfielder Mason Mount.


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