Real Madrid interested in signing Blues star during January transfer window; while Chelsea midfielder declined England call-up. The Blues begin talks with young Hamburger SV striker; while Chelsea young midfielder set to start for England against Germany.
5. Chelsea begin talks with young Hamburger SV striker Jann-Fiete Arp
Chelsea have reportedly tried to steal a march on their rivals in the race to sign Hamburger SV striker Jann-Fiete Arp.
The 17-year-old has recently hit the headlines for scoring in successive matches for Hamburger in the Bundesliga.
The teenager’s first league start for the club came against Stuttgart on November 4.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have previously been linked with Arp. However, according to Bild, Chelsea are prepared to challenge their rivals for the youngster’s signature.
Earlier this season, it was suggested that Chelsea had made a lucrative approach for Arp. But talks are now said to have officially started between the respective parties.
4. Ruben Loftus-Cheek to start for England against Germany
England boss Gareth Southgate has reportedly decided to hand an England debut to Ruben Loftus-Cheek for Friday’s friendly with Germany.
The Chelsea midfielder, who is currently on loan at Crystal Palace, was given his first senior call-up by Southgate.
Now it appears that the 21-year-old will be given an immediate taste of international action.
According to Sky Sports News, Southgate has opted to start Loftus-Cheek in the friendly with Germany at Wembley Stadium.
Loftus-Cheek is no stranger to Southgate having scored seven goals in 17 appearances during his time playing for England Under-21s.
3. Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater declined call-up – Southgate
England boss Gareth Southgate has revealed that Danny Drinkwater turned down the opportunity to feature in the friendly internationals with Germany and Brazil.
Since he joined the Blues, Drinkwater has made just one start and three substitute appearances for Chelsea in all competitions.
The 27-year-old has seemingly recovered from a calf injury, picked up during Chelsea training at the beginning of the season.
However, Southgate has said that Drinkwater had asked not to feature in the Wembley double-header, starting with Germany on Friday night.
The 44-year-old told BBC Radio 5 live: “I spoke to Danny earlier in the week. But he feels he is not fit enough to play.”
Drinkwater has earned three caps for England, the last of which came in May 2016.
2. Real Madrid interested in signing Chelsea defender
Chelsea defender David Luiz has reportedly emerged as a January transfer target for Real Madrid.
On Sunday, Luiz was dropped from the Blues squad to face Manchester United. And coach Antonio Conte appeared to question the Brazilian’s future at the club after being asked about the player’s absence.
According to the Gambling Times, sources have suggested that the centre-back could be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge in January.
Luiz has made 11 starts for Chelsea this season. But the former Paris Saint-Germain player has not produced the same level of performance as he did last season.
Conte’s stance on Sunday is said to have alerted Real, who may be in the market for additions given their poor start to the season in both La Liga and the Champions League.
PSG, AC Milan and Inter Milan are also all said to be interested in a loan move for the Brazilian.
1. Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi suffers foot injury on Belgium duty
Chelsea have received a blow ahead of a return to action after the international break with Michy Batshuayi having suffered a foot injury while with Belgium.
Batshuayi had been selected in the squad to face Mexico and Japan and would have hoped for more game time.
The 24-year-old, who has registered two Premier League goals so far this season, made just five starts for the Blues.
However, the forward has been forced to return to West London after picking up an injury during the early part of training for his nation’s upcoming fixtures.
Batshuayi has already undergone an X-ray, but the former Marseille man will have further checks in the coming days.