7am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Erling Haaland can join for right price, Alaba still wanted, Tuchel tried to sign Kante

THOMAS TUCHEL saw his Chelsea side labour to a 0-0 draw against Wolves in his first game in charge.

And in order to resolve their problems up front, the Blues are looking to sign Erling Haaland from Dortmund.

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  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Chelsea are looking to complete a deal for Erling Haaland this summer, according to Sky Sports.

    They claim that Real Madrid are favourites to sign the player, but Chelsea are ready to make their move and have the money to get the deal done.

    Haaland is under contract with Dortmund until 2024, but will have a release clause of £66m automatically triggered in summer 2022.

    In other news, Billy Gilmour’s hopes of joining West Ham on loan could be hit by Chelsea not wanting to strengthen a direct rival’s squad in the fight for a top-four finish.

    Gilmour has been touted to the Hammers as a possible option as his advisors desperately try to get him out of Stamford Bridge before the transfer window closes on Monday.

    The midfielder now fears being left out in the cold with little opportunity to play over the remainder of the season as Tuchel prioritises the demands from the Chelsea board to qualify for the Champions League.

    Meanwhile, the Blues are reportedly refusing to give up on David Alaba and believe Thomas Tuchel can tempt the star to London.

    The Mail claims Chelsea are huge fans of the versatile Bayern Munich defender.

    And it would be a no-brainer for the club to make an offer as Alaba, 28, nears the end of his Allianz Arena contract.

    Finally, Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has admitted he has been left with ‘mixed feelings’ after being reunited with former PSG boss Tuchel.

    He said: "It’s been a really unique week for me, different to anything I’ve experienced before, because when managers have changed before, the incoming coach has never been someone I’ve already worked with, who I already have such a good relationship with.

    “It’s always been new managers who I’ve not worked with before. So I’m left with mixed feelings. Sadness for one, happiness for the other.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    WRIGHT NOISE

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Chelsea have the potential to become 'frightening' under Thomas Tuchel.

    He told Optus Sport: "If it works out how I believe it might work out for Chelsea because they’ve got the players to do it, Chelsea are going to be pretty dangerous if they get it right with him.

    "Because what I like about him is he’s not really fussed about what they say upstairs, if they say something that makes him unhappy he will let them know.

    "And he doesn’t care if the star players are giving him any kind of problem, he will let them know. He’s doing what he’s doing and it’s straight down the line.

    "So if they buy into that then obviously we’re going to see a different kind of Chelsea with a different kind of ruthlessness and steeliness to them and intensity, and that could be quite frightening."

  • Jake Lambourne

    SILVA LINING

    Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has admitted he has been left with 'mixed feelings' after being reunited with former PSG boss Thomas Tuchel.

    He said: "It’s been a tough week with the departure of one manager and the arrival of a new one.

    "I have a really good relationship and get on well with them both.

    "The six months I spent working with Frank were fantastic. And I had two unbelievable years with Tuchel in Paris too, including getting to the final of the Champions League.

    "It’s been a really unique week for me, different to anything I’ve experienced before, because when managers have changed before, the incoming coach has never been someone I’ve already worked with, who I already have such a good relationship with.

    "It’s always been new managers who I’ve not worked with before. So I’m left with mixed feelings. Sadness for one, happiness for the other."

  • Jake Lambourne

    'EMBARRASSING'

    Sweet 16 turned sour for Chelsea as fans bashed a "cringey" club tweet that hailed a painstaking build-up in the 0-0 home draw with Wolves.

    The Blues were taunted for highlighting a 16-pass move in Thomas Tuchel's first game in charge after replacing sacked Frank Lampard.

    Some fans suggested such patient play was the first step towards a stylish new dawn – but most treated the clip with adjectives like "embarrassing," "worthless" and "pointless".

    Chelsea posted: "Pass. Move. Pass again. Just 16 of our 820 completed passes last night!"  – accompanied by gushing emojis.

    No other manager in their first Premier League match has achieved such high totals as 820 passes and 78.9 per cent possession.

    But this reply summed up the feeling of many fans: "Thought we were better than this. Must be a slow news day for admin."

  • Jake Lambourne

    HAA LA LAND

    Chelsea remain keen to bring in Erling Haaland in what could be a busy summer at Stamford Bridge.

    Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol said: "What is interesting is what will happen next summer as we know they try and sign a striker as Olivier Giroud is 34.

    "And they will try and sign a centre back as well as Thiago Silva is 36.

    "When it comes to the striker, the really interesting one is Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund.

    "When it comes to centre backs, you are thinking about players like Dayot Upamecano at RB Leipzig and David Alaba, who is available on a free transfer in the summer because he wants to leave Bayern Munich."

  • Jake Lambourne

    KANT BELIEVE IT

    N'Golo Kante's favourite position is if he plays in the middle of the pitch in a two midfielder system, according to Thomas Tuchel.

    Speaking of the Frenchman, he said: "I think he’s the strongest in the double six, in the centre and the heart of the game. That gives him a bit more freedom than if he plays as a single six.

    "For me, his strength is not to be… for me he’s a double six because we can use his energy, we can use his range, his volume in his game. His ability to recuperate and recover balls everywhere on the pitch.

    "He’s a guy who is a big, big helper for everybody with big potential, with the mentality of a helper, of a water-carrier, but at the same time a world-class player who played a crucial role in the World Cup win for France.

    "That’s why it’s super important to have him. For me, the double six is the best role for him. It gives him a bit more freedom than the single six, which demands a bit more discipline and maybe cuts his wings a bit."

  • Jake Lambourne

    BLUE MOON

    Thomas Tuchel has played down his admiration for Spurs after a clip of himspeaking of his fondness for Tottenham went viral on social media.

    Asked about whether he was a fan of Spurs a kid, Tuchel said: "You’re really digging deep, yes?

    "I want to be very honest because we played the Europa League game with Dortmund in Tottenham and everyone there was very friendly.

    "I just explained that, when I was young, there was no daily match live on the television, no daily match live from the Bundesliga, so what I could actually see was one or two minutes every four weeks and suddenly a club like Tottenham Hotspur came across on our sports broadcaster.

    "I heard the name Tottenham Hotspurs, which sounded like a big adventure and gave me a big advantage playing with my friends because they had no idea where that club was. I talked about that story.

    "I was young and needed the money, huh. I was young. That was one of my first experiences. I didn’t even know it’s a club from London.

    "But now I’m absolutely aware I work for their big rivals and you can be very, very sure we will do everything we can to beat them next week.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    AL FOR ONE

    Chelsea are reportedly refusing to give up on David Alaba and believe Thomas Tuchel can tempt the star to London.

    The Mail claims Chelsea are huge fans of the versatile Bayern Munich defender.

    And it would be a no-brainer for the club to make an offer as Alaba, 28, nears the end of his Allianz Arena contract.

    The Austria left-back, who has also been linked with Liverpool, will be a free agent this summer.

    And he would be even more star quality to Chelsea’s defence after they signed Thiago Silva on a free from Paris Saint-Germain last year.

    Tuchel knows all about Alaba after managing Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SEIZE THE DAYOT

    Man Utd will compete with several rivals for Dayot Upamecano this summer, according to reports.

    Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Liverpool have all been linked with the Frenchman following his rapid rise at RB Leipzig.

    The centre-back will be available for £38million when the clause activates at the end of the campaign.

    According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, United are among the teams waiting for the right moment to pounce.

    Competition for Upamecano will come from several quarters with Chelsea now thought to be keen.

    New boss Thomas Tuchel reportedly wants the 22-year-old instead of predecessor Frank Lampard's target, Declan Rice.

  • Jake Lambourne

    RUDI HELL

    Tammy Abraham has come to the defence of teammate Antonio Rudiger after the Chelsea star was criticised on social media in the wake of Frank Lampard’s sacking.

    The Telegraph claims Rudiger was one of the most vocal players in Chelsea’s Cobham training ground despite not featuring much under Lampard.

    Rudiger was also named on social media alongside Jorginho, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Marcos Alonso as four senior exiled players not happy with Lampard’s team selection.

    It's also been claimed that Rudiger is the 'alpha male' in training, and some teammates feel his challenges can cross a line.

    However, Abraham has taken to Twitter defending the centre-back.

    He tweeted: "Hearing some mad stuff about Antonio Rudiger on social media. Complete nonsense. Toni is a big bro to all of us."

  • Jake Lambourne

    IT'S PARD TO TAKE

    Mason Mount has admitted Frank Lampard's sacking is "tough" to take.

    Academy product Mount told the BBC: "It's not a nice time, it is a tough time for the club."

    He added: "I've been here for a very long time and seen managers depart from afar while being in the academy but when you're in the first team building and it happens, it's a different feeling.

    "He's been very important to me. He brought me to Derby, gave me the playing time and I learnt so much under him there before coming back to Chelsea and continuing my learning.

    "I have nothing but praise and gratitude for everything he's given me as a player on and off the pitch.

    "I've definitely grown as a player as well so he obviously means a lot to me."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ROO THE DAY

    Man Utd legend Wayne Rooney says Frank Lampard deserved more time at Chelsea – but confessed he wasn’t surprised to see the axe fall on his former England team-mate.

    Rooney, who kicked off his managerial career at Derby, like Lampard, said: “I wasn’t surprised to see Frank get sacked if I’m being honest. 

    “That’s obviously the way Chelsea operate their business. I’m sure Frank would have known that going in there.

    “Since Roman Abramovich came in he doesn't tend to give managers that much time to put their ideas in place. They demand almost instant success and if you don't get it you will pay the price.

    “But I think he deserved more time. He did a great job last year, playing a lot of young lads and making the Champions League. This season he has brought new players in who will take time to challenge for the titles.

    “I don't think they were too far away points-wise from being able to challenge. So it is disappointing for Frank and his staff. But they will have known going in there – Chelsea demand trophies."

  • Jake Lambourne

    TUCH OF CLASS

    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel believes he hopes the supporters are behind his side despite the sacking of club legend Frank Lampard.

    He said: “A fan backlash, I don’t know. I hope not because that would be hard on the team. We need our supporters like any team. In a stadium like ours and at a club like ours, like Chelsea, to have the fans so close behind the team, it makes the difference.

    "I can absolutely assume that it’s a big, big disappointment for the fanbase to see that Frank was sacked. I said this in the first statement and I can only repeat, I have the biggest respect.

    "I was a huge fan of Frank as a player and it was a pure joy to watch him play, to see how he played and with what personality he played. He was one of the key figures to demonstrate in 90 minutes what Chelsea is about: about intensity, devotion, a winning mentality.

    "So I have the biggest respect for him personally and for his legacy. It just got bitter when I received a message this morning, a personal message to wish me all the best, and maybe meet in the future when this is possible. So, honestly, nothing has changed there.

    "But in the last 72 hours, the club made clear to me that this is not my fault. Clearly not my fault. I cannot change the situation for him. The decision was made and I was handed the opportunity, but I mean what I say.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    BILLY BLOW

    Billy Gilmour's hopes of joining West Ham on loan could be hit by Chelsea not wanting to strengthen a direct rival's squad in the fight for a top-four finish.

    Gilmour has been touted to the Hammers as a possible option as his advisors desperately try to get him out of Stamford Bridge before the transfer window closes on Monday.

    New Blues' boss Thomas Tuchel has been left in no doubt success is more important than blooding youngsters.

    And the 19-year-old Scot was not even named among the nine subs in the German's first game in charge, Wednesday night's drab 0-0 home draw with Wolves.

    The midfielder now fears being left out in the cold with little opportunity to play over the remainder of the season as Tuchel prioritises the demands from the Chelsea board to qualify for the Champions League.

    West Ham have been contacted and there is interest from David Moyes in the teenager.

  • Josh Graham

    COD WARS

    Chelsea face more backroom upheaval as Fleetwood Town target coach Anthony Barry to replace Joey Barton as boss.

    The Blues have undergone major changes this week after Frank Lampard and his coaching team were axed on Monday and replaced by Thomas Tuchel 24 hours later.

    Anthony Barry could be the latest coach to leave ChelseaCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Barry, 34, was tasked with running Monday’s coaching session at the Premier League side in the aftermath of Lampard’s departure.

    However, the Daily Mail claims League One Fleetwood now want to talk to him over their managerial vacancy.

    And the Cod Army want to ‘wrap up a quick appointment’ with their ex-star amongst the frontrunners to take over from Barton.

    Barton was relieved from his duties of his first job in management this month after chairman Andy Pilley spent a few days reviewing the background of his fall out with striker Ched Evans.

  • Josh Graham

    SUPER FRANK

    Frank Lampard sent Thomas Tuchel a classy good luck message this morning, the German has revealed.

    The Chelsea legend was brutally sacked on Monday following a poor run in the Premier League.

    Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as Chelsea boss this week

    Tuchel said this morning: "I can absolutely assume it was a big disappointment for the fanbase to see that Frank was sacked and I said before, I have the biggest respect. I was a huge fan of Frank as a player.

    "It was a pure joy to watch him play, and to see how he played, with the personality he played.

    "He was one of the key figures to demonstrate what Chelsea is about. Intensity, devotion and winning mentality.

    "I have the biggest respect for him personally and his legacy.

    "It just got bigger when I received a personal message today in the morning to wish me all the best and to maybe meet in the future when this is possible."

  • sstreet

    IN IT FOR THE LONG HAAL

    Chelsea are looking to complete a deal for Erling Haaland this summer, according to Sky Sports.

    Real Madrid are favourites to sign the player, the report says, but Chelsea are ready to make their move and have the money to get the deal done.

    Haaland is under contract with Dortmund until 2024 but will have a release clause of £66m automatically triggered in summer 2022.

    And the German side are therefore ready to listen to any offers above this amount, and will be hoping for a bidding war.

  • Josh Graham

    AZ TO BE KIDDING

    Christian Pulisic was only too keen to help out Thomas Tuchel after the new Chelsea boss was involved in an embarrassing nickname mix-up.

    The German arrived at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday on an 18-month contract to replace the axed Frank Lampard.

    Tuchel passed on instructions to Cesar Azpilicueta
    Sub Pulisic explained the skipper's nickname is 'Azpi'

    Just prior to the second half of the goalless draw getting underway, Tuchel called captain Cesar Azpilicueta over to issue some instructions.

    He was caught on camera yelling 'Azpli, Azpli' – with the defender's actual nickname 'Azpi'.

    Pulisic, who later came on as a substitute, then quickly sprung into action to ensure Tuchel and Azpilicueta didn't get off on the wrong foot.

  • Josh Graham

    CAN I HAVE THE BILL, PLEASE?

    Chelsea star Billy Gilmour looks set to leave Chelsea on loan this month as he looks to cement his place in Scotland's Euro 2021 squad.

    SunSport looked at five potential destinations.

    The Scot could link-up with Steven Gerrard at old side Rangers.

    But West Brom, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Wolves have also been suggested as potential destinations.

  • Josh Graham

    PERSONAL TUCH

    Thomas Tuchel moved to reassure dropped stars ahead of his first game in charge of Chelsea last night.

    The Blues drew 0-0 with Wolves at Stamford Bridge, as the likes of Mason Mount, Reece James, Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, Kurt Zouma and Timo Werner missed out on the starting XI.

    Even ahead of the game Tuchel, 47, admitted that it was the most 'unfair' selection of his career.

    But behind the scenes, the German had already looked to make sure that those who missed out weren't alienated from the off.

    According to The Athletic, one star not involved in last night's starting XI was assured that the manager has 'big plans' for him.

  • Josh Graham

    TOP OF THE KLOPPS

    Here's a statistic that's come out of the Blue – Frank Lampard's Chelsea management record is better than Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool start.

    Lamps was in charge at Stamford Bridge for 84 matches before being sacked and replaced by Thomas Tuchel.

    And his record compares favourably with Klopp's first 84 matches at Anfield.

    Lampard's win rate and number of victories are better than the German's, who was hampered by the number of draws at the beginning of his reign.

    Since then, Klopp has gone on to win the Champions League, World Club Cup and the Premier League title.

    Lampard – well, we'll never know how that might have panned out at Chelsea.

    Klopp has sympathy for the former Chelsea manager, calling his sacking by owner Roman Abramovich 'really harsh'.

  • Josh Graham

    OD CHOICE

    Callum Hudson-Odoi won man of the match in Chelsea's 0-0 draw with Wolves last night, despite being asked to play an unfamiliar role as a wing-back by new boss Thomas Tuchel.

    Hudson-Odoi impressed going back as well as forward and snuffed out a dangerous Wolves attack.

    Callum Hudson-Odoi impressed against WolvesCredit: PA:Press Association

    He said: "I spotted it straight away.

    "I said to myself I have to get back there as quick as possible and I gave all my effort to do so and try to get a little touch on the ball to take it away."

    Asked about his positional switch, the 20-year-old replied: "It was something new for me.

    "It was my first time trying it yesterday [in training] and I felt alright playing in it, it wasn’t a problem for me.

    "It was good trying to play that position and no matter where the manager asks me to play I will try to do my best."

  • Josh Graham

    TUCH OFF

    Thomas Tuchel is up and running at Chelsea but only with a 0-0 stalemate at Wolves last night.

    After the game, he told the press: "But when I look at this game I’m pretty amazed.I can totally identify with what we did. I would have been happy to have a full stadium here.

    "I think the supporters would have liked what they saw: 16 recoveries in the last third is proof of energy on the pitch. 

    "We managed to keep the game in the opponents’ half, closed down counter-attacks early, created half chances, more with every minute.

    "I was very happy with what I saw, how we closed down spaces."

  • Josh Graham

    TUCHING BASE

    Chelsea's latest 'revolution' has begun, after appointing their 15th manager of the 17-year Roman Abramovich era.

    Thomas Tuchel was unable to have an instant positive impact, as the Blues laboured to a 0-0 stalemate with Wolves at Stamford Bridge last night.

    How Chelsea could line up under Thomas Tuchel next season

    But Rome wasn't built in a day, and the German will hope to put his own stamp on the squad in the summer, even if the length of his 18-month contract wouldn't suggest that he'll be sticking around for a while.

    Top of his wishlist is believed to be a raid on former club Borussia Dortmund for superstar Erling Haaland.

    The 20-year-old has scarcely stopped scoring since joining the German side 12 months ago – bagging 37 goals in 37 games since.

    The Blues have been linked with RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano, who will be available for just £38million in the summer.

    They are likely to try and sign soon-to-be out-of-contract Bayern Munich stalwart David Alaba on a free transfer, although Real Madrid appear to be in the driving seat.

  • Josh Graham

    NIP AND TUCH

    Thomas Tuchel had private conversations with THREE Chelsea players before the 0-0 draw against Wolves.

    The new German boss is said to have taken aside some of the players he would leave out of his first game in charge.

    The Athletic reports Reece James and Timo Werner were spoken to directly by the former PSG manager.

    Tuchel explained that his selection was 'unfair' with just 24 hours to throw a side together.

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