Bayern Munich legend confirms Chelsea’s interest in Bundesliga star

Bayern Munich legend and CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge appears to have confirmed Chelsea’s interest to sign RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano.

Rummenigge explained during an interview that it would be hard for Bayern to land Upamecano when facing opposition from the likes of Liverpool and the Blues.

The ex-Ballon d’Or winner told Sky Germany: “When clubs like Chelsea or Liverpool are interested in him, it shows what qualities the players have.”

Chelsea are in dire need of a quality defender following a series of defensive errors throughout the season

Official: Brighton sign highly-rated Manchester United, Chelsea target

Brighton have confirmed the signing of Independiente del Valle ace Moises Caicedo.

Caicedo was previously linked with a move to Manchester United and Chelsea, who were impressed with the talented box-to-box player.

However, United dropped their interest for the midfielder amid the January transfer window.

Brighton boss Graham Potter said: “It’s no secret we have been working to bring Moises to the club, and we are very pleased he is finally here.

“He will need time to settle in with the group, for us to get to know him and vice versa, as well as get up to speed and ready for the demands of the Premier League.

“He has done very well in Ecuador and made his debut for his country at just 18. He’s an exciting signing, but it is important we give him time to adjust.”

Mikel Arteta reveals why he wants Arsenal to give David Luiz new contract

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admitted the club has yet to open contract talks with David Luiz.

But Arteta hinted that he wants Luiz to stay because he is a “key role model” for young players.

The Arsenal manager said: “He’s a great example for them [the youngsters]. He’s got a good mixture with them between some banter and then some stick.

“They all listen to him because of who he is and what he’s done in the game. But also because how he behaves every day, how professional he is and how he goes about the job. He is one of the key role models that we have in our team.

“No [we haven’t spoken about an extension], there are still a few months to go on that. I all the time talk to him about this kind of thing so we’re in a good position.”

Arsenal star set to join Schalke

Shkodran Mustafi is set to terminate his Arsenal contract and join Schalke today.

It is thought Mustafi wants to join the Bundesliga side with Sky Germany reporting that the deal under discussion is a six month permanent deal.

Mustafi has six months remaining on his Arsenal contract. He would be a short-term replacement for Liverpool-bound Ozan Kabak.

The 28-year-old centre-back has not played since Boxing Day and appears to have fallen out of favour with Mikel Arteta.

And Mustafi’s move may be significant for Liverpool, as it opens the door for Ozan Kabak to make the move from the German club to Anfield.

Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour makes transfer U-turn

Billy Gilmour is going nowhere today as he wants to stay and slug it out with the likes of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, and Mateo Kovacic at Chelsea, according to Sky Sports.

The youngster was linked with a move away with Southampton and Newcastle linked.

Gilmour reportedly assessed his options and decided to stay at Chelsea and work out how he fits into Thomas Tuchel’s plans, reports added.

Gilmour has been left out the Blues last two squads under Tuchel.

Southampton were in talks to take the youngster on loan.

But the Athletic claim he has decided to stay after assessing his options.

Premier League club offer Diego Costa deal until end of season

Ex-Chelsea man Diego Costa has been offered a deal until the end of the season by one of the Premier League’s top six, reports claim.

Arsenal were linked with a move for the former Atletico striker last month.

But Sky Sports say the unnamed club will not land Costa on the proposed terms as he is looking for a longer contract.

Clubs in Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are also keen and Costa is holding out for at least 18 months and £13million paid over that duration.

Burnley manager explains why they were defeated by Chelsea, heaps praise on Blues stars

Burnley boss Sean Dyche admits ‘the better side won’ after his team were defeated by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Despite heading to West London on the back of three straight wins in all competitions, the Clarets were second best for much of the 90 minutes against Thomas Tuchel’s men.

Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso were on target for the Blues, while the 2-0 defeat also saw Burnley striker Chris Wood taken off due to injury.

Speaking after the game, Dyche said: “I’ve no complaints because the best side won.

“In the first half, I thought we contained the game pretty well and kept them to a pretty slow tempo. They had a few chances, but stuff we are used to dealing with. But in the second half they were by far the better side and that happens.

“When you play the better sides and they turn up, as Chelsea did with a new manager, four changes and everyone playing with a bit more fizz, then it’s hard. They brought a better tempo to their passing and their pressing and we couldn’t get a foothold at all, to be honest. All credit to them, it was top players doing what top players do to win a game.”

Dyche added: “The only gripe for me is that we had a couple of players who were below par, especially in the first half, and even though the two centre-backs and Matt Lowton were excellent, without doubt the best side won on the day.

“Sometimes you forget there is a vast gap of millions of pounds when you look at the two teams on a piece of paper, and that does pay you back eventually over a season. Not always, of course, because we have just shown at Liverpool that we can compete in our own style, but it’s very difficult when these teams turn up.

“That’s the difference. They really turned up in the second half.”

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How Hudson-Odoi, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Mount, other Chelsea stars celebrated win over Burnley on social media

Chelsea stars took to the social media after recording a sumptuous victory over Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso scored as Thomas Tuchel got a first win as Chelsea head coach with a 2-0 victory over Burnley.

Chelsea captain Azpilicueta struck the first goal of the German’s reign after being set by up Callum Hudson-Odoi five minutes before half-time.

Tuchel’s team dominated throughout and came close to a second goal when Hudson-Odoi hit a post before he teed up substitute Christian Pulisic to drag wide.

Alonso was one of four Chelsea changes and he made sure of the win on 84 minutes, juggling Pulisic’s pass and volleying beyond Nick Pope.

Burnley had beaten Liverpool and Aston Villa in their previous two matches but they lost Chris Wood to injury and did not muster a single shot on target at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues stars took their celebration to twitter:

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Revealed: What Burnley defender told his manager about Callum Hudson-Odoi during Chelsea clash as Blues winger tormented their defence

Chelsea put up a superlative performance in their victory over Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso scored the two goals that handed new manager Thomas Tuchel his first win as Chelsea boss.

Callum Hudson-Odoi caused plenty of problems for the Clarets as he got forward at every opportunity, with the England international supplying the assist for Azpilicueta’s opener.

And his performance was summed up in what Burnley’s Robbie Brady was overheard to have said to his manager Sean Dyche during the game.

According to, as heard by journalists inside the stadium, Dyche said to Brady as Hudson-Odoi overlapped at one stage: “Robbie! Tune in!”

In response, Brady said he knew where the Chelsea star was, but admitted: “I just can’t stop him! What do you want me to do?”

Hudson-Odoi’s performance did not only impress his opponents and Blues fans alike, with Tuchel also full of praise for the 20-year-old after the victory in west London.

“Of course we knew him, there were big rumours around him and Bayern Munich but we knew before if you are interested in football, upcoming players, he was in the focus way before I ever thought about being his manager,” the German said.

“He can have his input on the line, he has the ability to be decisive with his runs, his speed and at the moment we have opted for this structure.

“He can play in the half positions offensively, this is clear and we wanted to take the chance against Wolves so we went with Chilly [Ben Chilwell] and him, today it was Marcos [Alonso] and him.

“He had another good game, if we can improve the precision of our guys in the box then maybe we can score more goals.”

Revealed: Thomas Tuchel’s top two targets

New Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has reportedly told the club the two players he would like to add to his squad, according to The Daily Express.

The German arrived as Chelsea manager and is already keen to put his own stamp on the Blues squad.

Reports claim he has already identified his top two targets in the form of Erling Haaland and David Alaba.

Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland is someone the Blues have been eyeing up for some time but Tuchel is said to have reinforced that pursuit since arriving at Stamford Bridge.

And he also is apparently after Bayern Munich defender David Alaba in a bid to sure up their leaky defence.