Barcelona design smart move to beat Chelsea, Man City, others to Inter Milan hotshot Lautaro Martinez

Reports in Spain and Italy claim Barcelona are offering to double the salary Lautaro Martinez would get in a new contract with Inter to ease their move for the prized striker.

Chelsea and Manchester City are both tracking Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez but will have to fight off interest from Barcelona.

The 22-year-old is tied down until June 2023, but already, according to Football Italia, discussing an extension with possible raise of the €111m release clause after an excellent campaign.

He scored 16 goals with four assists in 31 competitive appearances, including five in six Champions League games.

According to Sport, negotiations are not going well, because Lautaro Martinez and his agent know full well there are several clubs ready to snap him up this summer, even for the release clause.

Barcelona are by far the favourites, ahead of their rivals, especially if they include Arturo Vidal and other players as part of the deal.

Reports in Spain suggest Inter are offering a €4m per season salary at San Siro in the new contract, but Barcelona are ready to double that.

At this stage, a renewal seems unlikely and the Nerazzurri are almost resigned to losing the striker, albeit at a massive profit.

Despite the interest, Martinez’s representative Alberto Yaque admits there has been no formal talks about his clients future.

Frank Lampard reveals Chelsea board’s decision on Kepa Arrizabalaga

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said the club’s board back his decision to drop goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to the bench.

Kepa became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when he moved to the West London club for £71.5million last season – however Willy Cabellero has been Lampard’s No 1 goalkeeper in recent weeks.

According to ESPN, Lampard said:”I am absolutely together with the club and the board.

“We all want the best. I am paid to make decisions.

“It has been a decision to make on form with the goalkeeping situation. Recently it’s just changed, but that’s nothing final.

“All Kepa needs to do is train and show a great attitude, as I demand from all the players. And things can obviously change.”

REVEALED: Why Willian wants to remain in London despite his potential summer exit from Chelsea

Chelsea’s Brazilian star Willian is coming to the end of his contract but is eager to stay in London…but not necessarily at Stamford Bridge!

Goal are reporting Willian is keen to secure a move to another London club if he cannot agree a contract extension with the Blues hierarchy.

Family is the driving factor behind the former Anzi Makhachkala star’s desire to remain in the capital and the news will put Chelsea’s Premier League rivals on red alert.

Willian wrote in The Players’ Tribune: “London is where I want to stay. This is where I have my family, my church. I want my daughters to grow up here.”

Chelsea, Arsenal fans fume amid reports Olivier Giroud is in transfer talks with Tottenham

Arsenal and Chelsea fans have expressed their anger over reports that Tottenham Hotspur have opened talks for Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud.

The Blues striker, whose current contract expires in the summer, is set to leave Stamford Bridge in search of regular game time ahead of the European Championships in the summer.

Giroud won the FA Cup in his first season at Chelsea, and played a significant role in the Blues’ Europa League triumph the following year under Maurizio Sarri.

However, the arrival of current boss Frank Lampard and the emergence of Tammy Abraham as the club’s first choice striker has seen the former Arsenal man slip down the pecking order.

Inter Milan have been closely linked with a move for the 33-year-old, with boss Antonio Conte thought to be keen on reunion with the forward, report football.london.

But according to Di Marzio, the Serie A side would prefer to sign the striker on a free transfer in the summer, which has alerted Spurs.

And the report claims Jose Mourinho have made an approach to sign Giroud before Friday’s deadline, as they step up their search for a striker.

Chelsea and Arsenal fans took to social media to react to the reports, with many less than pleased about the prospect of seeing the forward playing for fierce rivals Tottenham.

Timo Werner reveals decision amid Chelsea transfer interest

Chelsea target Timo Werner has ruled out a January transfer from RB Leipzig but insists he is open to moving to the Premier League in the future.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has made Timo Werner a top transfer target but face competition from Manchester United and Liverpool.

The German international is refusing to be drawn into transfer speculation as he bids to fire his side to the Bundesliga title in the second half of the season.

According to the Express, Lampard has made Werner a top target, but is aware that a deal is near on impossible in January.

After having their transfer ban lifted, Chelsea are looking to make up for lost time in the market.

Lampard has identified his attack as an area that requires attention and he wants another striker to provide competition for Tammy Abraham.

And now Werner has insisted that he is open to a Premier League move in the future, despite being fully committed to Leipzig at the moment.

The forward scored 18 league goals in the first half of the campaign and is hoping to hit the ground running again as Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund look to make up ground.

Isco tells Real Madrid President about his decision over Chelsea move

Real Madrid star Isco has reportedly told club President Florentino Perez not to sell him to Chelsea.

There are reports that the Los Blancos have offered the 27-year-old to the London club for £44 million as the Spanish giants are planning to raise money for January transfer deals.

Spanish publication El Desmarque claim Isco has confirmed his decision to Perez.

Isco has distanced himself from joining the Stamford Bridge club in favour of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, where he’s viewed as a long-term successor to David Silva.

Chelsea are expected to be active in the transfer market with the hope of strenghtening their team after CAS halved their two-window transfer ban.

Jorginho reveals why Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa was fined

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho claims teammate Kepa Arrizabalaga was fined for being “a little fat.”

The revelation was made as Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic played a game with ESPN Brazil where one of them would have to guess the name of a Chelsea player using a series of clues from the other.

According to The Sun, when Kovacic was given Kepa’s name, he presented a clue to Jorginho by saying: “He’s a little fat.”

When Jorginho responded by saying that there was at least two Chelsea players who have had issues with weight, Kovacic cheekily added: “He could be a manager.”

That was a hilarious dig at Kepa’s infamous bust-up with former manager Maurizio Sarri in last season’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.

And armed with two key clues, Jorginho was finally able to say the mystery man was indeed Kepa.

The Italian then said: “He paid a fine. I think he’s paid a fine because he’s chubby.

“Kepa? You killed him in this one. He will remember that.”

Frank Lampard’s list of fines was leaked online earlier this season, but there is no suggestion that players who are overweight are docked any cash.

However, Jorginho has now indicated that players carrying excess baggage may have to cough up as punishment.

Chelsea fan arrested for racial abuse aimed at Tottenham star

There are reports in England that a Chelsea fan has been arrested for alleged racial abuse aimed at Spurs forward Son Heung-min.

Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Spurs was marred by accusations of racism, with Antonio Rudiger informing officials that he had heard monkey chants from the crowd in the second-half of the match.

Son was sent off midway through the second-half for violent conduct against Rudiger.

Tottenham said they would take the strongest possible action against anyone found guilty of racist abuse.

The Metropolitan Police said that it was aware of the allegations taking place during the Premier League fixture, report Daily Express.

The Police will now work with the two clubs to find the supporters responsible for the abuse.

A spokesman for the Met said: “Police were made aware of alleged racist chanting during the second half of the Tottenham vs Chelsea match on Sunday 22 December.

“Officers will work with the club in an attempt to identify any people responsible.”

No players were aware of the abuse aimed at Son during the match, it’s believed.

But, fellow Chelsea supporters reported the incident when they heard the apparent abuse within the away end.

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Tammy Abraham reveals what Lampard said to inspire Chelsea players to beat Tottenham

Tammy Abraham has revealed that the Blues boss Frank Lampard’s passionate pre-game tub-thumping inspired Chelsea to a stunning derby victory at Tottenham.

The Blues produced one of their best performances of the season as two goals from WIllian secured a 2-0 win in North London.

Abraham explained: “At the beginning of the game he said he has always loved this rivalry between Chelsea and Tottenham and if he could, he would have stepped onto that pitch and played.

“He just asked and wanted us to go out there and leave everything on that pitch.

“And from minute one that is what we showed.”

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Chelsea receive huge boost as Frank Lampard confirms Antonio Rudiger’s inclusion ahead of Lille clash, exempts two stars from squad

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has included Antonio Rudiger in the Blues squad for the Champions League clash with Lille tomorrow.

The London club need a win to ensure a place in the knockout stages of the competition, although a draw may be good enough for them to progress, depending on other results.

And the Chelsea head coach has confirmed that the Blues have been boosted by the return from injury of Rudiger, who has not featured since the 5-2 win against Wolves at Molineux back in September.

Football.london report the Germany international was out training with the team today (Monday) ahead of tomorrow’s game in west London, and Lampard confirmed he was in contention to feature, although he said Fikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud will not be involved against Lille.

“He [Rudiger] is in the squad, so he has a chance. It is good to have him back,” Lampard said at his pre-match press conference . “He is training really well and got his fitness work done. His injury is healed.

“[Fikayo] Tomori is out, he has a small, tiny strain around his hip area. It has bothered him for a little bit so we have taken him out for a couple of days. Olivier [Giroud] is still out as well.”

Lampard added that it was a big boost to have Rudiger available again, although he was wary of putting too much pressure on the German, after a long injury lay-off.

“[It is] Potentially difficult,” he said. “Our guard against that was to give him a lot of work. Created things behind the scenes in training that seem like matches and pure runniing.

“He has come through that and he looks fit and ready to go, I know he is hungry. In terms of people building him up, maybe rightly so.

“He is a good defender, you overlook the fact that people talk about youth, transfer bans but we had five big players injured for a period of time.

“Carrying that on, Rudi is just back and Ruben is still out, you miss those individuals. And then see what he can add to us now.”

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