12pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Kepa transfer pay CUT exclusive, Emerson to Napoli and Ben Chilwell injury LATEST – The Sun

FRANK LAMPARD's side are back in Premier League action this week as they travel to Newcastle.

On the transfer front, the Blues are reportedly in talks with Napoli over the loan move of flop Emerson while we've the very latest on Ben Chilwell's fitness.

Follow ALL the latest Chelsea transfer news below…

  • Joe Miles

    HEARTBREAK HOTEL

    Premier League clubs are furious at new Government restrictions surrounding team meals.

    The Department for Digital, Media and Culture have banned teams eating together while cooped up in hotels around matches.

    And the Mail report that PL, as well as EFL, chiefs are attempting to rally against the changes.

    Currently, players returning from international duty will have to rely on room service for their meals.

    And they will have to eat alone in their rooms until at least December 2, as lockdown again tightens around the country.

  • Joe Miles

    SILVA LINING

    Chelsea new boy Thiago Silva's wife Belle has a massive surprise waiting for him when he gets back from Brazil duty.

    The Blues' star is currently away with Brazil for games against Venezuela and Uruguay – won 1-0 and 2-0 respectively.

    And he will return to a winter wonderland after Belle paid a company who specialise in Christmas decorations to transform their London pad.

    Mum-of-two Belle shared the incredible results on her Instagram story in a series of videos taken throughout the day.

  • Joe Miles

    BEING FRANK

    Frank Lampard reportedly called Ross Barkley to congratulate him on his promising start to life at Aston Villa.

    The midfielder has bagged two goals in five matches to help move Dean Smith's men up to sixth in the table.

    He joined the club on a season-long loan deal in the summer after failing to cement his spot in Chelsea's line-up.

    According to Eurosport, Lampard has already been in contact with Barkley after being impressed by his performances.

    It is stated that Lampard has not ruled out bringing him back into the mix at Chelsea next season.

  • Joe Miles

    FRENCH FANCY

    Olivier Giroud moved on to 44 international goals on his 105th cap last night – almost an identical strike rate to Thierry Henry who managed 51 in 123 for Les Bleus.

    And it also ensured Giroud will finish the calendar year as France's top scorer for the fifth time in the last six years – only being pipped in the World Cup-winning 2018.

    He's now just seven goals away from Henry's record…

  • Joe Miles

    KEP GOING

    Former Blues goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has urged Kepa Arrizabalaga to be 'strong' after losing his No1 spot.

    According to Diario AS, Begovic said: “He has to be strong.

    “That's the life of goalkeepers. It's a shame because he's made some very good saves.”

    Edouard Mendy is Frank Lampard's first-choice keeper following his move from Rennes in September.

  • Joe Miles

    OL SHOW YOU

    Olivier Giroud fired himself into the shop window with another double for France.

    And his goals against Sweden last night mean he is now just seven goals behind Thierry Henry's record tally.

    Giroud, 34, let his football do the talking and proved he still has plenty to offer by slamming in a pair in the Nations League clash.

    After Viktor Claesson's deflected strike had given the visitors a shock fourth-minute lead at the Stade de France, the veteran forward got his country level 12 minutes later, turning in Marcus Thuram's cross.

    And he bagged his second as he met Kylian Mbappe's ball in with a spectacular diving header on the hour mark.

    That moved the ex-Arsenal man on to 44 international goals on his 105th cap – almost an identical strike rate to Henry who managed 51 in 123 for Les Bleus.

  • Joe Miles

    JOR DROPPER

    Jorginho could follow old boss Maurizio Sarri to his next club, according to the midfielder's agent.

    The 28-year-old was a favourite of Sarri's during the 61-year-old's Stamford Bridge reign and Joao Santos says the pair could soon link up again.

    The maverick boss is now without a club but Santos says his client is keeping tabs on Sarri's next move.

    He told Italian outlet Calciomercato: “Jorginho has a personal and professional bond with the coach that is very strong.

    “We're waiting to see where Sarri goes, and if it's a big club in Italy, Jorginho could follow him.

    “Almost all the Italy players are in Serie A, as it's an important league, but his journey took him to London.

    “If Sarri had remained, perhaps he'd have joined Juventus.”

  • Joe Miles

    GUARD IS UP

    Ex-Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas says he still considers old boss Jose Mourinho a friend but admitted he has zero contact with 'childhood hero' Pep Guardiola.

    The 33-year-old Monaco midfielder, who signed for the Blues in June 2014 from Barcelona after nearly ten years at Arsenal, made the surprising confession during a Catalan radio interview.

    Cesc told Catalunya Radio programme Tot Costa: “Jose was the person who inspired me most after leaving Barcelona.

    “He said we had been rivals on the pitch but it finished there and he told me about his future plans.

    “I prioritised the professional side of things, and today we still write to each other and I consider him to be a friend who helped me a lot when I needed it most.”

    Of his ex-Barcelona boss, now at Man City, he said: “With Pep there’s nothing.”

  • Joe Miles

    WILL I NEVER

    Willian has revealed why he did not join Barcelona before signing for Arsenal this summer.

    Speaking to FourFourTwo, the ex-Chelsea star claimed the Spanish side did not put an offer in for him.

    The 32-year-old said: “There are always rumours, but I didn't know about any other official offer.

    “Indeed, there was a lot of talk about Barcelona for the past few seasons, but I wouldn't have gone there just because they're Barca.

    “I wouldn't go to any club without hearing about their targets and what they wanted from me.”

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Chelsea players enjoyed a mixed bag of a night in the Nations League. 

    Olivier Giroud and Matteo Kovacic both scored a brace in their games for France and Croatia respectively.

    But Timo Werner was subbed off as Germany were hammered 6-0 by Spain as Manchester City's Ferran Torres hit a hat-trick. 

    Elsewhere former Blues boss Antonio Conte has revealed how close Chelsea were to bringing in Virgil van Dijk. 

    The Liverpool defender has transformed the Anfield club but he would've been at Stamford Bridge, according to Conte, if the club could have got the deal over the line following the Italian's 2017 title triumph. 

    Giroud is considering his Chelsea future after advice from French boss Didier Deschamps, according to reports. 

    The striker may look for a way out in January as he tries to hold on to a starting space in the national team. 

    And Ben Chilwell is back in training after his injury scare with England. 

    The left-back went off with a back spasm during the Three Lions' defeat at Belgium.

  • Kiro Evans

    BIG SPENDERS

    Chelsea are hoping their expensive stars can fire them to glory this season…

  • Kiro Evans

    GOALS GALORE

    Good night all round for Chelsea's travellers

  • Kiro Evans

    DOUBLE BRACE

    Quite the night for two Chelsea players, who both bagged braces in Nations League games.

    Olivier Giroud lead France to a 4-2 win over Sweden, with his first and second half goals joined by strikes from Benjamin Pavard and Kingsley Coman.

    Meanwhile, Matteo Kovavic also got two – but still found himself on the losing side against Portugal.

    His Croatia team were reduced to 10 men early in the second half and conceded the last goal in a 3-2 loss in the 90th minute.

  • Kiro Evans

    BLUE VAN

    ANTONIO CONTE has revealed how close he came to signing Virgil van Dijk before his second season in charge at Chelsea.

    He claims that he asked the club to sign Van Dijk, 29, after he had just won the Premier League in his first season at the helm.

    But the Blues didn't manage to sign the defender, who went on to join Liverpool for £75million, a world record fee for a defender at the time.

    Conte, 51, believes the club's failure to sign the Dutchman, along with Romelu Lukaku ultimately cost him his job six months later.

    In an interview with The Telegraph he said: “I asked for two players and we were very, very close after we won the league.

    “One player was Romelu Lukaku, the second player was Virgil van Dijk, and these two players were very, very close.

    “We were in contact every day and I always said that with these two players we would improve my team by 30 per cent.

    “I think maybe we lost the momentum to bring Chelsea at the very top and then to stay for many years.”

  • Kiro Evans

    INTERNATIONAL UPDATE

    Not looking great for Germany's Timo Werner. His country trail Spain 3-0 and it's only just gone halftime.

    On the brightside for Chelsea's Nations League players, Olivier Giroud has netted in the first half for France – they lead Sweden 2-1 – and Matteo Kovacic has given Croatia the lead against Portugal.

  • Kiro Evans

    MORATA 1-0 WERNER

    Spain lead Germany 1-0 and it's the former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.

    He has the edge on the current Blues frontman Timo Werner who hasn't made the impact he would've wanted in the first 22 minutes.

    Morata's goal came as he thundered a header home from a corner.

    He almost made it 2-0 but his back post finish was cancelled out by the offside flag.

  • Kiro Evans

    ENGLAND U21 2-0 ALBANIA U21

    The England U21s are in action and good news for Chelsea fans as Callum Hudson-Odoi shows his quality and puts the youngsters in the lead after four minutes.

    He came inside with devastating pace and aimed an effort into the bottom corner, which the keeper probably should've saved.

    Leicester's James Justin put England 2-0 up after 26 minutes.

  • Kiro Evans

    FAMILY AFFAIR

    Reece James has congratulated his sister Lauren James on her first England call-up.

    The new Lioness is a striker for Manchester United and will be looking to make as big of an impact as her sibling when he was brought into the senior England fold.

  • Kiro Evans

    PAST V FUTURE

    A former and current Chelsea striker will go head to head in the game of the night as Spain host Germany in the Nations League.

    Timo Werner for the visitors will face Alvaro Morata for the hosts with the German hoping to follow up on his brace the other night against Ukraine.

    He appears to be on a better trajectory at Stamford Bridge than his predecessor, with Morata proving to be a poor signing for big money and promptly shipped out the club.

    Talking of Chelsea strikers, Olivier Giroud starts up front for France against Sweden.

  • Kiro Evans

    MO PROBLEM

    Covid-struck Mo Salah has thanked people for their support and promised to rally back after his spell out in quarantine.

    The Liverpool star caught the virus during the international break and adds to a list of Reds' absentees as the Premier League inches towards a return.

  • Kiro Evans

    CHIL WELL THAT ENDS WELL

    In case you missed the news earlier, things are looking up for Ben Chilwell, who limped out of England's 2-0 defeat Belgium.

    He has returned to England following a back spasm, which suggests things will be okay for the left back.

  • Kiro Evans

    LIFE HAK

    Hakim Ziyech has just netted again for Morocco – this time for a free-kick cross-turned-shot.

    His country lead against Central African Republic due to his magic in this African Cup of Nations qualification game.

    This follows on from his two goals against the same side a few days earlier, meaning he now has a combined goal and assist tally of nine in five games for club and country.

    Chelsea fans will be desperate to get the in-form man back for some big Premier League and Champions League games to come.

  • Kiro Evans

    THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

    Olivier Giroud will consider his Chelsea future in January after his international boss Didier Deschamps suggested he should move on, reports say.

    The Blues striker finds himself third choice after the arrival of Timo Werner and the re-emergence of Tammy Abraham.

    The Athletic report that the striker was told privately by the France boss that he should consider moving if the situation does not improve.

    It leaves Chelsea with another battle to hold on to the 34-year-old following his previous attempts to ditch the club in search of more first team football.

  • Kiro Evans

    HIGH FIVE

    Championship clubs are to be allowed five substitutions by the end of this month, according to reports.

    England's second-tier appears on the brink of leaving the Premier League in its dust as they become the latest league to adopt a new five-sub rule following lockdown.

    The Telegraph report the Championship could follow other European leagues plus the Champions League in allowing five subs instead of the usual three during a game.

    The Premier League adopted this rule during project restart in the summer but dropped it upon the new season beginning, despite a hectic, congested schedule.

    Top-flight managers such as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have called for it's reintroduction, while England boss Gareth Southgate was also critical that the rule was not reinstated and feared more injuries.

  • William Pugh

    SAM-SIBLE SIGNING

    Samuel Eto'o is poised to come out of retirement – with a THIRD DIVISION club in Spain.

    The former Chelsea, Everton and Barcelona striker hung up his boots last year after a spell with Qatar SC. Eto'o, 39, cheated death last week when involved in a car smash in his native Cameroon.

    Spanish Tercera Division outfit Racing Murcia have now opened talks with the former Real Madrid, Mallorca and Inter Milan ace. The south-eastern club hopes its wealthy investors can tempt Eto'o to make a comeback.

    Murcia president Morris Pagniello said: “Right now I would say our chances of signing Samuel Eto'o are 50-50. We will know next week whether we can sign him, but we have drawn up a Plan B if it's not possible.

    “We have various investors in Mexico and the United Arab Emirates who could fund the deal. If we sign him, the coach is committed to picking him to play.”

    Murcia hope to land Eto'o in time for their Copa del Rey clash with Primera Liga side Levante on December 16. They signed Paul Pogba's older brother Mathias, 30, as a free agent in August.

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