The Blues make the long trip to St James’ Park to take on Steve Bruce’s Magpies, with Chelsea sitting comfortably in the top four in the Premier League, five points above Manchester United in fifth. Frank Lampard’s men will be hoping to strengthen their position in the top four with another positive result, having won 3-0 against Burnley at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
But with the Blues preparing for the game against Newcastle, there continues to be speculation over possible incomings and outgoings in the January transfer window, with a little more than two weeks until the deadline. Below, we take a look at the latest Chelsea news, including a couple of transfer stories from the past 24 hours.
Christian Pulisic boost Christian Pulisic has given a positive update on his adductor injury as he eyes a return to the Chelsea first team. The American international has not featured for the Blues since the 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on New Year’s Day, with Callum Hudson-Odoi coming into the side in his absence and impressing with goals in his last two games. But Pulisic has confirmed that he is nearing a return as he reflected on his first campaign in England so far.
“It’s been almost a week, and I’m just kind of taking it day by day,” Pulisic told ESPN . “I’m just rehabbing every day. I’m doing my best to be back in the next week, the next couple weeks. “I don’t think it should be too long, so I’m just working every day, doing everything I can to be back on the pitch. “Everyone says I’m going to go into the Premier League, it’s a big change, it’s tough. It’s a league where there’s definitely a lot of games, a lot of stuff going on, and it wasn’t easy for me at the beginning, of course
Nathan Ake transfer decision Chelsea have been strongly linked with a number of players in the January transfer window so far. One of those is Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake, who joined the Cherries from Chelsea back in June 2017 in a deal worth around �20million. There is a buy-back clause that would allow Chelsea to re-sign the Dutchman for �40million, which has fuelled speculation over a possible move from the Blues to bring the defender back to Stamford Bridge.
However, as reported by football.london , a January move is unlikely due to the player’s �40 million price tag. And Sky Sports have reported that Lampard has dropped his interest in the defender and is focusing his attention on other targets in the January transfer window. It is well documented that Lampard favours a high defensive line and it is understood that the main concern was that Ake wouldn’t be able to adjust to those demands
Moussa Dembele message Another player who has been strongly linked with a move to west London this month is Lyon forward Moussa Dembele. The former France U21 international has impressed in Ligue 1 since moving to Lyon from Celtic back in 2018 for �19.7million, bagging 15 league goals last season and scoring eleven times in 19 league matches this term. That has led to speculation over his future, with several clubs reportedly interested in signing him, including Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United.
However, Dembele has previously spoken about his desire to stay put and that has now been echoed by the club. Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has told RMC : “We have not changed our minds. We already made this issue clear in August. Moussa is an excellent player. A player who we need. We are taking explicit measures in our recruitment to not bring s