Live updates on Chelsea transfers and news: Victor Osimhen’s message, Christopher Nkunku’s comeback, and Palmer being benched

It’s the big day! In an attempt to recover from their 4-1 loss to Newcastle United at St. James’ Park last week, Chelsea will play Brighton at Stamford Bridge this afternoon. Mauricio Pochettino has been given two significant injury boosts ahead of the match.

Romeo Lavia and Christopher Nkunku, who both returned to training this week and have not yet made their formal club debuts since joining in the summer, might both play against Roberto De Zerbi’s team. The Blues may move as low as 13th in the standings with a loss, while a victory would see them rise back into the top half.

The Blues will play eight games in December, including three in six days around Christmas and a Carabao Cup quarterfinal against the Magpies. The season has only begun.

In other news, the Blues’ hopes of acquiring forwards Victor Osimhen and Ivan Toney before the January transfer window closes have taken two severe knocks. The Napoli star is expected to ink a new contract, and Brentford manager Thomas Frank is still optimistic that Toney will play for the team until the end of the campaign.

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Zola expresses his opinion!

Victor Osimhen has been called the “perfect fit” for Real Madrid by Gianfranco Zola. After making an impact in the Serie A and Champions League, the Napoli striker has been strongly linked to a move to Chelsea.

“There are many big names such as [Kylian] Mbappe, Erling Haaland, and even Osimhen, who I see as a perfect fit for Real Madrid,” Zola stated to Korea. Given his skill and disposition, Mbappe seems like the ideal choice, but he is more of a winger than a striker, thus I think Osimhen or Haaland would make better center forwards.”

Footballer Osimhen was desired by Chelsea in the summer. London is aware, but Nicolas Jackson was signed from Villarreal since Napoli was keen to hang onto their lucky charm. The Nigerian international was reportedly seen by the West Londoners as someone who could have changed the team’s goal-scoring woes, but signing him proved challenging in the absence of Champions League qualification.

The reason behind Palmer’s absence…

The reason behind Cole Palmer’s exclusion from Chelsea’s lineup against Brighton has been disclosed by Mauricio Pochettino. The 21-year-old midfielder has rapidly established himself as a vital member of the Blues after moving from the Etihad Stadium to Stamford Bridge late in the summer transfer window.

The Chelsea manager stated, “We don’t want to take a risk. He felt something during the week,” in an interview with Sky Sports. We don’t want to take a chance since we have too many games left to play and are about to enter a very busy time.”

 

Palmer took a benching

For his team’s afternoon match against Brighton, Mauricio Pochettino has made two changes from the Chelsea lineup that was defeated by Newcastle United. Cole Palmer will start today’s game from the bench, which is major news.

Palmer has been one of the Blues’ best players lately, so many people were surprised to hear that he was benched. Christopher Nkunku, too, is left out of the matchday roster despite some optimism following Pochettino’s remarks on Friday.

Mykhailo Mudryk makes an uncommon starting appearance for the Ukrainian. For the first game since the October 21 match with Arsenal, Mudryk starts.

Berbatov adds his voice.

Dimitar Berbatov predicted in an interview with Betfair that Chelsea will hold Brighton to a draw this afternoon. “I don’t even know how to characterize Chelsea anymore,” the former striker for Manchester United and Tottenham stated in an interview.”They go to sleep, wake up, and then doze off again. I have no idea what kind of season they believe they are in at the moment. It’s not good enough, in my opinion, for what they want to do.”Brighton, on the other hand, is content with their standing at the table, though they may be higher given that there are still points available. I will attempt a draw.”

 

Newcastle to get Lukaku?

Romelu Lukaku, a striker wanted by Chelsea, is the target of a surprise bid by Newcastle United. After failing to have an effect on the field at Stamford Bridge, the Belgian is presently on loan at AS Roma.

According to Belgian publication Voetbalkrant, the striker is viewed by the Magpies as the perfect addition to their offensive line for the upcoming campaign. Due to the double injury blow to their two current forwards, Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson, Eddie Howe’s team may have to make changes for the upcoming season.

Lukaku’s form for Roma has resulted in the Italian giants considering a permanent move. A report from Calciomercato earlier this season claimed Mourinho’s side were seeking an alternative to the £37million fee and could offer ex-Blues striker Tammy Abraham.

 

De Zerbi lets out his annoyance

It has been acknowledged by Roberto De Zerbi that Moises Caicedo leaving Brighton to join Chelsea disappointed him. The Seagulls manager asserted that he had “already forgotten” about the player when it was revealed that the Blues outbid Liverpool to sign him.

“I am sorry to lose great players,” De Zerbi stated in an interview with TNT Sports. I am unhappy, Caicedo and Mac Allister. However, I am completely aware of the club’s policy and the location where I work. We have four attackers in our game.

“Last season Mac Allister often played as a number 10, and so we had more control of the game. Now, we are playing with four attackers – Joao Pedro, Ansu Fati, Evan Ferguson, and [Danny] Welbeck. They are not a number 10. When they get the ball, they want to score.”

Crap dig!

Ahead of Brighton’s trip to Stamford Bridge, Pascal Gross has made a cunning jab at Chelsea. The Seagulls midfielder was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “They have taken a lot of our players from us.” On the field, it makes no difference that they have more money than us. “Brighton is a happy place,” the Seagulls midfielder continued. “I focus on my club; I don’t know about Chelsea. Brighton is a pleasant location. We are expanding. We defend one another in battle. There are a ton of wonderful people and exciting things ahead.”

 

Erik ten Hag’s caution

Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, has received advice from former USMNT defender Janusz Michallik not to sign Timo Werner, a former Chelsea attacker, in a move that would bring the German back to the Premier League.

After making an impression for Bundesliga team RB Leipzig, the former Blues striker joined Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge in 2020, but he ultimately failed to live up to expectations in front of goal for Chelsea. In 89 games throughout two seasons, he scored just 23 goals for the Blues, although he did contribute to the team’s victories in the UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup, and second Champions League.

 

The message from Todd Boehly to the fans

Chelsea’s owner, Todd Boehly, has sent out a message to the team’s supporters before Sunday afternoon’s Premier League matchup at Stamford Bridge versus Brighton.

After acquiring the team in May 2022, the Blues owner’s relationship with the supporters has been erratic. Boehly seemed to have his job cut out for him in England after the appalling beginning to his tenure at the club, which resulted in Chelsea’s lowest league finish in nearly thirty years, during which three different managers came and went.

Following in the footsteps of one of the most beloved – and most-winning – owners in world football is no easy feat, but to do it in the manner in which Roman Abramovich’s ‘forced’ sale of the club came about has made it especially difficult. Despite many arguing against his project which has seen young players arriving over three transfer windows in big-money deals, and his insistence on using a US-style contract system that has meant stars signing on for up to eight and a half years, the future is still bright.

 

Osimhen setback

Arsenal and Chelsea’s chance of signing Napoli star Victor Osimhen has taken a huge blow following Napoli club president Aurelio De Laurentiis’ revelation about a new contract for the player.

The striker has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League ahead of the January transfer window. Both Chelsea and Arsenal are understood to be keen on signing a new No.9 next month ahead of a vital second half of the 2023/24 season.

football.  London understands the Blues wanted to sign Osimhen in the summer, but Napoli were determined to hold onto their star man. The Gunners have been touted as the likeliest move for Osimhen with Mikel Arteta’s side competing for the Premier League title and UEFA Champions League.

 

Latest injury news…

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping to welcome back both Christopher Nkunku and Romeo Lavia to Stamford Bridge this weekend as his Blues look to grab a second win of the season over Brighton at SW6.

The French international is now set for contention after recovering from a knee injury he suffered during pre-season in August and is ready to potentially make his full Chelsea debut this afternoon. Lavia, on the other hand, has returned to training but is said to be behind Nkunku in terms of recovery from an ankle issue.

Elsewhere, Malo Gusto could miss out this weekend as he continues his recovery from a knee injury sustained in November while Wesley Fofana, Trevoh Chalobah, Carney Chukwuemeka, and Ben Chilwell are among the longer-term injury concerns the Blues are still facing.

With all that being said, football.  London has the latest from the Blues treatment room.

 

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