Chelsea returned to the road this weekend as they travel to face Newcastle United in the northeast.
The Blues make the long journey to St James’ Park to face Steve Bruce’s Magpies, with Chelsea comfortably sitting in the top four in the Premier League, five points above Manchester United in fifth.
Frank Lampard’s men hope 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 is still speculation about possible entry and exit in the January transfer window, with just over two weeks until the deadline.
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Below, we take a look at the latest Chelsea news, including a couple of transfer stories from the past 24 hours.
Boost Christian Pulisic
Christian Pulisic gave a positive update on his adductor injury as he watches a return to Chelsea’s first team.
The American international is no longer present for the Blues since the 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on New Year’s Day, with Callum Hudson-Odoi who has sided with his absence and has hit with goals in his last two games.
But Pulisic has confirmed that he is approaching a return while reflecting so far on his first campaign in England.
“Almost a week has passed and I am taking it almost every day,” Pulisic told ESPN. “I’m just remodeling every day. I’m doing my best to come back in the next week, the next two weeks.
“I don’t think it should be too long, so I’m just working every day, doing everything I can to get back on the pitch.
“Everyone says I will go to the Premier League, it is a great change, it is difficult. It is a championship in which there are certainly many games, many things going on, and it was not easy for me at the beginning, obviously.
Transfer decision by Nathan Ake
So far Chelsea have been heavily linked with a number of players in the January transfer window.
One of them is Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake, who joined Chelsea cherries in June 2017 with a deal worth around £ 20m.
There is a repurchase clause that would allow Chelsea to sign the Dutchman again for £ 40 million, which has fueled speculation about a possible move by 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.
And Sky Sports has reported that Lampard has given up his interest in the defender and is focusing his attention on other targets in the January transfer window.
It is well documented that Lampard favors a high defensive line and it is understood that the main concern was that Ake would not be able to adapt to these requests.
Message from Moussa Dembele
Another player who has been heavily linked to a move to West London this month is Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.
France’s former U21 international has impressed in Ligue 1 since moving to Lyon from Celtic in 2018 for £ 19.7 million, scoring 15 league goals last season and scoring eleven times in 19 league games during this period .
This has led to speculation about his future, with several clubs that would be interested in signing it, including Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United.
However, Dembele has already talked about his desire to stay still and has now been taken over by the club.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas told RMC: “We have not changed our minds. We have already clarified this problem in August. Moussa is an excellent player. A player we need. We are taking explicit measures in our recruitment so as not to bring someone who will compete for his position.
“It’s not a question of money. Moussa will be with us.”