It’s almost matchday for Chelsea.
The Blues return to Premier League action on Saturday as they face Aston Villa away from home in what is a massive game at both ends of the table.
Following back-to-back wins over Liverpool and Everton at home, head coach Frank Lampard will be hopeful of guiding his side to three wins in a row across all competitions.
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As ever, football.london will have all the build up to the game at Villa Park where victory for the Blues would move them even closer to sealing a top-four finish in Frank Lampard’s first season back at the club.
And with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in action 24 hours later, the west London outfit can make a statement with victory in the Midlands.
With that said, here’s all the news from around Stamford Bridge over the past 24 hours.
Chelsea’s £12.5m transfer mistake
Mario Pasalic – on loan at Atalanta – is through to the latter stages of the Champions League after helping the Serie A side to overcome Valencia over two legs in the round of 16.
The Croatia international is responsible for Frank Lampard potentially receiving a welcome windfall which will help to boost his summer transfer budget at the Bridge.
According to the Guardian, Atalanta will take up the option to turn Pasalic’s loan move into a permanent transfer at the end of the season in a deal worth €15m (£12.5m) which will come in handy after splashing out £33.4m to agree a deal with Ajax for the signing of Hakim Ziyech when the summer transfer window opens.
Mario Pasalic (R) scores against Manchester City (Image: Miguel MEDINA / AFP)
But are the west London outfit making a mistake by not recalling Pasalic?
Well, some Blues supporters think this is the case as Pasalic has seven assists across all competitions so far this season, two of which have come in European football’s elite club tournament and he also…