Here is your Chelsea morning digest on Sunday, January 10.
Blues to enter Upamecano race
Chelsea have become the latest club to express an interest in RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
Upamecano is one of the most sought-after centre-back talents in European football and reports have claimed he has a £40million release clause that becomes active in the summer.
Leipzig are determined to keep hold of the 22-year-old this month, but might not be able to do too much if clubs come looking for him once the season ends.
The report claims that Arsenal have previously held talks to sign the Frenchman, and Manchester United have been interested – while Liverpool are monitoring the situation.
Chelsea are the latest club to express their admiration of the highly-rated Upamecano, with doubts over the future of the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Fikayo Tomori and Andreas Christensen.
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Grant sends Abramovich message
Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant believes the club’s hierarchy should give Frank Lampard more time as manager, despite his side’s poor recent form.
There have been questions asked over Lampard ‘s future recently, with the Blues winning just one out of their last six Premier League outings.
His side have subsequently slipped to ninth in the table, but despite the poor recent showings, Grant has called on Roman Abramovich to give the current manager more time.
The ex-Blues boss said in an Instagram post: “What I can say to Frank and the others at the club is be patient, and more than this do whatever is necessary to do that for sure.
“Two things – never lose it even when things are going well, don’t lose your fighting spirit at the highest level. And second, don’t lose what you have here [points at head], you need to think right…