Surprise names to face man city, Boehly example for Liverpool

Chelsea news and transfers: The latest Blues news on matchday ahead of the trip to Manchester City

The Blues are in action tonight for the penultimate match ahead of the winter World Cup break. Things don’t let up for Graham Potter though as Manchester City lay waiting in the Carabao Cup.

The new manager will need to rotate his squad for the trip to the Etihad though as he balances a host of unwanted injury issues that continue to plague the team and that could lead the way for some youth minutes.

Elsewhere, there’s more on Liverpool’s sale as FSG welcome new shareholders. Todd Boehly is eight months removed from learning that Chelsea had been put up for sale and he may have had an accidental impact on the events in Merseyside.

Potter gives green light

Graham Potter has given the green light for Chelsea to move for Rennes forward Martin Terrier, according to Jeunes Footeux.

Reece James breaks silence on England squad World Cup omission

Reece James has broken his silence on his omission from the England squad ahead of the World Cup later this month. The 22-year-old defender was a huge doubt for the international tournament after suffering a knee injury in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over AC Milan last month.

Taking to Twitter, James revealed his despair at missing out on representing the Three Lions in Qatar while also providing an update on his absence. He wrote: “Devastated. The minute I injured my knee, I knew the turn around to make the World Cup would be tight, but I always felt it was possible.

“I’ve worked harder than I ever thought I could to give myself the best chance of going and truly believed | could help the team. I appreciate there was risk on both sides but it was one I was willing to take. Good luck to the boys. I’ll be back soon. Stay safe & sending love.”

Haaland transfer trick hands Man City advantage over Chelsea in Bellingham race

Chelsea look to be at a huge disadvantage in the race to sign Jude Bellingham. The 19-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League for some time now as he continues to impress at Borussia Dortmund.

Pep Guardiola’s side are believed to have a strong relationship with Dortmund which could hand them a huge advantage in negotiations. Mike Keegan of the Daily Mail has stated that it’s likely Bellingham ‘ends up’ at the Etihad Stadium.

He claims that the two clubs have a ‘very strong’ relationship following Erling Haaland’s move to City in the summer. The Premier League champions activated a €60million (£51.2m) release clause in the Norway international’s contract.

Mike Keegan adds that ‘initial conversations’ between City and Dortmund regarding Bellingham’s future have already taken place. In the meantime, the German side’s head coach Edin Terzic has predicted the midfielder to