Chelsea opt against re-signing No.5 centre-half from PL rivals

Chelsea’s possible move for Nathan Ake is looking ‘increasingly unlikely’ as manager Frank Lampard confirmed Denmark international Andreas Christensen remains part of his plans.

Bournemouth centre-half Ake has been linked with a return to the Blues, where he played from 2011 until 2017, with Chelsea having a £40million buy-back option on the Netherlands international.

But according to The Sun, a swoop for Ake will not materialise unless Christensen is sold by the Blues and manager Frank Lampard confirmed a January departure was out of the question.

Speaking before Andreas played 90 minutes in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday, Frank said: ‘I can rule it out. I like Andreas as a player.

‘I’ve always liked him. I used to train with him and saw the talent coming through.

‘I want Andreas to be the best he can be. When you see the height, the athleticism and the quality on the ball. The reality is we have competition at centre-back here.

‘I have to choose on what I see and generally two of them won’t be happy.’

The Netherlands international has made just 13 appearances for the Blues this season across all competitions but has seemingly been handed a lifeline after his impressive display at the weekend.

Meanwhile, Ake played for the Cherries in a humiliating 3-0 home defeat against Watford on Sunday – Bournemouth are currently 19th in the PL table.

The 24-year-old moved to the south coast two years ago from Chelsea in a £20m move, but the west Londoners have the first refusal on signing the central defender.

Yet that option is due to expire in a couple of months, meaning Lampard might miss out on Ake if he opts not to pursue a deal before the transfer market shuts on January 31.

Chelsea reportedly plan to go all-in for Spain international Isco

Chelsea have reportedly their sights set on Real Madrid attacker Isco before the end of the month.

The west Londoners can add to their squad this month after their transfer embargo was lifted in December.

Frank Lampard is planning to add attacking options to his side after the departure of Belgium international Eden Hazard in the summer.

El Desmarque Madrid claim Isco is a major target for Chelsea, who are understood to be ‘doing everything’ to try and land Los Blancos star before the end of January.

The 27-year-old star has been out of favour under manager Zinedine Zidane but has impressed in the latest games after being brought back into the first-team fold.

The Blues are said to have already spoken to Isco’s representative about the possibility of a move to west London.

A Spanish outlet El Desmarque Madrid write Frank’s men are ready to bid €55 million (£47 million).

Chelsea want Isco to sit in front of holding midfielder N’Golo Kante, allowing the Frenchman to do the defensive side of the match.

Madrid want to keep the player in the capital, however. Owner Florentino Perez likes Isco and will only be persuaded by a significant offer in the summer.

The Spaniard has returned to form of late but Zidane is not taking credit for the player’s resurgence.

“I had no role in Isco’s recovery, I’m just glad about it. He has personality and wants to play. He doesn’t shy away from responsibility,” the Frenchman said.

“Today, the option was to put Isco and Modric on the inside to have more runs from the full-backs.

“It was the option for today. We can play with wingers, but we did it the other way around, with more central players and using the wings with our full-backs. It worked for us.

“We prepare really well for games, we understand them very well. We’re all together. In the end, it’s the players that play, that give everything on the pitch.”

Chelsea make transfer decision on Bournemouth centre-forward

Chelsea have reportedly decided that they will not launch an offer to prise Callum Wilson away from fellow Premier League side Bournemouth in their attempts to strengthen their attack.

The Blues currently sit in fourth place in the PL table as they continue to attempt and fend off the chasing pack in the battle for that last UEFA Champions League qualification spot.

Frank Lampard has relied heavily on youngster Tammy Abraham to lead the line for his side this campaign, with neither Michy Batshuayi nor Olivier Giroud getting a great deal of playing time.

For a club looking to compete on multiple fronts, that is certainly not an ideal situation as they could do with more quality depth in that area, but it doesn’t sound as though Callum will be the solution.

As reported by Sky Sports, as well as snubbing the idea of snapping up Nathan Ake, Chelsea are being tipped to opt against lodging a bid for his Bournemouth teammate.

However, it’s noted that in spite of scouting the forward, they will look at other targets instead and given he has managed just six goals in 24 games so far this term, that is arguably looking like a sensible decision from Chelsea.

Time will tell who is targeted instead by the Blues this month as they are free to sign players after their transfer ban was reduced, but it does not appear as though Wilson will be plying his trade at Chelsea any time soon.