Chelsea have a wishlist of potential managers to replace the current head coach Frank Lampard – and amongst the names already mentioned with the job is RB Leipzig leader Julian Nagelsmann, according to Christian Falk.
The board are rumoured to have been considering the future of the Englishman for some time now, with the Blues without a win in the top-flight in their last five games.
It is a run that has seen them drop down to ninth in the standings and owner Roman Abramovich is said to be considering potential replacements.
Several names have been linked with the position, from Thomas Tuchel to Brendan Rodgers, and a recent report from Christian Falk has stated that there is indeed a list of potential successors which include these bosses that have already been linked.
However, the list is also understood to include current RB Leipzig chief Julien Nagelsmann, a name that has been mentioned with the job in the past but not officially linked with the job as Massimiliano Allegri Ralph Hassenhuttl, Tuchel and Rodgers have recently.
Julian has managed two clubs thus far (not including his spells as a reserve team manager) in 1899 Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig.
He is yet to manage outside of Germany but his record showcases a head coach who could certainly be considered one of the best in Europe.
Although Nagelsmann has yet to win a trophy as a manager, his work in Germany’s first division has not gone unnoticed.
Danny Drinkwater is in Turkey, Istanbul to seal a loan move to Turkish Super Lig outfit Kasimpasa – and Chelsea will subsidise the midfielder’s salary to help complete the deal.
The 30-year-old Englishman has spent several months in the west London outfit’s Under-23s squad after failing to find a move last year.
Super Lig has been targeted as a place for the £35 million acquisition from Leicester Coty to rehabilitate his career, having played just seven senior matches in the last two and a half campaigns.
The star has eighteen months left on his deal and it is looking increasingly unlikely that Frank Lampard’s side can recoup much of the sum paid in 2017.
Chelsea are on a wider mission to trim down their roster and offload players this month, with loanees being sold and a few of senior team squad on the market.
Fikayo Tomori remains a target for the Serie A side AC Milan after they moved away from their strong interest in Strasbourg’s Mohamed Simakan to target the Englishman.
The Rossoneri have now asked for a £26 million option to buy as part of the deal, but Frank is reluctant to sell him who he had on loan at Derby County.
Chelsea have released Charlie Brown and Lucas Piazon from the loan group to permanently sign for Braga and MK Dons respectively, and are looking for solutions for other stars outside the first-team picture.
They could loan out Kepa Arrizabalaga or Marcos Alonso, but their high salaries have led to little interest from cash-strapped sides in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Frank Lampard insists the English midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has a future at Chelsea.
The 24-year-old star is spending the campaign on loan at Fulham and has impressed under manager Scott Parker.
Ruben made just nine appearances for Chelsea last campaign as he was recovering from a ruptured Achilles which Loftus-Cheek suffered in a post-season friendly in May 2019.
The star will be unable to feature in Fulham’s clash against Chelsea this weekend because of a clause in the loan agreement between the two sides.
But Frank says he has been impressed with the impact the towering midfielder has made at Craven Cottage.
‘He played well [against Tottenham] and I was really pleased to see that because when Ruben was getting fit and was with us, I felt like we missed him last year,’ said Frank.
‘And when Ruben was getting fit, I was excited because I know the attributes he has and I wanted those attributes at the club.
‘If he can keep that up hopefully through the season and if he can get back to where he was and more then I’ll be very happy and he’ll come back as our player, for sure.’
In other news, Chelsea could enter the fray to sign Beijing Guoan defender Kim Min-jae in the January market.
He has been linked with a move abroad and with his current contract at the Chinese side set to expire in December, the management could cash in on their prized asset should the right offer present itself.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Blues could swoop for the South Korean man in January but would need to fight off interest from league rivals, Tottenham Hotspur.