Southampton starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is understood to prefer a move to Stamford Bridge over any other Premier League destination, according to the Daily Mail.
The 17-year-old has been integral to the Saints’ push for promotion this term, scoring seven goals in 28 appearances, and is believed to be swaying towards a move to Chelsea, the team he supported as a boy, if they came knocking.
His latest strike for the St Mary’s outfit came against Oldham in their 6-0 win on Tuesday night and the midfielder has been linked with a host of elite English clubs throughout January.
Subotic talks begin.
Chelsea has entered talks with Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic, with it sneaking in under the noses of rivals Manchester United, the Daily Mail claims.
According to the German daily, Bild, the Blues have started a potential bidding war with the Premiership leaders, by submitting a bid of £17.5m for the 22-year-old.
Carlo Ancelotti experienced problems in the defensive third earlier this season, with first-choice pairing John Terry and Alex both suffering major injuries, and the Italian can ill-afford a reoccurrence of such depletion again.
While the fee is thought to be excessive it is seen as an investment as the Serbian is relatively young he would be a natural successor to Terry.
Bosingwa Milan bound.
Milan is planning a move for Jose Bosingwa during the January transfer window, the Daily Mirror understands.
The Portuguese right-back contract runs out at the end of the season and Carlo Ancelotti would want to re-coup some of what they paid for him rather than the 28-year-old leaving for free in the summer.
He suffered a knee injury in 2009 that kept him out for the entire season and out of the World Cup in 2010, he has only just regained full fitness.
Bosingwa joined the Blues from FC Porto for a fee off £16.3m, following an impressive Euro 2008.
Lampard has injury concerns.
Frank Lampard will need to pay caution to his fitness for the foreseeable future, the Telegraph reports, if he is to avoid further lengthy lay-offs as he suffered in the first half of this season.
The 32-year-old went for a routine hernia operation at the end of August but the England midfielder subsequently spent the last three months out of action.
“I’ve got to try to keep it strong because I’ve got a weakness there,” Lampard said. “My tendon came off the bone and it doesn’t go back, you just have to stay very strong in that area.”
This news only reiterates the importance of Carlo Ancelotti strengthening his squad in January, as Lampard rarely missed a game for Chelsea – playing more than 40 per year in the past nine seasons.