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Chelsea news LIVE updates: All the latest news and transfer gossip from Stamford Bridge

Sunday, March 8

  • Tammy Abraham has rejected Chelsea’s latest contract offer
  • Chelsea are continuing to monitor Porto defender Alex Telles
  • Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is ready to ditch record flop Kepa Arrizabalaga
  • The Blues could replace him with Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Tammy Abraham contract

Tammy Abraham has rejected Chelsea’s latest contract offer.

That’s according to The Mirror, who claim the 22-year-old wants parity with Chelsea’s other top players.

Abraham’s current contract is reportedly worth £50,000-per-week at Stamford Bridge and is set to expire in June 2022.

Talks are ongoing between the two parties – but with Callum Hudson-Odoi’s latest deal worth an estimated £180,000-a-week and Christian Pulisic earning £150,000-a-week – Abraham expects a salary on a similar level to his colleagues.

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Wanted: Alex Telles

Chelsea are continuing to monitor Porto defender Alex Telles.

The Blues were linked with Telles, 27, during the January transfer window but a deal failed to materialise with Frank Lampard’s side failing to sign anyone.

Now, Portuguese newspaper A Bola claim the interest is still there with Premier League rivals Leicester also sniffing around.

Telles, who has scored 21 goals and provided 52 assists in 182 appearances for Porto, has less than 15 months remaining on his current contract.

Despite that, Porto are holding firm and expect any potential suitor to trigger his £34million release clause.

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  • Chelsea ready to sign Barcelona star Ter Stegen as Kepa replacement

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to Chelsea

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is ready to ditch record flop Kepa Arrizabalaga after dropping him following a series of disappointing displays.

Real Madrid are weighing up a move for Arrizabalaga which would then open the door for Lampard to bring in a big-name replacement.

The Blues have taken a look at Cameron international Andre Onana, who looks set to quit Dutch outfit Ajax at the end of the season.

They have also scouted AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma who is also on the wanted list of Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.

And they have now been alerted to German international Marc-Andre ter Stegen who is carefully weighing up his future with Barcelona after falling out with Lionel Messi.

Chelsea vs Everton

Chelsea could be without nine frontline players.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (hamstring) is doubtful along with Mateo Kovacic and Willian (both Achilles). Jorginho starts a two-match ban, N’Golo Kante (adductor) and Tammy Abraham (ankle) are also out while Andreas Christensen (knock), Christian Pulisic (adductor), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Achilles) are doubts.

Everton will be without full-back Seamus Coleman, who is expected to miss at least the next two matches with the thigh problem.

Lucas Digne has recovered from a calf problem but Cenk Tosun has joined Morgan Schneiderlin (also knee) and Jean-Philippe Gbamin (thigh) as a long-term absentee.

Erm…

Chelsea fans will be dismayed to hear they are not highly thought of among the rest of the Premier League fanbase, with a new study suggesting supporters think the Chelsea faithful are the quietest of the major top-flight clubs.

The Blues crowd have also been branded posher than their rivals, with the survey revealing exactly what fans think of each other in five key categories.

Football match ticket provider LiveFootballTickets.com have researched the most talked about fanbases, identifying the top five most popular teams ranked according to average UK monthly search volumes.

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