12pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Lampard job ‘at risk’, Rice LATEST, Giroud to Juventus link, Donnarumma talks


The Premier League will be allowed to continue behind closed doors despite England going back into a national lockdown.

PM Boris Johnson addressed the nation last night to confirm tighter restrictions across the country but there is an exemption for elite sport, meaning professional football will carry on.

Pressure is mounting on Frank Lampard as his side’s dire run of form continues.

His side have won just one of their last seven matches – losing four of their last six – and he is among the favourites to be the next top-flight manager sacked, although SunSport understands he is not in immediate danger of the axe.

A SunSport poll suggested the majority of fans want Roman Abramovich to stick by the legendary midfielder for the time being.

However, should they decide to get rid, Thomas Tuchel would likely be the No1 choice to replace him.

The German was sacked by PSG last month, despite taking the club to the Champions League final in August.

And that appointment would be popular with the supporters as 29 per cent want Tuchel.

Julian Nagelsmann, Brendan Rodgers and Max Allegri have also been touted while Andriy Shevchenko’s name was also thrown into the ring.

Phil Thompson revealed Lampard and Shevchenko’s former team-mate John Terry came close to joining Liverpool in 2003 before staying put in West London.

Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo opened the door for a transfer for Olivier Giroud this month as the Frenchman struggles for consistent game time.

When asked about a potential move for Giroud, Pirlo told DAZN: “He’d be handy!”

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The Blues look to have missed out on David Alaba with the Austrian set to join Real Madrid for free at the end of the season.

And ex-striker Diego Costa would reportedly ‘love’ a return to the Premier League with Wolves keen on the free agent.



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