Chelsea news: £34 million Dembele bid, Azpilicueta's message and January deal nearing completion

Chelsea news: £34 million Dembele bid, Azpilicueta's message and January deal nearing completion
The latest news from Stamford Bridge as Chelsea prepare to take on Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.
Attention now turns to the FA Cup for Premier League and Championship teams, and it is no different for Chelsea.
The Blues drew 1-1 with Brighton in the Premier League on New Year's Day, with a spectacular overhead kick late on earning the Seagulls a point following Cesar Azpilicueta's first-half strike.
Frank Lampard's men may be happy for a break from league football as they prepare to take on Championship side Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup.
The midlands side will travel to Stamford Bridge looking to cause an upset , with Chelsea aiming to make it to the fourth round of the competition.
While you wait for the game, why not take a look at the latest Chelsea news, including some transfer updates?

Moussa Dembele bid 'rejected'

Reports on Thursday evening claim that Chelsea had had a bid of £34 million rejected for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, prompting the Frenchman's club to release a statement on his future.
“Olympique Lyonnais has taken note of certain information relayed by the media suggesting that Moussa Dembele could interest other clubs during this transfer window," it read.
“OL would like to reaffirm its wish, as in the summer of 2019, to keep Moussa Dembele.
“The club has full confidence in Moussa and counts in particular on him to build a successful team for the seasons to come.”

Azpilicueta's message to youngsters

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has backed his more inexperienced teammates to show consistency that will bring success to Chelsea.
"We cannot forget where most of them were last season," he said. "They were playing in different environments and circumstances. It is their first year in the Premier League and they are doing amazingly well, it is part of the process and we need to keep it all together.
"We are very happy that after the hard work from the academy coaches and staff that these young lads are having their opportunities. Some are coming back from loans; some are from the academy and directly now with us. It is part of their progress and I am sure that they will keep us growing as a team."

First January transfer?

Chelsea defender Josh Grant's permanent move to Plymouth Argyle looks set to be the first bit of business completed by Frank Lampard in January.
The 21-year-old has impressed for Ryan Lowe's side on loan this season, and the manager has confirmed that the Pilgrims are in talks with Chelsea over making the switch a permanent one.

Michy Batshuayi future

Another player who has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge over the last 24 hours is striker Michy Batshuayi.
Reports suggest that relegation threatened Aston Villa have made an enquiry about possibly taking the Belgian on loan until the end of the season, although Crystal Palace are still also said to retain interest in the forward.

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