Chelsea to announce their first signing of January transfer window

Latest Chelsea news includes reports from Portugal claiming the Blues are set to confirm their first deal of the January transfer with the exit of a forgotten forward.

Chelsea are yet to make a move in the January transfer window.

But that could be about to change as reports in Portugal claim Lucas Piazon’s move to Braga is expected to be made official very soon.

In addition, it’s stated that the 26-year-old has already agreed terms with the Portuguese side and all that remains is an announcement on a loan or permanent switch.

Piazon has now entered the final six months of his contract at Stamford Bridge, but with him having the option of an extra year means that Chelsea can cash-in on him and receive a transfer fee, opposed to losing him for free in the summer.

The forward is somewhat of a forgotten man at Stamford Bridge with his only Premier League outing come in the memorable 8-0 win over Aston Villa back in December 2012.

He has made 12 appearances for Rio Ave so far this season, but that loan spell looks set to end earlier than expected.

Once the deal is confirmed, it will be the Blues first deal of any kind in the January window and head coach Frank Lampard has warned it could be difficult to further trim his squad.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, Fikayo Tomori, Jorginho and Marcos Alonso have been linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge, but it remains to be seen if the club can find the right buyers.

“We’ll see what happens with the squad because we’re in a very tough time in terms of Covid and how the transfer market looks,” Lampard said during his pre-Morecambe press conference.

“So anything that happens, player by player, would have to be right for the club, for the player, dependent on contracts, and then myself.

“Generally, you want to have a squad that has a real balance to it, one that enables players to get minutes but also have good competition at the same time.

“I’m not saying this negatively about my players because I have a human side to me that understands why players are unhappy when they are not playing.

“I see that.

“But I just can’t make the decision to play everyone and that can be challenging.”

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