7am Chelsea news LIVE: Ake transfer return, Villa eye Pedro in summer, Dembele wanted in January after ban lifted – The Sun

FRANK LAMPARD goes into a huge week trying to pick his team up after a tough defeat on Merseyside.

The Blues were beaten 3-1 by a rejuvenated Toffees side – but now face Lille for a place in the Champions League knockout stages.

Meanwhile, away from the pitch, the club have seen their transfer ban lifted, meaning they can now sign players in January – and among those they are targeting are former defender Nathan Ake and Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele.

Follow all the latest from West London below… 

  • CHELSEA are heading a make-or-break week in their season.

    The Blues welcome Lille to the Bridge in a massive Champions League clash, with a victory set to take them into the knockout stages.

    Frank Lampard is reportedly considering a move to re-sign centre-back Nathan Ake.

    The defender was sold to the Cherries for £20million back in 2017 when Antonio Conte was in charge.

    And The Telegraph claim that Lamps is mulling over a £40million move to bring Ake back to the Bridge.

    Aston Villa are preparing to make a shock move for Chelsea star Pedro, according to reports.

    The Spanish winger is out of contract at the end of the season and could be available for a cut-priced fee.

    And according to The Telegraph, Dean Smith is hopeful of securing a deal when the transfer window reopens in January.

    Chelsea have reportedly met with the agent of Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele with a view to signing him in January.

    The Blues are buzzing after learning that their appeal against a transfer ban had been successful.

    They are now free to bring players in when the transfer window re-opens in January.

    And Dembele, who has had a mixed time of things since joining Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund for £138million, is believed to be on Chelsea's shopping list.

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