Chelsea to make OFFICIAL announcement of first January transfer after latest Lampard admission

Chelsea are on the verge of announcing that long-serving Lucas Piazon is all set to leave the club this month.

Chelsea have been in the headlines alot over the past few weeks about players that could arrive, and players that could be leaving over the next few weeks, with Piazon a name that is no longer wanted at the club.

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, but is his time at the club seems to be coming towards a very abrupt end.

He has made 12 appearances for Rio Ave so far this season, but that loan spell looks set to end earlier than expected and he is about to agree a transfer deal to Portuguese giants FC Braga

Chelsea have not been busy this transfer window, so once the deal is announced, it will be the first transfer deal that the Blues have completed, and Frank Lampard has warned it could be difficult to further trim his squad, with the likes of Emerson, Fikayo Tomori and Jorginho all linked with moves away

“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.

“So it’s not simple. “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.”

The move has been a long-time coming for Piazon and many Chelsea fans will wish him the very best of luck. It is just a shame that such a gifted player never fulfilled his potential at the club