Messi tussle with Blues ‘in equation’, Alaba targeted, Roberto Carlos ‘nearly joined’


Early-season London derbies don’t get much bigger than this.

Chelsea will finish the weekend as Premier League leaders if they beat second-placed Tottenham this afternoon and ruin boss Jose Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge.

And with exciting Yank Christian Pulisic expected to be fit, Blues’ chief Frank Lampard could well have a full squad to pick from.

Pulisic was revving up nicely to peak form before being sidelined with a hamstring injury a month ago.

Close-season recruits Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva should also be back after being rested for last weekend’s Prem win at Newcastle.

But the mood amongst many Blues’ fans has been soured after the club revealed £75 ticket prices for the home clash with Leeds next Saturday – when 2,000 supporters will be allowed in

Chelsea Supporters Trust (CST) slated the “clear exploitation of supporter loyalty”.

The CST also said it had believed “tickets would be sold on 50 per cent loyalty points and 50 per cent on a first come, first served basis” – not through a ballot.

They added: “The CST is also appalled to learn that this price is the highest that any PL club is charging for tickets.”

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Gimenez is again being linked with the Blues following reported interest in the summer.

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