Chelsea look to shift West Ham’s stance over Declan Rice, though it appears to be a tough negotiation at this stage with the Hammers desperate to retain the England international. The main business in the coming days appears to be through the exit as Frank Lampard prepares to slim down his squad.
The stunning summer in the market has seen the arrivals of Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz and Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell joined Hakim Ziyech of Ajax and Timo Werner of RB Leipzig while defenders Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr arrived on free transfers from Ligue 1.
Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is set to arrive from Rennes imminently, with Kepa Arrizabalaga failing to show any signs of improvement against Brighton on Monday. Emerson appears destined to leave with Inter Milan and West Ham keen, as Marcos Alonso looks set to remain and compete with Chilwell for game time.
MENDY MOVE IMMINENT
Chelsea’s signing of Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is set to be announced in the coming days according to talkSPORT.
They say the move is all but complete with an agreement made for the 28-year-old in the region of £18m.
Reports from France say the deal has been held up as Rennes are trying to bring Fikayo Tomori over to the club as part of the deal.
Michael Jones16 September 2020 09:15
CHELSEA EYE VERONA STAR
Chelsea are in the hunt to sign Hellas Verona’s Marash Kumbulla, according to L’Arena in Italy.
The Blues will battle it out with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, while Inter Milan, Lazio and Roma have also been linked with the 20-year-old following a breakthrough season in Serie A.
The Albanian, 20, could cost as much as €30m, though Roma would perhaps take him on loan with an obligation to buy next year, reports Fabrizio Romano.
Jack Rathborn16 September 2020 09:04
LAMPARD DEFENDS LOFTUS-CHEEK
Frank Lampard has defended Ruben Loftus-Cheek from criticism and called for patience over the midfielder, highlighting his lengthy absence with injury.
Gary Neville claimed Chelsea would eventually “cash in” on Loftus-Cheek, and that the midfielder has repeatedly failed to take the chances offered to him.
Loftus-Cheek suffered an achilles injury in the summer of 2019 and missed most of last season.
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Alex Jennings15 September 2020 16:48
CHELSEA LEGEND BACK IN ENGLAND
Branislav Ivanovic has been confirmed as a West Brom player.
He returns to England for the first time since leaving Chelsea for Zenit St Petersburg in 2017.
Ivanovic was a free agent, and has signed a one-year deal.
Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher is expected to link up with the Serb on a season-long loan.
Alex Jennings15 September 2020 16:15
CHELSEA MATCH WHOLE BUNDESLIGA FOR SPENDING
Chelsea’s summer spending is almost identical to that of the entire Bundesliga combined.
Transfermarkt place Chelsea’s spending at €223 million, and the 18 Bundesliga clubs’ at €224 million.
Chelsea signed Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz for £75 million and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner for £48 million earlier this summer.
They are expected to add Edouard Mendy to their list of summer signings, which also includes Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech.
Alex Jennings15 September 2020 15:30
GIROUD STILL ON RADAR
Sky Sports believe Olivier Giroud is still on Juventus’ radar, but will only be signed if Andrea Pirlo misses out on his preferred targets Luis Suarez and Edin Dzeko.
Roma’s attempt to sign Arkadiusz Milik from Napoli will be key to Dzeko’s future. It is unlikely they will sanction the sale of Dzeko without first securing a replacement.
A deal for Milik on loan with an obligation to buy is apparently close, but not yet completed.
Alex Jennings15 September 2020 15:20
KUMBULLA TO ROMA
Further confirmation from Fabrizio Romano that rumoured Chelsea target Marash Kumbulla is heading to Roma, on a five-year deal.
Alex Jennings15 September 2020 15:10
GALLAGHER TO SIGN NEW DEAL
Conor Gallagher will sign a new contract at Chelsea before heading to West Brom on loan, report the Daily Mail.
Gallagher is set to join the Baggies for a season. Aston Villa and Leeds were also interested in his signature, after a loan to Crystal Palace broke down following their signing of Michy Batshuayi.
Slaven Bilic’s relationship with Frank Lampard was reportedly key to sealing the deal.
Bilic called Lampard several times to persuade him West Brom was the perfect destination for Gallagher.
Alex Jennings15 September 2020 14:58
BAKAYOKO DEAL STALLS
Tuttosport claim the deal to bring Chelsea outcast Tiemoue Bakayoko back to AC Milan is in limbo, with the two clubs unable to agree on a fee.
Bakayoko is keen to return to Milan, where he spent the 2018-19 season on loan.
The midfielder was an exciting purchase when Chelsea picked him up for £40 million in 2017.
Bakayoko starred in the Monaco side that enjoyed an unlikely run to the Champions League semi-final and won Ligue 1, alongside Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho and Bernardo Silva.
But he never settled in the Premier League, and was cast out to Milan, then back to Monaco, on season-long loans.
Milan reportedly want to sign Bakayoko on another loan, with an option of €20 million, while Chelsea would prefer a permanent deal and a higher transfer fee.
Tuttosport name Boubakary Soumare as an alternative Milan are considering.
Alex Jennings15 September 2020 14:30
NEVILLE ASSESSES LOFTUS-CHEEK FUTURE
Jack Rathborn15 September 2020 14:04