Chelsea go for goalkeeper Henderson, promised to double wages
Chelsea are looking to bring Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson to Stamford Bridge next season, report the Manchester Evening News.
Frank Lampard and Chelsea have reportedly promised to double the Englishman’s wages should he sign after an impressive season on loan with Sheffield United.
Meanwhile, the Mail have also reported United are set for sit down talks with Henderson next week.
Latest update on Kai Havertz’ Chelsea deal
Chelsea are making progress in their move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz and Frank Lampard is increasingly confident of landing the 21-year-old.
Lampard has identified Havertz as one of his top transfer targets and reports in Germany suggest he has agreed personal terms on a switch to Stamford Bridge.
Havertz is valued at around £70million.
An agreement is yet to be reached between Chelsea and Leverkusen but the Blues have emerged as the frontrunners to sign Havertz ahead of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, and Lampard is closing in on a deal to make him the latest exciting young addition to his squad at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea, who are on course to secure a Champions League spot and will face Arsenal in the FA Cup Final, have already signed Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech for next season.
Lampard is also targeting defensive reinforcements and possibly a new goalkeeper, with question marks over the future of Kepa Arrizabalaga.
latest update on Declan Rice as West Ham set to retain the midfielder
David Moyes says it would take “Bank of England money” to prise Declan Rice from West Ham this summer and that he has no intention of letting the midfielder go.
London rivals Chelsea are keen on bringing Rice back to the club which released him aged 14 as Frank Lampard looks to address his leaky defence ahead of next season.
Moyes, however, sees Rice as a vital part of his plans – alongside Tomas Soucek – going forward and wants to see him take the armband from captain Mark Noble when he retires in the years to come. However, the Scot did concede that the Hammers could face a big decision should someone like Chelsea make a move.
“I’m confident he will be here [next season] because he’s under contract,” Moyes said of Rice’s future. “But like anything else, whatever club you’re at even the biggest clubs sometimes sell their best players because they get the right value.
“But my intention is not to sell Declan at all, my intention is to keep him. But we can’t stop other clubs making offers, but the truth is we’ve had no offers or nothing, nobody has come to us.
“He’s a really good player and I see him helping us, and I hope he sees what we are trying to do. We’re going to try and add better players and add things to it which would make him excited about being at West Ham in the future.”
“If somebody then turns up and offers you a bundle-load of cash then that’s a club decision, but if you sign a five-year deal anywhere… if you sign a five-year deal with your company then you know you’re probably there for five years, it’s no different for football players unless somebody comes along and poaches you.
“My plan is, you know what I think of Declan, I think he is a future captain of West Ham going forward. When Mark Noble comes to an end then hopefully it will be Declan Rice, so we’ve no intention of letting him go. If it does come it will need to be the Bank of England money.”
Frank Lampard wants Kepa Arrizabalaga to prove he can succeed at Chelsea
Frank Lampard has challenged Kepa Arrizabalaga to become the goalkeeper who defines his new era at Chelsea.
The Blues paid a record £72million for a keeper when bringing Kepa to west London from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.
The 25-year-old is yet to convince manager Lampard that he is Chelsea’s long-term keeper however, with the Blues running the rule over a number of potential summer recruits.
Now technical director at Stamford Bridge, Petr Cech excelled in goal during Lampard’s trophy-laden playing pomp with the Blues – and the current Chelsea boss wants Kepa to build a similar legacy.
Asked what qualities he wants from his goalkeeper, Lampard said: “I think clearly you want them to be talented to keep balls out of the net; it is old school but it’s the first and foremost job in what a goalkeeper should keep closest to their heart.
“The idea of clean sheets, it’s not always culpable on them, of course. For a keeper to have a real desire and talent to produce that.
“But in the modern day they are even more involved than ever. To use their feet, to be a personality… all-round ability which you see with the top-level goalkeepers in the world.
“We were fortunate to see at Chelsea that we had ones we can certainly say were part of huge eras for the club.
“That has to be Kepa’s desire, to be that person for this club and be a goalkeeper in his own right to say that he’s a huge part of a successful team.
“It’s not just on Kepa of course, but in his own way that is what he has to believe and work towards.”
Frank lampard wants great potential from Callum Hudson-Odoi
Callum Hudson-Odoi is yet to start for Chelsea since football’s resumption, with the 19-year-old still seeking top sharpness after injury concerns.
Lampard reiterated his desire to see the richly talented England forward fulfil his great potential at Chelsea, however, even amid this summer’s squad revamp.
“I’ve spoken about Callum a lot, he needs to keep training at the highest level, which is actually what I’ve seen him doing, particularly in the last week or 10 days,” said Lampard.
“In the two games he’s come on he’s had good impacts, in the last two performances, and that’s the way he needs to continue.
“He’s a young player with great talent, great potential, and I want to see that potential come through.”
Lampard hopes to have Pedro and Willian available for both the FA Cup final and Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.
Spain winger Pedro and Brazil forward Willian both signed short-term contract extensions to complete the delayed campaign at Stamford Bridge.
The experienced duo are out of contract this summer, with Pedro expected to join Roma and Chelsea still talking to Willian about a possible new deal.
Chelsea will face Arsenal in the FA Cup final on August 1 before travelling to Munich for the second leg of their last 16 Champions League tie on August 8.
Chelsea trail Bayern 3-0 from their hefty first leg loss at Stamford Bridge in February, but Lampard is still intent on taking the strongest possible squad to Germany next month.
“I have a presumption that they will do, I don’t want to say something that I get wrong, because I’m probably looking at Liverpool and Wolves ahead of anything else.
“But thanks for reminding me, I’ll make sure on that!
“We’ve obviously seen the value of not just Willian on the pitch in this restart, Pedro hasn’t played so much, but the value of their experience.
“So I clearly would hope they stay with us right until the end, I think that would be the thing that the club and players want.”
Chelsea Transfer News: Chelsea close to sealing Havertz deal
Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Kai Havertz, according to The Athletic.
The Blues were the only club willing to the asking price. The Blues are reportedly ready to spend €80m after add-ons to land the Bayer Leverkusen man, who is nearing an agreement on personal terms ahead of a move to Stamford Bridge.
Havertz’s camp are reportedly waiting for a short period to see if other potential moves emerge, but as things stand it is a one-horse race.
Chelsea Transfer News: Willian to sign only 3 years new contract as Arsenal and Tottenham waiting for the call
Chelsea winger Willian says he would ‘sign the contract tomorrow’ if the club offered him a new three-year deal, as time runs out on his spell in West London.
Willian started and played 80 minutes of Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester United, with the 31-year-old having remained a key part of the first team with 46 appearances for Chelsea this season under Frank Lampard.
But Chelsea’s longstanding protocol of limiting the contracts of players over 30 looks set to see the Brazilian leave.
For years the Blues would only sanction one-year extensions to players over 30, a policy that was changed when David Luiz (then 31) signing a two-year extension.
It’s the same situation for Willian, 31, and he remains determined to get a three-year contract, even if it means leaving Stamford Bridge.
Asked by Brazilian Youtube channel De Sola whether he would extend his deal at Chelsea, Willian said: “Chelsea only offered me two years and I asked for three. My goal in the next contract is to sign for three years, so I haven’t had a deal with Chelsea yet.
“This is what I asked the club for, three years of contract. If you give me that, I’ll get the pen and sign the contract tomorrow.”
Willian has been linked with a reunion with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourihno at Tottenham.
Mourinho wanted to sign Willian while at Manchester United, and the Brazilian famously snubbed Spurs before joining Chelsea back in 2013.
Arsenal have also been linked with a deal.
“There are rumours about several teams that may be interested,” he continued.
“For the time being, I have had no concrete proposal. But rumours always arise. I’m waiting. My agent hasn’t given me any news yet. I’m waiting for his call.”
Chelsea would reportedly be prepared to sell French midfielder N’Golo
Kante this summer, providing that they receive an offer in the region of €60m (£54.5m).
The 29-year-old has struggled with injuries this season and has not featured in his team’s last three Premier League matches, while a hamstring issue also saw him miss out against Manchester United in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday night.
Kante still has three years left to run on his contract with the Blues but various reports have suggested that the 2018 World Cup winner could be set for a move away from the club.
According to reports in Spain, Chelsea’s summer business, which has already seen them sign Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, means that they are open to the midfielder leaving ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.
The Blues allegedly value the France international in the region of €60m (£54.5m), and Real Madrid are said to be keeping a close eye on developments as they weigh up a move.
Barcelona and Inter Milan have also been credited with an interest in the two-time Premier League title winner
FA cup semi final: Chelsea 3 – 1 Man United
It was indeed a great match between Chelsea and Manchester united for the FA cup semifinal at Wembley last night with Chelsea being victorious after a 3 – 1 full time score, making the blues eligible for FA cup final where they will be battle Arsenal football club for the Cup.
Chelsea line up with Cabellero, Mason Mount, Zouma, James, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, Giroud, Wiilian, while Kepa, Christensen, Abraham, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic, Tomori and Emerson were available for substitution.
Manchester United line up with De Gea, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Wiiliams, Fernandes, Matic, Fred, James, Rashford, while Pogba, Mata, Martial, Pereire, Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Ighalo, Greenwood, McTominay are availale for substitution.
The match was indeed interesting with no goal for both team until the first 45 minutes, but there was an added minute in which Manchester united made their first substitution and A goal for Chelsea by Giroud with the assist of Azpilicueta giving Chelsea a lead in the first half.
Mason Mount netted the second goal for Chelsea in the 46 minutes, Chelsea now having 2 goals to nothing from Manchester United.
Manchester united brought in Pogba and Greenwood in the 56 minutes, there is a yellow card for Pogba in and own goal by Maguire giving Chelsea a 3 – 0 lead over the deal but Manchester united keep hold of the ball possession.
Chelsea started substitution in the 80th minutes bringing in Tammy Abraham for Giroud, Hudson-Odoi for Willian. A penalty awarded to Manchester united caused by Odoi, taken by Fernandes and Manchester United had their first goal.
The Game ended with Chelsea 3 – 1 Manchester United propagating Chelsea to FA Cup final against Arsenal.
Lampard and squad reactions as Chelsea Made it to FA cup final
Considering the joy of and the momentum of gained from the game, Lampard as well as Chelsea squad has been expressing their excitements on social median.
Frank Lampard explains how the team had work so hard in the past days before countering Manchester United running in behind, and also on getting players into midfield to make attack.
He said Giroud set a great example to young player with the first goal, he praise all the squad saying they did well for the victory.
Giroud tweets “great team performance today another final in Wembley. Ryben Loftus-Cheek said what a performance into the final. Anotonio Rudiger tweets “yessssssssss!!!!!, see you soon again Wembley FA final
Lampard speaks on Ziyech stay at Chelsea as he began training with squad
Frank Lampard has revealed Hakim Ziyech is settling in at Chelsea after joining his team-mates in a group training session for the first time on Thursday.
The attacker completed a move from Ajax back in February and is now getting familiar with his team-mates and building his fitness ahead of next season.
“Hakim has been here for the week, trained a couple of days on his own and then he’s integrated a bit with the team so [he’s settling in] very well,” Lampard said. “The lads have welcomed him very well.
“He’s settled in and chatting and forming those new relationships in the early stages and more importantly for him, getting himself fit.
“It’s been nice for him to take a bit-part in training and then also get some physical work because he hasn’t trained or played for a quite a while.”
Chelsea considering signing a new centre-back this summer as Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have been offered new deals by the club
Chelsea are reportedly considering bringing a new central defender to the club during this summer’s transfer window.
The Blues currently sit third in the Premier League table, while they will have the chance to book a spot in the FA Cup final when they face Manchester United in the semi-finals on Sunday.
Frank Lampard’s side have had their problems defensively this season, though, conceding 49 times in the Premier League, which is only the 11th-best defensive record in the division.
According to Goal, Chelsea ‘are increasingly considering’ bringing a new centre-back to Stamford Bridge to boost their squad ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.
The report, meanwhile, claims that neither Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have been offered new deals by the club, which has placed their futures in doubt.
The London club have already secured deals for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner ahead of next season, while they also continue to be linked with Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell.
Lampard insist Chelsea not going out for revenge in FA cup semi final
Frank Lampard has insisted Chelsea are not out for revenge against Manchester United in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final.
Lampard’s Blues have slumped to three defeats to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side already this term.
But the Stamford Bridge boss says Chelsea will cast aside any resentment of August’s 4-0 Old Trafford humbling, the 2-1 home loss in the Carabao Cup and February’s 2-0 west London defeat when they meet at Wembley.
“Knowing the circumstances of the games, fair play we’ve lost three, that’s just a fact, and I’m not into revenge, I just want to win the game in front of us on Sunday,” said Lampard.
“We played some good stuff in the Carabao Cup. We played a very changed team and played some good stuff, but you still lose.
“And in the league we had a good first half, missed opportunities and they took theirs.
“So I think you have to respect the fact that they’re a good team, we can all see that in their recent performances, but I’m not overly concerned with the games that have gone by. I just want to win the one in front of us.”
Lampard invoked a personal grudge when his Derby side clashed with Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds last season, amid the spygate row between the two clubs.
When asked why he motivated his Rams for retribution but would not now look for similar with Chelsea, Lampard said: “That was a different circumstance, there was a lot more to that, a lot of off-field stuff.
“I think when I say I’m not too concerned about it, of course the detail of the game and knowing the quality of their players, they counter-attacked us at Old Trafford to great effect, and it was pretty similar at the Bridge.
“So I won’t go short on those details, but I don’t want to get caught up in we must have revenge because of that. Because at the moment in the league we’re fighting, we’re one point ahead of them and it’s going to be tough.
“Those defeats are just part of our season, the Carabao Cup’s long gone, the FA Cup’s of course in front of us and we just respect them as what they are, a very good team, with very good individuals creating some great performances.
“Leeds was clearly different because of outside things that happened.
“But Manchester United, it’s two big teams going against each other and we want to win the game for what it is.”
United have seen a host of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) decisions go in their favour recently, including a couple of key calls in their match at Crystal Palace on Thursday.
Wilfried Zaha was denied a penalty just moments before Marcus Rashford put United ahead, with Jordan Ayew also seeing a goal ruled out for offside as the Red Devils prevailed 2-0 in south London.
“There is always a human element to VAR still, of course. Clearly they have to make a decision,” said Lampard.
“The confusing thing about some of the recent decisions and the one last night (Thursday) is that it’s a very, very clear and obvious decision that is wrong, that didn’t get reviewed and changed.
“And a few of those have happened. And that is strange.
“I would like to think sometimes you have to be level-headed. Some may go against you or not, but it just seems a period where Manchester United have got a few in their favour with VAR.”
Chelsea to receive £18m fund boost after Eden Hazard won the Liga title with Real Madrid
Chelsea have banked a massive £18million after Eden Hazard won the Liga title with Real Madrid on Thursday night, according to Sports Ration.
the two clauses in the deal that took Eden Hazard to Real Madrid last summer could reportedly help Chelsea fund a move for pending transfer which included clauses that would be triggered if Los Blancos won La Liga or qualified for next season’s Champions League.
The Blues, who received £88m up front for Hazard, are due to receive £14m after Los Blancos qualified for next season’s Champions League and a further £4m for winning the title.
Chelsea have already spent big on Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, but according to Sports Ration, the London giants are set to receive a cash windfall.
The Blues continue to be linked with Havertz, and the Germany international has allegedly signalled that he wants to join Frank Lampard’s side ahead of Manchester United and Real Madrid this summer.
Frank Lampard will welcome the boost to his kitty as Chelsea chase Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, a centre-back and a goalkeeper.
Chelsea set to battle with Manchester City over defender Nicolas Tagliafico deal
Chelsea are reportedly prepared to battle Manchester City for the signature of Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico during this summer’s transfer window.
The 27-year-old recently suggested that he would be on the move ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, and a number of clubs are believed to be interested in his services.
Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona have previously been strongly linked with the Argentina international, while a recent report claimed that Man City were also in the hunt for his signature.
However, according to The Sun, Chelsea are also interested in the South American as they weigh up alternatives to Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell, who could be priced out of a summer move.
Tagliafico, who scored five times and contributed seven assists in 38 outings for Ajax during the 2019-20 campaign, could allegedly be available for around £22m in the upcoming market.
Frank Lampard’s side are said to be seeking a new left-back as Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri continue to be linked with exits.
Antonio Conte pushing Inter Milan board for N’Golo Kante transfer funds
Antonio Conte reportedly faces a difficult challenge to convince Inter Milan officials to finance a move for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.
Despite Inter sitting in second position in the Serie A table, Conte is expected to make more changes to his first-team squad during the next transfer window.
That could allegedly lead to an approach being made for Kante, who helped Conte win the Premier League title with Chelsea during 2016-17.
However, according to Sport Mediaset, club officials may not be prepared to pay Kante’s wage demands, as well as a transfer fee in the region of £60m.
Although the report suggests that Kante is open to taking on a new challenge, such a financial outlay for a 29-year-old who has had his injury problems may not appeal to Inter’s board.
The World Cup winner has been restricted to 24 starts and two substitute outings in all competitions this season.
Inter deal for Kante face major set back
Inter Milan coach Conte is trying to convince the club’s board to agree to N’Golo Kante’s salary, according to Italian broadcaster Sport Mediaset.
Kante reportedly considers his time at Stamford Bridge to be over after four years at the club.
His €8m-a-year deal with the Blues doesn’t expire untile 2023, and Inter will struggle to match his current wages.
Kai Havertz transfer to Chelsea latest update
Bayer Leverkusen has accepted that Kai Havertz wants to join Chelsea this summer, and will sanction a move providing he stays until the end of August.
That is because they want the Germany international available to complete their Europa League campaign, with the Daily Star reporting that, if Chelsea agree to this, they can then pay the reported £89million in installments.
Rudiger face doubtful future at Chelsea
Antonio Rudiger’s future at Chelsea is reportedly in doubt, with the Premier League giants yet to offer the central defender a new deal.
The 27-year-old has made 111 appearances for the Blues since arriving from Roma in 2017, including 24 outings in all competitions during the 2019-20 campaign.
The Germany international’s current deal at Stamford Bridge is due to expire next summer, though, and according to the Daily Mail, there has not yet been any talks over a possible extension.
The report claims that Frank Lampard’s desire to improve his defence ahead of next season could lead to Rudiger being moved on in the upcoming transfer window.
The centre-back lost his spot in the Chelsea XI after the 3-2 loss at West Ham United earlier this month but was back in the starting side against Norwich City on Tuesday night.
The Blues are next in action against Manchester United in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday.
Chelsea Transfer: Willian await Chelsea offer, pend other transfer deal
Chelsea star Willian has is yet to make a decision regarding his future at Chelsea, according to UOL.
The Brazilian is waiting for a final offer from the Blues before negotiating with other clubs. He has so far been offered a two-year extension at Stamford Bridge, but is holding out for a three-year deal.
Willian has been linked to a number of Chelsea’s Premier League rivals, notably Tottenham and Arsenal, and has not been offered a new Chelsea deal since before the coronavirus pandemic.
He is not expected to return to club football in Brazil.
Chelsea Transfer: Sevilla in serious chase over Alonso
Sevilla are keeping tabs on Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso, according to Estadio Deportivo.
The Liga club are pursuing a left-back because they are posed to lose lose Sergio Reguilón and potentially Sergio Escudero too.
Alonso is on a list of several Chelsea players expected to be moved on this summer as Frank Lampard continues moulding the squad.
There are also question marks over the futures of Jorginho, Antonio Rudiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga, while Michy Batshuayi and Emerson Palmieri are likely to be offloaded.
Chelsea close to finalizing Havertz deal
Chelsea are reportedly closing in on a deal for Kai Havertz after receiving a major boost, according to Bild.
It was unclear how the Blues would finance a deal for Havertz, with big-money deals for Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech already wrapped up.
Bayer Leverkusen are standing by their £90million asking price but in a new twist they are now showing flexibility over the payments.
The fee was proving a problem for the Blues, who were reluctant to pay an up-front sum, but now Leverkusen have shown flexibility.
The Bundesliga club are willing to accept instalments for Havertz over the course of several years, with performance-related bonuses also included.
Chelsea opens talk on Lille striker, Ikone
Chelsea have opened talks with Lille striker Jonathan Ikone, according to reports in France.
The Blues have already secured the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner but Le Sport 10 claims negotiations are underway to bring the 22-year-old to Stamford Bridge.
Inter Milan join race to sign N’Golo Kante
It’s that man Antonio Conte again… the former Chelsea boss has a penchant for bringing Premier League players to Serie A, and now the Inter Milan boss wants to sign N’Golo Kante.
Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Conte is keen to be reunited with the Chelsea midfielder, having already brought Christian Eriksen, Victor Moses, Ashley Young, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Serie A.
Tottenham Hotspurs make Willian offer
Tottenham have submitted an offer Chelsea midfielder Willian, who is set to leave on a free this summer, report Football Insider.
The Brazilian was heavily linked with a move to Tottenham with his deal set to expire on June 30.
Willian extended his deal until the end of the season, however, but as of yet has no deal in place to prolong his stay beyond then.
The midfielder has been in fine form since the restart, with Mourinho reportedly keen on a reunion.
Chelsea show interest in Luka Jovic, Join transfer race
Chelsea are interested in signing Real Madrid forward Luka Jovic, according to The Express.
Leicester and Arsenal have also been linked with the 22-year-old, who is set to leave Real after a disappointing 12 months at the Bernabeu.
It is thought he will be available for as little as £31million.
Inter Milan Antonio Conte wants to bring N’Golo Kante
Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is reportedly keen to bring Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante to San Siro.
Conte was in charge of the Blues when they signed Kante from Leicester City, and the France international played a key role in the London club winning the 2016-17 Premier League title.
Kante remains a key figure for Chelsea, but the 29-year-old’s future continues to be called into question, with Barcelona and Real Madrid both recently credited with an interest.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Inter boss is keen to reunite with the 2018 World Cup winner at San Siro as he attempts to put together a squad capable of wrestling the Serie A title away from Juventus.
Kante, who is currently battling to overcome a hamstring injury, has scored three times in 27 appearances for Frank Lampard’s side during the 2019-20 campaign.
The midfielder has a contract at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2023.
What Champions League qualifying mean for Chelsea to sign Kai Havertz’
Chelsea will reportedly have to qualify for next season’s Champions League to stand a chance of signing Bayer Leverkusen attacker Kai Havertz this summer.
The speculation surrounding the 21-year-old’s future continues to gather pace, with Frank Lampard’s side thought to be leading the race to sign him ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.
However, according to Bild journalist Christian Falk, the English club’s chances of signing the Germany international hinge on whether they can secure a spot in next season’s premier European competition.
The Blues are currently third in the Premier League table but fourth-placed Leicester City and fifth-placed Manchester United would both go above them if they were to win their games in hand on Sunday and Monday respectively.
Fifth could yet be enough to qualify for the 2020-21 Champions League, though, with Manchester City set to find out on Monday whether their appeal against a two-season European ban has been successful.
Havertz enjoyed an impressive season at BayArena, scoring 17 times and providing nine assists in 43 appearances in all competitions, including 12 goals in 30 Bundesliga outings.