Gimenez talks up Chelsea
Chelsea transfer target Jose Gimenez has sent Chelsea fans wild by declaring his “love” for the London club and talking up Frank Lampard.
He told ESPN: “I would have liked to play with Lampard. I always used to watch Chelsea as a kid, loved them.”
The Blues have reportedly scouted the Atletico Madrid defender as Lampard plots an overhaul to his defence this summer.
Kai Havertz forcing Chelsea move
Kai Havertz has again asked Bayer Leverkusen for a move to Chelsea, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Havertz met with the Leverkusen hierarchy after the Bundesliga season was completed and pushed for a transfer to the Premier League, but there has since been little progress.
The clubs are at odds over Havertz’s £90million valuation, with the Blues reluctant to pay more than £70million. They remain in talks and Chelsea plan to use add-ons as part of the deal.
The ball is now in Chelsea’s court ahead of key period in this saga.
The Blues and Bayer Leverkusen are haggling over the fee, with Blues director Marina Granovskaia has supposedly been locked in negotiations.
Leverkusen are unwilling to budge on their £90million valuation but Chelsea remain the front-runners. The 10 days ahead are said to be pivotal with both clubs keen to get a deal done before pre-season.
Chelsea transfer fund could receive boost as Leeds register interest in Michy Batshuayi
Chelsea have been handed a boost in their efforts to sell striker Michy Batshuayi after newly-promoted Leeds United registered an interest.
Frank Lampard has made it clear that the Belgian does not figure in his plans to take the club forward, especially after the signing of Timo Werner and the contract extension handed to Oliver Giroud.
Batshuayi, who is out of contract in west London next summer, scored 10 goals in 29 appearances under Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa during their time together at Marseille.
Having already spent more than £80million on new arrivals, and with deals for Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell still being pursued, the Blues are keen to offload some fringe players and clear Batshuayi’s £100,000-a-week wages off their books.
Willian undergoes Arsenal medical ahead of his proposed summer switch to the red side
Willian has reportedly completed his medical with Arsenal ahead of his proposed summer switch to the red side of London.
The former Chelsea man confirmed on Sunday that he would be departing Stamford Bridge after a seven-year spell at the club, where he amassed 63 goals from 339 appearances across all competitions.
Willian has since been heavily linked with a move across the capital to Arsenal, and the Brazilian’s move to the Emirates appears to be inching closer ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.
According to the Evening Standard, Willian has now undergone his medical with the Gunners and is poised to put pen to paper on a three-year deal with Arsenal.
The signing of Willian would be Mikel Arteta’s first acquisition of the summer, with the Spaniard supposedly keen to undertake a significant overhaul of his squad before his first full season in the Emirates dugout.
Willian’s move to Arsenal will supposedly be completed by the end of the week.
Chelsea to finalize Kai Havertz’s deal as Bayer Leverkusen defeat ‘opens door for further negotiation’
Kai Havertz could soon be on his way to Chelsea after Bayer Leverkusen were knocked out of the Europa League, according to a report.
Havertz bagged his 18th goal of the season against Inter Milan on Monday, but the 21-year-old’s strike was not enough to prevent Leverkusen from bowing out of the Europa League at the quarter-final stage, with earlier goals from Nicolo Barella and Romelu Lukaku proving the difference on the night.
Previous reports had suggested that Havertz would not complete his proposed move to Chelsea until Leverkusen’s campaign drew to a close, and it appears that the protracted transfer saga surrounding the attacker could now reach a conclusion sooner rather than later.
Indeed, the Evening Standard claims that Havertz may have played his final game in a Leverkusen shirt following their elimination from the Europa League.
The report claims that Havertz is desperate to join Chelsea and personal terms should not pose a problem, but Chelsea are yet to agree a fee with Leverkusen for the highly-rated attacker.
The Blues are said to be hopeful of striking a deal for £70m despite Leverkusen’s £90m valuation of Havertz, who has notched up 45 goals in 149 appearances across all competitions for the German outfit.
Chelsea and Barcelona set to battle for Ajax left-back, Nicolas Tagliafico
Chelsea will reportedly have to fend off interest from Barcelona to secure the signature of Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico.
With Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri both facing uncertain futures at Stamford Bridge, the Blues have been tipped to bring in a new left-back during the summer transfer window.
Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell is said to be Frank Lampard’s primary target, while Chelsea are also rumoured to be keeping tabs on the future of Real Madrid’s Sergio Reguilon.
Tagliafico has been linked with a switch to the blue side of London in the past, and according to Sky Sports News, Chelsea are firmly interested in the Ajax defender.
The Blues have already acquired Hakim Ziyech from Ajax ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, but the report claims that Barcelona have also been keeping a close eye on Tagliafico as of late.
Fellow La Liga giants Atletico Madrid are also said to be monitoring the situation.
Ben Chilwell to demand Chelsea move this week despite promising future in Leicester city
Ben Chilwell is set to tell Leicester this week he wants to quit for Chelsea, according to The Mirror.
Frank Lampard is determined to sign a new left-back this summer and has earmarked Chilwell as his top target for the position in his squad.
Although Chilwell is under contract until 2024, it is understood he sees his future at Stamford Bridge and will demand the move to Stamford bridge.
The Blues will have to fork out a significant fee for the England international, with the Foxes set to demand around £80million.
Atletico Madrid president insists Chelsea target Oblak is not available for sale
Chelsea target Jan Oblak is not for sale, insists Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo, who insists interest in “the best goalkeeper in the world” is not strange.
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has described Jan Oblak as the “best goalkeeper in the world” and has told Chelsea to look elsewhere for a new number one.
The Blues are believed to have added Oblak to a two-man transfer wishlist, along with Ajax’s Andre Onana, as they seek a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Chelsea, who have already brought in Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner ahead of next season, were said to have been confident about their chances of signing the Slovenia international.
Both Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with the 27-year-old of late, who would reportedly cost a record-breaking £109 million.
“I always say that Oblak has a contract with Atletico and is the best goalkeeper in the world. It is not strange that he has offers from other great teams,” Cerezo told Marca.
“I say the same as always. Oblak has a contract, he is an Atletico player, period. We have many players, our squad is the club’s main asset. Oblak is a magnificent player and in his position, unquestionably, there is no one to beat him right now.
“For me, Oblak – and I speak as an amateur – is the best goalkeeper in the world. Regarding [Thibaut] Courtois, he is another great goalkeeper of those in the world and fortunately, both have played for us and with both we have been champions in many trophies.”
Chelsea ready to swoop with Henderson seeking Manchester united guarantees, offers £170k-a-week deal
Dean Henderson is looking for Guarantees regarding his future from Manchester United, according to the Mirror, who report Chelsea are ready to swoop if they don’t come.
Chelsea are reportedly ready to offer Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson a lucrative contract worth £170k a week to make the switch to Stamford Bridge this summer.
The shot-stopper enjoyed a stellar 2019-20 campaign on loan at Sheffield United – keeping 13 Premier League clean sheets – although Henderson’s long-term future at Old Trafford remains unclear
Current United number one David de Gea has come under increased scrutiny for his performances this term, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has kept faith in the Spaniard and Henderson will supposedly seek pastures new if he is not guaranteed regular game time for the Red Devils.
With Chelsea believed to be in the market for a new goalkeeper following Kepa Arrizabalaga’s troublesome campaign, the Mirror reports that Frank Lampard has identified Henderson as a priority target.
The report claims that the Blues could have to fork out £55m to secure the Englishman’s signature, and Chelsea would be willing to offer Henderson a weekly salary of £170k per week at Stamford Bridge – over four times what he currently earns at Man United.
The Red Devils are supposedly ready to hold talks with Henderson’s entourage within the next few days – where the two parties are expected to discuss improvements to Henderson’s current £35k-a-week deal.
Tottenham Hotspur have also been credited with an interest in Henderson, who is under contract at Old Trafford until 2022.
Chelsea make breakthrough over Willian contract talks
Chelsea have reportedly made an important breakthrough in their contract talks with winger Willian.
The 31-year-old is currently due to leave the club at the end of this month when his existing deal comes to an end, having failed to agree terms over an extension with the Blues.
Willian remains keen to stay at Stamford Bridge but has been holding out for a three-year contract, whereas Chelsea have only been willing to offer two years.
However, Sky Sports News claims that they have now been able to make progress in talks and that Chelsea are now confident of keeping the Brazilian attacker.
Willian had been linked with moves to the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur after revealing his preference to stay in London, while Barcelona, Manchester United and Inter Miami have also reportedly asked to be kept up to date with any developments.
The winger has scored 11 goals and created nine more in 47 appearances across all competitions this season.
Chelsea officially open Havertz talks with Bayer Leverkusen
Chelsea have opened talks with Bayer Leverkusen over the transfer of Kai Havertz.
As reported by Standard Sport on Monday Chelsea were expected to ramp up their pursuit of the Germany international following their qualification for the Champions Leauge.
And the Guardian report that talks have now begun between the clubs, with a deal expected to be agreed in the region of £70m.
Rodgers ‘relaxed’ over Chilwell future in Leicester city amidst Chelsea interest
Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has insisted he feels “relaxed” over Ben Chilwell’s future amid speculation linking him with Chelsea.
The 23-year-old is understood to be one of Frank Lampard’s top targets this summer as the Blues eye a summer spree and the Foxes’ missed out on Champions League qualification, perhaps weakening their position in negotiations.
But when asked about Chelsea and Man City’s interest, Rodgers says he is unmoved by their interest in the left-back.
“It is something I am quite relaxed on,” he said. “I am fortunate we have a talented group of players which I am sure will interest some.
“All we can offer is a wonderful environment to come and play , develop , work in and improve as a player. We will see where it goes from there over the course of the off-season.”
Arsenal confident of Willian deal despite despite rivalry from Manchester United
Premier League outfit Arsenal are optimistic of completing a deal to sign Willian, according to ESPN Brazil.
The Chelsea man is open to staying at Stamford Bridge but only if the club agree to hand him a new three-year deal.
Manchester United are also monitoring developments at Chelsea, but the Gunners believe they are leading the race with Willian happy and settled in London.
Chelsea have tried to tempt the Brazil international to stay with the offer of a two-year extension but he is looking for a longer deal.
Chelsea to complete and announce Kai Havertz deal soon
Kai Havertz wants to join Chelsea – and according to Leroy Sane, the Bayer Leverkusen star may already be on his way to Stamford Bridge.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Sane told reporters: “It’s good for Chelsea, that they signed two German top talents with Timo Werner and Kai Havertz this summer.”
Havertz returns to Leverkusen training but still pushing for Chelsea move
Kai Havertz joined his Bayer Leverkusen team-mates as they returned to training in preparation of the Europa League’s return next month, report Sky Sports.
The midfielder remains keen to join Chelsea, however, having told the Gerrman club he wants to leave this summer.
While Havertz was reportedly one of the first players to emerge onto the training pitch, Leverkusen are reportedly willing to sell with just two years remaining on the 21-year-old’s contract.
Leverkusen expect Havertz to play against Rangers in two weeks’ time, however.
Reports elsewhere claim that Chelsea have already agreed personal terms with the Germany international.
Chelsea in hunt for Atletico Madrid defender Gimenez
Chelsea are monitoring Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez, according to The Telegraph.
Frank Lampard has already made additions further up the field this summer and will turn his attention to the defence once Kai Havertz is over the line.
It comes after Jamie Carragher warned: “You see a lot of centre halves at Chelsea without seeing one really outstanding one, those are the areas that if they are going to challenge Liverpool and Man City they’ll have to rectify in the summer.
“They are the worst team in the league defending corners. This is a massive problem for Chelsea.”
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.”
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
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.
Chelsea News: Rudiger contacts Havertz over Chelsea deal following Real Madrid interest
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has reportedly been in contact with international teammate Kai Havertz in an attempt to entice him to Stamford Bridge this summer.
The Blues are understood to be leading the race for the Bayer Leverkusen playmaker, who is expected to hand in a transfer request at his current club ahead of a summer exit.
Previous reports have suggested that Havertz is tempted by a move to Chelsea in order to link up with Rudiger and new arrival Timo Werner, both of whom he plays alongside for Germany.
Former Germany international Oliver Bierhoff believes Kai Havertz is best suited for a move to Real Madrid, Chelsea are thought to be favourites to sign the Bayer Leverkusen star but Bierhoff has backed him to succeed in the Spanish capital.
Bild now claims that Rudiger has been in contact with the 21-year-old for a couple of weeks in order to coax him to the club, having also reportedly done the same during the pursuit of Werner.
Havertz is expected to cost at least £80m, which would take Chelsea’s summer spending to more than £150m following the arrivals of Hakim Ziyech and Werner.
The attacking midfielder has emerged as one of the most coveted players in Europe, having scored 17 goals and created nine more in 43 appearances across all competitions.
Chelsea News: Chelsea set to rival Wolverhampton Wanderers for Facundo Pellistri
Chelsea have reportedly identified Penarol youngster Facundo Pellistri as a potential transfer target.
Despite still being five months short of his 19th birthday, Pellistri has already made 25 first-team appearances for the Uruguayan club.
However, the emergence of the winger has naturally led to interest from Europe with Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers said to be among his suitors.
According to Calciomercato, Chelsea are also admirers of the prospect, who still has two years remaining on his contract.
Although the Blues are well stocked for options in wide areas, they would be prepared for Pellistri to earn regular action elsewhere before contending for a place in the senior ranks.