Chelsea News: Chelsea face another warning in pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz

Bayer Leverkusen director Rudi Voller has warned Chelsea that Kai Havertz will not be sold on the cheap and will remain at the club for at least another couple of weeks.

The Blues are believed to have made signing the Germany international their primary target, having already added Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner to their attacking ranks.

Leverkusen value Havertz at £81.5m and Voller will not consider cashing in for anything less, even during a period of financial uncertainty for clubs.

The 60-year-old has also informed Chelsea that the in-demand attacker will see out the rest of Bayer’s Europa League campaign, which resumes on Thursday with a last-16 second leg against Rangers.

“It is set in stone. There is no new stance,” he told German outlet Kicker when asked if Leverkusen will consider selling Havertz early.

“There will also be no ‘corona bonus’. No matter who the player is.”

Kai Haverz is desperate to join Chelsea as soon as possible but Bayer Leverkusen has told their young forward that he is staying put for their Europa League campaign, reports Bild.

Talks continue between the Premier League and Bundesliga clubs, with a fee agreement expected to be reached in the region of €80-90m.

But Leverkusen’s decision means Havertz would not be free to move to England until the third week of August.

Chelsea’s domestic campaign concludes on Saturday when they take on London rivals Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Timo Werner and Antonio Rudiger convinced Kai Havertz to join Chelsea’

Chelsea News: Chelsea face another warning in pursuit of Kai Havertz, Chelsea make contact with Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre

Kai Havertz’s Germany teammates Timo Werner and Antonio Rudiger have reportedly convinced the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder to join Chelsea this summer.
The Blues have been given the green light to press ahead with plans to sign the 21-year-old after securing Champions League qualification on the final day of the season.

Chelsea have already brought in Werner and Hakim Ziyech this summer, and a third deal to sign Havertz is thought to be nearing its conclusion after the German international expressed his desire to leave Leverkusen last week.

football.london reports that his compatriots Werner and Rudiger have been encouraging him to move to Stamford Bridge, selling him on the club’s vision under manager Frank Lampard.

Havertz is now keen to push through a deal by as early as next week, although the two clubs must first agree a fee for the attacking midfielder.

Chelsea are also understood to be looking at a new goalkeeper, left-back and centre-back as they plan a big-spending summer despite the financial impact of coronavirus.

Chelsea News: Chelsea make contact with Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Chelsea News: Chelsea face another warning in pursuit of Kai Havertz, Chelsea make contact with Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre

Chelsea have opened talks with Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen over a summer switch to Stamford Bridge, according to a report.
The Blues are on the lookout for a new number one due to doubts over Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was again dropped by Frank Lampard on the final day of the Premier League season.

Ter Stegen is widely considered to be Chelsea’s top choice to succeed Kepa, while Manchester United’s Dean Henderson and Andre Onana of Ajax are two other options.

Spanish outlet Cadena Ser claims that the West London outfit have taken the first step towards signing the 28-year-old by reaching out to his camp.

Chelsea’s rumoured approach comes in the same week that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu told Ter Stegen that he must accept a salary cut if he is to stay at Camp Nou.

Germany international Ter Stegen, who finished second to Alisson Becker in FIFA’s Best Goalkeeper award last year, is also supposedly a target for Bayern Munich.

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Chelsea ‘could have Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech for rest of Champions League’

Chelsea may be handed a boost before they square off against Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the Blues suffered a 3-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, which makes them huge underdogs for the return fixture at the Allianz Arena.

However, should Frank Lampard’s team pull off a miraculous comeback, it appears that they may have two extra players at their disposal.

According to The Express, UEFA are scheduled to hold a meeting to discuss whether any new signings can feature in the mini-tournament version of the competition in August.

From the last eight onwards, each remaining side will compete in Lisbon, playing down to a final which will take place on August 23.

A change in the regulations would allow Chelsea to field Hakim Ziyech and potentially rumoured new signing Timo Werner.

Havertz to Chelsea at cut price

Chelsea are unwilling to meet Bayer Leverkusen’s £90million asking price for Kai Havertz but believe they can do a deal for around £70million if the Bundesliga club miss out on the Champions League, according to The Telegraph.

The Blues face competition from Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid for Havertz’s signature but sense they can win the race with main rivals Bayern reportedly set to pull out of the race.
Chelsea are happy to pay around £70million for Havertz and are optimistic a deal can be done, with their hopes of negotiating that down hinging on Leverkusen’s league campaign.

They currently sit fourth, but Monchengladbach are breathing down their necks just one point back in fifth.

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Chelsea consider N’Golo Kante sale to raise funds

Chelsea are reportedly considering whether or not to offload N’Golo Kante as they look to raise funds ahead of a busy summer transfer window.

The Blues already have the arrival of Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech to look forward to, and RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner is supposedly close to sealing a move to Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard is also said to be in the market for a new left-back, with Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell touted as a potential signing, but the Foxes would likely drive a hard bargain for the 23-year-old.

As a result, AS report that Chelsea may be open to parting ways with Kante to ensure that they are financially capable of spending big this summer.

The Spanish outlet claim that Real Madrid would be the most likely destination for the Frenchman, but Los Blancos would be hesitant to fork out Chelsea’s current valuation of £71.8m.

The 29-year-old – who is under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2023 – has turned out 18 times in the Premier League during an injury-hit 2019-20 campaign.

Chelsea’s Timo Werner deal ‘stalling due to medical’

Journalist Raphael Honigstein has suggested that Chelsea have been held up in their bid to complete a deal for RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner.

Last week, reports emerged that the Blues and Werner had agreed terms over a long-term contract after the Germany international had held discussions with Frank Lampard.

In a bid to fend off any late interest in the 24-year-old, the Premier League outfit are keen to finalise the transfer as soon as possible.

However, according to Honigstein of The Athletic, quarantine regulations in place due to the coronavirus pandemic will likely lead to a medical being delayed until the end of the month.

On Twitter, Honigstein said: “Delay in the Werner deal is solely down to the practicalities of getting a medical done. He can’t fly to the UK due to Bundesliga Covid-19 regulations and Chelsea docs can’t fly to Germany because they would have to isolate for 14 days upon return.

“Chelsea could use German FA doctors in the meantime but they’re more likely to wait until German season is over on June 27 or quarantine regulations in the UK change.”

With Werner possessing a release clause of £54m until June 15, it leaves other clubs, including Manchester United, with a window of opportunity to hold further talks with the attacker.

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Tammy Abraham ‘to use Timo Werner wage as leverage in Chelsea contract talks’

Tammy Abraham will reportedly use Timo Werner’s imminent arrival at Chelsea as an opportunity to negotiate a more favourable contract.
Chelsea are expected to officially announce the signing of Werner in the coming weeks after supposedly triggering the buyout clause in his RB Leipzig contract.

The Germany international’s arrival was expected to spell bad news for Abraham, who has been tasked with leading the line for the Blues this season.

However, The Express reports that the 22-year-old could use the big-money transfer to his advantage as he prepares to open talks over a new deal.

Abraham has two years to run on his existing terms and could now be in line for a significant pay rise, it is claimed, bringing him in line with the club’s other high earners.

Chelsea return to Premier League action after a near-four-month hiatus with a trip to Aston Villa on June 21.

Timo Werner ‘turned down Manchester United for Chelsea’

RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner reportedly rejected a contract offer from Manchester United before opting to sign for Chelsea.
Last week, a number of reports suggested that the Blues had won the race for the Germany international after Liverpool deemed the player too expensive ahead of the next transfer window.

However, according to Sky In Germany, Frank Lampard’s side faced competition from more than just the Premier League leaders.

The report claims that United offered a deal to the 24-year-old, only for the versatile attacker to accept more lucrative terms at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea will also have to pay a fee in the region of £54m – Werner’s release clause – if they are to get a deal over the line in the coming weeks.

Werner has enjoyed a tremendous campaign, contributing 29 goals and 10 assists in the Bundesliga and Champions League.

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Frank Lampard explains the main challenge he has faced to get Chelsea players ready for restart

The Blues have been stepping up training ahead of their first match back on June 21, when Lampard’s side head to Aston Villa.

They then host current Premier League champions Manchester City the following Thursday in an intense restart to the 2019/20 campaign.

With their final nine Premier League games plus any remaining FA Cup matches all set to be crammed in before the beginning of August, it is going to be a very busy period for all the clubs.

And Lampard, whose Chelsea side have struggled with muscle injuries this season, is being cautious not to overdo the training ahead of football’s return.

“The transition from non-contact to contact was good,” Lampard told the Chelsea website.

“It had to happen. The players were excited to get in the big groups and train with contact. It has allowed us to work at a level that is much more relevant to match play.

“We are getting there. We have another two weeks to go. Normally we would have more time than that but we know what it is.

“The players have worked very hard in training when asked to, to try to bridge the gap a bit quicker than we normally would do. As coaching staff and medically we have to have the balance right to make sure we don’t push too much.

“There have been challenges along the way, but that’s what football is. The players are getting fitter and we hope come Aston Villa we will be ready to go, with the mindset and the physical side of it to take on the games which are going to come thick and fast.”

Werner could be announced this week

Timo Werner could officially be announced as a Chelsea player this week,

That’s according to Matt Law at The Telegraph, who explains that Leipzig are not listed on German stock exchange so the clubs are free to announce the deal at a point agreed by both clubs.

That could be as early as this coming week, though Leipzig could push that back to the end of the Bundesliga season or – perhaps even later – when their Champions League run ends. 

Either way, the deal is going through. 

Blues to battle Everton for Dragowski

Chelsea are prepared to go hammer and tongs with Everton for the signature of Fiorentina goalkeeper Bartlomej Dragowski, reports in Italy suggest.

Having already tied down Willy Caballero to a new contract, the Blues may be searching for a goalkeeper to provide competition to Kepa Arrizabalaga for the number one jersey.

Tuttomercatoweb suggest their favoured target could be 22-year-old Dragowski, who made 13 appearances for the Viola this season.

But with Everton also interested, the Blues may face a struggle to convince the Poland Under-21 international to head to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Timo Werner arrival ‘likely to seal Michy Batshuayi exit’

Michy Batshuayi is reportedly expected to be sold by Chelsea this summer as the Blues close in on a deal for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.
Liverpool were long considered to be the favourites for Werner, but Frank Lampard’s side have seemingly moved into pole position for the Germany international.

The 24-year-old is expected to arrive at Stamford Bridge ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, and according to football.london, the deal is likely to seal Batshuayi’s exit.

The Belgium international has only scored once in 16 Premier League appearances during the 2019-20 campaign, while he has managed just eight league goals in 48 outings for his current club since arriving from Marseille in July 2016.

Batshuayi has recently enjoyed successful loan spells with both Borussia Dortmund and Crystal Palace, but the striker has been unable to show his best form for his parent side.

West Ham United are allegedly at the head of the queue for a player who could command a £40m fee during this summer’s transfer window.

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Chelsea paperwork for Timo Werner deal ‘almost ready’

Chelsea are allegedly on the brink of finalising the paperwork involved with the transfer of RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner.
On Thursday night, it was widely reported that the Blues had activated the player’s release clause, said to be in the region of £54m.

However, Leipzig sporting director Oliver Mintzlaff has denied that there is any agreement in place with Chelsea, who need to formally meet the required fee by June 15.

The Premier League outfit seemingly remain in line to sign the 24-year-old, though, with Sky Sports journalist Fabrizio Romano suggesting that there has been no blip in the process.

Writing on Twitter, Romano said: “No contracts exchanged and nothing officially signed as Leipzig director told today, but Chelsea have a ‘verbal agreement’ with Timo Werner and they’re convinced he’s on his way to Stamford Bridge for next season. Paperworks are almost ready.”

Werner has enjoyed an outstanding campaign, contributing 29 goals and 10 assists in the Bundesliga and Champions League.

Chelsea’s surprise Stamford Bridge as Frank Lampard organises in-house match

Frank Lampard brought his squad back to Stamford Bridge for the first time since March this afternoon as they held an in-house game with just over two weeks to go before their Premier League campaign resumes.

The Blues are set to resume their coronaivrus-delayed campaign away to Aston Villa on June 21 before welcoming Manchester City to West London four days later with all games to take place behind closed doors.

While clear details of today’s practice match are yet to emerge, Lampard and his coaching staff acted as match officials with the squad broken into two sides.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Christian Pulisic and WIllian all played a part in the game with the former finding the net as he nears a return from rupturing his achilles more than a year ago.

One team wore the blue home kit and the other were in the white change strip.

Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Willian, Loftus-Cheek were part of the “home” team, along with the soon-to-depart Pedro Rodriguez.

The “away” side featured Toni Rudiger, Ross Barkley, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso, Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud.

N’Golo Kante was not involved as he continues to be absent for personal reasons. No timeframe has been set for the France midfielder’s return.

A handful of academy players were also part of the game including Armando Broja, Tino Anjorin, who both appeared off the bench in the final Premier League game before the enforced break, and 18-year-old Henry Lawrence.

While exact details of how the game went have not yet been released, the club have shared some images and it has been reported that Loftus-Cheek and Willian were among those to have scored.

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Chelsea eye three more signings after Timo Werner

Chelsea are allegedly prepared to make as many as five additions during the next transfer window.
With a deal already wrapped up for Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech, Chelsea are said to be on the brink of signing RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner.

Despite the high profile of those two deals, The Guardian claims that the Blues are ready to add another three faces to their squad.

While a potential approach for Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell has been well documented, the report says that Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake could return to Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard is also reportedly keen on Brentford winger Said Benrahma, who has starred in the Championship this season.

To coincide with any arrivals, Willian, Pedro, Michy Batshuayi and one of Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri are expected to leave the club later in 2020.

Chelsea forward Pedro agrees two-year deal with Roma

Pedro is close to ending his five-year stay with Chelsea after agreeing personal terms with Roma, according to a report.
The Spanish forward is out of contract at Stamford Bridge in the summer and has been told that he is free to find a new club.

It is understood that the 32-year-old is close to agreeing a two-year contract after initial discussions took place in April.

While Lampard has spoken positively of Pedro’s professionalism this season, the 2010 World Cup winner has been restricted to only 18 appearances in all competitions as Lampard places his future in bringing through the next generation.

Pedro has won three trophies with the Blues since joining in a £19million switch from Barcelona.

Pedro is said to have held talks with the Serie A side in April and an agreement was struck on a two-year deal, which will go through at the end of the season.

He had been previously linked with a move to Major League Soccer’s Inter Miami, while a number of La Liga clubs including Sevilla and Real Betis were also monitoring his situation.

A number of former Premier League players are already at Roma, including Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta and Manchester United’s Chris Smalling on loan.

Willian, the other Chelsea veteran whose contract expires at the end of this month, is also likely to depart after an impasse developed over his contract talks.

The Brazilian is demanding a three-year deal but the club do not want to commit to such a duration for a player over the age of 30.

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Leipzig chief issues update on Timo Werner deal

RB Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff has cooled talk that striker Timo Werner is on the verge of sealing a transfer to Chelsea, insisting the club have yet to receive an offer for the player’s services.

Report from Standard Sport shows that the Blues are set to win the race to sign the prolific German international, who will pen a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge worth a cool £200,000-a-week.

Leipzig are largely powerless to prevent their prized asset – scorer of 31 goals in 41 appearances across all competitions so far this term – from leaving the Red Bull Arena due to the presence of a £53million release clause in Werner’s current contract.

Chelsea fans are understandably anxious to see confirmation of the high-profile deal provided amid daily speculation over potential rival interest in the one-time Liverpool target, though it appears they will have to wait a little bit longer with that aforementioned buyout yet to be triggered.

However, Mintzlaff claims that talks with Chelsea are yet to take place, he reported as saying : “We haven’t had an exchange with Chelsea yet,” the Leipzig CEO told Sky Germany. “So far, Timo Werner has not drawn the [£53m release] clause, nor has a club sent a transfer contract.

“We have nothing to report and do not take part in the daily speculation.”

All the talk regarding Werner’s future did not prevent the 24-year-old from lining up for Leipzig in the latest round of Bundesliga action on Saturday.

He gave a lively performance and provided an eighth assist of the season for Patrik Schick at home against bottom club Paderborn, but was also guilty of a couple of key misses as Julian Nagelsmann’s Champions League hopefuls were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw following the dismissal of centre-back Dayot Upamecano.

Timo Werner play time against Paderborn, A message to Chelsea

With prolific German forward Timo Werner seemingly on his way to Stamford Bridge, Chelsea fans got an early chance to see the 24-year-old in action, as RB Leipzig hosted Paderborn this afternoon. But how did he get on?

Disappointingly for Chelsea fans, Werner wasn’t to get on the scoresheet today – despite coming up against the Bundesliga’s bottom side!

However, the forward was lively throughout, his most significant contribution coming after 27 minutes. He beat the offside trap, broke down the Paderborn defensive line and found Patrick Schick with a neat cut-back to finish for his eighth assist of the season.

With all eyes on Werner, and the score settled at 1-1, he had a glorious chance to seal the win. He broke free on the left-hand side of the box, but thrashed over from a relatively straightforward position. Putting it bluntly, he should have scored. It wasn’t meant to be, however.

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Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech transfers will set Chelsea to compete with Liverpool and Manchester City

Frank Lampard has made his intentions at Chelsea clear from day one. The club’s all-time record goalscorer has had Manchester City and Liverpool – the Premier League’s runaway duo – in his sights.

First there was the hurdle of the transfer ban, which saw Lampard turn to youth and blood the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Reece James, a trio who could quite easily form the core of their side for years to come. But as a player at Stamford Bridge Lampard was never comfortable, never without competition to push him to his limit and the club to the top, and he wants the same for his players.

In spending more than a combined £90million on Hakim Ziyech, the Moroccan winger signed from Ajax in February, and now Timo Werner – who is set to complete his £53m move next week – Chelsea have thrown their full weight behind their manager’s plans.

The German international, who had been one of Liverpool’s top targets before priorities changed at Anfield, is Chelsea’s clearest statement of intent yet, a significant breakthrough coming on the day London rivals Tottenham, who under former Blues boss Jose Mourinho hold similar desires of silverware, took out a £175million loan to steer them through the coronavirus crisis.

Chelsea are on firmer ground financially, thanks largely to significant investment from Roman Abramovich, having spent nothing on new signings in the last two windows and the money secured in deals for Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata last summer.

Their work in competing with the top two once more is only starting, Lampard still has targets – including Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell – and problems to fix within his squad, who have been scintillating going forward at times but often at expense of a solid defence

The pressure on what was already going to be a shortened and complicated window thanks to the Covid-19 crisis has been eased, decisions on who must depart made clearer. Werner’s arrival, on a five-year-deal worth £9m-a-year, is the final nail in Michy Batshuayi’s time in west London with the Belgian set to be moved on permanently this summer. Pedro, 32, and Willian, 31, are likely to depart at the end of their contracts once the season is completed, Werner’s ability to play out wide further easing any fears of being left short on the flanks.

It will take time to break Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp’s duopoly, but before the window has even opened it is hard to argue that Chelsea have not catapulted themselves back to the top of the pecking order in London and have the tools in place to break free of the chasing pack.

A string of marquee signings will not undermine the work done with the academy graduates this season, it will move to accelerate their development at an even more alarming rate. The Blues have the ambition, the impetus and – perhaps most importantly now more than every – the money

Chelsea to offload seven players to fund Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell transfer deal

Chelsea are reportedly looking to offload up to seven players this summer to fund deals for Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell.
The Blues are rumoured to have seen off competition from Liverpool and Bayern Munich to sign RB Leipzig striker Werner, who has a €60m (£53.8m) release clause in his contract.

Leicester City full-back Chilwell is said to be Frank Lampard’s other big target ahead of next season, though he will set them back a further £60m.

In order to balance the books, The Mirror claims that a number of first-team squad members will be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge in the coming weeks.

Marcos Alonso, Jorginho and Kurt Zouma are all supposedly surplus to requirements, while Ross Barkley has also been told that he is free to find a new club.

Pedro and Willian are both out of contract and will soon be off the wage bill, meanwhile, and Michy Batshuayi is also set to be on his way out.

The report indicates that Newcastle United and Crystal Palace are in the running for Batshuayi, who is now even further down the pecking order following Werner’s imminent arrival.

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Chelsea boost interest in Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell

Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell is reportedly a priority target for Chelsea heading into the summer transfer window.
The Blues have already been active in the market, with RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner understood to have agreed a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

Manager Frank Lampard is supposedly hoping to add a new left-back to the ranks in South-West London, and Chilwell has been heavily linked with a move to the English capital recently.

According to Sky Sports News, the Blues are willing to go all out to secure the services of the 23-year-old in time for next season, and Chelsea would be open to parting ways with current left-backs Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso in order to raise funds.

However, with Chilwell’s contract at Leicester set to run until 2024, the Foxes will likely demand a hefty fee for the England international.

Chilwell has registered two goals and three assists from 23 Premier League appearances this term as Leicester lie third in the table prior to the league’s resumption.

Timo Werner to become Chelsea’s highest earner with £52m contract

Timo Werner will become Chelsea’s highest-earning player should his proposed move to Stamford Bridge go through.
The Premier League club are understood to have beaten domestic rivals Liverpool and Manchester United to the signature of the RB Leipzig striker, who was also linked with Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Chelsea have reportedly triggered Werner’s €60m (£53.8m) release clause and agreed terms on a five-year contract which will see him earn £200,000 per week.

Those terms would catapult Werner to the top of the list of Chelsea’s highest earners, with Kepa Arrizabalaga and N’Golo Kante currently on the most lucrative deals at Stamford Bridge.

The duo earn £150,000 per week in West London to give an annual salary of £7.8m – some way short of Werner’s reported potential earnings of £10.4m per year.

Over the full five-year contract that deal would see the 24-year-old earn £52m, just short of the figure it will take Chelsea to bring him to the club.

Werner has directly contributed to 43 goals in just 40 games this season, scoring 31 times and creating a further 12.

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