6.45pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Kai Havertz boost, Chilwell world record fee, Pope top goalkeeper target – The Sun

CHELSEA have already made some mouthwatering signings as they look to make an assault on the Premier League title next season.

And they are now said to be unopposed in the race for Kai Havertz, while Leicester are reported to be playing hardball over Ben Chilwell.

Follow all the latest transfer updates from the Bridge below…

  • CHIL OUT

    Chelsea will reportedly have to make Ben Chilwell the world's most expensive defender to prise him away from Leicester.

    The Mirror claims that the Blues have been told that the Foxes value the 23-year-old even more highly than £80million Harry Maguire.

    The report adds that Chilwell is keen to quit for Chelsea where he sees his long-term future.

  • BLUE EXODUS

    Chelsea are reportedly set for a defensive exodus with Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri the first out to make way for Ben Chilwell.

    The FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal exposed Chelsea's porous defence and lack of leaders.

    And according to The Telegraph, Frank Lampard is now looking to axe some of his current defenders to make space for new reinforcements.

    Marcos Alonso and Emerson have both struggled to hit the ground running this season and could be nearing the exit door.

  • YOU HAV HIM

    Bayern Munich have handed Chelsea a huge boost in the race to sign Kai Havertz by confirming they will NOT bid for the star this summer.

    Reports in Germany have previously suggested that the Bundesliga champions want to wait until 2021 to snap up the attacking midfielder.

    Having completed the £40.9million transfer of Leroy Sane from Manchester City, another major investment is not on Die Roten's radar.

    Bayern chief Uli Hoeness told FAZ: “I am sure that, after Leroy Sane, there will be no major transfers this year.

    “That has nothing to do with the quality of Havertz. We all think he is a very, very good player.

    “But in the coronavirus period after a transfer of almost 50 million, one of 70, 80 million or more I can't imagine making unless we secure counter-financing through player sales.”

  • WILL HE GO?

    Arsenal have reportedly offered Willian a three-year deal – which is the “biggest offer” he has received so far.

    The Brazilian, 31, looks set to leave Chelsea after rejecting their latest offer of a two-tear deal.

    France Football have now revealed that Arsenal are locked in advanced talks with Willian.

    The Brazilian will have the option to extend his stay at the Emirates by another year.

    A source has said: “Things are very advanced.”

  • Conte added: “It was very, very intense this year, difficult, and the lads did well to isolate ourselves and create unity within us, despite the difficulties.

    “I don’t like people who get on the bandwagon and I saw a lot of that with Inter this year.

    “We had to take all the poop for months and got zero protection. My problem is that I have a vision, I see the path we have to take and I know what we need to do.

    “I can be a lightning rod for the first year, but if you don’t learn and keep making the same mistakes, then that’s just crazy.

    “If you want to reduce the gap with Juventus you have to be strong on the pitch but above all off it.”

    And according to Sky Sport Italia, Conte's comments could lead him to depart the San Siro this summer after just one year in charge.

    They state that his relationship with the board has never been so strained, and if things don't get patched up, all signs point towards Conte leaving.

    It has been claimed that Inter chiefs have tolerated Conte's behaviour and outbursts up to now, but his latest remarks have angered the board.

  • CONT BELIEVE IT

    Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has risked angering the club's board after he laid into club chiefs after his side finished as runners-up in Serie A.

    Following the 2-0 win away at Atalanta that meant Inter ended up just one point behind champions Juventus, Conte stated that he believes the board failed to protect his players from criticism this season.

    Speaking after the match, he said: “It has been a tough year on a personal level, very tough.

    “I don’t think the players saw their work recognised and I don’t think I saw my work recognised. We all received very little protection from the club.

    “We have to grow and improve in all areas, including off the field, and a big club should protect its players more.

    “We’ll discuss it all at the end of the season. I have to meet the president (Steven Zhang) and he’s in China right now.”

  • FOOT OFF THE PED-AL

    Outgoing Chelsea star Pedro will MISS the start of new club Roma's season in Italy.

    The Spanish ace suffered a dislocated shoulder right at the death of the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.

    He has now had surgery and will need up to six weeks solely to recover from the op.

    The 33-year-old had put pen to paper on a two-year deal at Serie A side Roma.

    And on what was his last appearance for the Blues after nearly five years he was struck down by injury.

    The Italian season kicks off on September 19 – a week later than the Prem but Pedro will only have just returned to training in a best case scenario.

  • KEPT THEIR ED ON

    Chelsea have congratulated former coach Eddie Newton on his appointment as Trabzonspor's permanent boss.

    Newton was assistant at the Blues back in 2012 when they won the Champions League and has had a successful start to life in Turkey.

    He won both of his matches in temporary charge and delivered the club's first trophy in a decade with a 2-0 win over Alanyaspor on Wednesday in the Turkish Cup.

    In total he spent eight years at Stamford Bridge and on two occasions was No2.

    He previously told SunSport he was open to a fairytale return to West London in the future.

  • JOR DROPPING

    Chelsea fans have seen the moment Jorginho knew they were in trouble.

    The Blues went down 2-1 to Arsenal in Saturday's FA Cup final.

    And Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the orchestrator of Frank Lampard's side's downfall.

    He bagged a double and for his second, which turned out to be the winner, he rounded Kurt Zouma to score.

    Jorginho can be heard saying: “Yes Zou, right foot. Argh Zou.”

  • WILLI STAY OR GO?

    Willian is interested in joining Chelsea's FA Cup final opponents Arsenal.

    The Brazilian sat out the Gunners' triumph over his current side through injury.

    His contract saga has rumbled on and it is being widely reported that he has REJECTED Chelsea's latest offer of a two-year deal to stay.

    The stumbling block is that the 31-year-old wants a three-year contract.

    Willian is expected to make a decision on his future after the Blues' Champions League game against Bayern Munich on Saturday.

    Arsenal are hopeful they can tempt him to the Emirates.

  • BLUE YOUR CHANCE

    Chelsea are reportedly readying themselves for a defensive exodus.

    Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri are the first likely to go to make space for the potential arrival of Ben Chilwell from Leicester.

    According to The Telegraph, Frank Lampard will axe some of his current crop to make space for new reinforcements.

    Former Blue Nathan Ake looks set for a move to Man City – despite Lampard being a fan of the relegated Bournemouth man.

  • BOEUF UP THE DEFENCE

    Former Chelsea hardman Frank Leboeuf has urged Frank Lampard to bring in a “big guy” at the back.

    The French ex-pro believes the Blues need their own “leader” like Liverpool's talismanic Virgil Van Dijk.

    He told ESPN FC about the challenges faced by Lampard: “[He needs to improve] all of them. That’s the problem. 

    “The goalkeeper is a big issue, but you have to go to the main [issue]. If you’re looking at the main issue, it’s the central defenders.  

    “Zouma is doing great, but I’m not confident about [Antonio] Rudiger, I’m not confident about [Andreas] Christensen. I don’t know what will happen with [Fikayo] Tomori, but I think they need a big guy. 

    “You saw what happened with Liverpool when they got Van Dijk, he changed everything. Even Lovren and Gomez looked better alongside him. 

    “You need a big guy to make sure he’ll lead the defence. Look at Ramos. [Raphael] Varane is a fantastic player, but is he still the fantastic player when he plays for France as when he plays for Madrid with Sergio Ramos? He’s better with Real Madrid.”

  • HE'S DONE WELL

    Former Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell believes Frank Lampard can take the positives out of this season despite the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.

    Sidwell told Football Daily: “It has been a very positive season for Frank.

    “Losing Hazard, the transfer ban, he's promoted the youngsters…and they've repaid the faith by playing a certain standard.

    “Now they have Champions League to look forward to next season.”

  • BEING TOTALLY FRANK

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes a September 12 Premier League restart is too soon.

    He said after the FA Cup final defeat on Saturday to Arsenal: “I am guessing we will be told when we start and that will be dependent on how we will go against Bayern Munich.

    “It is not ideal if we carry on against Bayern – the players need to be given a break to play at the level and the quality product that the Premier League is.

    “Even in a worst-case scenario, we don't go through against Bayern, the 12th feels too early for me for the players to start playing again.

    “The players need a break. That is why we have pulled two hamstrings and had players pull out of the game before this.”

  • IZZY GOING?

    Chelsea ace Izzy Brown is being targeted by Championship side QPR.

    The 23-year-old forward impressed on loan at Luton Town last term.

    And West London Sport reports he could be set for a move across London.

    He is once again likely to leave Stamford Bridge in search of first-team action.

  • MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Forgotten all about Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal yet?

    Cesar Azpilicueta spoke yesterday about how tough it was to take the loss.

    And Antonio Rudiger was among a few squad members who took to social media to express their disappointment.

    But let’s not talk about it anymore.

    In transfers, comes more positive news for Blues fans.

    Chelsea are ramping up their quest to nab Nick Pope from Burnley ahead of Frank Lampard’s second season in charge of the club.

    But the Blues target isn’t likely to be cheap with Clarets boss Sean Dyche reportedly slapping a £50million tag on his prized asset.

    Pope, who made 38 Premier League appearances for the Clarets this season, is the Blues number one target according to the Daily Star.

    And the Burnley stopper, who was rumoured to be a transfer target for Tottenham last year, is reportedly keen on a move to one of the giants in England’s top division.

    The 28-year-old, who kept 15 clean sheets in the league this term, was narrowly beaten by Manchester City goalie Ederson to this season’s Golden Glove prize.

    It’s believed a move to one of the Premier League’s top sides could help the Clarets star rival Jordan Pickford as first choice for Gareth Southgate.

    Elsewhere, Chelsea have made an opening bid for Kai Havertz, according to transfer expert Ian McGarry.

    The Blues' interest in the Leverkusen winger is well known and McGarry claims Lampard has offered £45m plus £9m in add-ons – a way short of Leverkusen's £81m demands.

    He said: “Chelsea's pursuit of German international Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen has progressed a little bit.

    “It is our understanding that Chelsea met with Leverkusen officials this week.

    “Petr Cech had visited Leverkusen to speak to officials there and the player about a possible move to Stamford Bridge.

    “That has resulted in an opening bid of 50m euros plus 10m euros in add-ons.

    “Leverkusen continue to value the player at 90m euros. That is something Chelsea feel is not a fair price for the 21-year-old.”

    And finally Trabzonspor manager and Chelsea icon Eddie Newton told SunSport he’d love to manage the Blues one day.

    He said: “Everyone knows where my heart is, I love Chelsea and I’m not going to deny that.

    “It would be foolhardy to say I’m not. I wouldn’t close myself off. If they came then great but we’ll see. I am open to all offers.

    “Why wouldn’t you want to work in the Premier League? You want to work against the best.

    “I wanted to play against the best when I was a player and it’s the same as a manager.

    “It’s arguably the best league in the world with some great individual players and managers.

    “Some of the best coaches in the world are operating in the Premier League.”

  • INTERESTING NEW-S

    Trabzonspor manager and Chelsea icon Eddie Newton told SunSport he’d love to manage the Blues one day.

    He said: “Everyone knows where my heart is, I love Chelsea and I’m not going to deny that.

    “It would be foolhardy to say I’m not. I wouldn’t close myself off. If they came then great but we’ll see. I am open to all offers.

    “Why wouldn’t you want to work in the Premier League? You want to work against the best.

    “I wanted to play against the best when I was a player and it’s the same as a manager.

    “It’s arguably the best league in the world with some great individual players and managers.

    “Some of the best coaches in the world are operating in the Premier League.”

  • 'ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING'

    Arsenal fans have come under fire for celebrating after Chelsea star Christian Pulisic was carried off with a nasty injury.

    The American was distraught as he suffered an injury after scoring the opening goal in the FA Cup final.

    But footage from Arsenal Fan TV showed supporters cheering as he was taken off.

  • Mundo Deportivo now claims Liverpool are “very likely” to sign the ace.

    That is if they agree to meet Bayern’s £27million asking price.

    Thiago has one year left on his current deal with the Bundesliga champions.

    But he has made it clear he wants to leave for a new challenge.

    He snubbed Manchester United back in 2011 but eventually left Barca in 2013 for the German giants.

  • THIAGO-ING

    Former Chelsea target Thiago is reportedly “very likely” to join Liverpool from Bayern Munich.

    The Spanish attacker has been linked with several Premier League clubs this summer as well as Paris Saint-Germain.

    French reports claimed PSG had won the transfer race to sign the 29-year-old star.

    However, now it seems Jurgen Klopp is set to secure the services of the ex-Barcelona midfielder…

  • BLUE IN THE FACE

    This Chelsea fan is furious!

    According to this supporter, Anthony Taylor is a “disgrace” and the FA are a “disgrace”.

    Agree Blues fans?

  • CECH MATE

    Chelsea legend and current technical advisor Petr Cech has refused to be drawn on speculation that the Blues will sign Kai Havertz this summer.

    The Czech was asked by a fan about the potential deal after Chelsea's 2-1 FA Cup final defeat to Cech's former club Arsenal.

    But the ex-goalkeeper simply said: “Good try.”

  • BOX OFFICE

    A staggering 8.2million people tuned in to watch Arsenal's FA Cup triumph over Chelsea – more than any other game this season.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's Wembley masterclass was watched by half the UK population who own a TV.

    The clash was shown live on BBC One who had an audience share of 46.1 per cent while BT Sport also had rights to the game.

    With the coronavirus pandemic preventing fans from entering stadiums, supporters were glued to their seats in the living room to witness the action unfold.

    The viewing figures topped the previous season's best of 7.3m in the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester United and Chelsea.

    All of the top eight most-watched matches this season were live on BBC with seven of those coming in the FA Cup.

  • Drogba needs nominations from three of the 14 Ligue 1 clubs and two from the lower divisions.

    The two-time African Football of the Year also must have the endorsement of any of five special interest groups of coaches, doctors, current and former players and referees, according to Reuters.

    Drogba, who snubbed a coaching role at his beloved Chelsea in order to focus on running for president, said: “Football is everyone’s sport, football brings people together, football unites.

    “We can see it today with all these people gathered in front of the headquarters of the Ivorian football federation.”

  • TOP DROG

    Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has submitted his candidacy to become president of Ivory Coast football.

    The 42-year-old is one of four people vying it out for the position.

    The elections to be top chief at the Cote d’Ivoire Football Federation take place next month.

    And the former striker hopes his achievements throughout his distinguished club career and with The Elephants will help him be voted in.

    However, he is still not certain to be on the ballot…

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