Chelsea turn attention to Villarreal’s Samu Chukwueze as Man Utd edge closer to Jadon Sancho transfer – The Sun

CHELSEA could turn to Samu Chukwueze in their hunt for a new winger this summer, according to reports.

The Blues had been hoping to prise Jadon Sancho away from Borussia Dortmund in the coming months.

But with BVB refusing to drop their asking price, the West Londoners appear to have privately conceded defeat in the race to sign the much-coveted 20-year-old.

So with Manchester United now the overwhelming favourites to acquire Sancho, the Blues are having to consider other options.

And according to Goal, Villarreal livewire Chukwueze is one being carefully considered.

The 21-year-old has become a regular in LaLiga after coming through the Yellow Submarine's academy.

Chukwueze regularly troubles defences with his outstanding dribbling ability, although his final ball could do with some refining – having provided four assists in addition to four goals this season.

And a move to Chelsea could be the perfect next step for the exciting Nigerian.

Boss Frank Lampard is believed to want a wide forward, particularly with Willian and Pedro's contracts set to expire.

The Blues still have youngsters Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi – as well as the incoming Hakim Ziyech, but feel that they could still do with more options.

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10am Chelsea news LIVE: Blues ‘could be good fit for Timo Werner’, Kante may miss rest of season LATEST, Willian updates – The Sun

CHELSEA are continuing their preparations for the Premier League's restart.

But there are no guarantees N'Golo Kante will return to training while Jorginho's agent isn't giving up on a move to Juventus.

Get all the latest Chelsea news and gossip here…

  • QUARANTINE PROBLEM

    Alan Shearer doesn't think this season's Champions League can be completed.

    The SunSport columnist said: “This is going to be a problem now.

    “The two-week quarantine rule is going to make that really difficult as it looks like sports teams will not be exempt.

    “If you think about the issue of two weeks of isolation for teams when going into one country and the same when you come back to the UK, it’s a big problem.

    “Unless it is relaxed before August I can’t see it.”

  • GOT HIS ED' SCREWED ON

    Eden Hazard has also spoken positively about Azpi becoming a manager.

    The former Chelsea winger said: “I think he talks a lot about football.

    “I think a manager (role) is more for defenders – or midfielders.

    “Wingers or strikers are not good managers, apart from Zidane.”

  • BOSSING IT

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek thinks Cesar Azpilicueta has everything he needs to become a top manager.

    The Chelsea midfielder said: “He’s the most professional player I’ve seen and he is a good captain.

    “I say he could go on to become a manager.”

  • CULTURE CLASH

    Ashley Cole has revealed he left Arsenal just two years after the amazing Invincibles season – because he did not think they were serial winners anymore.

    England left-back Cole quit to join London rivals Chelsea in 2006 – and says the culture was “falling apart” on the red side of London.

    Arguably the greatest Premier League left-back of all-time, Cole told the BBC: “The transition in terms of being in a different group, environment and players was easy because, at the time when I first started at Arsenal, we had a core – the Keowns, the Seamans, the Vieiras, the Henrys, the Adams'.

    “When they started to leave, I felt there were holes in the culture of what it was that brought success. I just felt it was falling apart a bit, or there were gaps missing, and they weren't filled.

    “So that transition in terms of finding myself in a different culture and the willingness and want to win, I went to Chelsea, and I had that.”

  • DAY OF THE TACKLE

    Premier League stars were cleared to kick off close-contact training on Sunday in a boost for the return of top-flight football.

    New Stage Two guidance lets elite athletes train in pairs and small groups and waives the two-metre social distancing rule.

    The news put a smile on the face of Wilfried Zaha as he began Crystal Palace training on Sunday.

    And the easing of restrictions came as just two new positive results returned from 996 Premier League tests last week. They were logged at different clubs and the figure is four fewer than the week before.

    More testing is due today and tomorrow before league bosses decide on Wednesday whether full-contact training will resume.

  • TIMO TO THINK

    Owen Hargreaves has told Timo Werner that Chelsea “could be a good fit” for him after urging the RB Leipzig striker not to join Liverpool.

    Werner hit a hat-trick in Leipzig's 5-0 thrashing of Mainz on Sunday, topping up his tally to 30 goals for the season.

    And Hargreveas said: “Well, he's not going to get past Bobby Firmino, who is one of my favourite players to watch.

    “I think that's the thing. Wherever he goes, he has to play. With the way United play right now, I could see him there. They need a number nine.

    “Chelsea could be a good fit, I just think he's perfect for Liverpool in a way, but he's not guaranteed to start.

    “If he's happy rotating in the front three then yes, he'd be a great fit for Jurgen Klopp.

    “He works hard, he's a good goal-scorer, he's a good team-mate, all those things they need but he's not going to play ahead of Roberto Firmino, I just don't see that. He's too good in that team.”

  • MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Blues goalkeeper Kepa could reportedly be offered an escape route of Chelsea by Valencia.

    The 25-year-old looks set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer after falling out of favour under Frank Lampard.

    And according to Mundo Deportivo, LaLiga side Valencia are interested in securing his services.

    Meanwhile, Jorginho's agent has admitted a move to Italy could be on the cards with Juventus the firm favourites.

    Agent Joao Santos told Tuttomercatoweb: “I don't know whether Juve want Jorginho or not, as he has three years left on is Chelsea contract. We'll see.

    “He is a professional, so if an important club in Italy calls, then why not?”

    Finally, Chelsea look likely to play the remainder of the campaign without star midfielder N'Golo Kante.

    The Blues have granted permission for the Frenchman to miss the rest of the season if his fears linger over coronavirus.

    It will be a blow to Chelsea's hope of qualifying for the Champions League as they currently sit three points above Manchester United who occupy fifth.

    But Kante's absence could be Billy Gilmour's gain with the youngster ready to stake his place in the first-team.

  • KEP ON MOVING

    Kepa Arrizabalaga could reportedly be offered an escape route out of Chelsea by Valencia.

    The 25-year-old became the world’s most-expensive goalkeeper when the Blues forked out £71million to sign him from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.

    But he has fallen out of favour under Frank Lampard this campaign with the West London side possibly looking to offload him once the transfer window re-opens.

    And now Mundo Deportivo claim LaLiga’s Valencia want the Spaniard on loan.

  • HOLD THE FORT

    Premier League clubs are increasingly pushing towards a June 26 restart.

    We revealed how June 12 was expected to be ditched, with many also believing staging games on June 19 could be too much of a rush.

    Now restarting the league on June 26 is a plan gathering momentum.

    And clubs could rubber-stamp the date at a meeting on Thursday.

    A senior Premier League source said: “The more you look at it, you realise we cannot start until the end of June.

    “It is just too hasty to put games on any earlier.”

  • MOUR TO COME

    Frank Lampard is likely to play out the rest of the season without star midfielder N'Golo Kante.

    The Blues have granted the Frenchman permission to miss the rest of the season if his fears linger over coronavirus.

    The World Cup winner has been harbouring anxieties about the bug ever since the UK was locked down in March.

    Here's how they could line-up without the Frenchman…

  • HAV TO HAVE HIM

    Ex-Chelsea star Frank Leboeuf has urged the Blues to sign Kai Havertz instead of Philippe Coutinho.

    He told ESPN FC: “When we were talking Chelsea about Coutinho, when you see that player [Havertz], he should be in the Premier League very soon.

    “He should be because he's a very, very talented player.”

    Leboeuf added: “I like his maturity on the field, he looks like someone who is 30 and knows exactly what he has to do it.

    “The goal he was scored was very clever, between the goalkeeper's legs.”

  • BLUE IS THE COLOUR

    Jorginho's agent has again talked up a potential move to Juventus as the pressure piles on Frank Lampard to let the midfielder reunite with Maurizio Sarri.

    A swap deal between the Brazilian-Italian and Miralem Pjanic has been mooted, even though the Bosnian Juve star is reportedly determined to join Barcelona.

    Nevertheless, agent Joao Santos told Tuttomercatoweb: “I don't know whether Juve want Jorginho or not, as he has three years left on his Chelsea contract. We'll see…

    “He is a professional, so if an important club in Italy calls, then why not?”

    In other news, Chelsea could be without N'Golo Kante for the rest of the season.

    The Frenchman has so far opted against returning to training due to worries about coronavirus.

    And Willian has suggested he will certainly leave Chelsea if they do not come back with an improved contract offer.

    The Brazilian, who has been targeted by Tottenham and Arsenal, said: “It’s a difficult situation, Chelsea offered me two years and they are not going to change.

    “I don’t know if it will be possible to stay.

    “My goal is to continue working and focus on the remainder of the season, so that Chelsea can continue winning games.

    “I have a clear head and I'm focused for the rest of the season that we have left. Let's see what happens.”

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8am Chelsea news LIVE: Coutinho transfer to Chelsea ‘on’, Kante may miss rest of season, Kepa exit to Valencia – The Sun

CHELSEA are back in training as the return of the Premier League draws closer.

But N'Golo Kante is not among the squad due to coronavirus fears, and the club will not put any pressure on the Frenchman to return.

Follow all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge below…

  • COUTINHO TO CHELSEA 'ON'

    Philippe Coutinho's transfer to Chelsea is reportedly “on” after Bayern Munich officially passed up their opportunity to sign the Barcelona playmaker.

    Coutinho has spent this season on loan at Bayern but they have decided not to make the move permanent.

    Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “The option has expired and we have not exercised it. We will see if the player can still have a role to play with us or not.”

    And the Evening Standard say that paves the way for a move to the Premier League, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Leicester all in contact with Barcelona.

    According to Spanish sports paper Mundo Deportivo, the former Liverpool star fancies a move to Stamford Bridge.

  • GOOD MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    Frank Lampard's men face a Champions League headache – and not just because they trail Bayern Munich 3-0 from the first leg amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Chelsea's players would be quarantined for 14 days upon returning from Germany under new government rules on UK arrivals, starting on June 8. 

    Bayern Munich have also emerged as major rivals to Chelsea, Manchester United and Co in the hunt for Jadon Sancho.

    A huge summer move seems less likely now, given the financial impact of Covid-19, but nonetheless Borussia Dortmund's England attacker has a growing list of suitors.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea and United target Miralem Pjanic has reportedly ruled out moving to London and is desperate to join Barcelona.

    The Bosnia midfielder, 30, has also been linked with PSG as Juventus chief Maurizio Sarri is prepared to let him to.

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was reportedly willing to let Jorginho head to Turin in a bid to land Pjanic.

    But Brazil star Willian, wanted by Arsenal and Spurs has reiterated he is keen to stay at Chelsea for the rest of the season, even if that means playing into July and August.

  • JOSE: I WAS A SILLY BERGA

    Ex-Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho admits he was a “d***head” to his Inter Milan Treble-winning side of 2010.

    The Spurs chief also revealed he was violent with his players and told them “they had won the Scudetto of s**t” following a defeat to Bergamo.

    Mourinho lifted the Serie A title, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League in 2009-10.

    The Portuguese, 57, said: “I’m never fake, I’m original. It’s me and that’s it. I was also a d***head but that was me.”

    Mourinho lost his cool with his Inter squad following the 3-1 defeat to Bergamo in January 2009.

    He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I was very violent with the players — I told them they had won the Scudetto of s**t.

    “It was only afterwards I understood I had hurt them and I apologised.”

  • YOU MUST BECOME HEAVYWEIGHT HAVERTZ

    Dimitar Berbatov has urged Kai Havertz to snub the Premier League for now — and bulk up.

    The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, 20, has been linked with Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and United and enhanced his growing reputation with two goals in Monday’s 4-1 win over Werder Bremen.

    But ex-United striker Berbatov, who left Leverkusen to join Spurs in 2006, believes Havertz is not yet tough enough to leave his native Germany.

    Berbatov, 39, said: “I’d like to see Havertz in the Premier League but it is a bit too early for him.

    “He will need a bit more muscle. We all know how defenders can squash you and smash you into pieces.

    “He should stay at Leverkusen and develop even more, get that experience which will help him for when the time comes to go somewhere else.”

  • BAYERN DECLINE TO PAY COUTINHO FEE

    Bayern Munich will spark more talk of Philippe Coutinho returning to the Premier League by declining to pay a £110million option to buy the Barcelona playmaker.

    Chelsea, Manchester United and even old club Liverpool have been linked with the Brazil star, 27, although financial restraints due to the coronavirus pandemic make a summer transfer less likely.

    Bayern chairman  Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Der Spiegel: “The option expired and “we haven't activated it.

    “Now we're going to draw up squad planning internally (for next season) and we'll see if he still has a role to play with us or not.”

    Coutinho started just 15 of Bayern's 25 games, coming on as substitute eight times, before the Covid-19 lockdown halted football action. 

    But with Barca insisting he could still have a role back at the Nou Camp, he hopes to impress now the Bundesliga has restarted.

  • FUTURE IS UP IN THE PIERRE

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's future seems more up in the air than his air.

    Just as the Arsenal skipper was mocked on social media for his untidy locks on returning to training, so he was being linked with PSG, in addition to longer-term suitors Barcelona.

    The Gabon striker is entering the final year of his contract, although Premier League interest seems to have died down, Manchester United having initially been rated as strong contenders.

  • BAY IN WAIT FOR SANCHO

    Bayern Munich have emerged as major rivals to Jadon Sancho's host of Premier League suitors, like United and Chelsea.

    Reports in Germany suggest the Bundesliga champions regard the Borussia Dortmund attacker as an alternative to Manchester City's Germany wideman Leroy Sane.

    England star Sancho has bagged 19 goals and 17 assists for German giants Dortmund in all competitions this season.

  • PREM 'CONFIDENT' OF RETURN

    Premier League chief executive Richard Masters insists they are “as confident as we can be” about restarting in June.

    He said the Prem would be “flexible” about a restart date, having previously targeted June 12 after the coronavirus pandemic halted action on March 13.

    Masters told the BBC: “There is some momentum. We've taken the first step.

    “It's great for everybody, including the fans, to see our players back on the training ground.”

    He said the Prem would learn from the Bundesliga's return last weekend, which went smoothly despite being behind closed doors.

    British football could even be played out to empty stands until next year.

  • CUT-OUTS FOR SHUT-OUTS

    Three Premier League clubs are interested in having cardboard cut-outs in empty stands when top-flight football returns.

    SunSport understands those behind the new ‘Stay at Home – Be at the Game’ project have held talks with club officials – two sides in the top half of the table – about adopting the concept.

    If those discussions prove successful, then £20 recyclable and water-proof cut-outs could be placed in stadiums when the Premier League resumes in June.

    Some of the money raised will be donated to the NHS in the fight against coronavirus.

    Top US sporting bodies like the NBA and MLS have also shown an interest as international sport looks set to return behind closed doors in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    It is the brainchild of ingenious German super-fan Ingo Muller, who has organised almost 14,000 cut-outs of fans and season-ticket holders for his beloved Borussia Monchengladbach.

    It will go live to the world when the Bundesliga side face Bayern Leverkusen at the Borussia-Park on Saturday afternoon.

  • BARNES IS SAN FAN

    Chelsea and United target Jadon Sancho is one of three possible signings Liverpool should prioritise, says Anfield legend John Barnes.

    The former England winger thinks Jurgen Klopp should pursue Borussia Dortmund’s England attacker Sancho, plus Leicester City's Turkey defender Caglar Soyuncu and Real Sociedad’s Spain centre-back Diego Llorente.

    But it is RB Leipzig and Germany striker Timo Werner who remains the player most commonly linked with a huge summer switch to Liverpool.

  • BARCA CRACK MIRA DEAL

    Chelsea and Manchester United target Miralem Pjanic has ruled out moving to London and is determined to join Barcelona, reports say.

    The Bosnia midfielder, 30, has also been linked with PSG as Juventus chief Maurizio Sarri is prepared to let him to.

    But Mundo Deportivo claim he has already agreed to sign for Barca once the season finally ends.

    Pjanic was reportedly eager to switch the Serie A champs for the LaLiga kings.

    And Barcelona also wanted to add experience to the midfield, to help a batch of rising stars coming through.

    A deal with Juve could see Barca's Brazil midfielder Arthur, 23, head the opposite way on a season-long loan.

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was reportedly willing to let Jorginho head to Turin in a bid to land Pjanic.

  • THIBAUT'S KEEPING A TRACK

    Real Madrid's ex-Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois will will compete in Formula One Virtual Monaco Grand Prix – then take on F1 star Pierre Gasly at NBA 2K this Sunday.

    Belgium No1 Courtois has been hosting weekly NBA2K20 games for the NBA Together scheme.

    But his battle with Scuderia AlphaTaur's Frenchman Gasly will be his last.

  • EURO LOCK-OUT?

    Chelsea, Manchester United and City's European hopes are in doubt after the government confirmed a two-week quarantine on UK arrivals from June 8.

    No exemptions are being given to sports stars, potentially causing a real headache for British clubs left in Europe.

    It means should Real Madrid fly to England for the second leg of their last-16 tie with Pep Guardiola's side, the Spanish giants would have to wait in complete lockdown for two weeks before being able to train and then play the match.

    Similarly, Chelsea are due to fly to Germany to play Bayern Munich which would again cause the same problems for Frank Lampard's men when they return to England.

    United are still in the Europa League, beating LASK 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 clash in Austria with the second leg at Old Trafford, while Wolves and Scottish side Rangers could also fall victim to the new crackdown.

  • YOU KAN MAKE YOUR OWN CHOICES

    Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante and Watford skipper Troy Deeney have been backed by Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson after they missed training due to worries over coronavirus.

    The Champions League-winning midfielder said: “I fully respect their opinion and their decision to do that.

    “I think everybody is in a different situation with their family and at home.

    “Ultimately, if you don't feel comfortable or safe, you shouldn't feel forced or pressured to come into work.

    “I fully respect the lads that don't feel comfortable as of yet, and I hope that they respect my opinion and that of the other players who have come back.

    “Everybody's situation is different but ultimately, for me, I feel very safe here at the training ground, otherwise I wouldn't be here. My team-mates as well.”

  • WILL I AM STAYING

    Arsenal target Willian has reiterated that he is keen to stay at Chelsea for the rest of the season, even if that means playing into July and August.

    The Brazilian, 31, has a contract till June 30, but according to the Athletic the winger will continue at Stamford Bridge no matter what.

    The terms of any short-term deal into July and August are unclear.

    And Willian is wanted by Arsenal and Tottenham ahead of next season, with no shortage of options elsewhere around Europe.

  • NEW HAZARD TO WORRY ABOUT

    Dimitar Berbatov has tipped Man Utd and Liverpool target Kai Havertz to become Eden Hazard’s long-term replacement at Chelsea.

    The former Spurs and Man Utd striker told Betfair: “I think it is interesting to see Chelsea linked with him, they haven’t really replaced Hazard since he left and it was always going to be difficult to do so.

    “I think for sure they need to go for a young player with a lot of football ahead of them, if that is the case then they will also have to be patient as well because sometimes young players need time to adjust to the physicality and speed of Premier League.

    “Havertz is an option for them but it has only been the first week back of the Bundesliga and I hope that he continues to way he has comeback, by scoring and producing the goals that he has done so far.”

  • KURT-SHIP

    Arsenal and Chelsea are both tracking German teenager Kaan Kurt.

    The full-back has played this season for Borussia Monchengladbach II in the country's fourth tier but has yet to appear for the club’s first team.

    Kurt, 18, who has played at German international youth level right through until the under-19s, mostly plays as an attacking right-back but can also operate on the left.

    He is contracted with Gladbach until 2022 and would cost about £4million.

    Kurt also played three times for Turkey's under-17s and has attracted interest from Fenerbahce.

  • BAME CONCERNS

    The Government will today be asked for immediate research on whether BAME players are at enhanced risk by the planned return to contact training, reports MARTIN LIPTON.

    PFA deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes will urge the country’s deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van Tam, to intercede and demand proper answers.

    The fears of the players has been articulated by Watford’s Troy Deeney, worried about the impact of potential Covid-19 infection on his five-year-old son.

    Chelsea have also given fearful N’Golo Kante dispensation not to return to training unless he feels confident in his health and safety.

    But while Barnes has previously spoken to Premier League chiefs over the concerns, asking for more research to be undertaken before the green light can be given by the players, the union chief will now press the issue again.

    By going direct to Van Tam at a three-way video meeting this afternoon, also attended virtually by League bosses and medical chiefs, Barnes wants to make it clear that the issue must be properly addressed before players will assent to a full training ground return.

  • TER STAYIN'

    Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is reportedly set to sign a new five-year deal at Barcelona to deal Chelsea a major blow in their search for a new goalkeeper.

    Ter Stegen, 28, has two years left on his contract at the Nou Camp and Sport had claimed that the Blues were looking to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

    Frank Lampard is claimed to be looking to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga after being left unconvinced that he's the right man to have between the sticks.

    Kepa has failed to justify the £71.6million fee the West Londoners forked out to bring him to the Premier League from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.

    And with contract talks set to have stalled between Barca and Ter Stegen, Spanish media stated that Chelsea were ready to pounce.

    But Sport have now insisted that Ter Stegen is set to end speculation that he could leave by penning a new deal next month until 2025.

  • BAND OF BROTHERS

    Chelsea flop Gonzalo Higuain is reportedly considering a summer switch to MLS side DC United to link up with his brother.

    The front page of Italian newspaper Tuttosport claim the Argentine striker is set to leave Juventus at the end of the season.

    Maurizio Sarri, who had been in charge of the 32-year-old at Napoli, Chelsea and the Old Lady, appears to have finally given up on Higuain.

    The Argentine international returned to Italy earlier this month after the Serie A champions threatened to terminate his contract after he went AWOL in his homeland.

    Despite still having a year left on his current deal, Higuain is still expected to be offloaded this summer as Juve look to free up wages in their squad.

    The former Chelsea misfit has struggled for playing time at the Allianz Stadium following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

  • SKY BLUE THINKING

    An image of Chelsea's 'pre-match shirt' has been leaked on social media.

    As usual, it's Footy Headlines who have done the honours and popped the snap on Twitter.

  • WILL POWER

    Willian has reiterated that he is keen to stay at Chelsea for the rest of the season, even if that means playing into July and August.

    The Brazilian, 31, has a contract till June 30, but according to the Athletic the winger will continue at Stamford Bridge no matter what.

    The terms of any short-term deal are unclear, but surely that is the kind of dedication Frank Lampard wants to keep in West London, even if only for next season?

  • DANI’S DATE

    Has Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos revealed the start date for the Premier League?

    The Spaniard, on loan from Real Madrid, has suggested the players are getting ready to restart on June 20.

    The 23-year-old told RTVE: “We are going to start a week late with respect to what is being talked about in Spain, which is June 12, and we are going to start the league on the 20th.

    “Forty-eight hours ago we passed the tests and the truth is that the entire team have given a negative result.”

  • HAV A GO

    Dimitar Berbatov has tipped Man Utd and Liverpool target Kai Havertz to become Eden Hazard’s long-term replacement at Chelsea.

    The former Spurs and Man Utd striker told Betfair: “I think it is interesting to see Chelsea linked with him, they haven’t really replaced Hazard since he left and it was always going to be difficult to do so.

    “I think for sure they need to go for a young player with a lot of football ahead of them, if that is the case then they will also have to be patient as well because sometimes young players need time to adjust to the physicality and speed of Premier League.

    “Havertz is an option for them but it has only been the first week back of the Bundesliga and I hope that he continues to way he has comeback, by scoring and producing the goals that he has done so far.”

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Five strikers Chelsea could move for after failed Dries Mertens transfer including Antoine Griezmann and Edinson Cavani – The Sun

CHELSEA had hoped to sign Napoli superstar Dries Mertens this summer to help provide some much-needed depth to their attacking ranks.

Tammy Abraham has been in fine form this season, but Olivier Giroud – bar a late flurry of goals before the lockdown – and Michy Batshuayi have struggled.

Reports claim Mertens has put pen to paper on a new three-year contract at Napoli, sending Frank Lampard back to the drawing board.

With that in mind, we've taken a look at FIVE other strikers the Chelsea chief could turn to this summer, now free from the club's transfer ban…

ANTOINE GRIEZMANN

BARCELONA have come out and said all-but TWO players are for sale this summer – with only Lionel Messi and Marc-Andre ter Stegen safe.

The LaLiga giants are hoping to raise funds to bankroll a series of high-profile transfers.

And that means £108million man Griezmann – who only joined the Nou Camp squad last summer – could be on the move after a disappointing debut season.

Chelsea could use a player of the France international's experience – and still aged only 29, his best years could be around the corner.

EDINSON CAVANI

THE Uruguayan legend has been linked with a move away from Paris Saint-Germain all year.

In January, Cavani was said to have agreed to join Atletico Madrid at the end of the season on a free transfer – only for the move to collapse.

While Cavani may be well into the final years of his career, now 33, he could fill a hole for the Blues while they wait to find a new, long-term option.

The former Napoli star is a proven goalscorer and has netted 50 times for Uruguay, while adding 200 goals in just 300 matches for PSG.

For a free transfer, the Blues could do a lot, lot worse…

But Chelsea will face competition, with Manchester United, Newcastle and Inter Milan interested – as well as Inter Miami in the MLS.

LUKA JOVIC

HUGE things were expected of the Serbian striker when he left Eintracht Frankfurt in a mega-money deal last summer.

But Jovic has failed to deliver, crushed by the weight of expectation from fans at the Bernabeu.

He is being linked with a move away from Madrid – either permanently or on loan – this summer after scoring just twice in 24 matches this season.

And Chelsea could take a bit of a gamble in hoping Jovic can rediscover his form from his Bundesliga days – where he scored 27 goals in just 48 matches a season ago.

Arsenal and Newcastle are also interested, along with Serie A giants AC Milan.

MOUSSA DEMBELE

CHELSEA have been chasing Dembele all season now, facing competition from Man Utd.

The French former Fulham and Celtic striker has been in red-hot form for Lyon this season.

Still young, aged just 23, Dembele would be a strong option for the future, with Abraham ably assisting him up front.

Lyon's president has admitted they may need to sell the striker too – which is great news for Lampard.

DIEGO COSTA

NOW this one is NOT one for the future…

But Costa is still loved by Chelsea fans and hated by supporters of every other Premier League club for his ability to rile up his opponents.

Costa has revealed he could stick around at Atletico Madrid until the end of his contract in June 2021.

But Atleti may decide to cash in now rather than lose him for nothing at the end of next season.

And if he fancies one last swansong, Costa could do a lot worse than play the role of understudy to Abraham for at least one season back at Stamford Bridge.

Costa scored 59 times in 120 games for the Blues across three seasons.

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How Chelsea could line up with Declan Rice and Dries Mertens but no Kante if Lampard lands summer transfer targets – The Sun

CHELSEA could line up VERY differently next season if Frank Lampard’s summer spending goes to plan.

The Blues boss is ready to finally splash some cash after last year’s transfer ban forced him to instead hand chances to academy graduates including Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Reece James.

There are a number of veterans set to depart on free transfers when their contracts expire, such as Willian, Pedro and Olivier Giroud.

Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante is a reported big-money target for Real Madrid while vice-captain Jorginho is being lined up for another reunion with former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri at Juventus.

There are also doubts over the long-term futures of stars including Marcos Alonso, Emerson and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Here, SunSport looks at how Chelsea could look at the start of the 20/21 Premier League campaign…

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9am Chelsea news LIVE: Onana exit agreed, Willian ‘is going to Tottenham’, Bird transfer imminent – The Sun

CHELSEA are gearing up for a summer of activity as boss Frank Lampard looks to reshape his Blues' side.

But Willian's transfer to Tottenham has reportedly already been agreed while the Blues are set to bring in Max Bird from Derby.

Follow all the latest updates and transfer gossip below…

  • NORTH LONDON CALLING

    Willian will definitely be joining Tottenham in summer, according to Richard Keys.

    Speaking on the Keys and Gray Show, the former Sky Sports presenter was talking about which players who may choose not to play on once the season resumed.

    And he said: “He's another one that's already spoken to Jose Mourinho. He's on his way to Tottenham.

    “'I'm not playing for Chelsea!'”

  • MISS MY FOOTIE

    Tammy Abraham has admitted his is missing the beautiful game and Stamford Bridge.

    The striker, 22, posted a series of photos on his Instagram stories, all memories from goalscoring times.

    The Blues are expected to be back at training soon after telling their overseas stars to return to the UK.

  • GIVE ME 'MOUR

    David Moyes has revealed he'd ask for Billy Gilmour in exchange for Declan Rice if Chelsea come knocking for his star man this summer.

    With West Ham boss Moyes all-but resigned to losing his midfielder maestro in the summer, the ex-Manchester United and Everton chief has joked he is tempted to demand Gilmour in return.

    Moyes told the BBC: “The one [Scottish player] who if I could sign tomorrow I would is Billy Gilmour after his opening performances for Chelsea.

    “He's looked like a seasoned pro, he's looked like somebody who's hungry, who's in love with the game.

    “I was laughing because I keep getting told that Chelsea want Declan Rice…

    “So I thought well I might just decide I want Billy Gilmour and see how it goes.”

  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Yesterday was a busy day as SunSport exclusively revealed Premier League stars will be banned from spitting and ordered to wear snoods or masks as the full list of training rules were revealed.

    Six Prem teams – including West Ham and Brighton – also emerged who are putting 'Project Restart' at risk because they do not want to play matches at neutral stadiums.

    But it was revealed top flight games will be shown on YouTube for FREE when the season resumes.

    And SunSport also exclusively revealed Wembley is back as a potential venue as club chiefs fight to return.

    But the Premier League's foreign players are facing pressure from their families over alleged railroading into a return.

    Their thoughts are in line with Ian Holloway who exclusively told SunSport he fears 'killing' players if football rushes to return from the coronavirus delay.

    In transfers, Pedro is wanted by Real Betis as Roma circle on a free transfer move this summer.

    The Blues will fight Arsenal for Orkun Kokcu transfer as Mikel Arteta targets the 19-year-old Feyenoord midfielder in a £23million deal.

    Chelsea were also told to drop £10m transfer asking price for Victor Moses by Inter Milan or face having the winger returned after his loan.

    Flop Tiemoue Bakayoko is being eyed by Sevilla as Frank Lampard looks to recoup some of £40m transfer fee wasted on the midfielder.

    And the West Londoners and Man City are on the trail of Mohamed Ihattaren, 16, with scouts having watched the £20m-rated PSV midfielder.

    But the Blues are set to be beaten by West Ham to Serhou Guirassy with a £15m deal for the Amiens striker close.

    Elsewhere, ex-Chelsea ace Salomon Kalou got caught singing a ‘corona song’, flouting social distancing rules and moaning about pay cuts in a shocking video.

    And finally, David Moyes says he'd ask for Chelsea's Billy Gilmour in exchange for Declan Rice.

  • GIVE ME MOUR

    David Moyes has revealed he’d ask for Billy Gilmour in exchange for Declan Rice if Chelsea come knocking for his star man this summer.

    Moyes told the BBC: “The one [Scottish player] who if I could sign tomorrow I would is Billy Gilmour after his opening performances for Chelsea.

    “He’s looked like a seasoned pro, he’s looked like somebody who’s hungry, who’s in love with the game.

    “I was laughing because I keep getting told that Chelsea want Declan Rice…

    “So I thought well I might just decide I want Billy Gilmour and see how it goes.”

  • “They may be able to argue that point. And they can always find an excuse not to make themselves available, citing an injury.

    “But it’s also the case that there’s an extra issue with French, Dutch and Belgian players.

    “Their families are asking why they are possibly going to be put at risk by the Premier League and their clubs when football has been stopped by the governments in their own countries.

    “At the same time, they are looking at a higher death figure in the UK — and yet seeing football wanting to return soon.”

  • SAFETY FIRST

    The Premier League’s foreign legion are coming under pressure from their families over allegedly being railroaded into playing again.

    Premier League chiefs are determined to bring players and coaches inside the tent and ensure they have a full voice in restart discussions.

    But there are particular issues with players from France, Holland and Belgium — where football has been cancelled until September.

    One PL insider explained: “There’s an argument that all players might have a legitimate legal standpoint to say their health and safety is being compromised, or even threatened by being made to play…

  • WEMBLEY WAY OUT – EXCLUSIVE

    Wembley is back on the agenda as a potential venue to complete the Premier League season.

    The FA had offered both the national stadium and St George’s Park to be used from June to August.

    Last week top-flight teams made clear they wanted only club grounds used as neutral venues.

    Government officials are in talks with stakeholders and yesterday stressed playing under the Arch should be a serious option as it fits all the criteria.

    As a result, Premier League clubs are expected to do a U-turn and consider the north-west London arena.

  • HOLLOW THREAT – EXCLUSIVE

    Ian Holloway has warned that football could end up “killing” players if they rush back and he reckons if players do not die, then it could kill the bus driver taking them to games.

    He said: “You see a film about zombies and everybody runs away from them but if football kicks off too early we will be running straight at them.

    “We go too early with this and players might end up dying.

    “It’s madness to even be thinking about playing when the dangers — according to the Government — are as bad if not worse than when this all started. It’s not only players at risk.

    “I don’t want to be responsible for the death of the bus driver taking us to a game. How would I be able to look his wife and family in the face? I couldn’t live with myself.”

  • REECE FOR THE STARS

    Chelsea have re-posted a throwback post from Blues youngster Reece James.

  • SAL DESTROYING

    Ex-Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou has been suspended by Hertha Berlin after filming himself singing a “corona song”, flouting social distancing rules and moaning about pay cuts.

    In an ill-timed Facebook Live video, Kalou, 34, is seen fist-bumping team-mates and staff and even barging in on a pal's medical check-up.

    Defender Jordan Torunarigha was seen having what appeared to be his test for coronavirus – with Kalou having seen his result come back negative.

    On realising Kalou was filming, the doctor administering the test quickly says: “Sala, please. Sala, delete that, please.”

    Kalou simply claimed he was “only joking”.

    In the video, he is also heard singing a “corona song”, while criticising the club's decision to slash wages, adding: “They took 11 per cent. Why are they f***ing with us?'”

  • YES SER

    West Ham are poised to pip Tottenham and Chelsea in the race for French striker Serhou Guirassy.

    The Amiens frontman has bagged nine goals in 23 Ligue 1 games for his struggling side this season.

    Hammers boss David Moyes hopes to land Guirassy this summer after failing with a January approach for the 24-year-old.

    And reports in France claim talks are ongoing between the two clubs about a close-season deal.

    London rivals Chelsea and Spurs are understood to have joined the race for Guirassy's signature in recent months.

    However Le 10 Sport claims the Hammers are in pole position to land the striker – who was also on Leicester and Brighton's radar in January.

  • FREE FOOTBALL

    Some Premier League games are set to be shown on YouTube for FREE when the season restarts following the coronavirus lockdown.

    Under a proposal currently being discussed, all 92 matches still due to be played are to be broadcast on Sky Sports, BT Sport or on YouTube.

    It is hoped the 2019-20 season can still be finished in a jam-packed seven-week summer schedule

    But with games set to be played in front of empty stadiums, football bosses want fans to be able to watch EVERY game live.

    Under the plans, most games will be shown on main broadcasters Sky Sports and BT Sport.

    Amazon will have a selection of other matches and with no games due to be shown live on the BBC or ITV, YouTube is being discussed as a free-to-air option.

  • FAN’S VIEW

    The game of football started in the United Kingdom and over the years there have been some world class players produced in the county. Winning the World Cup in 1966 was obviously huge.

    But as a Chelsea fan during recent times, some of the best ever English players I have been lucky enough to witness have played at Stamford Bridge, writes Simon Phillips.

    In fact, some of the best ever Chelsea players I have witnessed have been English.

    During our most successful era in the Premier League so far under Jose Mourinho, the spine of the team had solid English foundations and that was of paramount importance to us winning so many trophies.

    With that in mind based on my experiences over the Premier League era, I have selected my best British Chelsea XI and manager.

    Read the full article here.

  • PUT YOUR HAT ON IT

    Manchester City and Chelsea are competing for £20million-rated PSV Eindhoven wonderkid Mohamed Ihattaren.

    The attacking midfielder, just 18, has hit nine senior goals this season for the Dutch club.

    City and Blues scouts have, according to CalcioMercato, kept the Holland Under-19 ace under regular observation.

    Inter Milan and PSV's league rivals Ajax are also on the Utrecht-born teenager's trail.

    Ihattaren is under contract until 2022.He joined the Eindhoven club as a seven-year-old in 2010.

  • BOG ON

    Jeremie Boga is attracting interest from Roma as Chelsea continue to be linked with re-signing the winger.

    Sassuolo signed him from the Blues in 2018 for £3.5million.

    And Frank Lampard can return him to West London via a modest £13m buy-back clause.

    However, Goal report on Roma sounding out a deal to sign Boga direct from Sassuolo this summer.

    With eight goals and two assists for the Neroverdi this season, the 23-year-old is not the only winger earning attention from the Italian capital as Pedro is also tipped to be a target for Roma.

  • THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN

    Chelsea players who left the country during the coronavirus pandemic have now all returned, claim Sky Sports.

    Seven first-teamers decided to go back to their home countries rather than see out the lockdown in England.

    But the Premier League side asked they return by yesterday and reporter Kaveh Solehkol has tweeted that all have checked back into the UK.

    Spaniards Kepa Arrizabalaga, Pedro and Marcos Alonso had all flown home as well as Brazilian winger Willian, Emerson Palmieri, Christian Pulisic and Andreas Christensen.

  • STAR APPEAL

    Chelsea have had some May 4 fun in lockdown by posting pictures of some of their first-team stars as Star Wars characters to mark the annual day celebrating the popular film franchise.

    Telling their fans “MayThe4thBeWithYou” may be more pertinent in these troubling times amid the coronavirus pandemic, perhaps even offering supporters a new hope.

    Mateo Kovacic has certainly been learning the ways of the force in his second season at the Bridge.

    While skipper Cesar Azpilicueta is perfect for the role of bounty hunter Boba Fett, having made a career of exterminating opposition attacks.

    Check out the full gallery here.

  • TIEM TO GO

    Sevilla have set their sights on signing Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko this summer, according to reports.

    The Frenchman has failed to live up to expectations at Stamford Bridge since his £40million move from Monaco in 2017.

    France Football claim Sevilla are willing to offer the midfielder an escape route at the end of the season.

    Bakayoko is under contract until 2022, but Chelsea are willing to let him leave permanently in the summer.

    Frank Lampard is determined to recoup some of the £40million transfer fee that the club forked out for him three years ago.

  • ARISE, SERHOU

    Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham are battling over Amiens forward Serhou Guirassy, say Le10Sport.

    The 24-year-old joined the Ligue 1 club on an initial loan deal last season but they have now been relegated following the early shutdown of the campaign.

    Leading the race are said to be the Hammers, who are reportedly in talks with the Frenchman.

    Amiens value Guirassy at around £15million.

  • BEST IS YECH TO COME

    Chelsea’s attackers are in for a treat when Hakim Ziyech lands for next season, former teammate Alfred Finnbogason has stated.

    The Icelandic striker played with Ziyech at Heerenveen and believes anyone who fails to work well with the playmaker is not worthy of his talents.

    He told De Telegraaf; “I already knew that he was good, but what he has shown in recent years is not normal.

    “If you don’t click with Ziyech, you are not a good striker.

    “You just have to move well. He gives the balls exactly the way you want them.”

  • ANDRE AWAY

    Chelsea may be in the mix to sign Ajax keeper Andre Onana after coach Erik ten Hag revealed an “agreement” with the player.

    Whether or not that involves the Blues snapping up the talented shot-stopper remains to be seen.

    Ten Hag told Algemeen Dagblad: “Andre is very important to us and of course we don’t want to lose him.

    “But it’s true that we have an agreement from last year about the development scenario.

    “And what steps we will take if the right club comes in at the right price.”

  • MO MONEY MO PROBLEMS

    Chelsea will need to lower their £10million asking price to let Victor Moses join Inter Milan on a permanent deal, according to reports.

    Antonio Conte's side are keen to sign the player outright this summer after impressing during his loan spell this campaign.

    Moses, 29, is currently in his fifth loan in his last six years at Stamford Bridge following his switch to the San Siro in January.

    The six-month loan deal included a deal to land the Nigerian permanently which Conte is keen to explore but only at a lower price, according to CalcioMercato. 

    The coronavirus pandemic means clubs will not have spare cash to splash this summer with many forced to tighten the purse-strings.

    Chelsea are likely to listen to any offers for Moses with his contract expiring in the summer of 2021.

  • ART ATTACK

    Arsenal and Chelsea are set to battle it out for Orkun Kokcu this summer, according to reports.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has been keeping a close eye on the £23million Feyenoord midfielder for several months.

    Arsenal have already made contact with the 19-year-old's representatives following his impressive spell of form.

    But Voetbal International journalist Martijn Krabbendam has revealed the Gunners are not the only interested club -Chelsea are also keen.

    Feyenoord have tried to tie down the Turkish star with a new long-term contract, but he swiftly rejected their approach.

    Real Betis and Sevilla will hope to lure Kokcu to Spain but Roma and Atalanta want him to play for them in Serie A.

  • DON’T THIA-GO

    Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara wants to see Philippe Coutinho stay with the Bundesliga club next season.

    Chelsea, Newcastle and Everton are among the sides reportedly tracking the on-loan Barcelona winger

    Thiago told La Vanguardia: “I know him well. He’s very good. I’ve seen him play since he was 12 years old.

    “I played futsal against him in Brazil and he loved it. He doesn’t think he lacks anything.

    “I love playing with high-level footballers and he is a phenomenon. He is a spectacular guy, super hard-working, with an unbeatable technique and incredible definition.

    “Players go through good and not so good moments and he is giving us a lot. We hope to have him next year too.”

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Arsenal offered Chelsea ace Willian as Aubameyang replacement – with Gunners almost certain to cash in while they can – The Sun

ARSENAL have been offered the chance to sign Chelsea winger Willian as a cut-price replacement for skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

But the Gunners are now balking at Willian’s contract demands — as he prepares to quit Stamford Bridge as a free agent.

The Brazilian ace is understood to be demanding a three-year deal which matches his current £120,000-a-week salary.

Cash-strapped Arsenal are reluctant to tie themselves to such a long-term agreement for a player who will be 32 in August.

But Willian’s agent Kia Joorabchian has become an increasingly influential figure at the Emirates over the past year.

He also represents the Gunners’ technical director Edu — and negotiated the signings of David Luiz and the on-loan Cedric Soares.

Now he is looking to secure one final lucrative deal for a player who cost Chelsea £32million when he joined them from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala back in 2013.

Willian has already rejected the offer of a two-year deal from Chelsea — and is also attracting interest from both Liverpool and Inter Milan.

But he is open to a move which would allow him to remain in London and could yet be open to lowering his demands to keep Arsenal interested.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta knows he will now almost certainly have to sell skipper Aubameyang this summer.

The £60m Gabon striker is about to enter the final year of his Emirates contract — and has rebuffed all the club’s efforts to extend his stay.


So Arsenal will look to sell their 20-goal top scorer for £30million this summer rather than lose him for nothing next year.

With the threat of a fourth successive season out of the Champions League looming, Arsenal have already agreed a 12.5 per cent pay cut with most of their players to tide them through the coronavirus pandemic.

Now former Gunners midfielder Arteta is facing a major issue to overhaul his squad — and with a severely restricted transfer budget — which is what makes Willian such an attractive short-term proposition.

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Chelsea boost with Jorginho set for contract talks amid Juventus transfer links as Lampard looks to build around him – The Sun

JUVENTUS have made no contact with Jorginho's agent over a move from Chelsea with the midfielder set to open talks over a new deal at Stamford Bridge.

That is according to Joao Santos, who insists his client is very happy in West London under coach Frank Lampard.

Speculation has been rife that Maurizio Sarri, the man who brought Jorginho to Chelsea and is now Juve boss, would attempt to forge a reunion at the end of the season.

But Santos believes it is more likely that the player extends his stay in the Premier League – his current contract running to 2023.

The agent told CalcioMercato: "I have read about [the rumours], but have never had contact with them.

"Neither Sarri nor the directors have ever asked me for information on Jorginho. Right now, I know absolutely nothing about this situation.

"The player is very happy in London, where he is proving his worth and where he still has three more years on his contract.

"And in July, there is the possibility of adding a fourth and opening negotiations for a contract renewal with Chelsea."

Juventus have been touted to move for Jorginho by offering a player-plus-cash deal, potentially including Miralem Pjanic or Federico Bernardeschi, given their cash reserves are at risk during the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier in the year, Santos asserted that it was possible the 28-year-old could soon return to Italy, where he moved as a teenager from his birthplace in Brazil.

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Chelsea ‘make contact’ with Timo Werner but face transfer battle with Liverpool for Leipzig striker who loves the Reds – The Sun

CHELSEA are set to 'make contact' with Timo Werner but face a transfer battle with Liverpool for the RB Leipzig striker who loves the Reds.

The 24-year-old has enjoyed a stunning season in the Bundesliga registering 27 strikes in 36 appearances and has played a monumental role in getting Leipzig to third in the top flight.

Werner has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool with boss Jurgen Klopp planning to meet with the Leipzig ace to convince him on a switch to Merseyside.

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Barcelona tell Chelsea Coutinho transfer will cost £80m as Blues prepare to open talks for Nou Camp flop – The Sun

BARCELONA are ready to take a £65million hit on flop midfielder Philippe Coutinho and sell him to Chelsea.

The Spanish giants will demand £80m for the Brazilian, who moved to the Nou Camp for £145m from Liverpool in 2018.

Coutinho, 27, has been on loan at Bayern Munich since last year but the Germans have baulked at paying such a high fee for the player.

Now Chelsea are ready to open talks and steal in and grab the South American as boss Frank Lampard gets ready to splash the cash when the season resumes after the coronavirus pandemic, claim Barcelona-based Sport.

It was originally thought that the Catalans would off-load Coutinho for £70m but Nou Camp chiefs have now made it clear they will take no less than £80m, as they strive to recoup some of their massive outlay on the Brazilian.

The former Inter Milan star is under contract until 2024 but is surplus to requirements in Spain despite an initial £355m buy-out clause being put in place.

Barca want the cash to fund new players and have been regularly linked with a move for former star Neymar.

Lampard has put Coutinho at the top of his shopping list.

Coutinho turned down a summer move to Tottenham and Arsenal.

He has made just 38 LaLiga appearances for Barca.

Bayern told Barca chiefs they would not be exercising their clause to sign the Brazilian permanently on June 30.

Coutinho has also been linked with Leicester.

But Chelsea will try and tempt Barca into a deal where they pay a £13m loan fee next season as well as his wages int total.

They would then turn that deal into a permanent one next year.

However, the Catalans will demand a permanent transfer this summer to any willing buyer.

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