2pm Chelsea news: Why Gerrard snubbed Blues, Emerson eyed, Kante's huge deal

Read on below to find out the details, plus the latest transfer news, views and gossip from around Stamford Bridge.

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

CHELSEA fans are sweating over a potential transfer ban.

But it won’t be the end of the world if the Blues are barred from signing new players.

TRUMP CARD

CHELSEA have been given encouragement in their pursuit of Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi.

Uefa are threatening to impose Financial Fair Play sanctions on the Serie A club if they do not balance their books before the end of June.

'BEST I'VE SEEN'

EDEN HAZARD made a phenomenal pass for Belgium against Iceland… and Chelsea fans absolutely loved it.

The 27-year-old's tantalising through ball to create Michy Batshuayi's opening goal has been dubbed "the best pass of the season."

YOKO OH NO

TIEMOUE BAKAYOKO may yet have a role to play at Chelsea after emerging as one of AC Milan’s key players this month.

The former Monaco man was unceremoniously shipped out by Maurizio Sarri during the summer after a disastrous debut season in West London.

WHY GERRO KEPT STINGING THE BLUES

STEVEN GERRARD says he made the right decision to reject Chelsea's approach in 2005 and stay at Liverpool as his unique connection with the club trumped big bucks offered by the Blues.

Chelsea made several attempts to lure Gerrard but the midfielder eventually extended his contract with the Reds six weeks after lifting the Champions League trophy.

COME ON, SON

CHELSEA are looking to provide competition in their full-back ranks as they hope to sign Brazilian youngster Emerson.

The 19-year-old Atletico Mineiro ace has been heralded as one of the hottest prosepects in South America with Arsenal also interested.

'DON'T FAINT'

ROMAN ABRAMOVICH was warned not to faint as he was handed the sum for N'Golo Kante's agents' fees.

The Frenchman moved to Chelsea for £34m, with the Blues fighting off interest from Paris Saint-Germain – but agents Gregory Dakad and Abdelkarim Douis pocketed £10.6m between them.

N'GO-ING ANYWHERE

N'GOLO KANTE will commit his future to the Blues in the coming weeks with a massive new contract.

The deal is expected to be one of the biggest in the Premier League with his current contract running out in 2021.

HOLY SMOKE

OLIVIER GIROUD took a sign from above to remain at Arsenal in the summer of 2017.

The French striker revealed he prayed to God for answers – only to end up leaving for Chelsea six months later.

LONDON SWITCH

GARY CAHILL is set to leave Chelsea, with West Ham the bookies' favourites.

The 32-year-old England defender has struggled for game time this term and is surplus to requirements under Maurizio Sarri.

MONEY MEN

CHELSEA could be forced into a summer transfer splurge to head off the effects of a looming potential ban.

Fifa investigators have recommended the Blues be prevented from buying any players for two years after a probe into the club’s global under-18 signings policy.

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