6:30am Chelsea news LIVE: Rudiger ‘in contact’ with Havertz over transfer, Kante wanted by Real Madrid, Gilmour injury – The Sun

CHELSEA are preparing to face Sheffield United this weekend.

And on the transfer front the Blues are making progress with Kai Havertz and said to be willing to offer Fikayo Tomori to West Ham on loan in order to secure Declan Rice.

Follow all the latest transfer gossip and updates below….

  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    The Blues may offload N'Golo Kante to Real Madrid in order to fund a summer move for Kai Havertz, according to reports.

    The Express claim Frank Lampard is looking to sell players to raise the cash needed to land Bayer Leverkusen ace Havertz.

    The Blues have already added Ajax's Hakim Ziyech and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner to their ranks at a cost of £85million.

    If they are to splash out further in the transfer market then they will need to cash in on some players.

    Havertz is believed to have told Leverkusen he wants to leave and the West London club are at the head of the queue for the 21-year-old.

    Real Madrid have long been rumoured to be monitoring Kante and Lampard may allow boss Zinedine Zidane to finally snap up his compatriot.

    Billy Gilmour’s breakthrough season is over with Chelsea’s rising star to undergo knee surgery on Friday.

    The teenage midfielder is believed to have suffered ligament damage and could be out for up to three months.

    It is a cruel blow for the Scottish youngster and for his club in the race for a top four finish.

    Gilmour, 19, has impressed boss Frank Lampard to such an extent this season that he was preferred to experienced Italian star Jorginho for Tuesday’s crucial 3-2 win at Crystal Palace.

    But Gilmour was substituted with ten minutes to go and scans have confirmed he needs a minor op.

  • SIMPLY THE CESC

    Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed the funniest moment from his football career involves his old Blues team-mate Diego Costa.

    Fabregas told BBC Match of the Day's top 10 podcast: “We went to Manchester City, we had won seven games and Conte says to me: 'You have to play.'

    “We won 3-1, I played well and gave the assist to Costa for 1-1. It felt like I had made a point to the coach that he could count on me.

    “But next we played West Brom, Nemanja Matic recovers and he starts. It was a typical game and for 70 minutes it was 0-0. They were defending well. The game was calling for someone like me to come on to open the door or do something but the minutes went by and nothing.

    “I remember Costa coming to the touchline and shouting at Conte, saying: 'Put Cesc on!'

    “Conte is not the manager you mess with this and he was pretending not to listen to Costa. Two minutes later he says 'Cesc come', and two minutes after I come on I provided the assist for Costa to score.’”

  • ANT 'N CHECK

    Antonio Rudiger is eagerly attempting to persuade fellow German star Kai Havertz to join him at Chelsea.

    Rudiger has already played a key role in convincing Timo Werner to sign for the West London club and is up to his old tricks again.

    Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk claims “agent Rudi is on a new mission”.

    He added on Twitter: “True: @ToniRuediger is in contact with Havertz since a couple of weeks and tries to convince him.”

  • ON YOUR MARCS

    Marcos Alonso has been giving it a thumbs up at Chelsea training.

    But will the left-back still be at Stamford Bridge next season?

    Rumours linking the Blues with Ben Chilwell continue to persist.

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  • REAL DEAL

    N'Golo Kante could be sold to Real Madrid to fund a move for Kai Havertz.

    The Express report Frank Lampard needs to sell players to generate the cash to swoop for the Bayer Leverkusen ace.

    Kante has long been admired by Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane and the two-time Premier League champ could be allowed to leave West London.

    Havertz, 21, has dazzled in the Bundesliga and could join German colleague Timo Werner in arriving at Stamford Bridge ahead of next season.

  • HAVERTZ HAS BEEN WARNED

    Former Liverpool ace Christian Ziege has warned Chelsea transfer target Kai Havertz that he should consider snubbing a move to the Blues in favour of staying at Bayer Leverkusen.

    The 21-year-old is one of the hottest properties in Europe and has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer.

    The youngster has bagged 17 goals and nine assists in all competitions this term, leading Leverkusen to value the attacker at £90million.

    Chelsea are currently unwilling to pay such a high fee but are one of the only clubs in a position to shell out for the German.

  • BLUES LEGEND WEIGHS IN

    John Terry replied: “What a tackle @KurtZouma.”, to a post showing a phenomenal Kurt Zouma in action.

    The reply from the former Chelsea skipper received more than 10,000 likes and Blues fans didn't let it go unnoticed as they eagerly showed their appreciation for the comment from the Aston Villa assistant manager.

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    Absolute perfection! ? @KurtZouma #CRYCHE #CFC #Chelsea

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  • KARMA'S WONDERFUL

    Well for the Blues it is.

  • BLUES TRAINING

    More training pics as Chelsea look forward to their next game at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United.

  • HOT WHEELS

    New Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech has bought himself a new pair of wheels to drive him to training in the dreary English weather.

  • SCHURRLE HE RETURN?

    The ex-Chelsea winger has failed to live up to expectations at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund and they now reportedly want just £2million for him – £25m less than the £27m they paid Wolfsburg for his services.

    The star could return near to his old stomping ground as West London sides, Fulham and Brentford are vying for a place in next season's top flight and for the German international.

  • BLUES GOAL

    Chelsea are gearing up for their next fixture, and their goalkeepers are doing exactly the same.

    Check out the pictures below of Willy Caballero and Kepa Arrizabalaga in training.

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  • PLAY NO 'MOUR

    Billy Gilmour’s breakthrough season in the Premier League looks over due to a knee injury, reports ANDREW DILLON.

    It is a big blow for the blossoming teenage midfielder and for Chelsea’s chase for a top four finish.

    Gilmour, 19, was preferred to experienced Italian star Jorginho for Tuesday’s crucial 3-2 win at Crystal Palace which saw Chelsea climb into third spot.

    But the young Scot was substituted with ten minutes to go and it is now touch and go whether Gilmour will be able to play any further part in Chelsea’s Premier League campaign.

    There are four league games to go plus the FA Cup campaign, with Chelsea in the semi finals against Manchester United on Sunday week.

  • TWELFTH NIGHT

    Premier League clubs are edging towards a September 12 start date for next season, reports MARTIN LIPTON.

    But that would put the League Cup under serious threat – and spell the likely end of FA Cup replays as well.

    League chiefs had proposed three potential starting weekends for the 2020-21 season, August 22 and 29 and the September date.

    September 5 is impossible because it falls in the middle of what will be first international break since last November.

    League chiefs were keener on an early start for a season that must finish by May 16 because of the fixed requirement for a rest period before the delayed Euro 2020.

    But that would have opened the possibility of Manchester City, Manchester United and Wolves all missing the opening weekend if they are still involved in the rescheduled Champions and Europa League mini-tournaments.

  • BLUE YOUR CASH

    Chelsea have announced that their new home kit has been put on sale for an eye-watering £175.

    Blues fans hoping to imitate Christian Pulisic and new signing Timo Werner next season will need to rake in a footballer's pay packet to afford the latest strip.

    The club's £200million sponsorship deal with Yokohama Tyres ended last month meaning Chelsea stars have already begun wearing their new kit.

    Although the strip failed to bring Chelsea much luck on its debut as Frank Lampard's side fell 3-2 to West Ham.

    Nevertheless, the new kit is expected to signal the start of a new era of dominance at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues tipped for a title challenge next season and still within FA Cup glory this term.

    But fans hoping to don the exact same fabrics as the players will need to fork out a fortune, with the home shirt selling at £99.95.

  • HAV A LOOK-IN

    Kai Havertz is keen to join his Germany team-mates Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner at Chelsea, according to reports.

    The Bayer Leverkusen forward has been heavily linked with the Blues and the West Londoners will hope their two German stars can convince their international colleague to move Stamford Bridge.

    It emerged today the Blues are reportedly in advanced talks to sign the 21-year-old star after he told Leverkusen he wants to leave.

    Blues chiefs are said to have negotiated a five-year deal worth around £7.1million-a-year after holding talks with the player’s agent.

    And the presence of his Germany teammates at Stamford Bridge is part of the appeal, according to the Telegraph.

  • HAVERTZ UPDATE

    Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Kai Havertz after the player told Bayer Leverkusen he wants to leave the club, according to reports.

    Blues chiefs have negotiated a five-year deal worth around £7.1million-a-year after holding talks with the player's agent.

    One issue left to iron out is the asking price with Leverkusen demanding £90million for his signature.

    Boss Frank Lampard is hoping to get his deals concluded early following the arrivals of striker Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

    The Germany playmaker has become one of the most sought-after players in world football following another terrific Bundesliga campaign.

    Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have both been linked with moves for his signature but it appears Chelsea are desperate to press ahead with transfer plans.

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUCA

    It's 'buon compleanno' to former Chelsea striker and manager Gianluca Vialli, who turns 56 today.

    After surviving pancreatic cancer, I'm sure every Blues fan will wish the Italian many happy returns and the best of health.

    Vialli scored 21 goals in 58 Premier League games before becoming the club's boss!

  • HAVERTZ – WHAT WE KNOW

    Kai Havertz has asked to be released by Bayer Leverkusen immediately, according to reports.

    Chelsea is the only option for the player and the club are in talks with his agent over completing the switch.

    Once personal terms are agreed it would seem a formality that Havertz will join, as long as Marina Granovskaia can meet Bayer’s – or convince them to lower – their £90million transfer valuation.

  • RAM RAID

    Chelsea have reportedly been offered Arsenal legend Aaron Ramsey or Adrien Rabiot in exchange for Jorginho by Juventus.

    Former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is believed to be ramping up his pursuit of his former Napoli and Stamford Bridge lieutenant.

    Tuttosport claims his Juventus side are currently in talks with Chelsea over a deal.

    It states the Serie A giants want to pay a transfer fee in instalments due to the current financial crisis caused by the coronavirus.

    But to sweeten the deal, they are willing to add either the 28-year-old Welshman or French midfielder, 25, as part of the package for Jorginho.

    The playmaker cost Chelsea £58million two years ago when he arrived from Napoli with Sarri, 61, in West London.

  • TOUCH N'GO

    Chelsea could be forced into selling N'Golo Kante or Jorginho in order to sign Kai Havertz to find their £90million Kai Havertz chase, according to reports.

    Italian international Jorginho came off the bench for the first time since the season restarted on Tuesday, playing the final ten minutes of the win at Crystal Palace.

    But his agent Joao Santos reckons it is unlikely his client will leave this summer due to Chelsea's high asking price.

    Kante, meanwhile, has been a long-term target for both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

    However, Casemiro has excelled in Los Blancos' midfield over recent seasons and PSG already have Idrissa Gueye who plays a very similar style to Kante.

    Defenders Kurt Zouma and Emerson remain linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge with Tottenham and Inter prepared to pay a combined £48m, according to reports.

  • ZOUM TO SPURS

    Tottenham are growing increasingly confident of signing Kurt Zouma from Chelsea this summer, according to reports.

    The Express claim Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the powerful defender.

    Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has lined up a move for West Ham star Declan Rice to bolster his backline.

    And that could see Zouma, who has fought his way back into Lampard's side recently, on his way to north London.

  • GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Chelsea face a fight to land Kai Havertz this summer.

    The Telegraph claims both Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are keen on the Bayer Leverkusen star.

    His club are also demanding a whopping £90m, but Chelsea are offering just £70m.

    It's reckoned Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are prowling.

    And the Mirror reports that one of N’Golo Kante or Jorginho could be sold in order to fund Havertz’s London switch.

    One man who believes Jorginho will get the chop is Gary Neville.

    He said: “You have to think that he [Jorginho] is being managed out of Stamford Bridge.

    “I think it’s been clear from the moment Frank Lampard came in that he wants to build a young and hungry squad.

    “Look at the way David Luiz was let go.

    “With the way Jorginho has been dealt with, it’s quite clear where Lampard wants to take the team.

    “Frank Lampard has got a clear plan.”

    Meanwhile, Chelsea have been dealt a transfer blow with PSG leading the race for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

    Le10Sport claims PSG chief Leonardo is in regular contact with the Lazio star’s agent, former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman.

    And the French champs are ready to make a move this summer despite interest from the Blues and United.

    Finally, Chelsea new boy Timo Werner has headed out on holiday as he prepares to link-up with his new team-mates.

    He has jetted off on a sunny break before he’s forced to become accustomed to English weather.

    Werner shared a snap of himself playing kick-ups in swimming shorts, but he may want to pack an umbrella for London instead.

  • GOING DUTCH

    Fans can finally sit down and enjoy themselves in Ajax's stadium…not to watch any football but to dine out on the pitch itself.

    Supporters can eat their dinner in a pop-up restaurant at Ajax's Johan Cruyff Arena with tables laid out on the edge of the field.

    Maybe something for the Premier League’s elite to chew over?

  • WOLVES FELLED

    Man Utd and Chelsea have been given a boost with Wolves seemingly out of the Champions League hunt with defeat to Sheffield United.

    Chelsea are now eight points clear of Wolves, with United able to go six clear if they beat Aston Villa.

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