7am Chelsea news LIVE: Kai Havertz transfer LATEST, Abraham wants £130,000 a week, Tomori to West Ham in Rice deal – The Sun

CHELSEA overcame Crystal Palace 3-2 to push on for a Champions League spot next season.

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 BLUES FANS

    Chelsea tightened their grip on a top four finish as they beat Crystal Palace in a 3-2 thriller.

    Goals from Christian Pulisic, Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham secured the win at Selhurst Park.

    But Chelsea were given a run for their money by Palace who kept the game close with strikes from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke.

    Chelsea also had to rely on a last-ditch sliding tackle from Kurt Zouma in their own penalty area to deny Palace an equaliser with the last kick of the ball.

    And Frank Lampard has admitted Chelsea are looking over their shoulder at FA Cup opponents Manchester United.

    The Blues boss said: “They’re closest and they’re a very strong team, they’re in great form for a long period of time.

    “They’ve got really good players and you can see the momentum they’ve gained at this part of the season.

    “Individuals across their front three all scoring goals.

    “It’s the Premier League, that’s how it is today, but it’s up to us to finish this season game by game.”

    Meanwhile, striker Abraham has told the club he wants a bumper new deal worth £130,000 a week, according to reports.

    The Times report the Blues forward is keen to be paid the same as fellow academy graduate Callum Hudson-Odoi.

    His existing £50k-a-week deal runs until 2022.

    But the 22-year-old is looking to almost treble his wages if he signs a new contract this summer.

    Finally, Chelsea are reportedly ready to loan out Fikayo Tomori with the defender potentially heading to West Ham in the deal for Declan Rice.

    Frank Lampard is a big fan of the young Hammers star with SunSport understanding that a £45million bid is incoming.

    A price tag of around £70m has been reported and Tomori could be offered as a makeweight.

    According to The Athletic, Chelsea are not willing to contemplate a permanent exit for the centre-back but a fresh loan is possible.

  • TOP TAM

    Frank Lampard has praised Tammy Abraham for coming off the bench to score Chelsea’s winner at Selhurst Park.

    But he was less than impressed with his midfield three of Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount and Ross Barkley.

    Lamps said: “That goal will be really important for Tammy. He is desperate for goals and has not scored for a while and that can happen. It gives me other options so I am pleased for him and my strikers.

    “I was not over delighted with our midfield. We held on to it a bit long. I played Billy as I have to make difficult choices and it does not mean anything about the future of Jorginho.”

  • BEING FRANK

    Frank Lampard has hailed Kepa Arrizabalaga and Kurt Zouma’s contributions to the 3-2 win at Crystal Palace.

    He said: “To be a top team you need keepers to be making those saves at those times to pull you through and he did it here.

    “Confidence is huge when you are in an individual position and he should be boosted. His team-mates should be boosted because at the end of the day, he saved us two points and that is what Kepa is there for. I am really pleased with him.

    “It was a tough last five minutes but we should have had the game under control. At 2-0, we should have controlled it better and at 3-2, we had a lot of chances to finish it off. We invited pressure and Kepa made a great save and Zouma made a great tackle after that.”

  • VERDICT BY SIMON PHILLIPS

    At times while watching the Chelsea vs Crystal Palace match, it was difficult to tell which team was which.

    Chelsea are full of quality, but it was Palace that were looking like the biggest threat and the team who wanted to win the game the most.

    READ OUR CHELSEA VERDICT HERE.

  • RATINGS BY SIMON PHILLIPS

    Christian Pulisic and Billy Gilmour had good games against Crystal Palace.

    But who else impressed for Chelsea?

    And did anyone have a complete stinker?

    READ OUR CHELSEA PLAYER RATINGS HERE.

  • KEEP THE BLUE FLAG FLYING HIGH

    Chelsea moved closer to securing a top-four finish with a dramatic 3-2 win over Crystal Palace.

    Goals from Olivier Giroud, Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham bagged the points at Selhurst Park.

    But the Blues had to suffer a late scare before sealing the win.

    READ OUR FULL MATCH REPORT HERE.

  • GAME ON

    Just ten minutes left and we've got a right game on here with Chelsea beating Crystal Palace 3-2.

    Can Frank Lampard's men hold out?

    Or will Palace snatch a point at the death?

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG HERE.

  • HALF-TIME

    We're reached the break here at Selhurst Park and it's Chelsea winning 2-1.

    Olivier Giroud scored an early opener before Christian Pulisic doubled his side's lead on the half-hour mark.

    But a rocket from Wilfried Zaha saw Crystal Palace find a way back before the whistle.

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  • EAGLES FEELING BLUE

    We are 20 minutes into the game and Chelsea are already 1-0 up.

    Olivier Giroud's goal has put the visitors in total control.

    And Palace will have to produce something special if they want anything out of the match.

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  • ALMOST THERE

    Just 20 minutes to go until kick-off at Selhurst Park.

    Frank Lampard has made a huge call by snubbing Jorginho and playing Billy Gilmour in place of the injured N'Golo Kante.

    Will it backfire for Super Frank?

    Or could it be a stroke of genius?

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG HERE.

  • TEAM NEWS

    No N'Golo Kante or Mateo Kovacic for Chelsea against Crystal Palace.

    And that means Billy Gilmour is given the nod as Frank Lampard's holding midfielder.

    Jorginho, who hasn't played ONE minute in the restart, is on the bench as a result and is sure to be disappointed at missing out.

    Meanwhile, Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud continue in attack, with Kurt Zouma in defence after impressing against Watford.

    Chelsea XI: Kepa; James, Christensen, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Barkley, Gilmour, Mount; Willian, Giroud, Pulisic

  • ONE IN A MIL

    Chelsea are locked in a fight with Manchester United to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – with the Serbian a possible N'Golo Kante replacement.

    Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also keeping tabs on the Serbian.

    Chelsea and Los Blancos are said to have made their moves first, with Man Utd and PSG already playing catch-up, say Gazzetta dello Sport.

    Milinkovic-Savic could cost as much as £70m from Lazio this summer.

  • DEVIL TAKE THE HINDMOST

    Frank Lampard has admitted Chelsea are looking over their shoulder at Manchester United.

    The Blues boss said: “They’re closest and they’re a very strong team, they’re in great form for a long period of time.

    “They’ve got really good players and you can see the momentum they’ve gained at this part of the season.

    “Individuals across their front three all scoring goals.

    “It’s the Premier League, that’s how it is today, but it’s up to us to finish this season game by game.”

  • FIVE YEARS FOR KAI

    Kai Havertz has been offered a five-year contract by Chelsea worth £7.2million a year, according to reports.

    The German, 21, has his agent in talks with the West London club, following Timo Werner's agreed transfer.

    And Marina Granovskaia is reportedly offering a deal worth £140,000 per week.

    Havertz played in the German Cup final on Saturday and scored a last-second penalty, but Leverkusen were made to pay for missing some crucial chances.

    Journalist Nicolo Schira tweeted: “chelsea want Kai havertz and are in talks with his agent.

    blues are ready to offer 5-year contract (€8M/year) and in the next few days will open talks with bayerleverkusen.”

  • MORE ON TAMMY

    Lampard added: “The contract will hopefully look after itself between him and the club and he just needs to focus on giving us that Tammy we had earlier in the season, which was giving defenders so much of a problem in games and scoring regularly.

    “It all came from how he was training and working through the week.

    “You could see it in his demeanour through the week which meant he performed on the match days and that is what he has to sustain all the time.”

  • NOT A BIG DEAL

    Frank Lampard does not believe Tammy Abraham’s contract situation is a distraction for the striker.

    The Blues boss said: “We are not at a critical level with Tammy’s contract, and I will leave that between him and the club to discuss.

    “If it is in his mind now then it shouldn’t be.

    “What needs to be in his mind now is these games coming up and how much he can give us, whether he comes on as a sub or is starting games because he has had a really good season.

    “He has not scored so much in the second half of the season and as a young player, it is always clear that when you have these periods there is only one way out of it and that is work, and repetition in training, and every moment you get trying to make the most out of it.”

  • PALACE RECORD VS CHELSEA

    Crystal Palace have lost four of their last five home league games against Chelsea, winning the other in October 2017.

    None of the last 17 Premier League meetings between Crystal Palace and Chelsea have finished level, with the Blues winning 13 to Palace’s four.

  • TAMMY WHAMMY

    Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has told the club he wants a bumper new deal worth £130,000 a week, according to reports.

    The Times report the Blues forward is keen to be paid the same as fellow academy graduate Callum Hudson-Odoi.

    His existing £50k-a-week deal runs until 2022.

    But the 22-year-old is looking to almost treble his wages if he signs a new contract this summer.

    The former Aston Villa loanee is believed to be assessing Chelsea‘s activity in the transfer market before putting pen to paper.

    Team-mate Hudson-Odoi earns £120k a week plus bonuses after being signed up to a five-year deal back in September.

  • TRANSFER FIK-S

    Chelsea are reportedly ready to loan out Fikayo Tomori with the defender potentially heading to West Ham in the deal for Declan Rice.

    Frank Lampard is a big fan on the young Hammers star with SunSport understanding that a £45million bid is incoming.

    A price tag of around £70m has been reported and Tomori could be offered as a makeweight.

    According to The Athletic, Chelsea are not willing to contemplate a permanent exit for the centre-back but a fresh loan is possible.

    Tomori has only played once in the Premier League in 2020, in the 2-2 draw at Bournemouth that saw him substituted after the Cherries scored two quick-fire goals at the start of the second-half.

  • PALM OF THEIR HAND

    Chelsea are reportedly close to selling Emerson Palmieri to Inter Milan – but want more than the £23million offered.

    The Italian full-back, 25, has made 19 appearances this season in all competitions.

    But he is not seen as a long-term solution for Frank Lampard, who wants to sign Ben Chilwell from Leicester.

    According to Tutto Mercato Web, Chelsea want £27m for Emerson.

  • GATES ARE OPEN

    John Terry could quit Aston Villa to take charge of Bristol City.

    The 39-year-old Chelsea legend is reportedly in the running to become the new manager of the Championship side.

    Lee Johnson was axed by the Robins on Saturday after four-straight defeats ended their play-off hopes.

    Now Football Insider claim a source told them “Terry is in the frame for the newly-vacant role as he eyes his first managerial position” since hanging up his boots.

    The Chelsea legend has been Dean Smith’s number two at Villa since October 2018.

    However, the former England captain has made no secret of his managerial ambitions.

  • SKY BLUE'S THE LIMIT

    Chelsea's new second kit has been confirmed by the club.

    Thoughts, Blues fans?

  • HAVERTZ UPDATE

    Kai Havertz wants to leave Bayer Leverkusen this summer and finds a move to London 'appealing'.

    That is according to The Guardian, who also say that Jorginho is starting to look like the odd man out in Chelsea's midfield plans.

    The Blues have already sharpened their attack by signing Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, with boss Frank Lampard now focusing on his midfield.

    Bayern Munich have said they cannot afford to sign Havertz this summer, having just wrapped up a £55m deal for Leroy Sane.

    But the 21-year-old playmaker Havertz does not want to wait a year to leave Leverkusen and could become the third big arrival at Stamford Bridge this summer.

  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    The Blues have stepped up their interest in West Ham star Declan Rice as Frank Lampard sees him as a “successor to John Terry”, according to reports.

    Despite being most well-known for his holding midfield performances, Blues boss Lampard is said to have been impressed by Rice's recent showing at centre-back.

    The 21-year-old came through at Chelsea's academy before he joined West Ham aged 14 after being released by the West Londoners.

    Blues midfielder Mason Mount is still his best friend and Lampard would love to link the pair up on the pitch again, according to the Times.

    Chelsea are also interested in Arsenal target Pau Torres, according to reports.

    The Blues are also taking a look at the centre-back, 23, who has impressed for Villarreal this season.

    Torres has scored twice and provided one assist in the league, as well as defensive stability for the Yellow Submarine this season.

    Barcelona are also reportedly interested in the defender, but Chelsea could muscle in, according to the Mail.

    And Lampard Frank Lampard has revealed one aspect where he prefers Christian Pulisic to former team-mate Eden Hazard.

    Speaking ahead of Tuesday's trip to Crystal Palace, Lamps said: “Having played with Eden and seen him come to the club at a relatively young age, similar to Christian.

    “We saw the development of Eden but he had a special talent straight away of being able to receive a ball and have great balance and go past players so well.

    “He would draw a lot of players towards him to open up space for others. He was pretty unselfish in how he would make assists.

    “I think Christian is possibly more direct in his style sometimes, in terms of how he goes past players and runs off the ball, which I like.

    “Eden would come and get the ball and take it past players a lot.

    “With Christian, sometimes I think he has the ability to break the line and run forward, which is a really great trait in the modern game.”

  • PUL THE OTHER ONE

    Frank Lampard has revealed one aspect where he prefers Christian Pulisic to former team-mate Eden Hazard.

    Speaking ahead of Tuesday's trip to Crystal Palace, Lamps said: “Having played with Eden and seen him come to the club at a relatively young age, similar to Christian.

    “We saw the development of Eden but he had a special talent straight away of being able to receive a ball and have great balance and go past players so well.

    “He would draw a lot of players towards him to open up space for others. He was pretty unselfish in how he would make assists.

    “I think Christian is possibly more direct in his style sometimes, in terms of how he goes past players and runs off the ball, which I like.

    “Eden would come and get the ball and take it past players a lot.

    “With Christian, sometimes I think he has the ability to break the line and run forward, which is a really great trait in the modern game.”

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