9am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Kai Havertz transfer LATEST, Simeone on Blues wanting Jan Oblak, Hakim Ziyech spotted – The Sun

CHELSEA strengthened their grip on third place with a 1-0 midweek victory over Chelsea.

Off the pitch the Blues are hoping to follow up their signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner with Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz.

And N'Golo Kante is hoping to fit for their FA Cup semi-final against Man City at the weekend, with Billy Gilmour recovering from knee surgery.

Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from Stamford Bridge here…

  • HAVERTZ LATEST

    Bayer Leverkusen are ready to accept a series of add-ons and bonuses when selling Kai Havertz, according to reports.

    The update could bring Havertz a step closer to Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea favourites to land the Germany international.

    Real Madrid are also reportedly interested in the attacking midfielder.

    Bayer want £90.9million for him, but Bild’s Christian Falk says they would accept a structured deal.

    The 21-year-old played his last game for the club in their 4-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the German Cup final in Berlin 11 days ago.

    Havertz has scored 17 goals with nine assists in all competitions this season.

  • HE'S MY NUMBER JAN

    Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has revealed he isn’t surprised by Chelsea’s interest in Jan Oblak as he stated he hopes he remains part of his squad.

    Oblak – tied down at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2023 – boasts a mammoth release clause of £120million.

    Commenting on the Blues‘ reported interest in the player, Simeone said: “I am not very surprised because every year at the end of the season all our most important players are under the radar of the most important teams of the world.

    “I think it is normal they are always looking for the best players as we have many in our team.

    “In previous seasons, some players left the club and others remained, but I think it is logical a player like Oblak is wanted by many teams.”

  • GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Chelsea have been dealt a transfer blow with Kai Havertz yet to decide on his next move.

    The Blues were hopeful of concluding a deal for the versatile Bayer Leverkusen playmaker.

    But The Athletic claims a number of clubs have entered the running for his signature.

    And Havertz is holding off committing to Chelsea as he assesses his options this summer.

    Meanwhile, Frank Lampard has warned Ruben Loftus-Cheek to take things easy until the start of the new season.

    He said: “It’s difficult for Ruben because of how long he’s had out and because of the stop-start of lockdown and restart, but he’s worked really, really hard to get to where he’s at now.

    “In terms of his body and his fitness we have to give him a little bit of credit here and a bit of time.

    “These games now, he started against Norwich and made little impacts along the way, it may look like that for him in his next few games.

    “But what I want is a Ruben firing and straight out of the blocks for pre-season and next season because I know the talent he has and know what he can bring us is very individual and different to what the rest of the squad bring us.”

    Finally, Liverpool will get their hands on the Premier League trophy in a special ceremony on the Kop after next Wednesday's clash with Chelsea.

    Jurgen Klopp's side clinched their first league title in 30 years last month but will not be able to celebrate with fans due to the coronavirus.

    Now it has been announced their legendary former striker and manager Sir Kenny Dalglish will present their championship medals before captain Jordan Henderson lifts the trophy.

    Liverpool will be hoping to make the evening even more special by getting one over rivals Chelsea.

  • WAT ON EARTH

    Watford supporters are the Premier League’s biggest potty mouths, a study found.

    They get a red card for using foul language about their relegation-threatened team online.

    But where does your team rank?

  • SOL CRUSHING

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has blasted Man Utd’s jam-packed fixture schedule with Chelsea getting 48 hours extra to prepare for their FA Cup semi.

    He said: “There is a concern, obviously, they will have had 48 hours’ more rest and recovery. 

    “We spoke about a fair scheduling going into this restart and  it isn’t. 

    “But I have to think about winning this one and then pick up the pieces after that.

    “Forty-eight hours is a big difference at this stage of the season so we’ve not been handed four aces, to put it that way, for the last two weeks. But we’re going to have to put on a poker face and play the cards well.”

  • AL BE GONE

    Thiago Alcantara has put his house up for sale.

    Bild claims the Bayern Munich ace's Bundesliga exit is getting closer as he looks for a quick sale.

    Thiago has been linked with a host of Premier League sides including Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool.

  • HAVE A GUESS

    Chelsea have been dealt a transfer blow with Kai Havertz yet to decide on his next move.

    The Blues were hopeful of concluding a deal for the versatile Bayer Leverkusen playmaker.

    But The Athletic claims a number of clubs have entered the running for his signature.

    And Havertz is holding off committing to Chelsea as he assesses his options this summer.

  • BLUE FEELING

    Liverpool will get their hands on the Premier League trophy in a special ceremony on the Kop after next Wednesday's clash with Chelsea.

    Jurgen Klopp's side clinched their first league title in 30 years last month but will not be able to celebrate with fans due to the coronavirus.

    Now it has been announced their legendary former striker and manager Sir Kenny Dalglish will present their championship medals before captain Jordan Henderson lifts the trophy.

    Liverpool will be hoping to make the evening even more special by getting one over rivals Chelsea.

  • FAN VIEW BY SIMON PHILLIPS

    Five players are fighting for their futures at Chelsea this summer.

    Jorginho and Antonio Rudiger are just two who are facing the chop as Frank Lampard plots a summer rebuild.

    Who else in danger of the axe at Stamford Bridge?

    READ THE REST OF THE FAN VIEW HERE

  • RIK ROLL

    Christian Eriksen is one of 11 players Inter Milan could sell – just six months after his £20million switch from Tottenham.

    That's according to Football Italia, with the Denmark playmaker rated at £55m despite his erratic season.

    Marcelo Brozovic, Matias Vecino, Kwadwo Asamoah, Roberto Gagliardini, Andrea Ranocchia, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Cristiano Biraghi, Tommaso Berni, Diego Godin and Sebastiano Esposito could also leave, putting Premier League teams on alert.

  • MANE MAN

    PSG have reportedly set their demands for Neymar to seal a return to Barcelona.

    Spanish outlet El Chiringuito claim the French champions are demanding £72million PLUS Ousmane Dembele for the Brazilian.

    The report adds that PSG would only consider reducing Neymar's £153m value when the transfer window opens if they get the Frenchman in return.

    Barcelona could be happy to axe Dembele as they look to overhaul their squad this summer.

    He has been linked with a number of oversees teams including Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal.

  • LOFTY HEIGHTS

    Frank Lampard has warned Ruben Loftus-Cheek to take things easy until the start of the new season.

    He said: “It’s difficult for Ruben because of how long he’s had out and because of the stop-start of lockdown and restart, but he’s worked really, really hard to get to where he’s at now.

    “In terms of his body and his fitness we have to give him a little bit of credit here and a bit of time.

    “These games now, he started against Norwich and made little impacts along the way, it may look like that for him in his next few games.

    “But what I want is a Ruben firing and straight out of the blocks for pre-season and next season because I know the talent he has and know what he can bring us is very individual and different to what the rest of the squad bring us.”

  • HOME COMFORTS

    Chelsea have won five on the spin at Stamford Bridge.

    Last night's 1-0 triumph over Norwich their latest victory at home.

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    #PL home form: WWWWW ? #CFC #Chelsea

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  • INTRODUCTIONS

    Hakim Ziyech has been taking a look around Stamford Bridge during a match day after witnessing the Blues' 1-0 win over Norwich last night.

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    @hziyech meeting his new team-mates! ? #CFC #Chelsea

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  • FOUR-TUNATE FOR ME

    Hakim Ziyech has revealed Chelsea went the extra mile to buy him, after he played in Ajax’s bonkers 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season.

    The Moroccan said: “When you are a young guy you always want to play for a big club, in the Premier League of course.

    “When I was young, the players that played here, it was always a big club so I am very happy and it means a lot.

    “I was playing in the youth in Heerenveen and here was playing Drogba, Lampard, Terry, all those big names.

    “We were always for Chelsea, and if you look at now, if you can play here it means a lot to me.

    “It was a crazy game. If you were a neutral supporter it was a fantastic game. For us it was a little bit less because we were 4-1 up, but it was a crazy game.”

  • EXCLUSIVE

    The Carabao Cup is set to kick off BEFORE the start of the new Premier League season in order to rescue the competition, reports MARTIN LIPTON.

    EFL chiefs plan to schedule the opening matches ahead of the beginning of the next campaign, which is currently due to start on September 12.

    The Carabao Cup will either have the first round at the end of the August and the second round during the the international break at the start of September, when England travelling to Iceland for a Uefa Nations League game on the Saturday.

    Or, the first round will start on September 5, the day the Three Lions return to action.

    Some of the clubs who are set to play in Europe were hoping it would be scrapped altogether.

    But for the EFL the cup competition accounts for about a third of its income.

  • IT SCHURR WAS FUN

    Former Chelsea star Andre Schurrle has been booted out by Borussia Dortmund – despite having a year left on his contract.

    The German World Cup winner joined the Bundesliga giants for £27million in 2016, but failed to live up to his billing after loan spells at Fulham and Spartak Moscow.

    And coach Lucien Favre has now opted to dump the 29-year-old, who was on £6m a season.

    A Dortmund spokesman said: “Borussia Dortmund and Andre Schurrle, who was recently loaned to Spartak Moscow, have mutually agreed to cancel his contract that was valid until 2021.”

    A rueful Schurrle added: “I look back on a time of highs and lows with the club.

    “But I've also had many valuable experiences, both as a player and above all personally.”

  • GIR WE GO

    Olivier Giroud notched his sixth goal of the season as Chelsea edged past already-relegated Norwich City in a nervy affair at Stamford Bridge.

    The header in first-half stoppage time saw the Blues take a leap towards securing Champions League football for next season, thus further underlining the Frenchman's effectiveness.

    Frank Lampard had all-but jettisoned the 33-year-old earlier in the season, with Giroud not even making the bench in the Premier League between December 4 and February 17.

    He has managed six Premier League goals this season in 16 outings – with three coming in victories since last month's restart.

    With just ten of these appearances being starts, Giroud has mustered an impressive goal every 144 minutes – bettering the ratios of the likes of Raheem Sterling (145) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (146).

  • ZIY OH MY

    Hakim Ziyech was in attendance for Chelsea’s win over Norwich City on Tuesday night.

    The new Blues star is already training at Cobham after completing a £36million move from Ajax earlier this year.

    Ziyech, 27, is a left-footed playmaker who could operate on the right wing, as a number ten or in central midfield under Frank Lampard.

    But he is unable to play for Chelsea until the new season begins.

    So Ziyech had to be content with a seat in the stands as the Blues looked for a win against Norwich, who have already been relegated from the Premier League.

  • AL SYSTEMS 'GO

    Thiago Alcantara has fuelled speculation that he will quit Bayern Munich by reportedly putting his house up for sale.

    Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are among the clubs that have been linked to the 29-year-old.

    Bild journalist Christian Falk confirmed Thiago has put his home on the market.

    It is reported that his estate agents in Germany are already trying to finalise a sale.

    This will come as a huge boost for the long-list of clubs that want to sign him in the summer.

    Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has already confirmed Thiago is keen to leave.

  • HAV A THINK

    Kai Havertz is reportedly not ready to commit himself to Chelsea as he has numerous offers to pick from.

    Frank Lampard's side were believed to be in advanced talks over a move for the wantaway Bayer Leverkusen star.

    But according to The Athletic's Rafa Honigstein, Havertz remains undecided over where his future lies.

    The report states that a number of clubs are ready to battle it out for the 21-year-old's signature.

    As a result, Chelsea still have a lot of work to do until the winger signs on the dotted line.

    Bayer Leverkusen chief Rudi Voller has admitted an agreement is in place for Havertz to quit.

  • LET THE TRANSFERS BEGIN

    The Premier League summer transfer window will run for 10 weeks from July 27, it has been confirmed.

    Clubs will have to do all their business before October 5, when the window will slam shut.

    That is the same date the domestic-only transfer window will open.

    Top flight clubs will have 11 days – until October 16 – in which to sign players from the EFL.

    A Premier League statement read: “Premier League shareholders have agreed on the dates for the Summer 2020 transfer window.

    “The window will open for 10 weeks at the end of the current Premier League season, starting on July 27 and ending October 5.

  • RUBE AWAKENING

    Frank Lampard has told Ruben Loftus-Cheek to accept being a bit-part player over the remaining weeks of the season – because he wants him leading the club’s bid to close the gap in the Premier League when the new campaign starts, writes DUNCAN WRIGHT.

    The Chelsea boss said: “It’s difficult for Ruben because of how long he’s had out and because of the stop-start of lockdown and restart, but he’s worked really, really hard to get to where he’s at now.

    “In terms of his body and his fitness we have to give him a little bit of credit here and a bit of time.

    “These games now, he started against Norwich and made little impacts along the way, it may look like that for him in his next few games.

    “But what I want is a Ruben firing and straight out of the blocks for pre-season and next season because I know the talent he has and know what he can bring us is very individual and different to what the rest of the squad bring us with his physicality and his touch with the ball.

    “I’m pleased he’s back at and around it, those minutes will do him really good.”

  • STAT'S OUR BOY

    Here are Olivier Giroud’s stats against Norwich.

    Goals 1

    Shots 8

    Shots on target 2

    Total touches 36

    Chances created 1

    Passing accuracy 65.4%

  • TRIPLE WORD SCORE

    Olivier Giroud has revealed that his celebration after scoring against Norwich was inspired by playing Scrabble with N'Golo Kante.

    The French striker, restored to the team after being dropped for the 3-0 thrashing at Sheffield United, scored a brilliant diving header as the Blues took hold of third place once more.

    After Giroud's excellent goal – and his comical shove on Jorginho – the French striker celebrated with an imaginary notepad and pen.

    Fans were unsure what the message might have meant when he did it, but thankfully the World Cup winner cleared it up after the final whistle.

    When asked what any possible deeper meaning with the celebration, Giroud laughed and simply replied: “Oh I play scrabble with N’Golo Kante. That’s it.”

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