6am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz ‘chooses Blues’ LATEST, Simeone talks Oblak chase, Ziyech trains – The Sun

CHELSEA take on Man Utd in a huge FA Cup semi-final this weekend.

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

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

  • GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Chelsea’s interest in £90million Jan Oblak has been confirmed by Atletico Madrid's assistant manager.

    Diego Simeone's No 2 German Burgos, who is leaving at the end of the season, said Frank Lampard is trying to seal a deal for the keeper this summer.

    He was asked by Marca if there were any of his current players he would like to sign at his next club.

    It was then that he confirmed Chelsea's attempts to get Oblak.

    He said: “If I only quote one who I would take from Atletico Madrid, it would be bad – I have to name them all.

    “Look, the Russian [Roman Abramovich] wants to take Oblak.”

    Meanwhile, reports claim Kai Havertz has made a decision to join Chelsea this summer.

    Frank Lampard's side have been joined by the likes of Manchester United, City, Barcelona and Real Madrid in the race for his signature.

    But Kicker claim the 21-year-old has decided his future lies at Stamford Bridge.

    Havertz has now informed Bayer Leverkusen that he plans to leave this summer.

    The German giants will demand a transfer of around £90million for him, according to Bild.

    It is reported that they will accept the fee in instalments.

    Finally, Hakim Ziyech has finally got his twitchy feet on a training ground with his new Chelsea team-mates.

    The 27-year-old playmaker looked lean and sharp at the Blues' training ground in Cobham – days after watching their 1-0 win over Norwich from the Stamford Bridge stands.

    Delighted Chelsea posted this message on social media: “Hakim Ziyech got his first taste of training with the squad today!”

  • RICE MOVE

    Liverpool legend John Barnes believes Manchester United would be an ideal move for Declan Rice – but the Chelsea target would need to be patient.

    Barnes, speaking to BonusCodeBets, said: “Regarding the ongoing transfer rumours on Declan Rice, I am not sure that he would come into Manchester United and take over that defensive midfield role, especially as Nemanja Matic has recently signed a two-year contract.

    “However, United must look to the future and Rice is a good young English player and would be a good signing for United.

    “Of course, he’s a West Ham player and from his own point of view if he must move on, I think United would be a good place for him.”

  • HAVE TO LEAVE

    Kai Havertz has made a decision to join Chelsea this summer, according to reports.

    Frank Lampard's side have been joined by the likes of Manchester United, City, Barcelona and Real Madrid in the race for his signature.

    But Kicker claim the 21-year-old has decided his future lies at Stamford Bridge.

    Havertz has now informed Bayer Leverkusen that he plans to leave this summer.

    The German giants will demand a transfer of around £90million for him, according to Bild.

    It is reported that they will accept the fee in instalments.

  • GIFT OF GAB

    Arsenal have reportedly lodged an offer for Lille centre-half Gabriel Magalhaes – but face a battle to sign him.

    According to French newspaper L’Equipe, Napoli are leading the chase for the 22-year-old Brazilian.

    Chelsea have also been linked with a summer bid.

    It’s reckoned Gabriel could be available for just £20million.

  • DON'T HAKIM DOWN

    Hakim Ziyech has finally got his twitchy feet on a training ground with his new Chelsea team-mates.

    The 27-year-old playmaker looked lean and sharp at the Blues' training ground in Cobham – days after watching their 1-0 win over Norwich from the Stamford Bridge stands.

    Delighted Chelsea posted this message on social media: “Hakim Ziyech got his first taste of training with the squad today!”

  • JAN PLAN

    Chelsea’s interest in £90million Jan Oblak has been confirmed by Atletico Madrid's assistant manager.

    Diego Simeone's No 2 German Burgos, who is leaving at the end of the season, said Frank Lampard is trying to seal a deal for the keeper this summer.

    He was asked by Marca if there were any of his current players he would like to sign at his next club.

    It was then that he confirmed Chelsea's attempts to get Oblak.

    He said: “If I only quote one who I would take from Atletico Madrid, it would be bad – I have to name them all.

    “Look, the Russian [Roman Abramovich] wants to take Oblak.”

  • BALE ARMY

    Newcastle are favourites to sign Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, according to Oddschecker.

    Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal are also priced to be in the running for the Welshman, who looks destined for a fresh start this summer.

    • Newcastle United – 5/1
    • Any Italian club – 8/1
    • Any MLS club – 8/1
    • Tottenham – 10/1
    • Manchester United – 10/1
    • Juventus – 12/1
    • Inter Milan – 12/1
    • PSG – 14/1
    • Chelsea – 25/1
    • Arsenal – 33/1

    JUVE BEEN WARNED

    Andrea Pirlo has reportedly agreed to take over as coach of Juventus Under-23s – with the first-team job potentially in his sights.

    That means former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri may just have one more season to convince the Turin club he’s the man to lead their long-term plan.

    Pirlo was once tipped to become assistant boss at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte.

    But he is instead returning to the club where he won four Serie A titles.

    FEELING BLUE

    Liverpool’s Premier League coronation against Chelsea will be shown for FREE by Sky Sports in a bid to keep jubilant fans at home.

    Chelsea played a huge role in Liverpool's title win – beating Manchester City 2-1 to confirm the Reds' status as champions.

    And now the Blues will be able to watch Jordan Henderson and Co lift their first-ever Premier League trophy.

    NEW LOOK

    Chelsea have a number of targets in mind this summer.

    They have already landed two of them in Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.

    But is this how the Blues will look once they've completed their business?

    NO JO-KING

    Jose Mourinho has hit out at what he sees as unfair questioning over his Tottenham team selection.

    He believes no other ‘Big Six’ Premier League manager is asked about players as much as he is.

    The Special One moaned: “Look, that is a question you normally do to me but you do not do to Frank Lampard, to Jurgen Klopp, to Pep, to all the coaches of the big clubs with big players.

    “Frank Lampard plays [Christian] Pulisic, you don't ask him why he doesn't start Hudson-Odoi or something.

    “When Pep Guardiola plays someone and Bernardo Silva is on the bench, you never ask about Bernardo Silva.

    “It looks like I am the only guy that has to play 15 players from the start, or I am the only guy who doesn't have the right to have good players on the bench.”

    OLE GRUMBLE

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reckons Chelsea are going into their FA Cup semi-final with a big advantage in terms of rest.

    Solskjaer 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 andit 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.”

    FOUR YEARS OF KANTE

    What a signing this was!

    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.”

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