7am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Hakim Ziyech injury ‘not too bad’, Mendy eyed to replace Kepa, Rice interest EXCLUSIVE – The Sun

THERE was good news and bad news yesterday as some of Chelsea's new signings took on Brighton in a friendly.

Timo Werner netted after just four minutes for the Blues, but Hakim Ziyech was forced off with a knee injury – although in an update, Frank Lampard doesn't believe it is 'that bad'.

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Get all the latest transfer gossip and updates from Stamford Bridge…

  • ROUD AWAKENING

    Antonio Conte wants to reunite with Olivier Giroud as Chelsea look to balance the books, according to reports.

    The Inter Milan manager is a huge fan of Giroud from his two-year stint as Blues boss and attempted to sign him in January.

    Conte is in the market for a new front man this summer to provide cover for Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez, with the latter being linked with a switch to Barcelona.

    According to Tuttosport, the 33-year-old French veteran remains his first choice and will feel confident he can get a deal over the line.

  • GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    SunSport can exclusively reveal that Kepa Arrizabalaga has done a shock U-turn and wants to fight for his Chelsea future.

    He has repaired relations with Frank Lampard and is impressed by the club’s defensive strengthening recently.

    Kepa is now convinced his best option is to stay put rather than seek a move from Stamford Bridge.

    He still has four years left on a £150,000-a-week contract and Chelsea would want to recoup at least £50m of their transfer fee back.

    This has put off clubs offering him a way out.

    Meanwhile, Kai Havertz skipped his pre-season weigh-in as he draws closer to a £90million Chelsea move.

    The forward was the only member of Bayer Leverkusen’s squad absent as they reported back for duty yesterday.

    He is set to become Lampard’s FIFTH signing of a summer spree shaking English football.

    Havertz, 21, is set to pen a five-year contract worth more than £300,000 a week to catapult him into the top earnings league.

    Finally, Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Ajax starlet Amourricho van Axel Dongen.

    The Telegraph claims Chelsea lead Man Utd and City in the race for the 15-year-old winger.

    The Dutchman has represented his country three times at Under-16 level – scoring once.

    And he has already debuted for Ajax's Under-18 side – three years above his age group.

    Van Axel Dongen has been more of a regular in the Under-17 side, however, scoring seven goals in nine games from left wing.

  • BLUES CRUISE

    Chelsea will boast an exciting array of new talent when the season starts.

    Let's see how it looks for Frank Lampard's Blues…

  • EXCLUSIVE BY ANDY DILLON

    Kepa Arrizabalaga has done a shock U-turn and wants to fight for his Chelsea future.

    He has repaired relations with Frank Lampard and is impressed by the club’s defensive strengthening recently.

    Kepa is now convinced his best option is to stay put rather than seek a move from Stamford Bridge.

    He still has four years left on a £150,000-a-week contract and Chelsea would want to recoup at least £50m of their transfer fee back.

    This has put off clubs offering him a way out.

  • FROM SUNSPORT’S ANDY DILLON

    Kai Havertz skipped his pre-season weigh-in as he draws closer to a £90million Chelsea move.

    The forward was the only member of Bayer Leverkusen’s squad absent as they reported back for duty yesterday.

    He is set to become boss Frank Lampard’s FIFTH signing of a summer spree shaking English football.

    Havertz, 21, is set to pen a five-year contract worth more than £300,000 a week to catapult him into the top earnings league.

    And he will join Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva as a legion of new players being bought to transform the Blues into title challengers.

  • CON AIR

    Conor Gallagher is set to be handed a new Chelsea contract.

    The midfielder impressed in separate loans at Charlton and Swansea last season.

    Now he is set for a loan move to Premier League new boys West Brom.

    And the Birmingham Mail claims he will first extend his Chelsea deal before joining the Baggies.

  • TROPHIES AND CHIL

    Frank Lampard has revealed just why he splashed £50million on Leicester City and England left-back Ben Chilwell.

    The boss explained: “With Ben Chilwell, he is a player I know very well, he has been pretty much England's first-choice left-back now in recent times.

    “Great qualities in terms of how he can join in, he is athletic, his physicality, the way he plays and the quality of his left foot.

    “So for us in terms of how he can help out on the left side, attack-wise and defensively, which of course is always first and foremost, I am excited to work with him so I think he is a great addition.”

  • ROUD NOT TO

    Antonio Conte wants to raid old side Chelsea for Olivier Giroud.

    Tuttosport claims the Frenchman could be heading to Inter Milan as a replacement for Lautaro Martinez.

    Timo Werner is set to be Chelsea’s main striker this season and Giroud could be tempted by the offer of regular football.

  • HAVE A GO

    Looks like Kai Havertz to Chelsea is nearly done.

    If Frank Lampard can add a top-quality goalkeeper, have the Blues won this transfer window?

  • SWAP SHOP

    Samuel Umtiti has reportedly been offered to Lyon in exchange for Memphis Depay.

    Tancredi Palmeri claims Ronald Koeman is keen on bringing his former Netherlands winger to the Nou Camp this summer.

    And it means Umtiti, who has been linked with Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal this summer, could be returning to his former stomping ground at Lyon.

  • WATCH AND WERN

    In case you missed it, here's Timo Werner's first-ever goal for Chelsea.

    The £47million summer signing from RB Leipzig needed less than four minutes to get off the mark in Saturday's 1-1 friendly draw at Brighton.

    And after plundering 34 goals last season, it will take a brave person to bet against Werner hitting similar numbers at Stamford Bridge.

  • BLUE VAN MAN

    Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Ajax starlet Amourricho van Axel Dongen.

    The Telegraph claims Chelsea lead Man Utd and City in the race for the 15-year-old winger.

    The Dutchman has represented his country three times at Under-16 level – scoring once.

    And he has already debuted for Ajax's Under-18 side – three years above his age group.

    Van Axel Dongen has been more of a regular in the Under-17 side, however, scoring seven goals in nine games from left wing.

    The wide player has also captained the development side.

  • ROM FOR MORE

    Everton are plotting a move for Man Utd goalie Sergio Romero.

    The Mirror claims Jordan Pickford could be axed for the Argentine, who will be third choice at Old Trafford next season following Dean Henderson's return from Sheffield United.

    Romero has also been linked with Chelsea.

  • FAN-TASTIC

    Frank Lampard felt it was good to have some supporters in the stadium again on Saturday.

    He said: “It made an impact for sure.

    “We hope to get to that stage as soon as possible, we want to be in front of our own fans and have Chelsea fans support us at the Bridge.

    “But of course, it has to be safe first and foremost but it was a nice test.”

  • SILVA LINING

    Frank Lampard has given his thoughts on new boy Thiago Silva.

    He said: “With Thiago Silva, we are looking at a player I know very well, pretty much as we all do.

    “He brings great experience for us, he is still playing at a massively high level, as we saw in the Champions League final and games towards final.

    “So I expect him to come and bring that, bring his experience, leadership and his qualities.

    “It is going to be very important for us.”

  • CON ARTIST

    Conor Gallagher is likely to be available for another loan spell for the 2020/21 season.

    The 20-year-old spent this season in the Championship with Charlton Athletic and Swansea City.

    He created five goals in just 10 matches for the Swans.

    West Brom are interested in him, and Birmingham Live claim a potential deal may be something they revisit in the summer.

  • DUTCH COURAGE

    Chelsea are in pole position to sign Ajax starlet Amourricho van Axel Dongen, according to reports.

    The 15-year-old has previously been scouted by Manchester United and City.

    According to The Telegraph, the Blues are keen to sign the teenager this summer.

    Van Axel Dongen has earned rave reviews while playing for Ajax's Under-18 team this season.

  • CAN'T HAK IT

    Frank Lampard is hopeful that Hakim Ziyech's injury is “not too bad” after he was hauled off against Brighton.

    He said: “He's got a bit of a knock on his knee, a small twist which we will have assess.

    “Hopefully it's not too bad.”

    After appearing to hurt his knee while awkwardly twisting by the touchline, he limped off the pitch.

  • FAN-TASTIC

    Frank Lampard felt it was good to have some supporters in the stadium again on Saturday.

    He said: “It made an impact for sure.

    “We hope to get to that stage as soon as possible, we want to be in front of our own fans and have Chelsea fans support us at the Bridge.

    “But of course, it has to be safe first and foremost but it was a nice test.”

  • BLUES CRUISE

    Here's how the start of the season is looking for Frank Lampard's side…

  • 'DARK HORSES'

    Danny Murphy has tipped Arsenal to challenge Chelsea and United for the top four next season – as long as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sticks around and the signings come good.

    Writing for the Mail, he said: “If they can add a few more signings, I think Arsenal can be dark horses for the top four.

    “As it stands, they would cause teams problems but, as much as they would go on good runs, they are still vulnerable at times.

    “Willian is a terrific signing, with his experience and winning mentality. Gabriel Magalhaes, the centre-back from Lille, is nearly over the line.

    “If they can get Dani Ceballos back on loan – their best player at the end of last season – and sign Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid, who would give them crucial tenacity and physicality in midfield, I think they have a squad to challenge Chelsea and Manchester United for the Champions League places.

    “Then again, none of that will make much difference unless Aubameyang gets pen to paper.”

  • CHIL OUT

    The boss has revealed why he signed Ben Chilwell for Chelsea.

    Frank Lampard said: “With Ben Chilwell, he is a player I know very well, he has been pretty much England's first-choice left-back now in recent times.

    “Great qualities in terms of how he can join in, he is athletic, his physicality, the way he plays and the quality of his left foot.

    “So for us in terms of how he can help out on the left side, attack-wise and defensively, which of course is always first and foremost, I am excited to work with him so I think he is a great addition.”

  • TALK TO FRANK

    Frank Lampard has praised new boys Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech following the win over Brighton.

    Speaking on the Chelsea club website, he said: “I thought Timo was really sharp and bright.

    “He got his goal really early in the game, he showed some qualities that I know very well he has so I am very exciting about having him in the squad.

    “I thought his work rate and everything about him was a great little start for him and Hakim Ziyech the same.”

  • BEING FRANK

    Frank Lampard needs to significantly improve his Chelsea team this season to avoid being sacked, claimed Tony Cascarino.

    Speaking on talkSport, the former Blues player said: “Frank will be fully aware that him getting that investment means there's a different challenge now.

    “He will know the expectation won't just be qualifying for Champions League football.

    “That was the expectation last summer, and if they managed it with a transfer embargo then it's a bonus.”

    Before he added: “That brings more pressure and Frank will know that, but if he doesn't reach their expectations and goals then he's not going to be manager of Chelsea next year.”

  • HUD ENOUGH?

    Tammy Abraham has trolled Callum Hudson-Odoi for his “assist” against Brighton.

    After the ball was whipped into the box, the striker mistimed his header and the ball smashed him in the side of the face.

    It fell into the path of Werner, who slotted his effort past Mat Ryan.

    After the match, Abraham left a cheeky comment on his Instagram post.

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