CHELSEA are edging even closer to signing Kai Havertz with the Bayer Leverkusen starlet on his way to complete a switch to West London.
Meanwhile, the Blues are targeting Rennes shot-stopper Edouard Mendy in a bid to provide top competition for underwhelming Kepa Arrizabalaga.
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No Jorginho in the Italy XI tonight.
Nico Barella, previously strongly linked to Chelsea, starts in midfield for Roberto Mancini's side versus Bosnia.
HAVE IT OFF
Germany coach Joachim Low has delivered the latest on the Kai Havertz deal from his perspective.
The midfielder did not play against Spain and has now left the international camp to complete his £62m switch.
Low said: “We knew that the last details would be clarified today and tomorrow with his contract with Chelsea.
“The player was a bit torn. On the one hand, he wanted to join the national team.
“On the other hand, he absolutely wants to take this step. Of course, we also know about the importance and magnitude
“(I) didn’t want to take another risk that something could be endangered in this deal.
“There is the problem; if he has signed the contract and enters Switzerland, he may have to be in quarantine.”
BAK IN FOR HIM
Reports in Italy suggest AC Milan are once again interested in Tiemoue Bakayoko.
The Frenchman spent the 2018/19 season on loan at the San Siro, playing 42 times.
And MilanNews.it claim the Rossoneri have made contact with the Blues over a deal for the outcast midfielder.
Inter Milan's evergreen interest in Emerson Palmieri remains intact, according to reports.
SportItalia say Antonio Conte's side are still monitoring the left-back.
That is despite Roma veteran Aleksandar Kolarov's imminent arrival.
Chelsea have already signed Ben Chilwell this summer, potentially forcing Italy international Emerson out of the first-team picture.
Keep an eye out for England Under-21s as they kick off in 40 minutes.
Conor Gallagher and Marc Guehi are in the line-up to face Kosovo.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is on the bench and we will keep you up to date with all the Blues lads in action.
Any lingering hopes of Chelsea grabbing Lionel Messi from his Barca chaos appear to be over.
The Argentine has said he will not go to court with his club and, unless someone bids £630million, he is staying put.
Any Blues fans fancy a bid when he becomes a free agent next year?
LIKE A BOSZ
Chelsea are nearing the deal for Kai Havertz and Bayer Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz is not looking forward to the confirmation.
Bild quote the Dutchman as saying: “We are losing a great player.”
The Blues are reportedly paying an initial £62m for the attacking midfielder.
John Terry claimed his infamous guard of honour was one his “favourite moments” of his career.
Chelsea's No26 was substituted in the 26th minute of his final Premier League game for the club in 2017.
He was given a guard of honour as he left the pitch during the game against Sunderland.
The defender's bizarre end to his Chelsea career was widely slated by rival fans.
But while talking to Kevin Pietersen on the Unacademy platform, he revealed he has no regrets.
Terry said: “It's one of the favourite moments of my career.
“I remember other players like Lamps didn't get the send-off they deserved so I was happy to go out how I wanted.
“[Antonio] Conte told me I could play the match but we came to an agreement that I would play for 26 minutes and that would allow Cahill to keep his rhythm ahead of the final the next weekend.”
Luka Modric has spoken of Chelsea legend Eden Hazard's determination to impress at Real Madrid – even if it risked his long-term fitness.
The Belgian struggled with injuries and a lack of form throughout his first year in the Spanish capital.
Speaking to AFP, the Croat said: “Eden is a great guy and a special player, but he was playing with pain and when you're on the pitch, people always expect the best.
“They don't care if you have little problems.
“I spoke to him and said, 'Eden maybe you need not to play now and recover because next season we need you at your best.
“This is a season where you're getting to know everything but next season you need to be 100 per cent because if not, it's going to be difficult'.
“Hopefully he comes back without any problems and then I'm sure he'll show his potential and why the club bought him, because we will need him a lot.”
QUIZZARDS OF OZ
TO BE FRANK
Frank Lampard is set to keep his summer spending going as he targets a new keeper and defensive midfielder.
The Blues boss has already welcomed Hakim Ziyech, 27, Timo Werner, 24, Ben Chilwell, 23, Thiago Silva, 35, and Malang Sarr, 21, into his squad.
But he is due to take his transfer business past £200million as he closes in on a club record deal for 21-year-old Kai Havertz.
The playmaker left his Germany's Nations League squad to allow him to finish off the final stages of his £90m move.
But according to The Telegraph, Lampard is still in the market for a stopper and defence-minded midfielder.
SunSport revealed under-fire Kepa Arrizabalaga will fight for his place at Stamford Bridge, but it will not stop the club from bringing in competition.
It is understood that Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and West Ham's Declan Rice are on Chelsea's radar.
NO TRAIN, NO GAIN
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Two Chelsea players have been nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham are both in line to win the trophy.
They join Man Utd duo Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold and Arsenal's Bukayo Saka in the running for the award.
Jamie Redknapp could be Chelsea's best transfer of the summer, according to Jamie Redknapp.
The Sky pundit heaped praise on his cousin Frank Lampard for bringing the Brazilian in and reckons he could prove more valuable than other new signings Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz.
Redknapp said: “That might end up being the best signing for them because of his experience.
“It might not be the most exciting one but with their young players, sometimes you need someone that can come in and just calm everyone down.
“He’s got amazing know-how, playing at the top throughout his career for the likes of PSG and AC Milan. He’s a winner, he’s played in the Champions League and captained his country.
“He will be a brilliant addition. It will be interesting to see who Lampard sees as his best defensive partner.”
Bayer Leverkusen have now confirmed that Kai Havertz has departed the German training camp to join Chelsea.
A club statement read: “In order to clarify matters for a possible move to the Premier League club FC Chelsea, Kai Havertz left the Stuttgart team quarters of the German national soccer team on Friday.
“This step took place after consultation between Bayer 04 and the DFB management.”
Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller then added: “I exchanged ideas with Oliver Bierhoff and Jogi Low over the past few days.
“We are grateful to the national coach that Kai can now sort things out with our support on site in London.”
HAV SOME OF THAT
Kai Havertz's move to Chelsea is expected to be announced immediately according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
He tweeted: “Kai Havertz is coming to Chelsea… big announcement already prepared by the club.
“Contract signed until June 2025. Just a matter of time.”
HAV TO GO
Kai Havertz has left the Germany camp to complete his Chelsea transfer, reports claim.
The 21-year-old was an unused substitute as Joachim Low's side drew 1-1 with Spain last night.
But despite Die Mannschaft having another match against Switzerland on Sunday, Havertz has left training to travel to London and sign for Chelsea.
According to David Ornstein, Havertz still has to undergo his medical before joining Frank Lampard's side – although an announcement is expected imminently.
HAZ SOME OF THAT
Chelsea will end up banking £143MILLION from Eden Hazard's transfer to Real Madrid.
The Belgian midfielder signed a five-year deal with the Spanish giants last summer after seven years in West London.
But the 29-year-old has failed to light up the Bernabeu as many expected, being hit with injury and fitness issues.
But Chelsea won't mind as they will rake in almost £150m from the deal, expertly brokered by director Marina Granovskaia.
According to Voetball, Chelsea received £36m up front when Hazard joined Real last year.
This year they will bank another £50m, and 2021 will see another £57m pour into the Stamford Bridge coffers.
PLAYING DOUARD TO GET
Chelsea target Edouard Mendy is valued at more than £30million by Rennes, according to reports.
Frank Lampard has been keen to add competition to the goalkeeper's position amid Kepa's underwhelming form.
According to the Telegraph, the Ligue 1 club want at least £30m for their No1.
Mendy was in goal for Rennes' 1-1 draw with Lille on the opening weekend of their season, before missing the win over Montpellier due to personal reasons.
He only joined the club last year after working his way up through the French divisions, including spells with Cherbourg and Stade de Reims.
COSTA'S BAD LUCK
Former Chelsea star Diego Costa has tested positive for coronavirus.
Atletico Madrid confirmed the news on Thursday evening.
Costa, who won two Premier League titles during his time at Stamford Bridge, will now go into quarantine to recover ahead of the new LaLiga season.
OUT ON A LEM
Chelsea turned down the chance to sign Miralem Pjanic in a swap deal for Jorginho.
The Italian’s agent Joao Santos said: “Juventus had offered a swap deal including Miralem Pjanic, but the English side didn't take it into consideration.
“[Juve sporting director Fabio] Paratici never called me. Would he have moved to Juventus with Sarri? I think so.”
BAK YOU GO
AC Milan are pushing to complete the signing of Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
The 26-year-old impressed in Italy two seasons ago during a year-long loan at the San Siro.
And despite 23 appearances on loan for Monaco last term, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is still keen to shift the midfielder.
According to Gianluca Dimarzio, Milan are in the final steps of sealing a deal to sign Bakayoko.
It is understood Milan are pushing for an initial loan with the option to sign Bakayoko for around £20m afterwards.
SunSport understands the Italians are banking on Chelsea settling on a compromise figure of around £15m just to get the flop signing off their bloated wage bill.
GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS
Jorginho’s agent admits the midfielder could leave Chelsea during this window.
Joao Santos said: “Jorginho has a three-year deal with Chelsea. The market is long, it will last until October 5.
“If Chelsea were to think that he is no longer part of the project, I would find an alternative solution.
“Last year he played 40 games for Chelsea and is an important member of the national team.
“So far we haven't received any official offers. He is followed by many clubs and there aren't many players with his characteristics in that role.”
Meanwhile, Kai Havertz is only joining Chelsea because coronavirus scuppered a move to Real Madrid.
That’s according to Marca, who claim the German was set to link up with Zinedine Zidane before Covid-19 ended any chance of a £90million switch.
It’s reckoned Havertz is now on the verge of sealing his Stamford Bridge move.
But fans will be left wondering if he really wanted to be heading to London this summer.
Finally, Olivier Giroud is confident he will not be sidelined by Timo Werner and believes they offer completely different things in attack.
Giroud said: “I'm not naive and I know the club bought Werner to play him.
“But we don't have the same profile at all and he likes to go wide on the left, which he's done for the national team as well.”
New Chelsea star Timo Werner scored as Germany drew 1-1 with Spain.
The Blues striker got the better of Man Utd goalie David De Gea in the 53rd minute.
But Spain grabbed a last-gasp equaliser when Leeds’ record signing Rodrigo teed up Jose Gaya.
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