7pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz ‘WILL sign in next few days’, Chilwell ‘DONE DEAL’, Oblak interest cools – The Sun

KAI HAVERTZ will join Chelsea in the next few days, according to reports.

And the signing of Ben Chilwell could be even closer than that with one reporter calling it a done deal.

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


    Everton are interested in bringing in Fikayo Tomori on loan, according to reports.

    The Toffees had Kurt Zouma on a successful loan stint in 2018-19 before the Frenchman returned to Stamford Bridge.

    Carlo Ancelotti’s porous defence conceded 56 Premier League goals last season.

    And Frank Lampard is happy for Zouma to go out on loan on a temporary basis, according to the Telegraph, as the Blues gaffer looks to bring in former nice centre-back Malang Sarr.


    Here is how the off season stacks up for the 'Big Six' clubs ahead of a busy Premier League season.

    United have the joint-shortest break along with Liverpool, with Manchester City a day more, while Arsenal have the shortest rest period.

    Chelsea and Spurs, by comparison, are laughing all the way to the beach bar.


    Here is how Ben Chilwell fits in at Chelsea… by comparing him to his rival full-backs at Stamford Bridge.

    His assists and goal ratio is as good as anything Frank Lampard currently has at his disposal.


    Chelsea have been told to snap up out-of-favour Manchester City defender John Stones as he is a “success story waiting to happen”, says Paul Merson.

    The former Arsenal legend believes £47.5million Manchester City misfit Stones could be the ideal man to strengthen Blues' backline.

    He told the Daily Star: “Chelsea should go and get John Stones because there is a success story there waiting to happen.

    “I’ve said all along Stones would do well there. And they should go and get him now. He has no future at City.

    “Stones is homegrown. He’s an England international. He has plenty of experience. But he’s still young. He ticks a lot of boxes.

    “He’s just like David Luiz, who was phenomenal for Chelsea when Antonio Conte played him in the middle of a three.”


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    Chelsea are ready to complete the transfer of Kai Havertz – after Bayer Leverkusen indicated they could cut their £80million valuation.

    The Blues have been chasing the attacker for most of this year.

    But having spent £48m on striker Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, plus £36m on Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech, boss Frank Lampard was playing hard ball with the Germans.

    Lamps has been given £150m to spend on players by owner Roman Abramovich this summer.

    But the Chelsea boss knows he needs defensive recruits and a new keeper and needs to cut his cloth accordingly.


    Chelsea are confident of signing Kai Havertz in the next few days, according to reports.

    Frank Lampard has been given a £150m war chest to spend on new players with £60m of that likely to go towards Ben Chilwell.

    Football.London reports the Blues will then try to meet Leverkusen's £90m valuation of Havertz in instalments with a £60m fee upfront followed by £30m in add-ons.


    Chelsea are interested in bringing in free agent Malang Sarr, who recently left Nice.

    The centre-back, 21, has been out of a club after leaving the side where he came through the ranks.

    Sarr made his debut in 2016 and, according to Sky Sports, Chelsea are keen to bolster their defensive depth.

    Kaveh Solhekol confirmed the West London club are close to agreeing a deal for Sarr.


    Chelsea target John Stones is prepared to fight for his Manchester City future — even if it means putting his Euros dream on the line.

    The centre-back has fallen down the Etihad rankings and was tipped to move this summer.

    But the England international does not want to be shoved out and insists he can force his way back into Pep Guardiola’s plans.

    Boss Pep has already brought in Nathan Ake from Bournemouth for £40million, while Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly is a potential £65m buy as well.

    And Stones knows by staying he risks his place in the Three Lions starting XI for the delayed Euro 2020 finals next summer.

    Stones is in the final two years of his £130,000-a-week contract and has so far been kept waiting on an extension.

    Former club Everton — who sold him to City for £47.5million four years ago — West Ham, Arsenal and Chelsea have shown an interest in the 26-year-old.


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    Exclusive by Nick Pisa, Andy Jehring and Clemmie Moodie: Harry Maguire’s night of shame followed a three-day Mykonos bender.

    The Manchester United captain flew to the Greek party island with fiancée Fern Hawkins after his side’s Europa League exit to Sevilla.

    Along with several pals and his brothers, he hit bars and clubs on the hotspot, which has become this summer’s go-to destination for Premier League stars.

    But he also attracted attention from rival fans, who hurled sick insults at him before Thursday night’s fateful brawl.

    On Tuesday it is claimed the England centre-back, 27, and others racked up a £63,000 bar tab in a five-hour session.

    The group, including Chelsea star Ross Barkley, 26, downed expensive booze and scoffed lobster.


    Chelsea will reportedly step up a their moves for Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva after they complete the signing of Ben Chilwell.


    AC Milan are reportedly feeling optimistic about their chances of re-signing Tiemoue Bakayoko.

    The Rossoneri have been persistently linked with a move for the Frenchman since his loan from Chelsea expired a year ago.

    Calciomercato.com claim returning to Milan has always been Bakayoko’s top priority and the move is looking likely following a turn in negotiations.

    The report adds that is because Chelsea are now willing to accept a loan to buy offer for the midfielder, with the expected deal set to net the Londoners around £25-30million.


    Chelsea FC could make a surprise bid to sign veteran defender Thiago Silva.

    The Daily Mail is reporting that the Blues have been holding talks with the 35-year-old about a potential free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.

    Chelsea's biggest rivals in the race to sign the former AC Milan defender are said to be Fiorentina who are looking to lure Silva back to Serie A.

  • OB WE GO

    Atletico Madrid are absolutely unwilling to budge on their £108m release clause for Jan Oblak, but need to convince the goalkeeper his future lies in Madrid, according to AS.

    The Spanish paper reports that the Slovene is having some doubts over the Atletico project and is one of many players who knows the club should have won a trophy this season.

    Atleti have also slightly shifted their transfer strategy to prepare for a time when Oblak will no longer be at the club.

    Where previously they signed experienced backups like Miguel Angel Moya and Antonio Adan, the club have now signed 24-year-old Croatian Ivo Grbic.

    However the report adds that the club received a good price for Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich) and Rodri (Man City) and that is unlikely to change for the time being.


    Ben Chilwell to Chelsea is a done deal, according to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira.

    Schira adds that Chelsea have upped their bid for Kai Havertz to £72m, rising to £81m with add-ons.

    However, Bayer Leverkusen are said to be sticking to their £90m demands despite Havertz pushing for a move.


    Chelsea are on the verge of signing Ben Chilwell, according to various sources such as The Guardian, The Athletic and Football Insider.

    The Leicester left-back is set to move for a fee of around £45m-50m in a huge coup for transfer chief Marina Granovskaia.

    A price of £80m had previously been mooted but it appears Granovskaia has had great success in bringing it down by almost 50 per cent.

    In other news, Bayer Leverkusen are said to have given Chelsea until Friday to stump up £90m for Kai Havertz.

    Although the 21-year-old is said to want the move to West London, Leverkusen see little reason to budge from their price tag.

    Sporting director Rudi Voller insists that he is “relaxed” about the situation with Bild reporting that Chelsea have until Friday to seal a transfer.

    Meanwhile, Davide Zappacosta is set for another loan move with Fiorentina vying to bring him back to Serie A.

    According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Fiorentina have made contact in their quest to secure the services of the ex-Avellino ace on loan.

    They claim that La Viola have met with Zappacosta's agent as they look to thrash out a deal.

    And finally, Chelsea are reportedly in talks to sign Malang Sarr, with the centre-back a free agent after his contract at Nice expired.

    Speaking of the possible signing, Sky Sports presenter Kaveh Solhekol tweeted: “Chelsea in talks to sign France U21 centre back Malang Sarr.

    “He’s a free agent after his Nice contract ran out this summer. If Chelsea sign him they will send him out on loan.”


    Chelsea are reportedly in talks to sign Arsenal target Malang Sarr.

    The centre-back is a free agent after his contract at Nice expired.

    Speaking of the possible signing, Sky Sports presenter Kaveh Solhekol tweeted: “Chelsea in talks to sign France U21 centre back Malang Sarr.

    “He’s a free agent after his Nice contract ran out this summer.

    “If Chelsea sign him they will send him out on loan.”


    Louis Saha believes his French compatriot Olivier Giroud will not be worried about Chelsea signing Timo Werner.

    He told the Football Index Podcast: “Olivier Giroud is a very tough cookie and he will not worry too much about the arrival of Timo Werner at Chelsea.

    “Giroud wants to score and he wants to help his teammates. He is a competitor and wherever he is, he will always perform.

    “Giroud is very motivated and I’m sure that next year we will hear about him again.”


    Cesar Azpilicueta has revealed Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have impressed him since they joined Chelsea tarining.

    He told the Blues' website: “Both of them have shown their quality in training in these past couple of weeks,.

    “We have seen their potential offensively, the way they can create chances and the way they can score goals so they are big additions to the team.

    “The quicker and easier they can adapt to the Premier League, the better it will be for everybody so it was good to have them with the group for a few weeks at the end of the season.

    “They are already integrated and know everybody so it’s been a very good time for that and now we’re all looking forward to seeing them on the pitch.”


    Ashley Cole has spoken of what Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech will bring to Chelsea.

    Speaking to ESPN, he said: “Although the new players that have come in are young, they’ve got experience of playing Champions League, they were stars of their team.

    “They can give that leadership off the pitch and on it as well because we had a lot of leaders when I was a player here.

    “They led by example not just by talking, but with their feet, which I feel is more important.

    “People can talk. It is easy to talk. But when you are backing it up with quality performances, that’s what makes the difference.”



    Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta is set for another loan move with Fiorentina vying to bring him back to Serie A.

    The 28-year-old right-back has flattered to deceive at Stamford Bridge since joining from Torino in 2017 for £23million.

    Roma snapped him up on loan last campaign, but he was limited to just nine appearances after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

    And the wing-back has once again been made available by Frank Lampard who has deemed him as surplus to requirements.

    Lampard has Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta who he can rely on, with Zappacosta not in his plans.

    According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Fiorentina have made contact in their quest to secure the services of the ex-Avellino ace on loan.


    Arjen Robben made his return to football with a 30-minute cameo for hometown club Groningen today.

    The ex-Bayern Munich winger, now 36, announced in June he would be coming out of retirement to play for his first club in the 2020-21 season.

    Robben played the first 30 minutes for Groningen in a friendly match with Almere City which ended in a 1-1 draw.

    The former Chelsea star retired from football in 2019 after a decade with Bayern.

    But he made the decision to return to help Groningen recover from the financial setbacks caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Prior to today’s outing, the Dutchman had asked to delay his return to football after feeling the physical effects of some intense pre-season training and missed the Eredivisie side’s friendly with PEC Zwolle last week.

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