8am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Edouard Mendy £25m move, Rice latest, Ampadu to Sheff Utd, Kante linked with Milan – The Sun

KAI HAVERTZ and Timo Werner could have been wearing red for the coming season if Manchester United had followed through on their interest.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are reportedly close to securing the signature of Rennes stopper Edouard Mendy for a fee of around £25million.

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  • BATS AWAY

    Michy Batshuayi celebrated his new Chelsea deal with a double for Belgium in their 5-1 win over Iceland.

    The Blues striker has extended his Stamford Bridge contract for another season ahead of a loan move to Crystal Palace.

    And Batshuayi, who has already spent time at Selhurst Park, gave eager Eagles fans another glimpse of his talent as he helped Belgium overcome an early scare in Tuesday’s Nations League clash.

    Iceland were feeling confident after almost snatching a point off England at the weekend.

    And they got off to an incredible start when Holmbert Fridjonsson scored a captivating freak goal from distance with just ten minutes on the clock.

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  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS,

    The Blues are closing in on the signing of Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy for a fee of around £25million.

    Chelsea have kept tabs on the Senegal international who impressed as Rennes finished third in Ligue 1 last season.

    Stamford Bridge chief boss, Frank Lampard has been looking for a new goalkeeper after losing faith with current number 1, Kepa Arrizablaga after a series of high profile errors last season.

    Mendy is set to become the latest in a summer spending spree which has included names such as Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz & Hakim Ziyech.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante reportedly wants to remain at Stamford Bridge, despite interest from Inter Milan.

    According to Telefoot, Antonio Conte is keen to be reunited with the French midfielder.

    But the ex-Leicester ace is happy at Chelsea, with the club also unwilling to part ways with the 29-year-old.

    And Everton are close to signing Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori on a season long loan, as Carlo Ancelloti continues to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season.

    After the Blues completed the signing of Brazillian defender Thiago Silva from PSG, Frank Lampard couldn't guarantee Tomori regular game time.

    Talks are at an advanced stage according to ESPN.

  • M-ACE WORK

    Chelsea star Mason Mount emerged from the bench during England's 0-0 draw at Denmark and came closest to setting up the winner.

  • FEELING BLUE

    Willian’s agent Kia Joorabchian has lifted the lid on the role Jose Mourinho played in the Brazilian's failed Tottenham transfer before joining Chelsea.

    talkSPORT host Jim White asked. “Willian and you were sitting at Tottenham and he was about to sign…”

    “And then Jose called,” Joorabchian went on.

    “Yeah, but that was a bit of a different story, because the clubs – Spurs and Anzhi [Makhachkala] were in a conflict over a solidarity payment, and then Anzhi pulled the plug.

    “So it was a different story [to what was reported].

    “Obviously Jose was at Chelsea at that time and Willi did very well there, he won several trophies and succeeded very well, so I hope he does the same thing at Arsenal.”

  • THIS IS ENGLAND

    Chelsea striker Beth England has been named as the PFA Women's Players' Player of the Year.

    The 26-year-old bagged 21 goals last season and helped the Blues win the Women's Super League and League Cup.

    She said: “It's a huge honour to be voted for by your peers, so thank you to everyone who voted for me.

    “The team cohesion as a group, we fought for everything we had. The girls were tremendous, thankfully we had a great year and hopefully it continues.”

  • SPECIAL BRU

    Kevin De Bruyne has become the first Manchester City player ever to win the PFA Player of the Year award.

    The £54million Belgium international enjoyed an outstanding season – even though his team came up short in the Premier League and Europe.

    He said: “It’s a huge honour. To be voted as best player by your colleagues and competitors from other teams who you play against is amazing.

    “It’s strange that I’m the first one at City given all the good players that have played here before and who are still playing here – but it’s nice to represent the club.”

  • CON-PETITION

    Chelsea ace Conor Gallagher is being chased by newly-promoted pair Leeds and West Brom as they weigh up loan moves.

    The 20-year-old midfielder is attracting attention from across the Premier League – but Crystal Palace's interest appears to have waned.

    The Eagles were leading the chase for him but are now prioritising his Blues team-mate Michy Batshuayi, according to the Mail Online.

    Premier League rules state a club cannot have two loans from the same club, leaving Gallagher's potential move to Selhurst Park scuppered.

    That leaves West Brom and Leeds in a tug of war for the England U-21 international whose profile continues to rise.

    Chelsea intend to tie him down to a new contract when he returns from international duty before giving him another year on loan.

  • SKY SHAKE UP

    SunSport's Martin Lipton has revealed that Micah Richards and Alex Scott are not expected to be part of the new revolving Soccer Saturday panel on Sky this season.

    Sky’s decision to axe long-time studio guests Charlie Nicholas, Matt Le Tissier and Phil Thompson brought suggestions that Richards and Scott would be parachuted in.

    But the pair have been lined up for match punditry duties rather than sitting in front of TV screens on a Saturday afternoon.

    Sky chiefs have decided not to have a permanent panel alongside host Jeff Stelling, with the likes of Matt Murray and Clinton Morrison likely to appear as well as retained veteran Paul Merson.

  • STONE THROW AWAY

    John Stones plans to stay at Manchester City and fight for his place next season despite interest from several Premier League clubs.

    He had been linked with a move away from the Etihad, with both Arsenal and Chelsea interested in his signature.

    The Blues reportedly bid £20million for the defender this summer, but opted for Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Malanga Sarr instead.

    Arsenal were also linked with a move for Stones, who would have been reunited with former City coach, Mikel Arteta.

    The Gunners made no official bid for him, and instead signed Gabriel Maghalaes from Lille.

    But according to The Telegraph, Stones has no intention of leaving City and believes he can win back the trust of boss Pep Guardiola.

  • SUB SNUB

    The Premier League is set to be left as the only major competition in Europe not to allow five substitutes.

    Clubs in Spain’s LaLiga are poised to U-turn and revert to bigger benches with up to five changes.

    They will join France and Germany in allowing five substitutes, with Italy’s Serie A now expected to follow suit.

    That will leave the Prem as the stand-out exception among the Big Five, after clubs voted 11-9 last week in the second vote on the issue.

    The vote was a rejection of the arguments of the Big Six Prem teams, who were angry and frustrated that their arguments carried no weight with their rivals.

    But all Prem clubs playing in the Champions League and Europa League are now set to have the option of extra substitutes in continental competition after the European Club Association agreed to lobby Uefa and urge a change of policy later this month.

  • ARMCHAIR JACKPOT

    All this month’s Premier League matches will be broadcast live on TV after a U-turn by the 20 clubs.

    As SunSport revealed yesterday, a hastily-arranged virtual meeting of the 20 “shareholder” clubs saw them fold in the face of demands from fans and the Government.

    The League had agreed to increase the number of matches screened live on TV this season from 200 to 220.

    But that left 160 matches without live showing, including 11 of the games due to be played behind closed doors this month.

    Now, following the furore, the clubs have agreed to change their stance with all 11 matches now shared between the Prem’s four broadcasters, Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime and the BBC.

    Amazon and the Beeb will show one match each on September 26.

  • WILL I NEVER

    Willian’s agent Kia Joorabchian has revealed why the Brazilian left Chelsea and joined Arsenal.

    He told talkSPORT: “With Willian, there’s no secret he wanted a three-year contract, but the Mikel Arteta project was just incredible.

    “He was very much wooed by Mikel and [technical director] Edu, and what Mikel presented to him and the way he wants to play football and the way he wants to continue and the success he wants to bring to Arsenal, made the difference.

    “That’s what he said and that’s exactly what it was.”

  • BAT'LL DO

    Crystal Palace have won the race to sign Michy Batshuayi on loan for the season.

    West Brom and Aston Villa had both enquired about whether they could take the Belgium international striker for the entire campaign.

    But the 26-year-old is now heading for a return to Selhurst Park having enjoyed a successful loan spell with the club before.

    Chelsea have protected themselves from losing Batshuayi on a free transfer next year by extending his current deal by a further 12 months.

  • BATSHUAYI SET FOR PALACE RETURN

    Crystal Palace are in talks with Chelsea over the return of Michy Batshuayi to Selhurst Park on a season-long loan.

    The Belgium striker who joined Chelsea in 2016 is in the final year of his contract, but has been offered a one year extension.

    Batshuayi was previously on loan at Palace in the second half of the 18/19 season having joined in January, he scored six goals in 13 appearances.

    The deal would suit both parties as Batshuayi has dropped to fourth in the pecking order at Chelsea behind Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and new signing Timo Werner.

    Palace are also desperate to bolster an attack that only scored 31 goals in the Premier League last season.

  • HAVERTZ IMPRESSES DURING TRAINING

    CHELSEA'S new £70million signing Kai Havertz has earned rave reviews after his first training session with the club.

    Havertz, 21, was said to have impressed with his hard work at the club's Cobham complex, according to the Daily Mail.

    Chelsea's record-signing managed to hit the net with both feet in the session, and should be ready to play in their up-coming clash against Brighton.

    Blues' boss Lampard was seen smiling while watching Havertz train, and his reaction was spotted by fans on Twitter.

    One fan tweeted: “Lampard chatting with him with smiles all over his face.”

    Havertz began training with the Chelsea squad on Saturday, less than 24 hours after he flew to England to complete his five-year deal.

  • TOMORI CLOSE TO GOODISON SWITCH

    Everton are close to signing Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori on a season long loan, as Carlo Ancelloti continues to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season.

    After the Blues completed the signing of Brazillian defender Thiago Silva from PSG, Frank Lampard couldn't guarantee Tomori regular game time.

    The imminent deal will see the Toffees complete what has been a very busy week so far on the blue half or Merseyside, with the signings of Naopli midfielder Allan confirmed at the weekend and Colombian star James Rodriguez announced on Monday.

    Talks are at an advanced stage according to ESPN.

  • MENDY BRIDGE BOUND

    Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy for a fee of around £25million.

    The Blues have kept tabs on the Senegal international who impressed as Rennes finished third in Ligue 1 last season.

    Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard has been looking for a new goalkeeper after losing faith with current number 1, Kepa Arrizablaga after a series of high profile errors last season.

    Mendy is set to become the latest in a summer spending spree which has included names such as Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz & Hakim Ziyech.

  • FEELING BLUE

    Tony Cascarino has stated Frank Lampardknows he is under pressure after spending big this summer.

    He told talkSPORT: “Frank will be totally aware of the pressure, but that comes with every Chelsea manger. If you become Chelsea manager you know you’re probably the first manager who is going to get sacked.

    “Watford fans might tell you different, but generally, Chelsea sack managers that have done far more in terms of winning than Frank. OK, not under the same circumstances as Lampard, but he will be totally aware of it.

    “Will he get more time because he’s a legend? No, not now the wiggle room has gone. Look at the CV of the owner and the DNA of how he’s run that football club, you’re not going to get away with it.

    “Him being an ex-Chelsea player and the work he’s done in bringing the youngsters through to the first team, it’ll count for nothing.

    “He will be tested and if Chelsea don’t defend better than they did last year, they are not going to challenge.”

  • BLUE MOON

    Chelsea's  attempts to bring in cash to offset their summer spending spree are being hampered by AC Milan refusing to meet their asking price for Tiemoue Bakayoko.

    The Blues have splashed out in excess of £230million on signings ahead of the new season and are looking to recoup some cash by offloading their unwanted stars.

    Bakayoko, 26, is one they are desperate to flog with Milan willing buyers – but the club are stalling over meeting their £31.6m valuation.

    Chelsea want a £4.5m loan fee to cover this season with an option to buy next summer inserted for a further £27m.

    But Milan are working to a tight budget following the Covid-19 pandemic and say they will only go to £22.6m as the option price, bringing the total value of the deal just over £27m.

    French club Lyon had been interested but it is believed Bakayoko prefers a return to Milan.

    Chelsea believe they can reach an agreement with Milan over the coming weeks but the deadlock is delaying their plans to start bringing in money with player sales.

  • KANT BELIEVE IT

    Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante reportedly wants to remain at Stamford Bridge, despite interest from Inter Milan.

    According to Telefoot, Antonio Conte is keen to be reunited with the French midfielder.

    But the ex-Leicester ace is happy at Chelsea, with the club also unwilling to part ways with the 29-year-old.

  • CHELSEA FIXTURES

    Here are the Blues' opening games of the Premier League season, as well as their clashes against the 'Big Six'.

  • 'ALREADY WORLD CLASS'

    New signing Kai Havertz has been lavished with praise by his former employers – who expect him to go all the way to the Premier League.

    Bayer Leverkusen's sporting director Rudi Voller was gushing in his praise of the departed Havertz, who became Chelsea's second most expensive signing when he put pen to paper in a £71 million deal.

    And former striker Voller believes the attacking midfielder is the real deal in comments which will excite Blues fans.

    He said: “Kai Havertz is already world class, certainly one of the best to have ever played for Bayer 04.

    “In the coming years, Kai will prove what a great footballer he is in the extremely demanding English league.”

  • I'LL BE FRANK

    Frank Lampard admitted he “regrets” the X-rated row with Jurgen Klopp and plans to apologise to the German.

    The ex-England midfielder, 42, lost his cool with Klopp and his assistant Pep Lijnders after the referee awarded Liverpool a free-kick which led to their second goal in the 5-3 thriller.

    Speaking to The High Performance Podcast, he said: “I did regret that. And when that broke the next day a friend of mine sent it to me in the morning, I was a bit embarrassed by it. 

    “I was in the moment, I felt we turned up and it was the easiest day for Liverpool ever. They won the league, they went goals up early in the game. 

    “And a few things happened with the bench, I’m not going to go into detail, but my feeling was, I want to protect my club. And I didn’t have a problem with Liverpool celebrating. 

    “Luckily enough, I’ve been there with Chelsea where we won the league quite early one year, and you can sit there and everything feels great. My feeling was, I want to be there where they are.”

  • BECK AND CALL

    The agent of former Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain is reportedly in Turin for talks with Juventus over a possible switch to Inter Miami.

    The Serie A champions have decided to call time on the striker's four-year stay with the club.

    However, rather than sort a transfer out of Italy, Juve are being asked to terminate Higuain's contract before he picks his next destination.

    According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the player's agent and brother Nicolas landed for crunch talks last night.

    The discussions come against the backdrop of an offer for Higuain, 32, to play in MLS with Inter Miami.

    David Beckham's fledgling club have already snapped up Blaise Matuidi from Juventus and are said to want the Argentine too.

  • A BRIDGE TOO FAR

    Willian jokingly told Thiago Silva he would have stayed at Chelsea had he known the defender was joining Frank Lampard's side, according to reports.

    The Brazilian veteran, 35, quit Paris Saint-Germain for the Premier League this summer on a one-year deal with the option of an extra season.

    His transfer came after international compatriot Willian quit Chelsea for London rivals Arsenal.

    Silva had a wealth of options this summer including contracts from former club AC Milan and Fiorentina.

    But a call to Willian helped convinced Silva that the latest challenge of his illustrious career belonged in the Premier League.

    According to the Telegraph, Willian had jokingly responded: “If I'd known you were moving to Chelsea, I would have stayed there after all.”

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