8pm Chelsea news LIVE: Top-four boost with City banned, Ziyech ‘very happy’ to join, Sancho set to leave Dortmund – The Sun

CHELSEA are preparing for a tasty Premier League return at home to Man Utd, but there is also good news on the transfer front…

The Blues have reportedly agreed a £37m deal to sign Hakim Ziyech, while Jadon Sancho, Jude Bellingham and Dean Henderson could soon join the Ajax man.

Follow all of the latest Chelsea news, gossip and updates below…

  • CITY BAN BOOSTS CHELSEA

    Frank Lampard's old club Manchester City have been banned from European football for two years – massively increasing Chelsea's chances of Champions League football next season.

    Assuming City still finish in the top four, the Prem's fifth-placed side – currently Sheffield United – will now qualify.

    That gives Lampard's fourth-placed Blues a cushion of four points over London rivals Spurs in sixth.

  • CARRA'S HAKKED OFF

    Chelsea have stolen a march on Liverpool by nabbing Hakim Ziyech, Reds' legend Jamie Carragher claims.

    Carra believes the Morocco winger, 26, who will arrive at Stamford Bridge this summer for around £7million, would have provided brilliant back-up for Liverpool down both flanks.

    He told Sky Sports: “The Ajax lad was outstanding last season in that Champions League run.

    “He was a player I thought actually Liverpool may look at as well; he can play both sides, maybe as cover for Mane or Salah.

    “But it looks like Chelsea have gone into the market and they’re going to do get something done already.”

  • WILLIAN, PEDRO FACE EXIT

    Frank Lampard admits Willian and Pedro are in talks over their Chelsea future following Hakim Ziyech's arrival.

    SunSport revealed the veteran wingers are set to be offloaded when their contracts run out in the summer as part of Lamps' revolution at Stamford Bridge.

    The Chelsea boss has already landed £36.7million Ajax star Ziyech, with Borussia Dortmund starlet Jadon Sancho also on his radar.

    Those signings would join make up half of the Blues' widemen contingent next season alongside Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi, with £100k-plus-a-week Willian and Pedro left in the cold.

    Lampard said at his press conference today: “Conversations are ongoing with those players. They have both been successful players with the club.

    “Both I found to be very professional and willing and wanting to work this year and help the younger players.

    “And obviously get results which is the main thing. So regardless [of whether they stay], what they’ve done at the club is very well received from our end.”

    Chelsea have offered Willian, 31, a one-year extension, though the player is seeking a two-year deal and increase on his £110,000-a-week wages.

    Barcelona, Juventus and AC Milan have all shown interest in the Brazilian, who has scored four goals in 24 appearances this season.

    Meanwhile, 32-year-old Pedro has only managed five league outings so far this campaign and has been linked with a return to Barca.

  • BLUES WANTED HAKIM EARLIER

    Chelsea tried to land incoming Ajax superstar Hakim Ziyech last month.

    The Morocco winger, 26, will arrive in the summer for around £37million.

    But Stamford Bridge chief Frank Lampard said: “We tried and it was not possible. We all know how the January window works.

    “You respect that clubs with top players want to keep them and that was the case.

    “But that is done and we have him for next season. Pleased with that. I think he’s a fantastic player.”

  • KEPA RECALL HINT

    Frank Lampard has hinted Spain keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will get an instant recall after being axed against Leicester.

    With his Chelsea side hosting Manchester United on Monday, Lampard said: “The reaction has been good as I would expect.

    “I haven’t had lots of conversations with him. It’s a decision I will have to make.

    “It doesn’t matter when you came to the club, I don’t take into account the fee.

    “It’s the training that counts. I have decided, and you’ll find out.”

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