9.15pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Jose Gimenez £60m top target, Chilwell breakthrough, Kai Havertz close – The Sun

CHELSEA are continuing their pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz and have reportedly made a breakthrough in their bid to sign Leicester's Ben Chiwell.

Meanwhile Frank Lampard is said to have made Jose Maria Gimenez of Atletico Madrid his top defensive target after being priced out of a move for Declan Rice.

Follow all the latest transfer updates from the Bridge below…

  • BLUE ALL OUR DOUGH

    Chelsea are willing to listen to offers for TEN big-name first-team stars this summer – but could make an £84million LOSS.

    Frank Lampard is open to the concept of selling around £300m of talent this month.

    Here are the players at risk

    CLICK HERE TO READ SUNSPORT’S IN-DEPTH PIECE ON CHELSEA’S FIRE SALE

  • NOT ON BORU'D TIME

    Borussia Monchengladbach star Matthias Ginter added: “Of course I heard of the enquiries and was flattered by this attention.

    “But I’ve said often enough how good things are for me in Gladbach.

    “The current team has great potential and the coach has brought a huge added value for us.

    “The club is in the process of building something with the great fans and the environment.

    “I also have big goals with the club and of course I’m still tied into a contract.”

  • CHELSEA TARGET GINTER GLAD TO STAY

    Chelsea transfer target Matthias Ginter says he is “flattered” by their interest – but has ruled out a summer switch.

    The Borussia Monchengladbach defender confirmed the Blues had enquired about his availability this summer.

    Stamford Bridge boss Frank Lampard has already raided Bundesliga side RB Leipzig for star striker Timo Werner.

    And he is desperate to conclude a deal for Ginter's fellow German top-flight star Kai Havertz of Bayer Leverkusen.

    But Ginter says he has no interest in moving to London and is content staying in his homeland.

    Ginter, 26, who helped Gladbach qualify for next season's Champions League, said: “I’m definitely staying in Gladbach.”

  • STILL GUNNING FOR WILLIAN

    Arsenal remain in pole position to sign Willian with the Chelsea winger reportedly telling friends he wants to become a Gooner.

    Barcelona and Inter Miami are said to be competing with the North London club for Willian, who also has a contract extension on the table from Chelsea.

    An agreement with the Blues has not been ruled out yet the Brazilian's priority is securing a three-year deal.

    Out of contract at the end of the month, Willian has now informed friends of his preference to move.

    The Mirror believe Arsenal to be the 31-year-old's preferred destination, as it will also keep his family settled in the capital.

    David Beckham's new MLS club Inter are thought to have offered the winger the highest salary, on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

  • TELLES STILL ON LIST

    Despite Chelsea reportedly making good progress in their pursuit of Ben Chilwell, they are still thought to be looking at cheaper alternatives for the left-back berth.

    But Manchester United are said to have joined the Blues in monitoring Porto's Alex Telles.

  • INTEREST TER-MINATED

    Any hope Chelsea had of signing Marc-Andre ter Stegen have faded dramatically as the keeper sis et to sign a new Barcelona contract.

    There had been speculation the 28-year-old could leave with the German having just two years left on his contract.

    And the Blues reportedly submitted an offer to the Blaugrana to replace flop Kepa Arrizabalaga.

    Frank Lampard is desperate to sign a new goalkeeper this summer having already brought in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

    And it has been suggested that Bayern Munich are also in the running to secure the services of Ter Stegen.

    But according to Mundo Deportivo, the former Borussia Monchengladbach is poised to commit his future to the Blaugrana.

  • CHIL-SEA DEAL CLOSER

    Chelsea have made a breakthough in their bid to land Leicester's England left-back Ben Chilwell.

    That's according to Football Insider, who say the Blues believe can land the 23-year-old for about £50million.

    They say the Blues have got the price down from £80m and are “increasingly hopeful of a deal”.

  • YOU SAID IT

    Chelsea have been handed a summer transfer boost, with Said Benrahma's Brentford having failed to earn promotion to the Premier League.

    The Algerian winger was a catalyst for the West Londoners' superb season, scoring 17 goals and assisting a further ten for Thomas Frank's side.

    But with the Bees having failed to wrap up automatic promotion during the regular season, followed by last night's 2-1 defeat to Fulham under the Wembley arch, they have been left vulnerable to losing their star creator.

    And according to Football.London, Benrahma is still “destined” to play Premier League football next season, albeit not with Brentford.

    The 24-year-old has been linked with a host of top-flight clubs – most notably Chelsea and Leeds United.

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is set to target a winger this summer, having lost veterans Willian and Pedro on free transfers.

  • REGU-LATION PURCHASE

    Chelsea are favourites to sign Sergio Reguilon, according to reports.

    The left-back is seen as a cheaper option after Leicester told the Blues they would hold firm on their £80million asking price for Ben Chilwell.

    Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico and Atalanta’s Robin Gosens have both been mentioned as possible alternatives.

    Reguilon, 23, spent last season on loan at Sevilla, where he grabbed four assists and two goals.

    And according to ESPN, talks over a transfer are reaching ‘advanced’ stages.

  • LEAVER-KUSEN

    Kai Havertz was pictured training with Bayer Leverkusen as they prepare to play Rangers.

    The Bundesliga club host the Scottish giants tomorrow in the Europa League, taking a 3-1 lead into their second leg.

    But the tie comes amid speculation star man Havertz is pursuing a move to Stamford Bridge.

    After Real Madrid and Bayern Munich cooled their interest in the 21-year-old, Chelsea moved closer to securing their transfer target.

    The Blues are believed to have approached Leverkusen with a £70million offer, around £20m shy of the player’s price tag.

  • 'CALM SERENITY'

    Ilkay Gundogan has described Kai Havertz's potential as “unlimited” as the German starlet gets set for a move to Chelsea.

    Leverkusen are desperate to get the best out of the attacking midfielder in what would surely be his last few games for Bayer in the Europa League, starting tomorrow night in their second leg against Rangers.

    The Manchester City ace told Bild: “I expect great things from him. Kai’s potential is unlimited, there are no limits.

    “He brings a lot with him, and now it’s up to him to show off this enormous talent.

    “He has this calm and serenity on the ball, and is a prudent type on the other side.”

  • RICE CONFIRMS MOVES

    Declan Rice can move… like Michael Jackson.

    The Chelsea target, who has been tipped for a switch to Stamford Bridge this season, shared a hilarious video on the golf course performing a dance routine like Jacko.

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    Who did it better? 🤷🏻‍♂️🏌🏻‍♂️🕺🏼

    A post shared byDeclan Rice (@declanrice) on

  • NO 'RAHMA DRAMA

    Chelsea have been handed a summer transfer boost, with Said Benrahma's Brentford having failed to earn promotion to the Premier League.

    The Algerian winger was a catalyst for the West Londoners' superb season, scoring 17 goals and assisting a further ten for Thomas Frank's side.

    But with the Bees having failed to wrap up automatic promotion during the regular season, followed by last night's 2-1 defeat to Fulham under the Wembley arch, they have been left vulnerable to losing their star creator.

    And according to Football.London, Benrahma is still “destined” to play Premier League football next season, albeit not with Brentford.

    The 24-year-old has been linked with a host of top-flight clubs – most notably Chelsea and Leeds United.

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is set to target a winger this summer, having lost veterans Willian and Pedro on free transfers.

  • CHERRY PICKED

    Nathan Ake has agreed a five year deal to join Manchester City after Chelsea declined to take up their option to sign the defender, reports DUNCAN WRIGHT.

    City saw a £41million bid for the Dutch international accepted by Bournemouth last week.

    But Frank Lampard had first refusal under the terms of the deal which took him to the Cherries.

    Chelsea have now informed Bournemouth they do not want to sign the 25-year-old centre-back despite their need to improve defensively over the summer.

    And that leaves Ake in the clear to complete the formalities of his move to the Etihad once he returns from holiday with his partner.

  • BLUE ALL OUR DOUGH

    Chelsea are willing to listen to offers for TEN big-name first-team stars this summer – but could make an £84million LOSS.

    Frank Lampard is open to the concept of selling around £300m of talent this month.

    Here are the players at risk

    CLICK HERE TO READ SUNSPORT’S IN-DEPTH PIECE ON CHELSEA’S FIRE SALE

  • PRAY TELL

    Chelsea have been joined by Manchester United in the race for Porto left-back Alex Telles, according to reports.

    The Blues are in the hunt for a new left-back to replace Emerson and Marcos Alonso.

    Leicester’s Ben Chilwell is their top defensive target but yesterday, the Foxes said the West Londoners would have to pay a world record fee to sign him.

    Along with Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico, Telles is generally considered the Blues‘ backup option.

    But if they do switch their attention to the 27-year-old, they will face competition from Manchester United, according to Portuguese outlet A Bola.

  • 80MILLION?

    Chelsea fans can't believe Leicester are holding out for £80million for Ben Chilwell.

    One fan came up with this hilarious meme parodying Donald Trump's interview two days ago.

  • BIG 'OPA

    Chelsea target Kai Havertz is getting ready for the Europa League with Bayer Leverkusen.

    The competition is the German club's last chance to qualify for next season's Champions League after they missed out of the top four in the Bundesliga.

    They currently lead Steven Gerrard's Rangers 3-1 ahead of tomorrow night's second leg at the BayArena.

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    🔜🇪🇺🏆 #B04RFC

    A post shared byKai Havertz 💥⚽️✌🏼 (@kaihavertz29) on

  • BAT SMART

    Michy Batshuayi has reportedly been offered to Leeds as they prepare for their return to the Premier League.

    The Belgian forward, 26, looks set to leave Chelsea in a cut-price deal this summer.

    According to Get French Football News, Batshuayi's agent has offered Leeds the chance to sign his client.

    The source states that the Whites have received “hundreds” of offers from agents following their promotion from the Championship.

    Batshuayi is one of the names on the long-list as he looks to revive his career away from Stamford Bridge.

  • ROMA RUMOURS

    Arsenal are closing in on a deal to sign Chelsea’s Willian on a free after he rejected the final offer of a contract from the Blues.

    But there are still hurdles to be cleared before agreement can be reached with the Brazilian, who turns 32 on Sunday.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is keen to sign the winger on a three-year deal.

    But that is dependent on Henrikh Mkhitaryan not returning from his loan at Roma.

    And Arteta also needs to overcome fears about the player’s age and the club becoming too reliant on agent Kia Joorabchian.

  • MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    The Blues are still battling to sign Bayer Leverkusen attacker Kai Havertz – while being increasingly linked with Real Madrid left-back Sergio Reguilon.

    Germany star Havertz would complete a trio of explosive captures after the arrivals of goal-maker Hakim Ziyech and goal-taker Timo Werner.

    But for now Chelsea are reportedly in “advanced talks” over 23-year-old Spaniard Reguilon, a loan hit with Sevilla this season.

    It seems, though, any lingering hopes of keeping winger Willian have disappeared..

    Arsenal are on the brink of landing the Brazil winger, 31, on a three-year deal that the Blues refused to give him.

    Having said that, the Gunners need to offload Henrikh Mkhitaryan following his loan with Roma before they can complete the Willian deal.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea are monitoring Manchester United keeper Dean Henderson's situation.

    The Sheffield United loanee is unwilling to return to Old Trafford as back-up to David De Gea.

    Leeds could make a shock swoop for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, 26

    And FA Cup final casualty Pedro, who dislocated his shoulder in Saturday's 2-1 defeat against Arsenal, posted a thumbs-up photo after a successful operation.

    The 33-year-old, now joining Roma, wrote:“The surgery went well, I will be back soon. It was a pity not to win the FA Cup. Thank you all for your support.”

  • SELL HENRIKH TO LAND WILLIAN

    Arsenal are closing in on a deal to sign Chelsea’s Willian on a free.

    But there are still hurdles to be cleared before agreement can be reached with the Brazilian, who turns 32 on Sunday.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is keen to sign the winger on a three-year deal.

    But that is dependent on Henrikh Mkhitaryan not returning from his loan at Roma.

    And Arteta also needs to overcome fears about the player’s age and the club becoming too reliant on agent Kia Joorabchian.

    Willian, who missed Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal on Saturday injured, is definitely leaving Stamford Bridge after running down his contract.

    The Blues offered him a two-year deal but would not agree to his request for an extra 12 months.

  • MAKE ME No1 OR IT HENDS NOW

    Dean Henderson is heading into showdown talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, insisting: “Make me No 1 or let me go.”

    The keeper, 23, has enjoyed two massively successful seasons on loan with Sheffield United.

    But he does not want to return to Old Trafford to play second fiddle to current first-choice keeper David De Gea.

    The Spaniard’s high-profile blunders have led to calls for in-form Henderson to replace him as United's main man between the sticks.

    Chelsea are among the teams monitoring the situation – and are reported to be willing to more than double his wages.

    Frank Lampard's side could bid for Henderson but United do not want to lose him to a Premier League rival.

    It leaves Solskjaer in a difficult position, with De Gea having signed a six-year deal worth £117million this time last year.

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