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Chelsea latest transfer rumour

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This transfer window is likely to throw up some tough decisions for Chelsea boss Frank Lampard to make.

Lampard is experiencing his first summer window at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea’s transfer ban, and the Londoners have already made positive moves in the market.

Both Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner will add world-class qualities in attack with Kai Havertz also believed to be on the cusp of signing for the club.

Elsewhere, defensive issues will most likely need addressing, and entering the transfer market could be the most logical way of doing that. Liverpool demonstrated a few years ago just how effective the right players can be, with Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker transforming the club into title contenders.

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Here are the latest Chelsea transfer rumours.

Chelsea eye Atletico defender
Chelsea have reportedly made Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez the club’s top defensive transfer target this summer.

report states thatLampard is eager to sign the central defender to address issues at the back.

The 25-year-old is understood to have a release clause of £110m but Football Insider claims Chelsea hope to land their man for £60m this summer.

Gimenez’s arrival at Stamford Bridge would mark a significant step in the direct direction for Chelsea as they look to balance out the squad after multiple attacking arrivals.

Blues in ‘advanced talks’ with highly-rated Madrid left-back
Advanced talks are reportedly underway between Chelsea and Real Madrid over the transfer of Sergio Reguilon.

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According to NobleSports, the 23-year-old left-back is already in advanced talks to join the Blues this summer after an impressive loan spell with Sevilla.

The report also states that a fee of around €25m (£22.5m) could be enough for the west London side to secure the full-back’s services before the end of the transfer window.

Chelsea were believed to have made Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell the main target to address problems at left-back but Reguilon would certainly be a more cost-effective option for the Blues to explore.

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Gallagher transfer stance outlined amid Premier League interest

Conor Gallagher is reportedly available for another loan move next season as Chelsea look to continue the youngster’s development.

According to football.london, the Blues are open to loaning the 20-year-old out next season as long as the destination matches Chelsea’s style of play.

Crystal Palace and 11 other clubs are believed to be chasing the highly-rated midfielder’s signature after he impressed on loan in the Championship last season.

Impressive spells with both Charlton Athletic and Swansea City demonstrated Gallagher’s capabilities and a loan move to the Premier League could be the natural next step in his personal development.

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Chelsea in delima as Azpilicueta and Pulisic sets to miss Bayern Clash

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Frank Lampard confirmed that Christian Pulisic and César Azpilicueta will miss the 8 August quarter final after picking up injuries in the FA Cup final.

Christian Pulisic and César Azpilicueta will miss Chelsea’s Champions League meeting with Bayern Munich after picking up hamstring injuries, manager Frank Lampard confirmed.

Chelsea suffer setback ahead of Last 16 return leg
Full-back Azpilicueta and forward Pulisic limped out of Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat by Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday. Chelsea will visit German champions Bayern Munich on 8 August, trailing 3-0 from the first leg of their last-16 tie.

“I don’t know the full extent of the injuries,” Lampard told reporters in his post-match press conference. “But I know the hamstrings with Azpi and Christian – they have to be scanned and assessed over the next few days. They clearly won’t be fit for next week.”

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It’s simple, Chelsea weren’t good enough for the Cup

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Frank Lampard admitted his Chelsea stars deserved their historic FA Cup Final defeat by Arsenal.

A Chelsea win in the first ever behind closed doors Final would have ended a remarkable first season in charge for Lampard following his side’s top our finish against the odds.

But, just like in 2017 against Arsenal, they failed as favourites and Chelsea boss Lampard was left to rue a below par performance.

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Asked to pinpoint the reasons he said: ‘We did not play well enough.

‘We had a great start and had control of the game but at that point we started to get sloppy and not take that control and continue to move the ball quickly. We did not ram home our control, got slower not moving it so well and winning it back so quickly.

‘That changed the tone of the game and it was very hard to get it back after that.

‘But we did start the second half brighter. And if Christian goes through and scores instead of pulling his hamstring then… There were certainly circumstances in the game that conspired against us.

‘In terms of football we didn’t play well enough.’

Reflecting on Arsenal’s penalty equaliser to Christian Pulisic’s opener and Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic’s double yellow card sending off, he added: ‘I thought it was a penalty and not a sending off. I think that was pretty clear.’

Lampard also admitted defeat was also down to his side’s inability to cope with Arsenal’s brilliant goalscoring captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

‘He scored two goals. One was the penalty which he earned, but it was frustrating because we had talked before the game how Arsenal play long balls behind you into those channels and yet we showed them in so easily.

‘He is a top class player and the second goal showed the speed and class of a player who wins games like this.’

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Lampard also laid blame at the long season Chelsea have endured, with a Champions League tie against Bayern Munich still to come.

He added: ‘I refuse to criticise my players or their desire to win, but we lost Willian and Rueben Loftus-Cheek with hamstring injuries in the 24 hours before the match and then Pedro looks like he has a dislocated shoulder.

‘It has been a busy period for us and the players have given everything. The last 20 minutes was a really difficult challenge.

‘But we need to look at the season as a whole. Coming fourth in the league was a huge plus for us and today would have been the icing on the cake but it wasn’t to be.’

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Chelsea Vs Arsenal starting Xi’s for FA cup confirmed

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The line-ups of Arsenal vs Chelsea have been announced.

Arsenal XI: Luiz, Aubameyang, Lacazette, E. Martinez, Xhaka, Bellerin, Pepe, Maitland-Niles, Tierney, Ceballos, Holding

Subs: Sokratis, Kolasinac, Macey, Torreira, Nelson, Willock, Nketiah, M. Smith, Saka

Chelsea XI: Azpilicueta, Caballero, Giroud, Alonso, Kovacic, Zouma, Jorginho, Rudiger, Mount, Pulisic, Reece James

Subs: Pedro, Barkley, Emerson, Kepa, Christensen, Kante, Tomori, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi.

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Arsenal vs Chelsea starting squad leaked

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The FA cup starting Xi’s unrelevantly revealed see the stats below …

A source pull it all to NobleSports this evening.

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Chelsea make Offer to Ter Stegen

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Chelsea have reportedly been in contact with Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen over the possibility of a switch to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are on the lookout for a new no.1 with Frank Lampard ready to replace the unconvincing Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer.

Barcelona have underperformed this season but ter Stegen is considered one of the world’s top stoppers.

He finished second in FIFA’s Best Goalkeeper award 2019, behind Liverpool’s Alisson, whom Chelsea tried to sign before Kepa’s arrival.

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Ter Stegen is under contract at the Nou Camp until 2022 and is currently in line for discussions over a new deal.

However, the 28-year-old has been told he must accept a wage cut given the current circumstances, which has left him pondering the possibility of a move elsewhere.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said: “He understands what is happening in society and he knows that with the decrease in income at clubs like Barca, he will have to adjust his salary.

“All the players are doing it and we are working on that.”

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When quizzed on whether he was prepared to fall in line with such proposals though, ter Stegen replied to reporters: “We will see.”

Spanish radio station Cadena Ser report that ter Stegen has been approached by both Chelsea and Bayern Munich about a potential transfer.

He is still expected to commit his future to Barcelona, but in light of the recent problems at the club, Chelsea are hoping to muscle in on a deal to take him to London.

Lampard is particularly impressed with the German international’s composure on the ball and distribution.

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Kepa’s future at the club meanwhile looks bleak, after he was dropped to the bench for the crucial last game of the season with Wolves on Sunday.

He is now likely to be among the substitutes for this weekend’s FA Cup final against Arsenal, which shows how little faith Lampard has in Chelsea’s record signing.

The Blues have been active in the transfer market already, landing Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, while also nearing a deal for Bayer Lverkusen’s Kai Havertz.

It is believed signing a goalkeeper is next priority, but of bigger concern to Lampard is how to offload Kepa, who cost the club £71.6million and is one of the top earners on £150,000 per week.

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Chelsea transfer roundups: Oblak targeted again

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The culmination of Frank Lampard’s season at Chelsea has seen the club secure a place in the Champions League and reach a Wembley final, much to the delight of supporters.

The arrival of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech looks to have laid the foundations for an exciting campaign ahead, and now there is talk the club are ready to sanction several further high-profile deals in a quest to return to the summit of English football.

With that in mind here are the latest Chelsea transfer rumours.

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Atletico president provides Oblak update

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has confirmed that Jan Oblak will not be leaving the club despite interest from Chelsea.

Oblak, 27, has garnered a reputation as one of Europe’s finest stoppers and is said to be on the radar of both Chelsea and Manchester United as they seek to improve their goalkeeping options.

The Slovenian has been tipped to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga at Stamford Bridge, with Lampard far from convinced by the Spaniard’s performances this past season.

“For me, Oblak, and I speak as an amateur, is the best goalkeeper in the world,” Cerezo told NobleSports Relaibe source

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“Regarding [ Real Madrid goalkeeper, Thibaut] Courtois, he is another great goalkeeper of those in the world, and fortunately, both have dressed our shirt, and with both, we have been champions in many trophies.

“I always say that Oblak has a contract with Atlético and is the best goalkeeper in the world. It is not strange that he has offers from other great teams such as Atlético.

“We have many players, our squad is the club’s main asset. Oblak is a magnificent player and in his position, unquestionably, there is no one to beat him right now.”

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Chilwell ready to leave Leicester


Ben Chilwell will inform Leicester he wants to join Chelsea this summer.

Chilwell, 23, is a product of the Foxes academy and considered one of England’s best left-backs. Frank Lampard is keen to improve that aspect of his squad after being unconvinced by both Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri.

Brendan Rodgers admitted recently he is relaxed on the defender’s situation.

“It is something I am quite relaxed on,” said Rodgers. “I am fortunate we have a talented group of players which I am sure will interest some.

“All we can offer is a wonderful environment to come and play, develop, work in and improve as a player. We will see where it goes from there over the course of the off-season.”

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Chelsea facing competition for former Barcelona defender

Chelsea target Marc Cucurella is attracting interest from both Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Cucurella, 22, joined Getafe last season on loan and the club opted to turn that deal into a permanent one in March for a fee of €6million.

The aim is to now sell him for closer to €27million after a strong season in La Liga, with Chelsea viewing the defender as a more cost-effective alternative to Ben Chilwell.

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Arsenal to hijack Willan from Chelsea

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Five clubs have made offers for Willian and the Chelsea winger is set to make a decision on his future after this Saturday’s FA Cup final.

His agent Kia Joorabchian confirmed two of the contracts offers come from the Premier League, two from elsewhere in Europe and one from the MLS.

Willian has been linked with a move from Stamford Bridge to join either Arsenal or link up with former boss Jose Mourinho at Tottenham after his contract expires next month.

But there is also plenty of interest from clubs in Europe and further afield and Joorabchian confirmed the 31-year-old will make a decision on his future after the final with Arsenal.

“I don’t think he’s done a U-turn or any kind of turn. He’s always been very much the same mode,” the agent told NobleSports when asked about Willian’s future.

“We had two very big offers – one from MLS which required him to move on July 1 – but he’s always been in the same mode, saying, ‘I want to finish the season at Chelsea and the day after the season has finished I will make my decision’.

“He has two concrete offers from Premier League clubs on the table, he has an MLS offer on the table which is very big, and he’s got two other offers in Europe

“So Willian is in a very good position and he is going to make his decision after the last game of the season.”

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Willian has enjoyed an excellent season with the Blues, scoring 11 goals and laying on nine assists in 47 appearances.

Inter Miami, Manchester United and Barcelona have all asked to be kept informed about his availability, according to Sky Sports, who add that Willian could also be nearing a new deal with Chelsea.

Blues boss Frank Lampard is keen to extend Willian’s stay in west London but so far has only been prepared to offer a two-year deal instead of the three-year contract the Brazilian is seeking.

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Werner wants to lead Chelsea’s new era

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Timo Werner says he hopes to lead Chelsea’s new era and credits head coach Frank Lampard for bringing him to the club.

The German international flew to London on Sunday following his £45m transfer from RB Leipzig, which was agreed last month.

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Werner watched as Chelsea beat Wolves 2-0 to secure Champions League football for next season before beginning ‘pre-season’ training on Monday.

The 24-year-old, who joined in with his new team-mates on Tuesday, says he looked up to the likes of Lampard, Didier Drogba and Petr Cech and hopes to be part of an exciting future at the club.

He told Chelsea’s website: “I know of the players before when they won the Champions League with Drogba, with my new manager Frank Lampard, Petr Cech as the technical advisor.

“It is like a little dream for me but I want to become, not the same player like them, but I want to be part of a new era here so I will play to try to give my best.

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Werner also said Lampard’s style of play and personality was a big reason why he chose to leave Germany for the Premier League.

“He (Lampard) was the main point,” he added. “We talked a lot about things like system, like how he wants to play and sees me playing, and how the system fits to me.

“He is a really nice guy who not only told me what he wants from me as a player because he wants to help me as a guy. He knows me now a little bit better and it fits very good between us and now I am happy to be here.”

Kai Havertz is pushing hard to join Werner at Chelsea and wants his club Bayer Leverkusen to agree a deal with before the club’s Europa League match against Rangers next week.

Hakim Ziyech has also begun training with his Chelsea team-mates after moving from Ajax as he prepares for the start of the new Premier League on the weekend of September 12-13.

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‘Chelsea, back off Oblak’ Atletico warns

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Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo sounded out a warning to any clubs planning to make a move for Diego Simeone’s goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

Jan Oblak is an Atlético Madrid player “period”, club president Enrique Cerezo has warned, inviting clubs including Manchester United and Chelsea to think twice before making a move for the Slovenia stopper. Oblak is widely regarded as the best keeper in the world and has attracted interest from both Premier League sides with question marks over the form and future of both David de Gea and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Chelsea have already splashed out to sign Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner ahead of the 2020-21 season, while Kai Havertz is rumoured to be close to joining too.

The Blues are said to be looking for a new goalkeeper after a disappointing campaign for Kepa, while De Gea’s form at United has come under increased scrutiny.

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Oblak, who saw his four-season stranglehold on the Zamora Trophy – awarded to the best goalkeeper in LaLiga – ended by Thibaut Courtois, has proven himself as one of the best in the world over six years at Atleti.

Cerezo: “Oblak has a contract with Atlético”
Cerezo is adamant the Slovenia international will stay at the Wanda Metropolitano, even when it was pointed out he once made similar assurances about Antoine Griezmann, who moved to Barcelona.

“I always say that Oblak has a contract with Atletico and is the best goalkeeper in the world. It is not strange that he has offers from other great teams,” Cerezo said.

“I say the same as always. Oblak has a contract, he is an Atletico player, period. We have many players, our squad is the club’s main asset. Oblak is a magnificent player and in his position, unquestionably, there is no one to beat him right now.

“For me, Oblak – and I speak as an amateur – is the best goalkeeper in the world. Regarding Courtois, he is another great goalkeeper of those in the world and fortunately, both have played for us and with both we have been champions in many trophies.”

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Manchester United and Chelsea qualifies for Champions league 2020

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Manchester United and Chelsea both secured a place in next season’s Champions League in a dramatic end to the 2019/20 Premier League season.

Leicester City missed out on the final day having spent most of the campaign in the top four, but a 2-0 loss at home to United saw them finish fifth.

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Chelsea, meanwhile, clinched fourth spot with a 2-0 win at home to Wolves, who in turn fell out of sixth place to be overtaken by Tottenham.

United needed a 71st minute penalty to take the lead at Leicester, which Bruno Fernandes converted, before Jesse Lingard ended the Foxes’ hunt in stoppage time.

Frank Lampard’s side’s win was earned through two stoppage time goals in first half as Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud got themselves on the scoresheet.

Kepa Arrizabalaga was dropped by the English coach, with Willy Caballero being chosen in his place.

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Final score: Liverpool 5-3 Chelsea

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Liverpool held off a Christian Pulisic-inspired comeback as the runaway Premier League champions overcame Chelsea 5-3 ahead of the trophy presentation at Anfield.

2019/2020 Premier League
5-3
Naby Keita (23′)
Alexander-Arnold (38′)
Wijnaldum (43′)
Firmino (55′)
Oxlade-Chamberlain (84′)
Giroud (45’+3′)
Abraham (61′)
Pulisic (73′)


Match Reports

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Jurgen Klopp’s title winners got into the party spirit as they were involved in an eight-goal thriller on Merseyside in their final home game of an unforgettable season, though there was little sign of the late drama to come when they led 4-1.

Naby Keita’s right-footed rocket opened the scoring, and there was a long-awaited home goal for Roberto Firmino – his first in the league since March 2019 – early in the second half.

The impressive Pulisic helped the Blues battle back to 4-3, raising hopes of clinching the draw they required to make certain of a top-four finish, but Liverpool had the last word, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain slamming home to secure the win.

Match Events


0′ Players are warming up before the game

1′ KICK-OFF! Who can win this match?

8′ Mount’s header over the bar

14′ Salah goes down in the box but ref says no penalty!

16′ Reece James’ long shot wide out

23′ GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea (Naby Keita)

32′ OFFSIDE! Mount’s goal disallowed

38′ GOAL! Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea (Alexander-Arnold)

43′ GOAL! Liverpool 3-0 Chelsea (Wijnaldum)

48′ GOAL! Liverpool 3-1 Chelsea (Giroud)

49′ Salah missed a great chance

55′ GOAL! Liverpool 4-1 Chelsea (Firmino)

61′ GOAL! Liverpool 4-2 Chelsea (Abraham)

64′ CLOSE! Pulisic’s shot wide out

73′ GOAL! Liverpool 4-3 Chelsea (Pulisic)

84′ GOAL! Liverpool 5-3 Chelsea (Oxlade-Chamberlain)

Line-ups

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Liverpool XI: Wijnaldum, Alisson, Firmino, Salah, Van Dijk, Mane, Fabinho, Robertson, Joe Gomez, Naby Keita, Alexander-Arnold

Subs: Milner, Lallana, Lovren, Adrian, Shaqiri, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Origi, Curtis Jones

Chelsea XI: Willian, Azpilicueta, Giroud, Alonso, Kovacic, Zouma, Jorginho, Rudiger, Kepa, Mount, Reece James

Subs: Caballero, Pedro, Emerson, Christensen, Loftus-Cheek, Tomori, Abraham, Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi.

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Chelsea transfer round-ups

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Frank Lampard’s first season at Chelsea is beginning to look like a real success story after The Blues booked their place in the FA Cup final.

After seeing off Man Utd in the last four, Lampard will lead Chelsea out at Wembley, by which time they may have sealed third spot in the Premier League.

Already the club have been preparing for next season though, and the summer transfer window will allow Lampard his first real shot at shaping the squad in his image.

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Chelsea have already been busy with deals for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, with many predicting more arrivals in the near future.

With that in mind, here are the latest Chelsea transfer round-ups.

Havertz agrees Chelsea deal
Kai Havertz has agreed terms with Chelsea, according to Sky Italy.

Havertz, 21, is coming off the back of a fine season in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen during which he managed 12 goals and six assists in 30 games. That has seen Havertz linked with a string of top European clubs, but it now appears that Chelsea have won the race to sign him, with Sky claiming wages have been agreed between the two parties.

Lampard was coy about Havertz when asked in his press conference this week.

“I’m not talking about Kai Havertz,” he laughed. “I’ve said before, he’s a player of another team. Looking at the game tomorrow, which is so huge for this club, the last thing I want to do is talk about players for other teams.”

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Henderson a Chelsea target

Chelsea are targeting Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson with an offer to more than double his wages, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Frank Lampard remains unconvinced by Kepa Arrizabalaga and is said to be entertaining other goalkeeping options, including the 23-year-old. Henderson is estimated to earn in the region of £70,000 a week, with Chelsea ready to offer him £170,000-a-week wages.

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This comes after a report from the MEN last month claimed Manchester United are ready to offer Henderson a new deal and include him as part of their first-team squad, with a view to him challenging David de Gea for the number one spot.

Chelsea aiming for ‘impossible’ Ter Stegen deal

Chelsea will attempt to sign Marc-Andre ter Stegen, according to reports.

The Barcelona shot-stopper is highly-regarded across Europe and has been earmarked by Frank Lampard as a possible replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga — the world’s most expensive goalkeeper.

The Blues are all too aware of how hard it will be to agree a deal with Barca but feel confident in mounting an attempt regardless, according to Mundo Deportivo .

Chelsea will be monitoring the 28-year-old’s contract negotiations with Barcelona in the hope it could open the door to him moving to Stamford Bridge.

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Kai Havertz agrees to Chelsea move

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Kai Havertz has agreed terms with Chelsea, according to Sky Italy.

Havertz, 21, is coming off the back of a fine season in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen during which he managed 12 goals and six assists in 30 games. That has seen Havertz linked with a string of top European clubs, but it now appears that Chelsea have won the race to sign him, with Sky claiming wages have been agreed between the two parties.

Lampard was coy about Havertz when asked in his press conference this week.

“I’m not talking about Kai Havertz,” he laughed. “I’ve said before, he’s a player of another team. Looking at the game tomorrow, which is so huge for this club, the last thing I want to do is talk about players for other teams.”

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De Gea flops as Chelsea reaches FA cup final

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Chelsea profited from two mistakes from David de Gea to reach the FA Cup final, beating Manchester United 3-1 in the last four at Wembley Stadium.

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in stoppage time at the end of the first half, but United’s Spanish goalkeeper would’ve been disappointed at his effort to keep it out at the near post.

De Gea was the centre of attention again after the break as he let Mason Mount’s low shot slip through his grasp and into the back of the net.

Frank Lampard’s side added a third later in the second half when Harry Maguire turned Marcos Alonso’s cross past his own goalkeeper.

Bruno Fernandes pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after Callum Hudson-Odoi had fouled Anthony Martial, but it was too little too late for the Red Devils.

Chelsea will now take on Arsenal, who beat Manchester City in their semi-final, in the FA Cup final at Wembley on August 1.

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Final score: Man United 1-3 Chelsea

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Game is over and the final score is Man Utd 1-3 Chelsea. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 FA Cup
1-3
Bruno Fernandes (85′ PEN)
Giroud (45’+11′)
Mount (46′)
Maguire (74′ OG)


Match Events


0′ Players are warming up before the game

0′ The match is about to start!

6′ Kepa watches the game in the bench

10′ Reece James’ powerful attempt stopped by De Gea

15′ CLOSE! Alonso’s header over the bar

32′ Caballero denies Bruno Fernandes’ free-kick

39′ Zouma’s header flies into the stands

46′ GOAL! Man Utd 0-2 Chelsea (Mount)

47′ Martial on for injured Bailly

52′ Rashford’s shot just wide out

56′ GOAL! Man Utd 0-1 Chelsea (Giroud)

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56′ Subs! Pogba & Greenwood in, Fred & Daniel James out

59′ De Gea makes a decent save

65′ CHANCE! Maguire’s header wide out!

71′ Yellow Card! Pogba booked

74′ OWN GOAL! Man Utd 0-3 Chelsea (Maguire)

85′ Penalty Goal! Man Utd 1-3 Chelsea (Bruno Fernandes)

91′ Subs! Pedro replaces Mount

92′ Ed Woodward’s face looks very unpleasant

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Line-ups


Man Utd XI: Matic, De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Fred, Bruno Fernandes, Bailly, Daniel James, Rashford, Wan-Bissaka, Brandon Williams

Subs: Romero, Mata, Ighalo, Pogba, Martial, Pereira, Fosu-Mensah, McTominay, Greenwood

Chelsea XI: Willian, Azpilicueta, Caballero, Giroud, Alonso, Kovacic, Zouma, Jorginho, Rudiger, Mount, Reece James

Subs: Pedro, Emerson, Kepa, Christensen, Loftus-Cheek, Tomori, Abraham, Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi.

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Hazard vows to return Chelsea

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Eden Hazard’s comments about a Chelsea return hint that fans may see him line up at Stamford Bridge alongside the likes of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech in the not too distant future.

The Blues have already been busy in the transfer market before the window officially opens, with deals agreed for ex-Ajax forward Ziyech and former RB Leipzig ace Werner.

Frank Lampard’s side also remain heavily linked with a swoop for Kai Havertz and recently received a boost in their pursuit of the Bayer Leverkusen star.

And there is a chance that Chelsea’s forward options could be even further strengthened if Hazard returns to west London from Real Madrid – as he claimed he would like to late last year.

“When I finish here I’ll come back,” Hazard told businessman and Chelsea fan Frank Khalid in December 2019.

Asked if he watches the Blues’ matches, Hazard responded: “Yeah, when I can I watch. Not all the time.

“They are doing well, they’re young. Now they can pay for players, they can buy players now. I do my job here and then I come back.”

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Hazard is considered one of Chelsea’s greatest players of the 21st century and enjoyed a glittering seven-year stay at Stamford Bridge after joining from Lille in 2012.

The 29-year-old’s 110 goals helped the Blues to two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, the League Cup and two Europa Leagues.

Meanwhile, it has not taken the Belgium international long to win silverware since his £85million move to the Spanish capital last summer.

Though he has struggled for form and fitness throughout the season, Hazard won the La Liga title this week as Barcelona slipped to defeat against Osasuna.

In light of his comments at the end of last year, Chelsea fans will be keeping a close eye on his progress with Los Blancos in anticipation of his future return to Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea plans swap deals with Atletico ‘Kepa-Oblak’

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Chelsea have reportedly made Jan Oblak their No 1 goalkeeper target this summer and would be willing to send Kepa Arrizabalaga to Atletico Madrid as part of any potential deal.

Kepa has endured a difficult season with manager Frank Lampard said to be losing faith in the Spaniard.

And The Mirror claim the Blues are now actively looking for a replacement.

The report says Atletico star Oblak has emerged as the first-choice option with a player-plus-cash deal being targeted.

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Oblak, 27, has a £120m buy-out clause in the contract he signed last year, which expires in 2023.

The Slovenian has come to be regarded as one of the best keepers in the world over the past few years and it would take a huge offer to prize him away from the Wanda Metropolitano.

The Spanish club would not have considered selling but the effects of the pandemic could see them consider a substantial offer, particularly if it sees them gaining a replacement like Kepa.

Kepa has struggled with the physical nature of Premier League football and has not instilled confidence in Chelsea fans.

The 25-year-old was signed for a huge £71.5m but has not managed to live up to the price tag and, Lampard even dropping him earlier in the campaign to give Willy Caballero a run of games.

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Final score: Sheffield 3-0 Chelsea

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Game is over and the final score is Sheff Utd 3-0 Chelsea. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 Premier League
3-0
McGoldrick (18′)
McBurnie (33′)
McGoldrick (77′)


Match Events


0′ Players are warming up before the game

0′ Players stand in slient tribute for Jack Charlton

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5′ Osborn fires his shot into the sky

18′ GOAL! Sheff Utd 1-0 Chelsea (McGoldrick)

33′ GOAL! Sheff Utd 2-0 Chelsea (McBurnie)

39′ Giroud is doing warm-up on the sidelines

43′ Reece James’s powerful shot stopped by Dean Henderson

46′ Half Substitution! Alonso & Rudiger in,Christensen & Mount out

60′ Barkley’s free-kick blocked

66′ Subs! Giroud replaces Pulisic

66′ CLOSE! Giroud’s shot inches wide

72′ Azpilicueta’s long shot wide out

73′ Abraham misses a golden chance!

75′ Subs! Hudson-Odoi in,Reece James out

77′ GOAL! Sheff Utd 3-0 Chelsea (McGoldrick)

78′ Loftus-Cheek subbed on Chelsea last change

82′ CHANCE! What a miss from Mousset!

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91′ Stevens’s shot flies into the stands

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Line-ups


Sheff Utd XI: McGoldrick, Basham, Stevens, Baldock, Norwood, Egan, O’Connell, Osborn, Dean Henderson, McBurnie, Berge

Subs: Jagielka, Sharp, Rodwell, Moore, Robinson, Freeman, Lundstram, Mousset, Zivkovic

Chelsea XI: Willian, Azpilicueta, Barkley, Zouma, Jorginho, Kepa, Christensen, Abraham, Mount, Pulisic, Reece James

Subs: Caballero, Giroud, Alonso, Kovacic, Batshuayi, Rudiger, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, L. Bate.

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Chelsea transfer conclusion Unveiled

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It has already been an eventful summer for Chelsea. The transfers of both Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have been confirmed, and it seems there are more to come as the club look to reach the next level under Frank Lampard.

The focus at Chelsea is still on securing a place in the top four (or top five, as it may be if Manchester City are unsuccessful in their Champions League ban appeal).

Tuesday’s 3-2 win at Crystal Palace was an important one, taking the Blues up into third place in the Premier League.

In the background, though, rumours continue to circulate over who will be next to arrive at Stamford Bridge. Here we take a look at the latest news for Chelsea on the transfer front.

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Uruguayan teenager on Chelsea’s radar
Chelsea will compete with Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus to sign Uruguayan winger Facundo Pellistri, according to a report in Calciomercato.

The 18-year-old has impressed at Penarol in Uruguay’s top flight, and Juventus are believed to have sent scouts to watch him play.

Chelsea, though, are one of several clubs with considerable interest in the youngster, who has made 25 senior appearances.

Pellistri is under contract at Penarol until 2022, but reportedly has a release clause of £10million.

“Pellistri has huge potential,” Penarol manager Diego Forlan has said. “We know it will be difficult to keep him for a long time. He has great pace and that is hard to handle.”

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Chelsea tracking youngster labelled the next Kylian Mbappe

Pellistri is not the only teenager to have caught the eye of Chelsea’s scouts. Monaco’s Malamine Efekele, just 15 years old, is also a target for the Blues, according to L’Equipe.

Efekele is expected to be the next big thing to emerge from Monaco’s prodigious academy, following in the footsteps of Mbappe.

And Chelsea are believed to be keen to move for the winger, who turns 16 later this month.

Lampard has handed opportunities to several young players this season and it seems, with interest in Efekele, he is looking towards the long-term future.

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New Milan boss targets Bakayoko

AC Milan’s prospective new manager Ralf Rangnick has put together a shortlist of potential summer transfers, which includes Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.

That is according to Italian newspaper Il Giornale, who claim the Frenchman is a top target for Rangnick.

Bakayoko has spent this season on loan at former club Monaco, having failed to make the cut at Chelsea.

He is familiar with Milan, too, having enjoyed a productive loan spell in Lombardy during the 2018/19 season.

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Kante could be sold to accommodate Havertz

The Blues could be willing to sell N’Golo Kante to Real Madrid in order to make the transfer of Kai Havertz possible.

Bayer Leverkusen have set a price tag of £90m on the 21-year-old, who is also reportedly on the radar of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

Chelsea, having already spent on Werner and Ziyech, will have to raise funds for another big-money arrival.

That could mean the club are tempted by any offers from Los Blancos for long-time target Kante.

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Crystal Palace 2-3 Chelsea, Blues shines again

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Game is over and the final score is Crystal Palace 2-3 Chelsea. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 Premier League
2-3
Zaha (34′)
Benteke (72′)
Giroud (6′)
Pulisic (27′)
Abraham (71′)


Match Reports


Chelsea further strengthened their position in the Premier League’s top four with victory over Crystal Palace in an entertaining encounter at Selhurst Park, that included a stunning long-range strike from Wilfried Zaha and a rare goal from Christian Benteke.

There was an element of fortune about the game’s opening goal, with Palace defender Gary Cahill pulling up with a match-ending injury to allow Willian to charge into the box unimpeded and set up Olivier Giroud to finish.

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But the rest of the match was a testament to the kind of competitive, high-octane, see-saw football that draws so many viewers to the English top-flight, even when the grounds are empty of fans.

Twice Chelsea looked to have put the game beyond the home side, first through Christian Pulisic’s rising shot to make it 2-0 in the first half and then via Tammy Abraham’s neat finish with 19 minutes to go to put the Blues 3-1 up.

But this reckoned without the input of Zaha and Benteke.

Zaha’s goal was a superb strike, fiercely fired into the net via the crossbar from an unlikely distance. Benteke’s was more routine, tapped in from point-blank range following a neat move, but almost as surprising, it being his first goal at Selhurst Park since April 2018.

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And Palace came within a whisker of snatching a point when Scott Dann’s back-post header struck the inside of the post before Chelsea hacked the ball clear.

Chelsea’s win means they move above Leicester into third place in the table, five points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United.

With 42 to their name, Palace have too many points to worry about being dragged into a relegation fight, but manager Roy Hodgson and his side will be eager to end a losing streak that has now stretched to four games.

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Match Events

0′ Players are warming up before the game

0′ The match is about to start!

0′ Players go down on their knees to support Black Lives Matter movement

2′ McArthur’s lop shot wide out

6′ GOAL! Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea (Giroud)

8′ Cahill subbed off with thigh injury

10′ CLOSE! Zouma’s header inches wide!

27′ GOAL! Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea (Pulisic)

32′ SAVE! Guaita denies Willian’s effort

34′ GOAL! Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea (Zaha)

54′ Giroud’s header just over the bar!

65′ Subs! Abraham & Loftus-Cheek in,Giroud & Barkley out

71′ GOAL! Crystal Palace 1-3 Chelsea (Abraham)

72′ GOAL! Crystal Palace 2-3 Chelsea (Benteke)

86′ CHANCE! Mount ‘s shot stopped by Guaita

Line-ups


Crystal Palace XI: Cahill, Dann, McArthur, Benteke, Guaita, Ward, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Jordan Ayew, Zaha, Meyer

Chelsea XI: Willian, Azpilicueta, Giroud, Barkley, Zouma, Kepa, Christensen, Mount, Pulisic, Reece James, Gilmour.

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