9.30pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Kai Havertz MEDICAL, Rice ‘bid if Kante and Jorginho leave’, Mendy LATEST – The Sun

CHELSEA look like they are finally set to sign Kai Havertz, with the German reported to have had his medical on Sunday.

A deal for Declan Rice could also be done, but only if N'Golo Kante and Jorginho leave the club.

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  • WE'LL HAV IT TIED UP SOON

    Kai Havertz is expecting his Chelsea deal to be completed soon after already passing a medical, reports say.

    The Telegraph claim the Bayer Leverkusen attacker, 21, believes he will train with the Blues from next week.

  • TIMO SETTLES IN QUICKLY

    Timo Werner says Chelsea's fellow German speakers Antonio Rudiger and Matteo Kovacic have helped him smoothly adapt to England.

    The ex-RB Leipzig striker noted: “Having someone who can speak German always helps, and also Kova can speak German too, so he’s helped me settle in.

    “They have helped me around the training ground but also in explaining to me where is good to go for dinner, where is good to live, things like this.

    “I didn’t know London very well, I’d only visited a few times, so it was really important to have two guys like this helping me settle in.”

  • BLUES CAN REACH NEW LEVEL

    Striking newcomer Timo Werner said fo Chelsea boss Frank Lampard: “He’s been great to work with and he’s been discussing his plans for the future, and how we want to battle with teams like Man City and Liverpool.

    “I think Chelsea is a big club and with this team that we have, I think we can reach a new level.

    “We have some very good players here and the manager is there to show us the way, and help us improve.

    “We’ve worked a lot on tactical things, as well as our strength and fitness, to make sure we are ready for the start of the season.”

  • TIMO AND LAMPS TARGET TITLE

    New Chelsea striker Timo Werner says he and boss Frank Lampard have discussed challenging for the title next season.

    Werner, 24, arrived from RB Leipzig this summer for £53million amid Lamps' first spree in charge at Stamford Bridge.

    The Blues finished fourth last term but Werner told the Chelsea website: “The work with the manager recently has been really good.

    “He’s been showing and explaining to the whole team, not just me, what we can do on the pitch and how to improve on last season.”

  • COUTINHO RETURNS TO BARCA

    Bayern Munich loanee Philippe Coutinho, who has been linked with Chelsea and especially Arsenal this summer, is returning to parent club Barcelona.

    The ex-Liverpool playmaker netted as Bayern beat Barca 8-2 in the quarter-finals on the way to winning the Champions League.

    Bu a statement on the Germans' website read: “After the treble-winning season, FC Bayern says 'Thank you' and “Goodbye, take care” to Philippe Coutinho.

    “The Brazil international, who joined Bayern on loan from Barcelona last August, returns to the Catalan side following the expiration of his season-long deal.

    “Due to the suspension of matches resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown, the 28-year-old attacking midfielder’s contract at Bayern was extended to cover the end of the Champions League finals tournament in Lisbon.”

  • CHILWELL SETS COLE GOAL

    Chelsea new boy has been chatting for hours to Stamford Bridge legend Ashley Cole – and dreams of emulating arguably England's greatest ever left-back.

    Cole won 107 caps, as well as winning the Premier League once and FA Cup four times for the Blues, where he is now academy coach.

    That followed a controversial switch from Arsenal, where he picked up two Prem crowns and won the FA Cup three times.

    And along with a picture of the duo, ex-Leicester defender Chilwell posted: “Great afternoon spent chatting to this legend! Hopefully i can have a career like yours at this amazing club 💙 @theofficialac3”

  • KAI CLOSER

    Kai Havertz had his medical in London on Sunday, according to reports.

    The German is set to be unveiled as a Chelsea player in the near future, having completed his examination before linking up with Joachim Low's squad.

  • LAMPTEY FOR JAMES

    Chelsea right-back Reece James has been replaced in the England Under-21 squad by Brighton's ex-Blues defender Tariq Lamptey.

    James is tipped to pus for a full England place this season, while last season Lamptey fully justified his decision to swap a fringe Chelsea role for regular football with their Premier League rivals.

  • WON'T GO WITHOUT A FIGHT

    Midfielder N’Golo Kante reportedly wants to fight for his spot at Chelsea as Inter Milan deny they are chasing the French World Cup winner.

    Frank Lampard's side are prepared to sell the anchorman for £80million this summer.

    But Kante has no intention to leave Chelsea as he is settled at the club, according to Goal.

    The 29-year-old wants to cement his spot in the squad after an injury-hit 2019/20 campaign.

    He scored three goals in 22 league appearances last term, but failed to make a single assist.

    Lampard has not instructed the club to sell Kante despite his huge summer spending spree.

  • ED'S UP ON KEEPER MOVE

    Chelsea have moved a step closer to signing Edouard Mendy after Rennes made contact to replace him with Alphonse Areola.

    Blues boss Frank Lampard wants Senegal international Mendy to provide competition for the inconsistent Kepa Arrizabalaga.

    And according to L'Equipe, Rennes have already targeted PSG stopper Areola as their prime target to replace the Chelsea transfer target.

    The Frenchman, who is under contract until 2023, spent last season at Real Madrid providing back up for Thibaut Courtois.

    But he has been sent back to the French champions, who already have Keylor Navas as their No1.

    Areola is keen to move on as he bids to keep his place as France’s third-choice stopper for the European Championships next summer.

  • CHAPTER & VERTZ

    Antonio Rudiger has been trying to convince Kai Havertz to join Chelsea.

    The 21-year-old is close to completing a move from Bayer Leverkusen worth £90million.

    And German team-mate Rudigier – who helped get Timo Werner over to Stamford Bridge – has done his best to talk Havertz into making the same switch.

    He said: “I made my contribution to Timo. I hope that it will happen with Kai too.”

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard srcured deals for Werner and Hakim Ziyech last season and has added Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell to his squad this window.

    Havertz has remained his No1 target throughout the summer, and Bild say the player completed a medical for the Blues on Sunday.

  • PERSONAL GOALS

    Timo Werner has told Chelsea fans he has arrived to hit the back of the net.

    Ahead of Germany's match with Spain, he told the media: “The club signed me to score goals and I didn't go to (London) to just say, well yes, 28 goals with Leipzig last season were great.

    “I'm OK with just a few goals now – I want to show what I showed in Leipzig.

    “That's why it's more of incentive to say, yes, I want to prove it there as I did in Germany.”

  • TUNED OUT

    The FSA has called on the Premier League to give fans a chance to watch their teams, saying in a statement:

    “Last week the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) had discussions with the Premier League which indicated that 160 of the season’s 380 games would not be broadcast live to UK audiences during 2020/21. They still insist this will be the case.

    “It means regular match-goers will not always be able to watch their team as fans are not expected to be readmitted to stadiums until October.

    “Eleven games during September will therefore be played behind-closed-doors with no regular match-goers in the UK able to watch those games through legal means.

    “As a matter of urgency top-flight supporters urge the Premier League to resolve this issue. Do not stop fans from watching their teams during a global pandemic.

    “It would be a disastrous decision by the Premier League and they must listen to supporters.”

  • BLUES WAGES

    Here are the salaries of the Blues stars after Kai Havertz joins the club.

    Is the young German going to be paid too much?

  • CHELSEA FIXTURES

    A reminder of the Blues' upcoming games after the Premier League resumes in 10-days' time.

    The games in September have been tweaked and have revised kick-off times after the broadcasters had their pick of the matches, but matches in October are yet to be sorted, so watch this space…

    • Mon Sept 14 – Brighton (A) – 8pm – Sky Sports
    • Sun Sept 20 – Liverpool (H) – 4.30pm – Sky Sports
    • Sat Sept 26 – West Brom (A) – 5.30pm – Sky Sports

    MAKE AND MENDY

    Chelsea have moved a step closer to signing Edouard Mendy after Rennes made contact to replace him with Alphonse Areola.

    Blues boss Frank Lampard wants Senegal international Mendy to provide competition for the inconsistent Kepa Arrizabalaga.

    And according to L'Equipe, Rennes have already targeted PSG stopper Areola as their prime target to replace the Chelsea transfer target.

    The Frenchman, who is under contract until 2023, spent last season at Real Madrid providing back up for Thibaut Courtois.

    But he has been sent back to the French champions, who already have Keylor Navas as their No1.

    Areola is keen to move on as he bids to keep his place as France’s third-choice stopper for the European Championships next summer.

    KANT KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN

    N’Golo Kante reportedly wants to fight for his spot at Chelsea despite interest from Inter Milan.

    Frank Lampard's side are prepared to sell the midfielder for £80million this summer.

    But Kante has no intention to leave Chelsea as he is settled at the club, according to Goal.

    The 29-year-old wants to cement his spot in the squad after an injury-hit 2019/20 campaign.

    He scored three goals in 22 league appearances last term, but failed to make a single assist.

    Lampard has not instructed the club to sell Kante despite his huge summer spending spree.

    JAMES KO

    Reece James has pulled out of the England Under-21 squad for their upcoming internationals.

    Former Chelsea youngster Tariq Lamptey has been called up as a result.

    SunSport's Tom Barclay tweeted the news.

    MEDICAL MARVEL

    Kai Havertz had his medical in London on Sunday, according to reports.

    The German is set to be unveiled as a Chelsea player in the near future, having completed his examination before linking up with Joachim Low's squad.

    LOAN ARRANGERS

    Chelsea are reportedly prepared to offer Malang Sarr on loan to Bayer Leverkusen as a sweetner to bag Kai Havertz.

    Blues boss Frank Lampard continues to build his own squad at Stamford Bridge, and Havertz is the next big name linked with a move.

    Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell have already joined the club this summer.

    And Sarr was another recruit, joining on a free transfer from Nice.

    But according to MailOnline, the 21-year-old could be loaned out to Leverkusen – with Havertz coaxed to move to West London as part of the deal.

    The Guardian has previously claimed that the Blues have agreed an initial club-record £72million fee to sign the 21-year-old starlet after months of haggling.

    MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Kai Havertz's £90million switch is edging nearer – as Bayer Leverkusen reportedly close on a replacement for Chelsea's top remaining target.

    Signing the seven-cap Germany attacker, 21, would shatter the Blues' outlays on Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva.

    And Leverkusen have been linked with a £24m move for Roma forward Patrik Schic as they face losing their best player.

    But even Havertz's expected arrival at the Bridge might not complete Frank Lampard's first spending spree as Chelsea boss.

    Lampard is still thought to want a new keeper – with Rennes' Edouard Mendy again being mentioned.

    But the Telegraph say under-pressure Kepa Arrizabalaga is ready to remain and fight for the No1 shirt.

    Manchester United's Dean Henderson and Burnley's Nick Pope have also been regarded as potential newcomers.

    Meanwhile, AC Milan are optimistic over landing Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko permanently following the Frenchman's loan spell.

    And Juventus have pinched 16-year-old winger Samuel Iling-Junior after his Chelsea youth contract expired.

    WHY SILVA CHOSE BLUES

    New Chelsea signing Thiago Silva rejected a host of offers before deciding to join Chelsea this summer, his agent has revealed.

    The 36-year-old last week signed a one-year deal at Stamford Bridge after leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season.

    But his representative, Paulo Tonietto has claimed that a host of other clubs were after Silva's signature.

    Speaking to L'Equipe he said: “We had a lot of offers, but Chelsea are one of the world’s top 10 clubs.”

    INTER NO-GO

    Inter Milan have fiercely denied any interest in Chelsea anchorman N’Golo Kanté.

    Barcelona have also been linked with the French World Cup winner, 29.

    But Fabrizio Romano report Inter sport director Piero Ausilio are saying: “We’ve never started anything to sign Kante from Chelsea. No chance. He’s not a target.”

    CONOR SET FOR EAGLES

    Chelsea will allow Conor Gallagher to join Crystal Palace on a season-long loan deal, according to the Evening Standard.

    The midfielder underwent a medical with the Eagles over the weekend, but will sogn a contract extension at Stamford Bridge before heading back over to Palace.

    He was the blues' Academy Player of the Year for the 2018/19 season and picked up a Europa league winner's medal.

    Despite his achievements and glowing future, space at Chelsea will be limited for him to make an impression this season as Chelsea have a wide range of talent and have made some more signings this summer.

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