11am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Chilwell ‘DONE DEAL’, Havertz £81m bid, Oblak ‘having doubts’ at Atletico Madrid – The Sun

BEN CHILWELL to Chelsea is a done deal, according to one reporter.

And the Blues are now set to step up their pursuit of Kai Havertz, while Jan Oblak is reportedly having doubts at Atletico Madrid after their disappointing Champions League loss to RB Leipzig.

Get all the latest transfer gossip and updates from Stamford Bridge…

  • ED AND SHOULDERS ABOVE

    Real Madrid star Eden Hazard's solo strike against Leicester City was six years ago today.

  • HARRY BINGE

    Exclusive by Nick Pisa, Andy Jehring and Clemmie Moodie: Harry Maguire’s night of shame followed a three-day Mykonos bender.

    The Manchester United captain flew to the Greek party island with fiancée Fern Hawkins after his side’s Europa League exit to Sevilla.

    Along with several pals and his brothers, he hit bars and clubs on the hotspot, which has become this summer’s go-to destination for Premier League stars.

    But he also attracted attention from rival fans, who hurled sick insults at him before Thursday night’s fateful brawl.

    On Tuesday it is claimed the England centre-back, 27, and others racked up a £63,000 bar tab in a five-hour session.

    The group, including Chelsea star Ross Barkley, 26, downed expensive booze and scoffed lobster.

  • HAV A BIT OF THAT

    Chelsea will reportedly step up a their moves for Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva after they complete the signing of Ben Chilwell.

  • BAK AGAIN

    AC Milan are reportedly feeling optimistic about their chances of re-signing Tiemoue Bakayoko.

    The Rossoneri have been persistently linked with a move for the Frenchman since his loan from Chelsea expired a year ago.

    Calciomercato.com claim returning to Milan has always been Bakayoko’s top priority and the move is looking likely following a turn in negotiations.

    The report adds that is because Chelsea are now willing to accept a loan to buy offer for the midfielder, with the expected deal set to net the Londoners around £25-30million.

  • SILVA LINING

    Chelsea FC could make a surprise bid to sign veteran defender Thiago Silva.

    The Daily Mail is reporting that the Blues have been holding talks with the 35-year-old about a potential free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.

    Chelsea's biggest rivals in the race to sign the former AC Milan defender are said to be Fiorentina who are looking to lure Silva back to Serie A.

  • OB WE GO

    Atletico Madrid are absolutely unwilling to budge on their £108m release clause for Jan Oblak, but need to convince the goalkeeper his future lies in Madrid, according to AS.

    The Spanish paper reports that the Slovene is having some doubts over the Atletico project and is one of many players who knows the club should have won a trophy this season.

    Atleti have also slightly shifted their transfer strategy to prepare for a time when Oblak will no longer be at the club.

    Where previously they signed experienced backups like Miguel Angel Moya and Antonio Adan, the club have now signed 24-year-old Croatian Ivo Grbic.

    However the report adds that the club received a good price for Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich) and Rodri (Man City) and that is unlikely to change for the time being.

  • HAV SOME OF THAT

    Ben Chilwell to Chelsea is a done deal, according to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira.

    Schira adds that Chelsea have upped their bid for Kai Havertz to £72m, rising to £81m with add-ons.

    However, Bayer Leverkusen are said to be sticking to their £90m demands despite Havertz pushing for a move.

  • MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    Chelsea are on the verge of signing Ben Chilwell, according to various sources such as The Guardian, The Athletic and Football Insider.

    The Leicester left-back is set to move for a fee of around £45m-50m in a huge coup for transfer chief Marina Granovskaia.

    A price of £80m had previously been mooted but it appears Granovskaia has had great success in bringing it down by almost 50 per cent.

    In other news, Bayer Leverkusen are said to have given Chelsea until Friday to stump up £90m for Kai Havertz.

    Although the 21-year-old is said to want the move to West London, Leverkusen see little reason to budge from their price tag.

    Sporting director Rudi Voller insists that he is “relaxed” about the situation with Bild reporting that Chelsea have until Friday to seal a transfer.

    Meanwhile, Davide Zappacosta is set for another loan move with Fiorentina vying to bring him back to Serie A.

    According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Fiorentina have made contact in their quest to secure the services of the ex-Avellino ace on loan.

    They claim that La Viola have met with Zappacosta's agent as they look to thrash out a deal.

    And finally, Chelsea are reportedly in talks to sign Malang Sarr, with the centre-back a free agent after his contract at Nice expired.

    Speaking of the possible signing, Sky Sports presenter Kaveh Solhekol tweeted: “Chelsea in talks to sign France U21 centre back Malang Sarr.

    “He’s a free agent after his Nice contract ran out this summer. If Chelsea sign him they will send him out on loan.”

  • MARR-VELLOUS NEWS

    Chelsea are reportedly in talks to sign Arsenal target Malang Sarr.

    The centre-back is a free agent after his contract at Nice expired.

    Speaking of the possible signing, Sky Sports presenter Kaveh Solhekol tweeted: “Chelsea in talks to sign France U21 centre back Malang Sarr.

    “He’s a free agent after his Nice contract ran out this summer.

    “If Chelsea sign him they will send him out on loan.”

  • WERNING LIGHT

    Louis Saha believes his French compatriot Olivier Giroud will not be worried about Chelsea signing Timo Werner.

    He told the Football Index Podcast: “Olivier Giroud is a very tough cookie and he will not worry too much about the arrival of Timo Werner at Chelsea.

    “Giroud wants to score and he wants to help his teammates. He is a competitor and wherever he is, he will always perform.

    “Giroud is very motivated and I’m sure that next year we will hear about him again.”

  • AZ SOME OF THAT

    Cesar Azpilicueta has revealed Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have impressed him since they joined Chelsea tarining.

    He told the Blues' website: “Both of them have shown their quality in training in these past couple of weeks,.

    “We have seen their potential offensively, the way they can create chances and the way they can score goals so they are big additions to the team.

    “The quicker and easier they can adapt to the Premier League, the better it will be for everybody so it was good to have them with the group for a few weeks at the end of the season.

    “They are already integrated and know everybody so it’s been a very good time for that and now we’re all looking forward to seeing them on the pitch.”

  • BLUE MOON

    Ashley Cole has spoken of what Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech will bring to Chelsea.

    Speaking to ESPN, he said: “Although the new players that have come in are young, they’ve got experience of playing Champions League, they were stars of their team.

    “They can give that leadership off the pitch and on it as well because we had a lot of leaders when I was a player here.

    “They led by example not just by talking, but with their feet, which I feel is more important.

    “People can talk. It is easy to talk. But when you are backing it up with quality performances, that’s what makes the difference.”

  • FINAL COUNTDOWN

  • WON'T 'COSTA LOT

    Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta is set for another loan move with Fiorentina vying to bring him back to Serie A.

    The 28-year-old right-back has flattered to deceive at Stamford Bridge since joining from Torino in 2017 for £23million.

    Roma snapped him up on loan last campaign, but he was limited to just nine appearances after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

    And the wing-back has once again been made available by Frank Lampard who has deemed him as surplus to requirements.

    Lampard has Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta who he can rely on, with Zappacosta not in his plans.

    According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Fiorentina have made contact in their quest to secure the services of the ex-Avellino ace on loan.

  • GRON-AGAIN

    Arjen Robben made his return to football with a 30-minute cameo for hometown club Groningen today.

    The ex-Bayern Munich winger, now 36, announced in June he would be coming out of retirement to play for his first club in the 2020-21 season.

    Robben played the first 30 minutes for Groningen in a friendly match with Almere City which ended in a 1-1 draw.

    The former Chelsea star retired from football in 2019 after a decade with Bayern.

    But he made the decision to return to help Groningen recover from the financial setbacks caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Prior to today’s outing, the Dutchman had asked to delay his return to football after feeling the physical effects of some intense pre-season training and missed the Eredivisie side’s friendly with PEC Zwolle last week.

  • GROUNDS FOR OPTIMISM

    Here is how fans can expect to start returning to stadiums next season.

    It won't be business as usual.

  • BAT CRAZY

    Leeds United have been joined by Atalanta in the race to sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, according to reports.

    The Belgian striker has one year left on his current deal, with the Blues hoping to find a buyer for him this summer to avoid losing him for free in 2021.

    And the Express claims Champions League quarter-finalists Atalanta will rival Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the chase for Batshuayi.

    The Italian side have reportedly opened talks regarding a loan deal for the 26-year-old that would include an option to buy him outright at the end of the season.

    Atalanta, who finished third in Serie A to qualify for next season’s Champions League, are wary of losing Colombian striker Duvan Zapata to Juventus.

    Batshuayi has been deemed surplus to requirements by Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and interested clubs have been told to fork out £20million for his signature.

  • M-BLU

    New Chelsea signing Xavier Mbuyamba, 18, has revealed he wants to force his way into the first team by starring for the development squad.

    The Blues have landed the Dutchman from Barcelona's youth set-up after two years at La Masia.

    Former Maastricht starlet Mbuyamba said: “I’m a centre back, very comfortable with the ball, strong, also in the air, I like to play my duels.

    “First of all I want to play a good season in the development squad, the team is already a very solid team, they won the league unbeaten

    “I just want to be one of the important players in there, some goals, but I just love clean sheets

    “If you look at where I came from, a small club in Holland, this is a big thing.”

  • RE-VERTZ TIME

    The clock is ticking on Chelsea's bid for Kai Havertz after Bayer Leverkusen reiterated their £90million demand for the midfielder.

    With the Bundesliga club starting pre-season training on August 28, reports in Germany detail a stringent deadline placed on the deal by Havertz's team.

    Although the 21-year-old is said to want the move to West London, Leverkusen see little reason to budge from their price tag.

    Sporting director Rudi Voller insists that he is “relaxed” about the situation with Bild reporting that Chelsea have until Friday to seal a transfer.

  • GAME OF TAG

    Nicolas Tagliafico is being lined up by Leicester as a replacement for Chelsea-bound Ben Chilwell.

    This chain of transfers is moving quickly!

    Frank Lampard also looked at the Argentina international, 27, if they could not go all-in for Chilwell.

  • JUST FOR LOLLS

    Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon has revealed he is watching the progress of Reims ace Edouard Mendy, who is being linked with a return to Marseille.

    He told Le Parisien: “He has reached maturity, with a fairly unusual path, and it is all the more meritorious.

    “Edouard Mendy is today, for me, the best goalkeeper in the Championship of France.

    “He is what I call proactive, very influential goalkeeper… Reims really did a great job with him.

    “Maybe at [Marseille] they could not detect the talent he had in him, but it was perhaps not the right time too.

    “In any case, he’s a great goalkeeper that we follow in the Premier League.”

  • QUIDS IN

    Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has given the green light to a mega £150MILLION splurge on Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Declan Rice, according to reports.

    The Blues owner has given boss Frank Lampard and transfer expert Marina Granovskaia a huge boost in their plan to launch a major summer overhaul.

    Abramovich is happy for Chelsea to spend £50m on each of their three targets, with the rest of the money raised by sales, according to the Express.

    Chelsea have already spent more than £80m this summer in signing Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

    Former RB Leipzig striker cost the Blues £48m, while ex-Ajax star Ziyech was signed for £33.3m, in a deal which could cost up to £36.7m.

    But now, Stamford Bridge bosses are turning their attention to bringing in even more new blood.

  • CHELSEA FIXTURES

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  • Chelsea are on the verge of signing Ben Chilwell, according to various sources such as The Guardian, The Athletic and Football Insider.

    The Leicester left-back is set to move for a fee of around £45m-50m in a huge coup for transfer chief Marina Granovskaia.

    A price of £80m had previously been mooted but it appears Granovskaia has had great success in bringing it down by almost 50 per cent.

    Football Insider also claim the Blues are making good progress on a deal for Kai Havertz and are preparing to make Bayer Leverkusen a new offer of over £70m to get the transfer over the line.

    Chelsea's focus is currently on those two deals, but the report states that once Chilwell and Havertz have been recruited, the Blues will turn their attention to Declan Rice.

    Frank Lampard has not been put off by West Ham's £80m asking price as he looks to sign the holding midfielder and convert him into a centre-back.

    But should that deal prove too expensive, Thiago Silva could be a cheaper option as he prepares to leave PSG on a free transfer this summer.

    The Guardian reports that Chelsea have held talks with the former Brazil captain as Frank Lampard decides whether to make a move.

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