3pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Mendy £22m deal AGREED, Rice offer ‘WILL be made’, Kepa trains with Cech – The Sun

CHELSEA are close to securing the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who is expected to join for £22m on Monday.

And the Blues are also set to make a bid for Declan Rice as they take their extravagant transfer spending up yet another notch.

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

  • TEAM NEWS

    Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva will have to wait to make their Chelsea debuts – while Christian Pulisic is also unavailable.

    Keep could see himself dropped after another blunder on Monday night while there could be a shake-up in midfield.

  • ON THE EVE

    Chelsea will host the Premier League champions in the blockbuster clash of Matchweek 2.

    The game kicks off at 4:30pm at Stamford Bridge and will be live on Sky Sports.

    Stay tuned for plenty of previews throughout the rest of today.

    In the meantime, here are the best bits from Frank Lampard's press conference…

  • TEACHER'S PET

    Petr Cech popped up in Chelsea training this week – leading to fans dreaming of the Czech legend's return.

    Kepa Arrizabalaga is about to be ousted by new signing Edouard Mendy but will play in Sunday's game against Liverpool.

    The 38-year-old Cech holds the role of technical and performance advisor to Frank Lampard's team.

    Although some hoped the four-time title winner would step in for the huge game versus Liverpool.

    Twitter user Kofi commented: “Petr Cech Returns.”

    Oli posted: “You know what's coming when Petr Cech decides to take things personal.”

  • 2,000 CLUB

    Chelsea joined Manchester United and Arsenal in a very exclusive club this week.

    Their victory over Brighton on Monday night saw the club register their 2,000th point in the Premier League (1,077 matches).

    They are only the third side to achieve this feat since the competition began in 1992, after United (2,234) and the Gunners (2,014).

  • ZAPPA-OFF-TA

    Davide Zappacosta, remember him, has returned to Italy on loan again and will spend the season at Genoa.

    The full-back, 28, joined Chelsea in 2017 and spent last term at Roma but suffered a serious injury.

    Genoa finished 17th in Serie A last season.

  • TONI FITS BILL

    Timo Werner revealed best pal Toni Rudiger saved him from a run-in with boss Frank Lampard and Transport For London.

    The £48million striker struggled with his bills, in particular the congestion charge, while settling into London life.

    Werner, 24, has also been relying on his fellow German team-mate Rudiger to decipher quick-fire instructions from Lampard in training.

    He said: “It’s really important for everybody to have people who can speak your language. He has been helping me a lot when I didn’t understand when the manager spoke fast.

    “When I get bills at home the English can be very hard to understand. Toni gave me some tips about the congestion charge, is it called?

    “I never knew about it and it was important he helped me, otherwise I would be getting a bill everyday.”

  • JOR DROPPING

    Midfielder Jorginho is charging £123 for personalised fan videos on Cameo… despite raking in £110,000 per week.

    The Blues star, 28, set up an account on the popular website this week, days after scoring his side's first goal of the season.

    Cameo allows fans and followers to request celebrities such as actors, sports stars and singers to record a personal message – that could be a birthday wish, a congratulations or simply a hello.

    Co-founder Martin Blencowe revealed his company's new signing with a video on Jorginho's page.

  • BALE FORCE

    Gareth Bale looks set to become one of the highest earners in the Premier League when he completes his loan move back to Tottenham.

    He will still get paid his full £650,000 per week – more than anybody else in England's top flight.

    Spurs will cover around £325,000 each week for the Wales hero, £125,000 more than their next big-money earner, Harry Kane.

    Here's how he matches up against the rest of the Premier League's most-paid stars, with David De Gea top of the pile.

    At Chelsea, Kai Havertz is the only player in the top ten with a weekly wage of £310,000.

  • THINK FAST

    Speaking of Werner's pace, one of the key battles at the Bridge tomorrow will be the German's duel with Virgil van Dijk.

    Last season, the Holland defender clocked a top speed of 21.4mph and is up there with the quickest defenders in the world.

    Likely starting partner Joe Gomez is no slouch either – actually the quicker of the two at 21.5mph.

    However, despite boasting the quickest centre-backs in England, the Reds duo are likely to be outpaced by Werner, who clocked a top speed of 21.7mph last season.

    On top of that, Werner's slighter frame – compared to the giant defenders – ensures he accelerates to his top speed quicker too.

  • SPEED KING

    Timo Werner is otherwise known as ‘Turbo Timo’ for the blistering pace with which he tore up Germany’s Bundesliga.

    He clocked 11.1sec over 100 metres as a teenager — a time which would make him a county-level sprinter as an adult.

    His stamina comes from legging it up ‘Rubble Mountain’ — a 511m high man-made mound amassed from the ruins of Stuttgart after World War Two.

    Werner said: “The last time I ran 11.1 seconds I was 15 or 16, so hopefully I’m a bit faster now. My dad always wanted me to be faster and he wanted to give me strength in my muscles.

    “He got me to run up some hills and it helped me a lot. It taught me you have to work hard and that the strength and fitness in the games doesn’t come from doing nothing.

    “But it wasn’t the hills that gave me my speed, it was me thinking about how you have to train and work hard and be fit enough to go past defenders.

    “Turbo Timo is not the worst nickname. Hopefully I can show that I deserve it. Being fast is a really good thing for me because it gives me a lot of opportunities in the game to score goals.”

  • RICE-ING ON TOP

    Here's one transfer rumour that was doing the rounds yesterday – and one that refuses to go away this summer.

    Chelsea are reportedly plotting a transfer swoop for Declan Rice to finish off their summer spending spree.

    The Blues have already splashed £230million in the current window to bring in the likes of Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz while they are also hoping to stump up another £20m for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

    But according to reporter Simon Phillips, the Blues are eyeing another major deal before the window closes on October 5.

    He wrote: “Mendy will be confirmed soon. Then Chelsea will make an offer for Declan Rice. Strap in for a busy last couple of weeks with outgoings as well!”

    That gives Frank Lampard just two-and-a-half weeks to get Rice through the door at Stamford Bridge.

  • EX-BLUE BREAKS RECORD

    Jamal Musiala became Bayern Munich’s youngest-ever goalscorer in the Bundesliga with a strike in Friday’s 8-0 win over Schalke.

    The former Chelsea academy ace came off the bench to make history and also record a personal milestone with his first senior goal, aged just 17 years and 205 days.

    Musiala only made his first-team debut in June, coming on as a sub for Bayern Munich in their 3-1 win over SC Freiburg in the Bundesliga.

    The promising attacking midfielder, plucked from Chelsea’s academy in the summer of 2019, was a late replacement for club legend Thomas Muller with just a couple of minutes left on the clock.

    It shows the potential the German giants see in the England youth star.

    Earlier in June, Musiala scored his first two goals for the Bavarians, playing for their reserve side in Germany’s third tier, 3.Liga.

  • MORNING, CHELSEA FANS!

    Chelsea welcomed new defenders Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva into training but neither will be available to face Liverpool on Sunday.

    Boss Frank Lampard confirmed Chilwell, Silva, Hakim Ziyech and American Christian Pulisic – who turned 22 yesterday – will all miss out.

    SunSport can exclusively reveal that Blues vice-captain Jorginho is charging £123 for personalised fan videos on Cameo… despite raking in £110,000 per week.

    Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher has agreed a loan move to West Brom.

    But the 20-year-old midfielder penned a new five-year deal at Stamford Bridge before packing his bags for The Hawthorns.

    Jurgen Klopp has talked up Chelsea’s ability to threaten his Liverpool side. 

    He said: “There's plenty of threats, they've signed really well and already had an unbelievably good team.

    “We had to suffer a lot against them in the games last season.

    “There's so many good players up front, in midfield, the defensive line and the full-backs — there's not a biggest threat, Chelsea themselves are the threat.”

    The West Londoners are not thought to be done in the transfer window despite splurging £230m. 

    Reporter Simon Phillips suggested keeper Edouard Mendy will arrive from Rennes soon before the Blues launch a bid for their academy reject and West Ham star Declan Rice. 

  • TIM TO SHINE?

    Can Timo Werner bag his first Premier League goal against Liverpool on Sunday?

    The German won the penalty that got the Blues on their way to a 3-1 win over Brighton on Monday.

    And he will be eager to open his account against the champs – who were also rumoured to be interested in signing him from RB Leipzig.

  • FIK-LE GAME

    Chelsea's Fikayo Tomori looks like he could be off to another club, according to reports.

    Tomori has been linked with a loan move both to Prem rivals Everton and French club Rennes.

    And reporter Simon Phillips shared photos on Twitter which allegedly appeared to suggest the centre-back was moving out.

  • MEND THE PROBLEM?

    Edouard Mendy is expected to join Chelsea from Rennes and the keeper will rival Kepa Arrizabalaga for his spot.

    But French football expert Jonathan Johnson doesn't reckon Mendy will immediately displace the Spanish shot-stopper as No1.

    He told Sky Sports: “I think he feels ready now for the step up to the Premier League.

    “I'm not certain he will be expecting to walk straight into the Chelsea starting XI.

    “But he will feel confident that he can pressure on for that starting berth in goal.

    “And i think his greater consistency could be his key asset in perhaps dislodging Kepa between the sticks.”

  • LAMPARD ON BALE

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard admitted Spurs will challenge his side with the addition of Gareth Bale.

    Lampard guided Chelsea to Champions League qualification in fourth spot while his old manager Jose Mourinho secured Europa League football for Spurs in sixth last season.

    Bale is expected to be announced by Tottenham imminently.

    And Lampard said: “Gareth Bale is an incredible player, he is an incredible individual talent that we remember very well from his Premier League days at Tottenham.

    “We have seen from afar the incredible success that he has had at Real Madrid and if he does come to Tottenham which I keep seeing will virtually happen soon then he is going to be a big addition to their squad, of course.

    “Of course, they have got very good individuals at Tottenham. They will beat teams and be expected to challenge in and around the Champions League places and above.

    “They have fantastic individuals and if they get Gareth Bale, they will have another one for sure. He is one of the best players in the world, in my opinion, over the last four or five seasons.”

  • PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

    Reece James netted a worldie for Chelsea in their 3-1 win over Brighton on Monday night.

    And the 20-year-old has been snapped practicing more long-range strikes on the training field.

  • PAUL YOUR SOCKS UP

    Pundit Paul Merson has slammed Chelsea's decision to let Willian join Arsenal.

    Former Gunner Merson told Sky Sports: “I cannot believe Chelsea let Willian go. I know they have gone out and got special players, but there is nothing to say they are going to hit the ground running.

    “In Willian, you have got someone there who is ready-made. I like who they have signed, but they cost a lot of money, and their wages are probably the same as Willian.”

    Chelsea did offer the Brazilian winger a two-year deal but he wanted a three-year contract which Arsenal were prepared to offer the 32-year-old.

  • RICE-ING ON TOP

    Chelsea are plotting to make a transfer swoop for Declan Rice to finalise their summer spending spree.

    The Blues have already splashed £230million in the current window to bring in the likes of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz.

    They are also hoping to stump up another £20m for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

    But according to reporter Simon Phillips, the Blues are eyeing one more major deal before the window closes on October 5.

    He wrote: “Mendy will be confirmed soon. Then Chelsea will make an offer for Declan Rice. Strap in for a busy last couple of weeks with outgoings as well!”

    Rice was released from Chelsea's academy aged 14 and the club have two-and-a-half weeks to knock West Ham down from their £80m valuation and get a deal over the line.

  • BRAZILIANT

    There's more than one new Thiago in the Premier League.

    Liverpool may have confirmed the arrival of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich today.

    But Chelsea's Thiago Silva is finally training at Cobham.

    The Blues shared a clip of him in action, with fans hoping he will make his debut in the coming weeks.

  • INJURY LATEST

    Frank Lampard confirmed Chelsea are still missing FOUR stars.

    The Blues boss revealed three of his new signings, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Hakim Ziyech are not fit for Liverpool on Sunday.

    And the game will also come too soon for American Christian Pulisic.

    However, German forward Timo Werner has recovered from a knock to the leg and will play.

  • 10 BOB FOR TIMO

    Chelsea new boy Timo Werner has revealed the secret of his goalscoring success – eating SWEETS.

    The deadly striker has become one of Europe’s most feared forwards because of his rapid pace and devastating finishing.

    He told The Independent: “At the beginning of my career, when I was nine or 10, he [my father] would buy some candies or things like that.

    “It was for me to say ‘ok if I score 10 goals today I will have 10 euros’.

    “It can buy me a lot of candy.

    “It was a joke with my dad, [but] it made me want to score goals and I love scoring goals.”

  • KLOPP ON CHELSEA

    Jurgen Klopp gets set to face Chelsea for the second time in the last two months.

    The two teams played out a thrilling 5-3 classic before the Reds lifted the Prem trophy for the first time in 30 years.

    The German said: “There's plenty of threats, they've signed really well and already had an unbelievably good team.

    “We had to suffer a lot against them in the games last season.

    “There's so many good players up front, in midfield, the defensive line and the full-backs — there's not a biggest threat, Chelsea themselves are the threat.”

  • JOR DROPPING

    Chelsea star Jorginho is charging £123 for personalised fan videos on Cameo… despite raking in £110,000 per week.

    The Blues midfielder, 28, set up an account on the popular website this week, days after scoring his side's first goal of the season.

    Cameo allows fans and followers to request celebrities such as actors, sports stars and singers to record a personal message – that could be a birthday wish, a congratulations or simply a hello.

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