6.30pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz LATEST, Chilwell ready to QUIT Leicester, Man Utd ‘passed’ on Pulisic – The Sun

CHELSEA are preparing for their FA Cup final against Arsenal, having secured Champions League football for next season by finishing fourth in the Premier League.

Off the pitch, the Blues are pressing ahead with a move for Kai Havertz, who wants to seal his transfer to Stamford Bridge next week.

While Willian's agent has revealed the Brazilian has FIVE offers on the table and we have the latest on under-fire goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from Stamford Bridge here…

  • LU ARE YA?

    Former Chelsea star David Luiz can become a key player for Arsenal next season.

    That’s according to Brazil legend Rivaldo, who told Betfair: “Luiz did not enjoy a great first season with Arsenal, but the club trusted him by renewing his contract and I think the Brazilian defender still has what it takes to play at a big English club.

    “He has lots of experience and knows exactly how to manage his energy during a match. He could also be pivotal to help the youngsters at the club.

    “He has lots of knowledge about English football and will improve from last season and could work as an important player in such a young and inexperienced squad that clearly needs some veterans to help them improve.”

  • WHERE THERE’S A WILL

    Arsenal target Willian needs to talk with Frank Lampard before making a decision on his Chelsea future, according to Brazil legend Rivaldo.

    He told Betfair: “Willian is at the end of his contract with Chelsea and Arsenal seem to be interested in signing him.

    “But he's having an excellent season and Chelsea are interesting in keeping him.

    “Frank Lampard and the board need to inform the player about their plans for him next season.

    “Chelsea are signing players and, if Willian will not be a first choice pick, then he probably would prefer to leave.

    “Willian will have many interested clubs, but I think he would prefer to learn about Chelsea's plans first before taking a decision about his future.”

  • COUT AND DRY

    Brazil legend Rivaldo reckons Arsenal target Philippe Coutinho should return to England this summer.

    The Barcelona flop, who was on loan at Bayern Munich, has also been linked with Chelsea and Man Utd.

    Rivaldo told Betfair: “Philippe Coutinho will soon return from his loan at Bayern to Barcelona, but I doubt he can revive his career there.

    “His best option could be returning to English football where he spent the best seasons of his career and in which his qualities seem to be best suited, as he proved at Liverpool when he was one of the best players in the Premier League.

    “At Arsenal, Tottenham or Leicester, Coutinho could be a regular starter next season.

    “It would be a good opportunity for the Brazillan to rediscover his best form and show that he continues to be an excellent player who belongs to the elite.”

  • BOG OFF

    Former Chelsea ace Jeremie Boga is reportedly wanted by Everton in a £35million deal just two years after leaving the Blues for £3.5m.

    Sky Sports report Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is keen on bringing the 23-year-old to Goodison Park.

    The 61-year-old manager was interested in bringing the winger to Napoli during his time in charge of the club.

    But now faces competition from his old employers, with Gennaro Gattuso's side still in the frame to snap up the former Blues star.

  • GIN & TONIC

    Germany international Matthias Ginter is reportedly on Chelsea and Arsenal's radar – but Inter Milan lead the fight for the defender.

    Reports in Ginter's homeland suggest a number of clubs are competing for his signature after he helped Borussia Monchengladbach qualify for next season's Champions League.

    Inter are searching for a long-term replacement for veteran centre-back Diego Godin and have eyed Ginter for a transfer, according to Sky Deutschland.

    Also said to be keen are Chelsea and Arsenal although their interest is thought to be lower than the Serie A club.

    Ginter made 36 appearances in all competitions last season as Borussia's early title challenge faded to a fourth-placed finish.

    A nine-year career so far has been evenly split by the 26-year-old between hometown team Freiburg, Borussia Dortmund, and Gladbach.

  • CHRIS CROSS

    Manchester United passed up on the chance to sign Christian Pulisic before Chelsea bought the winger, a former scout has claimed.

    Jorge Alvial spent two-and-a-half years at Old Trafford after a long stint at Chelsea, where he also recommended a 13-year-old Pulisic.

    The American moved to Borussia Dortmund aged just 16 and quickly impressed at the Bundesliga club.

    As a long-term admirer of Pulisic, Chilean scout Alvial made him the first recommendation to United when he was hired by the club.

    He told Manchester Evening News: “When I first got hired one of the people that I recommended right away was Pulisic because I knew him and his background.

    “I knew how well he was developing in Dortmund and he was just going to keep coming up, and become a superstar because he was doing very well.

    “So it was many times that I did recommend him, but at the same time because I was only doing North America, it wasn't my region because he was playing in Germany.

    “We all had a list and I had him first along with Alphonso [Davies]. Highly, highly recommended for them to sign him, and I know also the German scout was very into him, he really liked him too.

    “It wasn't a case of, 'look at this kid'. It was, 'sign this kid'.”

  • FRANKLY BIZARRE

    Frank Lampard's Chelsea scored and conceded the EXACT same number of goals in 2019-20 as his Derby side did last season.

    The Blues hit the back of the net 69 times from their 38 Premier League games this season, while letting 54 in the other end.

    In a spooky turn of events, those figures are precisely the same as Derby's Championship tallies from Lampard's final season at the club.

    And that is by no means the only weird and wonderful stat from the 2019-20 Premier League season.

    In 2018-19 Derby played 46 league matches – meaning his Chelsea side this time around did in fact score more and concede more per game.

    With Chelsea, Lampard led his side to 1.82 goals scored per game – and 1.42 conceded per match.

    At Derby a year earlier, his tallies were 1.5 goals per game scored and 1.17 allowed.

  • 'LITTLE DREAM'

    Timo Werner says the prospect of working with Frank Lampard was the “main” reason behind him joining Chelsea after watching him in the 2012 Champions League final.

    The German star, 24, sealed his £53million move from RB Leipzig last month.

    He has now begun training with his new team-mates, and afterwards he revealed his decision to snub some of Europe’s most elite clubs to sign for the Blues.

    Speaking to the club’s official website, Werner said: “I know of the players before when they won the Champions League with (Didier) 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 a 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.”

  • FREE FOOTY

    Fans will be able to watch both the Champions League and Europa League finals for FREE next month, BT Sport have confirmed.

    The British broadcaster will also air every single match as both tournaments finally reach their climaxes in August.

    Resuming from the remaining round of 16 matches, both competitions will lead up to a bumper final weekend.

    The Europa League final will take place on Friday 21 August in Cologne, while the Champions League’s showpiece match will go ahead two days later in Lisbon.

    And fans will be able to watch both matches for FREE, by accessing either the BT Sport app or BT Sport YouTube channel.

  • CHIL OUT

    Ben Chilwell is reportedly planning to tell Leicester City this week that he wants to quit for Chelsea.

    The Mirror claims the England star is set to snub interest from Manchester United because he sees his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

    The reports that his intention to move is based upon where he sees himself playing for the next five-six years.

    Blues boss Frank Lampard is keen to add the left-back to his squad for next term alongside new signings Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.

    The 23-year-old has been at Leicester since aged 12 and is under contract until 2024 but looks set to quit the club this summer.

    SunSport previously revealed that the Foxes’ failure to secure Champions League football was the final straw for Chilwell.

  • STILL FEELING BLUE

    Chelsea legend Branislav Ivanovic is reportedly in talks over a shock transfer to Everton.

    The 36-year-old defender played over 250 Premier League matches during his nine-year stint at Stamford Bridge.

    After leaving to join Russian joining Zenit St Petersburg in 2017, many Blues supporters thought they had seen the last of the veteran defender in England.

    However, according to Serbian newspaper Novosti, Ivanovic could be back playing against Chelsea next season with the Toffees.

    Ivanovic is a free agent and also has interest from Red Star Belgrade back in his native Serbian.

    But the report states his negotiations with Everton are in the “final phase” as a move to Merseyside edges closer.

  • BLUES BROTHERS

    Kai Havertz has been talking with Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner over his potential move to Chelsea.

    Frank Lampard is desperate to add the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder as his third summer signing.

    Werner’s arrival from RB Leipzig is already confirmed along with fellow attacker Hakim Ziyech’s from Ajax.

    Now Football.London claims Germany international Havertz has been sold on the Chelsea manager’s vision after chats with the Blues pair and his fellow countrymen.

    Werner has already been training with the West London outfit in preparation for the upcoming campaign.

    Havertz hopes to join him at the club and have a deal sealed by next week.

  • BEN TEN

    Ben Chilwell will tell Leicester he wants to quit for Chelsea this week.

    The England international reportedly sees his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

    The Mirror say the decision comes not just following Leicester missing out on Champions League football by finishing fifth.

    But that the 23-year-old sees himself playing for the Blues – who landed Champs League football by finishing fourth – for the next five to six years.

  • MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Kai Havertz reportedly wants to seal his Chelsea transfer by next week following the club’s successful Champions League qualification.

    According to Sky Sports, the German has already agreed terms on a move to West London, with a fee between Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen all that remains to be settled.

    The Bundesliga side value their star attacker at around £90million but the Blues are hoping to lower the figure by around £20m with add-ons.

    In other news, Chelsea star Willian has FIVE offers on the table, his agent Kia Joorabchian has revealed.

    He told talkSPORT: “I don’t think he’s done a U-turn or any kind of turn, he’s always been very much the same mode.

    “We had big offers – one from MLS which required him to move on July 1 – but he’s always wanted to finish the season at Chelsea and the day after the season has finished he would decide.

    “He has two concrete offers from Premier League clubs on the table, an offer from an MLS club, and two other offers from Europe. He is going to make his decision after the last game of the season.”

    Meanwhile, Jan Oblak will remain at Atletico Madrid despite interest from Chelsea, Enrique Cerezo has maintained.

    The Atleti chief told Marca: “For me, Oblak, and I speak as a fan, is the best goalkeeper in the world. [Thibaut] Courtois is another great goalkeeper and, fortunately, both have worn our badge and with both we won many trophies.

    “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 great teams other than Atletico.”

    And finally, Chelsea have been joined by Bayer Leverkusen in the race for Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana.

    The German side reportedly had a £20million offer rejected by the Dutch champions which will be a concern for the Blues.

  • WILLI PLAY?

    Frank Lampard's FA Cup Final plans have been thrown into turmoil over the future of Brazilian star Willian.

    Chelsea’s boss faces a massive selection headache following a bombshell announcement by his agent amid interest in the winger from Saturday’s opponents Arsenal.

    Willian, 31, is out of contract at the end of this season and his advisor revealed the player has a concrete offer on the table from one of Chelsea’s Premier League rivals.

    Arsenal are red-hot favourites to snap up long-serving Willian who has been demanding a three year deal to stay on.

    Willian’s wife dropped a big hint on Instagram back in March by writing: ‘it’s not been easy but good things are on the way’ at the same time picturing the couple’s two daughters wearing red – Arsenal’s colours.

    But Willian’s representative insists no decision will be made until AFTER the game – leaving head coach Lampard the dilemma of whether to pick a key player to face a team he may be joining in just a couple of weeks’ time.

  • FAB NEWS

    Cesc Fabregas has been offered an epic payday to end his career with Qatari club Al-Gharafa.

    The former Arsenal and Chelsea star quit Stamford Bridge to join Monaco last year.

    Spain international Fabregas has since struggled to justify his £5.7million-a-year salary from the Ligue 1 club.

    He made 22 appearances without scoring as Monaco ended the season ninth in the 20-team league.

    Fabregas, 33, has two years left on his contract with the Monte Carlo club…

  • HEND OF THE BRIDGE?

    Dean Henderson nis reportedly stalling on a new Manchester United contract amid interest from Chelsea.

    The Mirror claims Frank Lampard is ready to pounce for the £55million-rated Sheffield United loanee, who is seeking assurances on his Red Devils future from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    It’s reckoned Henderson, 23, is wanted back at Old Trafford next season following some poor performances from David De Gea.

    United are said to be offering a new and improved contract as they look to secure the England hopeful’s long-term future.

    However, Henderson wants confirmation that he will be the club’s No 1 next term, whereas Solskjaer still sees De Gea as his go-to goalie.

    So that could open the door for Chelsea, who are looking to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga.

  • TIM FOR A NEW ERA

  • CLOUD NINE

    Nine Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool tried to stop Manchester City overturning their European ban.

    City were slapped with a ban from all Uefa European competitions for two seasons after “serious breaches” of Financial Fair Play in February.

    Pep Guardiola's side were also hit with a £27million fine.

    But the Court of Arbitration for Sport controversially overturned the ban earlier this month.

    CAS also reduced the fine to £9m after City's appeal and today released a 92-page document with full details from the case.

    Within the pages CAS revealed the reasons behind their decision which split opinion.

    And one was that almost half the teams in the Prem had written to them to oppose City asking for a “stay of execution” on their ban.

    Burnley, Leicester, Newcastle, Spurs and Wolves were the other sides to come forward.

    The statement read: “On March 9 2020, nine Premier League clubs filed an application for intervention…for the limited purpose of opposing any possible application by MCFC to request for a stay of execution of the Appealed Decision.”

  • COMM ON BACK

    EXCLUSIVE – Community Shield will be played on August 29 – and fans are likely to be allowed into Wembley to watch the game.

    The season curtain-raiser is scheduled for the last Saturday in August with Liverpool taking on the winners of this weekend's FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea.

    And the FA are a long way down the line in talks with the government to allow supporters to watch the game – the first time any fans will have been back in a football ground since mid-March.

    They want the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to give the green light to the match being the maiden test event involving football for the return of fans back in stadiums.

    The hope is the green light will be given later this week, which would allow a reduced capacity of around 15,000-20,000 to be present while observing social distancing guidelines.

    It would be the first opportunity Liverpool fans could get to celebrate with their players since they were crowned champions earlier this month.

  • SEASON'S GREETINGS

    West Ham have become the first club to announce season ticket holders will enter a ballot for every game before knowing if they can watch the team in action.

    SunSport revealed last week how Premier League clubs were looking to stage lotteries on a regular basis to determine who would be allowed into grounds when fans are finally allowed back into stadiums.

    The government hopes to give the green light to people to watch sporting events from October 1, but at hugely reduced capacities to allow for social distancing measures to be enforced.

    The Hammers are the first top flight team to reveal details how it would all work after publishing their season ticket policy for the new campaign.

    Season tickets will be sold as per usual, but for every game staged at the London Stadium a ballot will be held to decide who gets to be there in person.

    Those who miss out will be given a cash refund for the value of that game which would be paid within 30 days of it being played.

  • GUNNED DOWN

    Shkodran Mustafi will miss the FA Cup final against Chelsea after he took to Twitter to announce he has undergone surgery on his right hamstring.

    He said: “Missing out the @EmiratesFACup Final for the second time.

    “The good news is that the surgery went well and that I am not the type of guy who gives up easily.

    “After the disappointment I accepted the situation and I am now focused to recover to be back on the pitch.”

  • ROUD AWAKENING

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  • OB MAN OUT

    Jan Oblak will remain at Atletico Madrid despite interest from Manchester United and Chelsea, Enrique Cerezo has maintained.

    The Atletico club president believes his No1 is the “best in the world” and a deal will not be discussed with either side.

    SunSport reported on United's interest in the Slovenian last week amid David De Gea's struggles in goal.

    However it is Chelsea who are more desperate for a new shot-stopper with Kepa Arrizabalaga expected to be replaced in the summer market.

    But Cerezo is adamant that Oblak will remain at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

    The Atleti chief told Marca: “For me, Oblak, and I speak as a fan, is the best goalkeeper in the world. [Thibaut] Courtois is another great goalkeeper and, fortunately, both have worn our badge and with both we won many trophies.

    “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 great teams other than Atletico.”

  • OH NA!

    Chelsea have been joined by Bayer Leverkusen in the race for Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana.

    The German side reportedly had a £20million offer rejected by the Dutch champions which will be a concern for the Blues.

    Kepa seems destined to leave Stamford Bridge after Frank Lampard benched him for the final game of the season against Wolves yesterday.

    And Onana was one of the men on the West Londoners' list to replace him along with Dean Henderson and Jan Oblak.

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