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1.45pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Kai Havertz new £77m bid, Koulibaly agent talks, Brighton away first day – The Sun

CHELSEA will travel to Brighton on Monday, September 14 in their opening Premier League fixture.

And Marina Granovskaia will hope to have completed the signing of Kai Havertz by then, along with other targets such as Ben Chilwell and Kalidou Koulibaly.

Follow all the latest transfer updates from the Bridge below…

  • 'LET'S CASH IN'

    Gabrielle Marcotti is convinced Leverkusen are trying to squeeze every penny out of Chelsea in the chase for Kai Havertz.

    He told ESPN: “I don’t know, it to me continues to smack of Leverkusen saying ‘oh let's try to cash in on Havertz, let’s try to strike while the iron is hot.

    “I don’t think Chelsea are in any rush, I don’t think Chelsea feel that they need Kai Havertz, given the players they’ve already added, Werner and Ziyech and the players who are already there, Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek and the list goes on.

    “But equally Chelsea are saying ‘if there’s a chance to get this guy on terms we like because yeah we’re going to go for it, because apparently he wants to come to us.’

    “So I don’t think Chelsea are going to budge from their position or inch upwards or Lampard is going to force the club to say ‘I need Havertz now’, not when they have more important positions to fill.”

  • SILVA'S A GO-GO

    Thiago Silva has been offered to Chelsea, AC Milan and Fiorentina, according to reports in Italy.

    The experienced Brazilian is leaving PSG after this season, with one game to go for the French club: the Champions League final.

    If he can lift Old Big Ears and walk away with club football's biggest trophy then Chelsea fans would surely be keen to have him at Stamford Bridge.

    However, Silva turns 36 just 10 days after the new season starts and his best years are most certainly behind him.

  • GET WELL MICHAEL

    Ex-Chelsea star Michael Ballack has undergone an operation to remove a tumour in his back.

    Doctors found the growth during a routine MRI scan.

    He immediately underwent surgery in Hanover to remove the tumour from near his spinal cord.

    And according to Bild, the German football legend has thankfully been given the all-clear by doctors, with the tumour revealed to be benign.

    And the 43-year-old is now recovering on holiday in Portugal, where he is enjoying watching his former team Bayern Munich in the Champions League on television.

  • PRIME CUT

    Amazon Prime Video have released the 20 fixtures fans can watch for free in the 2020/21 Premier League season – including Liverpool against Tottenham.

    Just like last season, the online streaming platform won the rights to two complete match weeks.

    An extra two additional individual fixtures will be confirmed at a later date.

    But in the two rounds of Premier League matches already in the Prime diary, Spurs' trip to Anfield is the standout tie.

    Amazon have the midweek games from December 15 to 17 as well as the round of fixtures between the Boxing Day games and New Year, from December 28 to 30.

    All 20 matches will be shown live on Amazon Prime Video across the two three-day windows.

  • IT TAKES TIME

    Journalist Kevin Palmer has been keen to reassure Chelsea fans that the club are pushing ahead with a deal for Kai Havertz.

    There are just the minor details – including price – still to work out for Marina Granovskaia.

  • OPENING WEEKEND STATS

    Here are some facts on Chelsea's game against Brighton, courtesy of Opta.

    • Brighton have failed to win any of their six Premier League encounters with Chelsea, losing five times and scoring just two goals in the process (D1).
    • Chelsea have never lost against Brighton in league competition, winning nine and drawing one. The Blues have faced Brighton more times without ever losing than they have against any other side in their league history.
    • Chelsea have lost two of their last three season openers in the Premier League (W1), this after going 18 consecutive campaigns without defeat on the opening matchday between 1999-00 and 2016-17.

    CHELSEA RUN-IN

    Here are the Blues' last five games of the season.

    Sat May 1 – Fulham (H)

    Sat May 8 – Man City (A)

    Tues May 11 – Arsenal (H)

    Sat May 15 – Leicester (H)

    Sun May 23 – Aston Villa (A)

    FIRST FIVE GAMES

    Here are Chelsea's opening fixtures of the new Prem season – note that 'Saturday' games are subject to tweaks, as usually happens after the broadcasters have their say in kick-off times.

    Mon Sept 14 – Brighton (A)

    Sat Sept 26 – West Brom (A)

    Sat Oct 3 – Crystal Palace (H)

    Sat Oct 17 – Southampton (H)

    Sat Oct 24 – Man Utd (A)

    FIXTURES RELEASED

    Chelsea will travel to Brighton for the opening game of their Premier League season, with the match taking place on Monday, September 14.

    WIN TOGETHER, LUIZ TOGETHER

    Arsenal’s new signing Willian revealed close pal David Luiz convinced him to join the Gunners.

    Willian told the Arsenal club website: “He's very happy. We played together in the national team, we played together at Chelsea, and now at Arsenal again.

    “I think we can do great things together, I hope so, but I'm very happy to be with him again.

    “He said, 'Come to Arsenal, come to Arsenal, I want you to come!' So that was the conversation.

    “He is a very nice guy, a top player and I'm very excited to play with him again.

    “Of course [he helped in the past], many times. Many times when I had difficult times at Chelsea he was helping me a lot.”

    FEDEX

    Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are eyeing up a move for Juventus star Federico Bernardeschi, according to reports.

    The 26-year-old was a regular in the 2019-20 season, helping Maurizio Sarri's side to the Serie A title.

    But with Sarri having now been sacked, Juve could cash in on the former Fiorentina attacker.

    And according to Calciomercato, Juve are now hoping to cash in on the man they bought for £36million three years ago.

    Initially they tried to offload him back to former club Fiorentina in exchange for Federico Chiesa.

    But with La Viola refusing to budge, Juve will look to sell him outright.

    KOUL RUNNINGS

    Chelsea could make a move for Kalidou Koulibaly, with Marina Granovskaia reportedly having held calls with the Napoli star's agent.

    Speaking on Instagram's live feed, Bleacher Report's Dean Jones made clear that Chelsea are interested in far more players than just top target Kai Havertz.

    He said: “I think there’s something to bear in mind for Chelsea fans is that they’re trying to sign a lot of players right now.

    “[Havertz] is not the only deal they’re focusing on.

    “[Marina] is also on the phone to Koulibaly’s agent, she’s on the phone to Ben Chilwell’s agent, she’s trying to find a midfielder, she’s got someone speaking to Declan Rice, they’re trying to find a goalkeeper – basically trying to sign half a team here!

    “I mean it’s really difficult. Marina’s days must be really long at Chelsea right now, the amount of calls she’s got to get through.”

    FEDEX

    Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are eyeing up a move for Juventus star Federico Bernardeschi, according to reports.

    The 26-year-old was a regular in the 2019-20 season, helping Maurizio Sarri's side to the Serie A title.

    But with Sarri having now been sacked, Juve could cash in on the former Fiorentina attacker.

    And according to Calciomercato, Juve are now hoping to cash in on the man they bought for £36million three years ago.

    Initially they tried to offload him back to former club Fiorentina in exchange for Federico Chiesa.

    But with La Viola refusing to budge, Juve will look to sell him outright.

    GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Chelsea have reportedly been offered Thiago Silva on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.

    The 35-year-old will line-up for the French side in Sunday’s Champions League Final against Bayern Munich before leaving the club after eight years.

    Both Fiorentina and AC Milan have shown interest in the veteran but he wants to fulfil his dream of playing in the Premier League.

    And The Telegraph claims the Brazilian is ready to take a huge wage cut on his £300,000-a-week deal at PSG to achieve that.

    Now he is set for talks with Chelsea over a potential two-year deal to move to Stamford Bridge.

    Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez appears to have thrown the door open to a move to Chelsea by admitting he “loved” them as a kid.

    And the 25-year-old also revealed he wanted to line up alongside current Blues boss Frank Lampard.

    He told LaLiga: “I would have liked to play with Lampard.

    “I always used to watch Chelsea as a kid, loved them.”

    Finally, Michy Batshuayi has been linked with a switch to Leeds United.

    The Belgian is surplus to requirements at Chelsea and the Mirror claim the Blues would be willing to listen to offers over £20million.

    Yet the report adds that the move is a 'non-starter' despite Batshuayi previously playing under Marcelo Bielsa at Marseille.

    HAVE A GUESS

    Chelsea are still £18million short in their offer for Kai Havertz.

    That's according to Fabrizio Romano, who says Bayer Leverkusen are yet to accept a bid from the Blues.

    It's reckoned Havertz has agreed a mega-money contract to move to Stamford Bridge.

    But there is still work to be done before the German can be announced as a Chelsea man.

    DEAN GONE

    Dean Henderson has sent an emotional goodbye to Sheffield United as he targets David De Gea’s No 1 jersey at Manchester United.

    The Chelsea target said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Sheffield United for the last two years.

    “Winning promotion to the Premier League with my brothers and having the season we had this season is something I’ll never forget.

    “I would like to thank the manager, my team-mates, backroom staff and, of course, the fans, who have been unbelievable to me.

    “I will look back at the last two years as an important chapter in my career.

    “I’m grateful to have had a chance to learn with such a class group of lads. I can’t wait for the next chapter.”

    BEN AND GONE

    Sixteen-year-old Exeter City superkid Ben Chrisene has snubbed Bayern Munich to sign for Aston Villa.

    The England youth midfielder impressed Bayern’s coaches when he played for the German giants youth team last season.

    He was also courted by reigning Euro champs Liverpool who invited him to a Champions’ League match last season as Jurgen Klopp’s VIP guest, while Chelsea boss Frank Lampard personally called him to express Chelsea’s interest in him.

    However Villa are hugely ambitious at Academy level and managed to persuade Chrisene to team up with Barcelona wonder-kid Louie Barry, who they paid £3million to lure away from the Nou Camp last season.

    It’s understood Chrisene will cost around half that amount with Villa agreeing to some lucrative add-ons for the youngster who recently turned down the offer of a full-time pro contract with the Devon club.

    SILVA LINING

    Chelsea have reportedly been offered Thiago Silva on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.

    The 35-year-old will line-up for the French side in Sunday’s Champions League Final before leaving the club after eight years.

    Both Fiorentina and AC Milan have shown interest in the veteran but he wants to fulfil his dream of playing in the Premier League.

    And The Telegraph claims the Brazilian is ready to take a huge wage cut on his £300,000-a-week deal at PSG to achieve that.

    Now he is set for talks with Chelsea over a potential two-year deal to move to Stamford Bridge.

    SWAP GREAL

    Man United will reportedly offer Sergio Romero as part of a swap deal for Jack Grealish.

    The Red Devils have been heavily linked with the Aston Villa star and may use their sub-goalie to try and sweeten the deal.

    But the news will come as a blow to Chelsea who reportedly made Romero a top transfer target with Kepa set to leave imminently.

    Leeds and Everton are also said to be eyeing 33-year-old Romero.

    But United want to use him as leverage in the Grealish deal, according to the Mail.

    CON ARTIST

    Conor Gallagher looks set for a new Chelsea contract.

    The Mail claims he has caught the eye of Frank Lampard after impressing on loan at Charlton and Swansea last season.

    The Blues had considered selling Gallagher but are now preparing a new deal.

    But he looks set to be loaned out once again due to the amount of midfielders currently in Chelsea's senior squad.

    POINT TO PROVE

    Ethan Ampadu wants to force his way into Chelsea's starting XI.

    Goal claims the defender believes he can be the man to solve Frank Lampard's centre-back crisis after returning from RB Leipzig.

    Fulham have been linked with a loan move for Ampadu.

    But the Wales international reckons he can make a similar impact to Billy Gilmour and wants to prove his worth in pre-season.

    GIFT OF GAB

    Arsenal could land £27million Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes within days after he agreed a five-year contract.

    The Times say Arsenal have settled personal terms with the Brazil Under-20 star after other suitors like Everton dropped out of the running.

    Lille reportedly expect Gabriel to decide his future this week.

    However, Napoli are understood to have made a last-gasp move for the ace.

    Chelsea have also been linked with a bid as they search for a new centre-back.

    Man Utd were thought to be in the running too but are now looking at West Ham’s Issa Diop.

    TAKE YOUR PICK

    Wolves could reportedly swap Raul Jimenez for Juventus trio Aaron Ramsey, Douglas Costa and Alex Sandro.

    Andrea Pirlo took charge of the Serie A side earlier this month and is believed to be ready for a huge clear out, says Tuttosport.

    Jimenez and Costa have both been linked with Manchester United this summer.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal icon Ramsey has been tipped to join Chelsea with Jorginho heading the opposite way.

    Reports earlier this year even claimed the Welshman could be welcomed back at the Emirates just a year after his exit.

    HE’S ELECTRIC

    Chelsea’s chief goalie transfer target is reportedly £30million-rated Ajax No1 Andre Onana.

    And the 24-year-old has made sure he's shared the wealth accrued from his fame with his homeland.

    Last week, it was reported that Onana uses part of his salary to fund an electric grid that provides electricity for a small African town.

    READ MORE ABOUT THE CHELSEA TARGET HERE

    TRUE BLUE

    Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez appears to have thrown the door open to a move to Chelsea by admitting he “loved” them as a kid.

    And the 25-year-old also revealed he wanted to line up alongside current Blues boss Frank Lampard.

    He told LaLiga: “I would have liked to play with Lampard.

    “I always used to watch Chelsea as a kid, loved them.”

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