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12.30pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Kai Havertz MEDICAL, Edouard Mendy ‘to replace Kepa’, Sarr set for Leverkusen loan – The Sun

CHELSEA look like they are finally set to get a deal for Kai Havertz over the line.

But that deal may involve one of their other summer signings – Malang Sarr – heading to Germany.

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  • 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
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    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.

    A BRIDGE TO SARR

    Bayer Leverkusen could win the race to borrow Chelsea's new centre-back Malang Sarr.

    The France Under-21 star is tipped for a swift exit on loan after arriving at Stamford Bridge from Nice on a five-year deal last week.

    And Leverkusen are just the latest Bundesliga to be linked with a temporary move for the 21-year-old.

    MEND THE BRIDGE

    Chelsea are eyeing a move for Rennes keeper Edouard Mendy as Frank Lampard continues his squad revamp.

    The Blue's are looking for options in the goal-keeping department after current keeper Kepa's turbulent season.

    They paid a record £71.6million for the keeper, but conced 54 goals last season, which Kepa Arrizabalaga feels he was a scapegoat for.

    Mendy, 28, has been identified as a possible target, but reports say that they had a £14.2million bid turned down by Rennes over the weekend.

    According to TuttoMecartoWeb, Rennes will not sell without finding a replacement, although Mendy has expressed an interest in moving to Stamford Bridge.

    I CAN BE LAGA TOP

    Kepa Arrizabalaga is ready to remain and fight for his Chelsea No1 shirt even if boss Frank Lampard signs a new keeper.

    So claims the Telegraph, amid reports Lampard is still looking for a new stopper, having been linked with Manchester United's Dean Henderson and Burnley's Nick Pope plus top names on the continent.

    HEADING BAK TO AC?

    AC Milan are optimistic about being able to bring Chelsea's Tiemoue Bakayoko to the San Siro.

    Bakayoko spent last season on loan at Monaco, and despte having two years keft on his Chelsea contract, Blues boss Frank Lampard hasn't got plans for him to be in their squad.

    He spent the 2018/19 season at AC Milan and is keen on a return there, he is even willing to take a massive pay-cut to make the move happen.

    BLUES' IL FEELING AS TEEN ACE JOINS JUVE

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

    The Blues hoped to enxtend his deal as he was a regular for their Under-18s and earned England U17 caps.

    But Iling-Junior has instead opted for the Italian giants.

    Iling-Junior was first linked with a Chelsea exit in February, with Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain both keen on him.

    SILVA LINING

    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.”

    KAI COULD COST £90m

    Chelsea are nearing the £90million signing of Kai Havertz with Bayer Leverkusen reportedly agreeing a deal for his replacement.

    Reports in Italy outline an agreement between the Bundesliga club and Roma for forward Patrik Schick.

    The Czech Republic international spent last season on loan at RB Leipzig and Leverkusen were set to do battle with their divisional rivals for his permanent signature.

    But Bayer have now agreed on a £24m transfer with Roma, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

    The deal will allow Havertz to head to West London with Schick taking his place in Peter Bosz's team.

    The Guardian report on a £90m deal being reached to bring the German to Chelsea.

    BAKAYOKO DEAL

    AC Milan are optimistic about being able to bring Chelsea's Tiemoue Bakayoko to the San Siro.

    Bakayoko spent last season on loan at Monaco, and despte having two years keft on his Chelsea contract, Blues boss Frank Lampard hasn't got plans for him to be in their squad.

    He spent the 2018/19 season at AC Milan and is keen on a return there, he is even willing to take a massive pay-cut to make the move happen.

    AVENGERS ASSEMBELD

    Chelsea have been relentless in the transfer market this summer, signing the likes of Thiago Silva and Timo Werner, with no indication they plan to stop any time soon.

    If their signings are anything to go by they will be be a force to be reckoned with next season, and footy pundit Micah Richards seems to agree.

    In a conversation with Jamie Carragher, Richards compared Chelsea's new signings to Marvel superhero group The Avengers.

    Speakin to Carragher, Richards exclaimed: “They look like The Avengers!”

    MENDY MOVE

    Chelsea are eyeing a move for Rennes keeper Edouard Mendy as they continue to bolster their squad for the new season.

    The Blue's are looking for options in the goal-keeping department after current keeper Kepa turbulent season.

    They paid a record £71.6million for the keeper, but conced 54 goals last season, which Kepa Arrizabalaga feels he was a scapegoat for.

    Mendy, 28, has been identified as a possible target, but reports say that they had a £14.2million bid turned down by Rennes over the weekend.

    According to TuttoMecartoWeb, Rennes willl not sell without finding a replacement, alothough Mendy has expresssed an interest in moving to Stamford Bridge.

    HIGHEST EARNERS

    Here are how Chelsea's wage structure pans out after Kai Havertz joins the club.

    MAKING SPACE

    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.

    HAVERTZ LATEST

    Chelsea are nearing the signing of Kai Havertz with Bayer Leverkusen reportedly agreeing a deal for his replacement.

    Reports in Italy outline an agreement between the Bundesliga club and Roma for forward Patrik Schick.

    The Czech Republic international spent last season on loan at RB Leipzig and Leverkusen were set to do battle with their divisional rivals for his permanent signature.

    But Bayer have now agreed on a £24million transfer with Roma, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

    The deal will allow Havertz to head to West London with Schick taking his place in Peter Bosz's team.

    The Guardian report on a £90m deal being reached to bring the German to Chelsea.

    Initially costing £72m, the attacking midfielder will earn Leverkusen an extra £9m if certain performance-related bonuses are fulfilled.

    That is believed to include Chelsea winning the Champions League.

    And the Blues will hand over a further £9m as an installment at a later date.

    The deal should be completed this week with Bayer admitting they “don't expect” to see Havetrz again, after waving him off to Germany duty.

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