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2pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Oblak on Blues interest, Kai Havertz deal ‘when not if’, Declan Rice LATEST – The Sun

KAI HAVERTZ is edging closer to a completing his transfer to Chelsea with reports that his move to the Blues is now a matter of 'when not if'.

Meanwhile Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak has had his say on speculation he will replace Kepa Arrizabalaga in West London.

Follow all the latest transfer updates from the Bridge below…

  • CHIL'S COLD WAR

    Chelsea are braced for a bidding war for Ben Chilwell, after Leicester slapped an £80million price tag on his head.

    According to the Mirror, Manchester United are also in the race for the defender, who is a Blues fan.

    Chelsea have reportedly made an initial bid for Chilwell, which is considerably less than Leicester want.

    And they are reluctant to up their cash offer any more, potentially opening the door for United to move in.

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  • HAV A BREAK

    Chelsea target Kai Havertz has shared a loving picture with his girlfriend on his Instagram stories.

    The Bayer Leverkusen star can enjoy a holiday now, after his club were knocked out of the Europa League by Inter Milan.

    Chelsea are favourites to sign the German and – as SunSport reported earlier – are potentially the only suitors for him.

  • FIXTURE PILE-UP

    The first FOUR rounds of the Carabao Cup will be crammed into the first month of the season in order to get the competition played, writes DUNCAN WRIGHT.

    EFL bosses have been forced to get creative with the fixture list in order for their cup tournament to be staged following the delayed start to the new season.

    The first round, involving EFL sides, will be played on September 5 – one week before the league campaigns are due to kick-off.

    Then rounds two, three and four will be staged each midweek from September 15/16 – which will include the Premier League sides.

    Top flight teams enter the tournament in the second round, except for those involved in European competitions who come in a round later.

    The condensed timescale mean Premier League clubs are expected to play a minimum of SIX matches in the first three weeks of the new season – every weekend and midweek from September 12.

  • AGENT JT

    Chelsea fans hailed “agent” John Terry after the club legend posed with transfer target Declan Rice.

    Terry posted a snap on Instagram alongside West Ham‘s Rice.

    He captioned the shot: “What a CB partnership this would have been @declanrice.

    “I’m playing LCB though…Good to catch up mate, Unbelievable player who will continue to get better and better.”

    The Blues released West Ham star Rice as a teenager but are eager to bring him back to West London.

    And the England international commented on the post: “Was great to see you & have a catch up after so long geeza! Top man JT.”

  • HANDS IN YOUR POCKETS

    Chelsea will reportedly have to fork out more than £80million to bring Declan Rice back to Stamford Bridge.

    The Blues released West Ham star Rice as a teenager but are eager to bring him back to West London.

    The Times reports Rice is valued at over £80m by the Hammers.

    And David Moyes‘ side are not at all keen to sell the 21-year-old to their London rivals.

    Despite usually playing as a central midfielder, Frank Lampard is looking to utilise Rice’s versatility if he can snare the player from the club where the Chelsea boss started out himself.

    Lampard has identified Rice as a John Terry-like figure who can lead from the back and become an imperious figure in the heart of the defence.

  • CAN'T PAS ON HIM

    Rio Ferdinand has branded Chelsea “crazy” for flogging Mario Pasalic to Atalanta for peanuts.

    After seeing his performance for the Serie A side against PSG, the former Manchester United defender was not impressed.

    He said on BT Sport: “Crazy, It’s crazy!

    “He was a Chelsea player for six years! They’ve just sold him for £12m.”

  • FINE DINING

    Timo Werner may have just joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig.

    But the German striker has wasted no time exploring London and all its delights with girlfriend Julia Nagler.

    The pair were spotted dining together at plush Mayfair restaurant Novikov on Tuesday, a popular haunt for West London's rich and famous.

    And because of the government’s ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme, Werner and his partner would have each got £10 off the total bill.

    The £54million hotshot, 23, looks destined for greatness at Stamford Bridge and has already joined training with his new team-mates.

    Werner was also in attendance for Chelsea’s FA Cup defeat to Arsenal earlier this month.

  • 'HOLD ALL THE ACES'

    Chelsea are able to “take their time” over a deal for Kai Havertz, according to Matt Law.

    He told the London Is Blue podcast: “I think everything is pretty much unofficially agreed for the player.

    “There’s no real competition for him. There’s an acceptance from Leverkusen and Chelsea that he’s going to end up at Chelsea.

    “This seems to be all heading in that direction. Then Chelsea are in a good negotiating position at that point.

    “There’s no way, given her track record, that Marina is going to say ‘you can have what you want’, she will negotiate hard at this point.

    “There’s nobody else who will pay all the money, he’s made clear he wants to leave, he’s made clear he wants to go to Chelsea.

    “So Chelsea hold all the aces… Marina can slightly take her time.”

  • BACK IN 'BLACK?

    Chelsea have received a transfer boost as Atletico Madrid close in on a deal to sign Eiber goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic, according to reports.

    But the Blues could be rebuffed as the Spanish side could see the Serbian stopper as an understudy to Oblak.

    According to Goal, Atletico's current No2 Antonio Adan is nearing his exit for Sporting and Diego Simeone wants Dmitrovic to be brought in.

    However, the LaLiga giants could be put off by the £18million release clause in his Eibar contract – a large sum for a back-up keeper.

    But with just one year remaining on his current deal, there may be scope to land the 28-year-old for below that figure.

    Olympiakos's Jose Sa or Granada's Rui Silva are alternative options for Atleti should they be unable to sign Dmitrovic.

  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Yesterday was a HOT one!

    In transfers, Antonio Rudiger is said to be wanted by Liverpool with Frank Lampard keen to offload the German and Jurgen and Klopp eyeing back-up.

    The Blues were also joined by Arsenal in the race for Joelson Fernandes after the Gunners had a £29m bid 'rejected by Sporting Lisbon'.

    The Athletic’s David Ornstein also revealed Chelsea are still in for Declan Rice, but will have to pay through the teeth for him.

    He told the Tifo Football podcast: “We know Frank Lampard is a big fan of Rice of West Ham and would like to convert him from a midfielder to a top centre-back.

    “I know people in football who think he can become world class in that position.

    “West Ham will demand an incredibly high fee, sources have suggested in the region of £65-70million and they are in a strong position contractually.

    “I don’t think that everyone at Chelsea is convinced by Rice but he’s one that Lampard wants.”

    Ornstein also emerged Chelsea will bid for Kai Havertz after the Europa League final.

    The bidding will cost the Blues around 80million Euros – or £72m – and negotiations will ramp up soon, with Havertz enjoying a post-Europa League break.

    He said: “We know all about Chelsea’s interest in Havertz.

    “Havertz wanted to wait a short amount of time to see if any other options came forward.

    “They haven’t… and it just needs sorting between Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen.

    “We’ve seen with the Jadon Sancho situation, it’s not always easy.

    “They are willing to pay what Leverkusen want and that is in the region of 80million Euros.”

    Elsewhere, Chelsea star Timo Werner and girlfriend Julia saved £10 each with 'Eat Out to Help Out' at posh Mayfair restaurant Novikov.

    And finally, Premier League clubs are to share an extra £170m for this season – after clubs delayed paying off the Covid-19 TV rebate.

    Domestic and overseas broadcasters forced Prem clubs to agree to a repayment of around £330m for the three-month shutdown.

    This was despite the League resuming in June and being completed last month.

    It was initially anticipated that £170m would have to be paid from this season’s planned income, a significant blow to clubs who face starting next term behind closed doors.

  • MOUNT-AIN OUT OF A MOLEHILL

    Mason Mount may have got a little too excited when Sky Sport Italia journalist Angelo Mangiante linked Declan Rice with Chelsea.

    The Blues midfielder liked a social media post from the Sport Bible claiming Frank Lampard had made an opening £50m bid for the West Ham star.

    However, the Hammers outright denied any bid for Rice had been made.

    Rice and Mount are close friends, having played in the Chelsea academy together.

  • MAD STUFF

    Chelsea academy midfielder Jacob Maddox has signed a four-year contract at Portuguese club Vitoria SC.

    The 21-year-old has been with the West Londoners for seven years.

    He spent the first half of this season on loan with League One side Tranmere Rovers before heading to Southampton for the rest of the campaign.

    Maddox joined Chelsea at 14 and won back-to-back FA Youth Cups as well as the UEFA Youth Cup during his time with the club.

  • While the money is still due to be paid, the 20 clubs voted not to claw back any cash for this term.

    Instead, repayments will now be paid over the next two seasons in a boost to the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

    That will save champions Liverpool an estimated £21m for their cash-hit 2019-20 accounts, meaning Jurgen Klopp’s side will bank around £174m for the campaign.

  • CASHFLOW RELIEF – ICYMI

    Premier League clubs are to share an extra £170m for this season – after clubs delayed paying off the Covid-19 TV rebate.

    Domestic and overseas broadcasters forced Prem clubs to agree to a repayment of around £330m for the three-month shutdown.

    This was despite the League resuming in June and being completed last month.

    It was initially anticipated that £170m would have to be paid from this season’s planned income, a significant blow to clubs who face starting next term behind closed doors…

  • LET'S CHIL OUT

    Some of Chelsea's chiefs are not convinced by two of Frank Lampard's top transfer targets, according to reports.

    The Blues have been heavily linked with West Ham's Declan Rice and Leicester's Ben Chilwell but there are doubts around their suitability in the West Londoners' higher ranks.

    Athletic journalist David Ornstein told Tifo's podcast: “We know of their interest in Chilwell but I don't think everybody is convinced at Chelsea about the fee that it will take to prise him out of Leicester's hands, maybe around £50m.

    “In central defence, we know that Lampard is very fond of Rice at West Ham and would like to convert him from a midfielder into a top centre-back.

    “West Ham will demand an incredibly high fee, sources have suggested in the region of £65m to £70m, they don't need to sell and they're in a strong position contractually.

    “I don't think everybody at Chelsea is convinced by Declan Rice but it's definitely one that Lampard wants.”

  • GRUB'S UP

    Timo Werner may have just joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig.

    But the German striker has wasted no time exploring London and all its delights with girlfriend Julia Nagler.

    The pair were spotted dining together at plush Mayfair restaurant Novikov on Tuesday, a popular haunt for west London's rich and famous.

    And because of the government’s ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme, Werner and his partner would have each got £10 off the total bill.

  • DAN AND OUT

    Chelsea outcast Danilo Pantic has joined Serbian club FK Cukaricki on a season-long loan deal.

    The loan will be his fifth since joining in 2015.

    The 23-year-old’s Chelsea career has gone the same way as so many other before him.

    Having signed from FK Partizan five years ago, Pantic spent the next five seasons on loan at teams including Vitesse Arnhem, Excelsior, his old club Partizan and Fehervar last time out.

  • IT'S IN THE GAME

    FIFA 21 have announced a huge new Ultimate Team overhaul.

    The game will be released by EA Sports on October 9 and fans are set to see some substantial changes from previous editions.

    Fitness cards have been AXED.

    Ultimate Team fans have traditionally had to play solo but now EA have introduced an online co-op mode.

    And no longer will players be rewarded for playing more matches.

    A new cap is being introduced in FIFA 21 which limits matches that count towards rank at 40.

    Extra games will only help you gain more skill points or Champions points.

  • WILL WERN HIS MONEY

    Christian Pulisic reckons new signing Timo Werner will have a huge impact at Stamford Bridge next season.

    He told the Blues official website: “He’s a very dangerous player.

    “I think he has some similar qualities to me and some of the attacking guys we have.

    “He’s obviously very quick and very good in front of goal.

    “He seems like a humble guy. He wants to come in and work.”

  • CFC V MCFC 4 BC

    Ben Chillwell will be the subject of interest from both Manchester City and Chelsea this season, according to reports.

    The England left-back has an £80million price on his head set by Leicester, which will seemingly put off suitors.

    And David Ornstein reckons City will have to move on either injury-prone Benjamin Mendy or Oleksandr Zinchenko to make the move happen.

    Ornstein told the Tifo Football Podcast: “We know of [Chelsea's] interest in Ben Chillwell of Leicester City, I don’t think everyone is convinced at Chelsea of the fee it will take to prise him from Leicester’s hands.

    “City are also interested but are still involved in Champions League football, they will have to move on one or more left backs to free up the space and finance too.

    “That’s going to be a really interesting one, and both clubs have other options too.”

  • TOUCH N'GO

    Chelsea posted footage of N'Golo Kante and Michy Batshuayi going head-to-head in training.

  • GO ON MY 'SON

    Chelsea and Manchester City have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Portuguese prodigy Joelson Fernandes, according to reports.

    The Sporting Lisbon starlet, 17, has been dubbed the next Cristiano Ronaldo due to his phenomenal wing-wizardry.

    Under-17 international Joelson made his Primeira Liga debut for Sporting in June and has a £41million release clause in his contract.

    Arsenal have just had a second offer of £29m turned down by Sporting officials after failing with an £18m opening bid.

    The Gunners are expected to test the Lisbon club’s resolve with an improved offer later this week, with boss Mikel Arteta eager to land the teenager.

    But reports in Portugal claim both Chelsea and City have contacted Joelson’s advisor Kia Joorabchian to discuss potential deals.

  • HAV A LOOK IN

    Manchester United could be set for an extraordinary and audacious bid for Kai Havertz if their Jadon Sancho chase falls through.

    The Red Devils are ready to spend big on the England winger, but are stumbling over Borussia Dortmund’s £108million asking price.

    And, according to the Manchester Evening News, they could go for Havertz, who Chelsea are favourites to sign.

    The Blues want the attacking midfielder, who scored 18 goals for Bayer Leverkusen last season.

    But early on in the summer, United were linked with the young German.

  • LATEST ON RICE

    David Ornstein also revealed Chelsea are still in for Declan Rice, but will have to pay through the teeth for him.

    He told the Tifo Football podcast: “We know Frank Lampard is a big fan of Declan Rice of West Ham and would like to convert him from a midfielder to a top centre-back.

    “I know people in football who think he can become world class in that position.

    “West Ham will demand an incredibly high fee, sources have suggested in the region of £65-70million and they are in a strong position contractually.

    “I don’t think that everyone at Chelsea is convinced by Declan Rice but he’s one that Lampard wants.”

  • HAVERTZ SITUATION

    Chelsea will bid for Kai Havertz after the Europa League final, according to reports.

    The bidding will cost the Blues around 80million Euros – or £72m – and negotiations will ramp up soon, with Havertz enjoying a post-Europa League break.

    David Ornstein reports on the Tifo Football podcast: “We know all about Chelsea’s interest in Kai Havertz.

    “Kai Havertz wanted to wait a short amount of time to see if any other options came forward.

    “They haven’t… and it just needs sorting between Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen

    “We’ve seen with the Jadon Sancho situation, it’s not always easy

    “They are willing to pay what Leverkusen want and that is in the region of 80million Euros.”

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