12pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Messi ‘was near’ to Blues move, Chilwell OUT with ‘non-Covid illness’ – The Sun

12pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Messi ‘was near’ to Blues move, Chilwell OUT with ‘non-Covid illness’ – The Sun

October 10, 2020

BEN CHILWELL has been ruled out of England's game against Belgium on Sunday with a "non-Covid illness".

Meanwhile it has been revealed that Lionel Messi was desperate to play for Jose Mourinho and nearly joined Chelsea as a youngster.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • Daniel Brookes

    HAK ATTACK

    Summer signing Hakim Ziyech could be in line to make his Chelsea debut next weekend.

    An injury sustained in pre-season has seen the midfielder miss the Blues' start to the campaign.

    The 27-year-old is now back in full training and could be in contention to face Southampton next Saturday.

    Fellow arrivals Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy all made their Chelsea debuts just before the international break.

  • Daniel Brookes

    MOSES TO RUSSIA

    Victor Moses will leave Chelsea to join Spartak Moscow on loan for the season.

    The Nigeria international will first sign a one-year extension to his Blues contract until 2022 so Chelsea don't lose him for free next summer.

    The deal will reportedly include a £9million option to buy.

    Moses spent the second half of last season on loan at Inter Milan but the Italian giants were not interested in a permanent deal.

    The Russian side also made enquiries about Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier and Watford's Kiko Femenia.

  • Daniel Brookes

    BLUES EYE CHILWELL BACK-UP

    Chelsea are already targeting back-up for new left-back signing Ben Chilwell.

    First though, the Blues will be hoping to move on Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri, neither of whom feature in boss Frank Lampard's long-term plans.

    According to reports, Tottenham's Danny Rose and Southampton's Ryan Bertrand are under consideration.

    Bertrand, 31, spent nine years with Chelsea before signing for Southampton in 2014, and is a player the Blues will be familiar with.

    Rose meanwhile has been left without a squad number at Spurs and saw a move to Italian side Genoa fall through during the transfer window.

  • Daniel Brookes

    BLUE DE ROON

    Chelsea could target Atalanta midfielder Marten de Roon next summer, according to the Express.

    The Dutchman will be available on a free transfer in 2021, with his contract in Bergamo due to expire next summer and he would represent a cheaper option to the Blues' top midfield target Declan Rice.

    De Roon, 29, has previously played in the Premier League for Middlesbrough in the 2016-17 season.

    Chelsea have also shown interest in Nice midfielder Danilo, 24, who is also in the final year of his contract.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    SunSport can reveal that West Ham face having to double Declan Rice’s salary in a new deal after managing to the keep the England star at the club for another season.

    Chelsea were desperate to sign the 21-year-old this summer but gave up without lodging a formal bid after the Hammers made it clear they wanted at least £80million for the midfielder.

    Yet having retained the services of the player and made it clear he was their prized asset, West Ham now need to reward him with a contract that recognises his standing as the best player at London Stadium.

    Rice is two years into a five-and-a-half-year contract, which saw him move from £3,000-a-week up to £60,000-a-week — a package co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold initially baulked at paying.

    Meanwhile, former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is reportedly being lined up by Fiorentina after his Juventus exit.

    The Turin giants brutally sacked Sarri in August even though he led them to Serie A glory after a tense battle with Inter Milan and Lazio.

    And Tuttomercatoweb claims he is now in Fiorentina’s sights after their poor start to the new campaign.

    And finally, Chelsea are set to be without Edouard Mendy for next week's clash against Southampton after the goalkeeper picked up a thigh injury.

    On Friday, it was confirmed that the 28-year-old had left the Senegal national team camp.

    The news leaves Mendy as a huge doubt for the Blues' game at home to the Saints on October 17.

  • Joe Brophy

    RI SMILE

    Exclusive by Duncan Wright: West Ham face having to double Declan Rice’s salary in a new deal after managing to the keep the England star at the club for another season.

    Chelsea were desperate to sign the 21-year-old this summer but gave up without lodging a formal bid after the Hammers made it clear they wanted at least £80million for the midfielder.

    Yet having retained the services of the player and made it clear he was their prized asset, West Ham now need to reward him with a contract that recognises his standing as the best player at London Stadium.

    Rice is two years into a five-and-a-half-year contract, which saw him move from £3,000-a-week up to £60,000-a-week — a package co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold initially baulked at paying.

  • Joe Brophy

    TIME TO KEP UP

    Chelsea are set to be without Edouard Mendy for next week's clash against Southampton after the goalkeeper picked up a thigh injury.

    On Friday, it was confirmed that the 28-year-old had left the Senegal national team camp.

    The news leaves Mendy as a huge doubt for the Blues' game at home to Southampton on October 17.

    A Senegal statement read: “Mendy sustained an injury to the right thigh that occurred during the training session on Wednesday, October 07, 2020 and has undergone a medical examination at the hospital in Rabat.

    “Edouard Mendy has also left the group this afternoon to return to his club where he will undergo further examinations.

    “The Senegalese Football Federation wishes him a speedy recovery.”

  • Joe Brophy

    IN THE GAME

    Chelsea star's have been discussing their player ratings for FIFA 21.

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    Happy #FIFAFriday Blues fans! #FIFA21 is out now @EASPORTSFIFA 🔵🎮 #CFC #Chelsea

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  • Joe Brophy

    FEELING BLUE

    Chelsea left-back Baba Rahman is reportedly a target for Derby County, Watford and Middlesbrough.

    The Daily Mail claim the Championship trio are all keen on the Ghana international, who joined the Blues from Augsburg in a £14million deal five years ago.

    The 26-year-old has had loan spells with Schalke, Reims and Real Mallorca.

  • Joe Brophy

    LEIC IS MORE

    Leicester were the ONLY club to vote against proposals to charge fans an extra £14.95 to watch Premier League games in the coming weeks.

    Premier League sides – who have just spent £1.24BILLION in the transfer market – have agreed to put 15 matches behind an extra paywall.

    Leicester fans welcomed news of their club turning down the offer but, like many others, were left fuming with the decision.

    Twitter user Amar wrote: “Absolute farce the price for them but at least you stood up for us, shame other clubs didn’t join.”

    While Ella commented: “As the only voters against it I think Leicester's games should be free.”

    And another fan tweeted: “Absolute joke.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BOX TO BOX

    Football fans are set for a different kind of live match experience if they decide to shell out £14.95 to watch a single Premier League game on TV.

    The controversial announcement was made on Friday, allowing punters to still view every game while they remain banned from grounds.

    But for matches not being screened by either Sky or BT, fans will have to dig into their pockets and shell out nearly £15 on a pay-per-view basis via Sky Sports and BT Sport Box Office.

    And the new format will also take a different style on the screen too.

    Games on will begin broadcasting just ten minutes before kick-off.

    And there will be NO pundits for analysis before, during or after.

    However, there will still be the usual full Sky Sports nine-camera coverage, giving fans every view needed for an enjoyable experience.

    And all games will have commentary too.

  • Joe Brophy

    BOX SETS

    Premier League games to be shown on Box Office for £14.95 have been revealed.

    Top flight bosses announced today that a total of nine games from now to the end of October will be on Sky Sports and BT Sport PPV channels.

    And the first one to be shown for a fee will be Chelsea's clash against Southampton at 3pm on Saturday, October 17 on BT Sport Box Office.

  • Joe Brophy

    MAUR PLEASE

    Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is reportedly being lined up by Fiorentina after his Juventus exit.

    The Turin giants brutally sacked Sarri in August even though he led them to Serie A glory after a tense battle with Inter Milan and Lazio.

    And Tuttomercatoweb claims he is now in Fiorentina’s sights after their poor start to the new campaign.

  • Joe Brophy

    KEEP CALM AND KEPA ON

    Chelsea outcast Kepa is set for a return to the starting XI after his replacement Edouard Mendy got injured on international duty.

    Senegalese stopper Mendy picked up a thigh injury training with his country on Wednesday which could see the Spaniard step back into Frank Lampard's side.

    Former Rennes man Mendy, 28, will miss his country's upcoming games against Morocco and Mauritania and is reportedly heading back to West London to recover at Cobham.

    And if the injury is serious enough to keep him out beyond the international break, Lampard will be forced to choose between reinstating Kepa and giving Willy Caballero a shot.

  • Joe Brophy

    CHIL OUT

    Ben Chilwell will miss England's game against Belgium through illness.

    The Chelsea left-back has only just joined England's 'bubble' after he broke coronavirus guidelines by attending Tammy Abraham's surprise birthday party at the weekend.

    But he is now out of the Three Lions' next game, with a non-Covid related illness, according to Sky Sports.

  • Joe Brophy

    RUSS OF BLOOD

    Chelsea are sending Victor Moses on loan to Spartak Moscow, according to reports.

    The Nigerian is free to leave the Blues after finishing his loan stint at Inter Milan.

    Antonio Conte's side opted against bringing him back to the San Siro despite making 20 appearances in the second half of last season.

    According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Spartak have made their move as the Russian transfer window is still open.

    It will be the 29-year-old's sixth spell away from Chelsea after joining the club in January 2013.

  • Joe Brophy

    BOX OFFICE

    Football fans are up in arms over the Premier League's decision to charge £14.95 to watch games.

    Gary Neville slammed the top flight for its 'really bad move' while others proclaimed 'football is dead' after the announcement.

    Another person wrote: “£14.95 to watch it on ‘box office’. Glad to see where the clubs priorities lie. They should be doing everything to get fans back in grounds. And doing everything to keep fans involved & engaged until they can. Football is dead.”

    A fellow user fumed: “If you’re a Newcastle United fan: season ticket already paid for. Pubs closed in the north east so can't watch football there. £14.95 per game on PL PPV.

    “Scandalous lack of consideration for fans already going through it.”

  • Kiro Evans

    ANOTHER BLUES LOAN

    Accrington Stanley have signed Chelsea keeper Nathan Baxter on a season long loan.

    The 21-year-old stopper will be looking to get some regular footy down in League 1.

  • Kiro Evans

    OLD GAFFER SUCCESS

    Carlo Ancelotti has won the Manager of the Month award after Everton's fantastic 100% start to the season.

    It's the Italian's first MotM award since April 2011, when he was still Chelsea boss.

    I think it's fair to say Ancelotti is still close to Blues fans' hearts after his successful two-year stint.

  • Kiro Evans

    MAKE THE MOS OF IT

    Victor Moses is heading to Russia on loan, reports say.

    The transfer window is still open there and it is believed Spartak Moscow will be the 29-year-old's destination.

    Moses was linked to Inter during the European window but nothing materialised in time.

  • Kiro Evans

    GOOD NEWS

    Early reports suggest Mendy's injury, picked up on international duty, isn't too bad…

    He is now on his way back to London.

  • Kiro Evans

    RATE THIS

    The Chelsea players have been reacting to their new FIFA21 ratings – and not everyone is entirely pleased.

    Unsurprisingly, N'golo Kante is the voice of reason, encouraging his teammates not to “take it too seriously” with his trademark smile.

  • Kiro Evans

    OL IN GOOD TIME

    Olivier Giroud has admitted he cannot rule out a January move after featuring just once for Chelsea in four Premier League games.

    The Frenchman does not see a return to his country of birth but is open to other options.

    He told RMC Sport: “I’ve been close to moving to Serie A.”

    “They appreciated experienced players there, but the transfer didn’t materialise.

    “For the future we will see what happens. I will decide by evaluating the opportunities I will have.

    “I’m not ruling out anything, but for now I don’t see me returning to Ligue 1.

    “I’d like to play at the highest level in Europe for another two or three years, then maybe I’ll go to the United States.”

  • Kiro Evans

    TV BOOST FOR FANS

    PREM clubs are today poised to agree to non-televised matches being available to all fans, Martin Lipton writes.

    But supporters will have to pay to watch with the matches only available through a special subscription service.

    Ever since the Prem’s restart in June, all matches have been available through one of the Prem’s four broadcast partners – Sky, BT, Amazon prime and the BBC.

    With fans locked out, the clubs felt they had no option to ensure supporters were able to watch their teams in action.

    But there are concerns that the two main broadcasters’ patience over the loss of their prized exclusivity is not boundless and that there could be a knock-on impact with the companies demanding a further rebate.

    Prem clubs already face having to pay back £330m over the next two seasons as a result of the pandemic and a further cut in income would be a savage blow.

  • Kiro Evans

    NOT A-LONE

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek became Chelsea's latest player to leave the club on loan a few days ago, joining a long list of his teammates.

    Blues fans will likely be keeping an eye on these lot to see how they progress throughout the season.

    Michy Batshuayi, who returned for another loan at Crystal Palace last month, scored in Belgium's 1-1 draw with the Ivory Coast last night.

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