5.15pm Chelsea news LIVE: Havertz £70m transfer bid, Kante returns to full training, Werner and Chilwell LATEST – The Sun

5.15pm Chelsea news LIVE: Havertz £70m transfer bid, Kante returns to full training, Werner and Chilwell LATEST – The Sun

June 9, 2020

CHELSEA prepared for their Premier League return with a behind-closed-doors friendly among themselves at the weekend.

And they are closing in on a German double deal with Timo Werner and Kai Havertz both being targeted, while N'Golo Kante has handed Frank Lampard a welcome boost by returning to full training.

Follow all the latest updates and transfer gossip from the Bridge below…

  • SEE YOU ZOU-N?

    Jose Mourinho wants Tottenham’s top bods to help him seal a summer swoop for Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, according to reports.

    The Spurs boss, who landed Zouma for the Blues during his time in charge of the club, hopes to reunite with the player he bought for £12million.

    The France centre-back, who’s been a part of the Blues squad since joining from Saint Etienne in 2014, enjoyed two successful loan spells at Stoke and Everton.

    Although Frank Lampard made more use of the 25-year-old’s defensive talents this season, the player looks to be heading for the Stamford Bridge exit.

    Media outlets in France claim Mourinho has been in talks with Tottenham’s board over a possible move for Zouma.

  • LOFT-ED PASS

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek is continuing his comeback from injury.

    The Chelsea midfielder can be seen here in action against Billy Gilmour, who he will go up against for a place in Frank Lampard's side.

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    Ready to go when the time comes! #X19 @adidasfootball

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  • FULL KANT-ACT

    N’Golo Kante is back in full contact training with Chelsea.

    The news is a huge boost for Blues boss Frank Lampard, who feared being without the World Cup winning-midfielder for much of the season end due to his concerns over coronavirus.

    Kante took part in contact training sessions on Monday and Tuesday, say The Telegraph.

    He previously had been training in isolation after expressing his fears about contracting Covid-19.

    But his future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain owing to Lampard's interest in Kai Havertz.

    Kante had previously been granted compassionate leave by Chelsea bosses and it was originally not known when he would return.

  • WERN-ING SHOT

    The Frank Lampard revolution at Chelsea is set to gather pace this summer, with the Blues in the market for a number of star acquisitions.

    Having secured Hakim Ziyech for next season back in February, and with the announcement of Timo Werner's arrival believed to be imminent, Chelsea could be a frightening prospect for their title-rivals next season.

  • BLUEPRINT FOR EXITS?

    Sky Sports' Anton Toloui makes a good point about Chelsea's attacking overload if they sign Havertz.

  • HAVERTZ LATEST

    SunSport's Duncan Wright has tweeted about the Kai Havertz transfer situation at Chelsea.

  • HE WASN'T MY BEST FRIEND AFTER

    This Twitter exchange over Mason Mount's infamous scaring of Declan Rice is hilarious.

  • LAMPARD’S RECRUITMENT ‘ON POINT’

    Crouch continued: “I watched quite a bit of [Werner] last year in the Champions League and I was impressed every time I saw him.

    “He’s a top, top player and he’s scored a lot of goals and I think he will be a huge addition.

    “It looked like he was going to Liverpool and I thought he would be perfect for Liverpool, so that’s a shame that they missed out on him.

    “But I feel like Chelsea are building something here and I think Frank’s doing a good job, the recruitment looks like it’s on-point, so they look like they’re going in the right direction.”

  • THEY CAN PAIR UP

    Peter Crouch thinks Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner can play together up front for Chelsea, as well as in competition for the centre-forward spot at Stamford Bridge.

    He told talkSPORT: “I think [Werner] can play off Tammy Abraham, I think he’s got that much ability.

    “Obviously he can play through the middle but he definitely can play on the wings as well so I don’t think it will affect [Abraham] too much.

    “I think Tammy’s done enough to warrant his choice as No1 striker at the minute and I think they’ll complement each other if anything.”

  • YIPPIE KAI EH!

    Here is Kai Havertz's player card, for those wondering about his Fifa rating…

  • ICYMI – MORE ON HAVERTZ

    Chelsea are now ready to go head-to-head with Manchester United in a £70million battle for Kai Havertz.

    Boss Frank Lampard has the Bayer Leverkusen winger in his sights as he looks to continue building his squad for next season.

    Incoming striker Timo Werner has not even put pen to paper on a five year contract and Lampard is already casting his transfer net again.

    Although he will have to sell big as well to balance the squad and the books if he does succeed in landing the hottest young player in Germany.

    Chelsea have beaten Liverpool to the punch to land Werner in a £54million move which they hope will be completed by the end of this week.

    This adds to the £38m spent on wideman Hakim Ziyech who agreed a move back in February from Ajax.

  • GERSON OF THE YEAR

    Chelsea are reportedly chasing Flamengo's £30m-rated midfielder Gerson.

    Frank Lampard is set to continue his squad overhaul this summer having already made some big moves.

    Ajax ace Hakim Zyech's £33m move has already been agreed, while the Blues are also believed to be close to bringing in RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner for £54m.

    Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Kai Havertz is believed to be their next big transfer target.

    But according to Fox News, Gerson is also interesting the Londoners.

    Borussia Dortmund are also chasing the 23-year-old, who is the most expensive Brazilian player to be signed by a Brazilian club.

  • ONE IN, ONE OUT

    Frank Lampard will have to work under a one-in, one-out transfer policy to reshape his Chelsea squad.

    The Blues have already signed Hakim Ziyech for next season with RB Leipzig hotshot Timo Werner thought to be on the way.

    And with attempts to sign another Bundesliga ace, Kai Havertz, stepping up it is understood every acquisition must be matched by a sale.

    Having famously spent nothing in January despite successfully cutting down their Fifa transfer ban, the Stamford Bridge club are still looking to recoup some of this summer's spree through sales.

    A total of £90million will go on Ziyech and Werner, who could arrive as out-of-contract pair Willian and Pedro depart.

    The spending means Lampard will have to trim the numbers and recoup some money to finance his transfer plans.

  • GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Chelsea are now ready to go head-to-head with Manchester United in a £70million battle for Kai Havertz.

    Boss Frank Lampard has the Bayer Leverkusen winger in his sights as he looks to continue building his squad for next season.

    Incoming striker Timo Werner has not even put pen to paper on a five year contract and Lampard is already casting his transfer net again.

    Although he will have to sell big as well to balance the squad and the books if he does succeed in landing the hottest young player in Germany.

    Meanwhile, Tino Anjorin has signed a new five-year Chelsea contract amid the coronavirus crisis.

    The young attacking midfielder has been at the club since he was six years old.

    Anjorin broke into the first team earlier this season and was wanted by Man Utd, Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.

    He can play in midfield, as a striker or on either wing, and could fill the void left behind by Pedro and Willian.

    Finally, Michael Owen has hailed Chelsea’s capture of RB Leipzig star Timo Werner – and has compared him to prime Fernando Torres.

    Owen told Premier League productions: “The Bundesliga is a very strong league and you would say that he can translate that.

    “He does it at international level as well. I’ve been watching him quite closely since the restart and he’s already started scoring goals, he’s very quick, can cut in from wide, times his runs brilliantly and he’s very direct as well, straight at the goal, a bit like Torres.

    “I don’t think he plays exactly the same but I always used to feel that Torres would take that first touch and then be motoring forward. I like him a lot.

    “I’m sure Liverpool wanted him but maybe the financial implications and where we’re standing in the world at the moment put them off… but I’m pretty sure they wanted him.”

  • HAV A GO

    Chelsea are now ready to go head-to-head with Manchester United in a £70million battle for Kai Havertz.

    Boss Frank Lampard has the Bayer Leverkusen winger in his sights as he looks to continue building his squad for next season.

    Incoming striker Timo Werner has not even put pen to paper on a five year contract and Lampard is already casting his transfer net again.

    Although he will have to sell big as well to balance the squad and the books if he does succeed in landing the hottest young player in Germany.

  • WATCH AND WERN

    Michael Owen has hailed Chelsea’s capture of RB Leipzig star Timo Werner – and has compared him to prime Fernando Torres.

    Owen told Premier League productions: “The Bundesliga is a very strong league and you would say that he can translate that.

    “He does it at international level as well. I’ve been watching him quite closely since the restart and he’s already started scoring goals, he’s very quick, can cut in from wide, times his runs brilliantly and he’s very direct as well, straight at the goal, a bit like Torres.

    “I don’t think he plays exactly the same but I always used to feel that Torres would take that first touch and then be motoring forward. I like him a lot.

    “I’m sure Liverpool wanted him but maybe the financial implications and where we’re standing in the world at the moment put them off… but I’m pretty sure they wanted him.”

  • STRONG COLL

    Stan Collymore believes Timo Werner’s move to Chelsea works out for all parties – including Liverpool.

    He told The Mirror: “The deal to take Timo Werner to Chelsea is a perfect arrangement for all concerned.

    Perfect for the player, perfect for the Blues, perfect for RB Leipzig, who are trousering £53million, and perfect for Liverpool as well.

    He’s a good, solid striker with promise — an all-rounder who holds the ball up well, is mobile, gets into the box and scores goals.

    But the Liverpool fans sobbing about missing out on him can spare me the tears because he’s not Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo and the way some have reacted, you’d be forgiven for thinking he was some sort of reincarnation of both.”

  • MARCSMAN

    Marcos Alonso “liked” a tweet criticising Chelsea's transfer interest in left-back target Ben Chilwell.

    The tweet read: “This guy can go on about Chilwell for 140 seconds and forgets to mention: – less goal contributions than Marcos Alonso, whos (sic) started FOURTEEN matches less than Chilwell. Less chances created/90 than MA. Less clean sheets/90 than MA. Less tackles won/90 than MA.”

    Screenshots on Twitter revealed Alonso liked the tweet supporting his stats, though the Spaniard has since unliked the post.

  • ANDY ADVICE

    Ander Herrera reckons Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are key to Man Utd’s future success.

    But the trio can first give Utd a boost in the current top four hunt against Chelsea and Arsenal.

    Herrera, now at PSG, told The Athletic: “They have the quality to be among the top 10 in the world.

    “Why do we admire Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, or Hazard, who I also think is one of the best in the world?

    “We admire them because they keep that form for a long time.

    “If they do it, they will become… maybe not Messi or Cristiano, because they are unique in the history of football… but they can be top five or top 10.

    “But they have to do it for a long time and keep it up.

    “It is the same for Paul [Pogba]. Rashford is on his way to doing it. And Paul can be the best midfielder in the world if he keeps playing those games where we are all amazed by him.

    “But to keep it at that level is the most difficult thing in football. To keep at it Sunday-Wednesday-Saturday, every time.

    “If those three can do that, Manchester United will win the Premier League soon, for sure.”

  • ‘NO HESITATION’

    Tino Anjorin has revealed why he snubbed Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City and Borussia Dortmund to stay at Chelsea.

    He said: “It’s a brilliant feeling. I’ve been at the club since I was six so to get to this stage and then be offered a five-year contract is amazing.

    “I had no hesitation but to take it straight away because to play for the club I always dreamed of playing for is really special to me.

    “I’ve been at Chelsea for so long so it feels really special to get this new long contract.

    “It gives me a few years to keep developing and try to push into the first team.

    “I still have a lot of hard work to do to get there but hopefully I can do it and inspire the next group of youngsters coming through.”

  • TINO TIME

    Tino Anjorin has signed a new five-year Chelsea contract amid the coronavirus crisis.

    The young attacking midfielder has been at the club since he was six years old.

    Anjorin broke into the first team earlier this season and was wanted by Man Utd, Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.

    He can play in midfield, as a striker or on either wing, and could fill the void left behind by Pedro and Willian.

  • LEFT-BACK AND CHIL

    Man City are set to battle it out with Chelsea to try and sign Ben Chilwell this summer, according to reports.

    According to The Telegraph, Pep Guardiola is likely to have another look at Chilwell for a summer move if he decides a left-back is needed.

    Benjamin Mendy has been plagued by injuries since arriving at the Etihad in 2017 while Oleksandr Zinchenko could be pushed further forward into a midfield role.

    It is also understood, though, that Frank Lampard made Chilwell a transfer priority for the upcoming window.

    With Marcos Alonso and Emerson both struggling to impress this season, a new left-back is certainly on the wish list.

  • LIVE A LITTLE

    Liverpool are two wins away from winning the title – and no one will be able to claim they have paid their way to the top.

    New statistics show Manchester City's net spend over the last five years is nearly six times more than Liverpool's.

  • BATS AWAY

    Chelsea misfit Michy Batshuayi is a target for Newcastle and West Ham.

    The Mirror claims Frank Lampard is ready to offload the Belgian this summer as he closes in on a deal for RB Leipzig's Timo Werner.

    Batshuayi has failed to make the grade at Stamford Bridge in four years.

    And his time in west London now looks to be coming to an end.

  • YOU'D NEED A MIRA-CLE

    Miralem Pjanic looks set to reject a switch to Chelsea and try to force a move to Barcelona instead, reports claim.

    The £40million Bosnian midfielder is believed to have shunned offers from Stamford Bridge and Paris Saint Germain, according to Marca.

    Barcelona and Juventus are currently bartering over transfer costs for the wantaway Serie A star.

    And Juve have rejected the Nou Camp club’s offer of Arthur Melo as part of a deal.

    The Italian giants understand it could be hard to keep hold of Pjanic and want to get as high a price as possible from a potential sale.

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