7am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Edouard Mendy bid ACCEPTED, Giroud wants to stay, Rice LATEST, Lampard on Brighton – The Sun

7am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Edouard Mendy bid ACCEPTED, Giroud wants to stay, Rice LATEST, Lampard on Brighton – The Sun

September 12, 2020

CHELSEA are close to securing the signature of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes.

The Blues are hopeful of landing the stopper ahead of their season opener against Brighton on Monday night.

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Get all the latest transfer gossip and updates from Stamford Bridge…

  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    The Blues have had a bid for Edouard Mendy ACCEPTED by Stade Rennais.

    The keeper is ready to fly to London to complete his deal, with personal terms already agreed.

    According to Fabrizio Romano, he is heading to London to have his medical.

    Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud is reportedly ready to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place having NOT held talks with Juventus.

    The Frenchman, 33, will compete with new signing Timo Werner, 24, and Tammy Abraham, 22, at Stamford Bridge next season.

    It led to reports in Italy suggesting he had agreed a two-year deal with Juventus, who have stalled in negotiations to sign Luis Suarez, 33, from Barcelona.

    But according to The Athletic, Giroud wants to remain a Blue and has not been in contact with the Serie A champions.

    It is claimed the World Cup winner understands his role as a senior leader at the club and wants to stay and challenge for the Premier League title this season.

    And finally, Chelsea are reportedly considering letting Callum Hudson-Odoi could leave the club on loan.

    90min claim the Blues have informed the England winger has been informed that he could be sent out to secure game time after the arrival of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.

    The report adds that Frank Lampard has been left unimpressed by Hudson Odoi's attitude and performances in training this summer.

  • BLUE IS THE COLOUR

    Dimitar Berbatov has predicted Chelsea to romp to a 4-0 win over Brighton on the season opener.

    He told Betfair: “First game for Lampard’s new signings, everyone will expect them to win, and I am no different. I think they could get off to a brilliant start here.”

  • OD DECISION

    Chelsea are reportedly considering letting Callum Hudson-Odoi could leave the club on loan.

    90min claim the Blues have informed the England winger has been informed that he could be sent out to secure game time after the arrival of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.

    The report adds that Frank Lampard has been left unimpressed by Hudson Odoi's attitude and performances in training this summer.

  • GIROUD AWAKENING

    Olivier Giroud has laughed off rumours linking him with an imminent move to Juventus.

    He told Telefoot: “I was surprised to receive messages from friends this morning telling me about this rumour. That's far from the case; I am a Chelsea player.

    He adds:”It's always good to get the attention of these kinds of clubs, it's flattering.But I remain focused on Chelsea.”

  • BARKING UP THE RIGHT TREE

    Chelsea are reportedly ready to ramp up their pursuit of West Ham star Declan Rice.

    Football Insider claim that the Blues owner Roman Abramovich has given the green light for a deal that is set to include England compatriot Ross Barkley in part-exchange.

    Barkley previously played under Hammers chief David Moyes at Everton and the Scot is said to be keen on a reunion with the £30million midfielder.

  • HAV IT BACK

    Kai Havertz allowed Bayer Leverkusen to KEEP his £9million transfer bonus to ensure he got his move to Chelsea, according to reports.

    The Blues splashed out an initial £72m on the midfielder, 21, last week and new information out of Germany outlines just how keen he was to seal the deal.

    Sport Bild detail how Havertz's interest in joining Chelsea was based around his love of manager Frank Lampard.

    The German is said to have been in contact with the former England star for a number of months.

  • YOU'RE WELCOME

    The Premier League returns this weekend, with a host of new names ready to grace England's top division.

    Established internationals, as well as newly promoted stars will be ready for the action to get underway.

    And they will be cheered on by their stunning partners, who offer just as much glam as they do.

    Meet the Wags ready to take the Prem by storm this season including Sophia Weber, who is the missus of Chelsea signing Kai Havertz

    Check the rest out HERE.

  • ROMAN HERO

    Maren Mjelde hailed Roman Abramovich for leading Chelsea's fight against domestic violence and discrimination ahead of the new season.

    The Russian billionaire, 53, supported the charity Refuge during lockdown, by raising awareness and matching donations made to help the women and children experiencing abuse during the pandemic.

    The cause is said to be very important to the Blues chief and he played a large role in the side donating their £100,000 prize money for winning the Women's Super League title to the charity.

    Chelsea defender Mjelde, 30, said: “We are a leading club when it comes to facing racism and discrimination.

    “Just look how the owner generously helped NHS workers.

    “We donated all our money from our league win. It makes me proud to be part of a big club like Chelsea — also for the values we stand for.

    “Refuge is such an important charity, because it has been a difficult time for families and for people in general.

    “Many families have been at home for so long and people are losing their jobs.

    “Kids didn't have school, which might be their only safe place.

    “There are a lot of things that have probably been going on during lockdown that haven't been good for kids.

    “So, I think the work Chelsea and the owner have done with the charity was a really positive thing.”

  • OL BE BACK

    Olivier Giroud is reportedly ready to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place having NOT held talks with Juventus.

    The Frenchman, 33, will compete with new signing Timo Werner, 24, and Tammy Abraham, 22, at Stamford Bridge next season.

    It led to reports in Italy suggesting he had agreed a two-year deal with Juventus, who have stalled in negotiations to sign Luis Suarez, 33, from Barcelona.

    But according to The Athletic, Giroud wants to remain a Blue and has not been in contact with the Serie A champions.

    It is claimed the World Cup winner understands his role as a senior leader at the club and wants to stay and challenge for the Premier League title this season.

  • PSY-KICK

    Football fans have predicted Liverpool to win a Premier League and FA Cup double… with Harry Kane top scorer.

    A poll of 1,000 followers of the sport found seven in ten have had a hunch about a match that turned out to be spot-on.

    Although the same amount confessed their pre-game predictions often turn out to be well wide of the mark.

    The survey also asked so-called ‘football psychics’ to predict the outcome of the 2020-21 football season – with Liverpool tipped to retain their title – but only just.

    Precisely 24.9 per cent of those polled selected Jurgen Klopp’s Reds to win the league again, compared to 24.2 per cent who think Manchester City will wrestle the crown back.

    As a result of the survey findings, pub company and brewer Greene King has hired an official ‘PSY-KICK’ to help sports fans predict the outcome of the games at one of its London pubs.

    England hero Harry Kane has been tipped to finish the season as the top scorer in the league, according to the OnePoll results.

  • HANDS ON DEC

    West Ham boss David Moyes has dismissed speculation linking Declan Rice with a switch to Chelsea.

    He said: “It was always the plan that there was no intention to lose Declan Rice – we had no bids and no enquiries.

    “I can only tell you what I know, and I wouldn’t have wanted to lose him anyway.

    “He’s so important, a big part of the squad, has been captain already, and is learning a lot about leadership from Mark Noble.

    “I’m hoping in the future we have an incredibly talented footballer with leadership skills and who is motivated to be captain of West Ham.”

  • NO MOUR OR LESS

    Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has agreed with Jurgen Klopp over the Blues lavish spending this summer.

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  • RENN-YAY

    Chelsea have had a bid for Edouard Mendy ACCEPTED by Stade Rennais.

    The keeper is ready to fly to London to complete his deal, with personal terms already agreed.

    According to Fabrizio Romano, he is heading to London to have his medical.

  • BLUES AREN'T GOING TO POTT

    Brighton boss Graham Potter believes Chelsea have unmistakable ambitions of mounting a Premier League title challenge following their hefty summer spending spree.

    The Blues have splashed more than £200million to bring Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Malang Sarr to Stamford Bridge.

    Potter said: “The intention is clear – they want to compete, they want to compete at the top.

    “They had a really good season last year in terms of finishing fourth with an embargo, introducing young players, and still managing to get into a Champions League spot was really good.

    “I am guessing for a club like Chelsea and for somebody like Frank, who has competed at the top for all of his career, that they are going to push on and try to compete for the title.

    “That's pretty much what their intention looks like.

    “They have recruited well, they've got some really good players, they've already got some really good players there so they will be a strong team, no doubt about that.”

  • BACK SEAT DRIVING

    The Premier League has slammed the government for restricting the number of fans allowed to watch matches, with a statement saying:

    With test events now capped at 1,000 supporters, we believe they will not provide any opportunity to properly test and evaluate measures designed to maximise fan safety.

    Therefore, Premier League clubs will defer holding test events until a sufficient number of fans are allowed back to enable thorough trials to take place.

    At 1,000 supporters, not only would there be little to learn from a test event, but each match would be heavily loss-making.

    For each month of the season without fans, more than £100 million is lost to football across the leagues, with consequent damage to the local and national economy.

    It also harms the employment prospects of more than 100,000 people whose jobs depend on matchday activities.

  • 'LIV TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY

    Olivier Giroud is understood to want to stay at Chelsea and fight for first-team football despite interest from Juventus.

    Giroud fired his 40th goal for France in Les Bleus' 4-2 victory over Croatia on Tuesday in warming up for the start of the new Premier League campaign.

    Chelsea have launched a major squad overhaul this summer, shelling out more than £200million on a string of high-profile recruits, not least Germany striker Timo Werner.

    But Giroud remains determined to continue his Stamford Bridge career, according to the Press Association.

    Giroud racked up seven goals in 12 games in all competitions to close last season in style, after football's resumption following the coronavirus lockdown.

    Werner's £53million arrival from RB Leipzig adds further competition alongside England striker Tammy Abraham.

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  • MENDY UPDATE

    The Blues are closing in on their pursuit of keeper Edouard Mendy.

    Chelsea have submitted an official bid, according to Fabrizio Romano, and are confident of getting the deal done.

  • PREDICTED LINE-UPS

    Frank Lampard is ready to give Timo Werner and Kai Havertz their Chelsea debuts this weekend.

    There are no places in SunSport's predicted XI for Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech, who are both injured.

    But Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi could return.

  • TIMO INCOMING

    Here is all you need to know about new Chelsea man Timo Werner.

    Will the new Blues striker be in contention for the Golden Boot this season?

  • NO-GO

    Chelsea have reportedly REJECTED a swap offer for Inter Milan involving Christian Eriksen and Marcelo Brozovic for N’Golo Kante.

    Inter boss Antonio Conte is believed to be desperate to be reunited with the French international at the San Siro and has made him his No1 midfield target.

    And the Serie A side are willing to offload two of their own players in order to bring the ex-Leicester ace to Italy.

    According to the Daily Mail, they have had their bid for Kante knocked back, with the Blues having no interest in either Eriksen or Brozovic.

    It has been claimed that Frank Lampard would rather sell Jorginho ahead of the World Cup winner.

    They add that Chelsea would consider cash bids for Kante, as they look to raise funds in order to prise Declan Rice away from West Ham.

  • FACE FOR TV

    Sky Sports have revealed that Patrice Evra, Roy Keane and Micah Richards will be regular pundits on the sofa this year.

    They will join Gary Neville, Graeme Souness, Jamie Redknapp and Jamie Carragher during matches throughout the season.

    Soccer Saturday will retain regular faces Paul Merson, Chris Kamara, Sue Smith, Clinton Morrison, Alan McInally and Glen Johnson.

    They have also announced studio guests will include Adebayo Akinfenwa, Tim Sherwood, Robbie Fowler and Joleon Lescott.

  • S-KAI HIGH BONUS

    Kai Havertz allowed Bayer Leverkusen to KEEP his £9million transfer bonus to ensure he got his move to Chelsea, according to reports.

    The Blues splashed out an initial £72m on the midfielder, 21, last week and new information out of Germany outlines just how keen he was to seal the deal.

    Sport Bild detail how Havertz's interest in joining Chelsea was based around his love of manager Frank Lampard.

    The German is said to have been in contact with the former England star for a number of months.

    And the transfer came to a head in late August when Chelsea transfer fixer Marina Granovskaia sat down with Bayer Leverkusen bosses in the south of France.

    With the Premier League side happy to pay an initial £72m up front, negotiations became focused on what would trigger the additional bonus payments.

  • BADGE SCRAPPED

    Prem players have agreed to dump the Black Lives Matter slogan in favour of a new anti-racism message.

    The 20 clubs’ skippers confirmed SunSport’s report that the Black Lives Matters logo worn during last season’s restarted campaign will be replaced by the sleeve badge declaring “No Room For Racism”.

    The badge will feature on all players’ and officials’ shirts throughout the season to “act as a constant reminder of the commitment by the Premier League, its clubs, players and PGMOL to eradicate racism”.

    Players will continue to “take a knee” in support of the anti-racism movement, a gesture inspired by the death of American George Floyd at the hands of police in Minnesota earlier this summer.

    Prem bosses met with the club skippers on Thursday afternoon to get their full backing for the change.

    In a statement the League reported: “This initiative will build on the momentum created last season when, in consultation with the players, ‘Black Lives Matter’ appeared on kits for all the games following the restart.”

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