7am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Kai Havertz transfer LATEST, Hakim Ziyech spotted at Norwich game, Kante injury update – The Sun

7am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Kai Havertz transfer LATEST, Hakim Ziyech spotted at Norwich game, Kante injury update – The Sun

July 15, 2020

CHELSEA strengthened their grip on third place with a 1-0 midweek victory over Chelsea.

Off the pitch the Blues are hoping to follow up their signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner with Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz.

And N'Golo Kante is hoping to fit for their FA Cup semi-final against Man City at the weekend, with Billy Gilmour recovering from knee surgery.

Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from Stamford Bridge here…

  • MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Frank Lampard insists he will be patient with his under-performing Chelsea side after a tight 1-0 win over bottom side Norwich put them four points clear in third place.

    Olivier Giroud's headed clincher in first-half stoppage time was a rare clear chance as the Blues failed to impress despite dominating possession.

    And boss Lampard told Sky Sports:  “At this stage of the season results are critical and we didn't concede any chances of note to let them score.

    “We have done it in parts this season but if we want to move on, it needs to be better.”

    Meanwhile, matchwinner Giroud said: “I missed some things that I wouldn't miss usually but maybe I lost a bit of confidence.”

    Chelsea's top remaining transfer target, Kai Havertz, has reportedly claimed he would still be open to moving if suitors miss out on qualifying for the Champions League.

    The BBC say Bayer Leverkusen's Germany attacker, 21, is mainly interested in the clubs' long-term ambitions.

    Midfielder N'Golo Kante hopes to be fit to return in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City.

    And Blues' schemer Billy Gilmour is said to be recovering well from knee surgery that could keep him out for a few months. 

  • LAMPS: MUST BLUE BETTER

    Frank Lampard has told Chelsea they must improve if they want to challenge the top two nest season.

    After Olivier Giroud's header saw off lowly Norwich in an unconvincing 1-0 win, the Blues boss told Sky Sports:“At this stage of the season results are critical and we didn't concede any chances of note to let them score.

    “We have done it in parts this season but if we want to move on, it needs to be better.”

    Meanwhile, Giroud said: “I missed some things that I wouldn't miss usually but maybe I lost a bit of confidence.”

  • CHELSEA 4 POINTS CLEAR OF FOXES, UTD

    Third-placed Chelsea dominated possession but were otherwise a bit edgy as they beat bottom side Norwich 1-0 to move four points clear of Leicester and Manchester United.

    Oliver Giroud nodded the winner deep in first-half stoppage time.

    Chelsea's last two games are at Liverpool next Wednesday (July 22nd) and at home to Wolves four days later.

  • F/T: CHELSEA 1 NORWICH 0

    BLUES CEMENT THIRD SPOT

  • HAK'S AT THE BRIDGE

    New Chelsea midfielder Hakim Ziyech is watching the clash with Norwich from the Stamford Bridge stands.

    The Morocco star has already training at Cobham after his £36million arrival from Ajax.

  • CHELSEA 1 NORWICH 0 – BLUES LOOKING COMFORTABLE

    Norwich have barely threatened in the second half as the game enters the final 20 minutes.

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek, quietly effective but far from spectacular tonight, has just been replaced by fellow England midfielder Ross Barkley as Chelsea look for extra impetus.

    To follow all the action click on our match blog HERE.

  • H'T: CHELSEA 1 NORWICH 0

    Olivier Giroud's header three minutes into stoppage time gives the Blues' a deserved edge at the interval.

    To follow all the action click on our match blog HERE.

  • CHELSEA VS NORWICH – UNDER WAY NOW

    To follow all the action click on our match blog HERE.

  • TEN MINUTES UNTIL KICK-OFF

  • UTD AND CHELSEA STILL ON COURSE

    Gary Neville still believes Chelsea and United will pip Leicester to a top four spot.

    Despite Southampton's last-gasp equaliser earning a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford on Monday night, Neville told Sky Sports: “You would say at this moment in time Manchester United and Chelsea are still favourites.

    “But that result against Southampton will just put a seed of doubt in their minds that wasn't there before.”

    “I think Wolves and Sheffield United are too far off. I just can't see the three above them making the mistakes that they would need to jump up.”

    United are currently in fifth on goal difference.”

  • TONIGHT'S TEAMS

    Here are the line-ups and expected formations for Chelsea vs Norwich.

  • CHELSEA VS NORWICH: BUILD-UP AND MATCH COVERAGE

    We've got a dedicated blog for tonight's Premier League game as Chelsea aim to move four points clear of fourth-placed Leicester by beating the doomed Canaries.

    Click HERE for all the latest developments and action.

  • CHELSEA VS NORWICH – EARLY TEAM NEWS

    As Frank Lampard's men host the bottom side,, Chelsea's main absentee will be midfield anchorman N'Golo Kante .

    Centre-back Andreas Christensen seems to have shaken off a knock that saw him taken off midway through Saturday's 3-0 humbling at Sheffield United.

    For Norwich, Ondrej Duda has returned to parent club parent club Hertha Berlin.

    Also out are Moritz Leitner, Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmermann and Sam Byram.

  • NO GO FOR CANARIES CLASH

    Midfielder N'Golo Kante will still be missing for tonight's home clash with relegated Norwich.

    The French World Cup winner is still nursing a hamstring issue, but could be fit for the weekend's FA Cup semi-final.

    Lampard will also be without Fikayo Tomori and Billy Gilmour – although Andreas Christensen is set to be passed fit despite having to come off at half-time against Sheffield United.

  • KAI'S A CHIEF TARGET

    Kai Havertz will reportedly remain open to joining Chelsea even if they miss out on a Champions League spot.

    BBC Sport claims the Bayer Leverkusen star, 21, does not consider participation in next season’s competition essential to deciding his next step.

    Instead, Havertz is said to prefer joining a club based on their long-term plans for the future, with Champions League football next term purely an added bonus.

    That’s a huge boost for Frank Lampard, who is desperate to add Havertz to his ranks this summer.

    Chelsea are in a three-way race for two Champions League spots with Leicester and Manchester United with just three games remaining.

  • BRIDGE INTO KOREA

    Martyn Williams, a researcher who monitors North Korean TV, has explained the league’s latest territorial breakthrough.

    He told Pen News: “Liverpool and Man United seem to get more exposure.

    “The last five games shown, for example, were: Liverpool v Man United, Man United v Norwich, Man City v Everton, Liverpool v Wolves, and Man City v Man United.

    He added: “[It is] pretty much the only foreign content on air right now. This is interesting because it's a new window on the world for North Koreans.”

  • FOOTBALL'S COMMIE HOME

    The Premier League has long succeeded in taking English football to some far-off lands, now including North Korea.

    While citizens would be risking a death sentence to indulge in foreign films, there is now no punishment for catching an English top-flight match.

    The separatist country’s communist leaders are said to have switched on the Premier League’s broadcasts late last year.

    And North-West rivals Manchester United and Liverpool are making early strides as the region’s most popular teams.

  • COUT ME IN

    Barcelona have reportedly offered Philippe Coutinho to Arsenal and Newcastle as they look to fund a move for Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez.

    Goal claims Brazilian flop Coutinho, 28, who was also linked wiht Chelsea, has no future at the Nou Camp after returning from an unsuccessful loan at Bayern Munich.

    He has failed to replicate the form that saw Barca pay £110million to Liverpool in 2018.

    And with Real Madrid set to reclaim the La Liga title, Catalan chiefs are ready to axe Coutinho as they eye a spending spree this summer.

    Inter Milan striker Martinez, 22, is Barcelona’s top target after a move to re-sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain was ruled out.

    And no less than NINE players are set to be sacrificed to bring in crucial transfer funds.

    But the Gunners would struggle t finance the deal, while Newcastle are still sweating over their potential £300m Saudi takeover.

  • BILLY OP OK

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has delivered a positive update on teenage midfielder Billy Gilmour's surgery.

    He said: “With Billy it did go well.

    “He was in at the training ground on Sunday on his crutches. So it went as well as it possibly could and now he’s going to keep his feet up. His mum’s coming down to help him, probably cook and clean and all those things.

    “I’m sure his mum and dad will be there to do that. Like I said when he got injured, I’m confident with Billy he’ll do everything right and let’s hope that he comes back as soon as possible.”

  • THE WRIGHT STUFF

    Ian Wright has backed Chelsea new-boy Hakim Ziyech to thrive at Stamford Bridge.

    The Arsenal legend told Premier League Productions: “The thing with Ziyech is that he’s one of those creative players and when you watch Chelsea, especially at home, I think they were expecting a bit more for their creative players.

    And then because of what Eden Hazard did for them, they had one particular player who in that role could make something happen.

    “I think it’s a brilliant signing. If he can hit anywhere near the form [he’s shown for Ajax] it’s a fantastic signing.”

  • TALKING A GOOD GAME

    Chelsea manager Frank Lampard wants his players to be more vocal on the pitch, having “only heard Sheffield United voices” during Saturday's 3-0 defeat.

    He said: “It’s something I picked up before, something I talk about with the players and one of the easiest things to do on the pitch – to help your teammates by being vocal.

    “We don’t have enough of it, for sure. We have to get better and it’s something I drill into the players, particularly now where you can hear it because the stadiums feel different.

    “You can be as quiet as you want off the pitch – we have some quiet players who keep themselves to themselves – but they must come out of that on the pitch. They must demand the ball, otherwise the game can pass you by.

    “They must have character to talk to people around them and where we are young we have to improve. Maybe as the players grow into themselves a little bit, I keep telling them, the staff keep telling them, hopefully that message will hit home. But sometimes it’s not that easy when players are generally quiet.”

  • BLUE SWOON

    Chelsea have had some great home wins over Norwich down the years, so let's take a little look at a particularly enjoyable one for Blues fans back in 2012.

  • WHAT ZIYECH?

    Frank Lampard has dismissed the possibility of players getting unsettled by Chelsea's big-money acquisitions potentially coming to take their places.

    The Blues manager said: “If players come in, that should be the nature of the beast playing for Chelsea. It shouldn’t be a problem for anyone.”

  • FRANKLY SPEAKING

    Chelsea manager Frank Lampard expects “a reaction” tonight against Norwich City after the 3-0 humbling at Sheffield United last week.

    He said: “I do expect a reaction. I always felt that with the squad that we have, with the players that were on loan and are young, that there would be tough times this season. It’s important not to wallow in the pit of 'Oh my God, we lost 3-0 to Sheffield United'.

    “The important thing now is how we react and I expect that from the players tonight. We have big personalities, there’ll be big personalities in the team tonight.

    “They need to stand up, they need to show the quality that they’ve shown for big parts of the season. I trust that they will do and because we’re at the business end it’s very important that they do.”

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