7am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Werner and Havertz were Man Utd targets, Kepa future, Giroud relishing competition – The Sun

7am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Werner and Havertz were Man Utd targets, Kepa future, Giroud relishing competition – The Sun

September 7, 2020

NEW BLUES Kai Havertz and Timo Werner could have been wearing red for the coming season if Manchester United had followed through on their interest.

It ha been reported that the German duo were targets for Man Utd prior to moving to Chelsea – but the Red Devils did not want to pay the huge fee for Havertz faltered in their talks with his compatriot.

Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud has revealed he is relishing the extra competition for places, with new signing Werner now expected to be first-choice for sole striker position as Tammy Abraham also pushes for minutes.

And Kepa's future is being called into question with Frank Lampard hoping to bring in Rennes shot-stopper Edouard Mendy to provide competition in goal.

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  • MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    Chelsea's glamour signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz were reportedly serious targets for Manchester United.

    Blues' boss Frank Lampard made Havertz his seventh summer recruit – for £70million plus £20m add-ons.

    And it's claimed United were in the running for the Bayer Leverkusen star – until both balking at the fee and focusing their attention fully on Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho.

    German newspaper Bild go a step further with Werner – saying that Old Trafford chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer actually held talks with the RB Leipzig striker, in Berlin.

    Liverpool and Manchester City were thought to have been even keener on Werner – before Lampard lured him.

    But current Chelsea frontman Olivier Giroud insists he is unfazed by Werner's arrival, as well as Tammy Abraham too battling for what could be a lone front role.

    French World Cup winner Giroud told Telefoot: “I haven’t spoken to Lampard.

    “One thing is certain: the competition will pull us all to the top. A great club should have different options in each position.

    “We want to be in the race for the title and I’m here. I finished the season well and I proved to the manager that he can count on me.

    “Werner is not the same profile as me, I hope to have some playing time.”

  • RISING SHAR

    Burton have confirmed they will keep 17-year-old Teddy Sharman-Lowe on a season's loan after the keeper joined Chelsea.

    Having only just been promoted to the League One club's first-team for friendliesr, Sharman-Lowe tweeted he was “absolutely speechless” over the move.

    And onBurton's website he added: “It’s brilliant and it has all happened so fast.

    “Burton have developed me so well and now it’s another new beginning and, hopefully, I can develop further with Chelsea.

    “I’m excited to be joining such a great club, especially as they are known for bringing on young players.

    “It has all happened in a flash, from playing for the first team in pre-season, and then joining a top four Premier League contender.”

  • WERNER SPOKE TO UTD

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer held talks with Timo Werner – before the striker joined Chelsea.

    Werner, 24, was subject to interest from a host of Premier League clubs – including champions Liverpool – who wanted to meet his £47.5million release clause.

    According to Bild, United boss Solskjaer travelled to Berlin to try and convince the forward to join Old Trafford.

    City manager Pep Guardiola is also said to have contacted Werner personally in an attempt to prize him over to the blue half of Manchester.

    Ultimately Werner signed for Chelsea in June after Liverpool opted against making a move for the German.

    The player admitted Chelsea boss Frank Lampard played a major role in his choice to pen a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

  • RUDI BIG SHOCK

    Chelsea superstars Timo Werner and Antonio Rudiger played the whole game for Germany but were frustrated as Switzerland earned a shock 1-1 Nations League draw.

    Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan fired the Germans in front on 14 minutes but Silvan Widmer levelled on 57.

  • UTD HOLD CHAMPS CHELSEA

    LEAH GALTON fired a warning to the WSL top dogs with Manchester United's late leveller – after Sam Kerr’s strike for champions Chelsea.

    The Red Devils winger coolly tapped in Jackie Groenen’s low cross on 79 minutes.

    Boss Casey Stoney roared: “It was really pleasing to see my players remove their fear and stand up to Chelsea.

    “I knew it would take every ounce we had as they are a quality side.

    “Some of my players won’t have played against world-class players before and we needed that first 45-minutes to get rid of any anxiety and fear.

    “I’m not a person that likes being locked in, being out there and watching the players and being on the touchline is where I belong. I can’t heap enough credit on my players.”

  • HEAVEN ANEL

    Nicolas Anelka says Chelsea have a “great chance” of winning the Premier League this season after an impressive transfer window.

    Boss Frank Lampard spent around £200million on Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr and Kai Havertz.

    Chelsea finished 33 points behind champions Liverpool last season but Anelka told Stadium Astro: “I think they have a great chance to win the title.

    “It depends on what Liverpool and Manchester City will do as well.

    “But he’s got the quality to finish fourth in the league last season and, with the signings, he’s got the quality to win it.

    “It depends after in terms of the experience of the players whether they are strong enough to race until the end but the quality is in Chelsea as well.

    “So I believe first, second or third. We will see a great Chelsea at the end.

  • TIMO FIRST-HALF BANKS

    Chelsea new boy Timo Werner missed out as Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan bagged the only goal of the openinghalf in Germany's Nations League clash in Switzerland.

    Warner's club-mate Antonio Rudiger lined up in the Germany defence.

  • VIVE LA DIFFERENCE

    Olivier Giroud is relishing the extra competition from Timo Werner, but insists his £53million team-mate is ‘not the same’ as him.

    Chelsea signed 24-year-old German Werner from RB Leipzig in June.

    He told Telefoot: “I haven’t spoken to Lampard.

    “One thing is certain: the competition will pull us all to the top. A great club should have different options in each position.

    “We want to be in the race for the title and I’m here. I finished the season well and I proved to the manager that he can count on me.

    “Werner is not the same profile as me, I hope to have some playing time.”

  • SWITZERLAND VS GERMANY LIVE

    Timo Werner and Antonio Rudiger are in action for Germany as they take on Switzerland in Basel.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE GERMANY VS SWITZERLAND BLOG

  • WE HAV A PROBLEM

    Manchester United refused to match the asking price for Kai Havertz and focused on Jadon Sancho instead.

    The Red Devils were interested in Chelsea’s new signing but viewed Havertz as an alternative to Sancho not an additional signing, according to MEN Sport.

    And the club were put off by Bayer Leverkusen’s hefty £90million price tag.

    The Blues ultimately snared Havertz, 21, on a five-year deal for a cut-price £70m, plus add-ons.

    The deal was Frank Lampard’s SEVENTH summer signing.

  • JT'S MYSTERY SURPRISE

    England have unveiled their mystery player for Soccer Aid.

    And it's none other than Captain, Leader, Legend – John Terry.

    CLICK HERE FOR SUNSPORT'S LIVE COVERAGE OF SOCCER AID

  • CARABAO CUP DRAW

    Chelsea will face Middlesbrough or Barnsley at home in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

    The games will take place on the week commencing September 21.

  • BULLS***

    Bild's story about Mason Mount being unhappy about Kai Havertz's arrival have been denied publicly… by Mason's DAD.

    Tony Mount simply replied with lots of laughing emojis and a straightforward takedown of that one.

  • FYI

    Mason Mount does NOT have a problem with Chelsea signing Kai Havertz.

    Will be interesting to see how this plays out throughout the season.

    Our man Duncan Wright has the latest, after unfounded rumours surfaced suggesting Mount is angry at the Blues' new signing.

  • DONE BY ALV'S

    Juventus want to bring back Alvaro Morata instead of signing Luis Suarez, according to an agent.

    Giovanni Branchini claims ex-Chelsea flop Morata is on the radar ahead of a rumoured move for Barcelona outcast Suarez.

    Branchini told Radio Deejay: “I don’t think Juve’s next centre-forward will be Moise Kean, Suarez, Edin Dzeko or Edinson Cavani.

    “I believe Juve will aim to bring back Morata.”

    The Old Lady are on the hunt for a new striker with another former Blues ace Gonzalo Higuain set for the exit.

  • CHELSEA FIXTURES

    Here are the Blues' opening games of the Premier League season, as well as their clashes against the 'Big Six'.

  • FRANK’S BIG PITCH

    Chelsea new boy Werner said on Lampard: Werner said: “He was the main point.

    “We talked a lot about things like the system, how he wants to play and sees me playing, and how the system fits me.

    “He is a really nice guy who not only told me what he wants from me as a player because he wants to help me as a guy.

    “He knows me now a little bit better and it fits very well between us and now I am happy to be here.”

  • LAMPS 1 OLE 0

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer held talks with Timo Werner – before the striker joined Chelsea.

    Werner, 24, was subject to interest from a host of Premier League clubs – including champions Liverpool – who wanted to meet his £47.5million release clause.

    According to Bild, United boss Solskjaer travelled to Berlin to try and convince the forward to join Old Trafford.

    City manager Pep Guardiola is also said to have contacted Werner personally in an attempt to prize him over to the blue half of Manchester.

    Ultimately Werner signed for Chelsea in June after Liverpool opted against making a move for the German.

    The player admitted Chelsea boss Frank Lampard played a major role in his choice to pen a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

  • TOO SOUN FOR MIK

    Graeme Souness has cut down Arsenal's title challenge before the season has started – by insisting the Gunners are “not strong enough” to take the crown.

    Souness, 67, said in his Sunday Times column: “People are making noises about Arsenal, but I don’t see them being strong enough.

    “I expect a bigger challenge, though, from United and Chelsea this time.

    “If you’re asking me now, that’s my top four for next May: Liverpool, City, United and Chelsea.”

    “United will be better with Donny van de Beek, but the goalkeeping situation may be an issue.

    “Chelsea have signed well, but let’s see how quickly Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz settle in.”

  • ETH IN ACTION

    Chelsea ace Ethan Ampadu is in action for Wales against Bulgaria in their Nations League clash.

    The 19-year-old is playing centre-back in Ryan Giggs' side's young team.

    CLICK HERE FOR OUR LIVE BLOG OF WALES VS BULGARIA

  • NOT A GIM-ME

    Manchester City had a £62million bid for Chelsea target Jose Gimenez rejected by Atletico Madrid, according to reports.

    Pep Guardiola's side are still thought to be on the hunt for another new centre-back this summer.

    But according to La Gazzetta dello Sport reporter Alfredo Pedulla, their approach for Gimenez was snubbed.

    It is thought City offered an initial £62m for the Uruguayan defender, 25, but with added bonuses.

    However, Atleti are keen to keep their star defender who is the third captain behind Koke and Jan Oblak.

    It is reported he has a £109m release clause in his contract which still has three years left to run.

  • ON THE BRIGHT SIDE

    Eight days before Chelsea are due to face Brighton in the Premier League season's first Monday Night Football game and Frank Lampard is getting closer to knowing his starting XI.

    New boys Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech remain the major doubts for the Blues ahead of the visit to the South Coast in just over a week's time.

    Reece James is also a doubt for Brighton, meaning Lampard may have to go into the game without two first-choice full-backs.

    Chilwell, 23, has only just begun training on the pitches at Cobham, suggesting he won't be ready in the next week.

    Ziyech's return date is not known after he suffered a twist in his knee, ironically, in a pre-season friendly at Brighton.

  • POSITIONAL SENSE

    Ryan Giggs wants Ethan Ampadu to be Mr Versatile in his Wales side, with the 19-year-old able to play in either midfield or defence.

    But the former Exeter man’s last appearance impressed Giggs when he lined up in a back three for Leipzig in February’s 1-0 Champions League away victory over Tottenham in the last-16 of Europe’s premier competition.

    Giggs added: “I want all the players to be playing regularly, but that sometimes isn’t the case.

    “It’s that balance over whether they’re at a top club and surrounded by top players and improving every day but ultimately you need minutes on the pitch. That’s a decision for Ethan. I’ve talked to him a lot about that.

    “I think last year was maybe a little bit different as he had injuries. You could see from the game he played against Tottenham in the Champions League he was outstanding.

    “Nothing fazes him, he’s a quality player, and he just needs to keep fit now and he will get minutes wherever he is.

    “I wanted to try Ethan at centre-half because he does give you a different option with how comfortable he is on the ball. He has played more in midfield which he can do as well.”

  • BIRTHDAY BOY

  • BLUE IS THE COLOUR

    Pundit Robbie Savage has backed Chelsea to finish third in the Premier League this season.

    Writing for the Mirror, he said: “Owner Roman Abramovich means business – he's given manager Frank Lampard £230million to spend this summer and Chelsea have brought in serious quality.

    “Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr will build on Lampard's excellent first season in charge.

    “But he needs a world-class goalkeeper.”

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