10.45pm Chelsea news LIVE: Chiesa transfer boost, Kante and Jorginho to stay, Dembele top target, Aubameyang considered – The Sun

IT'S all go at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea prepare for a busy summer transfer window, and a potential return to Premier League action next month.

And while there is good news with N'Golo Kante and Jorginho set to stay at the club, Tammy Abraham has joined Antonio Rudiger in airing his concerns about Project Restart due to his dad's asthma.

Follow all the latest updates and gossip from West London below…

  • BOGA POWER

    Jerermie Boga left Chelsea in 2018 after spells on loan at Rennes, Granada and Birmingham City.

    He joined Sassuolo on a permanent basis and has since produced some fabulous form to catch the eye of Europe’s big guns.

    Napoli have now joined the chase, according to Italian publication SportsMediaset.

    But his his future remains in the hands of Chelsea as the report claims they possess a €16million (£14.3million) buy-back clause for the Ivorian star.

  • RE-COU-PERATION

    Chelsea and Newcastle target Philippe Coutinho will only discuss any potential moves when football is back to normal, according to agent Kia Joorabchian.

    The former Liverpool star, 27, is surplus to requirements at Barcelona and is set to be sold on his return from his loan at Bayern Munich.

    Speaking on talkSPORT, Joorabchian said: “Philippe at the moment, he’s at Bayern, but he’s sidelined at the moment.

    “He’s had an injury, he had an operation two weeks ago on his ankle and he is six weeks for recovery for that.

    “That unfortunately means he’ll probably miss a chunk of the Bundesliga. Hopefully he’ll be fit for the tail end of the season.

    “But in terms of the rumours? At the moment we have not spoken to anybody about any deals whatsoever.”

  • MEMORY LANE

    Chelsea’s Champions League-winning goalkeeper Petr Cech has been re-living that epic night in Munich.

    The stopper produced a brilliant display against Bayern Munich in the clash that finished one apiece, with the Blues winning 4-3 on penalties.

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  • FEELING BITTER

    A huge 700,000 pints of beer could be wasted at London's football stadiums – because there's no one to drink it.

    Seven thousand kegs of beer are sitting unused across Wembley, the Emirates, Craven Cottage and the London Stadium, worth £3million in sales.

    An industry source said: “Stadiums usually stock up on four games worth of beer in advance.

    “Its thought £500,000 worth of beer will go to waste by July in the London stadiums as no-ones there to drink it.“

    Another issue for stadiums is the beer lines from kegs to pumps won’t have been cleaned since coronavirus lockdown – so some stagnant beer and water will have been left in them.

    Last month it was revealed 50million pints of beer will go to waste if pubs remain closed into the summer.

  • ‘WE WERE SATISFIED’

    Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola insists Maurizio Sarri was a success at Stamford Bridge despite being fiercely criticised.

    The Italian worked under his fellow countryman on the coaching team and helped guide the Blues to the Europa League.

    But fans were not happy with the football and tactics employed, with few sad to see him depart for Juventus last summer.

    Zola told Win Sports: “When you are a coach or assistant in a team like Chelsea, it is never easy even when you win matches.

    “The demands and expectations of such a team are very great.

    “Last year, at the end, it was a great season because we did something important, but there were also hard moments that I can’t count and that proved a lot for everyone, but especially the coach and the second in command.

    “It was a very long season, but in the end, we were very satisfied because we overcame the difficult moments and got a good result.”

  • FAMILY TAM

    Tammy Abraham fears giving his asthmatic dad coronavirus if football returns too soon.

    The forward lives with his family and is ready to play for Chelsea ‘tomorrow’ as long as it is safe.

    The England striker’s father, Anthony, is also eager for his son to get back in action but asthmatics are at high risk of contracting Covid-19.

    Abraham, 22, said: “If I was to return to the Premier League and God forbid I do catch this disease and bring it home, it is the worst thing possible.

    “To go out on the pitch is a big thing for me. But my dad is asthmatic and the last thing I need is to catch the virus myself or be in contact with anyone with the virus.

    “I’ve got his full support going back. He is one of my biggest fans — parents are always there for you.

    “The Premier League and the Government have to come to a decision whether or not it’s safe enough to play again and we take it on from there. I am ready to play tomorrow if it is safe.”

  • ALVARO NO MOR

    Chelsea are set for a huge cash injection this summer when Alvaro Morata’s loan at Atletico Madrid is made permanent.

    The striker linked up with Diego Simeone’s side in January 2019 after scoring just 24 goals in 18 months at Stamford Bridge.

    Morata, 27, arrived at Chelsea from Real Madrid in 2017 for £57million as a replacement for Diego Costa.

    But he failed to succeed under both Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri.

    And he is now approaching the end of an 18-month loan at Atletico, where he’s scored 18 goals in 49 appearances.

    However, there’s no way back for the Spain international at Chelsea after they insisted Atletico agree to a £48.5m permanent transfer in 2020.

  • SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO?

    Chelsea's summer transfer plans have been laid out in more detail by ESPN.

    Their report states that the Blues have no intention of selling either N'Golo Kante or Jorginho, who have been reported targets for Real Madrid and Juventus respectively.

    But Tiemoue Bakayoko, Michy Batshuayi, Davide Zappacosta, Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri are all set to be moved on to free up funds for a summer spending spree.

    In their place it is hoped Ben Chilwell will arrive from Leicester, while Moussa Dembele is said to be the Blues' top target up front.

    Moves for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Timo Werner are also reported to be very much under consideration.

  • TERRYFIC

    Harry Redknapp has urged John Terry to come out of retirement and save Aston Villa from relegation this season.

    The former England and Chelsea ace was appointed assistant coach at Villa Park after hanging up his boots at the end of 2018.

    But Redknapp reckons it's not too late for the 39-year-old to make a sensational comeback and save the Villans from their relegation plight.

    Speaking on That Peter Crouch Podcast Redknapp, 73, said: “If I was the manager of Aston Villa and they have got to play those last nine games, the first thing I would do is say John Terry, please, get fit.

    “I’d play three at the back and I’d play him in the middle of the three at the back, organise, lead them because I saw them at Bournemouth and they was all over the show – they had no leader, nothing.

    “I would get him, he could still play for the last nine games if they had to play them and maybe keep them in the division. John Terry, they are a dying breed.

    “He’s gone into coaching but I would say ‘look John, we’ve got nine games to save our season, why don’t we give it a go? See if you can get yourself fit’.

    “I saw him last year, and SoccerAid is not playing the Premier League but he ran at one stage with Usain Bolt.”

  • HIGH AND DRIE

    Inter Milan are believing to be closing in on Chelsea target Dries Mertens on a free transfer.

    Italian news outlet FCInterNews say the Belgian forward has accepted a two year deal worth €6 million plus bonuses and will be finalised once all parties are able to meet again to finalise the details.

    Napoli have failed to agree terms on a contract extension with the 33-year-old.

    They offered him an annual salary of €4 million plus a €2 million signing on bonus but the veteran has snubbed that package.

  • NOT GOING BACK

    Chelsea are reportedly prepared to offload Tiemoue Bakayoko for just £31million this summer.

    The midfielder, 25, has made just 43 appearances for the Blues since his £40million move from Monaco in 2017 with the club now prepared to take a £9m loss on him this summer, according to Le10 Sport.

    Paris Saint-Germain are among the clubs that could offer him a fresh start next season but they are only willing to fork out £26.5m for him.

    Spanish side Sevilla have also set their sights on signing him – but he allegedly has his heart set on a return to AC Milan.

  • LIGA THEIR OWN: KAI HAVERTZ

    The Bayern Leverkusen youngster, 20, is another player from Germany that has a host of Premier League clubs chasing him.

    Chelsea want him – but former Blues star Michael Ballack has urged Havertz to stick with his current club.

    The Germany international has earned rave reviews after scoring ten goals and chipping with eight assists this season.

  • LIGA THEIR OWN: LUCA WALDSCHMIDT

    SunSport exclusively revealed that Chelsea are ready to make a shock move for the German hitman.

    The Freiburg forward has been compared to West Germany legend Gerd Muller following his incredible spell of form.

    Lampard's side are expected to open talks over a £20million move for the 23-year-old.

  • LIGA THEIR OWN: PHILIPPE COUTINHO

    Coutinho was shipped out on loan to German club Bayern Munich after failing to impress for Barcelona.

    The former Liverpool midfielder has racked up nine goals and made eight assists – but Hans-Dieter Flick's side do not want to make the move permanent.

    Barcelona are hoping to offload him this summer, but the Brazilian, 27, will not discuss a deal until football is back to normal.

  • HE CAN STAND THE ETH

    Wales manager Ryan Giggs has backed Ethan Ampadu to be a top player.

    The Manchester United legend has had more contact with the Chelsea youngster than Frank Lampard has, while he is on loan at RB Leipzig.

    Giggs told the Athletic: “He can be anything. He is an old-school player. If he’s got a knock, he wants to play. ‘I don’t care, keep me on.’

    “He’s that sort of character.

    “And also off the pitch, he leads on that younger table.

    “He is a quality player. What’s hampered him is the growing pains he’s had, and his game time.”

  • RE-PAUL-SED

    Paul Scholes is “sick to death” of being compared to Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

    The Manchester United legend was infamously difficult to squeeze into the England team alongside the midfield pair and is bored of having the conversation in retirement.

    Speaking on the BBC's Savage Social podcast, Scholes was asked who was the best of the trio.

    And in disgruntled fashion, the 45-year-old replied: “Stevie G and Frank, of course.

    “I’m sick to death of hearing about this to be honest. It doesn’t really matter.

    “People can have their own opinions. Them two were amazing, amazing players. But very different players.”

  • LIGA THEIR OWN: TIMO WERNER

    Werner could be the answer to Lampard's problem after scoring 27 goals in 36 games this season.

    The RB Leipzig forward, 24, could be available for as little as £52million due to a release clause his contract.

    But Chelsea will have to beat Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona to the German's signature.

  • LIGA THEIR OWN

    Here, SunSport will look at five Bundesliga players Chelsea should consider signing.

    JADON SANCHO

    Chelsea are set to rival Manchester United for the signing of the Borussia Dortmund forward this summer.

    Sancho has been valued at £100million after scoring 17 goals and making 19 assists in all competitions this term.

    With United considering shelving their plans to sign him until 2021, Lampard's side could make their move.

  • BO SELECTA

    Chelsea are ready to hit the button on Jeremie Boga’s buy-back clause, according to reports.

    The Sassuolo winger, 23, signed for the Serie A club from West London for just £2.7million in 2018.

    According to GFFN, the Blues are looking for alternatives to Pedro and Willian and have first dibs on the Ivorian.

    Boga has scored eight goals and grabbed four assists in 25 games this season for Sassuolo.

  • ON THIS DAY

    A decade ago, Didier Drogba's free kick won Chelsea the FA Cup in a 1-0 final win over Portsmouth.

    What a player.

  • NO LOOK PASS

    How about these skills from Christian Pulisic?

    Impressive!

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  • FULL KIT AT HOME

    John Terry had Rory McIlroy and Jamie and Harry Redknapp in stitches by rocking a full 2012 Chelsea kit on a new Sky show.

    Terry, 39, was widely mocked for donning his full strip to collect his 2012 Champions League trophy despite being suspended for the final in Munich.

    The West Londoners overcame Bayern Munich on penalties after Roberto Di Matteo's side drew 1-1 in normal time.

    But despite the widespread mockery, eight years later, Terry showed he is able to laugh at the incident.

    The former England international was taking part in a golf challenge with McIlroy where he was supposed to chip a golf ball into his trophies.

  • JUST WANT TO BREATHE EASY

    Tammy Abraham fears he could give his asthmatic dad coronavirus if football returns too soon.

    The 22-year-old lives with his family and is ready to play for Chelsea ‘tomorrow’ as long as it is safe.

    Abraham said: “My dad has asthma. If I was to return to the Premier League and God forbid I do catch this disease and bring it home, it is the worst thing possible.

    “To go out on the pitch is a big thing for me.

    “But my dad is asthmatic and the last thing I need is to catch the virus myself or be in contact with anyone with the virus.

    “If it’s safe to do so then let’s do it but if it’s not then we will wait.

    “Dad wants me to go back. He said ‘I know you’re motivated to go back, when you are ready just go out there and do the best you can.’”

  • RE-COU-PERATION

    Chelsea and Newcastle target Philippe Coutinho will only discuss any potential transfers when football is back to normal, according to agent Kia Joorabchian.

    The former Liverpool star, 27, is seemingly surplus to requirements at Barcelona and is set to be sold on his return from his loan at Bayern Munich.

    Speaking on talkSPORT, Joorabchian said: “Philippe at the moment, he’s at Bayern, but he’s sidelined at the moment.

    “He’s had an injury, he had an operation two weeks ago on his ankle and he is six weeks for recovery for that.

    “That unfortunately means he’ll probably miss a chunk of the Bundesliga. Hopefully he’ll be fit for the tail end of the season.

    “But in terms of the rumours? At the moment we have not spoken to anybody about any deals whatsoever.”

  • BITTER TASTE

    A whopping 700,000 pints of beer could be wasted at London's football stadiums – because there's no one to drink it.

    Seven thousand kegs of beer are sitting unused across Wembley, the Emirates, Craven Cottage and the London Stadium, worth £3million in sales.

    An industry source said: “Stadiums usually stock up on four games worth of beer in advance.

    “Its thought £500,000 worth of beer will go to waste by July in the London stadiums as no-ones there to drink it.“

    Another issue for stadiums is the beer lines from kegs to pumps won’t have been cleaned since coronavirus lockdown – so some stagnant beer and water will have been left in them.

    Last month it was revealed 50million pints of beer will go to waste if pubs remain closed into the summer.

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