10.45pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz to meet Cech, Oblak £90m interest, Kepa exchange, Chilwell backup revealed – The Sun
CHELSEA will take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final on August 1 after a brilliant victory over Man Utd at Wembley.
And in more exciting news, Kai Havertz will meet Petr Cech in Germany on Sunday while Frank Lampard has demanded a new goalkeeper even if Kepa stays.
Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from Stamford Bridge here…
KAI OH MY
Chelsea may end up paying more than £90million for top target Kai Havertz.
Germans Bayer Leverkusen are resigned to losing the impressive forward with Chelsea close to a deal.
But they want £63m up front plus add-ons that would take the fee above £90m.
Frank Lampard’s Blues have already signed striker Timo Werner and winger Hakim Ziyech.
And closure on a deal for Havertz, 21, would take Chelsea’s spending to more than £170m.
Frank Lampard will sign a new goalkeeper even if Kepa stays, according to the Telegraph.
Lampard is said to be so determined to start with a different keeper next year that he has ordered Petr Cech and former goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon to compile two lists.
One of these lists will comprise options should Kepa be sold and another cheaper targets if the Spaniard stays.
Jan Oblak will without doubt be in the expensive list, dependent on Kepa going, as he is valued at £110m by Atletico Madrid.
But it is not known what list Dean Henderson would be in, with the Man Utd goalkeeper, currently on loan at Sheffield United, estimated to be worth about £50m.
Mason Mount is ready to witness Liverpool's long-awaited title victory with a presentation on the Kop.
And then the Blues star plans to make a splash at Stamford Bridge this season.
He said: “Yeah, definitely. I’m a winner so I don’t like watching other people win things.
“It’s hard to watch someone else win. They are worthy winners but it will give us extra motivation to win.
“For a team to be as dominant as they have been this season definitely gives you motivation for next season to match them.
“We have played them three times this season and have been competitive with them.”
BACK TO BUSINESS
Frank Lampard's men were pictured putting the work in at Cobham today.
The Blues have no time to dwell on their incredible 3-1 win over United in the FA Cup.
Chelsea will return to action on Wednesday when they face Prem champions Liverpool.
HAV A LOOK
Chelsea are locked in talks with Bayer Leverkusen over a move for Kai Havertz, according to Sky Sports.
Technical adviser Petr Cech will fly to Germany to hold face-to-face talks with the Bundesliga side.
The Blues are reportedly hoping to seal a deal for Havertz worth £70million.
Bayer Leverkusen have valued him at £90million, but Chelsea are hoping to bag themselves a bargain as he only has two years remaining on his deal.
Manchester City are close to completing a deal for Nathan Ake, according to reports.
Neighbours United and Chelsea are among the long-list of teams that have been linked to the Bournemouth skipper.
But according to the Guardian, City have all-but won the race for his signature.
Pep Guardiola is ready to part with £35million for Ake as he looks to bolster his defence this summer.
This seemingly never-ending Premier League season could theoretically produce one last unbelievable twist.
Chelsea, Manchester United and Leicester City have been slugging it out for a Champions League position since the campaign got underway, all the way back on August 9, 2019.
But now, with the season set to finally come to an end 352 days later – the latter pair could be in for yet another extension to their domestic campaigns.
For if the Red Devils and Foxes were to finish below Chelsea and on the same number of points, goal difference, goals scored and head-to-head – FA rules stipulate that the pair would need to meet in an unprecedented top-four play-off.
This would decide which team would snatch the final Champions League position.
RUN OF THE MIL
Inter Milan are reportedly hoping to sign Chelsea star Emerson for a bargain price.
However, Antonio Conte has accepted he will receive no favours from his old side after a disastrous fallout two years ago.
Tuttosport claims Emerson, 25, is a target for Inter this summer as Conte looks to rebuild his five-man defence.
Achraf Hakimi has already been snapped up from Real Madrid to become Inter’s new right wing-back.
And Emerson is wanted to slot in on the left after falling out of favour under Frank Lampard.
JAN-KING OUR CHAIN
Chelsea will need to fork out a £110m fee if they are to sign Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
The Blues are desperate to sign a new goalkeeper but Atleti are determined to recoup every penny of the release clause specified in the Slovenian's new deal signed last season, reports goal.
However, Chelsea do believe they can knock the fee down to around £90m and are willing to offer Kepa in exchange to make the transfer go through if necessary.
Chelsea are in talks with Kai Havertz after every other club pulled out of the race for the German, reports Sky Sports.
And they add that sporting director Petr Cech will fly to Germany on Sunday to meet the Leverkusen star and try to thrash out a deal.
The Bundesliga side value Havertz at £90m but Chelsea are said to be confident of agreeing a deal of £70m plus add-ons to sign the player.
LO AND BEHOLD
Chelsea striker Loic Remy has reportedly failed a second medical with Serie B side Benevento.
The Frenchman, 33, is a free agent after spending the last two years with Ligue 1 outfit Lille.
And he had agreed a three-year deal with Benevento earlier this month after they sealed their return to Italy’s top flight.
However, Ottopagine claims Remy’s move has fallen through after he failed two medicals for unknown reasons.
Remy, who scored 12 goals in two seasons at Chelsea while winning the 2015 Premier League title, failed a medical with Liverpool six years ago due to reported heart complications.
Ex-Chelsea ace Eden Hazard has described Real Madrid team-mate Raphael Varane as one of the best centre-backs of all time.
He told franceinfo: “Karim Benzema is very friendly and down-to-earth.
“He’s here to score goals and win matches. I think he’s shown once again this year that he’s quite simply the best.
“Then you have Raphael Varane. I’ve come across some fantastic defenders during my career, such as John Terry and Vincent Kompany.
“I think that although [Varane] is still young, he’s already one of the best centre-backs of all time. His partnership with Sergio Ramos is wonderful.”
'I AM OK'
Eric Bailly has confirmed he is “ok” after being rushed to hospital on Sunday.
The Manchester United defender was carried off the pitch on a stretcher after he suffered two blows to the head against Chelsea.
Speaking to his 2.3million Instagram followers, he said: “Thank you all for the messages of support. I feel the pain of yesterday's defeat even more.
“But we have to get back up and refocus on the two big games we have this week.”
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MATA OF FACT
Chelsea fans have been reduced to tears after Juan Mata was seen chatting to his old Blues team-mates after Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final.
The Spaniard was an unused substitute for Manchester United as they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Frank Lampard's side.
Following Sunday's match, the official FA Cup YouTube channel released tunnel footage of the players returning to the dressing rooms.
And one moment showing Spanish compatriots Cezar Azpilicueta, Pedro and Mata catching up made Chelsea fans very emotional.
In the short clip former Blues ace Mata, 32, took off his United shirt to give to the Chelsea captain only for 'Dave' to pass it on to Pedro.
CAN'T CATCH ANYTHING
What have Chelsea done to David De Gea?
Have I Got News For You are trolling the Manchester United keeper after his howlers in the FA Cup semi-final.
WHAT THE BLUES NEED
Chelsea could miss out on the top four – but only if they lose BOTH their remaining games, against Wolves and Liverpool.
Frank Lampard’s side currently sit in third with 63 points, one ahead of both United and Leicester, with two games to play.
That would need United to beat West Ham and Leicester to beat United for it to play out.
Olivier Giroud is looking to break Arsenal’s hearts once again in a final as he gears up for the FA Cup clash on August 1.
The French striker scored in Sunday’s 3-1 semi-final victory against Manchester United – his eighth goal of the season in his 21st outing in all competitions.
And Giroud – who is targeting his second FA Cup triumph with the Blues – has revealed he cannot wait for the “special” meeting against his former employers.
Commenting on the match-up, he said: “I said to the boys I would love to win another one, it would be my fifth FA Cup and we are in another final.
“A big game against Arsenal which will be so special for me personally.
“We played very well and we want to finish in the top three in the Premier League now.”
ON THE 'BLAK BURNER
Chelsea have NOT launched a move for Jan Oblak – and Atletico Madrid have no intention of selling if they do.
The Blues are believed to be looking to offload Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer.
And rumours are mounting they were planning to table a £90million swoop for the Slovenia international.
However, sports journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed the LaLiga giants have not received a bid for the stopper.
And he also states they have no interest in selling him either.
TURNING THE AIR BLUE
Bruno Fernandes was criticised by Chelsea fans for more diving theatrics in Manchester United’s FA Cup defeat on Sunday.
The Portuguese midfielder netted a late consolation from the penalty spot as the Red Devils fell to a 3-1 loss to the Blues.
On the half hour mark, the former Sporting Lisbon skipper went down under Mateo Kovacic’s challenge.
Yet replays showed there very minimal contact – if any – and Chelsea fans furiously labelled Fernandes a diver.
One tweeted: “Bruno Fernandes is a dive merchant.”
Another said: “Bruno Fernandes will jump on the floor if a Chelsea player breathes on him.”
A third added: “I hate this guy already he’s a good player but this is definitely gonna affect his career.”
TICK FOR TIC-TACS
Frank Lampard got his formation and tactics spot on in Chelsea's 3-1 win over Manchester United yesterday.
Here are how the two line-ups played out during the game.
CHAPTER AND 'VERTZ
Kai Havertz is reportedly on the verge of becoming the latest high-profile player to sign for Chelsea in a deal worth £80million.
It has been widely speculated that Frank Lampard has made signing the Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder his No1 priority after agreeing deals for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
SunSport recently reported how the 21-year-old has chosen to make the move to Stamford Bridge, despite attracting interest from the likes of Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Real Madrid.
And now The Athletic claim that he is closing in on a switch to West London, with the Blues the only club willing to fork out the huge sum of money for him.
They state that personal terms are not an issue and only fine details need to be agreed between both parties.
Havertz is said to have bought into the project that Lampard is building having spoken with the Blues gaffer.
RATINGS – FRONT TWO
Olivier Giroud – 8
Giroud scored the opening goal for Chelsea in typical fashion and was a real problem for the United defence the whole game.
Mason Mount – 8
Some typical energy from Mount and he was a constant nuisance to United. He scored early in the second half that David De Gea really should have done better with the shot.
RATINGS – MIDFIELD
Jorginho – 7
The Italian international did what he needed to do and helped Chelsea control the high press and the tempo of the game.
Mateo Kovacic – 7
He gave away a couple of silly dangerous free kicks in the first half but Kovacic plays so much better in a deeper role, closer to Jorginho, and had a very solid game.
Marcos Alonso – 8
It was another good performance from Alonso, staking his claim at left wing-back where he is so much more comfortable.
Willian – 8
A moment of magic for Chelsea’s first goal and he worked very hard throughout.
He was a real asset defensively for Chelsea as well.
CHELSEA RATINGS FROM WEMBLEY – DEFENCE
Willy Caballero – 7/10
It was a very alert performance from Caballero in to replace Kepa tonight. The Blues' No2 looked very assured throughout.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 8
Mr reliable stepped up with a typically consistent performance. The man they call Dave stepped up to the plate when needed and perfectly set Olivier Giroud up for the opening goal.
Kurt Zouma – 6
Some dodgy moments at the back from Zouma in the first half, but overall he continues with his decent form in general and had a much better second half.
Antonio Rudiger – 6
Rudiger was more comfortable with two other centre backs close to him but he never fills me with confidence.
It was a solid showing from Antonio but nothing too special again, although his darting run did bring the third goal.
GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS
No doubt you still have a smile on your face following Sunday's 3-1 win over Manchester United.
Frank Lampard's men stole the show as they booked their spot to take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final.
Olivier Giroud opened the scoring before Mason Mount doubled the tally in the 46th minute – thanks to some dodgy goalkeeping by David De Gea.
But it will be straight back to business for the Blues ahead of Wednesday's clash against Premier League champions Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Graeme Souness has warned Chelsea boss Frank Lampard he might have picked up two duds in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech – just like Alvaro Morata.
The Liverpool legend fears Blues' expensive recruits might not have what it takes to make it in the Premier League.
He said: “Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech will be available for next season.
“Both come with good reputations but so did Alvaro Morata and he made no impression.”
In other news, Chelsea target Victor Osimhen has reportedly passed a Napoli medical.
RMC claims the Lille star, 21, underwent his tests in Rome ahead of a stunning £74million summer switch to his long-term suitors.
Chelsea and United were both keeping tabs on Osimhen, who has scored 13 goals and assisted five more in just 27 games this season.
But the Nigeria international will instead be heading to Serie A with Napoli and Gennaro Gattuso.
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