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CHELSEA continued their preparations for the return of the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Reading as Pedro scored the only goal.
And off the pitch the Blues could be about to snap up Andre Onana for £27m, if they can convince him to join them instead of PSG.
Follow all the latest updates and transfer gossip from the Bridge below…
ON ONANA LEVEL
Andre Onana is set to join Chelsea or Paris Saint-Germain this summer, with the Blues willing to splash £27million on the Ajax star, according to reports.
Frank Lampard is set to lock horns with the Ligue 1 champions in the race to land in-demand Ajax star Onana, say the Daily Mail.
However, it won't be too easy for either club to land Onana, 24, this summer.
The Cameroon international still has two years left on his current deal in Amsterdam.
Onana is also said to be happy to stay at the club for at least another season – wary of the effect of coronavirus on the transfer market.
The latest Premier League coronavirus tests have been announced.
One case came back positive from 1,123 members of playing, coaching and backroom staff across the 20 clubs.
Tests were carried out on Monday and Tuesday of this week.
UP THE ANTE
More on Chelsea’s slim friendly win over Reading as N’Golo Kante made his playing return.
Pictures showed Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic all facing the Royals.
It was a first-half Pedro strike that secured the 1-0 triumph at Cobham.
HICK THAT OUT
Hearts ace Aaron Hickey is ready made for Chelsea, according to Sky Sports pundit Andy Walker.
Nominated for the Scottish Football Writers' Young Player of the Year award, the teenage defender is wanted by several teams.
And Walker believes Hickey can follow in the footsteps of fellow Scottish starlet Billy Gilmour.
He stated: “Given that he would be a very cheap option, in my view it would be worth it for Chelsea to take Hickey now and school him in their coaching system.
“Chelsea will of course realise there are a few gems to be found in Scotland having signed Billy Gilmour from Rangers for no more than a development fee for the Ibrox club.
“As things stand, Hickey is all potential. But, like Gilmour at a young age, Hickey will have exciting choices to make soon.”
Chelsea have beaten Reading 1-0 in their training friendly at Cobham.
Soon to be out of contract winger Pedro nabbed the winner for the Blues.
Chelsea are still in the Champions League, even if they are hanging by a thread.
But they may as well not bother taking on Bayern Munich in the second leg of their last-16 tie – according to Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo.
The Spanish club chief has suggested that his side's victory over Liverpool pre-lockdown should be enough to determine who the 2019/20 winners are – in the case of the tournament not being finished.
He said: “We have to pay attention to the mayor of Madrid and the hypothetical case that the Champions League was not played because of the coronavirus.
“Then the champions are the ones who beat the champions.”
Chelsea have signed a 'brutal weapon' if they manage to get the Tomo Werner deal over the line.
That's the opinion of Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, who signed the striker in his first season at RB Leipzig.
The Saints gaffer told Sport Bild: “Football is very intense and fast [in England].
“That, in turn, suits Timo: with his speed he’s a brutal weapon in the right team.”
ARE YOU READ-Y?
Chelsea are set to face Championship side Reading today in a friendly.
The game will take place at Cobham, the site of the club's training facility.
It will give the likes of N'Golo Kante, who has only just returned to sessions, the chance to get back to match fitness.
LEV HIM ALONE
Bayer Leverkusen have not “given up hope” of keeping Kai Havertz this summer, says their sporting director Rudi Voller.
The 20-year-old is one of the hottest properties on the market, with Chelsea harbouring hopes of signing him.
Voller told ARD: “We haven't given up hope that he'll stay with us.
“We try to give him every possibility that he can call up his qualities.
“He did an outstanding job in the second half of the season.”
Ross Barkley has once again being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.
The midfielder has struggled with form and injury ever since joining from Everton.
The Guardian reports that with a whole host of top players linked to be joining the Blues this summer, Barkley could be one that is sacrificed.
Newcastle could emerge as leading contenders for the England man, especially if their takeover goes through.
WEIGHT A MINUTE
Hakim Ziyech has been warned of the physicality of the Premier League by an old team-mate.
The Blues shelled out around £37million to sign Ziyech up for next season.
Anwar El Ghazi who used to play with Ziyech at Ajax and now turns out for Aston Villa, has backed the Moroccan to thrive at Chelsea, but urged him to prepare for the “wall” of Premier League defences that he is about to go up against.
He told Voetbal Primeur: “You have to think about your muscles with so many games.
“I thought I was big and heavy, but sometimes you run into player and you think: is that a wall? But Ziyech is going to do well at Chelsea, 100 per cent.”
Nice touch this…
Chelsea have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Ben Chilwell as Leicester are reportedly lining up a move for Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico.
The Blues have been after the English ace for some time as they look to replace Emerson and Marcos Alonso this summer.
And the deal could be one step closer as the Foxes have highlighted Argentine Tagliafico as the man to replace Chilwell, according to the Mirror.
The East Midlands side have not named a price for the England international who is also said to have attracted interest from Manchester City.
Premier League football is back on June 17 and thousands of fans can't wait to see their heroes take to the turf once again.
The break has given most players a chance to recover from injuries and many teams will have full squads available to them come kick-off.
Most teams have stars vying for starting spots in each position apart from between the sticks where the No1 jersey is usually an automatic pick for most managers.
SunSport compiles a list of the top five goalkeepers ahead of the big return – but Blues stopper Kepa fails to make the grade.
3. Dean Henderson
4. David De Gea
5. Nick Pope
PUL THE OTHER ONE
Chelsea have been linked with a whole host of big name players this summer.
The Blues have already signed Hakim Zieych, are believed to be close to wrapping up a deal for Timo Werner, and still have interest in Kai Havertz.
And they are not completely out of the race for the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Jadon Sancho.
Now ESPN have thrown doubt on where it leaves one of their current crop – Christian Pulisic.
Most players linked are attacking midfielders or wingers, where Pulisic plays. Is his Stamford Bridge career already under threat?
Chelsea are looking at alternative options as they believe Jadon Sancho will join Manchester United, according to reports.
The Blues are among the long list of clubs that are interested in signing the Borussia Dortmund star this summer.
But according to ESPN, Chelsea fear the in-demand 20-year-old would prefer a move to rivals United.
Frank Lampard's side will continue to keep tabs on Sancho while assessing their other options.
The Blues have reportedly identified Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz as an alternative signing.
Newcastle are reportedly in talks to sign Philippe Coutinho and are the Barcelona outcast's most likely destination should their £300m takeover go through.
But the Magpies have competition, with Tottenham and Everton also keen on the 27-year-old.
Spurs tried to sign him last summer before he joined Bayern Munich on loan, while Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti is a big admirer and is keen to bring Coutinho back to Merseyside.
France Football say Newcastle are the frontrunners, but their bid is dependent on their proposed takeover led by Mohammed Bin Salman going through.
The MailOnline add that Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are also weighing up loan offers for the playmaker.
GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS
Frank Lampard is sweating on winger Pedro signing a temporary deal to help the club through Project Restart.
The vastly-experienced Spaniard has agreed to stay on at the club for the remaining nine Premier League games once his contract expires at the end of this month.
But veteran Pedro, 32, is holding out on putting pen to paper in solidarity with team-mate Willian who will also become a free agent from July 1.
But the Blues have been given a boost as N'Golo Kante has been pictured in full training.
The midfielder had been training alone due to fears over coronavirus, but it appears he will now play a full part in the remainder of the Premier League season.
However, Kante's long-term future is less certain with reports doing the rounds that he could be sold to fund a move for Kai Havertz.
HAVE A GO
Kai Havertz is open to playing abroad – and says he wants to join a club already competing for trophies.
The Bayer Leverkusen star is a £70million target for the Premier League Chelsea and Man Utd this summer after a stunning season in the Bundesliga.
The versatile forward – also linked to Arsenal – revealed in an old interview that he wants to join a club where he can immediately win silverware.
Havertz told Marca in November: “The team is always the priority, success is collective.
Then, the individual [trophies] come when you play well.
“I want to win the biggest trophies during my career: Champions League, World Cup or Euros.”
Gareth Southgate hopes Ashley Cole can map out a route for new BAME coaches in English football.
Southgate said: “Ashley Cole is developing very well on a similar route to what Steven did in working in Liverpool’s academy for a couple of years.
“Ashley is doing that with Neil Bath at Chelsea and I talked to Ashley amongst a group of coaches a couple of weeks ago andhe is progressing really well.
“I must say he has impressed me on the calls I’ve been on with him.
“On a broader scale, we lack that representation. The biggest crime for us in any area, if we’re adults looking at kids, is if they sit and think a path in life isn’t possibleor accessible.”
TAG, YOU'RE IT
Leicester have identified Nicolas Tagliafico as the man they would like to replace Ben Chilwell, should he leave the King Power Stadium.
That will come as a boost to Chelsea, who have made the England left-back their top target in the summer transfer window.
However, The Mirror still adds that Leicester will be expecting the same £80m fee they received for Harry Maguire in order to part company with Chilwell.
AVOIDING A PED-ROW
Pedro appears set to avoid an awkward reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo, by reportedly shunning Juventus interest in favour of a switch to Serie A rivals Roma.
With his contract set to expire at Stamford Bridge this summer, the 32-year-old has been linked extensively with both clubs.
And while on paper a move to Turin would seem attractive, meeting old adversary Ronaldo again maybe not so much.
Tensions between the pair once flared during Barcelona's infamous 5-0 rout over Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid side in the 2010-11 season.
The Portuguese had attempted to wind-up the future Blues winger by sarcastically asking: “Who are you?”
In response, newly crowned World Cup winner Pedro coolly responded: “I’m a world champion.”
Miss BumBum UK Jessica Lopes has promised to strip NAKED if Chelsea win the Champions League.
The former Playboy model, who once took her clothes off in front of the Houses of Parliament, is a huge Blues fan.
And she has promised to pose naked if Frank Lampard can guide his side to glory in the Champions League.
According to the Daily Star, she said: “If Chelsea win the Champions League I will pose naked with their shirt on, nothing will stop me.”
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