7pm Chelsea news LIVE: Stars take £10m wage cut, Giroud ‘agrees terms’ over Inter transfer, Champions League dates – The Sun

CHELSEA stars have agreed to take a £10million pay cut as the club cut costs due to the pandemic.

Meanwhile there are reports that Olivier Giroud has agreed terms for a move away from the Bridge, while we have the very latest on the Blues' pursuit of Alessio Romagnoli.

Follow all the latest updates from West London below…

  • THANK BLUE

    Roman Abramovich’s efforts to fight coronavirus have been the key to securing a pay deal with his Chelsea players.

    The owner’s generosity in helping the NHS will now pay off by saving the Russian £10million on his mega wage bill.

    Billionaire Abramovich, 53, threw open the doors of his 72-room hotel at Stamford Bridge for health staff to use free of charge.

    He also used the 42,000-capacity ground’s vast kitchens to prepare meals for key workers.

    It was those public-spirited acts which convinced the Blues’ multi-millionaire players to agree to a ten per cent wage cut.

    The deal, which kicks in from next month, will shave around £10m off the club’s annual wage bill which stood at £285m.

    Players voted unanimously to take the hit, with no incentives to claw it back via Champions League qualification bonuses.

  • ALESSI-NO GO

    AC Milan are reportedly close to securing captain Alessio Romagnoli to a new contract – in a blow to Chelsea.

    The Premier League club are preparing a considerable raid on the transfer market once it opens and the centre-back has long been rumoured to be a target.

    Interest in Romagnoli is thought to be high with Barcelona, Lazio and Atletico Madrid also monitoring his situation.

    But he is now thought to be ready to commit to a new deal with the Rossoneri, extending his current contract expiry date past 2022.

    Last month, La Gazzetta dello Sport reported how he was ready and waiting for an offer to take the next step in deciding his future.

    And Milan are said, by CalcioMercato, to be responding to the prospective bidders by advancing negotiations over a new contract.

  • TELL TALE

    Chelsea have been left empty-handed after transfer target Alex Telles reportedly agreed a summer move to Paris Saint-Germain.

    Brazilian outlet Gauchazh – which has close ties to Telles’ former club Gremio – claims the defender is on the verge of leaving Porto after a £21.8million offer from PSG was accepted.

    It means Chelsea will have to look elsewhere in their hunt for a new left-back despite Frank Lampard making Telles his top choice for the position.

    The Brazil international’s Porto contract is up in 2021, making him available for a bargain fee this summer.

    But it appears Chelsea have opted against battling PSG for Telles’ signature, with the 27-year-old now nailed on for a move to the Parc des Princes where he will replace soon-to-be free agent Layvin Kurzawa.

  • SETTLE IT UP

    Premier League and EFL clubs could be hit with a transfer ban if they haven't paid back players who defer wages during the coronavirus crisis, according to reports.

    It is deemed unfair for sides to be able to add to their wage bill when players already in the squads are yet to be reimbursed.

    According to The Times, talks have already begun within the EFL board to discuss the matter after it was raised by the PFA.

    The report also adds that any money received from transfer fees of sold players should first be given to the players who agreed to the deferrals.

    Southampton and West Ham were the first Premier League clubs to agree to reduce some of their pay for a temporary period as the financial struggles from Covid-19 take their toll.

    Arsenal and Chelsea are among the other sides closing in on an agreement to adjust their players' wages.

  • TOP OF THE CLASS

    Cesc Fabregas has snubbed Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho from the list of coaches that taught him the most while playing – and tipped Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte for raising his game.

    The Spaniard switched to Barcelona in 2011 and played under hugely-successful Guardiola, who had just won his second Champions League title as a boss.

    And Jose Mourinho was responsible for bringing him back to English football in 2013 when he returned to London with Chelsea.

    In a Twitter Q&A, he revealed why the French and Italian coaches stood out for him.

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