8am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Dean Henderson offer, Kante free to leave, Havertz LATEST – The Sun

CHELSEA face a big day off the pitch today as Man City's European ban appeal is heard and they find out whether they will require a top four finish to make the Champions League.

Meanwhile the Blues are stepping up their pursuit of a replacement for Kepa by asking Man Utd to name their price for Dean Henderson.

Follow all the latest transfer gossip and updates below….

  • HE CAN'GO

    Chelsea appear ready to sell N'Golo Kante with Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte eyeing a summer transfer.

    Frank Lampard once regarded the France star, 29, has an untouchable asset.

    But a change in tactics and a series of frustrating injuries for Kante have seen the Blues boss soften his stance on the player.

    Gazzetta dello Sport now claim Chelsea are set to cash in on Kante while they can, with the player's former boss, Conte, keen to make his move.

    The pair won the Premier League together, after Kante clinched back-to-back titles – first with Leicester and then with Chelsea a year later.

    But while Lampard may be willing to sell, he won't be giving his midfield stalwart away cheaply, with the World Cup winner under contract until 2023.

  • WHERE WILL HE HEND UP?

    Chelsea have made an enquiry for Man Utd's Dean Henderson as Frank Lampard steps up his pursuit of a replacement for Kepa, reports the Express.

    Henderson is said to be eager to continue playing regular first team football and unlikely to want to spend the 2020/21 season as David De Gea's understudy at Old Trafford.

    But with the Red Devils unlikely to want to sell at the moment, the Blues are also willing to consider snapping Henderson up on loan.

    However, should they go down this path they will face competition from current club Sheffield United, who would like to keep Henderson for another season and also look set to be able to offer European football.

  • MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Kai Havertz will only join a Champions League club, according to Bild Head of Football Christian Falk.

    He states that Bayer Leverkusen's failure to qualify for the competition – finishing 5th in the Bundesliga – means Havertz is almost certain to leave this summer.

    But Chelsea now have to get the job done in the Premier League in order to convince Havertz to join.

    In other news, Frank Lampard is reportedly planning a move to bring in Real Madrid outcast Luka Jovic as second striker to Timo Werner.

    Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claim Chelsea are now 'closely' following Madrid forward Jovic.

    Zinedine Zidane's side would reportedly be prepared to offload the 22-year-old for around £31.3m – nearly half the fee they paid Frankfurt for his services last season.

    Meanwhile, American midfielder Weston McKennie is set to leave Schalke this summer with Chelsea keen to land him.

    The Bundesliga ace is valued in the region of £20million and CBS Sports suggest he's attracting interest from England, Spain, France and Germany.

    And finally, Chelsea are set to approach Manchester United about signing Dean Henderson permanently or on loan next season.

    The Express claim the Blues are ready to pounce for his signature following a standout campaign at Sheffield United.

    Frank Lampard is also keeping tabs on Ajax’s Andre Onana and Burnley’s Nick Pope but is now poised to ask United to name their price for Henderson.

  • NOR WAY

  • OH, KOH ON THEN

    Mohamed Sankoh is one name you may not have heard of – but Chelsea certainly have.

    According to Football Insider, the Blues are chasing the 16-year-old forward before he puts pen to paper on a professional deal at Stoke.

    Tottenham, Everton and Celtic are all said to be keen on the Dutch youth international.

  • UGUR-GENT REINFORCEMENTS

    Chelsea have secured the signature of highly-rated Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir, according to reports in Turkey.

    The 24-year-old has helped Trabzonspor towards a second-place finish in the Turkish Super Lig this season.

    Chelsea are thought to have agreed a fee of around £30million for the Turkish international, with personal terms also thought to have been decided.

    If the reports are to be believed, an announcement could be imminent.

    Current Blues number one Kepa Arrizabalaga's long-term future has been thrown into doubt several times this season.

  • TERR-IFIC

    Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has rejected reports that his assistant John Terry could leave to become Bristol City manager.

    He told Sky Sports News: “I have spoken to John and he is fully committed to our cause here at Aston Villa.”

    When pushed on whether things could change at the end of the season, Smith added: “I don't think we can look at the summer, we've got to look at now.

    “They've got Dean Holden, a former coach of mine, in charge at the moment. He is working hard for his club and JT is certainly working very hard for me.

    “We've got a very good relationship and we enjoy working together.”

  • FIGHT FOR EUROPE

    Here’s how the table looks following Arsenal’s defeat against Spurs.

  • POYET ON ZOUMA CONTINUED

    ”Even in the last goal which everyone will remember for [Antonio] Rudiger not kicking the ball away but he [Zouma] doesn’t even try to stop the cross.

    ”He’s running but he didn’t even stretch himself, he didn’t even have to stop, it was like he was having one of those days where you’re not feeling well and you’re not really there, concentrating enough.

    ”In football I say a team can carry one player in a game, two players [more difficult], more than two you can’t carry because the opposition can play.

    ”And that’s what happened to Chelsea today, there were too many who were not at the level you need to be to win football games.“

  • BLUE MOON

    Former Chelsea ace Gus Poyet has laid into Kurt Zouma following the defeat to Sheffield United.

    Speaking to Stadium Astro, he said: “The best teams in the world win leagues winning 1-0 when they are not having a good day. Today was a day for Chelsea to say, ‘we’re not having a good day, let’s make sure we’re solid, we’ve got enough players to score a goal and we win 1-0.

    “I would start with that, to have a better organisation in terms of defending.

    ‘I’m not going to take out Zouma because he’s a very strong defender. Without going too far, the tackle the other day against Crystal Palace in the last minute, there are not many players who can do that.

    ”But he was static. He was static in everything.”

  • WRIGHT STUFF

    Ian Wright has claimed that Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen got bullied in the Blues 3-0 defeat to Sheffield United.

    He said on Match of the Day: “Well the thing about it is, I think that’s what’s happened to him a couple of times, Christensen. He’s just absolutely bowled him over.

    “I think that he got a little bit roughed up today. You see them both [Sheffield United’s strikers] in the middle, Reece James gets dragged in, but look at the time [McBurnie] has in there. Frank will be very disappointed with that.

    “That’s the way it was today. They lacked the same intensity that Sheffield United had and Sheffield just ran away with it.

    “Toni Rudiger came on and wasn’t quite with the pace of the game, unfortunately couldn’t sort his feet out [for the third goal].”

  • RUD AWAKENING

  • KOUL IT

    Kalidou Koulibaly has poured cold water on speculation that he’s heading for Napoli’s exit this summer. 

    The Senegal international, rumoured to be a target for a host of Premier League giants, is adamant his attention is focused purely on his Stadio San Paolo career. 

    The 29-year-old had been heavily linked with Manchester United, neighbours City, Chelsea and Newcastle, who see the playeras a cornerstone for their plans to become Premier League title contenders.  

    Champions Liverpool are also thought to be keen on swooping for the centre-back. 

    Koulibaly has been hotly tipped for a move away from Serie A over the past two seasons ,with Barcelona and PSG among the other European giants keen to sign him. 

  • BIG MC

    American midfielder Weston McKennie is set to leave Schalke this summer with Chelsea and Liverpool interested.

    The Bundesliga ace is valued in the region of £20million and CBS Sports suggest he's attracting interest from England, Spain, France and Germany.

    The US star, 21, has impressed since joining Schalke in 2016, racking up 91 appearances in all competitions.

    It is understood McKennie is looking to move to a side involved in European competition and Premier League champions Liverpool and Frank Lampard's Blues would fit the bill.

    McKennie was praised for his efforts in a Schalke side that at one stage looked set to challenge for the top six before slipping to a 12th-placed finish.

  • FEELING BLUE

  • DONE LIKE A KEPA

    Frank Lampard has been urged to bring in a new goalkeeper because Kepa Arrizabalaga is “not getting better.”

    Andy Townsend told Premier League Productions: “I actually think here even though there's a double deflection, I'm still looking at the goalie there.

    “Can't you have done something a little better than that?

    “Even if you punch this because you're not sure you might have just knocked it to one side rather than just flapping it straight down in front of [David] McGoldrick.

    “I don't know, the goalkeeper's a big talking point and clearly is going to be something they've got to consider.

    “They've invested a lot of money in him but he's not getting better.”

  • HELPING HEND

    Chelsea are set to approach Manchester United about signing Dean Henderson permanently or on loan next season.

    The Express claim the Blues are ready to pounce for his signature following a standout campaign at Sheffield United.

    Frank Lampard is also keeping tabs on Ajax’s Andre Onana and Burnley’s Nick Pope but is now poised to ask United to name their price for Henderson.

  • KURT DECISION

    Tottenham have been warned against signing Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma.

    Steve Nicol told ESPN: “Why? Did [Mourinho] not see [Zouma] the first time he played for him?

    “No offence, Kurt Zouma's a solid centre-back but that's all he is.

    “Tottenham need to be pushing to get back in the Champions League at the very least and unfortunately I don't think Kurt Zouma's part of that.

    “There will be a reason why Chelsea would let Zouma go and that's because he's not pushing them into the Champions League or solidifying them in the Champions League.

    “Listen, Kurt Zouma's a good Premier League player, I just don't think he's a top-of-the-table level.”

  • ON THE BACK-WERNER

    Frank Lampard is reportedly planning a move to bring in Real Madrid outcast Luka Jovic as second striker to Timo Werner.

    Michy Batshuayi has entered the final 12 months of his contract and Olivier Giroud has been linked with a switch to Inter Milan.

    Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claim Chelsea are now 'closely' following Madrid forward Jovic.

    Zinedine Zidane's side would reportedly be prepared to offload the 22-year-old for around £31.3m – nearly half the fee they paid Frankfurt for his services last season.

  • FEELING BLUE

    Tammy Abraham admitted Frank Lampard shared the frustration of his players in the Chelsea dressing room at Bramall Lane after Saturday’s 3-0 thrashing by Sheffield United.

    He told Chelsea’s official website: “He let us know how he was feeling after the game. We got into the changing room and we already knew ourselves so there wasn’t much for him to say.

    “We didn’t start the game sharp, but you have to give credit to Sheffield United for how they disrupted the way we wanted to play,” the England international continued. “They scored an early goal which frustrated us, and we didn’t react.

    “In games like this, we know we can’t start slow and that’s what we did. They got an early goal and that boosted them to put in a good performance.”

  • WHAT ZI-YECH

    Chelsea new boy Hakim Ziyech took part in his first training session with Frank Lampard's side this week.

    Here's why Blues fans are so excited to watch the former Ajax ace in action…

  • TO BE FRANK

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been told he got his tactics wrong in the 3-0 defeat to Sheffield United.

    Ian Wright told Match of the Day: “Yeah but I think you can see it in Frank, Frank knows that he got it wrong today. He made changes at half-time.

    “But I think you still have to look at it positively.

    “What happened to him at the start of the season, the embargo, the kids he’s had to use, staying in the top four, best player gone in Hazard.

    “So I think there’s still a lot to look forward to for them, he’s just got to get their attitudes right.”

  • MUST DO BETTER

    Tammy Abraham has been subjected to vile racist abuse from so-called Chelsea fans yet again, following the 3-0 defeat at Sheffield United.

    A number of fans – many with Chelsea-related avatars and usernames – branded the England striker 'Apebraham' on social media.

    Thankfully, it appears Twitter took swift action with many of the accounts, deleting the tweets and banning the accounts by the time this article was published.

    However, a search of the term shows that some references to the word remain on the site.

  • HAV TO GET IT DONE

    Kai Havertz will only join a Champions League club, according to Bild Head of Football Christian Falk.

    He states that Bayer Leverkusen's failure to qualify for the competition – finishing 5th in the Bundesliga – means Havertz is almost certain to leave this summer.

    But Chelsea now have to get the job done in the Premier League in order to convince Havertz to join.

    And the Blues will find out tomorrow whether they need to finish 4th or 5th to make it to Europe's elite competition as Man City's Financial Fair Play verdict is announced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

  • MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    Frank Lampard warned Chelsea's players he “won't forget” their 3-0 battering at Sheffield United.

    And might be even more upset when he hears the latest speculation over his £60million-rated target Ben Chilwell.

    Manchester United have reportedly leapfrogged Chelsea and Manchester City to become favourites to sign Leicester's England left-back, 23.

    For now, though, Lamps is focusing on the Blues' Brammall Lane bruising.

    He said: “They were better than us physically, better than us mentally, better with the ball.

    “All I could hear were Sheffield United voices. I learned a lot that I won’t forget.”

    Meanwhile, midfielder Billy Gilmour, 19, faces missing “three or four months” with a knee injury.

    And Chelsea are said to be vying with Inter Milan for Lille attacker Jonathan Ikone.

    The 22-year-old would certainly be a far cheaper alternative to the Blues' main striking target, Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz.

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