9pm Chelsea news LIVE: Blues beat QPR 7-1, Marcos Alonso to Newcastle, Hudson-Odoi case dropped, Werner transfer UPDATE – The Sun

CHELSEA continued their preparations for the return of the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Reading as Pedro scored the only goal.

Meanwhile Callum Hudson-Odoi has had the rape allegations against him dropped in a big boost ahead of the restart.

Follow all the latest updates and transfer gossip from the Bridge below…

  • MO BETTER BLUES

    Chelsea-bound Timo Werner can make the club a real force thanks to his “killer instinct”, according to Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

    Werner is set to complete a £54million move from RB Leipzig this month.

    His compatriot and friend Leno has welcomed him to London but fears he will transform the Blues into title contenders.

    Leno, 28, told Sky Sports Germany: “With his qualities and killer instinct, I’m afraid I have to say, he could be strengthening Chelsea.

    “The Premier League is faster, more physical. But I think he’s good for it. Timo is an extremely fast player.

    “I would be happy for him, Chelsea is a great choice, no question about it.”

  • BLUE RAGE

    Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has slammed the prevalence of racism in football.

    Speaking to the Guardian, the Spaniard said: “In the stadiums, there is ignorance, people insulting you about the colour of your skin; it’s stupid.

    “Unfortunately it’s been happening for years and years and it is time to speak up and act. If you have to close the stadiums and hand out bans, we should.

    “They need to go to jail – let them go to jail – but whatever needs to be done has to be done once and for all.

    “There will still be some idiots that will want to be the clowns of the party but if they have to pay a high price for it, they should, because it shouldn’t be allowed any more in sport and in the world.”

  • TOP GESTURE

    Chelsea new boy Hakim Ziyech showed his class off the field.

    The outgoing Ajax star gave two young fans of the Dutch club fist-bumps and shirts as souvenirs.

    The winger is arriving at Stamford Bridge for £37million.

    The youngsters were so excited they momentarily forgot about social distancing rules.

    But the 27-year-old Moroccan dealt with the situation calmly and flashed a Peace sign as he went on his way.

  • KANT ME OUT

    Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante is wanted by Real Madrid.

    Spanish outlet AS report Los Blancos are prepared to offer up to £71million for the midfielder.

    Zinedine Zidane's side feel their best shot at poaching former Foxes ace Kante is if the Blues fail to qualify for the Champions League.

    Frank Lampard's side sit fourth ahead of the Premier League's return but have a number of rivals hot on their heels.

  • KUR BLIMEY

    Chelsea are interested in left-back Layvin Kurzawa, who was previously sought after by Arsenal.

    The Gunners were reportedly keen on the Paris Saint-Germain star in January.

    But now London rivals Chelsea are lining up a summer move, according to France Football.

    The 27-year-old will be able to sign on a free and could be an alternative signing to Leicester's Ben Chilwell.

  • KING OF THE GIL

    Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour and England star Ruben Loftus-Cheek both bagged a brace in a friendly today.

    The Blues smashed Queens Park Rangers 7-1 in a behind closed doors fixture.

    Mason Mount, Willian and Olivier Giroud also found the net.

    Frank Lampard's side previously beat Reading 1-0 in the week, thanks to a Pedro goal.

  • WAGE COUT

    Chelsea target Philippe Coutinho is willing to take a pay cut in order to join Liverpool ahead of the Blues.

    The Barcelona flop is looking for a move away from the Nou Camp this summer.

    He has spent this season on loan at Bayern Munich but the German giants have decided against a permanent transfer.

    The Brazilian's agent Kia Joorabchian told Sky Sports: “The Premier League is something he has always enjoyed playing in and loved playing in, and would probably love to come back and play in.

    “The question is what are the financial of all the clubs, including Barcelona and all the Premier League clubs at the end of this pandemic.”

  • ON THE MARC

    Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso has received interest from Newcastle.

    The Mirror claim discussions have taken place with Stamford Bridge bosses, as Toon chiefs register their interest in the Spaniard.

    Blues skipper Cesar Azpilicueta has often been used by manager Frank Lampard on the left ahead of the more attack-minded Alonso.

    His future in West London is in doubt with reports Chelsea are trying to sign Leicester and England ace Ben Chilwell.

    The Blues are expected to demand a fee of around £26million for 29-year-old Alonso.

    But the Toon Army may not welcome the move as Alonso featured on loan for North East rivals Sunderland in 2014 and was booed by Geordie supporters in October.

  • TOUCHING TRIBUTE

    Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has revealed a tribute to Atletico Madrid's women's star Virginia Torrecilla.

    Costa bagged a goal for Atleti against Athletic Bilbao and celebrated by holding up a club shirt with “Virginia 14” on the back.

    Torrecilla is battling a brain tumour and recently had surgery.

    The touching gesture was a classy move from the 31-year-old during the game which finished 1-1.

  • SUPER FRANK

    On this day 19 years ago, a midfielder named Frank Lampard signed for Chelsea.

    Just shy of his 23rd birthday, Lampard put pen to paper on a £11million deal to join from West Ham.

    But the now Blues boss has revealed what he needed to work on when he arrived at Stamford Bridge.

    In an interview with chelseafc.com, he said: “l'll never forget coming to Chelsea and realising how much better I needed to be in possession.

    “That was the main thing I noticed when I came and trained with players like Jody Morris and Emmanuel Petit – the level of player you had to be in possession.”

  • HIT IN THE (RUBEN LOFTUS) CHEEK

    Chelsea ace Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been out of competitive action for 13 months with an Achilles problem and looks a little rusty.

    The England midfielder is back in training and has starred in friendlies as the Blues gear up for Project Restart.

    But he has not quite found his touch yet by the signs of the latest footage.

    The club posted a video of Loftus-Cheek controlling the ball with his knee into his own face in a hilarious gaffe.

    It sent his team-mates who were involved in the training drill into fits of laughter.

    Brazilian Willian even commented on Chelsea's Instagram post with the crying with laughter emoji's.

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  • ERND THE RIGHT

    Chelsea-bound Timo Werner can make the club a real force thanks to his “killer instinct”, according to Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

    Werner is set to complete a £54million move from RB Leipzig this month.

    His compatriot and friend Leno has welcomed him to London but fears he will transform the Blues into title contenders.

    Leno, 28, told Sky Sports Germany: “With his qualities and killer instinct, I’m afraid I have to say, he could be strengthening Chelsea.

    “The Premier League is faster, more physical. But I think he’s good for it. Timo is an extremely fast player.

    “I would be happy for him, Chelsea is a great choice, no question about it.”

  • MULL IT OVER

    Bayern Munich have slammed Thomas Muller for urging his side not to buy Chelsea target Kai Havertz.

    The German ace told the club not to splash the cash on Havertz and branded a potential move as “paradoxical” after the squad took pay cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    But Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic put the experienced player in his place and told Sky Sports Germany that he “maybe chose the wrong path with his words”.

    Chelsea are keen on Bayer Leverkusen star Havertz and have already reportedly put in an offer of £70million.

    But the German side expect closer to £90m and The Athletic reported yesterday they are still “miles apart” in their respective valuations of the player.

  • TIME FOR TI

    RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has reassured Chelsea fans not to worry that the £54million transfer of striker Timo Werner will get over the line this week.

    Nagelsmann told German media his star man has no future at the club as the Blues close in on clinching the deal.

    Liverpool and Manchester United have been after the 24-year-old, who has fired Leipzig into Champions League contention.

    Leipzig know if they do not sell Werner this summer they will face a £20m hit on his transfer fee, as his release clause drops dramatically in 2021.

    He had previously set his heart on a move to Liverpool after talks with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

    Nagelsmann has said there is now no way back for a player that has been hugely important to Leipzig over the last two seasons.

    He told DAZN: “I do not expect Timo to be here next season.”

    Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno has backed his pal to be a success on the other side of London.

    He told Sky Sports Germany: “I would be happy for him, Chelsea is a great choice, no question about it.”

  • HOUSE OF FRASER

    Chelsea and Arsenal are reportedly set for a transfer battle for Southampton outcast Fraser Forster.

    The goalkeeper has been on loan at Scottish giants Celtic this season, with the Hoops believed to want to sign him permanently.

    But according to Football Insider, Chelsea “are assessing the keeper amid doubts over his future at St Mary’s Stadium”.

    Rumours persist that Frank Lampard is ready to move on first choice Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer after a series of high-profile blunders.

    He ended up losing his place in the team to back-up Willy Caballero, who recently agreed a one-year extension at Stamford Bridge.

    Southampton are ready to listen to offers this summer for 32-year-old Forster who was another two years left on his current £70,000-a-week deal.

    Alex McCarthy has cemented his place between the Saints' sticks this season with Angus Gunn providing the back-up.

  • MAUR SILENCE

    Jorginho remains the favourite to be reunited with his old boss Maurizio Sarri at Juventus – even though the pair have not spoken for a year.

    The £57.4million Chelsea midfielder is tipped to make the move back to Italy, possibly in exchange for either attacker Douglas Costa, Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic or winger Federico Bernardeschi.

    But Sarri has not contacted the player since he left Stamford Bridge last June.

    Blues boss Frank Lampard would be happy to sell either Jorginho or N'Golo Kante to fund more rebuilding at Stamford Bridge.

    However, Jorginho himself loves life in London and has established himself as a fans' favourite.

    Sarri had the 28-year-old at Napoli for four years and he then became one of his first signings when he took over in West London two years ago.

    But The Athletic claim he has not once contacted the player once.

    It is not believed the pair have fallen out, but have just not been in contact.

  • MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    Chelsea's path to signing Jadon Sancho and Kai Havertz got far tougher – but they are tipped to tie up Timo Werner's £53million arrival within days.

    Frank Lampard was hotly tipped to sign Bayer Leverkusen's Germany midfielder Havertz – only for Manchester United, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to reportedly join the chase.

    Now, The Athletic say Blues' transfer chiefs are struggling to reach an agreement with Havertz's advisers, with the 20-year-old valued at £89million.

    Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund claim England attacker Sancho will stay with them for now.

    Despite interest from Chelsea and United, Dortmund's head of club licensing Sebastian Kehl said “We expect Jadon to play with us next year.”

    At least Germany striker Werner's impending signature seems more straightforward.

    The Telegraph say just the finishing touches are missing, in particular how the fee will be paid.

    Real Madrid are willing to pay £71m for N'Golo Kante, according to the latest transfer talk over the Blues' anchorman.

    Most of the speculation is that Lampard would willingly sell the French World Cup winner to fund big-money bids for players like Ben Chilwell.

    But there are also claims Lampard believes Billy Gilmour's emergence, the return of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount's rapid progress as a regular choice mean he can offload some of his more experienced midfielders.

    Having said that, there are still rumblings over interest in West Ham's England star Declan Rice. 

  • BRIDGE NEEDS A WELL

    Chelsea have been given a clear path to sign Ben Chilwell after Man City pulled out of the race to sign him.

    ESPN say Guardiola's side are not 'that keen' on landing the Leicester defender.

    City are said to be focused on prioritising other positions, especially a central defender.

  • CAVANI AND SILVA PINING

    Prem giants will be on alert after PSG confirmed record scorer Edinson Cavani and Brazil centre-back Thiago Silva are on the way in August.

    United were linked with Uruguay legend Cavani in January before signing Odion Ighalo on loan, whilst Chelsea have previously monitored the 33-year-old.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal are thought to be keen on at least one major recruit in defence, although at 35 Silva is unlikely to be the answer for Mikel Arteta's squad.

    PSG Director of football Leonardo said: “Cavani and Thiago Silva? Yes, we are coming to the end.

    “It was a very difficult decision. These are players who have marked the history of the club.

    “Their stories were so beautiful. But yes, we are coming to the end.

    “We had to make a logical decision, economically speaking and with regard to the generation that is coming through.”

  • JADON DOR SHUTS ON SUMMER EXIT

    United and Chelsea target Jadon Sancho will STAY at Borussia Dortmund this summer, according to an official from the German club.

    Dortmund's head of club licensing, Sebastian Kehl, believes the Manchester City academy product will spend the next year in Germany.

    Club legend Kehl, who won three titles and helped the club reach the Champions League final, told Sky Deutschland: “We expect Jadon to play with us next year.”

    He was speaking ahead of Dortmund's game away at Dusseldorf on Saturday, which Sancho's side won 1-0 courtesy of a last-gasp Erling Haaland winner.

  • BLUES FACE HAVERTZ FIGHT

    Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly 'miles apart' in negotiations over Kai Havertz.

    It seemed like the Bundesliga star was all set to join Frank Lampard's side.

    Havertz is under contract at the BayArena until 2022 but has already indicated he is looking for a new challenge and prepared to move abroad.

    But The Athletic say Blues transfer chiefs are struggling to reach an agreement with Havertz's advisers.

    Man Utd, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are all interested in the youngster.

    Havertz is valued at £89m and it is believed Leverkusen are holding out for that amount despite the financial restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • N'GO NOW

    Real Madrid have set their sights on a £71million swoop for Chelsea star N'Golo Kante.

    Blues boss Frank Lampard does not see the Frenchman as part of his Stamford Bridge revolution.

    So Zinedine Zidane can steal in and grab his countryman as he looks to shore up his midfield at the Bernabeu.

    There has been speculation that Kante could leave the Blues for some time nowand this would give Lamps the cash to complete his other business.

    Lampard has plenty of options in midfield with Jorginho, the impressive Mateo Kovacic, new hope Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

    There is also talk Lamps could re-sign West Ham's Declan Rice in a big summer raid.

    Los Blancos are not expected to do too much shopping this summer as the coronavirus has hit LaLiga harder than most leagues.

  • MICH-ING OUT

    Batshuayi's time at Chelsea looks to be at an end.

    The Belgian striker failed to make either starting XI in the Blues' intrasquad friendly last week.

    And with Chelsea set to sign Timo Werner this summer, reports say Batshuayi is surplus to requirements.

  • CHILL OUT

    Chelsea have been given a clear path to sign Ben Chilwell after Man City pulled out of the race to sign him.

    ESPN say Guardiola's side are not 'that keen' on landing the Leicester defender.

    City are said to be focused on prioritising other positions, especially a central defender.

  • CORONA NO GO

    Chelsea have reportedly withdrawn their interest in Porto winger Jesus Manuel Corona.

    Blues transfer chief Marina Granovskaia is believed to have instructed scouts to turn their attention elsewhere.

    Corona has banged in four goals and registered 17 assists for the Portuguese side this year.

    The 27-year-old's agent Matias Bunge confirmed the Blues had made contact earlier this year.

    But their stance changed when they found out Liverpool had pulled out of the race to sign Timo Werner.

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