CHELSEA are close to securing the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who is expected to join for £22m tomorrow.
And the Blues are also set to make a bid for Declan Rice as they take their extravagant transfer spending up yet another notch.
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Get all the latest transfer gossip and updates from Stamford Bridge…
MERSE DISMISSES HAVERTZ
Paul Merson reckons Kai Havertz “has got a lot to do” to make an impression at Stamford Bridge.
The pundit was far from impressed with the impact the former Bundesliga starlet had on the Blues during their match against Brighton.
In his Daily Star column Merson wrote: “Kai Havertz has got a lot do. He didn’t play well [against Brighton].
“He didn’t even look interested at times. When he came off, he didn’t really seem to care.
“It was strange.”
NO GO FOR THIAGO
Chelsea had a chance to join the race to capture Thiago Alcantara's signature.
The Athletic claim the Blues could have gone for the former Bayern Munich star.
And Bundesliga giants had reported offered him to Frank Lampard's side and the Gunners in the hope of starting a bidding war.
However the player completed a £25million move from Bayern to Anfield on Friday afternoon.
ON THE MEND
Chelsea have agreed to pay £22million to make Edouard Mendy their seventh signing of the summer.
And the Senegal international will be rivalling Kepa Arrizabalaga for the club's number one keeper spot.
The goalie made 33 appearances for Rennes last term keeping 13 clean sheets for the Ligue 1 side.
And the Blues will be hoping to claim their first win in their first game of the season when they take on title-holders Liverpool on Sunday.
LIKE THE LUKA
Chelsea are rumoured to be have been one of the clubs to have shown interest in Real Madrid frontman Luka Jovic.
However Sport Witness claim the Serbia international reportedly refused the option to join the Blues, and a few other European giants includingNapoli and AC Milan.
Jovic, 22, is thought to have to turned down an approach from Stamford Bridge.
It's reported the club's approach may have taken place before Chelsea's big money move for Timo Werner in June.
BLUE IS THE COLOUR
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has announced Chelsea have completed the signing of Edouard Mendy from Rennes.
He tweeted: “Edouard Mendy is a new Chelsea player, now also cfc confirm the agreement reached on September 11th.
“Part of medicals already completed.”
The Blues could now make a move for Declan Rice once they announce the arrival of the goalkeeper.
HAV A LOOK AT YOURSELF
Kai Havertz must improve against Liverpool after the £86million newcomer flopped on his Chelsea debut and appeared not to care.
That's the verdict of Arsenal legend Paul Merson amid speculation Germany attacker Havertz might be dropped to the bench at home to the champions on Sunday afternoon.
Havertz was replaced by Callum Hudson-Odoi in Chelsea's Premier League opener, Monday's 3-1 win at Brighton.
And Merson questioned not only the ex-Bayer Leverkusen hero's display but also his attitude.
The former England striker wrote in his Daily Star column: “Kai Havertz has got a lot do. He didn’t play well.
“He didn’t even look interested at times. When he came off, he didn’t really seem to care. It was strange.”
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TO BE FRANK
Frank Lampard has insisted he is a 'huge fan' of Jurgen Klopp ahead of Chelsea's meeting against Liverpool on Sunday.
Speaking ahead of Sunday's clash against the Reds, Lampard said of Klopp: “I'm a huge fan of his.
“The competitive moments that you see maybe on the TV and if I slightly overstepped the mark an Anfield, it's got no relevance to how I feel about him as a person and as a manager.
“To play the champions – who are such a great team – is always going to be a big test.
“It makes it important for us, it's a benchmark for us, because they were the benchmark.”
ED-ING TO THE BRIDGE
Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has agreed a five-year, £22million Chelsea switch, reports say.
The Senegal star, 28, seems certain to become Frank Lampard's seventh summer signing within days.
And he will aim to quickly push Kepa Arrizabalaga for his Blues' No1 shirt.
The deal was thought to have been pushed over the line by Stamford Bridge hero Petr Cech, who also joined from Rennes.
New Blues signing Timo Werner is the latest footballing star to donate a portion of his salary to charity.
Werner, 24, is the first Chelsea men's star to sign up to Common Goal and will give at least one percent of his salary.
The German joined the likes of Paulo Dybala, Serge Gnabry and US women's stars Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan in supporting Juan Mata's initiative.
Werner said: “I am very conscious of the fact that there are people all over the world currently struggling to tackle the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
“That's why I would like to try my best to help as best as I can through Common Goal. The great thing about the movement is that I decide where my money goes.
“There are certain issues that particularly move me and I am also interested in supporting and kicking off projects in Stuttgart and Leipzig.”
LET'S BE FRANK
Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard insist their touchline square-up is history.
The pair meet tomorrow for the first time since the Chelsea boss angered his Liverpool rival in July’s f-word spat at Anfield.
Lampard accused the Prem champs’ bench of “arrogance” and Klopp responded: “Frank has to learn. He has a lot of time — he is a young coach.”
But yesterday the Liverpool boss said: “There is no rivalry. I have no problem at all with Frank Lampard. We meet two or three times a season. I respect what he is doing.
“On the sideline we’re animated and emotional and sometimes say a few words which a few minutes later we wish we didn't say.”
Chelsea boss Lampard echoed Klopp’s feelings ahead of tomorrow’s Stamford Bridge clash. He said: “I have huge respect for what
Jurgen has done at Liverpool.
“The competitive nature of the 90 minutes can boil over in certain situations but my respect for him will never change.”
Kepa Arrizabalaga could be in line for his final Blues appearance with Edouard Mendy set to join.
The back four could remain unchanged from Brighton with Reece James, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and Marcos Alonso.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jorginho may drop out for Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley, although Kai Havertz could come central and Callum Hudson-Odoi out wide.
Timo Werner looks set to retain his place up top with Mason Mount operating on the left.
Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva will have to wait to make their Chelsea debuts – while Christian Pulisic is also unavailable.
Keep could see himself dropped after another blunder on Monday night while there could be a shake-up in midfield.
ON THE EVE
Chelsea will host the Premier League champions in the blockbuster clash of Matchweek 2.
The game kicks off at 4:30pm at Stamford Bridge and will be live on Sky Sports.
Stay tuned for plenty of previews throughout the rest of today.
In the meantime, here are the best bits from Frank Lampard's press conference…
Petr Cech popped up in Chelsea training this week – leading to fans dreaming of the Czech legend's return.
Kepa Arrizabalaga is about to be ousted by new signing Edouard Mendy but will play in Sunday's game against Liverpool.
The 38-year-old Cech holds the role of technical and performance advisor to Frank Lampard's team.
Although some hoped the four-time title winner would step in for the huge game versus Liverpool.
Twitter user Kofi commented: “Petr Cech Returns.”
Oli posted: “You know what's coming when Petr Cech decides to take things personal.”
Chelsea joined Manchester United and Arsenal in a very exclusive club this week.
Their victory over Brighton on Monday night saw the club register their 2,000th point in the Premier League (1,077 matches).
They are only the third side to achieve this feat since the competition began in 1992, after United (2,234) and the Gunners (2,014).
Davide Zappacosta, remember him, has returned to Italy on loan again and will spend the season at Genoa.
The full-back, 28, joined Chelsea in 2017 and spent last term at Roma but suffered a serious injury.
Genoa finished 17th in Serie A last season.
TONI FITS BILL
Timo Werner revealed best pal Toni Rudiger saved him from a run-in with boss Frank Lampard and Transport For London.
The £48million striker struggled with his bills, in particular the congestion charge, while settling into London life.
Werner, 24, has also been relying on his fellow German team-mate Rudiger to decipher quick-fire instructions from Lampard in training.
He said: “It’s really important for everybody to have people who can speak your language. He has been helping me a lot when I didn’t understand when the manager spoke fast.
“When I get bills at home the English can be very hard to understand. Toni gave me some tips about the congestion charge, is it called?
“I never knew about it and it was important he helped me, otherwise I would be getting a bill everyday.”
Midfielder Jorginho is charging £123 for personalised fan videos on Cameo… despite raking in £110,000 per week.
The Blues star, 28, set up an account on the popular website this week, days after scoring his side's first goal of the season.
Cameo allows fans and followers to request celebrities such as actors, sports stars and singers to record a personal message – that could be a birthday wish, a congratulations or simply a hello.
Co-founder Martin Blencowe revealed his company's new signing with a video on Jorginho's page.
Gareth Bale looks set to become one of the highest earners in the Premier League when he completes his loan move back to Tottenham.
He will still get paid his full £650,000 per week – more than anybody else in England's top flight.
Spurs will cover around £325,000 each week for the Wales hero, £125,000 more than their next big-money earner, Harry Kane.
Here's how he matches up against the rest of the Premier League's most-paid stars, with David De Gea top of the pile.
At Chelsea, Kai Havertz is the only player in the top ten with a weekly wage of £310,000.
Speaking of Werner's pace, one of the key battles at the Bridge tomorrow will be the German's duel with Virgil van Dijk.
Last season, the Holland defender clocked a top speed of 21.4mph and is up there with the quickest defenders in the world.
Likely starting partner Joe Gomez is no slouch either – actually the quicker of the two at 21.5mph.
However, despite boasting the quickest centre-backs in England, the Reds duo are likely to be outpaced by Werner, who clocked a top speed of 21.7mph last season.
On top of that, Werner's slighter frame – compared to the giant defenders – ensures he accelerates to his top speed quicker too.
Timo Werner is otherwise known as ‘Turbo Timo’ for the blistering pace with which he tore up Germany’s Bundesliga.
He clocked 11.1sec over 100 metres as a teenager — a time which would make him a county-level sprinter as an adult.
His stamina comes from legging it up ‘Rubble Mountain’ — a 511m high man-made mound amassed from the ruins of Stuttgart after World War Two.
Werner said: “The last time I ran 11.1 seconds I was 15 or 16, so hopefully I’m a bit faster now. My dad always wanted me to be faster and he wanted to give me strength in my muscles.
“He got me to run up some hills and it helped me a lot. It taught me you have to work hard and that the strength and fitness in the games doesn’t come from doing nothing.
“But it wasn’t the hills that gave me my speed, it was me thinking about how you have to train and work hard and be fit enough to go past defenders.
“Turbo Timo is not the worst nickname. Hopefully I can show that I deserve it. Being fast is a really good thing for me because it gives me a lot of opportunities in the game to score goals.”
RICE-ING ON TOP
Here's one transfer rumour that was doing the rounds yesterday – and one that refuses to go away this summer.
Chelsea are reportedly plotting a transfer swoop for Declan Rice to finish off their summer spending spree.
The Blues have already splashed £230million in the current window to bring in the likes of Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz while they are also hoping to stump up another £20m for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
But according to reporter Simon Phillips, the Blues are eyeing another major deal before the window closes on October 5.
He wrote: “Mendy will be confirmed soon. Then Chelsea will make an offer for Declan Rice. Strap in for a busy last couple of weeks with outgoings as well!”
That gives Frank Lampard just two-and-a-half weeks to get Rice through the door at Stamford Bridge.
EX-BLUE BREAKS RECORD
Jamal Musiala became Bayern Munich’s youngest-ever goalscorer in the Bundesliga with a strike in Friday’s 8-0 win over Schalke.
The former Chelsea academy ace came off the bench to make history and also record a personal milestone with his first senior goal, aged just 17 years and 205 days.
Musiala only made his first-team debut in June, coming on as a sub for Bayern Munich in their 3-1 win over SC Freiburg in the Bundesliga.
The promising attacking midfielder, plucked from Chelsea’s academy in the summer of 2019, was a late replacement for club legend Thomas Muller with just a couple of minutes left on the clock.
It shows the potential the German giants see in the England youth star.
Earlier in June, Musiala scored his first two goals for the Bavarians, playing for their reserve side in Germany’s third tier, 3.Liga.
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