CHELSEA are hopeful of landing Kai Havertz as they look to add another star to their attacking ranks.
Frank Lampard's side are also hoping to pull off a double defender deal for Brighton's Lewis Dunk and Man City's John Stones, according to reports.
The club are also reportedly plotting a surprise move for Manchester United outcast Sergio Romero.
Follow all the latest transfer updates from the Bridge below…
Chelsea’s chief goalie transfer target is reportedly £30million-rated Ajax No1 Andre Onana.
And the 24-year-old has made sure he's shared the wealth accrued from his fame with his homeland.
Last week, it was reported that Onana uses part of his salary to fund an electric grid that provides electricity for a small African town.
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Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez appears to have thrown the door open to a move to Chelsea by admitting he “loved” them as a kid.
And the 25-year-old also revealed he wanted to line up alongside current Blues boss Frank Lampard.
He told LaLiga: “I would have liked to play with Lampard.
“I always used to watch Chelsea as a kid, loved them.”
Chelsea target Ben Chilwell is one of the best three left-backs in the world, according to Andy Robertson.
“I think Alphonso Davies, already world-class but he can only get better,” the Liverpool defender told BT Sport. “Don’t expect me to be doing that [Davies' assist vs Barcelona] any time in a hurry.
“That was just incredible. It probably took five or six of them out of the game with one passage of play.
“Phenomenal player, somebody I enjoy watching and I think the whole world’s enjoying watching him at the minute and I'm not different.
“Ben Chilwell I love watching in the Premier League.
“Then I would say Jordi Alba, the more experienced one of the three I would say, maybe coming near the end of his career, but what a career he’s had.
“Him and Marcelo probably took left-backs to a whole new level.”
BACK IN THE SADDLE
Chelsea will learn their fixtures for the 2020-21 season tomorrow, with the full list announced at 9am.
The Premier League gets back underway on September 12, with all games to be crammed in by May 23 as the league gets concluded in time for Euro 2020.
Top sides may hope for softer starts, given their stars' lack of a prolonged break between seasons.
Such a problem shouldn't arise for Manchester United or Manchester City, however, with the Premier League having granted them exemptions from the opening day after their European exertions.
It is understood that Wolves, despite their campaign finishing just four days before City's, have been denied the same privilege and will kick off again on September 12 with everyone else.
Kai Havertz is said to be desperate to follow German compatriot Timo Werner to Stamford Bridge after Bayer Leverkusen's Europa League campaign came to an end.
The Premier League has been rocked by a reported spike in positive coronavirus cases since teams returned for pre-season preparation.
According to The Telegraph, 14 new cases have been recorded at 12 clubs who started training again last weekend.
Officials are said to be concerned cases could continue to rise as players were pictured partying with rival stars on holiday over the past few weeks.
Ashley Cole has revealed that ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is his favourite manager he played under.
He told 90min: “My favourite manager that I’ve played under, I would say is Carlo Ancelotti.
“I played under some great ones, they were all different and I loved them for different reasons, but I just felt that with Carlo Ancelotti, I had a really, really good bond with him.
“Of course I admired him, he was a legend as a player and then of course what he achieved as a manager. Then he came to Chelsea and he was just that man manager that everyone seemed to love, whether you were playing or not.
“He was capable of putting that arm around you when needed – not just about football stuff, if you’re struggling off the field, he was very understanding which as players you want.
“You see that human side in people, it’s not all about football, so for me he was my favourite, and tactically at times he was a genius.
“He had that understanding whether to go into in-depth tactics or to trust the players to go out and deliver what he says in the team meeting.”
Michy Batshuayi has been linked with a switch to Leeds United.
The Belgian is surplus to requirements at Chelsea and the Mirror claim the Blues would be willing to listen to offers over £20 million.
Yet the report adds that the move is a 'non-starter' despite Batshuayi previously playing under Marcelo Bielsa at Marseille.
BLUE IS THE COLOUR
Chelsea may have been handed a boost in the race to land Jose Gimenez after he admitted he ‘loves’ the club.
The Atletico Madrid centre-back said in an interview with La Liga: “I would have liked to play with Lampard.
“I always used to watch Chelsea as a kid, loved them.”
Chelsea's move for Kai Havertz may be edging closer after Bayer Leverkusen reportedly stepped up their interest in a replacement.
Roma forward Patrik Schick has become the subject of a transfer battle between the Bundesliga club and RB Leipzig.
After spending the season on loan at the Champions League semi-finalists, the 24-year-old striker is wanted in a permanent switch.
A price tag of £22.5million has been set by Roma, according to Sky Sports Germany, with Leverkusen also taking a keen interest.
Czech international Schick scored ten goals for Leipzig in 2019/20, coming off the bench in Tuesday's 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.
Should Leverkusen jump ahead of their German rivals for his signature, he could help make up for the loss of Havertz.
Chelsea remain determined to sign the 21-year-old star but are thought to be trying to knock down his transfer fee.
Reports in Germany suggest a bid of £72m is on the table yet Bayer are determined to stick to their £90m price tag.
Chelsea are plotting a surprise move for Manchester United outcast Sergio Romero, according to reports.
Frank Lampard wants a new No1 having lost faith in Kepa Arrizabalaga.
And with Romero, 33, looking for a way out at Old Trafford, it could prove the perfect match.
SunSport exclusively revealed how Romero wants to hold showdown talks with United chiefs after Dean Henderson returned from his loan spell at Sheffield United.
Romero is now likely to be behind the talented England stopper and David De Gea in the United pecking order.
According to ESPN, his potential availability is likely to spark a transfer scramble, with Leeds and Everton also ready to make their move.
Despite being a key figure in United's Europa League campaign, he was dropped for De Gea in the 2-1 semi-final defeat to Sevilla.
It is understood the club will demand around £5million for his services after snapping him up on a free from Sampdoria in July 2015.
Chelsea have been linked with moves for Brighton defenders Lewis Dunk and Ben White this summer.
SunSport first revealed the Blues interest in Seagulls captain Dunk.
talkSPORT claim Brighton are keen to hold onto both players, with White particularly in heavy demand following his starring loan at Championship winners Leeds United.
Former Chelsea target Lautauro Martinez could easily have ended up in the Potteries had Stoke pulled off an audacious deal in 2016… before ending up with flop Wilfried Bony.
Former boss Mark Hughes was looking to add more star-studded names to his squad after a third consecutive ninth-place finish.
Hughes wanted to take Stoke to the next level and one of the names at the top of the summer wishlist was Martinez.
The Argentine striker, 18 at the time, was impressing for boyhood side Racing Club when chief scout Kevin Cruickshank flew to South America in an attempt to secure a deal.
According to The Atheltic, Cruickshank ended up in Buenos Aires on four separate occasions to meet with Martinez's agents.
He even held talks with the player's parents – albeit in broken Spanish.
But Cruickshank eventually gave up hope of landing Martinez when he learned of Atletico Madrid's interest.
The 22-year-old would end up joining Inter Milan in 2018 and has scored 30 goals in 83 games at the San Siro side.
Chelsea are to discuss a new contract for Conor Gallagher before deciding whether to send the midfielder out on loan, according to reports.
Currently signed up until 2022, the youngster is interesting a number of Premier League clubs.
The Mail report that Chelsea are considering selling the 20-year-old but would prefer a loan exit at this stage.
And contract talks are planned to determine the path ahead before Gallagher's future is resolved.
Newly promoted Leeds are named alongside Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa as keeping an eye on the midfielder's situation.
HAV A BIT OF THAT
Fabrizio Romano has claimed the reason Chelsea have not completed a deal for Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz is because the two clubs are still £18million apart in their vaulation.
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[🇩🇪] Kai Havertz-Chelsea deal updates – Chelsea are still in talks with Bayer Leverkusen to sign Kai Havertz as their “priority target”. 🔵 – Personal terms have been agreed weeks ago until June 2025. The player wants to leave the club and to join Chelsea, he’s pushing with his agents too. Bayer respect his decision but they’d not wait until the end of September to sell their best player. 🤝 – The two clubs have had a contact on Monday and they’ve now a difference of €20M between Chelsea first bid and Bayer Leverkusen price tag. ⚠️ – Negotiations still on to find an agreement – also with “add ons” as part of the deal. Havertz is ready and wants to play Champions League football on next season but it’s up to Chelsea now. “Pay what we ask or we don’t sell any player”- German clubs way. Key days are coming for Havertz deal… 💰 #havertz #kaihavertz #chelsea #cfc #transfers
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AMP UP THE PRESSURE
Ethan Ampadu is hoping to impress Frank Lampard enough to be involved in the Chelsea first team next season, according to reports.
And the 19-year-old wants to put another loan move on hold by forcing his way into the senior set-up.
Ampadu spent last season with Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.
But it did not work out as planned for the versatile teenager, who made just seven appearances across all competitions under Julian Nagelsmann.
Bristol City were linked in January but Fulham and Norwich have both expressed interest this summer.
But according to Goal, rather than seek another loan move, the former Exeter trainee is determined to see if he can impress in pre-season to convince Lampard to include him in his plans, as he did with Billy Gilmour.
KEEN FOR DEAN
Exclusive by Daniel Cutts: Manchester United are ready to ramp up the fight for the No1 keeper slot by almost doubling Dean Henderson’s wages.
Henderson, 23, is on the verge of signing a mega new four-year Old Trafford deal worth £100,000 a week.
The England goalkeeper only signed a new £60k-a-week deal last year and is a clear sign Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants him to battle David De Gea for the No1 spot.
SunSport understands there had been interest in Henderson from Chelsea, but no official approach has been made.
Chelsea want Kai Havertz signed and sealed before the £90million star returns to Bayer Leverkusen training, according to reports.
The Bundesliga side begin their pre-season on August 28 and the Blues are currently the only team thought to be primed to complete a deal.
With Havertz wanting to make a step up next season, Frank Lampard's side are ready offer him Champions League football and, potentially, meet Bayer's demands.
That is in contrast to Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, according to Bild, with neither European giant willing or able to pay the required £90m this summer.
That situation could change at the end of the season, however.
It is suggested that both Bayern and Real, plus Barcelona, would be highly interested in a deal next year – where Havertz may be considerably cheaper.
Mason Mount marked the one-year anniversary of his first Blues goal by saying it was a day he would never forget.
The Chelsea star has come through the ranks in West London and bagged his first senior goal a year ago today.
It came at home against Leicester and was a special moment for Mount.
He has been a regular fixture under Frank Lampard playing more than 50 games.
Chelsea and Man City women will be able to make FIVE subs in the Community Shield.
The rule will allow nine players to be named on the bench and will apply to the start of the Women's Super League and Championship next season.
The boards of both divisions approved the decision on Tuesday after consulting all 23 clubs.
SunSport understands clubs were worried about player burn-out and injuries having not played since February.
Inter Milan are reportedly lining up a double transfer swoop from Chelsea.
Antonio Conte wants to raid his old side for N'Golo Kante and Emerson Palmieri.
Kante could be let go by Frank Lampard to free up funds – with Kai Havertz potentially arriving for £90million.
And Palmieri is unwanted at Stamford Bridge as the club have made no secret of their desire for a new left-back.
Former Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas bigged himself up on Twitter.
Opta stats revealed midfielder Fabregas was in some pretty esteemed company when it came to the current players with the most assists in the top five European leagues.
Only Lionel Messi is ahead of Fabregas, with the 33-year-old edging out Cristiano Ronaldo in third.
Ex-Arsenal ace Fabregas replied to the tweet: “Not bad…?”
AL BE OFF
Chelsea target David Alaba could join a Premier League side in the next two weeks.
The Austria defender has rejected Bayern Munich's initial offer to extend his contract.
And Sky Sports reports he could be on the move by the end of August.
Both Manchester clubs are also reportedly interested in the converted centre-back.
HAV TO MOVE QUICK
Chelsea are “unlikely to fail” in their pursuit of Kai Havertz.
Bild reports the Bayer Leverkuen star is more than likely heading to the Blues over Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
But he will cost £90million after the club rejected the chance of any “corona discount”.
Havertz would join fellow German star Timo Werner in moving to Stamford Bridge ahead of the upcoming season.
WILL I NEVER
Former Chelsea ace Willian was reportedly offered a two-year deal by Manchester United before he joined Arsenal.
The Blues had also offered the Brazilian a two-year extension.
But the 32-year-old chose to leave on a free to join the Emirates with a three-year contract on offer from Mikel Arteta.
ESPN Brazil reports United were interested but only in a two season package.
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