8.15am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Kai Havertz deal ‘will be done’, Koulibaly agent talks, Thiago Silva offered free – The Sun

8.15am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Kai Havertz deal ‘will be done’, Koulibaly agent talks, Thiago Silva offered free – The Sun

CHELSEA are closing in on signing Kai Havertz with the expectation being that the deal will be done in this summer's transfer window.

Meanwhile Marina Granovskaia is reported to have had phone calls with Kalidou Koulibaly's agent.

Follow all the latest transfer updates from the Bridge below…

  • WIN TOGETHER, LUIZ TOGETHER

    Arsenal’s new signing Willian revealed close pal David Luiz convinced him to join the Gunners.

    Willian told the Arsenal club website: “He's very happy. We played together in the national team, we played together at Chelsea, and now at Arsenal again.

    “I think we can do great things together, I hope so, but I'm very happy to be with him again.

    “He said, 'Come to Arsenal, come to Arsenal, I want you to come!' So that was the conversation.

    “He is a very nice guy, a top player and I'm very excited to play with him again.

    “Of course [he helped in the past], many times. Many times when I had difficult times at Chelsea he was helping me a lot.”

  • FEDEX

    Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are eyeing up a move for Juventus star Federico Bernardeschi, according to reports.

    The 26-year-old was a regular in the 2019-20 season, helping Maurizio Sarri's side to the Serie A title.

    But with Sarri having now been sacked, Juve could cash in on the former Fiorentina attacker.

    And according to Calciomercato, Juve are now hoping to cash in on the man they bought for £36million three years ago.

    Initially they tried to offload him back to former club Fiorentina in exchange for Federico Chiesa.

    But with La Viola refusing to budge, Juve will look to sell him outright.

  • KOUL RUNNINGS

    Chelsea could make a move for Kalidou Koulibaly, with Marina Granovskaia reportedly having held calls with the Napoli star's agent.

    Speaking on Instagram's live feed, Bleacher Report's Dean Jones made clear that Chelsea are interested in far more players than just top target Kai Havertz.

    He said: “I think there’s something to bear in mind for Chelsea fans is that they’re trying to sign a lot of players right now.

    “[Havertz] is not the only deal they’re focusing on.

    “[Marina] is also on the phone to Koulibaly’s agent, she’s on the phone to Ben Chilwell’s agent, she’s trying to find a midfielder, she’s got someone speaking to Declan Rice, they’re trying to find a goalkeeper – basically trying to sign half a team here!

    “I mean it’s really difficult. Marina’s days must be really long at Chelsea right now, the amount of calls she’s got to get through.”

  • FEDEX

    Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are eyeing up a move for Juventus star Federico Bernardeschi, according to reports.

    The 26-year-old was a regular in the 2019-20 season, helping Maurizio Sarri's side to the Serie A title.

    But with Sarri having now been sacked, Juve could cash in on the former Fiorentina attacker.

    And according to Calciomercato, Juve are now hoping to cash in on the man they bought for £36million three years ago.

    Initially they tried to offload him back to former club Fiorentina in exchange for Federico Chiesa.

    But with La Viola refusing to budge, Juve will look to sell him outright.

  • GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    Chelsea have reportedly been offered Thiago Silva on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.

    The 35-year-old will line-up for the French side in Sunday’s Champions League Final against Bayern Munich before leaving the club after eight years.

    Both Fiorentina and AC Milan have shown interest in the veteran but he wants to fulfil his dream of playing in the Premier League.

    And The Telegraph claims the Brazilian is ready to take a huge wage cut on his £300,000-a-week deal at PSG to achieve that.

    Now he is set for talks with Chelsea over a potential two-year deal to move to Stamford Bridge.

    Meanwhile, 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.”

    Finally, 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 £20million.

    Yet the report adds that the move is a 'non-starter' despite Batshuayi previously playing under Marcelo Bielsa at Marseille.

  • HAVE A GUESS

    Chelsea are still £18million short in their offer for Kai Havertz.

    That's according to Fabrizio Romano, who says Bayer Leverkusen are yet to accept a bid from the Blues.

    It's reckoned Havertz has agreed a mega-money contract to move to Stamford Bridge.

    But there is still work to be done before the German can be announced as a Chelsea man.

  • DEAN GONE

    Dean Henderson has sent an emotional goodbye to Sheffield United as he targets David De Gea’s No 1 jersey at Manchester United.

    The Chelsea target said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Sheffield United for the last two years.

    “Winning promotion to the Premier League with my brothers and having the season we had this season is something I’ll never forget.

    “I would like to thank the manager, my team-mates, backroom staff and, of course, the fans, who have been unbelievable to me.

    “I will look back at the last two years as an important chapter in my career.

    “I’m grateful to have had a chance to learn with such a class group of lads. I can’t wait for the next chapter.”

  • BEN AND GONE

    Sixteen-year-old Exeter City superkid Ben Chrisene has snubbed Bayern Munich to sign for Aston Villa.

    The England youth midfielder impressed Bayern’s coaches when he played for the German giants youth team last season.

    He was also courted by reigning Euro champs Liverpool who invited him to a Champions’ League match last season as Jurgen Klopp’s VIP guest, while Chelsea boss Frank Lampard personally called him to express Chelsea’s interest in him.

    However Villa are hugely ambitious at Academy level and managed to persuade Chrisene to team up with Barcelona wonder-kid Louie Barry, who they paid £3million to lure away from the Nou Camp last season.

    It’s understood Chrisene will cost around half that amount with Villa agreeing to some lucrative add-ons for the youngster who recently turned down the offer of a full-time pro contract with the Devon club.

  • SILVA LINING

    Chelsea have reportedly been offered Thiago Silva on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.

    The 35-year-old will line-up for the French side in Sunday’s Champions League Final before leaving the club after eight years.

    Both Fiorentina and AC Milan have shown interest in the veteran but he wants to fulfil his dream of playing in the Premier League.

    And The Telegraph claims the Brazilian is ready to take a huge wage cut on his £300,000-a-week deal at PSG to achieve that.

    Now he is set for talks with Chelsea over a potential two-year deal to move to Stamford Bridge.

  • SWAP GREAL

    Man United will reportedly offer Sergio Romero as part of a swap deal for Jack Grealish.

    The Red Devils have been heavily linked with the Aston Villa star and may use their sub-goalie to try and sweeten the deal.

    But the news will come as a blow to Chelsea who reportedly made Romero a top transfer target with Kepa set to leave imminently.

    Leeds and Everton are also said to be eyeing 33-year-old Romero.

    But United want to use him as leverage in the Grealish deal, according to the Mail.

  • CON ARTIST

    Conor Gallagher looks set for a new Chelsea contract.

    The Mail claims he has caught the eye of Frank Lampard after impressing on loan at Charlton and Swansea last season.

    The Blues had considered selling Gallagher but are now preparing a new deal.

    But he looks set to be loaned out once again due to the amount of midfielders currently in Chelsea's senior squad.

  • POINT TO PROVE

    Ethan Ampadu wants to force his way into Chelsea's starting XI.

    Goal claims the defender believes he can be the man to solve Frank Lampard's centre-back crisis after returning from RB Leipzig.

    Fulham have been linked with a loan move for Ampadu.

    But the Wales international reckons he can make a similar impact to Billy Gilmour and wants to prove his worth in pre-season.

  • GIFT OF GAB

    Arsenal could land £27million Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes within days after he agreed a five-year contract.

    The Times say Arsenal have settled personal terms with the Brazil Under-20 star after other suitors like Everton dropped out of the running.

    Lille reportedly expect Gabriel to decide his future this week.

    However, Napoli are understood to have made a last-gasp move for the ace.

    Chelsea have also been linked with a bid as they search for a new centre-back.

    Man Utd were thought to be in the running too but are now looking at West Ham’s Issa Diop.

  • TAKE YOUR PICK

    Wolves could reportedly swap Raul Jimenez for Juventus trio Aaron Ramsey, Douglas Costa and Alex Sandro.

    Andrea Pirlo took charge of the Serie A side earlier this month and is believed to be ready for a huge clear out, says Tuttosport.

    Jimenez and Costa have both been linked with Manchester United this summer.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal icon Ramsey has been tipped to join Chelsea with Jorginho heading the opposite way.

    Reports earlier this year even claimed the Welshman could be welcomed back at the Emirates just a year after his exit.

  • HE’S ELECTRIC

    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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  • TRUE BLUE

    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.”

  • HELPING H-AND

    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.

  • FEELING BLUE

    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.

  • TESTING TIMES

    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.

  • BOSSED IT

    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.”

  • BATSMAN

    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.”

  • SCHICK HAPPENS

    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.

  • NO1 TARGET

    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.

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