7am Chelsea news LIVE: Kai Havertz aware of Blues interest, Lampard puts SIX up for sale, Rice seen as ‘next John Terry’ – The Sun

CHELSEA travel to Crystal Palace tonight but they are likely to have to make do without N'Golo Kante, who came off during the win over Watford with a hamstring injury.

But on the transfer front the Blues are making progress with Kai Havertz aware of their interest and West Ham star Declan Rice seen as the 'next John Terry' at Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard is thought to be ready to flog up to SIX players to bring in the right faces this summer.

Follow all the latest transfer gossip and updates below….

  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    The Blues have stepped up their interest in West Ham star Declan Rice as Frank Lampard sees him as a “successor to John Terry”, according to reports.

    Despite being most well-known for his holding midfield performances, Blues boss Lampard is said to have been impressed by Rice's recent showing at centre-back.

    The 21-year-old came through at Chelsea's academy before he joined West Ham aged 14 after being released by the West Londoners.

    Blues midfielder Mason Mount is still his best friend and Lampard would love to link the pair up on the pitch again, according to the Times.

    Chelsea are also interested in Arsenal target Pau Torres, according to reports.

    The Blues are also taking a look at the centre-back, 23, who has impressed for Villarreal this season.

    Torres has scored twice and provided one assist in the league, as well as defensive stability for the Yellow Submarine this season.

    Barcelona are also reportedly interested in the defender, but Chelsea could muscle in, according to the Mail.

    And Lampard Frank Lampard has revealed one aspect where he prefers Christian Pulisic to former team-mate Eden Hazard.

    Speaking ahead of Tuesday's trip to Crystal Palace, Lamps said: “Having played with Eden and seen him come to the club at a relatively young age, similar to Christian.

    “We saw the development of Eden but he had a special talent straight away of being able to receive a ball and have great balance and go past players so well.

    “He would draw a lot of players towards him to open up space for others. He was pretty unselfish in how he would make assists.

    “I think Christian is possibly more direct in his style sometimes, in terms of how he goes past players and runs off the ball, which I like.

    “Eden would come and get the ball and take it past players a lot.

    “With Christian, sometimes I think he has the ability to break the line and run forward, which is a really great trait in the modern game.”

  • PUL THE OTHER ONE

    Frank Lampard has revealed one aspect where he prefers Christian Pulisic to former team-mate Eden Hazard.

    Speaking ahead of Tuesday's trip to Crystal Palace, Lamps said: “Having played with Eden and seen him come to the club at a relatively young age, similar to Christian.

    “We saw the development of Eden but he had a special talent straight away of being able to receive a ball and have great balance and go past players so well.

    “He would draw a lot of players towards him to open up space for others. He was pretty unselfish in how he would make assists.

    “I think Christian is possibly more direct in his style sometimes, in terms of how he goes past players and runs off the ball, which I like.

    “Eden would come and get the ball and take it past players a lot.

    “With Christian, sometimes I think he has the ability to break the line and run forward, which is a really great trait in the modern game.”

  • BLUE IS THE COLOUR

    Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz is reportedly aware of Chelsea's interest.

    German publication Bild claim that while the Blues are yet to make an offer for the 21-year-old, his representatives have been notified that Stamford Bridge is an option this summer.

  • DOR OPEN

    Andy Cole has backed Manchester United's move for Chelsea target Jadon Sancho.

    He told MUTV: “You’re always looking to bring in players.

    “There’s talk of Jadon Sancho coming in. Would he give Manchester United something different? Of course he would.

    “I’m not going to sit here and say, “Oh no, he’s not good enough!” because of course he’s good enough.

    “He’s got pace, he’s got the ability to go past players, score goals and create.”

  • MUST HAV HIM

    Frank Lampard has reportedly put six players up for sale as he looks to raise funds in order to sign Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.

    The German playmaker is understood to be a key target for Chelsea, with the 21-year-old keen to sit down with the Bundesliga side to discuss his future.

    And Chelsea have been handed a boost in their pursuit of signing the midfielder after his boss Peter Bosz admitted he could be sold before August.

    But in order to land the £90million-rated star, Chelsea will have to offload a number of players, with Lampard said to have deemed six squad members as surplus to requirements.

    According to the Express, the likes of Michy Batshuayi, Marcos Alonso, Danny Drinkwater, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Kenedy could all be heading out.

    And they also state that Italian left-back Emerson Palmieri looks increasingly likely to leave with Inter Milan looking to bring him back to Serie A.

  • ODOI DONE GOOD

    Frank Lampard has claimed that Callum Hudson-Odoi must look to emulate the recent form of Christian Pulisic and Willian.

    He said: “With Callum, I think the same, he has played more games than Ruben this year. I think he really needs to work hard daily in training and do the right things daily, then when he gets his opportunities from the bench or to start, then he really needs to show input in games.

    “We are seeing the difference now with Christian Pulisic and what Willian are doing in the team. When Callum gets in the team, comes on or starts he has to show that he has something similar in what he can do for us.

    “They are both young and I both believe and trust in them. In this mini-period, they can certainly make impacts in their own ways.”

  • CHEEK OF IT

    Frank Lampard admitted that it won't be until next season until Ruben Loftus-Cheek reaches his best form again following his injury comeback.

    “Ruben, literally played no games for a long, long time. Just before the lockdown period, we were trying to find him games in the Under-23s and play him at the right time.

    “So for Ruben, I think this period has been great for him to get fit. He is pretty fit but the reality is that next season will be the one with another pre-season that he will be really firing for.

    “I am really excited for those times. It is not to say he won’t contribute now, he is coming off the bench, he may start some games and he gives us something really different.”

  • JORGIN-NO

    Frank Lampard has refused to guarantee Jorginho a return to the Chelsea first-team against Crystal Palace.

    The Blues are already without N'Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic through injury but the Italian midfielder may still be left on the bench.

    Lampard said: “(Jorginho has) been very professional about it. He wants to play as every player does. One of the hardest parts of the job is telling a player they’re not playing, particularly when they train well, and Jorginho always trains well.

    “He has handled it professionally, and that’s what I would expect.

    “It’s important players over the course of a long season, in a competitive squad like we have, are there to support other players when they’re playing and they’re out. We’ll see with my selection tomorrow whether he plays.”

  • RACE FOR EUROPE

    Frank Lampard has called on his Chelsea side to remain focused ahead of the Premier League run-in.

    He said: “Football has never been more on TV than it is now. I expect them to buy into that and want to see what results are happening around us. On a sporting level that means you care.

    “And then there has to be a slight switch-up and a focus on yourselves. We can’t control all the other games; we can certainly control what we can do. It can fire you up seeing what else is happening.

    “The position we’re in means a lot is in our own hands, and that’s the main thing. When we train and when we prepare and when we play, the main thing is we focus on how we absolutely put out the best performance.

    “Manchester United are closest, they’re a very strong team, they’re in great form for a long period of time. They have got really good individual players. You have seen the momentum they have gained across their front three, all scoring, lots of goals. They’re the biggest threat from behind, but this is the Premier League. It looks that way today, but it’s how each team finishes the season.”

  • RICE RICE BABY

    Chelsea have stepped up their interest in West Ham star Declan Rice as Frank Lampard sees him as a “successor to John Terry”, according to reports.

    Despite being most well-known for his holding midfield performances, Blues boss Lampard is said to have been impressed by Rice's recent showing at centre-back.

    The 21-year-old came through at Chelsea's academy before he joined West Ham aged 14 after being released by the West Londoners.

    Blues midfielder Mason Mount is still his best friend and Lampard would love to link the pair up on the pitch again, according to the Times.

  • BBC NO1

    Southampton's shock win over Manchester City was the most-watched live Premier League game on TV of all time.

    A record 5.7million tuned into the BBC's coverage of the game at St Mary's on Sunday evening.

    It was just the third Premier League game the BBC have broadcasted live after acquiring rights for four matches as part of the season restart.

    And with the channel readily available to all, viewers tuned in to catch a surprise result.

    With Gary Lineker joined in the studio by Alan Shearer and Micah Richards, the 5.7m peak audience eclipsed the previous record held by Sky Sports – set on June 21 as Everton and Liverpool played out a 0-0 draw.

    That Merseyside derby drew in 5.5m at its peak with an average of 5m across Sky Sports and Freeview channel Pick.

    Southampton's win over City followed Bournemouth's home defeat to Crystal Palace on the returning weekend and Everton's narrow victory at Norwich which were both shown on the BBC.

  • WERN THAT GOT AWAY

    Michael Owen has bemoaned Liverpool missing out on Timo Werner to Chelsea, and claims that their loyalty to Divock Origi “blocked” a potential move for the German.

    He told Premier League Productions: “I agree with Wrighty.

    “Will Origi and Takumi Minamino be there next season? Yes they will.

    “Origi’s just signed a new contract and Minamino’s only just signed.

    “They are there and they’re fixed but that doesn’t mean you can’t question whether they should be.

    “Origi signing a new long-term deal was almost Liverpool… they were loyal to him weren’t they?

    “He’d done what he’d done and all of a sudden they they thought he’s done that so you have to give them a new contract.

    “That’s now prevented them from going and spending big money on a back-up striker.

    “Timo Werner was obviously a player that Liverpool were linked to and he’s eventually gone to Chelsea. I think that type of player would have been brilliant for Liverpool.

    “They signed Origi on a long-term contract that virtually ruled out a back-up striker and I’m not sure that they don’t need a better one.”

  • CRYSTAL CLEAR

    Chelsea travel to Crystal Palace tomorrow with Frank Lampard set to make a huge choice in central midfield.

    Having lost out on the chance to jump to third after a frustrating loss at West Ham, Lampard made changes and the Blues fired back with a 3-0 win against Watford.

    Baring some injuries, Chelsea can be expected to start with an almost identical line up – unless rotation is needed due to the hectic fixture schedule.

  • TALK TO FRANK

    Frank Lampard has had his say in his press conference today on the comparisons between Christian Pulisic and Eden Hazard.

    Blues boss Lamps tried to dampen expectations on young American ace Pulisic.

    He said: “Eden has been here and done it to an incredible level.

    “Christian is taking responsibility to change games and has a lot of development to come.”

  • JORGIN-GO

    Midfield outcast Jorginho could be given a route out of Stamford Bridge by Juventus.

    The 28-year-old has been benched every game since the return of action amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    And old pal Maurizio Sarri could come to his rescue as TuttoSport suggest the Serie A champions are plotting a move.

    The two forged a great relationship at Napoli before moving to West London together.

    Jorginho cost the Blues £57million in 2018.

  • COUTINHO'S FIT AGAIN

    Philippe Coutinho has proven his fitness once again after having ankle surgery and missing much of Bayern Munich's title run-in.

    The Chelsea target, 28, is available for a transfer this summer, with Barcelona even willing to accept a loan fee.

    He played in their final game of the season win over Wolfsburg, before heading to Berlin to play in their German Cup final win over Leverkusen.

    Now Coutinho has shared a photo of his pregnant wife Aine with his two daughters.

    While the former Liverpool ace would be a gamble, he appears in need of a fresh start and a return to the Premier League could well be on the cards.

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  • ICYMI – RICE IS ‘NEW TERRY’

    Frank Lampard sees Declan Rice as Chelsea’s potential heir to John Terry’s berth as the rock at the back, according to reports.

    West Ham midfielder Rice, 21, has been in fine form since the return of football from lockdown.

    And he is a target for Blues boss Lampard, who wants him to marshal the defence.

    There have been big question marks over Andreas Christensen, who has made errors since the return of the Premier League.

    Not least during Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat at the London Stadium last week.

    According to the Times, childhood Chelsea fan Rice is seen as the perfect heir to Terry’s legendary status at the Bridge.

  • HAZARD VS PULISIC

    Frank Lampard reckons Christian Pulisic is “not quite Eden Hazard, but he’s getting there” but the stats tell a different story.

    In fact Chelsea’s American star has scored more and completed more dribbles than club legend Hazard had at the same stage of his Chelsea career, according to figures revealed today by SunSport.

    Pulisic played his 20th Premier League game for the Blues during their 3-0 win over Watford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

    And although he didn’t register an official goal or assist, he was brought down by Etienne Capoue for the penalty Willian scored to put Chelsea 2-0 up just before half-time.

    However, he has scored twice since lockdown – one each in Chelsea’s victories over Aston Villa and Manchester City – taking his total goal tally to seven.

    Let's compare the two…

    HAV WORDS

    Kai Havertz wants to sit down for talks with Bayer Leverkusen chiefs to discuss his future, according to reports.

    And that could spell good news for Chelsea fans if the German sensation tells his current club he wants to leave in the summer – especially with 'Agent Rudiger' ready to work his magic.

    The attacker, 21, is a transfer target for a number of top clubs across Europe with the Stamford Bridge club among the frontrunners.

    According to Bild in Germany, Havertz has requested a meeting with Bayer Leverkusen.

    Havertz may have played his final match for the club he joined aged 11, scoring a consolation penalty in the 4-2 German Cup final defeat to Bayern Munich on Saturday.

    Frank Lampard has already completed deals for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner and Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech.

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Timo Werner had his hopes of a farewell RB Leipzig win dashed by a brilliant Erling Haaland brace.

    The Borussia Dortmund hotshot, 19, was on target in both halves with his second effort coming in the third minute of extra time in the game’s closing stages.

    Werner, who bids farewell to his current club this month, is on his way to Stamford Bridge this summer.

    Frank Lampard may have to tussle with Tottenham and West Ham should they wish to capture the signature of Pau Lopez.

    The AS Roma keeper, who’s been in Serie A for a season after a £22.8million switch from Real Betis, is one of several players who could be leaving the side and Kepa still has an uncertain future at Chelsea.

    And surprisingly, the Blues are on the brink of handing forgotten man Marco van Ginkel a new contract.

    Meanwhile on the pitch, Chelsea look set to be without N'Golo Kante for their match against Crystal Palace.

    Following victory over Watford, Frank Lampard said: “N’Golo Kante he has a small hamstring injury, we hope it is small, that’s what I’ve been told so far.

    “But I’m guessing it will be a problem for Palace on Tuesday.”

    Lampard also had his say on comparisons between Christian Pulisic and Eden Hazard following an outstanding display from the American against Watford.

    The Chelsea boss commented: “I don’t want to get involved in that one too much, but they can both go by players and they’re both great to watch.

    “Eden did it here – sensational in what he did. I don’t want to make that comparison quite, but I also don’t want to take away from Christian, what he’s showing now is a real natural ability.

    “A balance and the speed at which he can dribble with the ball, the next stage for him is more end product, more goals and more assists.

    “Since the restart, he’s already showing that and he looks great.

    “He had injury problems this year, but he’s a good one, a really good one – I’m really happy with him.”

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