8.30am Chelsea news LIVE: Havertz demands Blues make Champions League, Abraham racially abused, Ziyech in London – The Sun

CHELSEA were hammered 3-0 by a rampant Sheffield United as the race for the Champions League spots was blown wide open.

And that could have implications on the transfer front with Kai Havertz reportedly only willing to consider joining a Champions League club.

Follow all the latest transfer gossip and updates below….

  • MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    Frank Lampard warned Chelsea's players he “won't forget” their 3-0 battering at Sheffield United.

    And might be even more upset when he hears the latest speculation over his £60million-rated target Ben Chilwell.

    Manchester United have reportedly leapfrogged Chelsea and Manchester City to become favourites to sign Leicester's England left-back, 23.

    For now, though, Lamps is focusing on the Blues' Brammall Lane bruising.

    He said: “They were better than us physically, better than us mentally, better with the ball.

    “All I could hear were Sheffield United voices. I learned a lot that I won’t forget.”

    Meanwhile, midfielder Billy Gilmour, 19, faces missing “three or four months” with a knee injury.

    And Chelsea are said to be vying with Inter Milan for Lille attacker Jonathan Ikone.

    The 22-year-old would certainly be a far cheaper alternative to the Blues' main striking target, Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz.

  • SOUN-D ADVICE

    Graeme Souness has warned Chelsea manager Frank Lampard he will have to make a decision soon on the future of Chelsea's midfield.

    Speaking on Sky Sports, Souness said: “He's still searching for what he regards as his best mix in there.

    “I think, come the end of the season, he'll have some decisions to make on who stays and who goes.

    “You've got Ziyech coming in, who I've liked when I've seen him play.

    “There's no doubt about it, they've spent big money and I think they want to go again on [Kai Havertz] from Bayer Leverkusen, so they'll want to get a few people out the door.

    “It'll be interesting to see who he's willing to sacrifice, as they've got some players in midfield.”

  • FEELING BLUE

    Billy Gilmour will be missing for “three or four months” with a knee injury, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has confirmed.

    The 19-year-old has burst onto the scene in 2020, producing mature performances beyond his tender years.

    But an injury sustained in Tuesday's dramatic 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace will see the Scot miss the remainder of his breakthrough season – as well as the beginning of next.

    Gilmour suffered ligament damage and went under the knife yesterday morning – but not before Lampard offered comforting words to his talented rookie.

    He said: “I am very disappointed. We all are here, so is Billy. I spoke with him yesterday at length and gave him some support. He is a tough boy.

    “It hit him hard, I get that as well as a younger player. He’s just made his breakthrough in recent times. He was doing so well.”

  • CHIL RACE HEATS UP

    Reports suggest Manchester United have jumped ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City in the race to sign Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell.

    Chilwell, 23, is valued at £60million by the Foxes.

    The news may come as something of a surprise to Man United fans as Luke Shaw's form has drastically improved since the turn of the year.

    Left-back has been identified as an area for improvement by Chelsea manager Frank Lampard this summer, with at least one of Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso likely to be shown the exit door.

  • LAMPARD FUMES

    Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has warned his Chelsea players he “won't forget” their loss to Sheffield united today.

    “They were better than us physically, better than us mentally, better with the ball,” he said.

    “They were also stronger than us. With no crowd you can hear every voice. All I could hear were Sheffield United voices.

    “I learned a lot today – I learned a lot that I won’t forget.

    “We might be outside the top four when we play again but it’s not about that right now – I’m more concerned about this performance.”

  • LEAKY DEFENCE

    Everyone knows Chelsea are a threat going forward.

    But Frank Lampard's side are shooting themselves in the foot with a leaky defence.

    They have conceded a massive 49 goals this campaign.

    More than any other side in the top half.

    📊 Chelsea have now conceded 49 PL goals this season – they have conceded 50+ PL goals in only 1 of the last 22 full seasons, 53 in 2015-16 pic.twitter.com/I79m7FClnz
    — Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) July 11, 2020

  • SHEFFIELD UTD 3-0 CHELSEA

    A bad day at the office for the Blues.

    FT. shuche pic.twitter.com/5HDKDlI8H9
    — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 11, 2020

  • KEEN ON DEAN

    Another possible goalkeeper target for Chelsea is Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Sheffield United.

    The 24-year-old has enjoyed a brilliant season, helping the Blades challenge for Europe in their first season back in the Premier League.

    David De Gea stands in Henderson's way of becoming number one at Old Trafford and the ex-England under-21 international could be offered first team football at Chelsea.

    Henderson has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Red Devils but is unlikely to be let go cheaply by the United hierarchy.

  • JON TO WATCH

    Chelsea could go head-to-head with Inter Milan and former manager Antonio Conte in the race for Lille attacker Jonathan Ikone.

    Le10Sport claim both clubs have contacted the French international's agents and the club.

    Ikone notched four goals and seven assists in 36 appearances for Lille this season, and has a contract with Les Dogues until 2023.

    The 22-year-old could be seen by Blues boss Frank Lampard as a potential alternative to Bayer Leverkusen wunderkind Kai Havertz.

  • UGUR-GENT REINFORCEMENTS

    Chelsea have secured the signature of highly-rated Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir, according to reports in Turkey.

    The 24-year-old has helped Trabzonspor towards a second-place finish in the Turkish Super Lig this season.

    Chelsea are thought to have agreed a fee of around £30million for the Turkish international, with personal terms also thought to have been decided.

    If the reports are to be believed, an announcement could be imminent.

    Current Blues number one Kepa Arrizabalaga's long-term future has been thrown into doubt several times this season.

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  • COST OF SANCHO

    He appears a Man Utd target but other interested clubs including Chelsea have been told how much Jadon Sancho will cost.

    Reports claim Borussia Dortmund have insisted the England star will not go for less than £116m.

    Sancho has entered the last two years of his deal and it's believed he wants to leave the German club.

    Solskjaer and Lampard appear the front runners to land the 20-year-old.

  • NICE TO SEE YOU

    Ziyech looks to be loving life at Chelsea.

    And Petr Cech was on hand to see him too.

  • HI HAKIM

    Someone looks happy to be at work!

  • LONDON CALLING

    Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Kai Havertz after the player told Bayer Leverkusen he wants to leave the club, according to reports.

    Blues chiefs have negotiated a five-year deal worth around £7.1million-a-year after holding talks with the player's agent.

    One issue left to iron out is the asking price with Leverkusen demanding £90million for his signature.

    Boss Frank Lampard is hoping to get his deals concluded early following the arrivals of striker Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

    The Germany playmaker has become one of the most sought-after players in world football following another terrific Bundesliga campaign.

  • ON THE PELL

    Chelsea have reportedly joined the transfer battle for Penarol wonderkid Facundo Pellistri.

    But the Blues have some serious European competition for the 18-year-old winger.

    Both Manchester clubs, Juventus and Atletico and Real Madrid have all bee eyeing a move for the Uruguayan.

    Italian news site Calcio Mercato reports that Juventus seem to be leading the race, but Chelsea have emerged as dark horses to land him.

    Frank Lampard's side have shown a “concrete interest” in Pellistri that will “put them on a collision course” with Manchester City.

  • HAK IT UP

    Chelsea newboy Hakim Ziyech is poised to start his training with Chelsea.

    The new summer signing is in London – and went for a nice meal out in Mayfair last night.

    Ziyech is now expected to familiarise himself with his new surroundings after leaving Ajax.

    That is thought to include trips to Chelsea's Cobham HQ, where he will meet new team-mates and get used to how the club is run.

  • REAL DEAL

    Chelsea may offload N'Golo Kante to Real Madrid in order to fund a summer move for Kai Havertz, according to reports.

    The Express claim Frank Lampard is looking to sell players to raise the cash needed to land Bayer Leverkusen ace Havertz.

    The Blues have already added Ajax's Hakim Ziyech and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner to their ranks at a cost of £85million.

    If they are to splash out further in the transfer market then they will need to cash in on some players.

    Havertz is believed to have told Leverkusen he wants to leave and the West London club are at the head of the queue for the 21-year-old.

    Real Madrid have long been rumoured to be monitoring Kante and Lampard may allow boss Zinedine Zidane to finally snap up his compatriot.

  • FEELING BLUE

    Billy Gilmour will be missing for “three or four months” with a knee injury, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has confirmed.

    The 19-year-old has burst onto the scene in 2020, producing mature performances beyond his tender years.

    But an injury sustained in Tuesday's dramatic 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace will see the Scot miss the remainder of his breakthrough season – as well as the beginning of next.

    Gilmour suffered ligament damage and went under the knife yesterday morning – but not before Lampard offered comforting words to his talented rookie.

    He said: “I am very disappointed. We all are here, so is Billy. I spoke with him yesterday at length and gave him some support. He is a tough boy.

    “It hit him hard, I get that as well as a younger player. He’s just made his breakthrough in recent times. He was doing so well.”

  • ZIYECH IN LONDON

    Looks like the new Chelsea man is enjoying the sights and sounds of the capital.

    He appeared to be at Novikov restaurant near Mayfair last night.

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    Kan geen echte dingen praten in een fake cirkel, ze begrijpen je niet en jij wordt als de boeman neergezet 💯⭕️

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  • TAMMY WHAMMY

    Tammy Abraham has activated a one-year contract extension in his contract to ease doubts over his Chelsea future, according to reports.

    The Blues striker had an initial £50,000-a-week deal until the summer of 2022.

    Chelsea chiefs were fearing that the 22-year-old would delay putting pen-to-paper on a new deal meaning they could have been backed into a corner in 12 month's time.

    But the Telegraph report how Abraham's contract was automatically extended until 2023, including receiving a pay rise, after he reached a certain amount of games and goals.

  • LUK OUT

    Chelsea are reportedly in pole position to sign the 'new Romelu Lukaku'.

    Stoke's 16-year-old striker Mohamed Sankoh is said to be close to sealing a deal with the Stamford Bridge club.

    Sankoh cannot sign a professional deal until he turns 17 in October.

    Chelsea might not have it all their own way, however.

    It is further claimed that Spurs have also offered Sankoh a deal, but that West London remains the most likely destination.

  • MY JORGE

    Frank Lampard has suggested he wants to keep Jorginho at Chelsea.

    “I have selection issues in midfield,” the Blues boss said. “Good issues because I have N'Golo Kante, Billy Gilmour, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.

    “And then in slightly more advanced areas I have Mason Mount, Ross Barkley and I have Ruben Loftus-Cheek now.

    “There are always players who are maybe unhappy or have moments out of the team and that's Jorginho at the moment.

    “If a player is missing for one game or a few games, it doesn't mean in any way that they are out of my thoughts going forward.

    “There have been times when he has been pivotal for me this year certainly on and off the pitch. That doesn't change and I am very happy with him.”

  • OH ZIYECH

    Hakim Ziyech has boarded a private jet for the UK with his entourage as he prepares to join Chelsea.

    Pictures and images of Ziyech on the flight with his crew have emerged on social media.

    The Blues wrapped up his transfer for a fee of about £37.8million back in mid-February.

    He will join £54m striker in Frank Lampard's new-look squad, while he could be joined by £90m Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz.

  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour will miss up to four months of action after undergoing knee surgery.

    Frank Lampard confirmed in his Friday press conference: “I am very disappointed. We all are here, so is Billy. I spoke with him yesterday at length and gave him some support. He is a tough boy.

    “It hit him hard, I get that as well as a younger player. He’s just made his breakthrough in recent times. He was doing so well.

    “But I explained he should be very pleased with the impact he has had this season and that this is part of football.”

    In better news, Tammy Abraham has activated a one-year contract extension in his contract to ease doubts over his Chelsea future, according to the Telegraph.

    The Blues striker had an initial £50,000-a-week deal until the summer of 2022, which was automatically extended, including receiving a pay rise, after he reached a certain number of games and goals.

    Finally, Chelsea will face Napoli or Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals… if they do the impossible.

    The Blues are 3-0 down to Bayern Munich in their last-16 tie with the second leg set for August 8 at Allianz Arena.

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