7am Chelsea news LIVE: Blues to announce Timo Werner transfer this weekend, Rudiger tweets Kai Havertz, Chilwell latest – The Sun

CHELSEA continued their preparations for the Premier League's return with a 1-0 win over Reading as Pedro scored the only goal.

And off the pitch the Blues could be about to snap up Andre Onana for £27m, while one Chelsea youngster may have accidentally confirmed that Timo Werner will join.

Follow all the latest updates and transfer gossip from the Bridge below…

  • BLUES TRANSFER NEWS

    Chelsea's deal for Timo Werner could reportedly be announced within the next 48 hours.

    The Blues are being forced to wait on confirming the transfer due to coronavirus travel rules.

    The Evening Standard say Chelsea should complete the move this weekend, with the striker's £53million release clause at RB Leipzig expiring on Monday.

    The Blues' eyebrow-raising spending spree is in part funded by their lack of transfer activity over the past two windows as well as the sales of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid for £88.5m plus add-ons and Alvaro Morato back to Atletico Madrid for nearly £50m.

    Chelsea are said to be growing confident of striking a move for Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell, while Hakim Ziyech is due to arrive from Ajax for £37m.

  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Antonio Rudiger sent Chelsea fans wild by tweeting transfer target Kai Havertz on his birthday.

    Following the £54million capture of Timo Werner last week, the Blues have been strongly linked with Bayer Leverkusen wunderkind Havertz.

    And the Chelsea defender has added fuel to the fire after sending a birthday message to the 21-year-old.

    Rudiger is thought to have played a key role in luring Werner to Stamford Bridge – following developments closely and talking up life in London to his former Stuttgart pal.

    Werner's move to Chelsea is said to have been held up as he cannot complete a medical due to coronavirus travel regulations. 

  • ON THE BACK-WERNER

    Chelsea are only waiting to announce the signing of Timo Werner due to coronavirus travel rules.

    Reports last week suggested the Blues have all but signed Werner after triggering the £50million release clause in the striker's RB Leipzig contract.

    But according to The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein, any confirmation over that deal is being held up by coronavirus restrictions in England and Germany.

    “Delay in the Werner deal is solely down to the practicalities of getting a medical done,” he tweeted.

    “He can't fly to the UK due to Bundesliga Covid-19 regulations and Chelsea doctors can't fly to Germany because they would have to isolate for 14 days upon return.

    “Chelsea could use the German FA's doctor in the meantime but they're more likely to wait until German season is over on June 27 or quarantine regulations in the UK change.”

  • WERNER ON

    Timo Werner's transfer to Chelsea has been given the thumbs up – from young striker Armando Broja.

    SunSport expect Werner to join Chelsea for a fee of around £54million after Liverpool ended their interest in the RB Leipzig hitman.

    And while the deal has yet to be officially announced, Chelsea youngster Broja seems to think it's happening.

    Speaking on an Instagram Live, the 18-year-old said: “What do I think about Werner coming in? I think Werner is a really good player.

    “He is really fast, strong, he can score a lot of goals.

    “I’ve watched him a lot of [his games] on YouTube, he is quite good. That is a good signing, I think.”

  • COME ON YOU REGS

    Here is the list of new rules for the Premier League restart.

  • WHAT A KEEPER

    Stopper David De Gea shows off his lockdown bushy beard during training.

  • DAVE KIDD

    Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed the manager’s jobs at Chelsea and Manchester United on account of their storied playing careers — and neither would deny it.

    Until now, both inexperienced bosses have enjoyed honeymoon periods, both have benefited from lowered expectations, both have been offered more patience than any of their recent predecessors.

    Soon, though, all that will change. Soon, they will face the demands and pressures they thrived upon as players.

    Soon, there will be no hiding place.

    Soon we will discover whether these unlikely lads really are the right men to lead their clubs back to serious title contention.

  • REMEMBER ME?

    It's now less than a WEEK until the Premier League returns.

    Top-flight football will be back on our screens on June 17, with Sheffield United vs Aston Villa and Manchester City vs Arsenal to get us underway.

    But as we embark on the new normal, it might be worth having a quick check of your team's squad list.

    Because with Premier League clubs constantly loaning out players – and with the three-month lockdown – sometimes it's hard to keep track of who is and isn't at your club.

    The drama around loan deals and player contracts expiring on June 30 hardly makes life easier, either.

    With that in mind, we've picked out an XI of stars you might have forgotten are actually on your club's books.

  • BIRTHDAY BUY

    Antonio Rudiger sent Chelsea fans wild by tweeting transfer target Kai Havertz on his birthday.

    Following the £54million capture of Timo Werner last week, the Blues have been strongly linked with Bayer Leverkusen wunderkind Havertz.

    And the Chelsea defender has added fuel to the fire after sending a birthday message to the 21-year-old.

    He tweeted: “Happy Birthday my brother @kaihavertz29.”

    Rudiger is thought to have played a key role in luring Werner to Stamford Bridge – following developments closely and talking up life in London to his former Stuttgart pal.

    Those reports have earned Rudiger the nickname “Agent Rudi” and Chelsea fans are hoping Rudiger is at it again with international team-mate Havertz.

  • GER GET HIM

    Chelsea are reportedly chasing Flamengo's £30m-rated midfielder Gerson.

    Frank Lampard is set to continue his squad overhaul this summer having already made some big moves.

    Ajax ace Hakim Zyech's £33m move has already been agreed, while the Blues are also believed to be close to bringing in RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner for £54m.

    Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Kai Havertz is believed to be their next big transfer target.

    But according to Fox News, Gerson is also interesting the Londoners.

    Borussia Dortmund are also chasing the 23-year-old, who is the most expensive Brazilian player to be signed by a Brazilian club.

  • SEE YOU ZOU-N?

    Jose Mourinho wants Tottenham’s top bods to help him seal a summer swoop for Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, according to reports.

    The Spurs boss, who landed Zouma for the Blues during his time in charge of the club, hopes to reunite with the player he bought for £12million.

    The France centre-back, who’s been a part of the Blues squad since joining from Saint Etienne in 2014, enjoyed two successful loan spells at Stoke and Everton.

    Although Frank Lampard made more use of the 25-year-old’s defensive talents this season, the player looks to be heading for the Stamford Bridge exit.

    Media outlets in France claim Mourinho has been in talks with Tottenham’s board over a possible move for Zouma.

  • CHILLED OUT

    Chelsea have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Ben Chilwell as Leicester are reportedly lining up a move for Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico.

    The Blues have been after the English ace for some time as they look to replace Emerson and Marcos Alonso this summer.

    And the deal could be one step closer as the Foxes have highlighted Argentine Tagliafico as the man to replace Chilwell, according to the Mirror.

    The East Midlands side have not named a price for the England international who is also said to have attracted interest from Manchester City.

  • BABA BLUES

    ForgottenChelsea defender Abdul Rahman Baba could be left in no mans land as his Real Mallorca loan expires on the same day as his Chelsea contract.

    The Ghanaian signed for the Blues back in 2015 but has made just 23 appearances for the West Londoners – the last on May 15, 2016.

    The 25-year-old has been loaned out four times since including two spells with Schalke, one with French side Reims and the latest with Real Mallorca.

    Despite having played just three times for the LaLiga side this season the Spanish club will contact Chelsea for permission to extend the deal to the end of the rescheduled Spanish season, according to Ghanaian outlet SoccerNet.

    Rahman's loan deal expires on June 30 – the same day as his Chelsea contract – but the LaLiga campaign kicks off again today with Mallorca not playing until they host Barcelona on Saturday.

  • DOR CLOSED

    Chelsea are looking at alternative options as they believe Jadon Sancho will join Manchester United, according to reports.

    The Blues are among the long list of clubs that are interested in signing the Borussia Dortmund star this summer.

    But according to ESPN, Chelsea fear the in-demand 20-year-old would prefer a move to rivals United.

    Frank Lampard's side will continue to keep tabs on Sancho while assessing their other options.

    The Blues have reportedly identified Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz as an alternative signing.

  • KIT PROTEST

    Premier League stars’ names will be removed from their shirts for the first game back and replaced with “Black Lives Matter”.

    ALL 20 clubs agreed to add a Black Lives Matter badge, as well as an NHS logo, on the kits for the rest of the season during Thursday's shareholders meeting.

    On top of that the players will have their names removed from the back of their jerseys and replaced with “Black Lives Matters”.

    The Premier League will return on June 17 after every top-flight club approved the proposed matchday protocol.

    And it's for that first round of fixtures, starting with Aston Villa vs Sheffield United and Manchester City vs Arsenal, that will have the kits proudly modified.

  • REAL FRENZY

    Real Madrid have are ready to join Man Utd in the battle for Kai Havertz – but Chelsea remain in pole position with the German prodigy keen on a move to the Premier League.

    Spanish giants Real are the latest to register an interest in Bayer Leverkusen star Havertz, who is regarded as Germany’s best young talent since Michael Ballack.

    But Chelsea are optimistic they can win through with their bid of around £70m, as revealed exclusively by SunSport on Tuesday.

    Bayern Munich had for a long time seemed destined to capture the services of playmaker Havertz, 20, at the end of the season.

    But a host of Premier League clubs then made their interest known, with Manchester United and Liverpool joining Chelsea in the market.

    Now Real have also shown their hand, but SunSport understands it is the chance to move to England which appeals most to Havertz at this stage.

  • SANCH-GO?

    Man Utd are wary of committing to a record-breaking deal for Jadon Sancho, according to reports.

    The Telegraph suggest Borussia Dortmund have slapped a £115million asking price on the England winger, who is also linked to Chelsea.

    The report adds that the Red Devils are hesitant to put pen to paper on a deal that would see them break the record for the Premier League's most expensive signing.

    United are thought to want to see how the transfer market unfolds in the current climate before making a final decision.

    A deal is still likely to go ahead but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will not finalise the move until play has restarted.

    The club are keen to see which players might be available on the market before they break the bank to bring Three Lions ace Sancho back to England.

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILL

    Scotland starlet Billy Gilmour turns 19 years old today.

    One thing is for sure, Chelsea fans will be eager to see more of the fine young midfield talent in a blue shirt once again soon.

  • NEW RULES FOR PREM

    Premier League clubs have agreed new matchday rules ahead of football's return on June 17.

    The plans allow for 300 people to be allowed in stadiums including scouts and doping officials.

    Today's shareholder meeting saw clubs vote on the proposals and the decision was unanimous.

    Just 37 'Red Zone' passes will be issued to each team which are expected to be used by 20 players.

    And a further 12 comprising coaches, medical staff, media, doping officials, club scouts and an additional five essential staff members.

    Green and Amber zones will also be used for the remaining 226 people.

  • TABLE TALK

    Football is back and the Premier League swings into action on June 17 – but we’ve got all the results, right here, right now!

    In an amazing signing, SunSport has teamed up with Sportradar, the world’s biggest sports data provider, to show you the outcome of all the remaining 92 games as the 2019/20 season is completed, using exciting Simulated Reality.

    The final table predicts Chelsea will finish five points ahead of Manchester United in fourth.

    The table also predicts Aston Villa will finish BOTTOM with Bournemouth 19th and Norwich 18th.

  • NO 'MAN'S LAND

    Forgotten Chelsea defender Abdul Rahman Baba could be left in no mans land as his Real Mallorca loan expires on the same day as his Chelsea contract.

    The Ghanaian signed for the Blues back in 2015 but has made just 23 appearances for the West Londoners – the last on May 15, 2016.

    The 25-year-old has been loaned out four times since including two spells with Schalke, one with French side Reims and the latest with Real Mallorca.

    Despite having played just three times for the LaLiga side this season the Spanish club will contact Chelsea for permission to extend the deal to the end of the rescheduled Spanish season, according to Ghanaian outlet SoccerNet.

    Rahman's loan deal expires on June 30 – the same day as his Chelsea contract – but the LaLiga campaign kicks off again today with Mallorca not playing until they host Barcelona on Saturday.

  • COSTA FAR LESS

    Chelsea could swap Jorginho for Douglas Costa as an alternative to Jadon Sancho, according to reports.

    The Blues are already set to splurge £54million on RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner.

    And that rules them out of a bid for Sancho – who is rated at over £100m – as it stands.

    Manchester United are also favourites to land the England winger, who has been a breakthrough sensation for Borussia Dortmund over the last two seasons.

    And Chelsea look set to sign Costa, who has played 18 times for Juventus this season under Maurizio Sarri.

  • PAS GO, COLLECT £14.5M

    Mario Pasalic (remember him?) is heading to Atalanta on a permanent transfer for around £14.5million.

    The two clubs agreed the deal before Pasalic headed to the Gweiss Stadium on loan in 2018.

    The Blues bought the Croatian midfielder in 2014 from Hajduk Split when he was 19, but he has not made a single appearance for the club.

    Club director Giovanni Sartori said on Sky Italia: “We’re going to buy Mario Pasalic on a permanent deal from Chelsea.

    “We want to use the buy option.”

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