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11pm Chelsea news LIVE: Chilwell ‘wants Blues transfer’, Premier League fixtures, Abramovich eyes TWO ‘marquee buys’

CHELSEA players are back on the training pitch ahead of the Premier League's return on June 17.

We've got the very latest transfer news on the likes of Pedro, Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze.

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

  • CHIL OUT

    Ben Chilwell has reportedly told Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers he wants to join Chelsea.

    The Blues have been linked with an £85million swoop for the left-back this summer.

    And their hopes may have been boosted by the player himself.

    According to The Transfer Window Podcast, Chilwell has discussed his future with his manager at the King Power Stadium.

    He has also admitted a move to Chelsea would interest him should any offer be forthcoming.

  • DELIVER-BLUE

    Chelsea are feeding their players meals on wheels in a bid to get them into shape for the restart of the season, as exclusively revealed by SunSport's Andy Dillon.

    Government guidelines on social distancing and coronavirus protection means the squad and coaching staff are not allowed to use the training ground canteen.

    But the club has come up with a clever way to get good nutrition into their stars while observing protocols to stop the spread of Covid-19.

    The Premier League recently increased the number of tests available to each club from 40 to 60.

    Food is now being prepared on site at Chelsea’s Surrey training ground while the players are put through their paces by head coach Frank Lampard and his staff.

    It is then placed into the players’ cars by staff wearing gloves and taking extra precautions to maintain the new stricter standards on hygiene during the pandemic.

    The players then drive home with their unique takeaways to ensure they are eating the right food to help them prepare for the big kick off.

  • BEG THE QUESTION

    Former Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, now on loan at AC Milan from AFC Bournemouth, has spoken out on life in Italy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    He told The Guardian: “When I first came back, nobody was in the streets and there was absolutely nothing happening.

    “It seems like now we are getting back to somewhat normal life again.”

    And on the rigours of preparing to return to action in the Covid-19 era, he continued: “Training has been absolutely fine.

    “So far the club and everyone involved has done a great job and you don’t feel uncomfortable at all. It has been tough, like pre-season really, but it’s awesome after such a long break to be back doing what we love doing.

    “It is an honour to be part of this club. I have come to Milan and seen what this club means.”

  • VICTOR-IOUS

    Rumoured Chelsea target Victor Osimhen's asking price is lower than originally expected, according to reports.

    After a breakout season for the Nigerian in Ligue 1, Lille have been expected to demand a fee similar to the £72million received by Arsenal for Nicolas Pepe last year.

    But according to Alfonso Pedulla, a potential suitor could now land the 21-year-old for between £49m and £53m.

    Arsenal, Napoli and Spurs are also believed to be interested.

  • FEELING THE BERN

    Chelsea's interest in Federico Bernadeschi is becoming “more and more insistent”, according to an Italian report.

    The Juventus ace appears to have entered the Blues' radar, with Frank Lampard set to lose two wide options in the out-of-contract duo Willian and Pedro.

    According to Calciomercato, meetings between the two clubs' chiefs have taken place in the last few days, presumably virtually, regarding Bernadeschi.

    And there are even suggestions that Jorginho could move the other way, reuniting once more with old boss Maurizio Sarri.

  • THE LONG CON

    Emerson Palmieri's agent has denied having any contact with Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte.

    The full-back has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge this season, and has been strongly linked with a move back to Serie A.

    But representative Fernando Garcia told FCInter1908, “At the moment everything is on hold. We have had no contact with any club, not even with Inter. We have never talked to Conte.

    “A return to Italy? I don’t know, let’s see what happens. He still has three years left on his contract with Chelsea.”

  • PRAISE MOUNTING

    Chelsea top-scorer Tammy Abraham has heaped praise on fellow academy graduate Mason Mount, likening him to manager and club legend Frank Lampard.

    He told the Blues' 5th Stand app: “When we were growing up, him and John Terry were massive for us over in the academy.

    “Lampard was always a leader, he always wanted to train the best, be the best. You could see that in his character.

    “I see similarities in Mason Mount, you know.

    “You can see that he has obviously studied the way the gaffer played and that’s huge; because he knows about scoring, he knows about defending, he knows about passing.

    “He knows about everything, so it’s nice to have a manager with that experience.”

  • JOR FLAW

    Jorginho's agent Joao Santos has admitted that it will be “difficult” for Juventus to sign the Chelsea midfielder – despite Maurizio Sarri's admiration for him.

    The Old Lady have been strongly linked with a move to reunite the Italian pair once again in Turin.

    He told TuttoJuve: “In my view, it would be difficult for the Bianconeri to buy him today, because the transfer market has changed with the pandemic and Jorginho has a contract with Chelsea until 2023.

    “He is the vice-captain and considered an important player for the squad.

    “I don’t just mean Juventus, but all the biggest European clubs would struggle to pay that much for one player right now.”

  • WELL I NEV-ER

    Gary Neville has hit out at Arsenal's handling of Chelsea target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's contract situation, claiming that the Gunners allow players to “call the shots”.

    The 30-year-old has persistently been linked with a summer move away from Emirates Stadium in recent weeks as he prepares to enter the final year of his deal – with the Blues a serious contender to land his signature.

    And an unimpressed Neville told The Football Show on Sky Sports: “Arsenal find themselves in this position far too often.

    “I think a [three-and-a-half-year] deal for a player who cost £60m, you would at least want that fourth year just so you can control him if he does well in the first two seasons, which he obviously has.

    “That's the mistake that's been made from day one with Aubameyang. The fact they are in this position now is through mistakes that have been made previously.

    “I think Arsenal are in a position where the players can call the shots. They can keep him for another year, but then he would leave for nothing.”

  • JOR DROPPING

    Chelsea could swap Jorginho for Juventus ace Federico Bernadeschi amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports in Italy.

    This kind of trade is unusual in elite football, but is set to become more commonplace this summer as teams try and strengthen their squads while under Covid-19-enforced financial constraints.

    And it is no secret that Juve boss Maurizio Sarri would welcome the opportunity to again be reunited with his favourite midfield metronome Jorginho.

    Calciomercato claim that rather than pay the Blues' asking price of at least £35million, the Old Lady could use Bernadeschi, who Chelsea are fans of, to lure them into a deal.

  • THE REAL DEAL

    Chelsea and Manchester United are set to be joined by Real Madrid in the race for Jadon Sancho, according to reports in Spain.

    The British pair have long been linked with the Borussia Dortmund superstar, with the Red Devils believed to be occupying the driving seat.

    But according to AS, Real Madrid are also keen on signing the 20-year-old… although want to do so next summer.

    This would mean Sancho remaining at BVB for another year… and the German giants potentially relenting on sticking to their valuation of over £100million.

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    PREM CORONA SCARE

    One Premier League player has tested POSITIVE for coronavirus from one club, but they remain anonymous.

    The league said in a statement: “The Premier League can today confirm that on Monday 1 June and Tuesday 2 June, 1197 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, one has tested positive from one club.

    “Players or Club staff who test positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.

    “The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.

    “No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing.”

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    CURRENCY EXCHANGE

    Birmingham City want “guaranteed cash” if Chelsea or Manchester United are to land Jude Bellingham, according to reports.

    ESPN claim that the Blues know they need cold hard cash after the coronavirus crisis and need a large slice of the transfer fee up front.

    United had been proposing a structured deal that allows them to make a series of payments over years with incentives.

    But Birmingham know there are several parties interested and Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea and Arsenal are also in the hunt.

    Bellingham had a tour of the Carrington training complex before the coronavirus lockdown, where he met Sir Alex Ferguson as well as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for a tour and talks.

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    RLC HAS BOUNCE

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks to have a spring in his step during Chelsea training.

    The midfielder has battled back from injury and looks ready to hop into the Blues first-team once again.

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    PREM FIXTURES UPDATE

    The Premier League have not announced the dates and kick-off times of their fixtures because the broadcasters are scrambling to get their ducks in a row.

    Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon have all paid for rights and are set to broadcast live games, even thought the BBC only has a highlights package.

    But the four media bodies have to announce the fixtures at the same time.

    That means we won't hear about firm dates and kick-off times until potentially NEXT WEEK.

    Luckily we already know Manchester City are playing Arsenal on June 17, as well as Aston Villa vs Sheffield United

    For fans who have waited nearly three months to watch their team in some form or another, that doesn't leave much time to decide which beer, crisps and pizza to buy for their Premier League viewing.

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    NO ACTION AGAINST SANCHO

    The DFB has revealed that there will be NO action against Jadon Sancho, his Dortmund team-mate Achraf Hakimi, Schalke's Weston McKennie and Monchengladbach's Marcus Thuram for their protesting slogans in support of murdered George Floyd.

    The German FA said: “Of course, the DFB control committee always has the requirements of the FIFA football rules and the DFB regulations in mind.

    “In the specific case, however, these are targeted anti-racism campaigns by the players, which are committed to values ​​for which the DFB also stands and always stands for.

    “Therefore, no proceedings will be initiated, even with comparable anti-racism campaigns, in the next few weeks.”

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    TURN ON FRASE

    Frank Lampard wanted to make a move for Bournemouth’s Scottish winger Ryan Fraser, only for the board to overrule him.

    The club were ready to make a grab for the player, who is out of contract at the end of the season, back in January.

    But the hierarchy decided the 26-year-old was a no-go, according to the Athletic.

    Arsenal are front-runners to sign the workhorse winger when his contract expires at the end of this month.

    He is, as with other players out of contract, expected to remain at the South Coast club until the season concludes.

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    VALUE FOR MONEY

    SunSport has collated the most-expensive players in football after the coronavirus crisis.

    Football has been hit severely, with some clubs paying their players in full, while others have reduced their wages.

    Here is how transfer values will look after the crisis.

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    TIMO-UT

    Time is running out for Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool to sign striking superstar Timo Werner for under £50million, according to reports.

    The Premier League giants only have 12 days before Werner's £49m release clause at RB Leipzig expires.

    Sky Sports report that clubs have until Monday June 15 to guarantee a price for the highly-rated Werner.

    Previously, clubs were not too concerned about the release clause expiring as they assumed the coronavirus crisis would drive transfer fees down.

    However, the confirmation of Inter Milan's sale of Mauro Icardi to Paris Saint-Germain for £54m has thrown a spanner in the works.

    At 24, Werner is three years younger than Argentine ace Icardi and Leipzig are therefore unlikely to accept less for their star asset once his clause expires.

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    PREM STREAMING ON AMAZON

    Amazon is set to stream live Premier League games, WITHOUT the need for a Prime membership.

    The online shopping giant-turn-video-service will broadcast 33 games for free in the UK.

    Great news for footie fans!

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    THERE'D BE A COU-P

    Tottenham have dropped their interest in signing Philippe Coutinho – as boss Jose Mourinho fears his sky-high wages will cause a mutiny among his players.

    Barcelona attacker Coutinho is available for around £80million or a £9m season-long loan but he would want more than the £200,000-a-week Spurs pay their top-bracket stars including Harry Kane.

    That would breach the pay wall and Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo claim Mourinho is not prepared to do that and upset the rest of his stars, who would demand pay hikes.

    Arsenal were battling their London rivals for Coutinho's signature in a loan deal.

    Liverpool and Chelsea are also thought to be interested in the player, who has spent his season on loan at Bayern Munich.

    The Germans paid around £8m for Coutinho's services for the campaign.

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    YIPPEE KAIO

    Chelsea have joined Juventus in the chase for Santos starlet Kaio Jorge, according to reports.

    The 18-year-old was third-top scorer at the recent Under-17 World Cup with five and scored a late penalty which saw Brazil win the final 2-1.

    According to Kicker, Juventus and the Blues are looking at the player, but it is Bayer Leverkusen who are actively trying to recruit him.

    His current contract expires in December 2021 – as the Brazilian season runs from January till December.

    Kaio scored in the Copa Libertadores against Defensa back in March, his first goal in senior football.

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    MORE GIROUD

    The Frenchman added: “Everyone knows what happened so I won’t go back over it but the coach spoke to me privately and told me that he’d give more games.

    “He kept his word and what then mattered to me was proving to him that he could count on me when I was called upon.

    “I simply seized my opportunity and I repaid the faith that the manager had shown in me.

    “That’s why the club ultimately offered me the chance to continue my time at Chelsea and I accepted immediately because I like it here.

    “I want to keep winning trophies and I want to continue to show the manager that he can count on me.”

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    LOOKING FOR THE CROSS

    Chelsea’s French striker Olivier Giroud reckons Divine intervention meant he signed a new one year deal to stay at the club.

    The World Cup winner said: “I very nearly left the club but I really think that God wanted me to stay at Chelsea.

    “I was supposed to leave in the January transfer window because I wasn’t playing much and I needed more game time to make the France squad for Euro 2020.

    “The manager told me that he couldn’t let me leave because he didn’t have anyone to replace me.”

  • PREM FIXTURES TODAY

    The Premier League is expected to announce the fixture list for Project Restart at some point today.

    Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa v Sheffield United will kick off proceedings on Wednesday 17 June, but we are set to find out what time and on what TV channel.

    Manchester United's trip to Tottenham is expected to be the first game of the weekend on Friday night.

    The league schedule is looking like full match rounds on six long weekends, with three midweek slots including games on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

    The midweek rounds are expected to be 23-25 June, 7-9 July and 14-16 July.

    Stay with us for all the latest…

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