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7am Chelsea news LIVE: Fixtures to be ANNOUNCED, Abramovich to make TWO ‘marquee signings’, Alex Telles transfer latest

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

It's set to be a frantic summer of activity at Stamford Bridge, and we've the very latest on prospective moves for Pedro, Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze.

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

  • MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Striker Olivier Giroud has admitted that he is feeling the strain of training in new coronavirus-enforced conditions.

    He said: “There are quite a lot of differences.

    ‘We’ve been working in groups of five and then we need to maintain a two-metre minimum social distance between each other, meaning no contact.

    “Something else that’s changed compared to usual pre-seasons is that we only get 15 minutes of treatment after training.

    “Normally in pre-season, you’re very demanding with your muscles and use them a lot, especially when you haven’t been training for over two months.

    “Muscles strain and creak but we respect the rules from the Government and the Premier League. I’ll admit that if I could have more care and treatment to look after my body, it would be better.”

    Fans can look forward to seeing Giroud and Co soon, with the Premier League expected to announce the times for the remaining fixtures today with the big restart incoming.

    Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the Blues appear desperate to secure a new left-back this summer.

    Emerson Palmieri has failed to convince boss Frank Lampard that he is the man for the job and could depart for Juventus.

    And with Ben Chilwell having been linked, Le10 Sport believes that the Blues could turn their attention towards Porto star Alex Telles.

    They will not, however, swap Emerson for Mattia De Sciglio – although they would consider trading for Alex Sandro should the opportunity arise.

    And finally, Tammy Abraham was one of many footballers taking part in Blackout Tuesday as sport united in the aftermath of George Floyd's death.

    Millions of people took part in the social media demonstration against racial injustice, amid protests across the United States and in London.

  • ALL WELL AND GOOD – ICYMI

    Chelsea are on course to sign two “marquee signings” this summer with Ben Chilwell one of the club's main targets, according to reports.

    Frank Lampard is in desperate need of a left-back after underwhelming performances by both Marcos Alonso and Emerson this season.

    And having tracked Chilwell for months, Roman Abramovich will back Frank Lampard in his pursuit of the England ace this summer, according to the Athletic.

    Leicester are said to be keen to hold onto the 23-year-old but will likely sanction the move if the price is right.

    The Foxes were looking for around £85m before coronavirus struck but the West Londoners are said to be hopeful the pandemic's financial impact may drive the fee down.

  • FRIENDLY FOES

    Premier League clubs have been granted permission to play friendlies under strict conditions, prior to the division's return later this month.

    Having not played since March, teams are hoping to sharpen up with matches prior to the league's restart, an idea that the Telegraph reveal has been accepted by the Premier League.

    Matches will be able to take place at training grounds or stadiums, although sides must travel for more than 90 minutes – and players must journey to games in their own cars and in kit.

    No referees will be admitted, so coaching staff will have to officiate.

  • BODY OF WORK

    Olivier Giroud admits his body is feeling the strain of training coronavirus-style.

    The World Cup winner said: “There are quite a lot of differences.

    ‘We’ve been working in groups of five and then we need to maintain a two-metre minimum social distance between each other, meaning no contact.

    “Something else that’s changed compared to usual pre-seasons is that we only get 15 minutes of treatment after training.

    “Normally in pre-season, you’re very demanding with your muscles and use them a lot, especially when you haven’t been training for over two months.

    “Muscles strain and creak but we respect the rules from the Government and the Premier League. I’ll admit that if I could have more care and treatment to look after my body, it would be better.”

  • BLUE SWOON

    Chelsea top-scorer Tammy Abraham has gushed over the influence of club legend John Terry in his helping him develop.

    The striker worked with JT at Aston Villa, as well as being a youth teamer at Stamford Bridge during the legendary's skipper playing career.

    He told another former Villa man Micah Richards: “Oh, what a guy. Similar to Frank Lampard, John Terry used to be always at youth team games, the U21s games, any competitions, he was there.

    “From that young age, it was always nice to have that support, you know, the Chelsea captain supporting us.

    “I remember before I came to Aston Villa, he spoke to me saying, ‘Come to Villa, we’ll help you, I’ll guide you.'”

  • WIZARD OF OS

    Chelsea target Victor Osimhen has been urged by Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr to leave Lille this summer.

    The 18-goal 21-year-old has also been linked with Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham – and Rohr believes that playing at a higher level will help his Super Eagles chances.

    He told Le Quotidien du Foot: “Victor Osimhen, I think, will have a very big opportunity to go from Lille, perhaps in the Premier League, to a very, very big club.

    “If we have players playing at a very high level for their clubs, our level at the Super Eagles would grow also.

    “(But) if he is signing for a very big club – you have seen the clubs ready to buy him now – he is not so sure to play because there’s big competition for the starting places in the team.

    “(Although) it would be better to play in a better club than Lille.”

  • GET YOUR FIX

    The Premier League are expected to announce the remaining fixtures times before June 3.

    It's Aston Villa up first for the Blues, and then their second match? A huge clash against Manchester City.

    Stick with us here as we bring you all of the fixtures as they are revealed.

  • PEDRO NO GO

    Chelsea winger Pedro is all but certain to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, when his Blues contract expires.

    He has been linked with reuniting with former boss Maurizio Sarri at Juventus.

    But former Inter Milan defender Antonio Paganin appears to have warned the Old Lady off signings the 33-year-old.

    He told Tutto Mercato: “No [he is not the right profile] because he does not have the characteristics.

    “He is already getting on in years. Juve must not think of the free [transfer] but of the right parameters for someone to look to the future.

    “Juve need a different profile.

    “If he is taken as a squad player, that is fine, but as an investment he is not worth the gamble.

    “He comes from a period of Chelsea where he was too inconsistent and he was not the one we saw at Barcelona.”

  • HE CAN HAK IT

    Aston Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi has backed former Ajax team-mate Hakim Ziyech to thrive in the Premier League with Chelsea next season.

    The Moroccan sealed a £37million transfer to the Blues back in February, and El Ghazi feels that he will be worth the wait.

    He told Bureau Sport: “You have to think about your muscles with so many games [in the Premier League]. ‘

    “I thought I was big and heavy, but sometimes you run into player and you think: is that a wall?

    “But Ziyech is going to do well at Chelsea, 100 per cent. He has his qualities and he shouldn’t have to be physical.

    “He’s agile and can move well, because he’s so thin. Going to the gym doesn’t mean going to Basic Fit [Dutch gym chain] to become a powerhouse.

    “You can also work your core, train your abs, pull ups. It doesn’t make you a bodybuilder. Being in the gym doesn’t just mean pumping and pumping.”

  • SARRI BALLER

    Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri's admiration of Jorginho is no secret to anyone.

    So it has come as no surprise then, that the Italian has been linked with a move to reunite with his compatriot at current club Juventus.

    But speaking to TuttoJuve, the player's agent Joao Santos has insisted that his client is focused on Chelsea.

    He said: “I learn of these constant rumours only from the newspapers, because nobody from Juventus contacted me.

    “Sarri appreciates him very much as a person and as a player, they worked very well together but there’s nothing else.

    “The boy thinks only of Chelsea, he’s started training again and is preparing for the start of the Premier League.

    “Besides that, in my opinion, it’s difficult for the Bianconeri to buy him today.”

  • PAUL THE OTHER ONE…

    Former Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes that there is a “real chance” of his former side catching Chelsea and qualifying for next season's Champions League.

    He told Football Insider: “They are relying on other teams dropping points but we are in unprecedented times where the home advantage has disappeared.

    “I think we will see some strange results and some results that we were not expecting.

    “I am very glad that the league will be played out but I am glad I am not a gambler between now and the end of the season because results will be very hard to predict!

    “Tottenham are seven points off Chelsea but there is a real opportunity to close that gap.”

  • JUVE GOT TO BE KIDDING

    Chelsea have turned down the opportunity to swap out-of-favour left-back Emerson Palmieri for Juventus' Mattia De Sciglio, according to reports in Italy.

    A series of poor displays saw Emerson fall down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

    But despite this, Corriere dello Sport claim that the Blues want £37million for the 25-year-old – who has two years remaining on his contract.

    Juve are unwilling to pay above £27m, although Chelsea would be willing to consider a trade… if Alex Sandro was offered up instead of De Sciglio.

  • FEEL FREE

    Premier League aces have been given the green light to take a knee in support of race equality by the FA.

    The growing movement behind Black Lives Matter has seen players and clubs alike make public gestures showing their solidarity.

    England star Jadon Sancho was booked at the weekend after revealing ‘Justice for George Floyd’ on a t-shirt after scoring a goal for Borussia Dortmund.

    Writing messages underneath shirts are technically still against the laws of the game but the FA have suggested they will turn a blind eye to players in England making similar statements.

    A Spokesperson said: “The FA strongly condemns discrimination of any kind and has endeavoured to ensure that football in England is both diverse and inclusive in recent years.

    “Where any behaviours or gestures on the pitch that may constitute a breach of the Laws of the Game have to be assessed, they would be reviewed on a case by case basis with a common sense approach and understanding of their context.

    “The power of football can break down barriers across communities and we remain deeply committed to removing all forms of discrimination from across the game we all love.”

  • BLUE IN THE FACE

    Danilo Pantic is reportedly looking for a way to end his Chelsea contract despite reports that the club have offered him a new three-year deal.

    Serbian newspaper Telegraf claim the 23-year-old is training with FK Partizan after his season-long loan at Hungarian side Fehervar was cut short in January.

    The midfielder is said to be keen to return to his boyhood club Partizan but the team can't afford Chelsea's £2.6million price-tag.

    This has left Pantic hoping to end his deal at Stamford Bridge in order to return to Serbia as a free agent.

  • BOLT FROM THE BLUE

    Chelsea have told Juventus that they only want Alex Sandro in a swap deal for Emerson Palmieri after turning down the Italians offer of Mattia De Sciglio.

    Corriere dello Sport claim the Blues are open to Emerson leaving but Maurizio Sarri is only willing to fork out £27million to reunite with his former player, £10m under his ex-club's asking price.

    Juve were prepared to let De Sciglio join Chelsea in a swap deal, but Frank Lampard has his eye on another one of the club's players, Alex Sandro.

  • BLUE IS THE COLOUR

    Chelsea have reportedly overtaken Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Porto left-back Alex Telles

    Frank Lampard is keen to sign a new left-back this summer having been left unconvinced by Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri.

    Leicester City star Ben Chilwell remains high on his wish list but French outlet Le10 Sport claim Chelsea are also keen on Telles.

  • OL SHOW YOU

    Olivier Giroud is targeting more trophies with Chelsea after extending his contract by another year.

    He told the club website: “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.

    “Plus, with the whole coronavirus lockdown situation, I didn’t really feel comfortable with the idea of moving abroad and uprooting my family. I think a lot about our quality of life and we have a great setup here. I think a lot about my family now.”

  • TOP TAMMY

    Tammy Abraham led the many footballers taking part in Blackout Tuesday as sport united in the aftermath of George Floyd's death.

    Millions of people took part in the social media demonstration against racial injustice, amid protests across the United States and in London.

  • BATTLE OF WILLS

    Real Madrid have reportedly rejected the chance to sign Chelsea star Willian.

    The 31-year-old is set to become a free agent this summer when his current deal at Stamford Bridge expires.

    The Daily Star claim Los Blancos were sounded out about his potential availability but Zinedine Zidane is reluctant to offer him a three-year deal despite remaining an admirer.

  • BLUE-TURN

    Olivier Giroud has opened up on how a talk with Frank Lampard convinced him to stay at Chelsea.

    He told the Blues' official website: “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.

    “I very nearly left the club but I really think that God wanted me to stay at Chelsea.

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

    “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.”

  • OLIVER TWIST

    Olivier Giroud has explained how lockdown caused him to perform a U-turn over his Chelsea future.

    The French World Cup winner came close to quitting the club for Inter Milan in January before he penned a year-long extension to remain at Stamford Bridge last month.

    Speaking to the club's website, Giroud said: “I very nearly left the club but I really think that God wanted me to stay at Chelsea.

    “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.

    “Plus, with the whole coronavirus lockdown situation, I didn’t really feel comfortable with the idea of moving abroad and uprooting my family.

    “I think a lot about our quality of life and we have a great setup here. I think a lot about my family now.”

  • ALL WELL AND GOOD

    Chelsea are on course to sign two “marquee signings” this summer with Ben Chilwell one of the club's main targets, according to reports.

    Frank Lampard is in desperate need of a left-back after underwhelming performances by both Marcos Alonso and Emerson this season.

    And having tracked Chilwell for months, Roman Abramovich will back Frank Lampard in his pursuit of the England ace this summer, according to the Athletic.

    Leicester are said to be keen to hold onto the 23-year-old but will likely sanction the move if the price is right.

    The Foxes were looking for around £85m before coronavirus struck but the West Londoners are said to be hopeful the pandemic's financial impact may drive the fee down.

  • AUBA TO YOU

    Chelsea are reportedly still hopeful of a deal for Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    ESPN claim the Blues are continuing to monitor the Gabonese striker and would be tempted into making a move should the Gunners decide to sell this summer.

    Aubameyang is out of contract at the Emirates next year and Arsenal may be forced to cash in on the striker rather than lose him for free in 2021.

  • WERNING LIGHT

    RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann has admitted his struggles in keeping Chelsea target Timo Werner at the club.

    He told reporters: “There is nothing we can do about it. He knows what he has in Leipzig and also what he has with me.

    “I show him that — he gets many chances to develop himself. I don't know if it will help him that much if I tell him every day.

    “A player has to feel that he can get better. If he doesn't feel that, it wouldn't do any good if I kept on telling him to stay here.

    “In the end, it is his life, his career, he can decide that. I can't think of anything new to say to Timo.”

  • COUT AND PASTE

    Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers believes Chelsea target Philippe Coutinho would quickly remind everyone of his quality if he returns to the Premier League this summer.

    He told the Beautiful Game podcast: “Most people probably look at him and think he's not for the Premier League, but what a talent.

    “He intimidates people when he has the ball with his quality.

    “It's sad to see, I hear people talk him down at the moment. This boy is top and if he comes to this league, he'll show that. He's world-class.”

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