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7am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Oblak speaks on Blues interest, Kai Havertz deal ‘when not if’, Declan Rice LATEST

KAI HAVERTZ is edging closer to a completing his transfer to Chelsea with reports that his move to the Blues is now a matter of 'when not if'.

Meanwhile Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak has had his say on speculation he will replace Kepa Arrizabalaga in West London.

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

  • John Hutchinson 's avatarJohn Hutchinson50 minutes ago

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Football fans will finally begin returning to stadiums next month — but might not be allowed to sign.

    A further easing of lockdown rules announced last night will also see snooker lovers back in the Crucible this weekend for the World Championship.

    Trials of allowing some fans back in stadiums will be tested later that month ahead of a planned full rollout in October.

    Elsewhere, Chelsea supporters online were still up in arms about the Declan Rice transfer saga.

    Blues fans were hailing “super-agent” John Terry after he posted a holiday snap of him and the West Ham ace together.

    The pair had a catch up on holiday and Blues and Hammers fans were arguing non-stop about whether the Instagram post was significant.

    In other transfers, Jan Oblak insisted 'there will be time to talk' about a Chelsea transfer as the Atletico Madrid star left the door open for a move.

    Atletico are also closing in on a deal for Eibar keeper Marko Dmitrovic which will please Blues fans.

    Elsewhere, Willian’s move to Arsenal will be “announced soon and is decided”, according to his agent Kia Joorabchian.

    And Man Utd joined the Ben Chilwell race along as Leicester are demanding an £80m fee for the left-back.

    Away from transfers, Premier League stars were warned to STOP posting holiday snaps on social media over quarantine fears on their UK return.

    And next season, the Prem is set for fixture chaos at start of the campaign with the initial four rounds of the Carabao Cup crammed into the first month.

    FA Cup replays were also AXED for 2020/21 in a desperate bid to get the competition finished in the jam-packed season.

    And finally, FA CUP prize money has been slashed by half for next season as the financial crash in football because of Covid-19 continues to bite.

  • Spectators will be made to sign up to a new code of behaviour.

    It will make them take full responsibility for themselves and others by not attending if they have Covid symptoms or have been exposed to anyone with them.

    And strict crowd management plans will be enforced with one-way entry and exit and staggered arrival times.

    Seating will be socially distanced and hand washing and sanitiser stations set up.

    But no trials are scheduled for the North West, which remains under stricter control.

  • CROWDS COMING BACK!

    Football fans will finally begin returning to stadiums next month — but might not be allowed to sing.

    A further easing of lockdown rules announced tonight will also see snooker lovers back in the Crucible this weekend for the World Championship.

    Rugby matches and racing at Goodwood are also on the list of approved “pilot” events in the coming weeks.

    But capacity will be capped and all fans will likely be urged not to chant or shout for fear of spreading the virus.

    The new Premier League season starts on September 12.

    Trials of allowing some fans back in stadiums will be tested later that month ahead of a planned full rollout in October…

  • CROWDS COMING BACK!

    Football fans will finally begin returning to stadiums next month — but might not be allowed to sing.

    A further easing of lockdown rules announced tonight will also see snooker lovers back in the Crucible this weekend for the World Championship.

    Rugby matches and racing at Goodwood are also on the list of approved “pilot” events in the coming weeks.

    But capacity will be capped and all fans will likely be urged not to chant or shout for fear of spreading the virus.

    The new Premier League season starts on September 12.

    Trials of allowing some fans back in stadiums will be tested later that month ahead of a planned full rollout in October…

  • PAIN IN THE ARSENAL

    Willian's agent has slammed Arsenal’s previous transfer policy by accusing the club’s former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat of “cock ups”.

    Kia Joorabchian – who represents Cedric Soares, David Luiz and Gunners bound Willian – has been labelled as having too much influence on Arsenal’s transfers since Mislintat left his role in January 2019.

    But when asked about his links with Arsenal’s dealings the super-agent took a swipe at Mislintat.

    He told talkSPORT: “People forget about the previous guy, Sven.

    “He made a bunch of cock-ups with players he brought in at very, very large numbers.”

  • RAMMING IT HOME

    Chelsea posted an appreciation tweet for Brazilian midfielder Ramires as today marks ten years since they signed the star.

  • CAREER DRIVEN

    EA Sports have released their latest trailer for Fifa 21, ahead of the game’s October 6 release date.

    The promo focuses on career mode, which appears to have had quite the revamp.

    Vice-president of EA Nick Wlodyka told Goal: “The Career Mode is very important for this year.

    “We’ve really made the biggest investments we’ve ever made to make sure we’re delivering exactly what our players are asking for.

    “We’ve had so much feedback over the past few years from our players wanting to see more things they can control in career mode.

    “We listened to what they want to be able to do, things they haven’t been able to do in the past.”

  • That will be a hammer blow to clubs down the football pyramid who are operating hand to mouth in order to survive.

    League One and Two clubs will also see a dramatic reduction of prize money when they enter the competition, with a victory in the second round dropping in value from £54,000 to £34,000.

    With big paydays in terms of plum draws against Premier League sides also off the table because of the lack of capacity crowds, the cut in prize fund will add to the misery of those hardest hit.

    The winners of the FA Cup will collect £1.8million instead of the £3.6m Arsenal received for beating Chelsea earlier this month.

  • WHAT THE CUP?!

    FA Cup prize money has been slashed by half for next season as the financial crash in football because of Covid-19 continues to bite.

    The Football Association have been forced to lower the money forked out to teams across the competition – hitting those most in need the hardest.

    Semi-pro and lower league teams are fighting for their survivals following the coronavirus pandemic and many were hoping a decent Cup run might be able to keep them alive.

    Last year teams who won a game in the extra preliminary round were awarded £2,250 while the losers collected £750 – but those payments have been reduced to £1,125 and £325 respectively.

    Winning a fourth qualifying round tie to make the First Round proper had been worth £18,750 to a club, but next season that reward is slashed to just £9,375…

  • STARTING GUNN

    Willian will complete his free transfer to Arsenal this weekend after leaving Chelsea, according to reports.

    The Brazilian star, 32, is rumoured to have agreed to a three-year contract worth £100,00 a week with the Gunners.

    Talks over a new contract at Stamford Bridge stalled after Blues chiefs refused to offer more than two years.

    On Thursday, Willian’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, confirmed his client’s next career move would be announced soon.

    And now, the Daily Mail have claimed it will be to Arsenal – and will be as early as this weekend.

  • JACK REACHER

    Cheeky Jack Grealish joked he’s trying to get Tammy Abraham back at Aston Villa from Chelsea – by posting a “secret agent” Instagram snap.

    With Manchester United target Grealish facing crunch talks with Villa once he returns from holiday, the England hopeful diverted transfer attention onto under-pressure striker Abraham.

    And after relaxing by a pool for a snap with Grealish, he fell victim to the Villa skipper’s banter on social media.

    The midfielder posted a picture with the words: “That’s my brother.. y’naaa… secretagent.”

    It coincides with Chelsea legend John Terry being labelled an “agent” by their fans after the Villa assistant boss posed with versatile England star Declan Rice – still trailed by the Blues, even though West Ham want £80million.

  • NICE TOUCH

    Tammy Abraham proved he has the quality to challenge new signing Timo Werner next season as Chelsea posted footage of his classy touch in training.

  • It reads: “Those at the bottom of the merit table, and those who complete fewer than 10 matches, do not qualify.

    “Payments to those who complete fewer than 20 matches are discounted (by 40 per cent up to 14 matches and 15 per cent up to 19).

    “The distribution is otherwise based on a set number of “shares” which are split in the manner specified in the document, with the first ranked referee receiving the most shares.

    “A further email is sent on behalf of Mr Riley after the end of the season referring to PGMOL's Board having confirmed the size of the pot.

    “The maximum payment for 2014-15 was around £3,500 and the lowest was under £700.

    “Mr Riley's evidence was that merit payments would be made as indicated unless the referee group had had a 'catastrophic' season, which he thought might happen if the EFL was dissatisfied with the overall level of service.”

  • RED ENVELOPE

    Premier League referees will receive a performance-related bonus – despite a season of shoddy officiating.

    Despite the unpopular introduction of VAR, officials will yet again pocket some extra cash as they have done in previous campaigns.

    A meeting will be held on September 12 to decide on the bonus figure each referee will receive although the total amount remains unknown.

    All referees in each four divisions who have taken charge of more than ten games are eligible.

    That is unless they have endured a “catastrophic” season, according to Sky Sports.

    According to court documents written by Premier League referee chief Mike Riley, it informs refs of the size of their bonus…

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    SNAP IT SHUT

    Premier League stars have been warned to STOP sharing holiday snaps on social media over fears of their quarantine whereabouts on their return to the UK.

    Top-flight clubs are set to kick off their pre-season plans as early as next week following a condensed summer break.

    A hatful of players are currently enjoying a quick break in the sun – with the likes of Dele Alli, Jack Grealish, James Maddison and Frank Lampard all making the most of their few weeks off.

    But now Sportsmail have claimed stars have been urged to ditch social media in a bid to avoid awkward questions surrounding their whereabouts during periods of self-isolation.

    Spanish hot-spots such as Marbella and Ibiza are favourites amongst the world's best footballers.

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    TRANSFER CLEAR OUT

    Let's have a look at the players Chelsea could get off their books this summer.

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    ONE 'N DONE

    Replays have been ditched from every round of the FA Cup next season to make sure the competition gets played, reports DUNCAN WRIGHT.

    Ties will all be decided in one day from the extra preliminary round on September 1 right through to the final on May 15.

    FA bosses have been forced to make the unprecedented change in order to cram their competition into what is fast becoming a crazily packed fixture programme.

    The qualifying rounds will be resolved by the end of October, before the first round proper sees teams from Leagues One and Two enter the tournament on November 7.

    Third round ties will be played on or around January 9 when Premier League and Championship sides enter the competition.

    Teams throughout the leagues are facing major problems getting their games played, with the first four rounds of the Carabao Cup now confirmed to be crammed into September.

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    CHIL'S COLD WAR

    Chelsea are braced for a bidding war for Ben Chilwell, after Leicester slapped an £80million price tag on his head.

    According to the Mirror, Manchester United are also in the race for the defender, who is a Blues fan.

    Chelsea have reportedly made an initial bid for Chilwell, which is considerably less than Leicester want.

    And they are reluctant to up their cash offer any more, potentially opening the door for United to move in.

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    HAV A BREAK

    Chelsea target Kai Havertz has shared a loving picture with his girlfriend on his Instagram stories.

    The Bayer Leverkusen star can enjoy a holiday now, after his club were knocked out of the Europa League by Inter Milan.

    Chelsea are favourites to sign the German and – as SunSport reported earlier – are potentially the only suitors for him.

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    FIXTURE PILE-UP

    The first FOUR rounds of the Carabao Cup will be crammed into the first month of the season in order to get the competition played, writes DUNCAN WRIGHT.

    EFL bosses have been forced to get creative with the fixture list in order for their cup tournament to be staged following the delayed start to the new season.

    The first round, involving EFL sides, will be played on September 5 – one week before the league campaigns are due to kick-off.

    Then rounds two, three and four will be staged each midweek from September 15/16 – which will include the Premier League sides.

    Top flight teams enter the tournament in the second round, except for those involved in European competitions who come in a round later.

    The condensed timescale mean Premier League clubs are expected to play a minimum of SIX matches in the first three weeks of the new season – every weekend and midweek from September 12.

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    AGENT JT

    Chelsea fans hailed “agent” John Terry after the club legend posed with transfer target Declan Rice.

    Terry posted a snap on Instagram alongside West Ham‘s Rice.

    He captioned the shot: “What a CB partnership this would have been @declanrice.

    “I’m playing LCB though…Good to catch up mate, Unbelievable player who will continue to get better and better.”

    The Blues released West Ham star Rice as a teenager but are eager to bring him back to West London.

    And the England international commented on the post: “Was great to see you & have a catch up after so long geeza! Top man JT.”

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    HANDS IN YOUR POCKETS

    Chelsea will reportedly have to fork out more than £80million to bring Declan Rice back to Stamford Bridge.

    The Blues released West Ham star Rice as a teenager but are eager to bring him back to West London.

    The Times reports Rice is valued at over £80m by the Hammers.

    And David Moyes‘ side are not at all keen to sell the 21-year-old to their London rivals.

    Despite usually playing as a central midfielder, Frank Lampard is looking to utilise Rice’s versatility if he can snare the player from the club where the Chelsea boss started out himself.

    Lampard has identified Rice as a John Terry-like figure who can lead from the back and become an imperious figure in the heart of the defence.

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    CAN'T PAS ON HIM

    Rio Ferdinand has branded Chelsea “crazy” for flogging Mario Pasalic to Atalanta for peanuts.

    After seeing his performance for the Serie A side against PSG, the former Manchester United defender was not impressed.

    He said on BT Sport: “Crazy, It’s crazy!

    “He was a Chelsea player for six years! They’ve just sold him for £12m.”

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    FINE DINING

    Timo Werner may have just joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig.

    But the German striker has wasted no time exploring London and all its delights with girlfriend Julia Nagler.

    The pair were spotted dining together at plush Mayfair restaurant Novikov on Tuesday, a popular haunt for West London's rich and famous.

    And because of the government’s ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme, Werner and his partner would have each got £10 off the total bill.

    The £54million hotshot, 23, looks destined for greatness at Stamford Bridge and has already joined training with his new team-mates.

    Werner was also in attendance for Chelsea’s FA Cup defeat to Arsenal earlier this month.

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    'HOLD ALL THE ACES'

    Chelsea are able to “take their time” over a deal for Kai Havertz, according to Matt Law.

    He told the London Is Blue podcast: “I think everything is pretty much unofficially agreed for the player.

    “There’s no real competition for him. There’s an acceptance from Leverkusen and Chelsea that he’s going to end up at Chelsea.

    “This seems to be all heading in that direction. Then Chelsea are in a good negotiating position at that point.

    “There’s no way, given her track record, that Marina is going to say ‘you can have what you want’, she will negotiate hard at this point.

    “There’s nobody else who will pay all the money, he’s made clear he wants to leave, he’s made clear he wants to go to Chelsea.

    “So Chelsea hold all the aces… Marina can slightly take her time.”

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