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8pm Chelsea news LIVE: Werner transfer ‘ends pay cut talk’, Chilwell to cost £60m, Loftus-Cheek returns in friendly

CHELSEA have all but agreed their first summer signing with RB Leipzig's Timo Werner set to arrive for £54m.

And they've received a valuation for one of their other top targets as Leicester name their price for Ben Chilwell.

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

  • Joshua Graham 's avatarJoshua Graham39 minutes ago

    TURN THE OTHER CHEEK

    Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek returned to action after 13 months out today.

    The Blues returned to Stamford Bridge for the first time since March.

    Boss Frank Lampard oversaw an intra-squad game in West London.

    Loftus-Cheek, who has not played since May after a horror Achilles injury, bagged a goal in the game.

    He returned to training in February but Covid-19 has delayed his comeback.

  • BACK AT THE BRIDGE

    Chelsea stars returned to Stamford Bridge today.

    The squad appeared to be training in two separate groups.

    They faced off in an intra-squad game on the stadium's pitch.

    It's the first time they have graced the surface since Covid-19 brought football to a halt.

    The club posted images of the players on social media with the caption “One step closer”.

  • BUNSEN WERNER

    Chelsea-bound Timo Werner was not quite on fire with his Bundesliga performance today.

    The RB Leipzig star helped set up his side's opener in the 27th minute.

    But he could have been the star of the show yet again.

    Werner missed a late chance to seal three points as his shot grazed the bar and his side were made to pay when they conceded a stoppage time equaliser against bottom side Paderborn.

  • FANTASTIC MR FOX

    Chelsea are confident of reaching an agreement to sign Ben Chilwell from Leicester City this summer, according to reports.

    It is no secret that boss Frank Lampard is craving a left-back in the upcoming transfer window.

    Neither Marcos Alonso nor Emerson Palmieri have convinced in the position this term – with Cesar Azpilicueta once again having to fill in there in many matches.

    And according to The Athletic, Chelsea chiefs are “confident” of prising Chilwell from the Foxes – despite the clubs being some way apart in their current valuations of the player.

  • Sky Sports are due to offer a similar option to their customers in collaboration EA Sports.

    Sky Sports Crowds is due to provide a crowd noise tool to replicate the atmosphere of Premier League clashes.

    And fans will have the choice to select the Sky channel to watch with or without sound added.

    Sky Sports are to air 64 games with 39 of them exclusive to subscribers and an extra 25 broadcast on Sky’s free-to-air channel ‘Pick’.

    And BT Sport has revealed the first seven games it will air once the season restarts.

  • BRAVE NEW WORLD

    TV giants Sky Sports and BT Sport have revealed the new ways top-flight football fans will be able to watch Premier League matches returning this month.

    A new app called Sky Sports Fanzone has been designed to let friends see and chat with each other via video and alter the crowd noise.

    App users will also be able to share match predictions, join game polls, and access Sky Sports statistics.

    Meanwhile, BT Sports is unveiling Watch Together, which gives fans the chance to talk with friends during games in split-screen mode.

    And viewers will have the choice to use a red button to watch match action with or without a pre-recorded crowd noise…

  • LOAN BLOW

    Premier League sides have been informed players coming back from loans will not be permitted to play should they return before games restart later in June.

    The decision means clubs like Manchester United, who currently have Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling out on loan, would not be able to call on them to aid the club’s top-four bid.

    The Daily Mail claims footballers currently on loan would only be able to play for the parent clubs in event of severe selection problems caused by injuries.

    And a source was quoted in the paper as saying, it would “take a situation where the goalkeeper has to play centre-forward or the centre-forward has to go in goal” for loanees to be allowed to feature for their parent clubs.

    Chelsea are among the teams who could have potentially reaped the rewards of selecting players returning from loans.

    Frank Lampard’s fourth-placed side had 27 players out on loan spells when the season was suspended.

  • KAI COUP

    Real Madrid reportedly had a £71million transfer bid for Chelsea and Arsenal target Kai Havertz rejected by Bayer Leverkusen.

    But it is understood Los Blancos remain desperate to land the German, 20, who is the subject of plenty of interest.

    According to Bild, the LaLiga giants tried to sweeten the deal by offering to loan Havertz back to his current club for the 2020/21 season.

    However, the reported initial fee of £71m was not enough to convince Leverkusen to sell up.

  • TIM TO GO

    Chelsea pulled out all of the stops to secure the £54million signing of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.

    The Blues went the extra mile to beat the likes of Jurgen Klopp's side and Manchester United to the signing. Frank Lampard and sporting director Petr Cech made an 'undercover' trip to Germany before lockdown.

    The Telegraph claim the two Chelsea chiefs made the trip to outline their plans for Werner at Stamford Bridge. Cech, who speaks fluent German, was on hand to iron out any communication issues with the player's father and agent.

    It is reported that the pair's trip to Germany put Chelsea in pole position to sign him.

    And it has been revealed that Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger helped his side to seal deal.

  • STAT ATTACK

    Chelsea's Premier League stats ahead of football's return on June 17.

  • “But I chose to sign for Montpellier for three reasons.

    “I wanted to play in Ligue 1 before leaving France. I had never played a Ligue 1 match before signing for Montpellier.

    “Secondly, my agents advised me to sign for Montpellier even though they would have made more money if I had signed for Celtic.

    “Money has been important in my career, I am not playing football for glory, but it has never been my main aim and that’s also why I preferred to move to Montpellier.

    “And thirdly, Montpellier’s late owner, Louis Nicollin, convinced me not to go to Scotland and so I signed for him instead.”

  • SLIDING DOORS

    Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has revealed why he rejected signing a lucrative deal with Celtic ten years ago to stay in France.

    The World Cup winner, 33, is set to remain in London next season after penning a new deal and is now just three caps short of a century of appearances for France.

    But the former Arsenal ace admitted he came very close to signing for Celtic in 2010 when he decided to leave French second tier outfit Tours.

    However, he chose to sign for Montpellier instead before leaving for the Gunners two years later.

    Giroud said: “Yes, I had contact with Celtic in 2010. I could have played at one of the most magnificent atmospheres in the world at Celtic Park.

    “It would also have given me a springboard towards the English Premier League. Middlesbrough, in the Championship, were also interested…

  • The club would also listen to offers for Kepa Arrizabalaga who became the world’s most-expensive goalkeeper when the Blues forked out £71.4million to sign him from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.

    Tottenham are interested in taking £25m rated centre back Kurt Zouma from Chelsea.

    And West Ham boss David Moyes is keen to be reunited with former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who has failed to nail down a regular starting place under Lampard.

    The arrival of Werner, who has scored 25 goals in the Bundesliga this season, means the end of the line for Michy Batshuayi.

    Chelsea will also cash in on several players who have spent the season out on loan.

  • BLUE ADIEU

    Chelsea are set for a massive summer clear-out after they complete the £54million capture of Timo Werner.

    Brazilian winger Willian, who will be 32 in August, will be allowed to leave on a free transfer after he rejected the club’s offer of another one-year contract.

    Spanish star Pedro will also get his wish and will be allowed to leave, with Roma the most likely destination.

    The Mirror reveal that Chelsea will also let Jorginho re-unite his former boss Maurizio Sarri at Juventus.

    Lampard will also sell left-back Marcos Alonso who is wanted by another ex-Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte at Inter Milan…

  • BLUEK WHO'S BACK

    Chelsea's first Premier League games back after Project Restart.

  • New cameras in the tunnel (without audio) will help supporters see the build-up to the match and the coin-toss will also be filmed.

    There will also be a celebration camera and no doubt players will be working out how to use that if they have to socially distance!

    And, a lovely touch, all players shirts will feature the NHS on the front of their playing kits.

    So we are in good shape. We are ready. We are raring to go.

  • ZONING IN – KARREN BRADY EXCLUSIVE

    As the games will be behind closed doors, the PL have done a fantastic job working with the broadcasters to enhance the match-day experience for viewers.

    The PL clubs approved a new rule that will see the lower-tier seats at all 20 stadiums covered.

    This will help with acoustics and feature clubs’ insignia and fan representation and will be centrally sourced by the PL and installed by them into our 20 stadiums.

    Supporters watching from home will get a 360-degree replay of the action, crowd noise (if they want that) and fan walls…

  • Other innovations include Sky Sports Fanzone where you can have a game-long video chat with six pals – so you can “virtually” watch the game together as if you were sitting together in the pub or in your living room.

    And there is quick game recap at any point in a match.

    It is hoped Sky Sports Recap will help hardcore footy fans under pressure not to watch every game from their other halves – and help their family prise them away from the telly.

    All 92 remaining matches will be televised live, the vast majority on Sky Sports and BT Sport, although Amazon Prime and the BBC have been granted a handful of games.

    It will be the first time all games over several game weeks have all been shown on TV.

  • CHANTS TO CHEER – EXCLUSIVE

    Premier League fans will be able to virtually cheer on their team when crowdless games return – by voting against rival supporters to hear their team’s best chants.

    It could see Liverpool supporters still going head to head with those from Everton in the potential title-winning game, as part of a raft of innovations from Sky Sports.

    At various points in the game, fans can vote on their favourite chants under Sky Sports Crowds – and they will be part of the audio mix.

    Realistic crowd sounds and chants are being taken from the FIFA football computer game…

  • NICE LITTLE WERNER

    Chelsea's bid for player pay cuts looks doomed after landing £54million Timo Werner.

    The Blues have not officially given up on persuading the squad to help ease cash flow problems triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

    But a source said: “It would be morally wrong for a club to ask its players to take pay cuts to help with costs and then go out and spend lots of money in the transfer market. That would p*** off the entire dressing room.”

    Skipper Cesar Azpilicueta initially persuaded the squad to swallow a ten per cent salary cut until September to help the club continue to pay other staff.

    Now Germany striker Werner’s big-money move, set to be finalised next week, means it will now be virtually impossible to reach agreements.

    The plan, originally, was for the senior players to shave a tenth off their wages and save around £10m.

  • HAM-SOME FINISH

    Chelsea have posted footage of Tammy Abraham's goal against Villa earlier in the season.

    Perhaps it was to make him feel better about sitting on the bench behind Timo Werner for all of next season?

  • MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Timo Werner’s £54million transfer from RB Leipzig to Chelsea is as good as done.

    And the German star looks set become the club's highest earner with a deal that reportedly rises year-on-year to £170,000-a-week plus bonuses.

    The striker will sign a five-year contract with wages that increase annually after Frank Lampard made it clear he is ready to meet the German's release clause, according to the Athletic.

    Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano has claimed that the Blues are also in talks to sign Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell.

    They state that the England international wants to join the club.

    Should a move for Chilwell fail to materialise, a move for Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico could come about.

    In other news, Chelsea will sell Mario Pasalic to Atalanta for £13.4m.

    Pasalic, 25, has spent the last two seasons on loan with the Serie A side, scoring 15 goals across 74 appearances.

    Italian journalist Nicolo Schira believes a deal is in place for the Champions League quarter-finalists to make the switch permanent.

    An agreement was put in place earlier in the season and it now looks as though Atalanta will complete the transfer.

    And finally, Chelsea have been crowned Women’s Super League champions after the final table was determined by points-per-game.

    A statement from the FA also confirmed that Aston Villa will be promoted to next season’s top-flight, with Liverpool relegated to the Championship.

  • MARIO KART

    Chelsea will sell Mario Pasalic to Atalanta for £13.4million, according to reports.

    And that cash is expected to be given to Frank Lampard to help in his pursuit of Jadon Sancho and Ben Chilwell this summer.

    Pasalic, 25, has spent the last two seasons on loan with the Serie A side, scoring 15 goals across 74 appearances.

    Now Italian journalist Nicolo Schira believes a deal is in place for the Champions League quarter-finalists to make the switch permanent.

    An agreement was put in place earlier in the season and it now looks as though Atalanta will complete the transfer.

    Pasalic signed for Chelsea from Hajduk Split in his homeland of Croatia in 2014 as part of a £3m deal.

  • AVOIDING A PED-ROW

    Chelsea winger Pedro is set to shun Juventus' interest in favour of a summer switch to Serie A rivals Roma this summer.

    With his contract set to expire at Stamford Bridge, the 32-year-old has been linked extensively with both clubs.

    But AS have reported that Pedro sees a switch to Rome as “a priority” this summer.

    This backs up a story in Italian publication Il Tempo – even though Pedro is not short of potential suitors back in his native Spain.

    Mundo Deportivo write that, in addition to the Italian pair, Pedro is being courted by Valencia, Real Betis and Sevilla.

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