8pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Kai Havertz move ‘AGREED’, Rice bid ‘if Kante and Jorginho leave’, Mendy UPDATE – The Sun

CHELSEA look like they are finally set to sign Kai Havertz, with the German reported to have had his medical on Sunday.

A deal for Declan Rice could also be done, but only if N'Golo Kante and Jorginho leave the club.

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  • BY JORG

    Jorginho’s agent admits the midfielder could leave Chelsea during this window.

    Joao Santos said: “Jorginho has a three-year deal with Chelsea. The market is long, it will last until October 5.

    “If Chelsea were to think that he is no longer part of the project, I would find an alternative solution.

    “Last year he played 40 games for Chelsea and is an important member of the national team.

    “So far we haven't received any official offers. He is followed by many clubs and there aren't many players with his characteristics in that role.”

  • ROUD AWAKENING

    Olivier Giroud reckons Chelsea can challenge for the title with their new signings.

    He said: “The new signings are really good for the team and it's a good sign in terms of fighting for the title, which is really, really hard in the Premier League. I think that everyone will take positives from it and up their level.

    “Thiago Silva is clearly a player who can bring us a lot with his experience and leadership.

    “I think the coach brought him to Chelsea for that. We have a lot of young players. Like me, he's getting on a bit, but I am sure he will bring us a lot.

    “He is discovering a new league but I am sure he will adapt quickly. But we have a lot of ambition with these new signings and I hope we can be part of the title race.”

  • WORLD APPEAL

    Chelsea fans can get a closer look at new star Timo Werner as he lines up for Germany against Spain tonight.

    Impending £90million man Kai Havertz is on the bench for the Germans, with Antonio Rudiger starting in defence.

    Meanwhile for Spain, Kepa Arrizabalaga can only make the bench after being displaced by David De Gea.

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • WELCOME BACK

    Cambridge United will host the first TWO competitive games on English soil in front of fans since MARCH next week.

    EFL chiefs have selected the Abbey Stadium EFL Trophy clash with Fulham under-21s on Tuesday and next weekend’s opening League Two match with Carlisle as official Government-approved test events.

    Cambridge will be allowed to have up to 1,000 fans inside for the first game with a capacity of 2,500 for the clash with the Cumbrian outfit.

    Fans will be allowed both in seats and standing on terraces as part of the pilot, which will be overseen by crowd dynamics experts Movement Strategies.

    EFL chiefs hope two successful events will speed up the nationwide return of fans.

  • EXCLUSIVE BY ANDY DILLON

    Budding Fulham forward Timmy Abraham has been forced into quarantine as a side effect of the Covid outbreak at rivals Chelsea.

    The teenage star is the younger brother of Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, who was placed in isolation after taking a holiday in the Greek islands.

    Tammy was one of eight Chelsea players forced into isolation last week when a new outbreak of coronavirus erupted in the camp.

    Team-mates Mason Mount, Ross Barkley, Christian Pulisic, Fikayo Tomori, Jorginho, Emerson and Michy Batshuayi were also told to stay home and not train as the club battled to contain the virus.

  • TO THE LEFT

    Cracking endorsement for new Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell from club legend Ashley Cole!

  • HAVE A GUESS

    Kai Havertz is only joining Chelsea because coronavirus scuppered a move to Real Madrid.

    That’s according to Marca, who claim the German was set to link up with Zinedine Zidane before Covid-19 ended any chance of a £90million switch.

    It’s reckoned Havertz is now on the verge of sealing his Stamford Bridge move.

    But fans will be left wondering if he really wanted to be heading to London this summer.

  • HOW CHILWELL RATES

    Here are how Ben Chilwell's stats stack up against the remaining Chelsea full-backs.

    All the stats are taken from last season's Premier League matches, when the England international was at Leicester – and note the stats per 90 minutes.

  • HAZARD WARNING

    Luka Modric has spoken of Chelsea legend Eden Hazard's determination to impress at Real Madrid – even if it risked his long-term fitness.

    The Belgian struggled with injuries and a lack of form throughout his first year in the Spanish capital.

    Speaking to AFP, the Croat said: “Eden is a great guy and a special player, but he was playing with pain and when you're on the pitch, people always expect the best.

    “They don't care if you have little problems.

    “I spoke to him and said, 'Eden maybe you need not to play now and recover because next season we need you at your best.

    “This is a season where you're getting to know everything but next season you need to be 100 per cent because if not, it's going to be difficult'.

    “Hopefully he comes back without any problems and then I'm sure he'll show his potential and why the club bought him, because we will need him a lot.”

  • THEY’RE TAKING THE PP

    Fuming Premier League chiefs have announced they has cancelled its broadcast contract in China.

    It has been reported that the television deal with Chinese broadcaster PPTV has been terminated due to an unpaid fee of £160million.

    A Premier League statement read: “The Premier League confirms that it has today terminated its agreements for Premier League coverage in China with its licensee in that territory.”

    In November 2016, the Premier League signed its biggest TV deal outside the UK when Suning Holdings paid £564m to broadcast matches for three years, from 2019-2022, via its digital channel PPTV.

    The loss of income for the Premier League will be significant and could have an impact on clubs' finances.

    Suning's failure to pay coincided with the coronavirus pandemic, which forced a worldwide sporting shutdown.

    Premier League clubs considered negotiating a new payment plan with Suning or terminating the deal last month and have voted for the latter at Thursday's shareholder's meeting.

  • HAVERTZ & WERNER IN ACTION

    Don't forget we have kick-by-kick coverage of Germany's Nations League match tonight against Spain here on SunSport.

    So you can see Timo Werner and Kai Havertz in action against Kepa – if he starts for Spain ahead of David De Gea.

  • CHELSEA FIXTURES

    Here are the Blues' opening games and TV channels.

  • KANT HAPPEN

    Inter Milan are reportedly planning a transfer 'assault' on Chelsea for star midfielder N'Golo Kante.

    But Antonio Conte will have to flog some of his squad first if he is to be reunited with the French midfielder.

    CalcioMercato reports that Joao Mario, Dalbert Henrique and Ivan Perisic are the three most at risk of being shown the exit.

    But former Tottenham ace Christian Eriksen, Milan Skriniar and Marcelo Brozovic are all fighting for their Inter futures.

    Kante reportedly wants to fight for his spot at Chelsea despite interest elsewhere.

    Frank Lampard's side are reportedly prepared to sell the midfielder for £80million this summer – but Kante has no intention to leave Chelsea as he is settled at the club, according to Goal.

  • KAI CONFIRMED

    Sky in Germany have revealed that Chelsea HAVE finally agreed a deal with Bayer Leverkusen for Kai Havertz.

    The deal will cost the Blues an initial £72.2million, rising to a potential £90m.

  • RECORD BREAKERS

    Chelsea are the biggest ever spenders in a single transfer window.

    If they land Kai Havertz, the Blues' outlay will exceed that of Manchester City in 2017.

    This summer their purchases will total £230million, that is £6.2m higher than City with £187m.

    German starlet Havertz would set them back around £90m.

    And they are not going to stop there, with Lampard wanting to bring in one more centre back and a goalkeeper.

    West Ham's Declan Rice and keeper Edouard Mendy have been tipped to join the West London club.

  • AGENT RUDI

    Toni Rudiger has admitted reprising his unofficial agent's role in helping lure Kai Havertz to Chelsea.

    Germany midfielder Havertz is understood to be on the brink of trading Bayern Leverkusen for Stamford Bridge in a deal that could rise as high as £90million.

    The Blues' Germany defender Rudiger revealed earlier this summer how he had helped convince Timo Werner to make the west London switch from RB Leipzig.

    And now the popular Chelsea figure has admitted returning to his 'agent Rudiger' role in a bid to help the Blues seal the deal for highly-rated forward Havertz.

    When asked whether he would have any influence over the Havertz situation, Rudiger said: “Everything went well with Timo Werner, so I made my contribution.

    “And I hope that it works again now.”

  • HAV' A GOOD DAY

    Kai Havertz has been in training again with Germany.

    The 21-year-old had his Chelsea medical on Sunday and will be unveiled soon.

  • BADGE OUT

    Premier League clubs are set to axe the Black Lives Matters badge from players’ shirts when the 2020-21 season starts next week.

    When the league resumed last June, all 20 clubs showed support for the anti-discrimination campaign by wearing the BLM logo on their kit for the remaining games.

    But according to the Mail, there are no plans for the symbol to be used on shirts when the delayed season kicks off again.

    The Premier League are said to be planning to support diversity in other ways.

    At the league shareholders’ meeting on Thursday it is understood teams will discuss plans for another anti-discrimination campaign to run.

    But despite losing the BLM logo on kits, players and staff will be permitted to continue taking the knee if they wish.

  • PASSING THE TORCH

    From one legendary left-back… to another who can hopefully match him one day.

  • MAKE AND MENDY

    Chelsea are still interesting in bringing keeper Edouard Mendy to Stamford Bridge as a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

    Rennes want £30million for the stopper who kept 13 clean sheets last season, conceding 31 goals in all competitions.

    According to the Telegraph, Chelsea can have their man for the required price.

  • SPECIAL GUEZ'T

    James Rodriguez was spotted at Willian and David Luiz's London restaurant as he edges closer to his Everton transfer.

    The Real Madrid flop posed for photos with fans – including Irish jockey Rossa Ryan – inside Babbo, the swanky Italian place owned by the Arsenal pair.

    Footballers and celebrities are often spotted at the popular Mayfair eatery with the likes of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Rio Ferdinand and Niall Horan all dining there previously.

    And it is thought after his meal last night Rodriguez headed straight up to Merseyside ahead of his medical today.

    The Colombian, 29, is expected to pen a three-year contract worth £4million per year at Goodison Park as he is signed by Carlo Ancelotti for a third time.

    It is believed Real Madrid have accepted an offer thought to be around £22million.

  • WELCOME HUGS FOR HIGS

    Gonzalo Higuain has agreed to join David Beckham's Inter Miami side, according to reports.

    The former Chelsea loan striker, 32, has been forced to find a new club after new boss Andrea Pirlo confirmed his Juventus contract would be terminated.

    According to journalist Cesar Luis Merlo, Higuain will sign for MLS side Inter Miami until 2022.

    The deal is expected to be announced once the striker has reached a financial agreement with Juventus.

    Higuain's huge £6.7m-per-year contract at the Serie A side was not set to expire until 2021.

    Reports suggested he would only leave if he was paid the £6.7m he is due for his final year.

  • MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Kai Havertz expects to complete his Chelsea move within days – but most of the transfer speculation over the past 24 hours concerns the Blues' midfield.

    Bayer Leverkusen's German attacker Havertz is thought to have had a successful medical and reportedly hopes to be training with Chelsea by next week.

    But there are reports Chelsea will up their interest in West Ham's versatile England star Declan Rice IF they can sell Jorginho and N'Golo Kante.

    The Hammers value Rice at £80million – but the Blues hope to get that down to around £60m.

    Inter Milan, though, have denied interest in Kante and there have been few suggestions so far that Jorginho is going anywhere.

    Meanwhile, new Chelsea striker Timo Werner says he and boss Frank Lampard have already discussed challenging for the title.

    The £53m former RB Leipzig hero revealed how impressed he has been with club legend Lamps.

    Werner told Chelsea's website: “He’s been great to work with and he’s been discussing his plans for the future, and how we want to battle with teams like Man City and Liverpool.

    “I think Chelsea is a big club and with this team that we have, I think we can reach a new level.”

    Edouard Mendy, the keeper most linked with the Blues in the past 48 hours, is said to have been handed a £30m-plus price tag by Rennes.

  • RENNES STAND FIRM ON MENDY FEE

    Chelsea target Edouard Mendy is valued at more than £30million by Rennes, according to reports.

    Frank Lampard has been keen to add competition to the goalkeeper's position amid Kepa's underwhelming form.

    A world record fee for a shot-stopper, topping £71m, was forked out for the Spaniard in 2018.

    Yet the 25-year-old was dropped for Willy Caballero twice last season, sparking a transfer hunt in the summer.

    That has led Chelsea to Rennes star and Senegal international Mendy, 28.

    According to the Telegraph, the Ligue 1 club want at least £30m for their No1.

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