7.30am Chelsea news LIVE: Havertz £70m transfer BOOST, Gomes LATEST, Pulisic injury update, Declan Rice move EXCLUSIVE – The Sun

CHELSEA face West Ham on Wednesday as they look to continue their excellent run of form since the Premier League restarted.

And The Sun can exclusively reveal that Frank Lampard expects to sign Declan Rice from West Ham and convert him to a centre-back.

Follow all the latest transfer updates and gossip from West London below…

  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS,

    Timo Werner claims Chelsea made him feel more “comfortable” and wanted than other Premier League giants chasing him.

    And even before the Germany striker officially arrives from RB Leipzig for £54million he feels at home at the Bridge.

    He told Sky Sports: “The discussions with Chelsea were so good…

    “Frank Lampard in particular stood behind me.. The coach often emphasised how much he wanted me, how much he valued me as a person.

    “This season was the crossroads, otherwise I would always have stayed with Leipzig.”

    Chelsea are reportedly ready to nip in for Angel Gomes as the midfielder, 19, is close to rejecting a new Manchester United deal.

    Hamburg, Valencia and Benfica are among Gomes' other admirers.

    But Blues' target Nathan Ake is now said to also be under the eye of Manchester City.

    The ex-Chelsea centre-back, 25, has continued to impress for relegation-threatened Bournemouth.

    The Blues, though, are also reportedly monitoring Marseille's Boubacar Kamara and Napoli's in-demand Kalidou Koulibaly as Lampard wants more options at the back.

  • BLUE ANGEL

    Chelsea will exploit Manchester United's inability to keep Angel Gomes by offering him a lucrative deal, reports say.

    The Independent claim Blues boss Frank Lampard is keen on the attacking midfielder, 19.

    And United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed Gomes is set to leave.

    Super-agent Pini Zahavi is said to be leading the discussions to find Gomes a new club.

    He has been contacted by clubs from Germany, Spain, Italy and Portugal.

    Hamburg, Valencia and Benfica are understood to be prime contenders for his signature.

  • NICE LITTLE WERNER

    Incoming striker Timo Werner says Chelsea have made him feel at home even before he officially leave RB Leipzig.

    The Germany ace told Sky Sports: “The discussions with the board at Chelsea were so good that I ultimately chose them.

    “Frank Lampard in particular stood behind me and really wanted me to know that if I went to Chelsea, I could feel just as comfortable as I do with Leipzig.

    “In the conversations with me, the coach often emphasised how much he wanted me, how much hevalued me as a person.

    Of course it’s hard to give up an oasis of well-being like the one I’ve had in Leipzig for years, but you can only get ahead in a career if you take the next step.

    “This season was the crossroads, otherwise I would always havestayed with Leipzig.”

  • LAMPS LIT UP TIMO'S MIND

    Timo Werner admits he chose Chelsea over Liverpool after “comfortable” talks with Frank Lampard and the board.

    RB Leipzig’s star striker is on his way to Stamford Bridge this summer after finalising terms on a £47.5million move.

    He will become one of Chelsea’s top earners on £150,000 a week.

    And after 34 goals in all competitions this season, it is hoped Werner can fire the Blues back into title contention.

    Liverpool were thought to be closing in on a deal for the Germany ace before Chelsea secured his signature.

  • CITY EYE CHELSEA TARGET AKE

    Chelsea target Nathan Ake is reportedly a growing target for Manchester City.

    The Dutchman has drawn admiring glances from elsewhere with his accomplished displays over the last three years at AFC Bournemouth.

    But with relegation for the Cherries looking a more-and-more likely prospect despite his best efforts this season, Ake looks set to move on this summer.

    According to The Athletic, City had the 25-year-old watched before Christmas as they showed an initial interest.

    Pep Guardiola's side decided against making a January move for the ex-Chelsea defender, however, despite the long-term injury suffered by Aymeric Laporte.

    The Frenchman is now fully fit, but City have decided that they would still like another left-sided defender.

    At the time of Laporte's injury, a shortlist was drawn up including Milan Skriniar, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Mykola Matviyenko and David Alaba.

    With Bayern deeming Guardiola-favourite Alaba as important enough to keep despite his impending 2021 contract expiry – Ake has now moved to the top of their defensive wishlist.

  • STRIP TEASE

    Chelsea's home kit for next season has been spotted on hoardings at Stamford Bridge.

    The leaked strip has NOT gone down well with fans.

    Supporters lambasted the design as “hideous” and “lazy” after catching it online via FootyHeadlines.

    What do you make of the shirt?

  • BLUE THE KEYHOLE

    Chelsea legend John Terry has slashed the price of his Surrey mansion to force through a sale.

    SunSport can exclusively reveal the mega rich Aston Villa assistant boss has hacked £500,000 off the asking price of his Oxshott pad.

    It was originally put on the market for £5.5million in March but even the super rich are feeling the pinch amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Terry and wife Toni are thought to be keen to sell up after a 2017 break-in.

  • BLUE IS THE COLOUR

    Chelsea have been handed a transfer boost by Dutch side Ajax.

    The club confirmed goalkeeper Andre Onana and left-back Nicolas Tagliafico CAN leave this summer.

    The Blues could swoop for Onana if record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga returns to Spain on loan with Valencia.

    Tagliafico is a back-up option if a deal for Leicester's Ben Chilwell cannot be done.

    Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag confirmed the news when speaking to Het Parool.

  • COOL ON KOUL AND KAM

    Chelsea continue to monitor the situations of Marseille defender Boubacar Kamara and Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly.

    Liverpool have long been linked with a move for defender Koulibaly, but due to his big price tag could cut out the middle man and go straight for Kamara – who has been tipped to replace Koulibaly at Napoli.

    Phew, get all that?

    EPSN say Chelsea and Everton are being kept informed of developments.

  • HAV SOME OF THAT

    Chelsea have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Kai Havertz.

    Bayer Leverkusen's failure to qualify for the Champions League means they will miss out on some of the riches on offer at Europe's top table.

    How does that affect Chelsea?

    Well, reports say Leverkusen will be willing to knock £20million off their asking price for Havertz.

    The 21-year-old attacker will now be available for around £70m rather than £90m.

    It's still a huge ask given the finances of all clubs in light of the coronavirus crisis.

    But it does open the door slightly to Lampard adding to the signings of Ziyech and Werner.

  • YOU GO BAKAYOKO

    Tiemoue Bakayoko is not part of Frank Lampard's future plans and the Blues boss wants him to return to AC Milan, reports claim.

    The Frenchman has been repeatedly linked with a return to the Rossoneri ever since his successful loan spell at the club in the 2018-19 season.

    Le10 Sport say Bakayoko is “very attracted” to the idea of going back.

    But that could be complicated by PSG opening talks with Chelsea over a deal.

    If PSG do not get the deal over the line – and it is believed that Bakayoko is not their primary target – Milan would automatically become the first choice.

    Chelsea will lower their fee from around £38.5m to get the deal over the line.

  • ANGEL FROM ABOVE

    Chelsea will swoop on Man Utd's inability to keep Angel Gomes by offering him a lucrative new deal, according to reports.

    The Independent claim Frank Lampard is keen on signing the 19-year-old.

    United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed Gomes is all set to leave the club this morning.

    Super-agent Pini Zahavi is said to be leading the discussions to find Gomes a new club.

    He has been contacted by clubs from Germany, Spain, Italy and Portugal with Hamburg, Valencia and Benfica understood to be among those leading the chase.

  • 'EXCEPTIONAL'

    Tony Adams has been full of praise for Frank Lampard's first full Chelsea season.

    The Arsenal legend reckons Lamps has been “exceptional”.

    He told Stadium Astro: “I think he’s had an exceptional first season and he’s not even there yet. But whatever he does now it’s exceptional.

    “Obviously he’s a Chelsea legend so they’re going to give the benefit of the doubt anyway but I think it goes beyond that.

    “I’ve seen him working with this group of players and they’re building a fantastic squad there, he’s getting it together.

    “I think he’s an exceptional talent. I saw him at the Emirates before lockdown and he made changes that match that changed the game.

    “Coaches have very rarely got an opportunity to impose themselves on their team, it’s very limiting the amount of chances you get – before the game, half-time – to actually make significant points.

    “But Frank’s doing it and he’s learning on the job and he’s really impressing me.”

  • BLUE MOON

    Frank Lampard will be hoping his new additions to his Chelsea side will lead to a Premier League title tilt next season.

    The Blues have already wrapped up deals for the likes of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, and the club show no signs of stopping in securing their top targets.

    SunSport have exclusively revealed how West Ham star Declan Rice is being chased by the West Londoners.

    Lampard is understood to be a huge fan of the England international, but he could cost Chelsea up to £70million to land him.

    And with the ex-Derby gaffer expected to shuffle up his side, SunSport looks at how his starting XI could look like next campaign.

    What do you think? Do they have what it takes to win the league?

  • SEE YOU, KALOU

    Former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou is close to agreeing a free transfer to Brazilian side Botafogo, according to reports.

    The Ivorian, who played for the Blues from 2006 to 2012, has spent the past six seasons at Hertha Berlin but is out of contract at the German side at the end of June.

    However, the 34-year-old has reportedly been offered an 18-month contract by the Rio de Janeiro side.

    Botafogo official Carlos Augusto Montenegro said: “He already has the pre-contract, but he asked for just one more detail in the contract that was sent to him.”

  • AKE OF SPADES

    Man City's interest in Chelsea target Nathan Ake has “intensified”, according to reports.

    The Dutchman has drawn admiring glances from elsewhere with his accomplished displays over the last three years at AFC Bournemouth.

    But with relegation for the Cherries looking a more-and-more likely prospect despite his best efforts this season, Ake looks set to move on this summer.

    According to The Athletic, City had the 25-year-old watched before Christmas as they showed an initial interest.

    Pep Guardiola's side decided against making a January move for the ex-Chelsea defender, however, despite the long-term injury suffered by Aymeric Laporte.

    The Frenchman is now fully fit, but City have decided that they would still like another left-sided defender.

    At the time of Laporte's injury, a shortlist was drawn up including Milan Skriniar, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Mykola Matviyenko and David Alaba.

    With Bayern deeming Guardiola-favourite Alaba as important enough to keep despite his impending 2021 contract expiry – Ake has now moved to the top of their defensive wishlist.

  • PULISIC UPDATE

    Lampard hopes his star midfielder will not be kept out of action after being injured in the win over Leicester.

    Pulisic was taken off and replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek midway through the second half of the FA Cup quarter-final tie.

    The Blues are next in action against West Ham on Wednesday.

    Lampard said: “Christian felt a tightness in his calf in the second drinks break, hopefully nothing that keeps him out.”

  • JUST THE ONE FOR YEW

    Jordan Ayew would be a brilliant signing for Chelsea, according to club legend Marcel Desailly.

    The Palace striker has impressed up top for Roy Hodgson's side this season and is currently their top scorer.

    Desailly says Ayew has all the skill but needs to turn into a “killer” – something he can do at Chelsea.

    The ex-France man said: “It's time for him to step up.

    “He’s 28-years-old now and he has reached a very high level, as well as being quite consistent in his performances.

    “We need him to have more hunger. We want him to become a killer.

    “You can see in his face that he is not really a killer, but he is showing great ability, and being at Chelsea can bring him to the level that we all know that he can get to because he is a very good player.”

  • SHUFFLE THE DEC

    Chelsea want Declan Rice to lead their defence next season – and are growing confident they will wrap up a deal to sign the West Ham star this summer.

    Frank Lampard is desperate for someone to come into the heart of his back line and help drive a challenge for the Premier League title next season.

    Hammers star Rice is the man he wants, with Lampard keen to shift him from the holding midfield position he currently plays in back to his natural home in the centre of defence.

    Chelsea have sounded out their London rivals over a deal this summer and believe they can get their man for around £45million.

    However, West Ham do not want to sell their main man, and would ask for a lot more than the £45m Chelsea think they could get him for, with their valuation closer to £70m.

    The ultimate price would depend on if the Hammers are relegated – when the loss of money coupled with the hit due to the Covid-19 crisis would hit them doubly hard.

  • TIM'S ARE A CHANGING

    Timo Werner is still hoping to fly out to Lisbon to watch RB Leipzig in the Champions League despite becoming a Chelsea player on July 1.

    Werner has been at the heart of Leipzig’s success in Europe this season, racking up four goals and two assists across their campaign, but the 24-year-old striker will play no part when the competition restarts again in August. The forward’s contract with Chelsea officially begins on July 1 which makes him ineligible for the upcoming mini-tournament in Portugal.

    He said: “Of course it hurts me that I can’t help out Leipzig to play in the Champions League.

    “But I’m a Chelsea player from July 1st and I’m being paid by Chelsea from then on.

    “It was clear that all parties – Chelsea, RB and my side – should and must settle this.

    “Of course I tried to keep out of the Champions League issue as much as I could because it was clear that I would have to hurt one side.

    “That’s why my agent finally agreed it with the clubs.

    “I am forever connected to Leipzig and RB.

    “I will sit in front of the TV during the quarter-finals and keep my fingers crossed.

    “Maybe I can even be on site in Lisbon.”

  • NOT EA-ZI

    Frank Lampard has been warned that he has a “nightmare” on his hands as new £33.3million buy Hakim Ziyech gets ready to move from Ajax to Stamford Bridge.

    Ziyech's old boss Erik ten Hag has told Lamps: “Sometimes he is a trainer's nightmare, but you have to give him space.

    “Hakim is 'what you see is what you get'. You see what his emotions are doing to him today.

    “It is an emotional day for Hakim, but I hope he looks back on it in a good way.”

  • HAV A GO THEN

    Bayer Leverkusen's failure to qualify for the Champions League is set to drop Kai Havertz's asking price by £20m, it has been claimed.

    The Bundesliga star had been rated at around £90m.

    But it is thought he could be bought for around £70m after they failed to secure a seat at Europe's top table.

    However, Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz reckons his man will stay.

    He said: “I don’t feel that he is thinking too much about transferring.

    “I certainly don’t have the impression that this will be his last game for the club. He is still under contract with us and I have to assume that he will be with us next season too.”

  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS,

    Frank Lampard laid into “lucky” Chelsea for producing one of the worst performances of his managerial reign against Leicester.

    Ross Barkley emerged from the bench to keep the Blues FA Cup dreams alive with a stunning second-half strike.

    Chelsea will now face Manchester United for the fourth time this season in the next round before a potential Wembley date with either City or Arsenal.

    And Lampard said: “I could have made seven or eight subs at half time. We got lucky. If we turn up like that again we have no chance. It was the worst we’ve played since I’ve been here.

    “The first half was not what we are used to in terms of our performance. We lacked urgency and intensity. I made three subs but it could have been more and different subs.

    “I don’t think we have played that badly this season for 45 minutes. We have played better than that and lost games. I wasn’t happy with that and we were lucky not to be losing at half-time. But I made the changes I did for impact and personality and we turned it around.

    “I could have made different changes but Mason Mount had played two tough games and Billy Gilmour and Reece James had not played much. They will be top players for this club no matter what and they will have top careers.

    “I spoke to them at half-time and at the end. It does happen in football and I will happily speak to them about it. It was a lethargic performance from the whole team and I will say that to them no problem. They will be big players and we move on.”

    Lampard also revealed that Christian Pulisic will be assessed in the next 24 hours after limping out of Chelsea's 1-0 win against Leicester.

    The Blues boss said: “He felt tightness in his calf during the second drinks break so I took him off straight away.

    “We’ll see in the next day [or so].”

  • LIFE HAKS

    Chelsea newboy Hakim Ziyech has penned an emotional farewell to Ajax.

    “The last 4 years were amazing. I don’t even know where to start for expressing how I’ve experienced this journey,” he wrote on Instagram.

    “I guess making the Europa League final, making the Champions League semi-final, winning the Johan Cruijff Schaal, winning the KNVB Beker, winning the Eredivisie and becoming football player of the year says enough about how beautiful these years were.

    “I want to thank everyone at Ajax for making this next step possible. You have all played a part in my progression over the last years. I hope you are proud of that, at least I’m proud to have worn the jersey of the best team in the Netherlands. Until we meet again.”

  • MORE BARK THAN BITE

    Frank Lampard also praised Ross Barkley for earning Chelsea the win over Leicester.

    He said: “Ross Barkley had put in two really good performances just before lockdown.

    “His attitude has been spot on and he was unlucky not to start against Villa but he made an impact in that game and has impacted the next two games as well. I’ve got lots of time for Ross, he is a big player for us.”

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