7am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Edouard Mendy MEDICAL, Rice ‘must request Blues move’, Kante ‘not holding midfielder’ – The Sun

EDOUARD MENDY is undergoing a medical at Chelsea today ahead of his £22m move to Stamford Bridge, the club have confirmed.

And Frank Lampard is reportedly set to step up his pursuit of Declan Rice after concluding that N'Golo Kante is not a holding midfielder.

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Get all the latest transfer gossip and updates below…

  • MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    Thiago Silva is tipped for his Chelsea debut in tonight's Carabao Cup tie at home to Barnsley – heightening speculation that fellow centre-back Antonio Rudiger could depart.

    Ex-PSG skipper Silva, who was 36 yesterday said: “I think it will go well given the way we have been training.”

    But some reports suggest Germany star Rudiger, 27, could seek a move after failing to make even the bench for Sunday's 2-0 Premier League loss against champions Liverpool.

    Meanwhile, Christian Pulisic has hinted he and £38million summer buy Hakim Ziyech are nearly ready to join Chelsea's season.

    A knee injury has delayed ex-Ajax playmaker Ziyech's debut while Pulisic is also battling back to fitness after his excellent end to last term.

    USA attacker Pulisic posted a social media picture of himself with Ziyech, alongside a sand-timer emoji and the words “soon come”.

    Rennes keeper Edouard Mendy is on the brink of completing his 22m switch from Rennes – to turn up the heat still further on under-pressure No1 Kepa Arrizabalaga

    And the Athletic suggestCallum Hudson-Odoi's representatives could seek talks over the England attacker's future after he was limited to just ten minutes so far this term.

    Bayern Munich are thought to be monitoring the situation after trying to lure the 19-year-old last year.

  • MORATA JOY AT JUVE RETURN

    Ex-Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is back at Juventus on loan from Atletico Madrid.

    The Spain and former Real Madrid targetman claimed the Serie A champions turned him into a “real footballer” in his previous spell, 2014-16.

    Juve moved for the 27-year-old after a deal for likely Barcelona discard Luis Suarez faltered.

  • PULISIC AND HAKIM READY SOON?

    Christian Pulisic has hinted he and Hakim Ziyech are nearly ready to join Chelsea's mixed start to the season.

    A knee injury has delayed ex-Ajax playmaker Ziyech's debut while Pulisic is also battling back to fitness after his excellent end to last term.

    And USA attacker Pulisic posted a social media picture of himself with his arm around Ziyech with a sand-timer emoji and the words “soon come”.

  • CALLUM SET FOR TALKS?

    Chelsea could be facing talks with Callum Hudson-Odoi's representatives over his future as the England frontman has played just ten minutes of their season so far.

    The Athletic suggest the 19-year-old might again consider his future, having been linked with Bayern Munich last year.

    The Champions League winners were linked with a loan swoop for Hudson-Odoi last week.

  • JUVE MOR CHANCE

    Former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is being linked with Juventus after their interest in Barcelona's Luis Suarez faltered.

    Passport issues mean the Uruguayan will not be able to complete his £13.5million move to Juventus before the October 5 transfer deadline.

    That has forced the Serie A champions to look elsewhere with Edin Dzeko and Moise Kean among those on their wishlist.

    But another former Juve star, Morata, is now on their radar.

    According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the club have offered £9million to take the Atletico Madrid forward on loan.

    A further £41m fee is on the table to make that deal permanent at a later date.

  • GO FIGURE

    Liverpool boast the most-valuable squad in world football, worth £267million MORE than Manchester United.

    Meanwhile, the Man City squad is worth £933m – putting them above Barcelona at £910m, in third.

    Chelsea come in fourth – ensuring three Premier League clubs occupied the top four spots.

    Manchester United are good only for seventh in the table at £719.5m – nearly £300m behind Liverpool.

  • MENDY MEDICAL TODAY

    Edouard Mendy is set to have his Chelsea medical today after Petr Cech finally got his man.

    The Blues have agreed a £22million fee for the Senegalese international after nearly a month of negotiations with Rennes.

    And the urgency over the need for a new goalkeeper has reached a head after another string of mistakes from Kepa Arrizabalaga.

  • PALM OUT

    Emerson's agent Luis Fernando Garcia told Juvenews: “We know very well about Juventus' interest but also about Inter.

    “So far there has been no talk of a transfer with Chelsea, nor has there been any official offer.

    “I believe that until May there will be no official offers from the two clubs.

    “In the summer we will decide what to do.”

  • JUVE AND INTER EYE EMERSON

    Chelsea outcast Emerson Palmieri is wanted by Juventus and Inter Milan, according to reports.

    The left-back has fallen out of favour under Frank Lampard but could be rescued from the cold by the Serie A giants.

    Cesar Azpilicueta – who normally operates at right-back – has been keeping the 25-year-old out the team and playing on the left in his place.

    The Italian international has made just 14 Premier League appearances under Lampard this campaign and his Blues career looks like it could soon come to an end.

  • I'M RUDI TO LEAVE

    ANTONIO RUDIGER is reportedly considering a move away from Chelsea before deadline day.

    Sky Sports claims the Germany international, 27, was left shocked after being axed from Frank Lampard’s squad for Sunday’s 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool.

    Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma were preferred in the heart of defence.

    And youngster Fikayo Tomori was selected on the bench before impressing as a second-half sub.

    Chelsea now have five senior centre-backs at the club after signing Thiago Silva on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.

    There are also three prospects ready to break through from next season, including Malang Sarr, Ethan Ampadu and Xavier Mbuyamba.

    Rudiger has entered the final two years of his Chelsea contract.

  • THIAGO FOR IT

    New Chelsea defender Thiago Silva said: “It was a very unusual situation because I had never heard of the song before.

    “This video of the lad Alex coming out of the crowd wearing my shirt, he got on stage and sang the song with all the other artists and it went viral.

    “Of course, it arrived to me in Paris and I then got the opportunity to meet Alex and thank him…

    “Sometimes us footballers lose the idea of the influence and reach that we have.

    “So I was really happy, it was pleasing that there's a song with my name. I remember that day well.”

    After his flawless rendition, Mann revealed he was offered his own gigs and even a contract with BooHooMan.

    He later revealed: “Thiago Silva asked for my phone number – he wants to have a chat with me but he’s busy with the Copa America.”

  • SILVA MEETS MYSTERY MANN

    Chelsea new-boy Thiago Silva has opened up on the “unusual situation” of meeting Alex Mann – the teenager who rapped his name at Glastonbury.

    Teenager Mann, then 15-years-old, went viral last summer after he rapped every word of Dave song 'Thiago Silva' – named after the-then Paris Saint-Germain star.

    Two months later, Mann was invited to meet the Brazilian in Paris.

    And the youngster posted a photo of the Brazilian signing the PSG shirt he wore for his famous performance performed for millions – both in attendance and on TV.

    And now, the Blues new-boy – who completed his free transfer to Stamford Bridge this summer – has opened up about the day.

  • ALL GO FOR SILVA

    Frank Lampard has confirmed that Thiago Silva is in the squad and in line to make his Chelsea debut against Barnsley tomorrow.

    The Brazilian turns 36 today and will be in line to play at Stamford Bridge, even if it is not the full 90 minutes.

    The Blues boss said: “I am not sure if that's a birthday present or not… but he is fit!”

  • HOW BLUES WILL LINE-UP

    Chelsea will be looking to put their defeat to Liverpool behind them when they face Barnsley.

    The Blues host the Championship side in the third-round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

    Here is how SunSport predict they’ll line up…

  • OUT OF THE RED

    Chelsea would have lost the most cash, had the 2018-19 season been under lockdown for the entire term.

    The Blues would have seen a £202million loss, due to a lack of matchday revenue, but also from spending before their transfer ban kicked in.

    The hypothetical study was conducted by Price of Football on Twitter and gives us an indication on how much will be lost by clubs this season.

    It makes for stark reading, but that does not mean Prem clubs are being stopped from splashing the cash.

    If there had been no matchday revenue, these would have been the premierleague operating losses in 2018/19. pic.twitter.com/wjjKbdQv0O
    — PriceOfFootball (@KieranMaguire) September 22, 2020

  • ZIYECH LOVES IT

    Hakim Ziyech has uploaded a picture of himself and Christian Pulisic at Chelsea training.

    And Ben Chilwell has been in full support mode on Instagram too.

    Ziyech left the caption “Loading…” with an hour glass under his pic alongside the American.

  • GO FIGURE

    Liverpool boast the most-valuable squad in world football, worth £300million MORE than United.

    Meanwhile, the Man City squad is worth £933m – putting them above Barcelona at £910m, in third.

    Chelsea come in fourth – ensuring three Premier League clubs occupy the top four spots, with a squad rated £161m cheaper than Jurgen Klopp's.

  • PL GUTTED

    Prem chiefs have voiced their frustration at the Government’s push-back that will mean fans cannot return to grounds next month.

    The 20 clubs are losing up to £25m in collective income from every round of games without supporters, with a total of £700m going absent last season alone.

    League bosses calculated the local and national economy is missing out on £200m in spending each Prem match round that fans remain locked out, with clubs losing £100m a month.

    And while the League conceded that “the health of the nation must remain everyone’s priority”, there is a growing sense of unhappiness with the Government’s stance.

    A Prem spokesman said: “We are disappointed that the safe return of supporters to matches has been postponed.

    “The Premier League is certain that, through League-wide guidelines and a code of conduct developed with scientific experts and agreed by the Government’s Sports Ground Safety Authority, fans in stadiums will be as safe or even safer than at any other public activity currently permitted.

    “This is already evident in other European leagues.”

  • FLECKS OF SILVA

    Frank Lampard has confirmed that Thiago Silva is in the squad and in line to make his Chelsea debut against Barnsley tomorrow.

    The Brazilian turns 36 today and will be in line to play at Stamford Bridge, even if it is not the full 90 minutes.

    The Blues boss said: “I am not sure if that's a birthday present or not… but he is fit!”

  • CECHS 'N BALANCES

    Frank Lampard confirmed technical director Petr Cech has influenced Edouard Mendy's signing, given the former Chelsea stopper's specialist goalkeeping knowledge.

    Lampard said: “Petr was important in that because goalkeeper is a very particular position and Petr Cech obviously knows that role very well.

    “And Petr will obviously have a big say in this situation from my point of view, and I lean heavily on him. So he was very influential.

    “Football is always in your hands, in the current moment and going forward.

    “So competition is important of course. We have brought Mendy in to bring that competition, we know it's an area that Kepa himself wants to improve in his own performance.

    “So it's in everybody's hands in the squad to push, to train, to have the right attitude, to try to compete to get in the team.”

  • HE'S IN FOR CHECKS

    Frank Lampard has confirmed Edouard Mendy is having a medical at Chelsea.

    Looks like the Blues might just have a keeper on their hands.

  • NO GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

    Boris Johnson confirmed Premier League fans will NOT return in October – amid fears football will remain behind closed doors for 'several months'.

    The Government are now not able to move forward with the proposed return of fans to sporting events – initially set for October 1.

    Prime Minister Johnson said: “We have to acknowledge that the spread of the virus is now affecting our ability to reopen business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events.

    “So we will not be able to do this from October 1 and I recognise the implications for our sports clubs which are the life and soul of our communities, and my right honourable friends the Chancellor and the Culture Secretary are working urgently on what we can do now to support them.”

    BBC Sport editor Dan Roan then went on to say the Premier League will be hit to the tune of £100MILLION per month with no fans.

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