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NEW Chelsea stars Kai Havertz and Timo Werner could have been wearing red for the coming season if Manchester United had followed through on their interest.

It has been reported that the German duo were targets for Man Utd prior to moving to Chelsea – but the Red Devils did not want to pay the huge fee for Havertz faltered in their talks with his compatriot.

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  • GO GET HIM

    Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has stated Barcelona, Liverpool and Man Utd are all keen to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, though Chelsea are not interested in him.

    He tweeted: “Thiago will NOT be present @ Bayern training center for medical tests. Key days are coming.

    “Liverpool are still pushing to get him but Bayern want €30m (£27m)… and Koeman insists to have Wijnaldum as new Barça signing more than Thiago (appreciated by part of the board).

    “Chelsea have not made any contact for Thiago Alcantara – just to be clear.

    “Manchester United had a contact with his agent days ago but have not started any official talk with Bayern Münich. So quiet atm.

    “And Jurgen Klopp would love to have Thiago as new lfc signing.”

  • GAME ON

    Premier League clubs will reportedly be forced to play matches even if teams are struck by a coronavirus outbreak in their squads.

    Top-flight chiefs are desperate for the 2020-21 campaign to not overrun beyond May 23 as they look to avoid clashes with the European Championship.

    According to the Daily Mail, Premier League clubs have been told that requests for postponements due to Covid-19 will be rejected.

    The only way that games will be rescheduled is if teams are unable to name less than 14 players in their matchday squad.

    It has been stated that the Premier League have advised clubs to promote any Under-21 players to the senior squad if they have played at least a minute of first-team football.

    Should any team refuse to play a game, then an independent disciplinary panel will hear the case.

    This would result in either warnings or fines, and in cases for repeat offenders, points will be taken off.

  • MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    The Blues have had a busy summer already, sealing the acquisitions of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr and Ben Chilwell.

    But it looks like their spending is set to continue.

    Fans have clamoured for a new goalkeeper, following an error-strewn two seasons at Stamford Bridge for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

    According to The Athletic, Chelsea are in advanced negotiations with Rennes over the potential signing of 6ft 6in stopper Edouard Mendy.

    The Blues are believed to have already had a £14million bid turned down for the 28-year-old.

    Meanwhile, boss Frank Lampard has opened up about how a conversation in the showers with Jose Mourinho helped to improve his confidence.

    He said: “I think it was great man management. It definitely gave me the lift I needed at the time. I keep getting asked about it — is the fact that the image of him naked and me naked, like showering ourselves whilst having quite an important conversation.

    “But that was a beautiful thing as well. That’s what kind of let — made me learn or think about in management that not every conversation has to be, come into my office and sit down.

    “He knew I wasn’t the best player in the world; probably didn’t think I was. And another manager later on in my career did the absolute reverse of that conversation, and it hit me really hard as well. So I would certainly have a positive conversation like that.”

  • ICYMI – JUST WHAT I KNEADED

    Frank Lampard has revealed why he carried a bit of flab at the beginning of his career – as his mum used to give him cakes to cheer him up.

    The Chelsea manager appeared on The High Performance podcast, hosted by BT Sport's Jake Humprey, and told how stinging criticism by his father over his performances as a young boy left his mother feeding him goodies and offering him words of advice to lift his mood.

    In an honest chat, Lampard described his parents as “ying and yang” as his father was “tough” and “old school” while his mother was more nurturing.

    He said: “I remember driving home from Sunday morning games, and I’ve said this before, but he [Frank Snr] would be sort of shouting at me in the car.

    “Looking back I was like, I don’t understand how you can be shouting at me when I’m 12 or 13 years of age.

    “And then I’d get home, and I’d be crying, and my mum would be the one that would bring me my lunch or a cake or something. That’s probably why I was a chubby kid.”

    He added that his late mum, who passed away in 2008, helped him deal with criticism in his professional career as well.

    Lampard said: “My mum was always the one to say to me, just rise above it – I remember her saying that all the time, rise above. Rise above.”

  • JOR THE ONE

    Chelsea midfielder Jorginho played the full 90 minutes as Italy defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in Amsterdam.

    The home side were playing their first game since Ronald Koeman's departure, and featured new Manchester United star Donny van de Beek.

    But Nicolo Barella's goal in first-half stoppage time was enough to seal victory for Jorginho and Co.

  • AMP IT UP

    Sheffield United have completed the signing of Ethan Ampadu on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea.

    Upon sealing the deal, Blades boss Chris Wilder said: “Ethan is an outstanding young player for Chelsea, and we've worked really hard to get his signature for the season.

    “We need to thank Frank Lampard and the people at Chelsea for helping making this happen. We've got a good relationship with them and they know we're going to take good care of him.

    “It's an important season for Ethan and playing in the Premier League for us is a good move for everyone. He brings a lot of qualities to the group and he's someone we've tracked for two or three seasons.”

  • ITALIAN JOB

    Midfielder Jorginho is in action for Italy at the moment, as they take on the Netherlands.

    And it's been a good outing so far for the midfielder, with his side 1-0 up at the break.

  • ON THE MEND

    Chelsea are reportedly closing in on a deal for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

    The Athletic claims Frank Lampard is also hopeful of bringing Declan Rice back to Chelsea despite already spending over £200million this summer.

    The Blues boss has already lured Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz to Stamford Bridge.

    But Lampard still wants to bring in a replacement for flop record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga.

    Mendy, 28, is seen as an ideal fit at 6ft 6in to sort out Chelsea’s aerial and set-piece problems.

    And the Blues are deep in negotiations with Rennes after having a £14m bid snubbed last week.

  • A SPECIAL MOMENT

    Frank Lampard reckons his encounter in the showers with Jose Mourinho has paid huge dividends for his own management career.

    Lampard got a huge lift when Mournho walked in on him soaping down to declare him the best player in the world. And it has helped fledgling manager Lampard realise informality can be the key to engaging with your players.

    Chelsea’s boss said: “I think it was great man management. It definitely gave me the lift I needed at the time. I keep getting asked about it — is the fact that the image of him naked and me naked, like showering ourselves whilst having quite an important conversation.

    “But that was a beautiful thing as well. That’s what kind of let — made me learn or think about in management that not every conversation has to be, come into my office and sit down.

    “He knew I wasn’t the best player in the world; probably didn’t think I was. And another manager later on in my career did the absolute reverse of that conversation, and it hit me really hard as well. So I would certainly have a positive conversation like that.”

  • FAN-TASTIC

    Premier League clubs will agree tomorrow to allow all the top flight games this month be shown live on TV.

    The U-turn by the 20 clubs and League bosses follows pressure from the Government over the issue after a fan backlash prompted intervention.

    Under initial plans, 17 of the opening 28 games – all being played behind closed doors – were due to be screened live, either by Sky Sports or BT.

    That would have seen 11 games not being available to fans, including all three of Newcastle’s opening fixtures.

    Now today’s hastily-arranged meeting of the 20 “shareholder” clubs will agree to the change in policy.

    The 11 outstanding games are likely to be split between the League’s four broadcasters, including the BBC, which is expected to be offered the chance to screen one or two matches.

    SunSport confirmed that the Big Six, including Chelsea, were always in favour of allowing fans to watch more live games in the current circumstances, with initial opposition led by Crystal Palace and West Ham.

  • SAFE PAIR OF HANDS

    Amid the growing speculation that a goalkeeper will arrive at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea's twitter are keen to make sure we don't forget about one who is already there.

    And no – not Kepa Arrizabalaga.

    Instead they have reminded us of Willy Caballero, who showed off a goalkeeper version of keepie-uppies.

  • 'ALREADY WORLD CLASS'

    New signing Kai Havertz has been lavished with praise by his former employers – who expect him to go all the way to the Premier League.

    Bayer Leverkusen's sporting director Rudi Voller was gushing in his praise of the departed Havertz, who became Chelsea's second most expensive signing when he put pen to paper in a £71 million deal.

    And former striker Voller believes the attacking midfielder is the real deal in comments which will excite Blues fans.

    He said: “Kai Havertz is already world class, certainly one of the best to have ever played for Bayer 04.

    “In the coming years, Kai will prove what a great footballer he is in the extremely demanding English league.”

  • NEW KEEPER DEAL CLOSE

    Chelsea are only days away from finding a replacement for the hapless Kepa Arrizabalaga, reports suggest.

    The club are closing in on Edouard Mendy, Rennes keeper, and are confident of striking a deal with the French club before their Premier League season kicks off a week today, according to The Athletic.

    Frank Lampard is believed to have grown increasingly impatient with the mistakes made by Arrizabalaga, signed for £71m.

    The 25-year-old was removed from the first 11 on multiple occasions last season and now faces being dropped in favour of Mendy, who is rated at £20 million.

  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS

    Frank Lampard has admitted he's aware that “the dominoes can fall very quickly” – as expectations rise among the fanbase after Chelsea's summer signing splurge.

    Kai Havertz became the latest to join the club for a whopping £71 million, but he is hardly the only new face at Stamford Bridge.

    Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech are the other major signings as the Blues made up for lost time after last year's transfer window ban.

    Lampard is aware of the pressure the new signings will bring, especially at a club like Chelsea.

    He said to The High Performance podcast: “I can’t get too far ahead of myself. I can’t talk about two or three year plans too much.

    “I may say it to the media sometimes because I think it’s a good thing to kind of lay out there.

    “But at the same time, I’m very aware that a club like Chelsea, even though we had a transfer ban, even though the year was difficult, expectations are going to go up hugely next year.

    “And I just have to accept that as part of the job, and try and go about my job as well as I can.

    “Because the tough times will come. I’ve seen how the dominos can fall very quickly.”

  • READY TO MOVE ON

    Outcast Danny Drinkwater has issued a rallying cry as he looks to restart his career after several bumps in the road.

    The ex-Leicester man shared a picture of himself training at Cobham and wrote on Instagram that he was fighting fit for “wherever I go next.”

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    hmmm 💭 “Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional…” Back at @chelseafc only for pre season… working hard, trying to get fit and be in the best shape I can be for wherever I go next. As much as I would love to be settled at a club like I should be, the unknown is kinda exciting 😜😁

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  • CONTE KEEN ON KANTE

    Rumours continue to gather pace in Italy that ex-Blues boss Antonio Conte desperately wants to bring N'Golo Kante to Inter Milan.

    Italian paper Gazzetta dello Sport reports Conte is as driven to capture Kante as he was to land Romelu Lukaku last summer, when the Belgian signed from Man United for £74 million.

    As Chelsea fans will remember well from Conte's title-winning season at the Bridge, he normally gets what he wants.

    He was the one who signed Kante from then-Champions Leicester in the summer of 2016.

    But whether the London club would even be willing to let the defensive midfielder go is another issue.

    Although Frank Lampard has much depth in the centre of the park, the 29-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world – and he won't come cheap.

  • MY BETTER HALF

    Frank Lampard isn't afraid to ask the people around him for advice when it comes to managing his players – and that includes his wife, Christine.

    The Chelsea gaffer told The High Performance podcast that chatting to the missus about his team can sometimes help guide his actions – but he insists she's not the one choosing the line-up.

    He said: “I do throw a lot of things off Christine, and she’s not picking like what fullback we’re going to play that weekend.

    “But at the same time, if I have certain issues which are life issues, and actually football issues sometimes, I can definitely go home.

    “It’s great sometimes. I go, 'Christine, what do you think about this problem, I’ve got a player here and he didn’t turn up for training yesterday. But we still probably need him on the weekend, what do you think?'”

    “And she goes: 'does he have a girlfriend, a wife? Is there a problem? Have you spoken to them? Maybe you should speak to them.'”

    “And I’m like, 'yeah'. So she’s not my life coach as such, but I’m very fortunate to have someone to bounce things off of at home.”

  • EXCLUSIVE

    Chelsea star Ethan Ampadu is set to join Sheffield United on a season-long loan as he desperately searches for more game time, writes ALAN NIXON.

    Boss Chris Wilder looks to have pulled off a coup by landing the versatile Welsh prospect, who will join his squad and give them top class competition.

    Ampadu can play midfield or at the back and will get the chance of regular games after a frustrating spell with Red Bull Leipzig.

    Chelsea want to see Ampadu tested and the player also needs to be involved at a senior level to fulfil his potential.

    The former Exeter City star has been playing more for Wales than any club side and was a class act in their win over Finland.

    Dragons boss Ryan Giggs recently said he thinks Ampadu can learn from new Blues signing Thiago Silva.

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  • JUST WHAT I KNEADED

    Frank Lampard has revealed why he carried a bit of flab at the beginning of his career – as his mum used to give him cakes to cheer him up.

    The Chelsea manager appeared on The High Performance podcast, hosted by BT Sport's Jake Humprey, and told how stinging criticism by his father over his performances as a young boy left his mother feeding him goodies and offering him words of advice to lift his mood.

    In an honest chat, Lampard described his parents as “ying and yang” as his father was “tough” and “old school” while his mother was more nurturing.

    He said: “I remember driving home from Sunday morning games, and I’ve said this before, but he [Frank Snr] would be sort of shouting at me in the car.

    “Looking back I was like, I don’t understand how you can be shouting at me when I’m 12 or 13 years of age.

    “And then I’d get home, and I’d be crying, and my mum would be the one that would bring me my lunch or a cake or something. That’s probably why I was a chubby kid.”

    He added that his late mum, who passed away in 2008, helped him deal with criticism in his professional career as well.

    Lampard said: “My mum was always the one to say to me, just rise above it – I remember her saying that all the time, rise above. Rise above.”

  • GIROUD'S CAP HAUL

    In other international news concerning Chelsea players, Olivier Giroud became the 8th most capped in the history of France after appearing for the 98th time in the 1-0 win at Sweden on Saturday.

    While a starting place at Stamford Bridge is far from guaranteed, the 33-year-old is a favourite of French manager Didier Deschamps and often retains his place with Man United's Anthony Martial left to wait in the wings.

    With his latest cap, he jumps ahead of Laurent Blanc and Bixente Lizarazu who both retired with 97 each.

    He now sits only five caps behind his own manager Deschamps, who appeared 103 times for his country between 1989-2000.

    He's got some way to go before chasing down record holder Lilian Thuram who has 142 caps, while the likes of legends Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane and Patrick Vieira remain far ahead of him.

  • AIMING FOR THE TOP

    Blues' youngster Armando Broja could make his international debut for Albania tonight as they host Lithuania in what will be just the latest chapter of his intriguing career.

    The 18-year-old striker also followed in the footsteps of Mason Mount as he arrived on a season-long loan at Vitesse Arnhem earlier this summer.

    The Blues will once again hope the Dutch club can hone the talents of their most promising youth products.

    Broja was just six-years-old when Spurs took a punt on him after he was scouted while playing for amateur local side Burnham Juniors.

    He would stay for only two years before Chelsea – the club he supported as a boy – swooped in after a string of impressive performances against them.

    He cites Chelsea legend Didier Drogba and global superstar Cristiano Ronaldo as role models and would do well to match either of their incredible careers

  • BLUES CLUES

    Neymar and Willian convinced Thiago Silva to join Chelsea as the centre-back left PSG at the end of his contract.

    The 35-year-old joined Frank Lampard’s side on a Bosman after quitting the Parc des Princes.

    But according to the Telegraph, it was his Brazil pals who convinced him to ignore advances from former club AC Milan and join Chelsea.

  • 'BULLS****'

    Mason Mount’s dad has slammed reports claiming his son is annoyed by the arrival of Kai Havertz as “bulls***”.

    The German playmaker joined Chelsea for a cut-price £70million from Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.

    Big things are expected of the 21-year-old, who was personally brought in by Blues owner Roman Abramovich.

    There has been much talk over where Havertz will slot in at Stamford Bridge, whether it will be behind Timo Werner or on the wings.

    And Bild journalist Christian Falk claimed on Twitter that Havertz will be competing with Mount for a starting spot – much to the frustration of the England international.

    He said: “Havertz is already searching for a house in London.

    “Because of Havertz his mate Timo Werner can imagine to play at the wings.

    “Mason Mount is not happy that he has a expensive rival at his position.”

  • EAGLE EYED

    Crystal Palace have brilliantly trolled Chelsea over their new away kit, which bears a striking resemblance to the Eagles' famous red and blue stripes.

    The Blues tweeted images from the kit launch with the hashtag itsachelseathing.

    Palace simply responded with the hashtag itsnotthoughisit.

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