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CHELSEA got off to a fine start at Brighton, but Kepa's days could be numbered after another mistake.

And his potential replacement Edouard Mendy has already signed, according to some sources.

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Get all the latest transfer gossip and updates from Stamford Bridge…

  • NOT A KEEPER

    Gary Neville has dismissed Frank Lampard's claims that he is happy with Kepa Arrizabalaga.

    He told Sky Sports: “I don't think he is [happy with Kepa].

    “I wouldn't be, but, yet I know full well, having been in a coaching position, been in a changing room, you have to back your goalkeeper.

    “You must back your players.

    “You have to support them publicly but privately that goal, it's a really poor goal to give away.”

  • BEING FRANK

    Frank Lampard has backed Timo Werner's claim the injured striker will make Chelsea's Premier League cracker at home to Liverpool on Sunday.

    Werner wore a huge ice pack on his knee after a bright debut in Monday's 3-1 win at Brighton was marred by a painful collision when he won the penalty opener.

    Lamps said: “He took a knock when he won the penalty, which we hope is a dead leg.

    “I would like to think if it is that we have a bit of time to get him back (for Liverpool).

    “I was really pleased with Timo. I know the qualities he is going to bring.”

  • WIMBLE-DONE

    Chelsea's behind closed doors friendly against Wimbledon ended 1-1 at Cobham today.

    Victor Moses scored from the penalty spot for the Blues.

    Danny Drinkwater also featured for Chelsea as he looks to find himself a new club for this season.

    Wimbledon reportedly took the lead in the 18th minute, but Chelsea clawed their way back into the game.

  • TOR-NADO

    Fernando Torres claims he joined Chelsea in 2011 after Liverpool’s owners “lied” to him.

    The former Spain international, 36, controversially swapped Anfield for Stamford Bridge in a £50million move after scoring 81 goals in just 142 games.

    He told talkSPORT: “I was really happy at Liverpool.

    “But if you remember at that time the club was about to be sold and it was a very difficult situation.

    “They sold all their best players, Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso, Rafa Benitez left, and they started bringing in young players.

    “So they needed maybe six, six, seven years to create a winning team again and I didn’t have that time because I left my home in Atletico to win trophies.

    “Unfortunately there were many lies by the owners that Liverpool had at that time, and in the end I needed to find my own way which was Chelsea, who I thought would be the club who would offer me the chance of winning trophies.”

  • A LOT TO WERN…

    Timo Werner has high hopes of scoring in Chelsea's second game.

    He said: “Maybe in the second game, I will score.

    “It becomes harder because it is against Liverpool, but I will try, give my best and for now I am happy to give an assist for my team.”

    The Blues will come up against Liverpool on Sunday – with kick-off at 4:30pm.

  • 'TOTALLY DIFFERENT'

    Timo Werner has reflected on his first experience of English football.

    Speaking on the club website, he said: “I played against three massive defenders, and you don't have something like that in Germany.

    “The game is totally different. In some situations, we had a lot more space, the field is very big and you can make a lot of runs, like we did in the first half after we led 1-0.

    “Then you come out of the dressing room in the second half and the game was totally different. It changed completely.”

  • IN THE BAGG

    Conor Gallagher is set to sign a new deal with the Blues… then join West Brom on a season-long loan transfer.

    The 20-year-old midfielder is highly-rated by Blues boss Frank Lampard who sees his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

    But he wants to secure Gallagher’s signature on a lengthy new deal before giving him his blessing to head for the Hawthorns.

    Slaven Bilic hopes a one-year-loan deal can be tied-up in time for Saturday’s trip to Everton and Gallagher’s contract talks don’t stall his arrival.

  • SILVA FOX

    Gary Neville has said he fears for Chelsea new boy Thiago Silva as the 35-year-old prepares to start his Premier League adventure.

    He said on Sky's Monday Night Football: “Again, it’s an unknown. 35 [years old], 36 next week, played in the French league now for a number of years.

    “The intensity in the French league is nothing like our league. That’s not to say Paris Saint-Germain are not a great team, they just got to the Champions League final, but you’re talking about the Premier League.

    “Particularly the intensity of this Premier League season, it’s compact.

    “It’ll be a massive challenge for him in terms of the amount of games, the speed of football compared to what he’s been used to. It’ll be a step up in that respect.”

  • DONE DEAL

    Branislav Ivanovic has joined West Brom on a one-year deal.

    The former Chelsea defender arrives after spending three-and-a-half seasons with Zenit Saint-Petersburg.

  • 'ROUD AWAKENING

    Olivier Giroud has emerged as a target for Juventus, as the Italian giants struggle to get deals for Edin Dzeko and Luis Suarez over the line.

    According to Sky Sports, the Old Lady are trying to do a deal with Roma for the former Manchester City striker, but the Giallorossi don't want to let the Bosnian go without a replacement.

    Frenchman Giroud is currently considered third-choice striker at Chelsea, after the signing of Timo Werner and behind the younger Tammy Abraham.

  • PRICE HIKE

    BT Sport is set for a £4 price rise from November 1.

    If you're an entertainment package holder, the price will also go up by a further £2.

    This could add an annual £72 to bills.

    Uswitch.com expert Nick Baker said: “A £4 increase to BT’s sports bundle and a £2 hike to its Entertainment package will add £72 a year to bills, placing more pressure on households at a time when many are feeling the pinch.

    “Recent rule changes mean that large groups of friends and family can’t gather in pubs and houses, so more people will need their own TV subscription to ensure that they don’t miss out.

    “Existing customers may feel doubly hard done by, since the price rise comes as BT is offering new customers heavily discounted TV prices for six months.”

  • IN THE BAGG

    West Brom want to sign Conor Gallagher on loan – before the ink is dry on his new long-term Chelsea contract, reports GRAEME BRYCE.

    The 20-year-old midfielder is highly-rated by Blues boss Frank Lampard who sees his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

    But he wants to secure Gallagher’s signature on a lengthy new deal before giving him his blessing to head for the Hawthorns.

    Slaven Bilic hopes a one-year-loan deal can be tied-up in time for Saturday’s trip to Everton and Gallagher’s contract talks don’t slow down his arrival.

    The Chelsea kid appeared to be on his way to Crystal Palace last week until Roy Hodgson decided to sign Michy Batshuayi instead.

    Premier League rules limit clubs to signing only one player from a Premier rival, leaving the door wide open for Bilic to try and snap up Gallagher.

  • KEPA VS MENDY

    Here is how the Spaniard lines up against the Senegalese keeper.

    Note that save percentage is a LOT higher.

  • HUD HUNTERS

    Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi is reportedly at the centre of a three-way transfer battle between some of Europe's biggest clubs.

    The 19-year-old hotshot has become of renewed interest to Bayern Munich following their failed pursuit of him last year.

    But their Bundesliga rivals RB Leipzig – and Italian giants Juventus – are also believed to be keen on the Blues winger.

    Sky Germany reports that Bayern, who would reportedly favour a loan move with an option to buy capture Hudson Odoi, are yet to make an official approach.

  • WILL I NEVER

    Garth Crooks has claimed that Chelsea's decision to allow Willian to leave for rivals Arsenal was “madness.”

    He wrote in his column for the BBC: “Regular readers will know what I think of Willian as a player.

    “I said last season that Chelsea could not afford to lose him.

    “To let him go to London rivals Arsenal, of all teams, was madness and could cost them dearly in the final analysis.

    “Against a Fulham side who were out of their depth, Willian produced a debut performance that must have been an agonising watch for his former manager Frank Lampard.

    “What have Chelsea done?”

  • LAND OF THE GIANTS

    Timo Werner had fans in hysterics after admitting he has never played against such “massive defenders” as Brighton’s.

    The German forward made his debut for the Blues as they swept aside the Seagulls 3-1 on the South Coast last night.

    And following the match, the 24-year-old said: “Yeah, Premier League is different football because I think defenders… I have never played against three defenders like this so tall, so big massive defenders.

    “But the game, for me, it makes it really fun.

    “Especially in the first half, I have a lot of space where I can do my runs.”

  • HAV A WORD

    Kai Havertz was mercilessly trolled by rival fans during his underwhelming Chelsea debut in the 3-1 win at Brighton.

    The £72million attacker, who has only been training with his new team for ten days, was handed a first start for the Blues at the Amex.

    The 21-year-old lined up behind fellow new arrival Timo Werner but struggled to influence proceedings, unlike his German compatriot who won a penalty and looked lively throughout.

    And one particularly bad attempt at a switch of play opened Havertz up to a world of mocking online.

  • BRIGHTON VS CHELSEA RATINGS – ATTACKERS

    Kai Havertz – 5

    Playing out wide meant he really struggled to get involved in the game and was very quiet all night.

    Not really a debut to remember for Chelsea’s new German international and he came off for Hudson-Odoi on 79 minutes.

    Mason Mount – 6

    Full of energy as usual but didn’t really bring much extra to the play. He worked a lot harder in the second half as well though to help Alonso deal with Lamptey.

    Timo Werner – 9 (MOTM)

    The other debutant was Chelsea’s liveliest attacking and caused constant issues for Brighton, winning the penalty well in the first half and full of dangerous pace.

  • BRIGHTON VS CHELSEA RATINGS – MIDFIELD

    Jorginho – 6

    Did a job and took his penalty well as per usual, but he didn’t really control the game like Lampard would have liked.

    N’Golo Kante – 6

    Kante was rather quiet throughout the game, but a lot like Jorginho, he largely did what he needed to do without being a stand out performer.

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 4

    This was an awful game to forget for Loftus-Cheek, constantly giving the ball away.

    He was rightly put out of his misery on 60 minutes being replaced by Ross Barkley.

  • BRIGHTON VS CHELSEA RATINGS – DEFENCE

    Let's start with the defenders…

    Kepa Arrizabalaga – 4/10

    He made a couple of good saves but continued to flap at crosses and conceded a very soft goal for Brighton’s equaliser.

    Reece James – 7

    He was a bit shaky in the first half, but more than made up for it with a world class long range finish to put Chelsea 2-1 up in the second half.

    Kurt Zouma – 8

    Scored Chelsea’s third goal and he took that well, it was a good defensive performance from the Frenchman.

    Andreas Christensen – 9

    The player once touted as the next John Terry certainly put on a performance closer to the standard of the Chelsea legend. He was solid, convincing, and good on the ball.

    Marcos Alonso – 6

    The Spaniard will be having nightmares featuring Tariq Lamptey when he goes to sleep – the former Chelsea youngster gave the Spaniard the absolute run around all game.

  • TA-RA

    Chelsea do not have the option to buy back youngster Tariq Lamptey after Blues fans revelled in his performance on Monday.

    Frank Lampard sold the 19-year-old to the Seagulls for £4million in January as he approached the final six months of his contract.

    He only featured three times for Chelsea and a further eight for Brighton last season.

    But the right-back came of age in Brighton's 3-1 defeat, assisting Leandro Trossard while troubling the visitor's defence throughout with his blistering pace.

    It left supporters flooding social media questioning whether Chelsea had the option to bring Lamptey back to the club in the future.

  • MAN ON THE RENNES

    Chelsea are still no closer to a deal for Edouard Mendy, according to reports in France.

    That is despite the Rennes keeper being ready and waiting to fly to London to complete his transfer to Stamford Bridge.

    Rennes are holding out for the right price for the 28-year-old, after Frank Lampard denied they are signing a keeper to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga.

    According to the Mail, the Ligue 1 club tried to get Olivier Giroud included as part of the deal, but Chelsea want to hold on to the Frenchman.

  • WERN DOWN

    Timo Werner is a doubt for Chelsea ahead of their game at home to champions Liverpool on Sunday.

    Werner appeared for his post-match interviews with strapping just above his knee, which was sustained in contact with Brighton keeper Matty Ryan, when the German was tripped up for a penalty.

    Frank Lampard said: “Timo took a bump when he won the penalty, so it's more of a dead leg we hope.

    “I wouldn't think too much in terms of next week, but I would like to think if it is, we've got a bit of time for him to get back and right.

    “He obviously finished the game.”

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