CHELSEA have confirmed another big summer signing as Ben Chilwell has been announced on the club website.
All eyes will now be on when the Blues announce the pursuit of Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Malang Sar and… Lionel Messi?
Get all the latest transfer gossip and updates from Stamford Bridge…
Ben Chilwell has expressed his joy at joining Frank Lampard's project at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to the club's website, he said: “I am delighted to be joining Chelsea at this very exciting time for the club.
“I’m looking forward to being a part of this young, dynamic squad led by Frank Lampard as we challenge for honours next season.
“I can’t wait to get started and hopefully it won’t be long before we’re playing in front of the Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge.”
Signed. Sealed. Delivered.
Ben Chilwell is a Chelsea player.
Brighton and Hove Albion will be the first club to let fans back in their stadium when they play Chelsea
in a friendly on Saturday, August 29, 2020.
Brighton have announced that only 2,500 tickets will be allocated for the match, for their season ticket holders and members.
Unfortunately for Chelsea, none of their fans will be allowed into the stadium for the encounter.
Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp couldn't resist a dig at rivals Chelsea when asked about their summer spending.
When asked about if Liverpool will be doing any spending this summer, Klopp said that the coronavirus pandemic has forced his club to think about spending.
He then added: ‘Nobody knows but it seems like some other teams have a more positive outlook on the future… if you look at Chelsea for example!'
CHELSEA'S STAR CORONAVIRUS WOES
Chelsea loanee Trevoh Chalobah, who is currently at FC Lorient, has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.
He has been placed in isolation for the next two weeks, where he will undergo further testing.
The 21-year-old's loan was only confirmed early last week, but he did test negative before leaving England.
Thiago Silva was a huge asset to PSG, and no one knows that as much as Kylian Mbappe.
The French starlet penned a heartfelt goodbye to Silva on his Twitter account.
In the message, Mbappe said: “Thiago, my captain (or just captain but it sounds better as my captain), you are a legend, you made your mark on the history of the club.”
Bayer Leverkusen are allegedly holding up Kai Havertz's transfer to Chelsea.
It is thought that the German side are not too keen on finalising the deal until they find a replacement for the star.
This news will be frustrating for The Blues, who have already agreed personal terms with Havertz.
Here are the Blues' opening Premier League games as well as their blockbuster clashes against the other 'Big Six' sides.
Chelsea plan to continue their summer shopping with a bid for Declan Rice, according to reports.
According to Twitter page ExWHUemployee, “There has been no bid for him but Chelsea are very keen on him.”
This claim is backed up by Football Insider, who say a Chelsea source has told them that are planning to offer a player-exchange deal for Rice worth up-to £70 million.
Rotherham have completed the season-long loan signing of Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman.
The 26-year-old spent the second-half of last season on loan in League One with Bristol Rovers, getting back to full fitness after a lengthy spell on the sidelines through injury.
Blackman has been on the books at Chelsea since the age of 12, winning both the FA Youth Cup and Under-21 Premier League during his time in their academy.
According to Telefoot, Chelsea have had a £14.3 million bid rejected forSenegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
With Kepa set to leave the club, Mendy has been lined up as a replacement for him.
Chelsea have been quite active in this summer's transfer window, so it will be interesting to see if this price deters them in their pursuit of Mendy.
Chelsea rising star Billy Gilmour has been named as the club’s Academy Player of the Season.
Since The Blues made the announcement on their Instagram page, the youngster has been showered with praise.
Gilmour underwent surgery on his knee in July, so he'll miss the first few games of the upcoming season.
Here are the numbers on Lionel Messi's next club after he put in a transfer request at Barcelona.
GOT THE BLUES
Fancy watching The Blues in action in 1995?
In celebration of Middlesborough's 25th anniversary to their Riverside Stadium, they will be showing the classic match between the two club's on their official YouTube channel.
If the match does tickle your fancy, it will be shown from 3pm.
Chelsea have hired Anthony Barry as their new first team coach.
The 34-year-old joining Frank Lampard's backroom staff earlier this week.
Barry was previously at Wigan Athletic, where he was assistant under Paul Cook.
He and Lampard built their relationship while on the same UEFA Pro Licence course.
MADE HIS MARC
Chelsea defender Marc Guehi will spend another season on loan with Swansea City.
The 19-year-old joined the Welsh club in January, having made two senior Chelsea appearances in the League Cup earlier in the campaign.
Guehi will return to the Liberty Stadium having been called up to England's Under-21 side, along-side Chelsea team-mate Calum Hudosn-Odoi.
Thiago Silva is set to sign on the dotted line tomorrow – Thursday, August 27, 2020, according to a source.
Former BBC correspondent, David Ornstein tweeted from his official Twitter account saying: “Thiago Silva scheduled to sign for Chelsea on Thursday.”
if true, this news will have Chelsea fans feeling optimistic about the upcoming season.
Chelsea fans will have to wait to see if the club's new signing Ben Chilwell is worth his price tag as the star is still injured.
Chilwell is still recovering from a serious ankle injury.
Despite this, Chelsea plan to move forward with the signing.
A source told The Sun:“If Ben gets news he is going to be out for another six weeks, not three, then Chelsea could well take a totally different view on this whole matter.”
Chelsea and Malang Sarr have agreed terms on a five-year contract, according to goal.com.
But Chelsea fans will have to wait a while to see the youngster in a blue's shirt as the club plan to loan him out immediately.
The move comes as Chelsea plan to bolster their squad in their quest for silverware.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard plans to make transfer target Thiago Silva the club's captain if the deal is completed.
A major factor in if Silva heads to Stamford Bridge will depend on the role he is given at the club.
Lampard is planning to make a serious challenge for the title next season, and plans for Silva to play a pivotal role in the push for silverware.
CHILWELL'S EN ROUTE
Leicester's Ben Chilwell looks likely to seal his £50 million deal to Chelsea today.
According to Sky Sports, the two clubs were on the brink of finalising the deal late Tuesday evening.
Chilwell is said to be 'quite keen' on the move, but Chelsea fans don't seem to share his optimism.
One fan tweeted:“Alex Telles and Tagliafico available for £30m and yet we want to spend £60m-plus on Chilwell. This is ridiculous.”
If the move is finalised today, the left-back will havethe added pressure of winning over the Chelsea fans.
Former Chelsea winger Pedro has signed for AS Roma on a free after leaving Stamford Bridge.
The Spaniard, 33, has penned terms with the Serie A club, who wooed him as his contract in West London was running down last season.
Pedro has signed for Paulo Fonseca's side on a three-year deal… taking him to the golden age of 36!
PL-EASE TAKE ME BACK
Amidst all the Lionel Messi fall-out, forgotten man Philippe Coutinho would prefer to head back to the Premier League rather than return to Barcelona – with Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea keen, according to reports.
The Brazilian's loan at Bayern Munich has come to an end after the Champions League winners opted against exercising their option buy him.
Coutinho is now set to return to parent-club Barcelona for showdown talks with new boss Ronald Koeman.
But Marca claim the “Little Magician”, 28, would rather go back to England, with a host of top clubs interested.
Coutinho has three years left to run on his current contract at Barcelona.
It's claimed Koeman does not see the former Liverpool midfielder in his future plans and will push to sell him, much like Luis Suarez.
MORNING CHELSEA FANS
Chelsea remain busy in the transfer market, despite having secured superstars Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner early on in the window.
The Blues remain in talks with a number of targets, and are nearing the completion of more than one deal.
Thiago Silva has agreed a two-year contract at Stamford Bridge pending a medical on Thursday, having played his final game for Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday’s Champions League final.
And he looks set to be joined in West London by fellow out-of-contract Ligue 1 defender Malang Sarr – with the Blues putting the finishing touches on a five-year contract for the OGC Nice starlet.
Kai Havertz has long been linked with Frank Lampard’s side, and a deal appears to be edging ever closer as it emerged that nearly everything has been agreed by the two parties.
Meanwhile, Ben Chilwell is set to join from Leicester City, with transfer guru Fabrizio Romano proclaiming that the £50million deal is “done”.
And it could get even better for Chelsea fans, with BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand having tweeted that boss Frank Lampard is after Lionel Messi – following the Barcelona star’s shock transfer request.
He tweeted: “Just heard Frank Lampard is now in for messi Some window this if Lamps pulls this off!!”
ICYMI – CHIL OUT
Chelsea have “no doubts” when it comes to sealing a deal for £50m-rated Ben Chilwell, reports claim.
And the Blues are also closing on Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.
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