4.40pm Chelsea news LIVE: Blues ‘wanted Donnarumma transfer over Mendy’, Jorginho NEW contract, Reece James England RED – The Sun

CHELSEA are preparing to face Southampton this weekend as the Premier League returns.

Meanwhile we have the very latest on Jorginho's future, while it is claimed that the Blues wanted to sign AC Milan Gianluigi Donnarumma before opting for Edouard Mendy.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • William Pugh

    CALLING DYBS

    Chelsea are plotting a shock move to poach Argentine forward Paulo Dybala from Juventus, according to reports.

    Tutto Mercato reports the Blues are thinking about launching a bid for the 26-year-old.

    The report states the Blues were unsuccessful in attempts to lure Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez to Stamford Bridge over the summer.

    Martinez reportedly turned down a move to play under Frank Lampard, instead holding out for a dream transfer to Real Madrid or Barcelona.

    But the West Londoners could be set to snare a new Serie A target in Dybala.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BET VICTOR

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    GET IT DONN

    Chelsea plotted a move for Gianluigi Donnarumma before completing a deal for Edouard Mendy, according to reports.

    And they may go back in for the AC Milan captain in June when his contract expires but will face competition from a host of top clubs.

    Donnarumma has been a mainstay at the San Siro since he was 16 but is yet to agree a new contract with the club.

    Chelsea were among the interested parties during the recent transfer window, as reported by CalcioMercato.

    Frank Lampard was unhappy with Kepa Arrizabalaga as his first-choice keeper and bagged Mendy from Rennes for £22million.

    Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid also took an interest in Donnarumma, along with Juventus.

    But the 21-year-old's future will primarily be decided by the outcome of contract negotiations with Milan.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BLUE MOON

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  • Jake Lambourne

    NO WAY, JOSE

    Arsene Wenger revealed he deliberately snubbed Jose Mourinho from his autobiography because he 'wanted it to be a positive book'.

    The Frenchman, 70, released My Life in Red and White this week with plenty of brilliant untold stories and his version of events.

    But despite the pair's bitter rivalry, it was deemed Mour trouble than it was worth to even make a single mention of Jose.

    Instead Wenger focuses on his battles with Sir Alex Ferguson.

    Asked why he omitted the Special One, the ex-Arsenal boss said: “I didn't want to make a book that sorts out some differences.

    “I wanted it to be a positive book. I had more acrimonious battles with Sir Alex than Jose Mourinho.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    WORK OF ART

    Mikel Arteta insists the Premier League must look after clubs in lower divisions hit by the Covid crunch.

    The Arsenal boss spoke out after top flight clubs rejected Project Big Picture and vowed to help out cash-crippled teams in Leagues One and Two. 

    The Spaniard said: “I think we have to protect the lower leagues as well, this is our obligation. We want to produce grassroots and opportunities for everybody in this industry.

    “I think it's fair to assess the situation and find the best possible way to achieve that. This is our responsibility as well.

    “I think it was a very clear statement from the Premier League about what is going to happen. We all have to review the actual context and how we can help each other to make football more sustainable.”

    Arteta also revealed Arsenal are in talks with the Prem about the decision to charge fans £14.95 to watch some matches on pay-per-view TV.

    The move has been slammed by supporters and Arteta said: “Yes, I completely understand and we are having more discussions with the Premier League and the broadcasters in order to achieve a good solution for all parties.

    “It's an unprecedented situation, so I think we are learning from it, trying to adapt from it and make the right decisions.

    “But yeah, football is based on our fans and the viewers that we have and we have to respect them and have them – as much as possible – on board with us because we really need them and we can see how different this sport is without them.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    BEING FRANK

    Frank Lampard has been reminiscing about his first home game in charge of Chelsea in August 2019.

    Speaking on the club website, he said: “I really enjoyed my first year in charge and I think that first home game against Leicester is something that really sticks out for me.

    “I will always remember the reception of the fans, when I walked out at Stamford Bridge for the first time as Chelsea manager.

    “It was really humbling for me, having been away and then coming back in a different capacity.

    “It was an amazing feeling and I loved it. This is my club and there are not many people that are fortunate enough to have the journey that I’ve had at such a brilliant football club. Now I’m here, in this position, I just want to make the best of it.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    BLUE IS THE COLOUR

  • Jake Lambourne

    HAA LA LAND

    Erling Haaland could be the final piece of the puzzle for Frank Lampard at Chelsea.

    The Blues are reportedly planning to lure the 20-year-old away from Borussia Dortmund in 2021.

    Lampard spent over £230million bolstering his squad during this summer's transfer window.

    He poached Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen and Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.

    But there's one man missing from his dream front line.

    Chelsea want former Manchester United target Haaland to lead the line next season, it's been claimed.

    Here's how Chelsea could line-up with Haaland…

  • Jake Lambourne

    BLUE COMEDY

    Former Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois took a cheeky dig at Spurs when discussing Gareth Bale's loan move.

    Courtois, who joined Los Blancos in 2018 from Stamford Bridge, knows first-hand how good Bale is having shared the pitch with him.

    And while he wished Bale all the best on his return to the Premier League, he joked he picked the wrong London team.

    Courtois – who revealed Bale's Real pals had nicknamed him 'The Golfer' – told El Larguero as per AS: “What Bale talked about with the coach is personal.

    “I don't know what he thought, but then they are decisions that each one makes.

    “I had a good relationship with Gareth and I wish him the best of luck this year, even if he's not playing for the good London team.

    “He is a great player.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    TO BE FRANK

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    KAN DO ATTITUDE

    FAN'S VIEW: N'Golo Kante is still an important cog in Frank Lampard’s Chelsea machine

    This week saw some fresh speculation surrounding N’Golo Kante reportedly seeking to leave Chelsea, and it is a story that has very much become déjà vu.

    It is a rumour that seems to surface every few weeks at the moment, and the latest story even suggests a potential fallout between Kante and Blues boss Frank Lampard.

    Simply put, this is not true. Lampard has more chance falling out with himself than he has falling out with Kante.

    If you want to create a story of unrest at a club, then Kante is the last player you should use.

    The story was suggesting that Kante was unhappy because Lampard did not allow him to take leave in order to attend a friend’s wedding recently. 

    This is the same Frank Lampard that allowed Kante to take extra compassionate leave when all the other players returned to training after the Covid-19 lockdown. 

    Read more HERE.

  • Jake Lambourne

    RUD BUSINESS

    Antonio Rudiger has admitted he turned down “one or two” moves away from Chelsea this summer.

    He told The Athletic: “The club didn't tell me that it was absolutely necessary for me to find a new club and that they definitely didn't have me in their plans for the next few months.

    “I also turned down one or two options myself.

    “I wasn't prepared to pack it all in simply because I had been left out a few times.

    “I enjoy living in London and like being at Chelsea.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    LIVE AND WERN

    Timo Werner has revealed that he idolised four Chelsea legends when he was growing up which include Frank Lampard and Petr Cech.

    Werner, 24, admitted he Blues legends were an inspiration to him when he was a kid growing up in Stuttgart, Germany.

    Chelsea's new signing also added Ashley Cole and Didier Drogba to the list of Chelsea players he admired.

    In an interview with club sponsor Three ,Werner he said: “When you come into the club they are working for the club and when you see them as a child, like 10, and then you see, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Petr Cech, you say wow it’s crazy I am here with them now. It's a lot of fun.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    RICE RICE BABY

    Declan Rice is an upgrade on World Cup winner N'Golo Kante, according to Darren Bent.

    He told talkSPORT's Breakfast Show: “For me, Declan Rice would be an upgrade.

    “Not only because he can play that role really, really well, he can get about the pitch, has got good energy, reads the game really well.

    “Not only that as well, he can drop into centre-half, that's two positions he can play.

    “N'Golo Kante has been a superb footballer and still is a great footballer.

  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Yesterday, Premier League chiefs declared Project Big Picture “dead” after the club meeting.

    The two-hour summit ended with the Prem clubs agreeing to make a £50m bailout offer to keep League One and Two clubs alive.

    But there will be NO money available for Championship clubs.

    And despite the determination of Liverpool and Manchester United to keep their grand proposals alive, League bosses have agreed to make a formal denunciation which ALL clubs have agreed to sign up to.

    A Prem statement read: “All 20 Premier League clubs today unanimously agreed that Project Big Picture will not be endorsed or pursued by the Premier League, or The FA.

    “Further, Premier League Shareholders agreed to work together as a 20-club collective on a strategic plan for the future structures and financing of English football, consulting with all stakeholders to ensure a vibrant, competitive and sustainable football pyramid.

    “Clubs will work collaboratively, in an open and transparent process, focusing on competition structure, calendar, governance and financial sustainability.

    “This project has the full support of The FA and will include engagement with all relevant stakeholders including fans, Government and, of course, the EFL.

    “Also at today’s meeting it was agreed to make available a rescue package which aims to ensure that League One and League Two clubs will not go out of business as a result of the financial impact of COVID-19 and be able to complete the 2020/21 season.”

    On the pitch England lost 1-0 to Denmark in the Nations League at Wembley.

    Manchester United’s Harry Maguire and Chelsea’s Reece James were both sent off on a grim night for Gareth Southgate.

    And after the game Three Lions fans were calling for Southgate to be sacked and replaced by ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

    At Chelsea, the club are reportedly planning a stunning summer swoop for Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland.

    The Blues have made the Norwegian striker a key target ahead of next season, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

    The West Londoners are set to splash more cash on the 20-year-old after splurging over £230million in the latest window.

    Haaland is believed to have a £63m release clause in his Dortmund contract which would facilitate a deal.

    And finally, Antonio Rudiger is determined to win back his spot in Chelsea's team.

    The defender did not leave the club on loan this summer as he “didn't want to pack it all in” at Stamford Bridge.

    Speaking to The Athletic about what his future holds, he said: “It is what it is now. I will accept it for the time being and try to show myself in every training session.

    “We are in many different competitions, it's two games per week all the way from now.

    “Sometimes in football, things can change very quickly.

    “That's why I will continue to give my best everyday and try to convince the manager.”

  • William Pugh

    FRENCH REVOLUTION

    England fans are calling for the FA to axe Gareth Southgate… and bring in Arsene Wenger after the Three Lions' dismal 1-0 defeat at home to Denmark.

    Harry Maguire was put out of his misery when he was sent off after 30 minutes following two clumsy challenges.

    Christian Eriksen then scored from the spot – after a mix-up between Jordan Pickford and Kyle Walker – to fire the Danes ahead at Wembley after a penalty was awarded.

    England barely looked like getting back into the contest as they struggled with ten men. And fans are losing patience with Southgate following a string on uninspiring team selections and performances.

    In particular, Southgate's decision to start SEVEN defensive players in his last three competitive fixtures is proving unpopular.

    Especially with England's strength in depth in attack. And fans want former Arsenal boss Wenger to lead the national side into the Euros.

  • William Pugh

    REECE JAMES SENT OFF!

    After the final whistle, Reece James was sent off on his full England debut!

    We all saw some sort of card brandished after the whistle when emotions were high, but England have now confirmed that James was sent off.

    That's two red cards tonight, does Southgate have a discipline issue with the current group of players?

  • William Pugh

    FT: ENGLAND 0-1 DENMARK

    England's joy on Sunday evaporates just three days later, Harry Maguire's moment of madness undoubtedly cost England tonight.

    Christian Eriksen returned to Wembley to help his side grab a vital three points as well as getting amongst the goals.

    England had no response to the red card or the goal, they looked completely out of ideas and the fight you'd expect from England simply was not there.

    You have to wonder what Southgate said to his team at half time.

  • William Pugh

    JOHN ME HEAD SON

    Chelsea posted a throwback of John Terry's header against Southampton from 2013.

    The footage comes ahead of Saturday's meeting between the clubs at Stamford Bridge.

  • William Pugh

    HT: ENGLAND 0-1 DENMARK

    Maguire's double yellow card hangs England's Nations League future in doubt.

    England's heads have completely gone in this game, moments after Maguire was given his marching orders, a Pickford and Walker mix up at the back handed Denmark a penalty.

    Eriksen did what Eriksen does and he slotted the penalty straight down the middle to hand his side an unexpected lead.

    Denmark are no push overs and England face an uphill battle to even get an equaliser in the second half.

    Gareth Southgate needs to give the best team talk of his life………. because as it stands, Belgium are top of the group followed by Denmark in second.

  • William Pugh

    ERLI START

    Chelsea are reportedly planning a stunning summer swoop for Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland.

    The Blues have made the Norwegian striker a key target ahead of next season, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

    The West Londoners are set to splash more cash on the 20-year-old after splurging over £230million in the latest window.

    Haaland is believed to have a £63m release clause in his Dortmund contract which would facilitate a deal.

    Boss Frank Lampard poached £70m Kai Havertz and £48m Timo Werner from the Bundesliga.

    And the former England midfielder is set to look abroad once again, as he builds his dream forward line.

  • William Pugh

    STUR CRAZY

    Daniel Sturridge says he would spend “any amount” of money to get his body to withstand the injuries that have ruined his career.

    Sturridge has seen fitness problems blight a career which saw him shine at Chelsea and Liverpool and made him an automatic pick for England at his peak.

    And the 31-year-old admits he has even thrown his own cash at trying to strengthen himself in a bid to stay playing at the highest level.

    Sturridge said: “I saw a quote from Marco Reus the other day which said he’d pay any amount of money to just play injury free and never be injured. And honestly, I’d do the same.

    “You know, I would. I would pay any amount of money. I’d spend loads of money outside of the physios at work to do extra stuff to ensure that I can be as healthy as possible.

    “Hundreds of thousands, to be fair, you know, to make sure that my body has to be in the best shape possible. And sometimes, you can do, you can put the hours in, you can do everything. But sometimes it is just luck.”

  • William Pugh

    MASON'S JACK RELISH

    Chelsea ace Mason Mount reckons he and Jack Grealish have a connection and can boss the England midfield TOGETHER.

    Mount, 21, says he loves being around the 'brilliant' Aston Villa star and is adamant they can play together.

    Speaking to Sky Sports Mount said: “I get on very well with Jack. He's a brilliant player and, yes, we always want to play together.

    “It means so much to come away and play with the likes of Jack and the top, top players in the group.

    “I love watching him [Grealish] play as well. He's brilliant to be around. Obviously we all know what he can do, what a brilliant player he is.”

    Mount's comments come after he was chosen over Grealish by boss Gareth Southgate in the Three Lions 2-1 win over Belgium in the Nations League.

  • William Pugh

    Pressed on his response to Project Big Picture by members of the DCMS Select Committee, Dowden said: “I've made clear my deep scepticism and concern about this.

    “This would tend towards a closed shop for effectively the six most powerful clubs in the Premier League.

    “More importantly there is a problem which football is perfectly capable of resolving itself, whereby the Premier League and the EFL just need to get together and do this deal.

    “From the conversations I've had we know the EFL clubs will not be allowed to go bust – and there are resources there – but we need a comprehensive deal.

    “This is a distraction at best from that and demonstrates we were wise to put in our manifesto the provisions for a fan-led review because it genuinely brings into question the ability of football to govern itself properly.

    “Football can show it can govern itself well is to get this deal over the line, where the Premier League uses its wealth to support the wider football family and the EFL comes properly to the negotiating table.”

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