7am Chelsea news LIVE: Man Utd and Liverpool in Gelhardt transfer race, Hudson-Odoi to Real, Blues nearly signed Aguero – The Sun

THE champions Manchester City are up for Chelsea in a massive clash as the Premier League returns this weekend.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is among a host of Blues contingent returning from international duty with the youngster a wanted man as Real Madrid circle.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have joined the race for Wigan forward Joe Gelhardt with Manchester United and Liverpool also linked to the 17-year-old.

Follow ALL of the Chelsea news, updates and transfer gossip below…

  • CHELSEA came close to signing Sergio Aguero before his move to Manchester City… only for John Terry to gazump the deal.

    According to the Athletic, Chelsea were extremely interested in signing a new striker a decade ago with both Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba into their 30's.

    Aguero, 21 at the time, was identified by the club following his remarkable goalscoring form for Atletico Madrid.

    They had contacted the Spanish club and although initially put off by their £40million asking-price, were working towards a deal.

    The player himself had also expressed an interest to play for the Blues and become the club's highest paid player in the process.

    When Chelsea drew Atletico in the 2009-10 Champions League, Terry was given the job of marking the latest talent on the block.

    After misfiring at Stamford Bridge, Aguero went on to score twice in the return-leg convincing the club that he should be the next huge money signing of the Roman Abramovich era.

    But Terry, who had a strong influence on club decisions, told the hierarchy that he wasn't impressed with Aguero's movement and they should instead go for David Villa.

  • CHELSEA legend Gianfranco Zola reckons the club failed to spot Fikayo Tomori's amazing potential under former boss Maurizio Sarri.

    And the Stamford Bridge icon and ex-Chelsea coach says he has not been at all surprised by the form of striker Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount this season.

    He told the Evening Standard: “Tomori is one of the players. Last year we had him in the pre-season and we couldn't see all the qualities that he is showing now.

    “That is a surprise and a big lesson for us and me personally as well. They are going beyond my expectations.”

  • MICHY BATSHUAYI is so good, he doesn't even need to be picked to make an impact.

  • WHAT a moment for Mason Mount in Kosovo last night… scoring his first goal for England.

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