8.15am Chelsea news LIVE: Chilwell talks begin, Lampard home robbed, Sancho ‘prefers London transfer’ – The Sun

CHELSEA are preparing for a big summer of activity as manager Frank Lampard looks to reshape his Blues' squad.

And to that end, the West Londoners have reportedly opened talks with Ben Chilwell, and are still hoping they can find a way to beat Man Utd to the signing of Jadon Sancho.

Follow all the latest updates and transfer gossip below…

  • GOOD MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    N'Golo Kante's ears must be Bern-ing as talk of Real Madrid making him their No1 transfer target hots up.

    The French World Cup winner is reportedly now Bernabeu boss Zinedine Zidane's preferred option as a long-term replacement for Brazil anchorman Casemiro.

     But £80million-rated midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who has long been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United, now seems more likely to leave Lazio.

    The Serie A club's sporting director Igli Tare told Sky Sport Italia: “Generally speaking, if a player thinks that their time is up and wants to go somewhere else, it shouldn't be a problem.

    “Eras come to an end. The fact he stayed in Rome for five years is because he has strong links with the city and club.

    “When there was some temptation, a bit on our part, a bit on his, we never went all the way. However, things must be assessed at the end of the season.”

    But Borussia Dortmund's England winger Jadon Sancho, also commonly touted for Stamford Bridge or Old Trafford,  is rated “unlikely” to quit Borussia Dortmund this summer.

    Respected journalist Guillem Balague suggests reduced spending after the coronavirus pandemic means a £100m fee might be off the agenda for now.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour was edged out by three Arsenal youngsters in the top 10 of Talent Scout’s list of football’s best starlets born in or after 2001.

    United striker Mason Greenwood was third, with Gunners Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, William Saliba sixth, ninth and tenth respectively.

    Gilmour, a sensation after breaking into Frank Lampard's side just before Covid-19 halted football action, came in at No 11.

  • HAVING A REAL GO

    N'Golo Kante has been rated as Real Madrid's top transfer target this summer –amid talk the LaLiga giants are cooling their interest in Paul Pogba

    Realhave been long-term admirers of Manchester United midfielder Pogba, but a summer deal looks increasingly unlikely.

    Now Marca claim Real have turned their attention to Chelsea anchorman Kante.

    They claim Eduardo Camavinga is also on their wishlist following his impressive spell with Rennes.

    Bernabeu boss Zinedine Zidane is thought to be after a long-term successor to Brazil star Casemiro.

  • SHOUT OF ORDER

    Premier League players will have their bad language blocked out to avoid upsetting TV fans during Project Restart.

    Sky Sports and BT Sport are as desperate as the League for the resumption of the season so they can screen the remaining 92 matches.

    But with games having to be played behind closed doors, there is no background crowd noise to cover up the obscenities regularly used on the pitch and in dugouts.

    With strict Ofcom regulations covering content televised before the 9pm watershed, TV bosses are having to plan how to stop expletives being heard by their viewers.

    And that means having to consider removing pitch-side microphones — taking away a vital element which helps deliver any atmosphere.

    The companies have experience of screening behind-closed-doors matches for European or international fixtures.

    But the prospect of two sets of players and dugouts both shouting in English presents a new challenge.

    Either they have their commentators continually apologising on air for any swear words heard or they control or even mute the sound levels.

  • WELCOME MAT FOR JOSE

    Nemanja Matic has hardly dampened talk of a third spell under Jose Mourinho with some revealing insights into his ex-Chelsea and Manchester United manager.

    The Old Trafford anchorman made a dramatic return to form just before the coronavirus pandemic halted football, but boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been linked with strengthening his midfield in the next transfer window.

    And it seems the Serbia star, 31, would be far from averse at reuning with Tottenham chief Mourinho.

    Describing the Portuguese manager's style, Matic told the Guardian:“If you win, he’s the best guy ever but if you lose, you’re hiding from him at the training ground. 

    “But he’s an amazing coach.I was very happy at Chelsea, but I thought it was the right moment to change club.

    “There were reasons which are hard for me to say now. I will never forget my time there, but I’m a Manchester United player now.”

  • NOT QUITE TOP OF THEBILL

    Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour was edged out by three Arsenal youngsters in the top 10 of Talent Scout’s list of football’s best starlets.

    Gabriel Martinelli is sixth, Bukayo Saka at nine and William Saliba tenth in the rankings for players born in 2001 or later.

    Lyon’s Rayan Cherki, Rennes’ Eduart Camavinga and Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood make up the top three.

    Gilmour, a sensation after breaking into Frank Lampard's side just before coronavirus halted football action,sits at No 11.

  • HAK'D OFF

    Incoming winger Hakim Ziyech would NOT be able for Chelsea before next season – even if the current campaign resumes.

    The Morocco winger agreed a £36millon summer arrival in February and has played his last game for Ajax after the coronavirus pandemic ended the Dutch season early.

    But despite plans to allow Premier League clubs to register 25-man squads if the season restarts next month, it is unlikely the 27-year-old can be included.

    The Telegraph say new rules for the resumption of the season would not allow it.

  • COME AND SAV A GO

    Chelsea and Manchester United “target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic could finally be available at Lazio.

    The Serie A side say they would not stand in the £80million-rated midfielder's way if the 25-year-old wanted to leave.

    Lazio sporting director Igli Tare told Sky Sport Italia: “Generally speaking, if a player thinks that their time is up and wants to go somewhere else, it shouldn't be a problem.

    “Eras come to an end. The fact he stayed in Rome for five years is because he has strong links with the city and club.

    “When there was some temptation, a bit on our part, a bit on his, we never went all the way.

    “However, things must be assessed at the end of the season.”

  • BARCA WOULD BE FAB WINNERS

    Ex-Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has hit back at Thibaut Courtois' claims it would be “unjust” if Barcelona were made LaLiga champions without the season being played out.

    Barcelona were two points clear of keeper Courtois' Real Madrid side when the coronavirus pandemic halted sporting action in March.

    Courtois, Fabregas' former Stamford Bridge team-mate, declared: “I am sure we can still be champions.

    “It would be a shame if the season was stopped for good.

    “And if it was, I would find it unjust that Barcelona were crowned champions. In Barcelona they must find it logical, but I don’t.

    “They drew and lost to us, we showed that we were the better team even if they are two points ahead today.

    I wouldn’t find that fair. In England I can understand that Liverpool would be named champions, because they are 25 points ahead.

    “Either we play it all or we don't finish, but then we don't designate a champion.”

    ButFabregas told TVE, he said: “Everyone defends their own interests. At Monaco, we have been left without Europe next year.

    “But if [LaLiga] stopped, as it has done in France, Barcelona would be worthy winners. We are not stopping because we like it. We are doing it for an unavoidable cause.”

  • SANCH-NO

    Chelsea and Manchester target Jadon Sancho is “unlikely” to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer.

    That's the view of respected journalist Guillem Balague amid heated Premier League interest in the £100million-rated England winger, 20.

    Balague said: “I know that obviously Chelsea has looked into the possibility of Sancho, so has Manchester United.

    “Sancho is playing with the idea of either staying or going but it needs a huge investment to take Sancho away from Borussia Dortmund right now. We will see if that money's available.

    “If anybody's got it, according to all the agents I have spoken to, it will be Chelsea or Manchester United or Manchester City.

    “But if Manchester City don't have European football, it leaves Manchester United and Chelsea.”

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  • ON THE BALLO

    Chelsea are interested in signing AS Monaco full-back Fode Ballo-Toure, according to reports.

    The 23-year-old had a difficult start to life in the Principality under Thierry Henry and Leonardo Jardim.

    But since the arrival of former Spain coach Roberto Moreno, Ballo-Toure has gone from strength to strength.

    So much so, that he is believed to have caught the eye of Chelsea as they hunt a new left-back.

    It's been a problem position for the Blues this season, with Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri having not totally convinced in a back-four.

    Ben Chilwell is a long-term target of theirs, but his rumoured £60million price-tag could deter the West Londoners – particularly amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • SUPER SUBS

    IFAB has confirmed teams will be permitted to use a maximum of five substitutes during matches.

    Here's how it will work:

    • To reduce disruption to the match, each team will have a maximum of three opportunities to make substitutions during the game; substitutions may also be made at half-time.
    • If both teams make a substitution at the same time, this will count as one of the three opportunities for each team.
    • Unused substitutions and opportunities are carried forward into extra time.
    • Where competition rules allow an additional substitution in extra time, teams will each have one additional substitution opportunity; substitutions may also be made before the start of extra time and at half-time in extra time. The use of return substitutes is not an option for senior competitions.

    THEY'RE BORN TO 'WIN

    Edwin van der Sar has told Manchester United and Chelsea that Ajax's stars won't come cheap.

    The former Old Trafford and Fulham keeper is adamant that many clubs won't be able to afford his players after coronavirus lockdown.

    He told Reuters: “In January last year, people said we were going to lose seven or eight players but we lost only two key members.

    “The big clubs such as Bayern Munich have said the benchmark fee will go down in the next few transfer windows. But it’s easier for them to say because they are the buyers.

    “Of course, the 150 million-200 million euros transfers are gone, but I think there is still a lot of value for players who come from Ajax.

    “Well educated, experienced in winning and playing European football.”

    TOUCH N'GO

    Real Madrid have reportedly prioritised signing N'Golo Kante after cooling their interest in Paul Pogba.

    The Spanish giants have been long-term admirers of the Manchester United star, but a summer deal looks increasingly unlikely.

    Marca claim Real Madrid have turned their attention to Chelsea midfielder Kante ahead of the transfer window.

    The source states that Eduardo Camavinga is also on their wishlist following his impressive spell with Rennes.

    Zinedine Zidane's side have allegedly set their sights on Kante as a replacement for Brazilian star Casemiro.

    THE KID'S ALRIGHT

    Chelsea’s Billy Gilmour sits at No11 on a list of the world’s most promising young footballers.

    Stars born after 2001 have been considered in the list, compiled by Talent Scout.

    1. Rayan Cherki (FRA, 2003, attacking midfielder, Olympique Lyon)

    2. Eduardo Camavinga (FRA, 2002, defensive midfielder, Rennes)

    3. Mason Greenwood (ENG, 2001, striker, Manchester United)

    4. Mohamed Ihattaren (NED, 2002, attacking midfielder, PSV Eindhoven)

    5. Rodrygo (BRA, 2001, winger, Real Madrid)

    6. Gabriel Martinelli (BRA, 2001, striker, Arsenal)

    7. Reinier (BRA, 2002, attacking midfielder, Real Madrid)

    8. Ansu Fati (ESP, 2002, winger, FC Barcelona)

    9. Bukayo Saka (ENG, 2001, left-back, Arsenal)

    10. William Saliba (FRA, 2001, centre-back, Arsenal)

    11. Billy Gilmour (SCO, 2001, central midfielder, Chelsea)

    SUITS YOU SER

    Lazio have admitted the future of £80million-rated midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is in his own hands.

    Chelsea and Manchester United have long kept track of the 25-year-old, but have always been told he is not for sale.

    But now, Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has revealed if the player wants to leave the club it “shouldn't be a problem” but it would have to be decided at the end of the season.

    Tare told Sky Sport Italia: “Generally speaking, if a player thinks that their time is up and wants to go somewhere else, it shouldn't be a problem.

    “Eras come to an end. The fact he stayed in Rome for five years is because he has strong links with the city and club.

    “When there was some temptation, a bit on our part, a bit on his, we never went all the way. However, things must be assessed at the end of the season.”

    GOV'T: NO PREM GREEN LIGHT

    The government is NOT convinced the Premier League can resume yet, even behind closed doors.

    Despite extensive contingency planning, including for the potential of playing the remaining matches at neutral venues, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden warned the game is yet to get the “green light”.

    Neutral venues are expected to be discussed in a meeting of Premier League clubs on Monday, while other mooted options for restarting the season have even involved the possibility of playing games abroad.

    But Dowden told BBC Radio 4: “They've not been given the green light.

    “If we can get a plan that works then I'd like us to be able to go ahead with it because I think it would be good for the nation, it would be good for football as a whole.

    “I'm really hopeful we can get this up and running but public safety must come first so it's only if we're confident of that that we'll be able to proceed.”

    MORE ON SANCHO

    Balague added: “I have spoken to Chelsea in terms of a couple of suggestions of players that have been mentioned related to them and they said: 'We just don't want to make investments, big investments'.

    “It leaves then Manchester United who are also saying 'forget about players that would cost £100m-plus' – that would be Sancho.

    “So as I say very, very unlikely that those things take place.”

    NOT A DON DEAL

    Guillem Balague has warned that Jadon Sancho moving his off-season is “very unlikely”.

    He said: “I know that obviously Chelsea has looked into the possibility of Sancho, so has Manchester United.

    “Sancho is playing with the idea of either staying or going but it needs a huge investment to take Sancho away from Borussia Dortmund right now. We will see if that money's available.

    “If anybody's got it, according to all the agents I have spoken to, it will be Chelsea or Manchester United or Manchester City.

    “But if Manchester City don't have European football, it leaves Manchester United and Chelsea.”

    JOSE IS 'AMAZING'

    Nemanja Matic has also revealed what life is like playing under Jose Mourinho.

    The Serbian, 31, has played under Mourinho at Chelsea and at Manchester United.

    He said: “It depends. If you win, he's the best guy ever.

    “But if you lose, you're hiding from him at the training ground.

    “But he's an amazing coach.”

    NEMAN UNITED

    Nemanja Matic has revealed why he left Chelsea for Manchester United in 2017.

    The Serbian midfielder left Stamford Bridge’s title-winning side for Old Trafford, while Jose Mourinho was in charge, with United paying £40million for his signature.

    He said: “I was very happy at Chelsea, but I thought it was the right moment to change club.

    “There were reasons which are hard for me to say now.

    “I will never forget my time there, but I'm a Manchester United player now.”

    EXCLUSIVE

    Premier League clubs opposed to the restart fear Liverpool will play the kids once they have won the title, REPORTS MARTIN LIPTON.

    And they say that will wreck the integrity of the competition.

    Jurgen Klopp caused a storm in February by fielding the Reds’ youth team in a 1-0 FA Cup replay win over Shrewsbury.

    Now some top-flight rivals are arguing he will repeat the trick as soon as his runaway leaders bag the title — and they claim that is a reason to stop Project Restart.

    Monday’s meeting of the 20 shareholder clubs will be a critical staging post on the journey towards a potential June 12 return to playing matches.

    Clubs that have already played Liverpool twice this term fear they will suffer if Klopp opts to protect his stars once the Prem crown is theirs.

    MORNING CHELSEA FANS,

    The Blues are reportedly in talks with Juventus over a £35m Jorginho transfer with Maurizio Sarri keen to link-up with the midfielder for a third time.

    Sarri is a long standing admirer of the midfielder, who used to play under the Italian at Napoli before following him to Stamford Bridge in 2018.

    According to The National, Juve are in the midst of hashing out a deal with the Chelsea ace's entourage.

    In a blow for the club, Timo Werner will reject Chelsea in favour of signing for Liverpool, German reports say.

    The RB Leipzig striker, who has a release clause of £51million, has his heart set on joining the European champions to work with German manager Jurgen Klopp.

    According to Bild, Chelsea and United have contacted Werner’s agent to register their interest in a summer move, but the player is said to have no interest in the pair.

    Meanwhile, Willian has denied having talks with Tottenham to sign for free next season, according to ESPN.

    FOR FOXES SAKE

    EXCLUSIVE – A gang have raided the homes of Chelsea ­manager Frank Lampard and Leicester City’s late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

    They stole more than £1million of valuables from billionaire Vichai’s house, left as a shrine after his death.

    The heist in Knightsbridge, West London, came ten days after a similar raid on Lampard’s £12million home in nearby Chelsea.

    Thieves got away with £60,000 of jewellery and watches belonging to Frank and wife Christine, both 41.

    It was the fourth time the ex-England star has been burgled. Details of the break-ins, last December, have never been made public by police.

    But Flying Squad detectives are studying CCTV footage of both, with a gang of crooks targeting the rich and famous believed to be responsible.

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