Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Pavard £30m deal lined up, Kounde £47m signing AGREED, Kimpembe up for sale at right price | The Sun

CHELSEA are finally closing in on the marquee signing of Jules Kounde, according to reports.

The Blues reportedly looked at a Nathan Ake return before settling on the Sevilla star amid reports that Man City refused to sell.

Should the Kounde deal not go through, Thomas Tuchel is still in with a decent chance of signing Presnel Kimpembe, with PSG reportedly willing to let him leave if they receive an offer too good to refuse.

And with captain Cesar Azpilicueta keen to join Barcelona, Chelsea are said to be lining up a move for France World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard, of Bayern Munich.

Meanwhile a move for AC Milan's Rafael Leao is reported to be in the pipeline, with Chelsea keen on the Portuguese star to replace Hakim Ziyech.

But on the outgoing front, reports from Spain claim Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta will join Barcelona this week.

  • IN: Raheem Sterling (Man City), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Omari Hutchinson (Arsenal)
  • OUT: Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid), Andreas Christensen (Barcelona), Romelu Lukaku (loan to Inter), Danny Drinkwater (released), Charly Musonda (released), Jake Clarke-Salter (released), Lucas Bergstrom (Peterborough, loan), Sam McClelland (Barrow, loan)

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  • Ian Tuckey

    Havertz hails Raheem

    Kai Havertz reckons Raheem Sterling is already up to speed at Chelsea.

    England attacker Sterling is so far the Blues' main summer buy at %0million from Manchester City.

    And Havertz told the Metro: "We all know that he is a great player, I think in every game you can see that.

    "I know the game against England at the Euros, he played well. 

    "You can see his quality here already and it’s been just a few days.

    "You can see in training how good he is, how fast he is. He is definitely going to help us."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd & Chelsea target Clauss has Marseille medical

    Jonathan Clauss is undergoing a medical at Marseille ahead of a £6.8million move from Lens, according to reports.

    Manchester United and Chelsea have both been tracking the full-back.

    But he appears set to snub the Premier League to stay in Ligue 1.

    According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Clauss is on the verge of signing for Marseille after arriving in the city to undergo his medical.

    Despite strong interest in the 29-year-old wing-back from England, Lens have accepted just £6.8m for him from a Ligue 1 rival.

    He will join Granada's Luis Suarez as a new addition for l'OM. Clauss had just one year remaining on his Lens contract.

    He joined them in 2020 after working his way up the leagues in France and then Germany.

    Clauss played in the French lower divisions before signing for second-tier German side Arminia Bielefield. After joining Lens following their promotion to Ligue 1, Clauss made his first ever top-flight appearance aged 28.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Red Devils favourites if Dembele leaves Lyon

    Manchester United have been priced as the leaders of the race to sign Lyon forward Moussa Dembele.

    Sky Bet place United at 5/1 favourites to sign the former Fulham striker, ahead of Southampton, Arsenal and West Ham.

    The Red Devils face a shortage of strikers currently, with only Cristano Ronaldo and Anthony Martial as recognised 'number nines' at the club currently.

    And both of their futures at the club are uncertain.

    Sky Bet odds

    Manchester United – 5/1
    Southampton – 6/1
    Arsenal – 8/1
    West Ham – 12/1

    Martial was sent on loan to Sevilla for the latter half of last season after falling out of favour at Old Trafford, but has lead the line impressively in United's pre-season friendlies so far, scoring in all three games.

    Ronaldo has not made the trip to Thailand and Australia, citing personal reasons, and has also made his intentions clear that he wants to play Champions League football next season, which Manchester United cannot offer.

    The Portuguese came out saying he wishes to leave the club, but is finding a new one hard to come by.

    New United manager Erik ten Hag has since said the five-time Ballon d'Or winner is in his plans for next season and is not for sale.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Raheem's no Man City legend, says Zabaleta

    Raheem Sterling's words after joining Chelsea confirm he's not a Manchester City legend, claims former Etihad defender Pablo Zabaleta.

    Striker Sterling says he's 'come home' after returning to London and reportedly declined to sign a City shirt when he was doing autographing for fans on Chelsea's USA tour.

    Zabaleta said: "For me when you say legend [I think of] (Sergio) Aguero, David Silva, [Vincent] Kompany. Those guys were on a different level, that's why they have statues outside of the club.

    "Raheem, he's been great. We wish him of course all the best. He went to a team that is a big contender for the Premier League, but as I say, I wish him all the best. He's a great lad,"

    "But Man City is always the most important thing for the fans and for the players and when you come to this club you have to give 100 per cent respect, and the moment that you leave you need to talk nicely about the club that you've been playing for, so I wish he could behave that way."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Bayern complete De Ligt deal

    Bayern Munich have signed Juventus centre-back Matthijs on a five-year deal.

    Chelsea and even Man Utd were linked with the Holland defender.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Kounde 'scouting London homes'

    Chelsea might be cheered in their hunt for Jules Kounde by reports he's been scouting for a house in London.

    CBS journalist Ben Jacobs claimed the France star has been preparing for a possible move to the Premier League – despite PSG butting into one of this summer's major transfer sagas.

    It's also bene suggested that Chelsea are launching the first official bid for the 23-year-old.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Nothing worse than bad Luk

    Romelu Lukaku is the single WORST signing in Chelsea’s history, claims their former defender Glen Johnson.

    Lukaku, 29, only scored eight goals following his record £97.5million move from Inter Milan last summer. The striker also upset fans and boss Thomas Tuchel when he criticised Chelsea just months into his return.

    And Lukaku was unceremoniously booted out of west London for a second time when he sealed a loan back to Inter last month.

    Lukaku is now hoping to regain the form that saw him net 47 Serie A goals in two seasons.

    Johnson told Genting Casino: “At the moment, yes [he is Chelsea’s worst-ever signing], purely because of the amount of money, the size of the deal and just how bad it was. 

    “I just think the Premier League is too fast for him. When he’s at his best, he just tries to keep things simple, he doesn’t get involved in the game too much and he’s between the goalposts and doesn’t move. 

    “In the last few years though, he’s been trying to become a footballing striker which he isn’t good at. 

    “I think he needs to get back to basics and realise what he’s good at. He’s more than capable and can score goals but I think he was trying to do too much in the wrong areas.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Price of Jules could soar

    Sevilla hope Chelsea and Barcelona spark a bidding war for centre-back Jules Kounde.

    No offers are currently on the table for the French international, but Chelsea are confident of agreeing a fee for the 23-year-old this week, according to Ben Jacobs of CBS Sports Golazo.

    The LaLiga club are understood to be holding out for in excess of €60m, and would prefer a straight cash deal rather than a player exchange.

    Kounde’s preference is for a move to Barca, but the Catalans are required to sell players of their own before they can submit any offer.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Clauss set to snub Prem giants for Marseille

    Several Premier League clubs have been linked with Lens wing-back Jonathan Clauss this summer including Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

    Indeed, United were reported to have submitted a €7m bid yesterday afternoon and were thought to be in advanced talks.

    However, the news this morning is that the players has agreed a move to Marseille.

    Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “Jonathan Clauss will undergo medical tests as new OM player in the morning.

    “Full agreement completed after the opening bid made 10 days ago, Lens have accepted €8m fee. Manchester United links, wide of mark.”

  • Sam Dymond

    Ampadu: I need to play

    Are Chelsea once again overlooking their talented academy in favour of landing star names?

    The Blues look certain to lose Armando Broja and Levi Colwill this summer, such is their desire to be playing regularly in the Premier League.

    And now it sounds as though Ethan Ampadu may be forced to follow suit.

    The Wales international told The Athletic that as much as he loves the club and wants to break into the first team, he has to consider his options with the World Cup on the horizon.

    “This club fights for everything: Champions League, Premier League. It’s all about fighting here and trying to get to the top," he said.

    “The World Cup adds something else, but even if there wasn’t the World Cup, as a professional footballer you want to play.

    “I enjoy playing and I want to be playing week in, week out. But the World Cup is definitely something you want to be going to feeling fit and fresh.”

  • Sam Dymond

    James still on Real's radar

    Chelsea fans are still coming to terms with Antonio Rudiger's recent move to Real Madrid – and they may be forced to go through it all again next year.

    According to Goal journalist Jorge Picon, the LaLiga giants are keeping close tabs on England international Reece James.

    The 22-year-old still has three years to run on his current contract at Stamford Bridge, but the London club are eager to tie him down for the long-term.

    However, if there is little progress in negotiations during the next six months, then it is thought that Real will test their resolve with a speculative bid for the right-back in the 2023 window.

  • Sam Dymond

    Azpilicueta exit 'a matter of time'

    Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta is edging closer to the Stamford Bridge exit door and a dream move to Barcelona.

    Italian journalist Matteo Moretto states that the defender's departure for the Nou Camp is 'now only a matter of time.'

    The 32-year-old has won the lot during his decade with the Blues including two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Champions League and the Europa League.

  • Sam Dymond

    Romano: Kimpembe is Chelsea's focus

    Chelsea have been chasing some of the best centre-backs in Europe this summer, but their 'main focus' right now is securing the services of Presnel Kimpembe.

    That's the understanding of Fabrizio Romano, who believes that the Paris Saint-Germain defender is now the Blues' number one target.

    Speaking on the Wondergoal Podcast, the transfers expert said: "The plan at Chelsea is to sign three centre-backs.

    "It depends on the budget because they don't want to spend crazy money but they want to do smart investments."

    "And, at the moment, the main focus is on Kimpembe."

    "They need a left-footed centre-back and Kimpembe could be one of the best options in the market."

    "However, it depends on PSG also, because they want around €65m for Kimpembe while Chelsea will be prepared to pay around €50m."

  • Sam Dymond

    Napoli looking at dodgy Kepa

    Napoli are considering bringing Kepa Arrizabalaga's Chelsea nightmare to an end, according to the Evening Standard.

    TheNaples club are said to be interested in rejuvenating the Spanish stopper's career with either a permanent or loan move to Serie A.

    However, the 27-year-old's £190k-per-week wages could well be a stumbling block in any deal.

    Kepa arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2018 for £71m, a world record fee for a goalkeeper.

    But his time in London has been disappointing, and, after a number of high-profile errors, he lost his place as soon as Edouard Mendy signed for the Blues.

  • Sam Dymond

    Johnson: New Blues defence a concern

    Chelsea can forget about challenging for the Premier League title this season if their new-look defence is made up players unfamiliar with the English game.

    That's the view of former Blues right-back Glen Johnson, who believes his old club need know-how of the top-flight.

    The ex-England international told Bettingodds.com: “If they’ve almost got a brand new defence then that could hamper them initially.

    "However, if they can get players with Premier League experience, then it might not hinder them as much.

    "If you get a couple of players that don’t know the Premier League and they all can’t gel at once then that may potentially lose them the fight.

    "If you sign four players from outside the Premier League for example, then one of them is going to flop. That’s just a fact. You’re not going to get four new defenders that are going to be ten out of ten from the moment they arrive.

    "If they buy a number of defenders without Premier League experience, then they can kiss the title goodbye straight away.”

  • Sam Dymond

    Sevilla want Kounde bidding war

    Spanish club Sevilla are hoping that Chelsea and Barcelona will soon spark a bidding war for their centre-back Jules Kounde.

    No offers are currently on the table for the French international, but Chelsea are confident of agreeing a fee for the 23-year-old this week, according to Ben Jacobs of CBS Sports Golazo.

    The LaLiga club are understood to be holding out for in excess of €60m, and would prefer a straight cash deal rather than a player exchange.

    Kounde's preference is for a move to Barca, but the Catalans are required to sell players of their own before they can submit any offer.

  • Sam Dymond

    Jorginho: Koulibaly a 'brilliant signing

    Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has hailed the club's capture of Kalidou Koulibaly.

    The Italian knows the centre-back well from their time together at Napoli, where they played together on 111 occasions.

    He told the Blues' official website: "I am so, so happy he's here."

    "As a player, he’s a brilliant defender – fast, strong and he has so much quality on the ball with both feet. He’s also a real leader.

    "We’ve stayed in contact since I left Napoli. He speaks better English already than I do so that will be good for him to help settle in."

    Chelsea signed the 31-year-old Senegal captain for £33m at the weekend, and are targeting another two centre-backs before the start of the new season.

  • Sam Dymond

    Clauss not coming to town

    Several Premier League clubs have been linked with Lens wing-back Jonathan Clauss this summer including Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

    Indeed, United were reported to have submitted a €7m bid yesterday afternoon and were thought to be in advanced talks.

    However, the news this morning is that the players has agreed a move to Marseille.

    Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “Jonathan Clauss will undergo medical tests as new OM player in the morning.

    “Full agreement completed after the opening bid made 10 days ago, Lens have accepted €8m fee. Manchester United links, wide of mark.”

  • Gary Stonehouse

    Morning, Chelsea fans

    Frustrated Timo Werner has hinted he might consider his Chelsea future.

    The German's desire to be first-choice striker has been dented further by Raheem Sterling's £55million arrival from Manchester City.

    Werner said: "It's clear I want to play more".

    He might fear the same fate as Romelu Lukaku, who has returned to Inter Milan on loan following an in-and-mainly-out campaign under Thomas Tuchel last term.

    PSG could try to beat the Blues to Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde.

    And Juventus hero Matthijs de Ligt has chosen Bayern Munich over clubs like Chelsea.

    So that's two potential backline blows to Tuchel, who reportedly wants THREE more defenders despite recruiting Kalidou Koulibaly.

    Chelsea are said to have offered midfielder Ross Barkley to two Premier League rivals.

    That's because new Stamford Bridge owner Todd Boehly hopes Tuchel's squad is trimmed of fringe players.

    Ex-England ace Barkley, 28, picks up more than £100,000 a week for just a bit-part role.

    Lastly, Billy Gilmour, West Ham target Armando Broja, Harvey Vale, and Tino Anjorin have all returned to the UK following Chelsea's USA tour with question marks over their future.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Juventus keen on Magalhaes

    Arsenal’s Gabriel Magalhaes and Villarreal star Pau Torres are reportedly on Juventus’ four-man shortlist to replace Bayern Munich-bound Matthijs de Ligt.

    German champs Bayern sealed a £68m deal for Holland hero De Ligt despite earlier interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.

    Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri is looking to bring in a replacement quickly, after also losing Giorgio Chiellini join LAFC on a free transfer.

    The Serie A giants are known to be interested in Brazilian Gabriel.

    And now Mundo Deportivo has stated that the ex-Lille man is one of four players on Juve’s radar.

    Along with Gabriel, it has been said that Spain international Torres is a possible option.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Timo exit hint as he 'wants to play more'

    Timo Werner has given the biggest hint yet that his future lies away from Chelsea after refusing to confirm he will be staying.

    The striker, 26, scored in the Blues’ 2-1 victory over Club America in Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday.

    But Werner is one of several stars far from settled in Thomas Tuchel’s squad. Last summer, the £97.5million purchase of Romelu Lukaku ensured Werner was not Tuchel’s attacking focal point — and he ended up making just 15 Premier League starts.

    There is a sense of deja vu this summer with Raheem Sterling a £50m arrival from Manchester City, which saw Tuchel looking elsewhere rather than putting faith in Werner.

    And with three years left on his contract after joining from RB Leipzig for £48m in the summer of 2020, Werner is as close as ever to considering life away from Stamford Bridge.

    The 53-cap German travelled to Orlando on Sunday ahead of games against Charlotte and Arsenal this week.

    Asked whether he thinks he can be happy at Chelsea next season, he said bluntly: “I could be happy everywhere.

    “The most important thing is that I am happy. I am happy when I play and score goals. That’s the fact. That’s what I should take care of and other things will come.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Qatar to ease vaccine rules for World Cup

    QATAR World cup chiefs are set to allow unvaccinated players to avoid quarantine this November, writes MARTIN LIPTON.

    But players who have not had the latest jab will have to take extra tests throughout their stay in the Gulf state.

    Phil Foden and John Stones’ absence from Manchester City’s US tour, following on from Chelsea confirming Ruben Loftus-Cheek and N’Golo Kante had stayed in the Uk as a direct result of their vaccination status, had led to concerns the Etihad duo might fall foul of Qatari laws.

    They currently demand five days of quarantine for any unvaccinated arrivals in the country.

    With the short break between the end of domestic football on November 13 and England’s opening game against Iran just eight days later, any enforced quarantine would have effectively forced unvaccinated players out of the first group game through lack of proper preparation.

    But Fifa has stepped in with the Qataris to broker a deal likely to be confirmed before the start of the tournament on November 21.

    Just as in December’s Arab Cup, staged in Doha, it is now understood that World Cup squad members are likely to be excused the quarantine spell as long as they take rapid antigen tests upon their arrival in the country, then every three days and before every match.

    The news would be a relief for England boss Gareth Southgate, who views Stones and Foden as key members of his squad.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Blues fancied Jesus too

    Arsenal saw off a last-ditch bid from Chelsea to seal the signing of Gabriel Jesus, according to the player’s agent.

    Marcelo Pettinati has admitted that the Blues came in with an eleventh hour offer for the Brazilian forward.

    However, the 25-year-old has already bought into Mikel Arteta long-term vision, and had his heart set on a move to the Emirates.

    “Chelsea were one of the teams that tried to hijack the Arsenal move,” revealed Pettinati.

    “They tried very hard in the final days to get him. By that point, we’d already chosen our new project.”

    Following the transfer, Thomas Tuchel’s team turned their attention to another Manchester City forward, Raheem Sterling.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Hammers close on Broja and Lingard

    West Ham are closing on Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, Chelsea striker Armando Broja and Monaco anchorman Amadou Onana.

    The Hammers could pay around £7.5million for former loan sensation Lingard.

    Albania ace Broja is tipped for the London Stadium in at least a loan deal.

    But the Hammers are still said to fancy a permanent move.

    And the Standard say West Ham chief David Moyes is ready to make a third bid for Onana that could be worth £30m with add-ons.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Blues send home four stars

    Four Chelsea stars have been sent home from the club's pre-season tour of America.

    The quartet of Billy Gilmour, Armando Broja, Harvey Vale, and Tino Anjorin have all returned to the UK with uncertainty hanging over some of their futures with the Blues.

    Gilmour, 21, and Vale, 18, are set to link up with the Blues' development squad in the States while they figure out their futures, football journalist Adam Newson reported. Both could go on loan next season.

    Broja and Anjorin are closer to completing moves away with Tuchel confirming their return to the UK. The German said: "It is a very difficult decision because nobody deserves to go.

    "I would have loved to have had everybody here because Tino [Anjorin], Harvey [Vale] and Billy [Gilmour] had trained at a very high level and it would also have been nice to see them in some matches.

    "But in the end we had to take the decision to keep the quality high in training so we decided for 24 players as a maximum and that’s why we went a bit smaller."

    Tuchel also revealed that Broja suffered a minor injury in training – although it is unclear if that will impact any move after SunSport revealed he is closing in on a £30million transfer to rivals West Ham.

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