10pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz £54m bid LATEST, Nick Pope declares interest, Rice blasts Anthony Taylor – The Sun

CHELSEA have already made some mouthwatering signings as they look to make an assault on the Premier League title next season.

And they are now said to have lodged an official bid for Kai Havertz, while Nick Pope is said to be keen on joining.

Follow all the latest transfer updates from the Bridge below…

  • 'ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING'

    Arsenal fans have come under fire for celebrating after Chelsea star Christian Pulisic was carried off with a nasty injury.

    The American was distraught as he suffered an injury after scoring the opening goal in the FA Cup final.

    But footage from Arsenal Fan TV showed supporters cheering as he was taken off.

  • Mundo Deportivo now claims Liverpool are “very likely” to sign the ace.

    That is if they agree to meet Bayern’s £27million asking price.

    Thiago has one year left on his current deal with the Bundesliga champions.

    But he has made it clear he wants to leave for a new challenge.

    He snubbed Manchester United back in 2011 but eventually left Barca in 2013 for the German giants.

  • THIAGO-ING

    Former Chelsea target Thiago is reportedly “very likely” to join Liverpool from Bayern Munich.

    The Spanish attacker has been linked with several Premier League clubs this summer as well as Paris Saint-Germain.

    French reports claimed PSG had won the transfer race to sign the 29-year-old star.

    However, now it seems Jurgen Klopp is set to secure the services of the ex-Barcelona midfielder…

  • BLUE IN THE FACE

    This Chelsea fan is furious!

    According to this supporter, Anthony Taylor is a “disgrace” and the FA are a “disgrace”.

    Agree Blues fans?

  • CECH MATE

    Chelsea legend and current technical advisor Petr Cech has refused to be drawn on speculation that the Blues will sign Kai Havertz this summer.

    The Czech was asked by a fan about the potential deal after Chelsea's 2-1 FA Cup final defeat to Cech's former club Arsenal.

    But the ex-goalkeeper simply said: “Good try.”

  • BOX OFFICE

    A staggering 8.2million people tuned in to watch Arsenal's FA Cup triumph over Chelsea – more than any other game this season.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's Wembley masterclass was watched by half the UK population who own a TV.

    The clash was shown live on BBC One who had an audience share of 46.1 per cent while BT Sport also had rights to the game.

    With the coronavirus pandemic preventing fans from entering stadiums, supporters were glued to their seats in the living room to witness the action unfold.

    The viewing figures topped the previous season's best of 7.3m in the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester United and Chelsea.

    All of the top eight most-watched matches this season were live on BBC with seven of those coming in the FA Cup.

  • Drogba needs nominations from three of the 14 Ligue 1 clubs and two from the lower divisions.

    The two-time African Football of the Year also must have the endorsement of any of five special interest groups of coaches, doctors, current and former players and referees, according to Reuters.

    Drogba, who snubbed a coaching role at his beloved Chelsea in order to focus on running for president, said: “Football is everyone’s sport, football brings people together, football unites.

    “We can see it today with all these people gathered in front of the headquarters of the Ivorian football federation.”

  • TOP DROG

    Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has submitted his candidacy to become president of Ivory Coast football.

    The 42-year-old is one of four people vying it out for the position.

    The elections to be top chief at the Cote d’Ivoire Football Federation take place next month.

    And the former striker hopes his achievements throughout his distinguished club career and with The Elephants will help him be voted in.

    However, he is still not certain to be on the ballot…

  • SPEAKING FRANKLY

    Disappointed boss Frank Lampard gave his thoughts to the Blues' official website after his side were defeated in the FA Cup final by Arsenal at Wembley yesterday.

  • DONE A U-WERN

    RB Leipzig were quick to joke that £53million Chelsea recruit Timo Werner already wants to return home – after watching his new side crash to defeat in he FA Cup Final.

    His old club were quick to rub it in after Arsenal triumphed 2-1 in the showpiece at Wembley.

    New signing Werner was at the national stadium for the final.

    And he was spotted texting during the defeat.

    Leipzig joked that was he was in the process of texting them about making a swift return back to Germany.

  • DIDN'T CES THE MOMENT

    Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta sayd yesterday's FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal is a hard one to deal with.

    He said: “It’s painful and a tough one to take. Obviously when you lose a final, it’s always painful.

    “We started the game well and scored an early goal which normally gives a confidence to build on but we didn’t capitalise on it. We dropped our level a little bit and we were punished.

    “When you score an early goal, you have control of the game,’ he explained. ‘We had a couple of chances after that to make it 2-0.

    “It’s a final and we knew that we were playing against a side that have good attacking players and they can be dangerous. After this, we couldn’t get into our game as we wished.

    “Now we have to learn from the game, even if you always want to learn when you win and when you lift trophies rather than by losing these kind of games. It’s tough but we have the next challenges that we have to be ready for.”

  • HAV SOME OF THAT

    Chelsea have made an opening bid for Kai Havertz, according to transfer expert Ian McGarry.

    The Blues' interest in the Leverkusen winger is well known and McGarry claims Frank Lampard has offered £45m plus £9m in add-ons – a way short of Leverkusen's £81m demands.

    He said: “Chelsea's pursuit of German international Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen has progressed a little bit.

    “It is our understanding that Chelsea met with Bayer Leverkusen officials this week.

    “Petr Cech had visited Leverkusen to speak to officials there and the player about a possible move to Stamford Bridge.

    “That has resulted in an opening bid of 50m euros plus 10m euros in add-ons.

    “Leverkusen continue to value the player at 90m euros. That is something Chelsea feel is not a fair price for the 21-year-old.”

  • POPE IS BLESSED

    Chelsea are ramping up their quest to nab Nick Pope from Burnley ahead of Frank Lampard’s second season in charge of the club.

    But the Blues target isn’t likely to be cheap with Clarets boss Sean Dyche reportedly slapping a £50million tag on his prized asset.

    Pope, who made 38 Premier League appearances for the Clarets this season, is the Blues number one target according to the Daily Star.

    And the Burnley stopper, who was rumoured to be a transfer target for Tottenham last year, is reportedly keen on a move to one of the giants in England’s top football division.

    The 28-year-old, who kept 15 cleans in the league this term, was narrowly beaten by Manchester City goalie Ederson to this season’s Golden Glove prize.

    It’s believed a move to one of the Premier League’s top sides could help the Clarets star rival Jordan Pickford as first choice for Gareth Southgate.

  • RUD HEALTH

    Centre-back Antonio Rudiger has taken to social media to address gutted fans after the Blues' FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.

    He wrote: “A tough defeat to take yesterday, but one we will have to learn from. Wasn't our evening and we couldn't repeat the performances from the previous rounds. Nevertheless thanks to everyone for always supporting us!

    “Hopefully we can return to Wembley again next season … with our fans behind us. 🙏🏾 Get well soon to @_Pedro17_ , @CesarAzpi, @cpulisic_10 ✊🏾 facupfinal alwaysbelieve hustle“.

  • KEP THE FAITH

    Former Chelsea right-back Glen Johnson has urged ex-team-mate Frank Lampard to stick with under-fire goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer.

    He told Stadium Astro: “In terms of his level at the moment, no, for me he's not Chelsea's No1. But I think he has the ability, he has it in him.

    “For whatever reason he's not performing at the moment. Chelsea's best scenario is to put their arm around him, work out what he needs and support him because at the moment I don't see him as Chelsea's No 1.”

    “I think there's many reasons to point towards working with what you've got and trying to get him back to his best.

    “When he was at Bilbao, he was making saves that were ridiculous, outrageous. He has the ability, the capability is there, they just somehow have to nurture it back out of him and get him smiling again and get him some confidence.

    “Yes there's been goals going in this season he should be saving with his eyes closed but for whatever reason, it all boils down to confidence.

    “Business-wise and personnel-wise, I think it's best for Lamps to work with what he's got.”

  • AZ A MATTER OF FACT

    Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta has reflected on what went wrong for his side at Wembley yesterday afternoon.

    The Spaniard said: “‘It’s painful and a tough one to take.

    “Obviously when you lose a final, it’s always painful. We started the game well and scored an early goal which normally gives a confidence to build on but we didn’t capitalise on it. We dropped our level a little bit and we were punished.

    “When you score an early goal, you have control of the game. We had a couple of chances after that to make it 2-0.

    ‘It’s a final and we knew that we were playing against a side that have good attacking players and they can be dangerous. After this, we couldn’t get into our game as we wished.”

  • POKE-MAN

    Victorious Arsenal goalkeeper Emi Martinez has made light of his catch on the edge of the Gunners' penalty area, amid Chelsea fury with refereeing decisions.

    Alongside a picture of the incident, the 27-year-old wrote: “Catching pikachu at Wembley”.

  • NICK OF TIME

    Chelsea are ready to step up their pursuit of Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, according to reports.

    The Clarets stopper has been in impressive form this season, coming second only to Ederson in the race for the Premier League's Golden Glove award.

    And according the Daily Star, the Blues could launch an offer worth as much as £50m for the England stopper.

  • BIT OF A LEIP

    RB Leipzig joked at Chelsea's expense, after Timo Werner was spotted on his phone during their 2-1 FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal yesterday.

    The German side tweeted a mocked up picture of a WhatsApp conversation, as if Werner was texting them – presumably begging for them to take him back…

  • BEING FRANK

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has delivered an honest assessment of his team's performance as they fell 2-1 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

    Lamps, 42, said: “We started well for 10 or 15 minutes, scored a goal and created a few chances were in control of the game,’ the boss began. ‘But after that, we can only blame ourselves from that point in football terms.

    “We got complacent. We took too long on the ball, we started playing short passes like it was a stroll. An FA Cup final can never be a stroll. We allowed Arsenal back in the game and from that point onwards, it’s always going to be difficult. A lot of today was on us.

    “In the second half we came out brighter, if Christian goes through and scores as opposed to missing and doing his hamstring – well, the circumstances in the game conspired against us.”

  • THE MORNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was left fuming at referee Anthony Taylor after last night's FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.

    The 42-year-old said: “That is nowhere near [a red card] and it changes the game.

    “I cannot fault the lads effort for pushing, but that is never a red card. Again, coming back to us we did not do enough to win the final.

    “What kind of rule is that? There has always been this one about how you couldn't challenge two yellows.

    “Someone is sitting there stubbornly sticking to their guns on that one because if we have VAR that is great. Let's use it as much as we can to get the right decision.”

  • MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    Yesterday was a day to forget.

    Chelsea threw away a lead to lose 2-1 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

    Christian Pulisic's early strike gave Frank Lampard's side a perfect start but then the wheels started to fall off.

    Cesar Azpilicueta and Pulisic both came off with hamstring injuries before a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang double broke Blues hearts.

    Mateo Kovacic was harshly sent off for second yellow in the second half that looked extremely soft.

    Ref Anthony Taylor came in for some harsh criticism after the game.

    And Chelsea target Declan Rice even weighed in.

    He wrote on Twitter: “Some of the decisions in this game today…”

    Chelsea fans were a lot more forthright with their anger.

    LDNFootball wrote: “One of the most disgraceful refereeing performances I’ve ever seen from Anthony Taylor today.

    “Kovacic red card is an embarrassingly bad decision – Mount yellow was awful… Shocking.”

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was also less than impressed with the ref.

    He fumed after the game: “That is nowhere near [a red card] and it changes the game.

    “I cannot fault the lads effort for pushing but that is never a red card but again coming back to us we did not do enough to win the final.”

    Elsewhere, Conor Gallagher could be the latest British whizkid to head to the Bundesliga.

    The Chelsea midfielder, 20, has been watched by a whole host of German clubs keen to take him on loan next season.

    Schalke head the list of those interested, which also includes Mainz and Bundesliga 2 champions Arminia.

  • “I switched off the phone for four days and enjoyed the time with my family.

    “From that moment, I felt the pressure release.

    “Sometimes you have to take it in the face and stand up again and fight for what you want.

    “I wanted to be successful. To help my team. To help the club. I was not doing that and not because I didn’t want to.

    “Sometimes in life that happens.

    “I spoke and it was a turning point for me, personally, and, as a team, we improved a lot from that moment.”

  • AZPI BETTER

    Cesar Azpilicueta reckons switching off his phone and focusing on family helped turn his season around.

    He told the Daily Mail: ‘I was not playing at my best.

    ”Personally, there was one moment. After the Sheffield United game I couldn’t see myself at my level and I felt really down.

    “I tried to speak honestly in the dressing room. I don’t have a problem holding my hands up.

    “There are times in life when you have to be humble and accept it.

    “That’s the way I felt at the time. It was the international break and I went and spoke to my wife…

  • THE LONG CON

    Conor Gallagher could be the latest British whizkid to head to the Bundesliga.

    The Chelsea midfielder, 20, has been watched by a whole host of German clubs keen to take him on loan next season.

    Schalke head the list of those interested, which also includes Mainz and Bundesliga 2 champions Arminia.

    Gallagher has impressed this season while being farmed out to Charlton and then Swansea.

    The England Under-21 star hit six goals for the Addicks in the first half of the campaign.

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