CHELSEA will travel to Brighton on Monday, September 14 in their opening Premier League fixture.
And Marina Granovskaia will hope to have completed the signing of Kai Havertz by then, along with other targets such as Ben Chilwell and Kalidou Koulibaly.
Follow all the latest transfer updates from the Bridge below…
ON THIS DAY
Chelsea are reportedly closing in on the £50m signing of Ben Chilwell from Leicester City.
Blues boss Frank Lampard is desperate to bolster his defence this summer and made the left-back one of his No1 transfer targets.
The 23-year-old has not featured for the Foxes since July 4 and missed the last five games of the season.
However, The Athletic claims he has already undergone medical checks with Chelsea doctors who have determined he will be ready to return to action in three weeks.
Left-back has been a problem position for Lampard last term with Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso both struggling to cement their place as first-choice.
Their struggles left club captain Cesar Azpilicueta being shifted to that role for the final stretch of the season.
Andrea Pirlo has ruthlessly terminated of ex-Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain and Sami Khedira's contracts a year early, reports say.
The club legend this month took over from Maurizio Sarri, who was axed after Juve's Champions League exit.
Pirlo, was is yet to manage a game since embarking on a coaching career, has put down a marker after getting rid of three players already.
Blaise Matuidi was released to join David Beckham's Inter Miami in MLS and now Higuain and Khedira have followed.
According to Fabrizio Romano, talks between the club and the unwanted pair are ongoing as they seek a payout.
Sacked Sarri led the Italian kings to their ninth consecutive Serie A title, but the club have been deeply financially impacted following the coronavirus pandemic.
HAV SOME OF THAT
Gabrielle Marcotti has questioned why Manchester United and City have not went in for Chelsea target Kai Havertz.
Speaking on the Gab and Juls podcast about the Bayer Leverkusen playmaker, Marcotti said: “Do you know what's really weird to me?
“City, United both have a lot of money, both could use strengthening in that area – those names haven't been mentioned at all. They haven't been linked one bit.
“Also, Bayern Munich, if Thiago goes all of a sudden you're going to have money and flexibility.
“They were strongly linked with him a year ago. An odd story.”
REST-LESS RED DEVILS
Manchester United have the second fewest number of days to prepare for the new season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have 34 days from crashing out of the Europa League against Sevilla in the semi-final to their opening league fixture.
But the Red Devils have a whole six days MORE than unlucky Arsenal.
The Gunners will compete in the Charity Shield just 28 days after winning the FA Cup at Wembley.
'LET'S CASH IN'
Gabrielle Marcotti is convinced Leverkusen are trying to squeeze every penny out of Chelsea in the chase for Kai Havertz.
He told ESPN: “I don’t know, it to me continues to smack of Leverkusen saying ‘oh let's try to cash in on Havertz, let’s try to strike while the iron is hot.
“I don’t think Chelsea are in any rush, I don’t think Chelsea feel that they need Kai Havertz, given the players they’ve already added, Werner and Ziyech and the players who are already there, Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek and the list goes on.
“But equally Chelsea are saying ‘if there’s a chance to get this guy on terms we like because yeah we’re going to go for it, because apparently he wants to come to us.’
“So I don’t think Chelsea are going to budge from their position or inch upwards or Lampard is going to force the club to say ‘I need Havertz now’, not when they have more important positions to fill.”
Chelsea youngster Armando Broja has joined Vitesse Arnhem on loan.
The 18-year-old Albanian made his senior Blues debut against Everton in March.
But he has now been sent out for the season and becomes the latest Blues prodigy to join the Dutch side.
Mason Mount, Dominic Solanke and Nemanja Matic all headed there to gain experience before breaking into the Premier League.
Speaking about his move for the 2020/21 campaign, Broja said: “I know the examples of Mason Mount, for example, but also Lewis Baker and Dominic Solanke.
“For myself I see Vitesse as the ideal club to make flying hours. I want to grow as a player and as a person.
“And above all: score a lot of goals. I will give everything for that.”
EXCLUSIVE – Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is raiding Wigan to add coach Anthony Barry to his first team staff.
Lampard knows Barry from doing courses together and has moved to bring him to Stamford Bridge as a new assistant with Jody Morris.
Scouser Barry, 34 joined Wigan when Paul Cook was in charge and was rated a rising star with his ideas and knowledge helping Latics.
Barry was close to becoming Tranmere Rovers manager but stayed with Wigan until this surprise approach.
He was in London yesterday to finalise the move.
After leaving first club Coventry in 2005, the ex-midfielder spent all his playing career in the lower divisions and non-League football.
His 300-plus appearances took in Accrington Stanley, twice, Yeovil, Chester City, Fleeetwood and Wrexham, where he retired in 2017.
Lewis Dunk has committed his future to Brighton ending any speculation of a transfer to Chelsea.
The 28-year-old centre-half was on the list of Blues targets as they search for reinforcement in defence.
It is understood Chelsea held talks with the player but Brighton were demanding £50million.
But it appears Dunk is happy to remain in the South Coast after extending his contract by another five years.
He said: “I’m delighted to have signed a new contract.
“The aim now is to build on a record Premier League season and help the club continue its recent progress over the next five years.”
Real Madrid will let Sergio Reguilon leave this summer for just £22.4million, reports claim.
The 23-year-old left-back hugely impressed on loan with Seville this season making 37 appearances in all competitions.
But despite his breakthrough campaign, Sport, say Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has no plans to keep the Spaniard.
It comes after 25-year-old Frenchman Ferland Mendy enjoyed a successful season in the Spanish capital, surpassing Marcelo as regular left-back.
Reguilon has attracted attention from across Europe, with French champions PSG rivalling Chelsea in the transfer pursuit.
Blues boss Frank Lampard has prioritised signing a left-back this summer.
OL BE FINE
Chelsea's Olivier Giroud will not be worried about the arrival of Timo Werner, according to Louis Saha.
Werner has moved to Stamford Bridge from RB Leipzig in a deal worth £53million.
Saha told the Football Index Podcast: “Olivier Giroud is a very tough cookie and he will not worry too much about the arrival of Timo Werner at Chelsea.
“Giroud wants to score and he wants to help his teammates. He is a competitor and wherever he is, he will always perform.
“Giroud is very motivated and I’m sure that next year we will hear about him again.”
LYON IN WAIT
Moussa Dembele is “open” to a move to Manchester United this summer, reports claim.
The Frenchman was on Chelsea and United's radar last summer, as they attempted to replace Romelu Lukaku.
And his stock hasn't fallen in the season since, having scored 24 goals for Lyon.
He'll have already endeared himself to the Old Trafford support too, having downed neighbours Manchester City with a late brace in the recent Champions League quarter-final.
According to the MEN, the 24-year-old is “open” to the transfer, although is not “desperate” to leave Lyon.
CHELSEA'S BIG GAMES
Here are the fixtures Blues fans can look forward to at the start of next season.
Chelsea are in “advanced talks” with Paris Saint-Germain skipper Thiago Silva over completing a shock summer free transfer, reports claim.
The Brazilian is about to play his final game for PSG in Sunday's Champions League final after eight years of exceptional service.
But while representing the Ligue 1 giants in Lisbon, talks over Silva's new club have been brewing in the background.
And The Athletic report that talks have reached an “advanced” stage, with both parties having been in conversation for “several days”.
There are still issues to be ironed out, however, primarily the length of the 35-year-old's contract.
WHO IS XAVIER MBUYAMBA?
Xavier Mbuyamba has been branded Van Dijk 2.0 after completing his transfer to Chelsea.
The Blues have added towering defender Mbuyamba to their ranks, after he reportedly cancelled his contract with the La Liga giants.
And the 18-year-old Dutch defender comes with the some pedigree.
Standing at 6ft 5in, not only is he a man-mountain, his composed style has drawn comparisons to Liverpool star Virgil Van Dijk.
However, he is something of a late bloomer.
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Izzy Brown has joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan – the SEVENTH time he's been shipped out by Chelsea.
The Blues youngster, 23, will spend another year in the Championship after his season-long loan move to the Owls was confirmed.
Brown revealed his excitement at the move to Sheffield Wednesday on Twitter.
He wrote: “Delighted to have completed my move to SWFC for the season.
“A massive club with a great history and I can’t wait to get going in a few weeks.”
Brown has now been shipped off to Vitesse, Rotherham, Huddersfield, Brighton, Leeds and Luton since joining Chelsea from West Brom in 2013.
IT'S QUIDS FOR SQUADS
Manchester City have the most valuable squad in world football – worth nearly £1BILLION.
Thanks to the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Man City's squad has a combined market value of £958MILLION, according to figures from Transfermarkt.
Guardiola's crop sit ahead of Barcelona (£955m) and Premier League champions Liverpool (£917m) in total value.
Incredibly, FIVE of the top ten are taken up by Premier League clubs.
As well as City and Liverpool, Chelsea sit sixth (£727m).
Manchester United are ninth with a squad value of £685m, one spot ahead of tenth-placed Tottenham (£637m).
TAKING THE MC
Former West Ham star Frank McAvennie reckons Declan Rice is worth nearly as much as Harry Maguire.
Chelsea have been heavily linked with the West Ham midfielder, who Frank Lampard wants to turn into a defender.
The former striker said: “You’re talking about £80million for Harry Maguire.
“I think that if he’s worth that then West Ham will be thinking that Declan’s worth somewhere between £60million to £80million.”
IN BLACK AND WHITE
Leeds United have made a third bid of £25million for Brighton centre-back Ben White, according to reports.
The 22-year-old enjoyed a stunning loan spell at Elland Road last season, featuring in all 46 games as the Whites were promoted back to the Premier League.
And boss Marcelo Bielsa is desperate to land him on a permanent basis as he prepares to take on the top flight.
White is Leeds' No1 target this summer, with the Whites having already lodged bids of around £18.5m and £22m for his services.
With Brighton having turned them down, however, Sky Sports claim that a third of around £25m plus add-ons has now been submitted.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have all shown interest in the Seagulls ace.
THREE… MAGIC NUMBER?
Chelsea fans are wondering if Marcos Alonso has been told that he no longer has the No3 jersey at Stamford Bridge.
It could make for an awkward conversation with the gaffer after the players return from their holidays.
Xavier Mbuyamba has been unveiled as a Chelsea player and will wear the No3 jersey at Stamford Bridge.
Here he is with the new shirt being shown around Cobham.
Chelsea transfer guru Marina Granoviskaia has been told by Bayer Leverkusen that she has to get the Kai Havertz deal done by August 28.
That gives football’s most powerful woman a WEEK to wrap up the transfer.
According to Kevin Palmer, Leverkusen want the deal sorted either way in seven days’ time, in order to get a replacement in for next season.
The two sides were, at last glance, around £9million apart in their valuations for the attacking midfielder, 21.
Havertz has his heart set on a switch to Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea also need to get business done in defence and midfield.
INTERNACIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY
Alexandre Pato is “expected” to seal a return to Internacional in the coming days, reports claim.
The Brazilian burst onto the scene there in 2006, impressing at the age of just 17 as he helped them win the Club World Cup.
And now 13 years after departing for an initially prolific spell at AC Milan, Pato looks likely to return to Porto Alegre.
The 30-year-old's contract at Sao Paulo was terminated on Wednesday, leaving him free to select his next club.
According to Brazilian outlet Gauza ZH, Internacional expect to overcome the hurdle of the player's salary and seal his return in the coming days.
His former side will not be able to match the wages that he earned at Sao Paulo, but they feel that a deal laced with “productivity clauses” such as goal bonuses will do the trick.
DONE DEAL – MBU'S A BLUE
Chelsea have completed the signing of high-touted centre-back Xavier Mbuyamba.
The Blues have agreed a three-year deal with the 18-year-old – who left Barcelona after just a year due to a lack of game time.
He penned a professional contract with Chelsea earlier this week and will now join the development squad ahead of the new season.
Mbuyama – likened to Virgil van Dijk – had a trial with Chelsea in the 2018/19 season but was unable to sign at the time due to the their transfer ban.
He instead spent the majority of his youth career with Dutch side MVV Maastricht.
But Mbuyamba then joined Barcelona last summer and played for their Under-19 side, making three Uefa Youth League appearances.
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