7am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Declan Rice ‘not wanted by board’, Thiago Silva and Chilwell train, ‘Mendy-Tomori swap’ – The Sun

CHELSEA commenced their Premier League season with a win as they brushed Brighton aside on the South Coast.

The saga bringing Edouard Mendy to Stamford Bridge continues as the Blues target a replacement for error-prone Kepa, while we've the very latest on Timo Werner's injury ahead of the clash against Liverpool.

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Get all the latest transfer gossip and updates from Stamford Bridge…

  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Thiago Silva was pictured in Chelsea colours for the first time.

    The Brazilain centre-back, who arrived on a free from PSG this summer, trained at Cobham for the first time.

    It comes as Chelsea prepare to play league champions Liverpool on Sunday.

    Ahead of the game, Kurt Zouma said: “We have nothing to prove to people.

    “What I would say is, we just focus on ourselves.

    “Of course Chelsea is a team that plays for titles. It’s going to be a tough game, two great teams fighting.

    “It’s going to be great to watch.

    “Last season Liverpool completely dominated the season, they had a great run of wins. They hardly lost.

    “But this is another year. Everybody starts from zero.

    “We will see what we can do. We want to compete with the best.

    “They have a great front three, but we also have our weapons. We can hurt them.”

  • BOARD-ED UP

    Frank Lampard appears to be having a difference of opinion with the Chelsea board over a potential bid for Declan Rice.

    David Ornstein states that the Blues manager remains keen to bring in the West Ham star and convert him to a centre-back.

    However, Chelsea have been quoted a price of around £73m and senior members of the club hierarchy believe that fee not to represent value for money.

    They are also said to be concerned that Rice has yet to address all the technical deficiencies that led to him being released by the Chelsea academy as a youngster.

  • WILL I NEVER

    Garth Crooksclaimed that Chelsea's decision to allow Willian to leave for rivals Arsenal was “madness.”

    He wrote in his column for the BBC: “Regular readers will know what I think of Willian as a player.

    “I said last season that Chelsea could not afford to lose him.

    “To let him go to London rivals Arsenal, of all teams, was madness and could cost them dearly in the final analysis.

    “Against a Fulham side who were out of their depth, Willian produced a debut performance that must have been an agonising watch for his former manager Frank Lampard.

    “What have Chelsea done?”

  • OUT FOR REVENGE

    Chelsea will face 25 former stars in the 2020-21 season with only TWO Premier League rivals NOT featuring an ex-Stamford Bridge player.

    The Stamford Bridge revolving door has twirled round and round in recent years – particularly since the 2003 arrival of Roman Abramovich.

    As well as shipping hoards of talented youngsters out on loan, the Blues have never been shy of selling to rivals in a bid to fund their mega-money moves.

    But that could now bite them on the behind with no fewer than 25 former players – and managers – currently at their league rivals.

  • TOR-NADO

    Fernando Torres claims he joined Chelsea in 2011 after Liverpool’s owners “lied” to him.

    The former Spain international, 36, controversially swapped Anfield for Stamford Bridge in a £50million move after scoring 81 goals in just 142 games.

    He told talkSPORT: “I was really happy at Liverpool.

    “But if you remember at that time the club was about to be sold and it was a very difficult situation.

    “They sold all their best players, Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso, Rafa Benitez left, and they started bringing in young players.

    “So they needed maybe six, six, seven years to create a winning team again and I didn’t have that time because I left my home in Atletico to win trophies.

    “Unfortunately there were many lies by the owners that Liverpool had at that time, and in the end I needed to find my own way which was Chelsea, who I thought would be the club who would offer me the chance of winning trophies.”

  • KOP ON

    Andy Robertson has revealed he sent a selfie of himself wearing a Chelsea shirt to the Liverpool players' WhatsApp group before the Blues beat Manchester City that crowned the Reds champions.

    He wrote in his new book, Robbo: Now You're Gonna Believe Us: “What should you wear if you are a Liverpool player preparing for what could turn out to be the greatest day of your football career so far? Easy – a Chelsea shirt.

    “As the rest of the lads were getting ready for a barbecue that we all hoped would turn into a title winners party, I went into my wardrobe and pulled out the shirt that Billy Gilmour had given me a few months earlier.

    “Putting it on, it felt a bit snug but I was going for the colour, not the fit. A quick selfie followed and I posted the picture on our group chat straight away.

    “'Lads, what’s the dress code for tonight?” I asked and a series of uncomplimentary responses and emojis sent my phone into overdrive. “Shorts and t-shirt it is then,” I thought.

    “Not that I’d been serious anyway. I just wanted to give the lads the chance to have a pop but there was no doubt that for one night and one night only, everyone of a Liverpool persuasion would be supporting Chelsea. All they needed was a draw and we would be champions.”

  • WHAT'S THE TIM?

    New boy Timo Werner conducts his first press conference as a Chelsea player.

    It comes as the German prepares to Liverpool on Sunday – the team who were also interested in signing him.

  • SPUR OF THE MOMENT

    Olivier Giroud has admitted that he was so desperate to leave Chelsea in January that he nearly joined Tottenham.

    The Frenchman told So Foot: “During the last three days of the transfer window, I was in the coach's office to find a solution.

    “I was hoping Chelsea would find a replacement for me.

    “For my part, it was not the solutions that were lacking. I almost signed for Lazio, Inter.

    “I was even so determined to leave that I even almost signed for Tottenham.”

  • ALL OVER IT LIKE MARASH

    Manchester United and Chelsea are set to miss out on Marash Kumbulla after the Serie A starlet agreed terms with Roma.

    Reports in Italy suggest the Giallorossi have won the race to sign the highly-rated defender, amid rival interest from Tottenham, Lazio and Inter Milan.

    Kumbulla was a surprise star of last season in Italy, playing 26 times for hometown club Hellas Verona.

    According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, an agreement has been reached for the 20-year-old to join Roma.

    He will move on an initial loan deal before a permanent transfer on a contract to 2025.

  • RED ALERT

    Kurt Zouma has played down expectations ahead of Frank Lampard’s new-look Chelsea side's first big test against champions Liverpool.

    He said: “We have nothing to prove to people. What I would say is, we just focus on ourselves.

    “Of course Chelsea is a team that plays for titles. It’s going to be a tough game, two great teams fighting. It’s going to be great to watch.

    “Last season Liverpool completely dominated the season, they had a great run of wins. They hardly lost.

    “But this is another year. Everybody starts from zero.

    “We will see what we can do. We want to compete with the best.

    “They have a great front three, but we also have our weapons. We can hurt them.”

  • IN THE BAGG

    Conor Gallagher is set to sign a new deal with the Blues… then join West Brom on a season-long loan transfer.

    The 20-year-old midfielder is highly-rated by Blues boss Frank Lampard who sees his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

    But he wants to secure Gallagher’s signature on a lengthy new deal before giving him his blessing to head for the Hawthorns.

    Slaven Bilic hopes a one-year-loan deal can be tied-up in time for Saturday’s trip to Everton and Gallagher’s contract talks don’t stall his arrival.

  • WIMBLE-DONE

    Wimbledon drew 1-1 against Chelsea at Cobham yesterday.

    Victor Moses scored from the penalty spot for the Blues.

    Danny Drinkwater also featured for Chelsea as he looks to find himself a new club for this season.

    Wimbledon reportedly took the lead in the 18th minute, but Chelsea clawed their way back into the game.

  • A LOT TO WERN…

    Timo Werner has high hopes of scoring in Chelsea's second game.

    He said: “Maybe in the second game, I will score.

    “It becomes harder because it is against Liverpool, but I will try, give my best and for now I am happy to give an assist for my team.”

    The Blues will come up against Liverpool on Sunday – with kick-off at 4:30pm.

  • ARE JUR SURE?

    Jurgen Klopp recently called out Chelsea's lavish summer spending spree but Liverpool's opening day starting XI cost more than the Blues'.

    The Reds boss took aim at the West Londoners claiming Liverpool are a “different kind of club” and they wouldn't “change overnight and behave like Chelsea”.

    Frank Lampard quickly hit back at the German – and it appears the Blues boss was right to defend his club as his opening day lineup cost £43million less than Liverpool's.

    Chelsea's starting XI for their 3-1 win at Brighton saw four academy graduates included in a team that cost £307million.

    While for the 4-3 home win against Leeds, Klopp's team had just one star – Trent Alexander-Arnold – from their academy with the remaining ten costing an eye-watering £353m.

  • TURBO SPEED

    Timo Werner has vowed to make his presence felt as quickly as possible at Chelsea.

    The £47.5 million star said: ““The whole Premier League suits my style because it is so fast.

    “Maybe I’ll need two ro three games but you have no excuses as possible to say I needed ten or 15 games because we want to win and you can’t have a player who takes so long to adapt. I want to be in the best team as soon as possible.

    “The football in the Premier League suits me well. In our two games againstBrighton sometimes they stood very deep and didn’t give a lot of space,

    “Other times I had space to make runs and that is good for me.

    “Football here is more about power and strength of defenders. Maybe I have to adapt a bit. But I want to play, score and win things.“

  • GHANA BE INTERESTING

    Ghana want to convince Tariq Lamptey to switch allegiances from England.

    Their FA supremo George Amoakah told a Ghanaian radio station Nhyira FM: “The national team’s department is making serious efforts to get his parents and the boy to play for Ghana.

    “But it’s not going to be easy. I don’t want to sound like it’s impossible, but it’s not going to be easy.

    “Most of the [Ghanaian] players born in Europe, if you want to entice them to come and play for Ghana, it is very difficult.

    “They mostly aspire to play for their country of birth or host countries. Even their parents don’t opt for their children playing for Ghana.”

  • SILVA LINING

    Thiago Silva trained with his new Chelsea team-mates for the first time today.

  • ARE JUR SURE?

    Jurgen Klopp recently called out Chelsea's lavish summer spending spree but Liverpool's opening day starting XI cost more than the Blues'.

    The Blues' starting XI for their 3-1 win at Brighton saw four academy graduates included in a team that cost £307million.

    While for the 4-3 home win against Leeds, Klopp's team had just one star – Trent Alexander-Arnold – from their academy with the remaining ten costing an eye-watering £353m.

  • NEVER GO BACK?

    They say never go back… but don't tell Gareth Bale.

    The Real Madrid star is nearing a stunning loan deal to return to Tottenham after seven years away.

    After a somewhat tepid time under Jose Mourinho, Spurs fans will be desperate for their former hero to bang in the goals like the good old days.

    Bale notched 56 goals and 58 assists in over 200 appearances before his £85million exit in 2013.

    But, with a dodgy injury record and a poor relationship with Zinedine Zidane leading to plenty of time spent on the sidelines, there will be plenty of doubters ahead of his return.

    Here, SunSport details four comeback kids Bale can look to for inspiration including Chelsea legend Didier Drogba – and three he dare not emulate HERE.

  • FALSE START

    Dream Team XI of widely-selected players including Chelsea star Kai Havertz failed to score a single point in Game Week 1.

    The £71million attacker (£3.5m in game) endured a testing Premier League debut away to Brighton, admitting after the game that the physical demands of the English top flight were greater than the Bundesliga.

    It would be foolish to write-off a player with the German’s attributes after only one game but if he’s going to slowly ease himself into English football then Dream Team gaffers may opt to ditch him while he finds his feet.

  • THINK FAST

    Chelsea host Liverpool on Sunday with both sides looking to maintain their winning starts to the 2019-20 season.

    In a tasty-looking clash full of exciting personal match-ups, one stands out above all others: Timo Werner vs Virgil van Dijk.

    But who’s the quicker of the speed demons?

  • WELCOME BACK

    EFL clubs will welcome up to 10,000 fans across the country this weekend as the League steps up its Covid-19 pilot programme.

    League chiefs have agreed with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden that matches with up to 1,000 supporters will be staged at 10 venues across the three divisions.

    In the Championship, Luton’s game with Derby, Preston’s visit to Norwich and the clash between Middlesbrough and Bournemouth will see the turnstiles partially opened for the first time since March.

    The League One games featuring Charlton against Doncaster, Blackpool versus Swindon, Northampton’s trip to Shrewsbury and Hull’s match with Crewe are on the approved list.

    And in League Two, three games – at Forest Green, Carlisle and Morecambe – will have fans inside.

    Carlisle’s Brunton Park, ironically, saw the last League Two game with supporters, a crowd of 2,822 for their win over Newport on March 10, 48 hours before English football went into lockdown.

    There is still no clarity about whether the Government is willing to extend the numbers allowed in from October 1, amid recent clampdowns and fears of a resurgence of the virus.

  • ON THE MEND

    Rennes are reportedly hoping to include Fikayo Tomori as part of Chelsea's deal to sign Edouard Mendy, according to reports in France.

    Frank Lampard’s side are thought to be closing in on a £25.7 million move for the 28-year-old goalkeeper.

    Yet Telefoot claims that Rennes remain keen on signing a Chelsea player on loan and have set their sights on Tomori, who is also a target for Everton.

  • GONE WEST

    West Ham have joined Inter Milan in the race for Emerson Palmieri, according to reports.

    The Italy international has played 55 times for Chelsea since a 2018 move from Roma – but was nowhere to be seen in Monday's season opening win at Brighton.

    Ben Chilwell's arrival at Stamford Bridge has dropped Emerson back to being the third-choice left-back in Frank Lampard's pecking order.

    And The Independent report on West Ham and Inter carefully monitoring his situation.

  • SPUR OF THE MOMENT

    Olivier Giroud has admitted that he was so desperate to leave Chelsea in January that he nearly joined Tottenham.

    The Frenchman told So Foot: “During the last three days of the transfer window, I was in the coach's office to find a solution.

    “I was hoping Chelsea would find a replacement for me.

    “For my part, it was not the solutions that were lacking. I almost signed for Lazio, Inter.

    “I was even so determined to leave that I even almost signed for Tottenham.”

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