4pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Barkley for Rice exchange deal, Mendy talks, Lampard on Kante, Giroud to stay – The Sun

CHELSEA are close to securing the signature of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes as Frank Lampard looks to complete his summer business.

The Blues are hopeful of landing the stopper ahead of their season opener against Brighton on Monday night, while reports are linking Declan Rice with a move to Stamford Bridge.

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

  • BARKLEY FOR RICE?

    Chelsea are reportedly prepared to offer Ross Barkley as part of a player, plus cash deal to land West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.

    According to Football Insider, the west Londoners are set to offer Barkley as part of a part-exchange deal and value the England man at £30million.

    The offer for Rice is set to be in the region of £70million, however the Blues will need to raise funds by offloading players after spending a recording £200million on transfers this summer.

    West Ham will be desperate to keep hold of Rice, but may decide to cash in order to strengthen other areas of their team.

  • TEAM NEWS

    Lampard is set to hand debuts to Timo Werner and Kai Havertz when Chelsea face Brighton tomorrow night.

    The 8.15pm kick-off represents the first real chance for Blues fans to see the fruits of their summer market labour.

    However, a trio of new stars will be absent in Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech.

    Chelsea boss Lampard explained in his pre-match press conference that Ziyech is out for the opening weeks of the season with a knee issue.

    Chilwell is suffering from a heel problem while Silva only landed in London this week after his switch from Paris Saint-Germain.

  • IT'S A N'GO

    Frank Lampard says he has no interest in selling N’Golo Kante – because the World Cup winner is so important to his plans for Chelsea.

    Inter Milan have failed with two bids for the World Cup winning midfielder.

    Antonio Conte is desperately trying to raise some cash to make a third offer in excess of £50million for the Frenchman.

    But Lampard maintains the 29-year-old is going nowhere.

    He said: “I think pretty much every club in the world would want N’Golo Kante.

    “I see those reports as well – he’s an incredible player.

    “I certainly don’t want to lose him, no.”

  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Yesterday was a fairly quiet day as the Premier League got underway with Chelsea not playing until Monday night.

    After reports of Mason Mount being unhappy at Kai Havertz’s arrival, Frank Lampard moved quickly to quash such rumours.

    He said: “I saw the story about Mason Mount, I know it was absolutely fabricated from somebody, particularly if it came from the German end.

    “I don’t know if he’s got any friends or relatives over there he would talk to, it’s a strange angle for that to come from Mason.”

    Elsewhere, Tiemoue Bakayoko has reportedly rejected an offer from fellow Premier League outfit Crystal Palace.

    The French midfielder is said to be holding out for an offer from AC Milan as the San Siro is rumoured to be his preferred destination.

    In other outgoings, Chelsea are reportedly considering letting Callum Hudson-Odoi go on loan.

    English outlet 90min claim the Blues have informed the winger he could be sent out to secure game time after the arrival of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.

    The report adds Lampard has been left unimpressed by Hudson Odoi's attitude and performances in training this summer.

    One man who will be staying in West London is forward Olivier Giroud.

    The Frenchman is set to remain at Chelsea this season as he enters into the final year of his contract.

    According to reports, the forward was in contact with Italian champions Juventus, but he has since admitted he was surprised to see him linked with the move.

    And after several reports of players leaving the club, the Blues have reportedly had a bid accepted by Rennes for goalkeeper Edouard Mendy who could be on the way in.

    Lampard has been desperate to bring in a new shot-stopper having grown impatient with Kepa Arrizabalaga, 25, following a number of mistakes.

    And finally, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are set to start the opening-day fixture against Brighton on Monday night.

    The Chelsea new boys, some of Germany’s biggest and brightest stars, made the switch from the Bundesliga to the Premier League this summer.

    Werner has already scored for Chelsea, he scored in a pre-season friendly against Monday’s opponents Brighton.

  • JAD ENOUGH

    Premier League clubs are calling a halt to transfer business amid growing fears about a second wave of coronavirus.

    The impact of the pandemic is a major factor in Manchester United’s reluctance to pay Borussia Dortmund £100million for Jadon Sancho.

    And the uncertainty about when or if fans will be able to return, not to mention the possibility of a new lockdown, is putting the frighteners on almost every club except big-spending Chelsea.

    A source said: “Covid is back and everyone is s***ting themselves.

    “Most clubs have spent all their money and those that haven’t are concerned about doing business in the current situation.”

  • ONES TO WATCH

    Chelsea have had a massive overhaul this summer, and it's not stopping just yet!

    They've brought in a seasoned pro in Thiago Silva, as well as young exciting forwards in Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

  • WHAT'S NEW

    Let's take a look at what's new in the upcoming 2020-21 Premier League season.

  • BAKA-NO-NO

    According to reports, Tiemoue Bakayoko has rejected an offer from fellow Premier League outfit Crystal Palace.

    The French midfielder is reportedly holding out for and offer from AC Milan, the San Siro is rumoured to be his preferred destination.

    Life hasn't worked out for Bakayoko in London, he dandy feature much for Chelsea and has been loaned out on a number of occasions in order to play first-team football.

    His future will be decided soon.

  • PAUL YOUR WEIGHT

    Paul Merson piled pressure on Frank Lampard saying he has to produce after his summer of spending.

    He told the Star: “Chelsea will be right in there too with Liverpool and Manchester City.

    “They have done some great business and if they finish above Liverpool, I wouldn’t be shocked.

    “The worry for Chelsea is keeping all their players happy with all those new signings. Who’s going to play? The pressure’s on Frank Lampard now.

    “Did anybody else really want the job when he got it? They had just sold Eden Hazard. Couldn’t buy players.

    “Now, he’s got to produce.”

  • IT'S PICTURE TAM

    Tammy Abraham looked a natural as he posed for his pre-season TV shots ahead of the new season.

  • ZOUM CALL

    Kurt Zouma proved his Chelsea credentials screaming “UP THE CHELS” into cameras for his TV lineup shot.

  • GUNNING FOR GLORY

    Topless Willian enjoyed a dance as he celebrated shining on his Arsenal debut.

    The Brazilian winger, 32, was filmed by team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cutting shapes in the away dressing room at Fulham.

    Gunners skipper Aubameyang started the Instagram video with himself and Alexandre Lacazette.

    The giggling Gabon star cheered the Frenchman on as he pulled out some moves.

    But then debutant Willian came through the door and the camera quickly turned to him, even though he seemed to have just got out the shower with an Arsenal towel wrapped around.

    Not one to shy away on the big stage, though, Willian delivered – just as he did on the pitch at Craven Cottage with all three assists.

  • SMOOTH

    Imminent Chelsea arrival Edouard Mendy isn't just good with his hands, he appears to be very good with his feet! Very Silky.

  • SHOWMAN

    Tammy Abraham poses for the camera!

  • MOUNT IS SETTLED

    Despite various reports suggesting otherwise, Mason Mount is very much settled at Chelsea according to boss Frank Lampard.

    Lampard said: “I saw the story about Mason Mount, I know it was absolutely fabricated from somebody, particularly if it came from the German end.

    “I don’t know if he’s got any friends or relatives over there he would talk to, it’s a strange angle for that to come from Mason.”

    Mount will be hoping that his childhood friend Declan Rice will be rejoining him with a move from West Ham United on the cards.

  • TRANSFER BLUNDER

    Football fans have raved about Willian after today's performance, will it turn out to be a massive transfer blunder for Chelsea?

  • RIVALS HAVE THEIR SAY

    Manchester United fans have their say after Willian's masterclass.

  • WILLIAN'S ON FIRE

    Former Chelsea winger Willian had an absolute stormer of a debut against Fulham, he provided three assists!

  • ZAPPA

    Throwback to Zappacosta's wonder strike back in 2017.

  • NEW BOY

    New Chelsea signing Malang Sarr trains for the first time since joining from OGC Nice on a free transfer!

  • THROWBACK

    Eden Hazard scored an absolute peach.

  • ROLLS RICE

    Once Chelsea complete the signing of Rennes keeper Edouard Mendy, they will turn their attentions to West Ham’s Declan Rice.

    Frank Lampard has been an admirer of the 21-year-old for some time, being constantly linked with a return to Stamford Bridge where he was released at the age of 15.

    It is believed that Ross Barkley could be used as leverage, with Hammers boss David Moyes interested in a reunion with the attacking midfielder.

    You would have to question West Ham’s priorities with accepting a lower offer plus Barkley for Rice, why bring in another player where you have so much cover already?

    Twitter ITK, the ever so reliable ExWHUemployee last night said that he believes a bid will be coming soon for the player.

    Chelsea fans are familiar with Ex, he has provided credible information throughout the transfer window, and was the first to break the Edouard Mendy story.

  • PREDICTED LINE-UP

    This is our predicted line-up ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League opener away to Brighton.

    Hudson-Odoi and James are predicted to start, as well as new signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

    Trio of new stars will be absent in Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech.

    Chelsea boss Lampard explained in his pre-match press conference that Ziyech is out for the opening weeks of the season with a knee issue.

  • KAI HIGH

    New arrival, German Wonderkid Kai Havertz is set to be Chelsea’s top earner on £310,000-per-week.

    Followed by new boys Timo Werner on £270,000-per-week, and Ben Chilwell on £190,000.

    MEGA money signings!

  • NEXT FIVE

    Here's Chelsea's opening five fixtures starting with the fixture against Brighton on Monday night.

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