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CHELSEA are eyeing up a big summer rebuild with their Premier League campaign suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Blues have reportedly offered to double Lautaro Martinez's wages while they are also looking to make a summer move for Derby's Max Bird.

Follow all the latest updates and gossip from West London below…


    Chelsea’s summer signing Hakim Ziyech may see his arrival delayed.

    Fifa have released a statement suggesting players contracts will be extended until whenever their club’s season finishes.

    And it also has been reported that the Blues are one of three Premier League clubs that are chasing the signature of Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare.

    According to Sport, Man Utd and Liverpool are also keen to sign the 21-year-old.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea and Jadon Sancho has been urged to snub a move away in the summer and stay at Borussia Dortmund for two more years by team-mate Marco Reus.

    Speaking to Bild, Reus said: “He should stay one more, maybe two years at Dortmund. In my view, there is currently nothing better for him.

    “Then he can take the really big step, as an even more complete player who can continue to develop with us as a regular in the team.”

    Chelsea have also been given a boost in their quest to sign Manuel Neuer after Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus claimed the goalkeeper will be off in the summer.

    He said: “I can understand his desire for security and a long contract very well. But five years is also a long time. He wants to play. He wants to play more often and longer. In light of his quality, that’s understandable.

    “Probably a little more was expected of him, and the expectations he put on himself were undoubtedly higher. I don’t think that he will still be playing in Munich next season.”

    Chelsea are also reportedly in advanced talks with Barcelona over a move for Phillipe Coutinho – with a £55million price-tag on his head.

    And finally, Chelsea are one of seven clubs that are trackingAchraf Hakimi this summer.

    The Moroccan full-back, 21, has spent the last two seasons at Borussia Dortmund on loan from Real Madrid.


    Premier League captains have brokered a deal worth £4million to fund the NHS.

    The 20 club skippers have completed four days of talks to rubber-stamp the ground-breaking plan during the coronavirus crisis.

    Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire have worked closely on the deal, while Mark Noble of West Ham and Watford’s Troy Deeney will also help administer the scheme.

    The cash boost from the players has been done independently from both the PFA and the Premier League.

    The captains, who have been communicating via whatsapp, want the cash to go to local hospitals in their specific areas.

    But the amounts will remain anonymous as some clubs – and individual players – will be putting in more than others because there is such a difference in wages between sides in the Premier League.

    Each club captain has spoken to their players and taken note of pledges from team-mates. It will be at least £3m in total but it is hoped that £4m will be reached – although it could even be more.


    Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are amongst the SEVEN clubs fighting it out to sign Achraf Hakimi this summer.

    The Moroccan full-back, 21, has spent the last two seasons at Borussia Dortmund on loan from Real Madrid.

    In that time he has emerged as one of the world’s brightest talents, with seemingly all of Europe’s elite chasing his signature.

    His stint in the Bundesliga has seen Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane prepare for talks with Hakimi over a permanent return to the Bernabeu.

    But he is now under huge pressure, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs joined by Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich – as well as Dortmund.

    And Hakimi has told Zidane he will NOT return to Madrid if he will only be playing second-fiddle to Dani Carvajal, according to reports in Spain.

    Hakimi’s contract at the Bernabeu runs until June 2022 and contains a release clause of around £50million.



    Leeds stars will be getting a wage BONUS when the coronavirus crisis is over.

    Players have agreed to take hefty cuts on their salaries while the Championship season remains postponed.

    Along with manager Marcelo Bielsa, up to half of their wages have been deferred.

    But owner Andrea Radrizzani has offered them a 2 per cent raise when things get back to normal as a token of thanks.

    Leeds have already taken £1million off their £3m monthly wage bill.

    And players are said to be delighted by Radrizanni’s gesture during a tough time for the game.

    Leeds were top of the table when football was halted.

    And promotion to the top flight would have guaranteed £170m in the bank.

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