CHELSEA are eyeing up a big summer rebuild to back Frank Lampard when the transfer window opens – with the club's transfer ban lifted.
We have the latest transfer talk on the likes of Gabriel Magalhaes, Alex Telles and Philippe Coutinho and – but the Blues could miss out on Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Meanwhile, should Chelsea hope to sign Jadon Sancho, they will need to be playing Champions League football next season.
Follow all the latest updates and gossip from West London below…
MORNING, CHELSEA FANS
Transfer talk is buzzing around the Bridge – concerning Jadon Sancho, Lautaro Martinez, Philippe Coutinho and even Brazil legend Robinho!
Let's get that last one out the way – so as not to add a small worry to Blues’ fans at a time when there are far bigger things to focus on
The İstanbul Başakşehir playmaker, now 36, has revealed he wanted to join Chelsea over Manchester City when he left Real Madrid in 2008 after two successive LaLiga titles.
Any hopes the Blues have of signing England attacker Jadon Sancho rose after the suggestion the 20-year-old wants Champions League football next season.
That dampens Manchester United's hopes of signing him, even if Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar's Solskjaer might be given a bigger cheque book than his Chelsea counterpart Frank Lampard.
And the Blues might also be encouraged to hear reports Barcelona are ready to sell “flop” Philippe Coutinho for half the £140million they paid Liverpool two years ago.
Arsenal, Spurs and even his old club have all been linked with the Brazil playmaker, 27, who is on loan with Bayern Munich.
But Barca are said to have offered Chelsea target and Argentina striker Martinez £170,000 a week to move from Inter Milan in the next transfer window.
Meanwhile, Inter's Serie A rivals Atalanta reportedly want to make Croatia midfielder Mario Pasalic's loan deal from Stamford Bridge permanent this summer.
Finally, Chelsea are vying with Arsenal for Real Madrid's Morocco full-back Achraf Hakimi, according to The Athletic.
The 21-year-old has been a stand-out Bundesliga performer on loan with Borussia Dortmund this term.
STARS REFUSE TO BAIL OUT 'RICH OWNERS'
Premier League players are refusing to bail out their clubs as English football heads towards civil war.
Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Watford captain Troy Deeney and West Ham skipper Mark Noble led the fightback in a video conference that served only to deepen divisions in the game.
Premier League chiefs and club executives thought the players were ready to buy into their proposal for a wage cut or deferral of up to 30 per cent designed to stave off financial meltdown caused by the coronavirus crisis.
But the message they got back was: ‘We’d rather give our cash to the NHS than help out our rich owners’.
And the PFA supported the hardline stance with a strong statement that hit back at criticism of players from politicians.
The players’ union claimed such a big cut in stars’ wages would actually damage the public services that were fighting the pandemic.
The PFA said: “The proposed 30 per cent salary deduction over a 12-month period equates to over £500million in wage reductions and a loss in tax contributions of over £200m to the Government.
“What effect does this loss of earning to the Government mean to the NHS?
“Was this considered in the Premier League proposal and did the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, factor this in when asking players to take a salary cut?”
CHELSEA CHERRY PICKING?
Bournemouth are set to end their ‘spend, spend, spend’ policy – puting Manchester United, Spurs and Chelsea on alert over Callum Wilson and Josh King.
Owner Maxim Demin has backed the Cherries' success story during their remarkable rise to the Premier League.
But now boss Eddie Howe is bracing for a shake-up in the next transfer window and strikers Wilson and King, both 28, could be the ones to bring in the cash.
Bournemouth have collected a lot of young players in the past few seasons but have been unable to make a profit on them.
Dominic Solanke and Jordon Ibe arrived from Liverpool with big prices and big reputations but have failed to deliver.
The South Coast outfit will lose Ibe and Ryan Fraser at the end of their contracts this summer.
Winger David Brooks, 22, would also be a wanted man if he had not missed the season with a serious ankle injury.
UTD FEAR SANCHO SNUB IF THEY MISS TOP 4
Chelsea target Jadon Sancho is ready to reject Manchester United if they fail to secure Champions League football.
Sancho is the prime target for United in the next transfer window but the huge uncertainty created by the coronavirus crisis means the Borussia Dortmund star has no need to hurry any decision.
And sources indicate that playing in Europe’s biggest competition remains an important consideration for the England winger in choosing his next employers.
Prior to the coronavirus lockdown, reports claimed United were prepared to offer Sancho an astonishing £400,000-per-week deal to pick them over the other big clubs in the race to sign him.
But Liverpool, Chelsea and other suitors will have renewed hope that they can win the race once football’s future becomes clear.
Much will depend on if, when and how the outstanding issues from the current Premier League season are resolved – and the progress of Manchester City’s appeal against their two-season ban from European competition.
If City’s suspension is upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, even for a reduced period of one year, then fifth place, where United currently sit, would almost certainly be enough to qualify for the Champions League.
But should City succeed in avoiding a ban or at least postponing it, United would have work to do.
JADON CALLED OUT
Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi has called on rumoured Blues target Jadon Sancho… to play him at Fifa20.
Speaking to MOTDx, the teenage England international said: “Listen, do you know who I’m calling? I’m calling this person on purpose because he always thinks he’s better than me but he knows he’s not. I’m calling Sanch. Jadon Sancho.
“I’m waiting for you to play me right now. I don’t care where you are, what you’re doing, you need to play me. Make sure you’re ready.
“Every time I speak to him I’m like, 'Oi, Sanch, let’s play FIFA' or he’ll be like, 'Cal let’s play' and I’m always like, 'Ah I’m doing something' and he’s saying he’s doing something.
“We never get to play, so now I’m telling him, listen, I’m ready. Let’s play, let’s go. I’m ready for you now. Make sure you get this on stream, everything, make sure it’s live so everyone knows what’s happening. It has to be there.”
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