8.30am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Lampard struggling to offload Kepa, Barkley completes Aston Villa loan, latest deals – The Sun

CHELSEA are klooking to land Declan Rice this transfer window and have reportedly offered Antonio Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to West Ham in exchange.

Meanwhile Ross Barkley has gone on loan to Aston Villa for the remainder of the season.

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  • CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW BUILD UP

    Chelsea go into today's Champions draw in pot two, alongside two English rivals in Manchester United and Manchester City.

    They're almost guaranteed to get one of the big boys from pot one, while pot three also has some scary opposition in the form of RB Leipzig, Inter Milan and Atalanta.

    The draw starts at 4pm.

    POT ONE: Bayern (GER), UEFA Champions League holders; Sevilla (ESP), UEFA Europa League holders; Real Madrid (ESP); Liverpool (ENG); Juventus (ITA); Paris (FRA); Zenit (RUS); Porto (POR)

    POT TWO: Barcelona (ESP); Atlético Madrid (ESP); Manchester City (ENG); Manchester United (ENG); Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR); Dortmund (GER); Chelsea (ENG); Ajax (NED)

    POT THREE: Dynamo Kyiv (UKR); Salzburg (AUT); RB Leipzig (GER); Internazionale (ITA); Olympiacos (GRE); Lazio (ITA); Krasnodar (RUS); Atalanta (ITA)

    POT FOUR: Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS); Marseille (FRA); Club Brugge (BEL); Mönchengladbach (GER); İstanbul Başakşehir (TUR); Midtjylland (DEN); Rennes (FRA); Ferencváros (HUN)

  • GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    SunSport can exclusively reveal that Chelsea face wasting £5million to pay for Kepa to sit on the bench – because they cannot find anyone who wants to sign their flop keeper.

    With an asking price approaching £60million, there have been no buyers found for the 25-year-old and now the Blues have had to start looking to find a club willing to take him on loan.

    But there are not even any sides willing and able to agree a loan deal which would mean they have to meet his £150,000-a-week wages.

    Meanwhile, Ross Barkley has completed a shock loan move to Aston Villa.

    The midfielder found himself squeezed out of Frank Lampard’s plans by the £75m arrival of Kai Havertz, becoming the 20th player to leave Chelsea on loan this summer.

    Finally, Thiago Silva has dismissed concerns over his age and says he has joined Chelsea to win major trophies.

    The 36-year-old defender, signed on a free from PSG, said: “I'm not here just to go through the motions, or just for the experience, I'm here to win.

    “I want everyone to be very clear about that: I'm going to give my all to make sure that Chelsea win.

    “I didn't come here to dine out in London or visit the tourist sites. I came to play football, to work, and that's what I'm preparing for.

    “I'm certain, with the group of players we've got and a coach who's a natural leader, that we'll be in the fight for every piece of silverware going this year.”

  • RUDI AWAKENING

    Chelsea have ordered Antonio Rudiger to sign a contract extension if he wants to leave this summer, claim The Mirror.

    The German has no future under Frank Lampard and his current deal expires in 18 months.

    Chelsea do not want to risk losing him on a free transfer should they loan him out.

    And Rudiger has now been told to extend his contract for another 12 months as Spurs and West Ham circle.

  • CALL OF DUTY

    Ross Barkley admits he’s left Chelsea for Aston Villa to secure his place in England’s Euro 2021 squad.

    The midfielder said: “The last couple of years I’ve been stop-start, performing well and then being out of the team.

    “To come here and have the chance to play  regularly is a big thing for me.

    “The Euros at the end of season is a big target, hopefully I can be there.

    “Dean Smith swayed me with the way he spoke to me,  it looks like it’s going to be an exciting season.”

  • ANT FOR DEC

    Chelsea are ready to offer Antonio Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek for Declan Rice.

    The Transfer Window Podcast claims West Ham could sign two of the Blues’ established first-team players in exchange for their star man.

    Frank Lampard recently admitted Loftus-Cheek needs regular football for his development.

    While Rudiger has become fifth-choice at centre-back following the arrival of Thiago Silva.

  • CRYSTAL CLEAR

    Chelsea welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

    But the Blues have lost two of their last four games in all competitions, winning just once against Barnsley.

    Meanwhile, the Eagles have already beaten Man Utd at Old Trafford before a controversial defeat to Everton.

    And Frank Lampard will be eager to get his side back to winning ways.

  • EXCLUSIVE BY DUNCAN WRIGHT

    Chelsea face wasting £5million to pay for Kepa to sit on the bench – because they cannot find anyone who wants to sign their flop keeper.

    With an asking price approaching £60m, there have been no buyers found for the 25-year-old and now the Blues have had to start looking to find a club willing to take him on loan.

    But with European football hit badly by the Covid-19 pandemic, there are not even any sides willing and able to agree a loan deal which would mean they have to meet his £150,000-a-week wages.

    And it is growing increasingly like the London club will be stuck with Kepa on their wage bill for the remainder of the season – handing them a bill of £5m just to be a back-up keeper.

  • DRINK UP

    Valencia are lining up a shock loan move for Danny Drinkwater.

    The Chelsea exile has no future under Frank Lampard.

    And Radio Esport Valencia claims Drinkwater could be on his way to the Mestalla this week.

    He would arrive to fill the void left behind by Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin, who both bizarrely sold on the cheap to rivals Villarreal.

  • BAK TO FRANCE

    Tiemoue Bakayoko is on the verge of leaving Chelsea for Paris Saint-Germain.

    Goal claims the French side have struck a loan deal for the outcast midfielder.

    PSG also remain interested in taking Antonio Rudiger from the Blues.

  • THIA-GO?

    Thiago Silva insists he is not worried about his long-term future with his new Chelsea contract running for just one season.

    Silva explaiend: “I will do my best possible and really contribute to this team, this new project.

    “I’ve accepted this new challenge, it's going to be really good for me.

    “Everyone knows that my ambition is to play in the World Cup in two years' time when I'll be 38. That's a great responsibility.”

  • SILVA BULLET

    Thiago Silva has dismissed concerns over his age and says he has joined Chelsea to win major trophies.

    The 36-year-old defender, signed on a free from PSG, said: “I'm not here just to go through the motions, or just for the experience, I'm here to win.

    “I want everyone to be very clear about that: I'm going to give my all to make sure that Chelsea win.

    “I didn't come here to dine out in London or visit the tourist sites. I came to play football, to work, and that's what I'm preparing for.

    “I'm certain, with the group of players we've got and a coach who's a natural leader, that we'll be in the fight for every piece of silverware going this year.”

  • BARKING MAD

    Ross Barkley’s move to Aston Villa saw him become Chelsea’s 20th player to leave on loan this summer.

    But who else has got a temporary move away from Stamford Bridge?

    And can they play a future role under Frank Lampard in west London?

    CLICK HERE TO SEE CHELSEA’S LOAN ARMY

  • POT LUCK

    Chelsea could be handed a nightmare 'group of death' when the Champions League draw is made tomorrow.

    There is potential to be drawn against Bayern Munich, who beat them 7-1 in the last 16 before winning the entire tournament.

    A possible clash with old boss Antonio Conte and Inter Milan could happen from Pot 3.

    While Pot 4 holds French side Rennes, who just sold Edouard Mendy to the Blues for £22million.

  • EDEN HANDS

    Eden Hazard has been ruled out for the next month with injury.

    He’s only just regained full fitness and was named in Real Madrid’s squad to face Real Valladolid tonight.

    But the ex-Chelsea star has suffered a muscular injury in his right leg.

    Hazard has been plagued by injury and fitness problems after leaving Stamford Bridge for Spain last year.

    The Belgium international has missed an incredible 32 games through injury for Real so far.

    And there will be even more after this latest setback.

  • OLD FRIENDS

    Ross Barkley looks like he's settling in well with his new Aston Villa teammates.

  • BIRTHDAY BOY

    Chelsea have paid tribute to their birthday boy Olivier Giroud, who turns 34 today.

    The classy striker has found himself benched of late as Chelsea's new signings settle in, but he contributed to good effect when he started last night against Tottenham.

  • WERNER'S RALLYING CRY

    Timo Werner has issued a rallying cry after Chelsea's penalty loss against Tottenham.

    The shootout defeat came only days after they had to recover after from 3-0 down against West Brom, but their German striker is looking to get the team fired up for Saturday.

  • NO TIME WASTED

    Ross Barkley was Dean Smith's preferred loan choice and jumped at the chance to sign him, according to one journalist.

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also tipped for a loan move away but Smith “did not waste any time” when Barkley became available.

  • MORE ON BARKLEY

    There is no option to buy at the end of Barkley's surprising loan move to Villa, so Chelsea will be obliged to keep him.

    The Athletic report that it was the offer of regular game time that convinced Barkley to move, but he will face stiff competition in midfield with Jack Grealish and John McGinn impressing.

    Villa are reportedly not done with Barkley, and will look to sign another attacker before the window shuts.

  • BARKLEY TO ASTON VILLA

    BREAKING: Aston Villa have taken Ross Barkley on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

    The midfielder had much competition in the midfield positions at Stamford Bridge and has now left for Dean Smith's Villa.

  • CHEEKY LEIPZIG

    Leipzig have had a bit of fun at Tottenham's expense after their former star Timo Werner registered his first goal in English football.

    Although his Chelsea team crashed out, Werner's goal was a reminder that he loves a strike against Spurs – as Leipzig were so keen to remind us last night.

  • MARCH ON MOUNT

    Frank Lampard has encouraged Mason Mount to overcome his penalty miss last night and bounce back.

    The Blues midfielder missed a crucial fifth pen against Tottenham in the shootout last night to send Chelsea crashing out the Carabao Cup.

    But Lampard believes the moment will be only a blip in a long career.

    He told Chelsea's media channels: “I don’t think it should be a shattering blow. It is a disappointing night to get knocked out of the Carabao Cup, but Mason will have many more nights for this club and his country when he will play in games with huge importance on them and he will be the deciding factor in a positive way.

    “He has my support at all times, and the team’s and everyone around him. You miss a penalty and it is a collective when you get this far in a game like this.”

  • NO PEN FOR TIMO

    Frank Lampard has explained to baffled Chelsea fans why hotshot striker Timo Werner did not take a pen last night in Chelsea's EFL Cup loss at Spurs.

    Mason Mount missed the crucial fifth penalty to send Chelsea tumbling out of the League Cup – after Werner had put Chelsea in command with a fine strike in the first half.

    Despite his goal, he was not one of the five who walked up to the spot and boss Lampard has said injury concerns was the reason why.

    The Blues boss said: “You work on penalties and try and have a plan but it’s very difficult to know.

    “Timo had some cramp at the end and Timo would have probably taken one so we had to adjust around that.”

  • TWO FOR THE P-RICE OF ONE

    Chelsea are ready to offer both Antonio Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to West Ham in order to land Declan Rice, according to the Transfer Window podcast.

    Ian McGarry said: “It’s our information that Antonio Rudiger, who has been the main casualty of the early season in terms of losing his place, has been offered to West Ham United as part of the deal to bring Rice to Stamford Bridge.

    “Rudiger, the Germany international, is available [elsewhere] on loan.

    “Chelsea are okay about selling him permanently, however Rudiger himself is thought to be a little bit indecisive about moving across London. He would prefer instead to stay for a year and prove himself.

    “There’s another player involved in this proposal to West Ham, and that’s the England international midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

    “He’s in a similar situation to Rudiger in that he’s not in Lampard’s plans, and he would prefer to be playing football in a 12 month period which will culminate in Euro 2020.”

  • MORNING, CHELSEA FANS!

    Chelsea are OUT of the Carabao Cup after Mason Mount missed the decisive fifth spot-kick against Tottenham.

    Mount’s effort clipped the post in the shoot-out after The Blues let a 1-0 lead slip to draw 1-1 after 90 minutes.

    Timo Werner’s first competitive goal for the club opened the scoring but Frank Lampard’s side could not find an all important second.

    Werner was unable to take a penalty as he was treated for cramp.

    Lampard exchanged heated words with ex-Blues boss and now Spurs manager Jose Mourinho from their technical areas.

    Edouard Mendy and Ben Chilwell made full debuts while Marcos Alonso’s time at the club could be at an end after he tried to watch the second-half against West Brom from the team bus, according to The Athletic.

    Lampard denied Antonio Rudiger’s future lay away from Stamford Bridge, despite The Telegraph reporting Tottenham’s interest in the German international centre-back.

    Lampard revealed Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be loaned out to play more games but he is highly rated and would also be competitive if he was to remain a part of his squad.

    He said: “There's a possibility that Ruben may go out to play games because I think that would be great for him.”

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