9pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Edouard Mendy deal CONFIRMED, Jovic offer revealed, Rice bid ‘WILL be made’ – The Sun

CHELSEA are close to securing the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, after Rennes' manager confirmed the goalkeeper WILL join the Blues.

And Frank Lampard is also set to make a bid for Declan Rice as the club takes its extravagant transfer spending up yet another notch.

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  • ZAPPACOSTA SCORES

    Davide Zappacosta scored for Genoa on his return to Serie A today.

    Zappacosta's loan move to Genoa was confirmed last week and he was on the scoresheet in their 4-1 win over Crotone this afternoon.

    The 28-year-old joined Chelsea from Torino in the summer of 2017 but spent last season on loan at Roma.

    Genoa have also been linked with a move for Tottenham left-back Danny Rose.

  • BYE BYE BAKAYOKO

    Tiemoue Bakayoko has endured a difficult summer.

    Bakayoko had been on loan at Monaco last season, but the French side refused to trigger the option to buy at the end of the loan deal.

    Reports suggest that Bakayoko could still head back to France, with PSG having contacted the representatives of the Frenchman.

    AC Milan have been linked with Bakayoko for some time and remain interested, with the two sides set to battle it out for the signature of the midfielder.

  • BLUES TO BID FOR RICE?

    West Ham have told Chelsea Declan Rice is not for sale this summer, according to 90min.

    The Blues are rumoured to be preparing a big bid for the England international and will pull the trigger once the signing of Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is complete.

    Rice is Chelsea manager Frank Lampard's top target for the base of his midfield.

    However, the Hammers are determined to hold onto their man, even if Chelsea offer big money.

  • MENDY LATEST

    After Kepa Arrizablaga's error in Chelsea's 2-0 defeat to Liverpool today, fans are wondering when they can expect Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to arrive.

    Canal journalist Eric Bresnard has said the deal is done and is likely to be announced some time this week.

    The French side were hoping to get the best possible deal and even asked for one or two Chelsea players to head in the opposite direction.

    A fee of around £25million is believed to have been agreed and Rennes manager Julien Stephan confirmed on Saturday evening Mendy was headed to Stamford Bridge.

    “We're looking for a goalkeeper,” he said. “It's no secret.

    “Edouard will certainly leave us for Chelsea.”

  • BACK-AYOKO

    Chelsea and AC Milan are still in talks over a move for Tiemoue Bakayoko.

    Bakayoko played for the Rossoneri in the 2018-19 season and is Stefano Pioli's No1 target in midfield.

    The 26-year-old would move to the San Siro on loan initially with an option to make the deal permanent for £27million.

  • HAD A LUK

    Chelsea almost made a move for Real Madrid flop Luka Jovic before the signing of Timo Werner, according to reports.

    Spanish outlet AS claims the Blues enquire about Jovic's availability before the £50million swoop for Werner.

    Jovic remains at Real Madrid despite the Spanish champions' best efforts to loan out the Serbia international.

    Injuries and poor form have seen him drop out of Real boss Zinedine Zidane's first-team plans.

    The 22-year-old has been linked with Monaco, AC Milan and Napoli this summer.

  • KICK OFF AT THE BRIDGE

    Chelsea and Liverpool have kicked off at Stamford Bridge, it should be a cracker!

  • RUDIGER AXED

    Frank Lampard has axed Antonio Rudiger from his matchday squad, sparking rumours that the centre back could be set to leave Chelsea before the end of the transfer window.

    Rudiger played a part in persuading Germany teammates Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to join the Blues over the summer, but could now be on his way out.

    Rudiger was in fact linked with today's opponents last month as Jurgen Klopp eyes defensive cover for Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, but it remains to be seen where Antonio Rudiger's future lies.

  • LIVERPOOL TEAM TO FACE CHELSEA

    This is how Liverpool line up against the Blues.

    1 Alisson, 66 Alexander-Arnold, 4 Van Dijk, Fabinho, 26 Robertson, 5 Wijnaldum, 14 Henderson, 8 Keita, 10 Mane, 11 Salah, 9 Firmino

  • CHELSEA TEAM NEWS

    Here's the side that Frank Lampard has named to take on Liverpool.

    1 Kepa, 24 James, 4 Christensen, 15 Zouma, 3 Alonso, 5 Jorginho, 7 Kante, 17 Kovacic, 19 Mount, 29 Havertz, 11 Werner.

  • READY FOR ACTION

    Stamford Bridge hosts its first home game of the season as Chelsea take on current Premier League champions Liverpool at 4.30pm.

    It should be an absolute cracker of a game.

    It's also the first time the sides have met since a sideline confrontation between managers Frank Lampard and Jurgen Klopp in July.

  • HALF AN HOUR UNTIL TEAM NEWS

    Team news for Chelsea's clash with Liverpool will be at 3.30pm for kick off at 4.30pm.

    Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Christian Pulisic are all set to miss out, but Timo Werner is set to play after suffering a slight knock against Brighton last time out.

    Meanwhile new Liverpool signing Thiago could feature for the Reds after his paperwork was completed in time for him to appear today.

  • WERNER WARNS BLUES FANS

    Timo Werner has admitted that Chelsea are unlikely to win any silverware this season, despite a £200 million spending spree.

    Speaking to BILD ahead of today's clash with rivals Liverpool, Werner said:

    “We have to be honest with ourselves and say that we probably won’t win the Premier League or the Champions League this season.

    “If it works anyway, all the nicer. But that’s not what the club expects.

    “I like to compare that to Liverpool a few years ago. In the first year, the team didn’t win a title either. In the second year they were in the Champions League final, in the third they won it and in the fourth, the title in the Premier League followed.

    “With our Chelsea project, too, we want to develop step by step so that we have greater chances for the title after each season.”

  • PREPARATIONS

    Frank Lampard passes on some instructions to Jorginho in training this week ahead of today's clash against Liverpool.

    Jorginho however is expected to drop to the bench to be replaced by the returning Mateo Kovacic.

    Kick off is at 4.30pm, with team news coming an hour before.

  • BYE BYE BAKAYOKO

    Tiemoue Bakayoko has endured a difficult summer.

    Bakayoko had been on loan at Monaco last season, but the French side refused to trigger the option to buy at the end of the loan deal.

    Reports suggest that Bakayoko could still head back to France, with PSG having contacted the representatives of the Frenchman.

    AC Milan have been linked with Bakayoko for some time and remain interested, with the two sides set to battle it out for the signature of the midfielder.

  • READY TO RUMBLE

    Chelsea club captain Cesar Azpilicueta is relishing the prospect of this afternoon's clash against Liverpool.

    Speaking to Chelsea's official website before the game, he said:

    “It is a rivalry between Chelsea and Liverpool which we have had from a long time ago,’

    “In the Champions League back in the day, and in the league, the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup, so when you arrive at these kind of games, now they are the current champions and Chelsea is a club that wants to be at the top, we want to be back at our best.

    “So it is up to us to raise our level to compete against them and play our football. With the ambition and determination with which we have started the new season.

    “We have to go for everything and it is a big test early in the season.

    “It is a big game so everybody is looking forward to it. The preparations have gone well and we have tried to get into the best shape possible for this game.”

  • BACK AT THE BRIDGE

    Frank Lampard talks about the significance of Stamford Bridge ahead of Chelsea's first home game of the season.

    In a video posted to Chelsea's Twitter account, Lampard says:

    “I think this is a very special place.

    “The pleasure of playing at Stamford Bridge.

    “I played thirteen years at this place.

    “Home for a long time

    “I don't even think i need to state how much it meant to me.”

  • KAI CONGRATULATES KLOPP

    Kai Havertz has sung the praises of fellow German Jurgen Klopp ahead of today's fixture between Chelsea and Liverpool.

    Speaking on Klopp, Havertz said: “He is a big manager and he has achieved a lot in Liverpool.

    “He won the Premier League and the Champions League. I’ve watched all of this and you can only say congratulations.

    “I think he is hungry and he wants to win more titles and that’s the reason why we need to play our best football on Sunday afternoon.”

    Havertz will be looking to make more of an impact today than he did last time out against Brighton, and a goal against the current champions would be a dream home debut for the summer signing.

  • WERNER WANTS IT

    Summer signing Timo Werner trains during the week ahead of today's clash against Liverpool.

    The German striker was widely linked with a move to the Reds before deciding to pair up with Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.

    Werner was impressive on debut in the Premier League against Brighton, winning the penalty that was scored by Jorginho to put the Blues 1-0 up.

    A similar performance today could pose problems for the defending champions.

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  • LAMPS LIKES THIAGO

    Speaking just before Thiago signed for Premier League champions Liverpool, Frank Lampard had this to say on the midfielder:

    “He is an incredible player.

    “As you say we saw him first-hand – quality on the pitch, personality on the pitch and off the pitch.

    “The quotes from Hansi Flick this week have been talking about him on both fronts and when you hear that from their manager, who has just such success with him at the centre of the team, I think it speaks for itself.

    “He is an absolute world-class midfielder in the modern day. If he does come to the Premier League it will be a big plus and a big plus for the team that he comes to.”

    Thiago played a starring role as Bayern beat Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate in last season's Champions League, and the midfielder could play a role today for his new side against the Blues.

  • LAMPARD'S INJURY WOES

    Frank Lampard has a host of injury concerns ahead of today's clash against Liverpool.

    Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Christian Pulisic are all sidelined, while the game comes too soon for new signing Thiago Silva to start.

    Mateo Kovacic is set to return in place of Jorginho after serving a suspension, despite the latter's goal from the spot against the Seagulls.

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek is likely to drop to the bench in place of Ross Barkley who impressed after coming on for the final half an hour against Brighton.

  • RIVALRY RENEWED

    Chelsea take on Liverpool this afternoon in a mouthwatering clash at Stamford Bridge.

    Last time the two sides faced each other, Frank Lampard and Jurgen Klopp were involved in a heated exchange on the touchline, something which Frank Lampard has said he since regrets.

    Speaking after the game at Anfield in July, Lampard said:

    “Fair play to Liverpool Football Club, they have won the league.”

    “But also do not get too arrogant with it.

    “That was my point, but it is done.”

    Kick off is at 4.30pm, it should be a belter.

  • TRUST IN KAI

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is confident that new boy Kai Havertz will be a hit at Stamford Bridge.

    Havertz had an underwhelming debut against Brighton, but speaking to Chelsea's official site, Lampard said:

    “I know he has great talent and I have seen that in the first week that he has been here.

    “It is important to be clear that before the Brighton game he had trained for four or five days and two or three of those were the build up to a game, when you can’t even work that hard.

    “The fitness levels for Kai were very difficult and they are only going to get better and they will get better very quickly.

    “I have certainly seen big parts of his talent and the same as with Timo, I have no doubt the impact he is going to have here as a Chelsea player.’

  • OUT OF LUK

    Chelsea made an attempt to sign Luka Jovic before luring Timo Werner to Stamford Bridge, according to reports.

    AS state that the Blues, Napoli, AC Milan and Monaco all made bids in June but the Serb spurned their advances to stay with Real Madrid.

  • ON THE MEND

    Edouard Mendy is going to Chelsea, his manager at Rennes has confirmed.

    Julien Stephan said: “We’re looking for a guard, it’s no secret.

    “Edouard will certainly leave us to join Chelsea. In this position, we need to get someone back very quickly, I cannot give you names since there is nothing definitive.”

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