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    Declan Rice ‘pushing’ for Chelsea transfer as West Ham insist they won’t sell England defender

    DECLAN RICE is pushing for a transfer to Chelsea, according to reports.
    But West Ham are insistent they will not sell the England star.

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    Chelsea are hoping to sign Declan Rice from West Ham before the transfer window closesCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, the Hammers vice-captain is keen to get a move back to Chelsea.
    There is a suggestion that Rice’s agent is already in negotiations with the Stamford Bridge club over a potential move with the two clubs close to beginning talks.
    However, SunSport understands there still has been no official bid put in from any club for the Three Lions international as of yet.
    Rice, 21, was released by the Blues at the age of 14 before making the switch across London, where he has made 111 first-team appearances.

    Chelsea have already spent £230million in this summer transfer window to bring in Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and now Edouard Mendy.
    But with less than two weeks to go before deadline day, Frank Lampard is thought to be keen to complete his spree by landing Rice.
    However, West Ham value their star – who can play in midfield or defence – at around £80million.
    That is more than the Blues would be willing to stump up so they will hope to push that figure down, just as they did to sign Ben Chilwell for £50m as opposed to the £70m Leicester wanted.

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    Frank Lampard has already brought in plenty of new signings and Rice would complete his summer businessCredit: Rex Features

    Chelsea have not made any official bid yet for Declan Rice. Talks on with his agent – but now it’s time to sell/loan out players, then #CFC will open talks on next days with West Ham. #WHUFC insist they won’t sell Rice but the player is pushing to join Chelsea. 🔵 #transfers https://t.co/DuMqm5j9bV
    — Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 24, 2020

    Chelsea fans were left convinced Rice would join them after the West Ham star was pictured with “Agent Drogba”.
    The Hammers ace was enjoying a well-deserved holiday with best mate – and Blues star – Mason Mount in Mykonos, Greece when he bumped into the Ivorian icon.
    Rice came under fire for his performance in the 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle on the opening day of the season.
    He captained the side in the absence of Mark Noble as they lost at Arsenal on Saturday.

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    Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger wanted by Barcelona in shock transfer if they fail to land Man City’s Eric Garcia

    BARCELONA are reportedly lining up a surprise swoop for Chelsea outcast Antonio Rudiger.
    The defender is said to be unhappy at Stamford Bridge having failed to make an appearance in the early weeks of the season.

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    Frank Lampard has cast doubt over Antonio Rudiger’s futureCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    And, with Frank Lampard admitting the player could soon leave, reports have emerged of a possible destination.
    German publication Kicker and Spanish newspaper Sport both believe Barcelona have Rudiger in their sights.
    The centre-back, 27, is seen as an alternative to Manchester City starlet Eric Garcia, who wants to return to Spain.
    First on Barcelona’s wish list is Garcia, 19, who is reportedly available for around £16million.

    But, with his contract up next summer, he could stay in Manchester and leave for free in June.
    That has prompted Barcelona to consider their options, although an alternative purchase will only be completed if Samuel Umtiti leaves.
    However, Mundo Deportivo have claimed there is no interest in Rudiger coming out of the Camp Nou.
    It is becoming increasingly apparent that Rudiger can leave Chelsea for the right price.

    Left out of the squad for the Blues’ Premier League openers and the Carabao Cup thrashing of Barnsley, the Germany international’s career in West London appears to be all-but over.
    Fikayo Tomori appeared in the defeat to Liverpool before starting alongside new signing Thiago Silva last night.
    Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma have started both Premier League matches while Malang Sarr and Ethan Ampadu are hopeful of first-team action in the coming years.
    After the Barnsley win, manager Lampard admitted Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek could leave the club.
    He said: “The situation with both is that they weren’t in the squad.
    “I had a similar answer from the other day, they just weren’t in the squad. That is just a choice at the moment.

    “Again with the centre-halves I can’t have them all in the squad. I keep getting asked about the size of the squad.
    “There might be movement, we know that, but nothing is concrete so don’t read too much into those selections at the minute.
    “It will have to be things which are right for the club and individuals and me and in terms of what happens in the next couple of weeks.”

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    Incoming Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy won’t pressure crisis-hit Kepa as he’s ‘not a household name’, claims John Barnes

    CHELSEA’S incoming keeper Edouard Mendy won’t pressurise flop Kepa as he’s ‘not a household name’, claims John Barnes.
    Mendy is due to be announced as the Blues’ latest signing in a mega transfer window for Frank Lampard.

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    Edouard Mendy is set to join ChelseaCredit: Icon Sport – Getty

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    Kepa Arrizabalaga is under pressure after a number of errorsCredit: AFP or licensors

    The West Londoners have splurged over £230million as they make up for last year’s transfer ban.
    On Monday it was reported Mendy, 28, was undergoing a medical at Chelsea ahead of a £22m move from Rennes – following in the footsteps of legend Petr Cech, who played a key role in the transfer.
    But Liverpool legend Barnes does not see his signing as a quick fix for Chelsea’s problem between the sticks.
    Speaking to BonusCodeBets, Barnes said: “With the new goalkeeper [Edouard Mendy] expected to join Chelsea this week, this won’t put too much pressure on Kepa for the number one spot.

    “Edouard Mendy isn’t exactly a household name that a lot of people know about so he will immediately be under pressure if they put him straight in.
    “If Chelsea were to sign Jan Oblak or Manuel Neuer, they can put him in straightaway and if he makes a mistake, fans would let it slide as they know he is a top goalkeeper.
    “However, if they put this new goalkeeper in at the start and he makes a mistake, fans will be asking for Kepa to be brought back in.
    “Chelsea signing Edouard Mendy will not install confidence in the fans as they know that he won’t be directly replacing Kepa.

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    “With the amount of money that Chelsea paid for Kepa Arrizabalaga, fans should know that they spent that amount because of how good he was, so people need to remember that.”
    Talk of Mendy’s arrival comes just days after the world’s most expensive keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga made yet another howler against Liverpool on Sunday.
    The Spanish keeper inexplicably passed the ball straight to Sadio Mane to gift the Premier League champs an easy goal, leaving Lampard and despairing fans looking elsewhere.

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    Bayern Munich stars ‘believe Callum Hudson-Odoi could complete season-long loan transfer from Chelsea in next two weeks’

    BAYERN MUNICH stars are reportedly hopeful of finally welcoming Callum Hudson-Odoi to the Bundesliga champions.
    The Chelsea winger remains a fringe player at Stamford Bridge despite signing a £120,000-a-week contract last year.

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    Callum Hudson-Odoi could finally make a move to Bayern Munich after rejecting the Germans last yearCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    That new deal came amid serious interest from Bayern when Hudson-Odoi was only just graduating from the Stamford Bridge academy.
    But their interest has been rekindled in recent weeks, according to the Telegraph, and they may have gained hope after claims the youngster wants showdown talks with Frank Lampard about his future.
    It is said that the Munich dressing room eagerly awaits the teenager and expect a bid in the coming weeks.
    A loan proposal is considered most likely with this autumn’s transfer deadline set for October 5.

    The Bavarian giants may not be the only club to try and tempt Hudson-Odoi, 19, away from West London.
    Juventus and RB Leipzig are also reportedly tracking the star, although the latter may struggle to pay his wages.
    Earlier in the month, it was suggested that Frank Lampard may sanction a loan exit after the arrival of Kai Havertz.
    Hudson-Odoi has only featured in ten minutes of Chelsea’s opening Premier League fixtures.

    Having been promised more game time when rejecting Bayern, the winger has been largely used off the bench by both Lampard and predecessor Maurizio Sarri.
    Only 17 of his 49 appearances for the Blues in league and Europe have come as a starter.
    Bayern may be able to afford greater prominence to Hudson-Odoi after losing Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho in the summer.
    Both wide men returned to their clubs after finishing their loan spells at the Champions League winners, who signed Leroy Sane from Manchester City for £54.8million.

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    Petr Cech was behind Chelsea signing new goalkeeper after working with flop Kepa in training as Mendy nears transfer

    CHELSEA boss Frank Lampard has revealed Petr Cech was influential in the imminent signing of Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
    The 28-year-old is set to become the Blues’ seventh summer recruit having completed his medical earlier this week.

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    Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is set to sign for Chelsea for £22millionCredit: Icon Sport – Getty

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    Petr Cech is said to have had a huge say in the Blues’ hunt for a new shot-stopperCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Senegal international Mendy is expected to join on a five-year deal, where he will challenge Kepa Arrizabalaga for the No1 spot at Stamford Bridge.
    Speaking ahead of Mendy’s imminent arrival prior to the Carabao Cup clash against Barnsley, Lampard stated he leans on former team-mate Cech for advice.
    He said: “Petr was important in that because goalkeeper is a very particular position.
    “Petr Cech was the best in the world in that position for a long time so he’s obviously had a big say in this situation.

    “From my point of view, I lean heavily on him when it comes to goalkeeping today and in the future.
    “So yes, he was very influential.”
    Chelsea legend Cech – who is now the club’s technical and performance adviser – has admitted that Kepa under-performed for the club last season.
    He told Sport.CZ: “Kepa struggled last season, that is unquestionable.

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    “But the club invested in him and gave him a long-term contract because they believe he has the qualities and attributes to be successful.”
    And prior to Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat against Liverpool, he was seen lending a helping hand to the Spanish shot-stopper in training.
    Former Blues defender Frank Leboeuf has hailed the signing of Mendy, as he claimed he is “far better” than the ex-Athletic Bilbao ace.

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    Mendy undergoing Chelsea medical to complete £22m transfer from Rennes as Lampard confirms he can start vs West Brom

    FRANK LAMPARD has confirmed Edouard Mendy is undergoing his medical following a £22million move to Chelsea and will be available for the West Brom game on Saturday.
    The 6ft 6in Senegalese stopper, 28, is set to sign a five-year contract at the Blues.

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    Frank Lampard has confirmed Mendy is having his medical at ChelseaCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    And Lampard confirmed Mendy could play as early as Saturday in the Premier League trip to West Brom.
    The goalkeeper must first pass his medical and return a negative test for coronavirus.
    Lampard said that all being well, they would be able to welcome Mendy by Thursday – just in time for Saturday’s league game.
    The Chelsea chief revealed the news while insisting under-fire Kepa Arrizabalaga still has a role in the team and “wants to improve”.

    Lampard said: “I think competition is a regular thing at a club like Chelsea.
    “The goalkeeper situation isn’t always as clear cut as that… Kepa himself wants to improve his own performances. 
    “It’s in everyone’s hands to push and develop to try and get in the team.
    “I am not making any final statements at all in this minute.

    “It is the hardest position because of the individual nature of it and mistakes get punished with goals. 
    “I understand that and as a manager I have to be sympathetic to that point. I am very aware of that.
    “As far as I’m aware, as long as [Mendy] passes his test with us on Thursday and if that is negative then he should be OK to play.”
    Mendy becomes Chelsea’s SEVENTH signing of the summer in a monster £222m splurge.
    Centre-backs Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr were snapped up on frees.
    Hakim Ziyech cost £36m to sign from Ajax, with £45m spent on Leicester’s Ben Chilwell.
    Meanwhile, Chelsea paid £47m to release Timo Werner from his RB Leipzig contract.
    They then matched their club transfer record by shelling out £72m on Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz.

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    Chelsea set to make Declan Rice transfer move in coming weeks with West Ham star their final act of summer spending

    CHELSEA are plotting to make a transfer swoop for Declan Rice to finalise their summer spending spree.
    The Blues have already splashed £230million in the current window to bring in the likes of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz.

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    Chelsea may make a final swoop for Declan Rice before the summer transfer window closesCredit: Andy Hooper-The Daily Mail

    They are also hoping to stump up another £20m for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
    But according to reporter Simon Phillips, the Blues are eyeing one more major deal before the window closes on October 5.
    He wrote: “Mendy will be confirmed soon. Then Chelsea will make an offer for Declan Rice. Strap in for a busy last couple of weeks with outgoings as well!”
    That gives Frank Lampard just two-and-a-half weeks to get Rice through the door at Stamford Bridge.

    Lamps sees 21-year-old midfielder Rice — who also plays in defence — as the ideal man to help the club get back in the Premier League title mix.
    West Ham rate him at £80m and will do everything in their power to keep their academy graduate, who was released by Chelsea aged 14.
    Chelsea, however, are determined to push the fee well down from the Hammers’ asking price.
    Leicester had wanted £70m for Chilwell before settling for £50m and the Blues hope they can get a similar discount on his England team-mate.

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    Rice is best friends with Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount and the pair could be reunited in midfield soonCredit: Arfa Griffiths – The Sun

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    Chelsea fans were left convinced Rice would join them after the West Ham star was pictured with “Agent Drogba”.
    The Hammers ace was enjoying a well-deserved holiday with best mate – and Blues star – Mason Mount in Mykonos, Greece when he bumped into the Ivorian icon.
    Rice started the new Premier League season with West Ham last weekend but came under fire for his performance in the 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle.

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