CHELSEA players have agreed to take a £10million pay cut as the club begin to cut costs due to the pandemic.
But that doesn't appear to have impacted the Blues' transfer plans with moves for Ben Chilwell and Philippe Coutinho reportedly edging closer… and a stunning bid for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang mooted.
Follow all the latest updates from West London below…
MORNING CHELSEA FANS
Chelsea’s list of summer transfer targets appears to be growing even longer amid rumours the Blues are interested in signing TWO players from Lille.
The French club’s striker Victor Osimhen and their Brazilian centre-back Gabriel, are reported to be on Frank Lampard’s radar.
And Osimhen, who’s scored 18 goals across all competitions this season, has been tipped as ‘the next Didier Drogba‘.
The Nigerian striker, who’s 21, is also rumoured to be a target for Barcelona and Liverpool.
Another player reported to be attracting the Blues’ attention is Stoke City’s Mohamed Sankoh.
Goal claim Chelsea are interested in adding the 16-year-old Dutch forward to their ranks of up and coming young talents.
Sankoh, who won the European Under-17 Championship with the Netherlands, last year, is reported to have been in talks with Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.
One player who’s unlikely to be making his way to Stamford Bridge is Man United target Jadon Sancho.
The Borussia Dortmund frontman looks certain to be moving to Old Trafford this summer despite Roman Ambramovich being willing to meet his £100million asking price.
Chelsea are now looking at bringing Philippe Coutinho to London.
However the Blues are reluctant to pay £97million to Barcelona for the Brazilian.
Elsewhere Reece James suffered a crushing defeat in the FIFA 20 ePremier League tournament.
The Blues defender was beaten 8-0 by Andre Gomes in a win which saw the Toffees move to the next round of the virtual football contest.
Proceeds raised from the competition will be donated to the playerstogether initiative set up in support of the NHS.
BLUES TO COLLAR COLLINS?
Chelsea are rumoured to be ahead of their rivals in the race to sign Bundesliga starlet Nnamdi Collins.
BILD claim the Blues are poised to beat Manchester City to the 16-year-old's signature and could be ready to put together a tempting package to bring him to London.
Sport Witness say the teenager has made a name for himself at Borussia Dortmund and is believed to be almost as fast on the pitch as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Bundesliga giants hope to keep hold of the Germany Under-16 captain.
The club is planning to move him into their Under-19s team.
JACK'S THE GREAL DEAL
John Terry reckons Jack Grealish's talents are similar to those of his former Blues teammates Eden Hazard and Joe Cole.
The Stamford Bridge favourite, who's Aston Villa's current assistant coach, reckons Grealish has a “a God-given talent”.
In the Daily Express Terry said: “I think he’s similar to Joe Cole and Eden Hazard.
“I just think the natural ability he’s got and that Joe Cole had, a God-given talent that not many people are blessed with but he’s certainly got.”
FRANK AFTER SANK
Chelsea are rumoured to be battling Atletico Madrid for the signature of Stoke City youth player Mohamed Sankoh.
Goal claim the Blues are looking to add the 16-year-old Dutch forward to their ranks of promising young talent.
The highly sought-after striker has netted for Stoke's Under-18s this season.
Chelsea and Atletico are reported to have had talks with Sankoh who won the European Under-17 Championship with the Netherlands in 2019.
FOOTIE FOR THE MASSES
The Premier League is in talks with the government over showing live football on terrestrial TV when the season resumes.
Culture secretary Oliver Dowden confirmed today that the top flight is considering showing games on free-to-view channels such as the BBC and ITV.
The Prem could be shown on these channels to stop people going to their mates' houses to watch.
Premier League football is shown on Sky Sports and BT Sport here – which both require subscriptions.
Asked about the prospect of footie being shown on free-to-air TV, Dowden said: “It's a very good point and I've raised exactly this challenge to the Premier League in the conversations I had with them.
“I have said to the Premier League in particular… I think it wouldn't send the best signal if they were one of the first major sports to resume behind closed doors and the public wouldn't have access to it.”
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