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CHELSEA are looking to bounce back from defeat at West Ham as they host struggling Watford.

But Hammers ace Declan Rice could be making a reunion with the Blues as early as this summer as Frank Lampard looks to snap up the England starlet.

Follow all the latest transfer updates and gossip from West London below…

  • CLAP FOR CARERS

    All of this weekend's Premier League games will see players and staff from both teams join the final clapforcarers for the UK's NHS Heroes.

  • HAV A LOOK

    Kai Havertz has an “agreement” in place to quit Bayer Leverkusen, confirmed sporting director Rudi Voller.

    The German midfielder, 21, is said to be “dreaming” of a move to the Premier League with Chelsea.

    Voller claimed the German giants want to keep hold of him for at least another season but an agreement is in place for him to leave this summer if they receive the right offer.

    He told Bild: “We have an agreement – if it fits, he can go this summer. As of now, he is a player of ours. We have our ideas, we know what he can do.

    “I personally hope that he stays one more year. Of course, you can't force anyone. Havertz knows what he owes to his colleagues, the fans and club.”

  • CARLO'S XI

    Carlo Ancelotti picked THREE former Chelsea players in the best XI players he has ever managed.

    Frank Lampard, John Terry and Andriy Shevchenko all made the cut but the latter made it in because of his time under the Italian at AC Milan rather than the Blues.

  • GOOD MORNING, BLUES FANS

    A blast from the past as Chelsea are reportedly scouting Hoffenheim winger Nick Breitenbucher – dubbed 'the next Arjen Robben'.

    German website Spox reports Chelsea face competition from a fellow Premier League rival in Liverpool for the 17-year-old wonderkid.

    Schalke remain the favourites to poach the talent from their Bundesliga rivals.

    Breitenbucher's style of play has been compared to former Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben.

    One of Breitenbucher's team-mates described him as “a little devil” and that he “says exactly what he thinks and is very direct”.

    Another youngster tipped to join the club is Kai Havertz.

    Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid are all fighting for the German star and Bayer Leverkusen colleague Wendell believes the English duo could have the best shot.

    He said: “Psychologically, the Germans are very focused people.

    “They are very concentrated on what they want. If he goes to the Premier League, he will learn a lot.

    “I think Kai dreams of playing there. He has that desire, and I think if he decides to play in England he will be a success.”

    Meanwhile, Chelsea have offloaded a member of their loan army with Nathan joining Atletico Mineiro on a permanent deal.

    Mineiro were hoping to extend Nathan’s loan, but instead they’ve now been able to sign him for just £3m.
    It’s believed Chelsea were hoping to pocket at least £6.5m.

    But the Blues have decided £3m is acceptable and Nathan is now an official Mineiro man.

  • FOREVER HUMBLE

    Frank Lampard has admitted to being “surprised” by getting a Manager of the Month nomination.

    Up against the Chelsea boss are Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Nuno Espirito Santo and Steve Bruce.

    Lampard stated: “I’ve still got West Ham in my head so I was slightly surprised but it’s a small thing to be proud of.

    “These are not the huge, important things but it shows our good form – five wins in five in that period, and playing some good stuff.

    “Obviously it was disappointing against West Ham, we know that but before that we’d been on a good run. It’s always a collective award because it shows more the work of players and staff included.”

  • CAL-TEKKERS

    Can Callum Hudson-Odoi earn a starting berth against Watford?

    Frank Lampard could do a lot worse, judging by this calmest of finishes.

  • DONE DEAL

    Former Brazilian youth star Nathan has been dumped by Chelsea without making a single appearance in five years.

    The attacking midfielder, 24, has joined Atletico Mineiro after a lengthy loan spell.

    Mineiro were hoping to extend Nathan’s loan, but instead they’ve now been able to sign him for just £3m.

    It’s believed Chelsea were hoping to pocket at least £6.5m.

    But the Blues have decided £3m is acceptable and Nathan is now an official Mineiro man.

  • BO AND ENJOY YOURSELF

    Chelsea youngster Ike Ugbo is one of many hot talents on the Stamford Bridge production line.

    After a spell at Roda JC, the striker is ready to head out on loan again next season after being named on the club’s retained list.

    Nottingham Post name Nottingham Forest, Derby County, West Bromwich Albion and Championship-bound Coventry as considering moves for the England Under-20 international.

  • SEA YOU LATER

    Swansea have confirmed the loan extensions of Marc Guehi and Connor Gallagher for the rest of the season.

    The Chelsea duo will hope to push towards the play-offs, with Welsh rivals Cardiff four points above them in the race for sixth place.

    Swans boss Neil Cooper said: “They’re all good to go, they’ll be with us for the rest of the season and available for selection.

    “I don’t know why it was left longer than the others, there was certainly nothing untoward going on.

    “It was just a matter of getting stuff done at Chelsea’s end, but that's all firmed up. Conor and Marc will play a part in the next six games.”

  • NEV-ER MIND

    Gary Neville was one of many pundits who criticised Marcos Alonso following West Ham’s winner two days ago.

    However, Frank Lampard insists outside opinions are irrelevant to his team with the matter not discussed with the Spanish left-back – even though he was left for dead by Andriy Yarmolenko in stoppage time.

    The Chelsea boss stated: “I haven't spoken to him about it.

    “I think it's a dangerous game to comment on every pundit because you would probably have to have conversations with all of your players every week.

    “That's the nature of the beast and what we do. Yes, if I felt a player needed help or support in those situations, I would do, but I think we as players and myself are the biggest self-critics.

    “We analyse games and go over them, talk with players individually or collectively. That's my main focus, not so much what comes from outside.”

  • FRI-YAY

    All smiles in Chelsea training today…

    But who will be laughing at 10pm tomorrow night?

  • MIKE’D UP

    Chelsea’s hunt for a new goalkeeper could take them to France and Lille star Mike Maignan.

    Le10Sport name the Blues and Tottenham as interested in the 25-year-old, who came through PSG’s academy.

    Rated at around £15million, a bid is reportedly yet to land for Maignan.

  • FOR-EMER YOURS

    Emerson Palmieri has already held talks over a move to Inter Milan in the summer, according to reports.

    The Independent claim that Chelsea are ready to hear out offers around the £25m-£30m mark for the left-back.

    It is said that the club believe Emerson’s time in West London to be all-but over.

    Ben Chilwell is one man linked with replacing the Italy international.

  • FRANK DISCUSSION

    Frank Lampard has added his voice to the discontent over VAR in the Premier League.

    Chelsea benefited from West Ham’s seemingly legitimate opener being ruled out on Wednesday.

    But the Blues boss hopes to be part of an honest discussion with the game’s authorities at the end of the campaign.

    He told reporters: “We need a reflection at the end of the season, a collective sit-down — managers, players, referees, anyone who loves the game — to have an input and get it closer to where we want it to.”

  • NOT SO KEANE

    Manchester United and Chelsea have a mountain to climb if they are to challenge for next season’s Premier League title.

    That is according to Roy Keane, who feels Manchester City and Liverpool are still some way off for Solskjaer and Lampard.

    He told Sky Sports: “Liverpool have been desperate for this Premier League, that was something they were desperate to do.

    “Manchester City are more than capable of winning two more trophies [this season]. Man City are an outstanding team, brilliant team.

    “Different transfer situation coming up for them this summer. Sane’s left, Silva’s going off, so they have to recruit.

    “You have to trust these managers. Klopp and the recruitment policy for Liverpool, it’s obviously worked. He’s bought the right players, the right characters to the club, and that’s why they are champions.

    “And that’s why these two teams will be the teams to beat next year. I know United made a bit of progress. People are talking about Chelsea but it will be difficult to get past these two.”

  • LIVING IT L-ARJ

    Chelsea are reportedly scouting Hoffenheim winger Nick Breitenbucher – dubbed 'the next Arjen Robben'.

    Despite already having Christian Pulisic and Willian in the ranks, and Hakim Ziyech joining this summer, Blues are keeping their eye on Breitenbucher.

    German website Spox reports Chelsea face competition from a fellow Premier League rival in Liverpool for the 17-year-old wonderkid.

    Schalke remain the favourites to poach the talent from their Bundesliga rivals.

    Breitenbucher's style of play has been compared to former Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben.

    One of Breitenbucher's team-mates described him as “a little devil” and that he “says exactly what he thinks and is very direct”.

  • FAN’S VIEW

    He’s changed the minds of many, and Chelsea MUST pursue a Declan Rice swap deal.

    When I say that West Ham star Rice has changed the minds of many, I tend to include myself here.

    Although I have maintained that Rice is a top player, I have always pushed the agenda that Chelsea didn’t need to sign him because they have Ethan Ampadu.

    Now though, for two reasons, I am firmly in the ‘Rice in’ camp.

    Read Simon Phillips’ Chelsea Fan’s View here.

  • DREAMING OF BLUE

    Kai Havertz is “dreaming” of a move to the Premier League with Chelsea in pole position to land the Bayer Leverkusen ace.

    The German outfit currently value the highly-rated midfielder at an eye-watering £90million, amid interest from Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

    And the Blues are said to be leading the charge for the hotshot after his teammate, Brazilian left-back Wendell, admitted Havertz has his heart set on a move to England.

    Wendell said: “Psychologically, the Germans are very focused people. They are very concentrated on what they want.

    “If he goes to the Premier League, he will learn a lot. I think Kai dreams of playing there. He has that desire, and I think he decides to play in England he will be a success.

    “He's a complete player. If you play him as a No9 or No10 a little bit behind, or if you put him out wide, he'll know what to do.”

  • MANAGER OF THE MONTH

    Frank Lampard has been nominated for the best boss award for June.

    Here is how the four nominated managers stack up.

    • Steve Bruce (Newcastle) – P3 W2 D1 L0​ GF5 GA1 GD+4
    • Nuno Espirito Santo (Wolves) – P5 W4 D1 L0​ GF7 GA2 GD+5
    • Frank Lampard (Chelsea) – P3 W3 D0 L0​ GF8 GA2 GD+6
    • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Man Utd) – P5 W3 D2 L0​ GF10 GA2 GD+8

    NEED TO KNOW: WERNER

    Here is all you need to know about the new Blues striker.

    DIGNE-FIED APPROACH

    Chelsea are interested in Everton defender Lucas Digne, according to reports.

    The Blues are desperate to land a new left-back this summer, with neither Emerson Palmieri nor Marcos Alonso having convinced Frank Lampard this season.

    Leicester City star Ben Chilwell has long been considered their No1 target in the position.

    But with the Foxes set to demand £75million for their home-grown England international, Chelsea have decided to look at other options.

    And according to ESPN, they have “identified” Digne as the perfect alternative.

    The 26-year-old has played well for Everton since joining in 2018, replacing the popular Leighton Baines as the Toffees' first-choice left-back.

    NIC OF TIME

    Chelsea are planning to make a move for Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico, according to reports.

    The Argentina international is set to leave the Dutch giants at the end of the season.

    Tagliafico, 27, is viewed as a cheaper alternative to top target Ben Chilwell.

    According to Transfermarketweb, Chelsea will make a “serious run” at bringing him to Stamford Bridge.

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