12pm Chelsea news LIVE: Lampard follows Mertens on Instagram, Blues to sell FOUR to fund Sancho and Werner transfers – The Sun

IT'S all go at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea prepare for a busy summer in the transfer market.

We've got the very latest on the Blues' pursuit of Luataro Martinez, while there's also an update on the contract situation surrounding Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid Kays Ruiz-Atil.

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

  • HAMMER TIME

    Jose Mourinho once 'hammered' Nemanja Matic and 'threatened to get rid of him' at half-time during a Chelsea pre-season friendly against AFC Wimbledon.

    The astonishing flare up happened in 2014, during the Portuguese's second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.

    Chelsea trailed their League Two opponents 2-0 midway through a July friendly at Kingsmeadow.

    And former Blues kid Jordan Houghton has opened up on the roasting Mourinho gave Matic, who had only just returned to Chelsea from Benfica six months earlier in a deal worth £21million.

    He told Goal: “Against Wimbledon, I remember Mourinho absolutely hammering Matic and threatening to get rid of him so that was an eye-opener! I then went on tour with the first team.

    “I took what I could from training with these guys and the first player who stood out was Deco. He was just a class player with his touches. Didier Drogba, Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Lampard and John Terry.

    “But I think Eden Hazard was the best first-team player that I played with. He was incredible but he didn't train so hard to be fresh for big games in the difficult periods. He was unplayable when he turned it on in training.”

  • DO YOU REALLY IKE IT?

    CHELSEA whizkid Ike Ugbo is on QPR’s wanted list in a £2.5million deal.

    The striker, 21, was on loan at Dutch second tier side FA Roda until the season was cancelled last month – scoring 13 goals in 29 games.

    Chelsea’s Championship neighbours in West London are now eyeing up a move for the one-time academy player who has been with them since the age of nine.

    League One table toppers Coventry City are also tracking Londoner Ugbo whose contract with Chelsea expires next summer.

    England youth international Ugbo has also spent time on loan at Barnsley, MK Dons and Scunthorpe United.

    Ugbo is rated as one of the top young prospects at Chelsea after starring for their youth sides over the last couple of years.

    His goals helped them to capture several trophies, including the Uefa Youth League, FA Youth Cup and the U18s Premier League where he netted 24 goals in the 2015/16 campaign.

  • SOCIAL DISTANCING

    Frank Lampard has started following transfer target Dries Mertens on Instagram.

    The Blues have been heavily linked with the Napoli ace who is out of contract at the Italian club in the summer.

    Lampard attempted to make his move in the January transfer window but the club weren't willing to let him leave midway through the campaign.

    According to Italian publication II Mattino, Lampard has already been laying the groundwork to fend off rivals and secure Mertens' free transfer.

    The coronavirus pandemic is set to have a huge impact on the summer's window, so Mertens' availability for nothing makes him even more desirable.

    Reports claim he has made direct contact with the 33-year-old and his representatives to assess whether a move to London would interest him.

  • DEC THE HALLS

    Chelsea are reportedly keen to bring former academy player Declan Rice back to the club should N'Golo Kante move on at the end of the season.

    The West Ham midfielder was released by the Blues at the age of 14, with the 21-year-old subsequently joining the Hammers.

    Since making his debut for West Ham during the 2016/17 season, the England international has featured in 101 games – establishing himself as a key player in the squad.

    SunSport reported last week how West Ham value the player at around £70million as they look to keep hold off their prized asset.

    And now the Mirror claim the Blues are ready to test their London rivals' resolve should they lose Kante in the summer.

  • SELL TO BUY

    Chelsea could offload four stars in order to fund moves for Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho, according to reports.

    Football.London claim Ross Barkley, Michy Batshuayi, Kurt Zouma and Emerson Palmieri could all leave for around £102m.

    But it is worth remember that top players are expected to go for a fraction of their pre-coronavirus fee.

    And a number of clubs including Barcelona have made it clear they will only target swap deals given the downturn in finances.

    Nevertheless, this report claims should all those players go for £102m then that cash – combined with the money saved from not making any signings in January – can be used for some big-name arrivals.

    Also under consideration for Leicester's Ben Chilwell and Birmingham sensation Jude Bellingham.

  • KEY WEEK FOR PREM

    The Premier League is set for a big key in deciding whether the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ will actually happen.

    It is understood that 14 out of 20 clubs must agree on a decision before it is officially put into place – with a vote scheduled for Monday.

    Brighton are among six teams who do not want to continue the campaign at neutral venues and Barber has expressed concerns in terms of the loss of their home advantage.

    Yesterday, Brighton CEO Paul Barber issued a fresh warning over hopes of a June 12 return and insisted one misstep could “ruin lives”, with three Seagulls players testing positive for coronavirus.

  • GOOD MORNING, BLUES FANS

    Manchester United have reignited their interest in Chelsea target and Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.

    Sport reports that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tried to tempt him by putting a “multi-million pound contract” on the table.

    Martinez has a huge £94million buyout clause in his contract in his contract with the Serie A giants.

    But United and Chelsea face competition from Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG for the Argentine’s coveted signature.

    Meanwhile, Petr Cech has revealed how he made the decision to quit Chelsea when Jose Mourinho benched him for Thibaut Courtois.

    He told the club’s official website: “I was not happy at all.

    “I could see in pre-season how hard I was working. There was nothing obvious suggesting I wouldn’t be ready to keep my spot.

    “But in a football team you can only have one goalkeeper playing every week, and unfortunately that was the way it went.

    “Thibaut was regarded as the future of the club with all his potential and quality. I understood the choice was made, even if I didn’t think it was my time.”

    Finally, Chelsea received a boost in the race for Paris Saint-Germain's prodigy Kays Ruiz-Atil after the teenager reportedly rejected a new contract.

    The young star, just 17 and already dubbed the 'new Messi', is being tipped for big things after becoming the youngest outfield player to sign a pro contract at the French giants.

    But his current deal expires in a year and according to Le Parisien, he has turned down a new offer.

    PSG were willing to tie him down until 2024 with the fresh terms on the table.

  • VAN THE MAN

    Vincent Kompany has hailed Virgil van Dijk as the greatest ever Premier League defender over Chelsea legend John Terry.

    Speaking to Sporf, he said: “I would choose Virgil van Dijk as the best defender in Premier League history.

    “It is a strange choice, because he is not in the scene as long as boys like Terry and Ferdinand.

    “Those boys have played in the league for a very long time, but the signals that Van Dijk gives in his last few seasons make it so clear that if he had gone to the absolute top before, he would be even further.

    “He makes a huge difference to his team.

    “A defender never stands alone, it is about his communication with teammates and how you make your team stronger.

    “The Liverpool before Van Dijk was there and the Liverpool after Van Dijk was a completely different team. That is why I choose him as the best defender from the Premier League ever.”

  • HAPPY GILMOUR

    Billy Gilmour has listed his top three Netflix shows to binge during lockdown.

    He told the Chelsea website: The Last Dance – “That’s so good. I’ve just started that.”

    Peaky Blinders – “The latest series has just come on to Netflix so I’ll have to watch that soon.”

    Prison Break – “Prison Break is amazing but everyone might have watched that already. I’ve only recently watched it because all the boys were caning me that I hadn’t seen it before!”

  • CECH MATE

    Chelsea legend Petr Cech has named Wayne Rooney as his toughest opponent.

    He told Chelsea’s official website: “Every time we played against United I had to make sure I was aware every time he had the ball, because he was very unpredictable and very clever.

    “He is a guy who can chase, who can fight, who can run, who is clever with his shot.

    “He could score from the halfway line, he could try and chip you if you were too high. That was a challenge I enjoyed.”

  • CHELSEA ROUND-UP

    Frank Lampard is looking at a big overhaul this summer – but before that can take place, there's the small matter of Project Restart.

    As yet, the government haven't given the green light for top-flight clubs to get back playing.

    It look set to be a busy summer of comings and goings, with Lampard hoping to build on a promising first year back in West London.

    In transfer news, Manchester United have reignited their interest in Chelsea target and Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.

    Sport reports that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tried to tempt him by putting a “multi-million pound contract” on the table.

    Martinez has a huge £94million buyout clause in his contract in his contract with the Serie A giants.

    Whie in a boost for the Blues, Paris Saint-Germain's prodigy Kays Ruiz-Atil has reportedly rejected a new contract.

    The young star, just 17 and already dubbed the 'new Messi', is being tipped for big things after becoming the youngest outfield player to sign a pro contract at the French giants.

    But his current deal expires in a year and according to Le Parisien, he has turned down a new offer, opening the door for Chelsea to make their move.

    And finally, Petr Cech has revealed how he made the decision to quit Chelsea when Jose Mourinho benched him for Thibaut Courtois.

    He told the club’s official website: “I was not happy at all.

    “I could see in pre-season how hard I was working. There was nothing obvious suggesting I wouldn’t be ready to keep my spot.

    “But in a football team you can only have one goalkeeper playing every week, and unfortunately that was the way it went. Thibaut was regarded as the future of the club with all his potential and quality. I understood the choice was made, even if I didn’t think it was my time.”

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