Tuchel 'keen' on takeover to be completed as Todd Boehly was spotted on pitch, Bellingham LINKED – Watford win reaction

CHELSEA will be delighted to have ended their season with a victory over Watford at Stamford Bridge.

And prospective owner Todd Boehly stepped foot on the pitch after the game to congratulate the players.

Thomas Tuchel is keen for the takeover to be completed as he has admitted that the Blues' "hands are tied" in regards to dealing with transfers.

Which is currently preventing the West London outfit from landing a deal for talented Borussia Dortmund youngster Jude Bellingham who Chelsea are reportedly linked to.

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Keep up to date with all of the latest gossip from the Stamford Bridge…

  • Sam Dymond

    Juve won't spend big on Jorginho

    Juventus are still interested in signing Chelsea's Jorginho, but are refusing to 'spend big' to land their man.

    That's the understanding of Fabrizio Romano for Caught Offside, who believes the Serie A club are prioritising moves for Angel Di Maria and Paul Pogba.

    While the Old Lady also want to add the Italian midfielder to their ranks, the 'deal has to be right' for them – and that will depend on what Chelsea wish to do with the 30-year-old.

  • Sam Dymond

    Long-serving coach to leave

    Chelsea said goodbye to a number of star players yesterday following their final day win over Watford.

    However, one exit from the club that went under the radar yet may ultimately be felt as much is that of coach Christophe Lollichon.

    The senior goalkeeping coach revealed on his Twitter account that was calling time on his 15 years at Stamford Bridge.

    Lollichon described his stay with the Blues as 'an honour' since arriving from Rennes in 2007.

    Credit: @chrislollichon Twitter
  • Sam Dymond

    Good morning Chelsea fans

    Many of Chelsea’s stars will be heading abroad next week as their holidays begin.

    However, boss Thomas Tuchel has no plans to go anywhere. He revealed after the Blues beat Chelsea 2-1 on the final day: “No I can’t go on holiday, no. There is too much to clarify and have an opinion.”

    He also talked about meeting Todd Boehly and what is needed to progress next season.

    “It will not be easy to close the gap because we are forced not to [make signings]. We need to be fast and smart when we are allowed.”

    Mason Mount has been crowned as Chelsea’s player of the season again.

    It’s the second time in a row the playmaker has won the award. He follows Eden Hazard, who was a previous back-to-back winner.

    Meanwhile, Marcos Alonso may have played his last game for Chelsea.

    The Spanish defender missed Sunday’s game against Watford through injury. He is reportedly in talks to return to Spain with Barcelona.

  • Jon Boon

    Alonso's last game for Chelsea?

    Marcos Alonso may have played his last game for Chelsea.

    The Spanish defender missed Sunday's game against Watford through injury.

    Tuchel explained: “Marcos Alonso had a back problem in our first match against West Ham where he needed to go out and then he missed some matches.

    "He had more or less the same through the last games and he played with this pain through the match against Leicester.

    "Now he felt the muscle contraction goes right through to the hamstrings so it made no sense to take this risk with him."

    However, with reports suggesting Alonso is deep in contract talks with Barcelona, it appears we may not see him in a Chelsea shirt once again.

  • Jon Boon

    Chilwell buzzing

    Ben Chilwell has spoken about his road to recovery, after injury ended his season.

    The England full-back suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Juventus back in November.

    However, last month Chilwell has stepped up the recovery process.

    And he revealed he wouldn't have been able to do it without the support of his team mates.

    He said: "It's a very tight group. From day one of my injury I felt the support from the fans, the staff, the players, everyone at Chelsea I've felt the support from. It made it a lot easier. I'm buzzing to be back."

  • Jon Boon

    Club departure

    Christophe Lollichon has revealed he is leaving Stamford Bridge, after 15 years of working with the club's goalkeepers.

    In a statement, he wrote: "After 15 years at Chelsea FC, it’s time to announce that I am leaving the Blues.

    "From 1st team goalkeeper coach to working with the keepers on loan and the recruitment dept, being a part of the club’s success has been an honour.

    Thank you to the fans and everyone at the club."

  • Jon Boon

    Real deal

    Real Madrid have reportedly opened talks with Monaco star Aurelien Tchouameni in a blow to a string of Premier League sides.

    Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea are among the teams who had been targeting the highly-rated midfielder.

    Madrid will be hunting for high-profile summer signings after being snubbed by Kylian Mbappe on Saturday.

    And journalist Santi Aouna reports that the Spanish club has been in contact and ready to make an offer.

  • Jon Boon

    What holiday

    Many of Chelsea's stars will be heading abroad next week as their holidays begin.

    However, boss Thomas Tuchel has no plans to go anywhere.

    He revealed: "No I can't go on holiday, no. There is too much to clarify and have an opinion."

    He's also talked about meeting Todd Boehly and what is needed to progress next season.

    "It will not be easy to close the gap because we are forced not to [make signings]. We need to be fast and smart when we are allowed."

  • Jon Boon

    Player of the season

    Mason Mount has been crowned as Chelsea's player of the season again.

    It's the second time in a row the playmaker has won the award.

    He follows Eden Hazard, who was previous back-to-back winner.

  • Jon Boon

    Premier League 2021-22

    This is where we finished, and who did what in terms of European qualification.

    Title: Manchester City

    UCL: Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs

    UEL: Arsenal, Manchester United

    UECL: West Ham

    Relegation: Burnley, Watford, Norwich

  • Jon Boon

    Full-time

    The Blues have edged out Watford 2-1.

    Despite dominating proceedings, it looked like Gosling had equalised to earn the Hornets a draw.

    But up popped Ross Barkley in injury time to score a winner.

  • Jon Boon

    As things stand

    Champions -Man City

    Champions League – Liverpool – Chelsea – Tottenham

    Europa League – Arsenal- West Ham

    Relegated – Burnley

  • Jon Boon

    Half-time

    Peep peep at Stamford Bridge.

    In their final home game of the season, and Chelsea lead 1-0 at the break.

    Incredibly, they've had 72 per cent of the possession and had 11 shots at goal.

    But, as has been the problem all season, with just three of those efforts on target – we know where Chelsea's problems are.

    Romelu Lukaku is on the bench. Will we see him in the second half?

  • Jon Boon

    1-0 Blues

    11 minutes gone and Kai Havertz has given Chelsea the lead.

    That early goal could be the start of a hatful at Stamford Bridge.

    Not the (possible) farewell from football Roy Hodgson would want.

    Tuchel will be happy, though.

  • Alex Cole

    Azpilicueta gets ready

    Chelsea have tweeted a photo of Azilicueta preparing for the final game of the season against Watford.

    Will it be his last ever for the Blues?

  • Alex Cole

    Chelsea starting XI for today

    Reasonably usual team selection, however Kenedy and Saul do come in.

    Ben Chilwell is back on the bench.

  • Alex Cole

    Please mind the gap

    For all of Chelsea's high expectations having won the Champions League last season, the Blues have only their pride to play for today and head coach Thomas Tuchel believes that his side may struggle to close the gap on City and Liverpool.

    The German boss spoke on this in the Blues' pre-match press conference.

    Tuchel said:"It is going to be very difficult because even if we keep the team and have maybe the chance to add one or two key players, it would already be difficult. Maybe even very difficult.

    "It was an incredible season from City and Liverpool and in the end, I don't lie to myself."

  • Alex Cole

    No Blues in top notchers

    There are no Chelsea players in the race for the Premier League top scoring honours.

    Harry Kane collected the trophy last season with 23 goals, but it is his attacking teammate Hueng-min Son who is chasing it this year with 21 goals.

    The man leading the charts for the golden boot – currently on 22 goals – is Liverpool talisman Mo Salah.

    Mo Salah (Liverpool) – 22 goals
    Heung-min Son (Tottenham) – 21 goals
    Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd) – 18 goals
    Harry Kane (Tottenham) – 16 goals
    Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – 15 goals
    Diogo Jota (Liverpool) – 15 goals
    Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – 15 goals
    Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – 14 goals
    Raheem Sterling (Man City) – 13 goals
    Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – 13 goals

    Mason Mount has 11 league goals.

  • Alex Cole

    Kounde heading for Chelsea, say reports

    Sevilla star Jules Kounde is reportedly edging closer to signing for Chelsea after agreeing personal terms over a switch to Stamford Bridge, writes Jake Lambourne.

    transfer guru Andreas Korssund has claimed that the player has agreed personal terms with Chelsea, who are ready to meet Sevilla’s asking price.

    It is understood that the LaLiga outfit are seeking a fee in the region of £59million.

    Korssung tweeted: “Jules Kounde is closing in on a move to Chelsea.

    “The Blues will conclude talks with Sevilla as soon as Boehly’s takeover is complete and they are ready to pay the required fee.

    “Personal terms have already been agreed and the Frenchman is only waiting for Chelsea.”

  • Alex Cole

    Kepa ‘unhappy’ but will talk with Tuchel

    Thomas Tuchel will hold showdown talks with “unhappy” goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga over his Chelsea future, writes Joshua Jones.

    The world’s most expensive stopper, 27, arrived at Stamford Bridge for a whopping £71.6million in 2018.

    And Tuchel confirmed the pair would sit down for honest discussions to work out what is best for the former Athletic Bilbao stopper next.

    Credit: Getty

    The Chelsea boss said: “It depends what he wants and what his plans are. 

    “I know for sure that Kepa is not happy about the situation because he deserved to play more and he can be a very strong number one. 

    “We did not have a conversation yet but I know that the goalkeeper coaches have these conversations at the moment and then we will take our time to speak with him and reflect on what’s best and what the possibilities are.”

  • Alex Cole

    How Chelsea could line up vs Leicester

    Reece James may keep his place but Azpilicueta is the logical alternative with a move to Barca on the cards.

    Going forward, Mason Mount was benched last night but is fit to return against Watford.

    And he could fill in either on the wing or in a No10 role behind a strike partnership.

    If Tuchel opts for a 3-4-1-2, Romelu Lukaku could partner Kai Havertz up front.

  • Alex Cole

    Chelsea’s season finale

    Chelsea entertain Watford TODAY – the final day of the season.

    It is scheduled to kick off at 4pm UK time at Stamford Bridge.

    Thomas Tuchel’s side scraped a marginal win when the sides met earlier on in the campaign.

    It has unfortunately not been selected as one of the Sky Sports chosen games.

  • Alex Cole

    Chelsea in queue for David

    Manchester United and Arsenal are reportedly being joined by Chelsea and Newcastle in eyeing Lille striker Jonathan David.

    West Ham and Aston Villa are also said to be keen on the Canadian speedster.

    Incoming Old Trafford chief Erik ten Hag has added the 22-year-old to his shortlist of potential new frontmen this summer.

  • Alex Cole

    Lampard keen to pay the levi

    EXCLUSIVE: Everton boss Frank Lampard is plotting a move for Chelsea’s brilliant young centre-half Levi Colwill, writes ALAN NIXON.

    Lampard hopes his old club help him out with a loan agreement for the classy defender, 19, who was a key part of Huddersfield’s push to the play-off final.

    The Toffees’ top spies have watched elegant Colwill, who was briefly under Lamps’ wing at Stamford Bridge.

    He is due to go back to Chelsea and may be needed for their first-team squad if it is drastically changed next season.

    But Everton want to offer him Prem football after staying up, which gives them a chance of success.

    Lampard was given Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori when he was boss at Derby and his relationships are still strong after his time in charge of Chelsea.

  • Alex Cole

    Chelsea ‘obvious match for Pogba’

    Paul Pogba has been rated Chelsea’s perfect signing.

    The Manchester United midfielder, 29, is tipped for a summer free transfer to old club Juventus or PSG, with Real Madrid now outsiders.

    But ex-Red Devils striker Louis Saha believes Pogba would form a natural partnership with a more defensive France team-mate at Stamford Bridge.

    Fellow Frenchman Saha told Lord Ping: “Chelsea is the obvious match for Pogba because he loves to play with N’Golo Kante.

    “We always try to compare what he does with France and United and the ability of Kante makes Pogba play to another dimension.

    “Only Pogba can indicate where he wants to go, I’m just sad he hasn’t fulfilled his dream.”

    Pogba has reportedly rejected joining United’s neighbours City.

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