Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Declan Rice, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Edouard Mendy, Marash Kumbulla – plus Premier League updates

Chelsea look to shift West Ham’s stance over Declan Rice, though it appears to be a tough negotiation at this stage with the Hammers desperate to retain the England international. The main business in the coming days appears to be through the exit as Frank Lampard prepares to slim down his squad.

The stunning summer in the market has seen the arrivals of Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz and Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell joined Hakim Ziyech of Ajax and Timo Werner of RB Leipzig while defenders Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr arrived on free transfers from Ligue 1.

Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is set to arrive from Rennes imminently, with Kepa Arrizabalaga failing to show any signs of improvement against Brighton on Monday. Emerson appears destined to leave with Inter Milan and West Ham keen, as Marcos Alonso looks set to remain and compete with Chilwell for game time.

IS KEPA GOOD ENOUGH?

According to Gary Neville on Monday Night Football, no he isn’t. 

Which is why Chelsea are in the market for a new goalkeeper with Edouard Mendy of Rennes the rumoured favourite although a deal for the 28-year-old is yet to get over the line. 

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MENDY READY AND WAITING

French journalist, Mohamed Bouhafsi, says Chelsea’s deal with Rennes over goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is all but complete and the 28-year-old is ‘ready and waiting’ to seal the deal.

Mendy is apparantly joining Chelsea on a five-year contract for a fee around £18 million if the clubs finalise the deal. He’s just waiting for the green light to leave France and join up with the London club in the Premier League. 

FORMER CHELSEA DEFENDER AT WEST BROM

Branislav Ivanovic is ready to go for West Brom after signing for the club on a free transfer. The former Chelsea defender will bring a lot of Premier League experience to the club having made more than 350 appearances and won 9 major trophies with the Blues. 

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WEST HAM ENTER RACE FOR EMERSON

West Ham have reportedly entered the race to sign Emerson Palmieri from Chelsea according to the Guardian.

Inter Milan have been chasing the full-back throughout the window and are still keen on signing the Brazilian. They are expected to renew transfer talks with Chelsea before the transfer deadline next month. 

Now they face competition from West Ham who aren’t making progress with first choice signing, James Tarkowski from Burnley. The Hammers would prefer a loan deal for Emerson, in the case that Tarkowski does yet sign. 

Chelsea, on the other hand, would prefer to sell putting Inter Milan in pole position for a move.

‘PREMIER LEAGUE TOUGHER THAN BUNDESLIGA’ SAYS HAVERTZ

Kai Havertz made his Premier League debut against Brighton on Monday night in a match that Chelsea won 1-3 but the German found it hard work.

He told the Evening Standard: “It was a very tough game, very difficult because I had long holidays and I came back and trained for five or six days with the team,

“More important is that we won so I am very happy to make my debut.

“The Premier League is much tougher than the Bundesliga, I have seen that in training and saw it in the game as well. But I am happy to play 80 minutes and hopefully next week I will continue.”

Pressure has increased on Frank Lampard’s Chelsea this season after they spent over £200 million in the summer transfer window. 

Frank Lampard has boosted his squad with the signings of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Thiago Silva, as well as others, and Chelsea are expected to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City this term.

But that isn’t worrying Chelsea centre-back, Kurt Zouma, who has played down the expectations on Lampard’s squad. He said:

“We have nothing to prove to people. What I would say is, we just focus on ourselves.

“Of course Chelsea is a team that plays for titles. It’s going to be a tough game, two great teams fighting. It’s going to be great to watch.

“Last season Liverpool completely dominated the season, they had a great run of wins. They hardly lost, but this is another year. Everybody starts from zero.

“We will see what we can do. We want to compete with the best.

“They have a great front three, but we also have our weapons. We can hurt them.”

NEVILLE WORRIED ABOUT THIAGO SILVA

Gary Neville has voiced his fears over how well Thiago Silva can adapt to the Premier League at 35-years-old. 

The centre-back signed for Chelsea on a one-year deal from PSG and Neville is worried he may not match up to the intensity of the Premier League.

He said on Sky Sports: “Again, it’s an unknown. 35 [years old], 36 next week, played in the French league now for a number of years.

“The intensity in the French league is nothing like our league.

“That’s not to say Paris Saint-Germain are not a great team, they just got to the Champions League final, but you’re talking about the Premier League.”

GALLAGHER HEADING TO WEST BROM

20-year-old Conor Gallagher is close to securing a loan move to Premier League rivals West Brom.

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has had discussions with his West Brom counterpart, Slaven Bilic, to enable the English midfieler to make a temporary move to the Hawthorns. 

According to the Daily Mail, Lampard wants Gallagher to sign a new deal with Chelsea before making the loan move to West Brom. 

The report says that a deal is close and Gallagher could be at the midlands club in time for their away fixture at Everton this Saturday. 

HUDSON-ODOI INTEREST RENEWED

Callum Hudson-Odoi is being targeted by Bayern Munich once again according to Sky Germany. 

Last year the Bundesliga champions made several bids for the 19-year-old but they were all rejected by Chelsea before Hudson-Odoi signed a new five-year contract to stay at Stamford Bridge.

However, Frank Lampard has brought in Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech this summer and Hudson-Odoi’s future at the club has been throw in doubt. 

Chelsea are believed to be open to letting me out on loan with Bayern the favourites to sign. RB Leipzig and Juventus are both monitoring the situation as well.

MENDY MOVE IMMINENT

Chelsea’s signing of Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is set to be announced in the coming days according to talkSPORT. 

They say the move is all but complete with an agreement made for the 28-year-old in the region of £18m.

Reports from France say the deal has been held up as Rennes are trying to bring Fikayo Tomori over to the club as part of the deal. 

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