CHELSEA are ramping up their transfer plans for the return of the Premier League season.
The Blues are locked in a battle with Man Utd for Jadon Sancho while Frank Lampard has reportedly asked Marina Granovskaia to snap up Real Madrid's Luka Jovic.
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Man Utd and Chelsea face competition from Real Madrid for the signature of Borussia Dortmund starlet Jadon Sancho, according to reports.
The Red Devils have been chasing the 20-year-old for some time, and believe they are in pole position to sign the £100million ace despite the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Daily Star, Real Madrid believe that they can hijack Sancho’s proposed return to England.
Dortmund appear to already be considering replacements for their star No7, with £35million Valencia star Ferran Torres on their radar.
Chelsea transfer guru Piet de Visser revealed he must avoid discussing targets to the press or risk the wrath of owner Roman Abramovich.
The Dutch superscout, who discovered Neymar, Brazilian Ronaldo and Kevin De Bruyne, works as an adviser for Abramovich.
But he revealed the Chelsea owner has a strict policy of keeping transfer targets private or else face punishment.
De Visser told Voetbal International: “Abramovich does not want targets to be mentioned in the press.
“If I reveal Chelsea’s interest in a player, he’ll give me a penalty.
“That has happened to me before. I can survive a few penalties but I like to keep to the agreements.”
Chelsea legend John Terry has revealed only two clubs made offers for him during his time with the Blues – Man City and Huddersfield.
In a Q&A with Stephen Hendry, he said: “During my time the only two clubs that approached me were Huddersfield when I first came through. Steve Bruce was manager of Huddersfield
“Chelsea accepted a bid and Vialli said no. Which obviously I’m very thankful to Luca for, he gave me my debut. Great man, great manager.”
Before adding: “Then obviously the Man City one, Man City approached Chelsea, made an offer official. Simple as this, I sat with the owner, face-to-face and said 'I never want to leave Chelsea, that’s a fact. If you want to sell me then it’s a different story, I clearly don’t want to stay. But I’m telling you off the bat that I never want to leave this football club.'
“Within that, I was due a new contract, we shook hands on a new contract, agreed a deal and I stayed another five, six years after that.
“Them two clubs were the only two that come in for me.
TIME FER CHANGE
Borussia Dortmund have reportedly bid £35million for Valencia winger Ferran Torres as they already begin the search for a Jadon Sancho replacement.
Torres has been heavily linked with Manchester United and Chelsea in the past, but with the forward’s contract expiring next summer, Valencia are ready to cash in on the 21-year-old.
According to Bild in Germany, Dortmund have refused to pay Torres’ £87million release clause, instead bidding £35m for the Spaniard.
The Bundesliga giants are beginning to prepare for life after England winger Sancho, who looks bound to leave the club.
United and the Blues currently lead the way to sign the 20-year-old, as Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke revealed the star can leave if the right price is paid.
BLLLY CAN BE GOAT
Frank Lampard admits he regrets not giving new midfield star Billy Gilmour, 18, his chance earlier.
And boss Lampard hailed all his Chelsea youngsters as still keen to learn despite their breakthroughs this season.
Lamps told Sky Sports: “They’re great to work with.
“Young players are like sponges, they want to come in and they want to learn and Billy probably gives me as much pleasure as anyone because when you look at Billy he can be sort of quite slight in terms of his size, he’s young, he’s quiet, he’s polite.
“But when you train day-to-day throughout the season – and Billy moved over to the first team building a while ago because he just had to – he just trained at such a [high] level.
“‘If you have a possession in training or a game or a simple passing, you talk about attitude and doing the basics right… And Billy does them day in, day out.”
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