CHELSEA might not be playing much football at the moment – but there's always drama down at the Bridge.
Juventus have reportedly offered Miralem Pjanic in exchange for Maurizio Sarri favourite Jorginho and it has been revealed that top target Ben Chilwell is a lifelong Blues fan.
Follow all the latest updates and Chelsea gossip below…
THE ONE FER ME
Rio Ferdinand has named Reece James as one of his top five Premier League wonderkids.
Ferdinand said: “Another one is Reece James – I like this kid. With his crossing he puts teams under pressure, he wants to hurt the opposing team and make you face your own goal.
“He’s got so much growth in his game. He is versatile – he’s played centre-half for Wigan, he can play right-back, even in centre-midfield.
“Plus he looks like he’s got a great temperament which is huge and physically he is like a middleweight boxer – he’s strong, solid, quick and aggressive.”
“I think he’ll become a mainstay in that team.”
I BLUE IT
Michael Ballack has admitted he regrets leaving Chelsea ten years ago and wishes he had retired at the West London club.
The German midfielder planned to end his career in the Premier League but the Blues only offered him a one-year extension at the end of the 2009-10 season.
On Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast, he said: “Carlo Ancelotti wanted me to stay but the club made a decision to only give players of that age a one-year contract. I wanted two.
“Today I can say maybe it was wrong, I should have stayed even for that one year.
“I could never imagine that I would go back to Bayer Leverkusen until the last day, I actually thought we would find a way at Chelsea.
“I was really hoping I could stay until the end.”
The Champions League and Europa League finals have been suspended indefinitely – with no new dates set due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
A Uefa statement has now revealed there is no new date set for either showpiece as the world fights to keep the coronavirus pandemic under control.
The statement read: “Uefa has formally taken the decision to postpone the club finals originally scheduled for May 2020.
“No decision has yet been made on rearranged dates.
“The working group, established last week as a result of the conference call among the stakeholders of European football, which was chaired by Uefa President, Aleksander Ceferin, will analyse the options available.
“The group has already begun its examination of the calendar. Announcements will be made in due course.”
The Champions League final was due to be held on May 30 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Meanwhile, the Europa League showpiece was set to take place on May 27 in Gdansk, Poland.
BEST SERVED CHIL-ED
Chelsea are reportedly confident of signing Ben Chilwell but Leicester will demand the same £80million fee Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire.
According to Goal, Chelsea lead the race to sign the 23-year-old full-back but will be confronted with a huge £80m price tag.
It is understood Leicester have a strict policy of allowing only one key player to leave the club each year, a rule that helps keep stability in the squad.
And with playmaker James Maddison also in demand, Chelsea could be forced to pay the inflated price for Chilwell.
“But after that I am hoping football can do something very big from a community basis on a nationwide scale — in terms of how they can contribute in this time.
“Football has to look outwards. You can’t just look inwards at a time like this. Football has to do something quite spectacular, I think, so that it sets the tone for the rest of the country.
“I have great faith in football players in terms of their souls. I really believe that 99 per cent of them are really good human beings who will want to not only look after themselves, but also the communities they are part of. I think football will do it.
“Most come from the kind of communities that find times like this the most challenging. I do believe players will step up in the next month.
“They won’t be selfish. They will want to do something special in the next few weeks, once they have worked out what it is.”
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