8am Chelsea news LIVE: Sancho ‘prefers London transfer’, Donnarumma will cost £43m, Willian is ‘going to Spurs’ – The Sun

CHELSEA are preparing for a summer of activity as manager Frank Lampard looks to reshape his Blues' squad.

But Willian's transfer to Tottenham has reportedly already been agreed while the Blues are set to bring in Max Bird from Derby and have received encouraging signs in their pursuit of a new goalkeeper.

Follow all the latest updates and transfer gossip below…

  • LONDON CALLING

    Jadon Sancho would prefer a move to London over Manchester, claims Gabriele Marcotti.

    He told the Beyond the Pitch podcast: “I've been told that Sancho would prefer a move back home, in other words to London where he grew up.”

    However, Marcotti did caveat that by saying: “But equally I'm sure he prefers to move to whoever gives him the best package and the best long-term prospects.”

    And the ESPN reporter added that Dortmund would ideally like to keep lifelong Blues fan Sancho for another year to see how he performs at the European Championship, but would sell now if a club meets their valuation.

  • GOOD MORNING, BLUES FANS

    Chelsea look set to miss out on Philippe Coutinho after Bayern Munich teammate Thiago Alacantara suggested the playmaker is set to stay in Germany this summer.

    Coutinho joined Bayern on a season-long loan from Barcelona in 2019 but reports claimed he was set for a Nou Camp return before being sold to the Blues.

    However, it appears Bayern may take up their permanent deal clause with the transfer market currently under threat from coronavirus.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea have been given a huge boost in their hunt for Barca defender Samuel Umtiti.

    The French World Cup winner looks set to leave Catalonia after an injury-hit spell.

    But clubs including Juventus and Inter Milan are unwilling to take a risk on him.

    That means Chelsea are clear to bring Umtiti to Stamford Bridge.

    And Barcelona are ready to accept just £26million for the centre-back’s signature.

    Finally, Chelsea have missed out on Brazilian winger Antony.

    The 20-year-old has been in superb form for Sao Paulo and was being lined up for a move to Stamford Bridge.

    Antony’s agent claims Borussia Dortmund were also keen and even sent a scout to watch him in action.

    However, neither side made a formal bid for Antony, and he will now join Ajax after the Dutch side agreed a £19m fee with his club.

  • NORTH LONDON CALLING

    Willian will definitely be joining Tottenham in summer, according to Richard Keys.

    Speaking on the Keys and Gray Show, the former Sky Sports presenter was talking about which players who may choose not to play on once the season resumed.

    And he said: “He's another one that's already spoken to Jose Mourinho. He's on his way to Tottenham.

    “'I'm not playing for Chelsea!'”

  • PREM START FEARS

    Doctors from all 20 Premier League clubs have told football chiefs the proposed season restart is NOT safe in a 100-point letter.

    Medics put together a long letter to PL medical advisor Mark Gillett and director of football Richard Garlick listing 100 questions and potential problems.

    According to The Athletic, the letter – split into ten different sections – revealed multiple Covid-19 concerns they believe have not yet been addressed.

    The concerns, according to the report include:

    • “Approving guidelines that still carry risk of death.”
    • “Liability, insurance and testing for players, staff and their families.”
    • “Possible transmission via sweat and goalkeeper gloves.”
    • “Suspicions that some clubs are already ignoring guidelines.”
    • “Increased risk for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups.”
    • “Ability of emergency services to attend training ground incidents.”

    EXCLUSIVE BY DAN CUTTS

    Man Utd have made a last-ditch £30,000-a-week offer to Angel Gomes to sign a new deal before he quits for free this summer.

    The 19-year-old is out-of-contract on July 1 and a number of Premier League clubs are eyeing a swift move including Chelsea.

    United are desperate to stop that happening, and have put forward hefty terms to stop one of their prize young assets from quitting.

    It is understood the fresh terms are around £30,000-a-week PLUS additional bonuses for appearances, goals and trophies won.

    The deal's structure would be similar to the one recently handed to Tahith Chong, who put pen to paper on a long-term contract.

    Gomes is already believed to be on a staggering £17,000-a-week, despite making just five first-team appearances.

    TWICE AS NICE FOR RICE

    West Ham should DOUBLE Declan Rice's wages in order to keep him out of Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal’s clutches, according to Hammers legend Tony Cottee.

    Cottee told the We Are West Ham podcast: “There's only two ways to keep Declan at our football club.

    “That is to win a cup or to play in Europe. They are the only two ways to keep a young talented player like Declan at the club for the next two or three years.

    “The problem is, your career goes so quickly and Dec needs to see the club making progress, he doesn't want to be fighting a relegation battle every year.

    “West Ham need to have a good cup run and be in the top ten.

    “And the one other thing the club can do at this moment in time to protect Declan and to protect the club is to give him a new contract.”

    REAL DEALS

    Real Madrid are set for a mass exodus with reported Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal targets Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez on their way out this summer.

    According to Marca, the Bernabeu hierarchy have given strict orders for the club to sell before they buy due to the financial uncertainty surrounding the killer virus.

    Bale and Rodriguez are just two of five big-earners set to be axed by Zinedine Zidane.

    It’s reckoned Paul Pogba, Eduardo Camavinga and Erling Haaland are all on his shopping list.

    UM A TUNE

    Chelsea have been handed a transfer boost with Barcelona said to be struggling to sell Samuel Umtiti abroad and a Premier League move looking likely.

    Calcio Mercato claims the Frenchman looks set for a Nou Camp exit this summer but teams such as Juventus and Inter Milan are wary of his injury past.

    That means Chelsea have a clear run to bring Umtiti to Stamford Bridge.

    And Barcelona are even willing to sell the World Cup winner for just £26m.

    GIVE ME MOUR

    David Moyes has revealed he’d ask for Billy Gilmour in exchange for Declan Rice if Chelsea come knocking for his star man this summer.

    Moyes told the BBC: “The one [Scottish player] who if I could sign tomorrow I would is Billy Gilmour after his opening performances for Chelsea.

    “He’s looked like a seasoned pro, he’s looked like somebody who’s hungry, who’s in love with the game.

    “I was laughing because I keep getting told that Chelsea want Declan Rice…

    “So I thought well I might just decide I want Billy Gilmour and see how it goes.”

    YOU'RE ALL LIONS

    The England men's team have made a “significant donation” to the NHS, using match fees dating back to September 2018.

    The move, which was instigated and orchestrated by the squad, comes in conjunction with the playerstogether movement involving Premier League players and will go towards the NHS Charities Together.

    A players' fund already exists to support a selection of good causes, with a portion now steered directly towards the under pressure health service during the coronavirus pandemic.

    A statement released on the official England Twitter feed read: “Following positive discussions with The FA, the England senior men's squad are pleased to confirm that a significant donation from their international match fees will be made to NHS Charities Together via the playerstogether initiative.

    “This contribution will be taken from a fund already set aside to support a variety of worthy causes using all match fees collated since September 2018. We are also grateful to The FA for committing their support to the playerstogether initiative for the foreseeable future by helping to raise awareness and funds to assist throughout the fight against COVID-19 and beyond.

    “This is in addition to the senior women's squad's commitment to playerstogether as we stand united as England players behind the nation during this crisis and our collective prayers and thoughts remain with all those affected.”

    SHORT SHRIFT

    PFA chief Gordon Taylor has revealed Premier League matches may not be the full 90 minutes if and when the 2019-20 season resumes from the coronavirus lockdown.

    The remainder of the English top flight looks likely to be played behind closed doors and in neutral stadiums across the country this summer.

    But here is how the table would look if the season had taken Taylor's bizarre suggestion and played only 80 minutes per match.

    ANTO-NAY

    Chelsea have lost out to Ajax in the race for Brazilian wing sensation Antony.

    The Under-23 international attracted interest from top clubs across Europe with his superb displays for hometown club Sao Paulo.

    Antony has agreed a £14million deal with Dutch giants Ajax that could rise to £19m.

    The 20-year-old's advisor has now revealed the Blues tried to sign him, together with another Premier League club and Germans Borussia Dortmund.

    Frank Lampard's squad includes three Brazil-born players in Willian, Emerson and Jorginho.

    Three more – Lucas Piazon, Kenedy and Nathan – are currently out on loan.

    IT WAS K'LOU-LESS

    Salomon Kalou has said sorry to his Hertha Berlin team-mates for breaching social distancing protocol.

    He uploaded a video to his Facebook clearly breaching guidelines and has been suspended from training and games by his club.

    The former Chelsea forward told Bild: “I made my peace with it.”

    “My team-mates know very well who I really am.

    “I apologised to them. They all accepted the apology.”

    NOT3-0

    Callum Hudson-Odoi has been bossing his mates at Fifa, while playing as Real Madrid.

    The Chelsea winger thumped Lukman Odunaike – AKA singer/rapper Not3s – 4-0 before gloating about the score on his Insta stories.

    The artist then 'accidentally' lost signal: “Tbh I was hanging up my Fifa boots anyway.”

    DON DEAL

    Chelsea have received a big boost in their bid to sign a replacement for Kepa with AC Milan expert Antonio Vitiello telling Milan Talk that Gianluigi Donnarumma could be available for just £43m.

    He said: “For Donnarumma it is an economic issue, because he earns six million euros and the renewal to those figures will weigh so much on the budget of AC Milan.

    “Gigio wants to stay in Milan, but if there are offers from €50 million upwards, the club will evaluate them.”

    DON'T SAY 'TARA

    Thiago Alcantara is desperate for Philippe Countinho to stay at Bayern Munich next season in a massive transfer blow to Chelsea.

    Coutinho has spent the current campaign with the Bundesliga champions with Barcelona looking to sell the Brazilian.

    He told Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia: “I know him well, he's very good. I've seen him play since he was 12 years old.

    “I played against him in Brazil at football sala and I loved him.

    “He lacks nothing. I like to play with players at a top level and he's a phenomenon. He's a great guy, really hard working, with unbeatable technique and incredible finishing.

    “Players go through good moments and some not so good ones and he brings us a lot. We hope he's here next season too.”

    FAB BIRTHDAY PREZZIE

    Cesc Fabregas was delighted to be able to go out of doors on his 33rd birthday yesterday.

    The former Chelsea midfielder has been holed up in Monaco during lockdown.

    He posted a picture of his family out for a stroll for the first time in a while.

    A great birthday present, we can go out!! 😍🥰 4th of May ❤️🙏🏻

    A post shared byCesc Fàbregas (@cescf4bregas) on

    TORO FOR 'TAURO

    Barcelona are reportedly “very close” to agreeing terms with Inter Milan over the transfer of Chelsea target Lautaro Martinez.

    Speculation has mounted over the past few months that the Catalan giants have been mounting a move for the 22-year-old striker.

    Now Diario Sport claim they have nearly thrashed out a cash-plus-players package with the Italian club to bring him to the Nou Camp.

    The Spanish news outlet states Barcelona are willing to pay £56.9million for the Argentinian hotshot plus throw in two unnamed players in part-exchange.

    Martinez, who has a £94m release clause in his Inter contract, appears to have his heart set on joining fellow countryman Lionel Messi at the La Liga side.

    WE CAN'T KEEP HIM

    Erik ten Hag has confirmed Andre Onana, 24, is set to leave the Johan Cruyff Arena.

    Frank Lampard is looking at the Camerooon No1 after losing faith in Kepa Arrizabalaga.

    The Ajax boss told Algemeen Dagblad: “Andre is very important to us and of course we don’t want to lose him.

    “But it’s true that we have an agreement from last year about the development scenario and what steps we will take if the right club comes in at the right price.

    “As far as I know, no concrete offer has been made to Ajax.”

    TAYLOR MADE

    Premier League games could last less than 90 minutes when football returns, according to PFA chief Gordon Taylor.

    The controversial Professional Footballers’ Association supremo said: “I’m talking about protocol that’s coming out, I’m talking about the future.

    “We don’t know the future, what we do know is what propositions have been put forward and ideas.

    “More subs, games possibly not being full 45 minutes each way, neutral stadiums, there’s lots of things put forward.

    “We’re trying to wait to see what proposals are and have the courtesy to let the managers and coaches and players assimilate all those and come to a considered view.”

    BIRD WATCHING

    Chelsea are “increasingly confident” of signing Derby youngster Max Bird.

    The midfielder, 19, is being targeted by former boss Frank Lampard and Jody Morris.

    The Rams value Bird at around £5million, which would mark a shrewd investment in a young player if he reaches his potential.

    Chelsea could even get him for less than that, given the cash crisis during coronavirus.

    Lampard managed him last season, giving the teen starlet his debut in a 4-0 defeat.

    He has made another 19 first-team appearances under Phillip Cocu, making the defensive midfield slot his own.

    NORTH LONDON CALLING

    Willian will definitely be joining Tottenham in summer, according to Richard Keys.

    Speaking on the Keys and Gray Show, the former Sky Sports presenter was talking about which players who may choose not to play on once the season resumed.

    And he said: “He's another one that's already spoken to Jose Mourinho. He's on his way to Tottenham.

    “'I'm not playing for Chelsea!'”

    MISS MY FOOTIE

    Tammy Abraham has admitted his is missing the beautiful game and Stamford Bridge.

    The striker, 22, posted a series of photos on his Instagram stories, all memories from goalscoring times.

    The Blues are expected to be back at training soon after telling their overseas stars to return to the UK.

    GIVE ME 'MOUR

    David Moyes has revealed he'd ask for Billy Gilmour in exchange for Declan Rice if Chelsea come knocking for his star man this summer.

    With West Ham boss Moyes all-but resigned to losing his midfielder maestro in the summer, the ex-Manchester United and Everton chief has joked he is tempted to demand Gilmour in return.

    Moyes told the BBC: “The one [Scottish player] who if I could sign tomorrow I would is Billy Gilmour after his opening performances for Chelsea.

    “He's looked like a seasoned pro, he's looked like somebody who's hungry, who's in love with the game.

    “I was laughing because I keep getting told that Chelsea want Declan Rice…

    “So I thought well I might just decide I want Billy Gilmour and see how it goes.”

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Yesterday was a busy day as SunSport exclusively revealed Premier League stars will be banned from spitting and ordered to wear snoods or masks as the full list of training rules were revealed.

    Six Prem teams – including West Ham and Brighton – also emerged who are putting 'Project Restart' at risk because they do not want to play matches at neutral stadiums.

    But it was revealed top flight games will be shown on YouTube for FREE when the season resumes.

    And SunSport also exclusively revealed Wembley is back as a potential venue as club chiefs fight to return.

    But the Premier League's foreign players are facing pressure from their families over alleged railroading into a return.

    Their thoughts are in line with Ian Holloway who exclusively told SunSport he fears 'killing' players if football rushes to return from the coronavirus delay.

    In transfers, Pedro is wanted by Real Betis as Roma circle on a free transfer move this summer.

    The Blues will fight Arsenal for Orkun Kokcu transfer as Mikel Arteta targets the 19-year-old Feyenoord midfielder in a £23million deal.

    Chelsea were also told to drop £10m transfer asking price for Victor Moses by Inter Milan or face having the winger returned after his loan.

    Flop Tiemoue Bakayoko is being eyed by Sevilla as Frank Lampard looks to recoup some of £40m transfer fee wasted on the midfielder.

    And the West Londoners and Man City are on the trail of Mohamed Ihattaren, 16, with scouts having watched the £20m-rated PSV midfielder.

    But the Blues are set to be beaten by West Ham to Serhou Guirassy with a £15m deal for the Amiens striker close.

    Elsewhere, ex-Chelsea ace Salomon Kalou got caught singing a ‘corona song’, flouting social distancing rules and moaning about pay cuts in a shocking video.

    And finally, David Moyes says he'd ask for Chelsea's Billy Gilmour in exchange for Declan Rice.

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