12.15pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Rice £40m bid, Rudiger to West Ham loan interest, Kepa future LATEST – The Sun

CHELSEA are preparing to make a £40m bid for Declan Rice as the believe West Ham are desperate for funds, The Sun can reveal.

And their hand could be further strengthened by the fact the Hammers are keen to take Antonio Rudiger on loan.

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  • KANTE BE GOING

    Frank Lampard insisted N’Golo Kante is part of his plans despite reported interest from Manchester United.

    United have reached out to Kante's advisors to see if a deal can be made, according to The Mirror.

    Despite United's links, Lampard has expressed his desire for Kante to stay.

    He said: “He is an incredible player, I keep saying it and I mean it, he is huge for this club.”

  • RUDI HELL

    West Ham hope to get Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea in a loan deal, SunSport can reveal.

    The Germany centre-half is worried about his role in Frank Lampard’s plans at Chelsea.

    And he may need a move ahead of the Euro 2020 finals next year.

    Hammers are keen to take Rudiger for the season and will pay good money to take him.

    They have already failed in similar enquiries for Rob Holding at Arsenal and Manchester United’s Chris Smalling.

    Blues may prefer to sell Rudiger, 27, but if that plan fails then David Moyes’ Irons have a serious chance of success.

  • CAL ON ME

    Callum Hudson-Odoi's impact against West Brom has been revealed.

    The winger came on for the second half as Chelsea trailed 3-0 against the Baggies.

    Hudson-Odoi scored the Blues' second as they pulled it back to 3-3.

    Here is how he changed the game.

  • TO BE FRANK

    Frank Lampard has been urged to switch to a back three to help combat Chelsea's leaky defence.

    Former Arsenal player Paul Merson wants centre-back Antonio Rudiger back into the squad.

    Merson told The Star: “Frank Lampard needs to change his tactics or Chelsea can kiss goodbye to Antonio Rudige.

    “Chelsea have got five centre-backs and that’s too many unless you’re playing three every week – and I think that’s what Lampard should do.

    “At the moment he’s playing a back four and someone is always going to miss out. Right now it’s Rudiger, which surprises me.

    “I thought Kurt Zouma or Andreas Christensen would go this summer because Rudiger is better than both of them.

    “But he can’t even get on the bench. If that carries on he’ll be gone. He won’t want to stick around to be fifth choice.

    “But if Lampard switches to three at the back with wing-backs, he solves the problem and gets the best out of Thiago Silva, who won’t be so exposed in that system.”

  • WRIGHT MAN FOR IT

    Man Utdhave been told to replace Ed Woodward with former Chelsea transfer guru Michael Emenalo.

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright says the Old Trafford club should make the call to ramp up their pursuit of new players.

    He said on the Kelly and Wrighty show: “For me, and it's blatantly obvious to me, you've got someone like Michael Emenalo who was at Chelsea.

    “He won three Premier Leagues under three different managers, he's won the Champions League, he's helped oversee the loan system and the academy system at Chelsea.

    “We're talking about a director of football who knows exactly what he's doing.

    “We're talking about under [Roman] Abramovich with three different managers and he still managed, because he's a football man, to get the job done.

    “What happened with Chelsea was that when we say 'another manager's come in', but they're still winning trophies.”

  • KOP FEELING THAT

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reckons Chelsea will challenge for the Premier League title this season.

    As reported by the Liverpool Echo, he said: “The Premier League and these teams with what what they do is too much and too good that the season isn't decided before started, so it doesn't just work like this.”

    Before he added: “Nobody is safe of these kinds of things and so we have to work incredibly hard to sort it out, but the other teams have no influence.

    “When we face them we want to beat them, that's all we can do, but, yes often it is an open race.

    “Chelsea will be there 100 per cent, United will be there, Arsenal and Tottenham will always be there.”

  • TALK TO FRANK

    More on Frank Lampard as he reflects on Chelsea coming from three behind to draw against West Brom.

    He said: “It leaves me with mixed emotions because to come back like that and keep believing shows a great attitude but we should never have conceded three goals from three first half shots.

    “We have to be humble enough to accept our mistakes and know we have to get better.”

  • FRANKLY SPEAKING

    Frank Lampard backed Thiago Silva to bounce back from his disastrous Premier League debut.

    The Brazilian's first-half mistake led to a West Brom goal on the weekend, with Chelsea going on to come back from three behind to draw 3-3.

    Chelsea manager Lampard said: “He is going to be fantastic for us,' Lampard insisted. 'He has been incredible in his career and I am sure he will be open about his mistake, but there is no blame on him.

    “We are team that has to react around that. It is nothing on him. He will admit his mistake, but that was the only one. That's his first Premier League game done and in the bank.

    “He will show a lot more as he gets fitter and the whole squad gets fitter.

    “I am not blaming the players but just stating facts we made mistakes to give ourselves a mountain to climb.”

  • MAN MANAGEMENT

    Christian Pulisicis on a specialised training regime with Chelsea growing increasingly concerned over his injury record.

    The American has yet to feature this season and remains sidelined with a hamstring issue he picked up in the FA Cup final in August.

    Pulisic, 22, faced lengthy spells on the treatment table last season including missing almost three months with a groin problem.

  • SQUAD GOALS

    Here is our alternate team to play Tottenham.

    It would see Ross Barkey, Olivier Giroud and Fikayo Tomori game time, as they were given in the last round.

    Striker Timo Werner would also shift out to the left wing.

  • CUP BLUES

    Frank Lampard faces a squad headache going into his Carabao Cup clash against Spurs.

    Chelsea had to come from three down to draw 3-3 against West Brom on Saturday.

    And with the team not in top form, it remains to be seen whether Lampard will rest players against Tottenham or play his full strength line up.

    Here's our predicted side to play Spurs.

  • KANTE BELIEVE IT

    Tottenham could strike it lucky by getting Milan Skriniar on the cheap — because Inter Milan are scrambling for cash to sign N’Golo Kante.

    Spurs are in talks with the Italian club over a deal for Skriniar — the man boss Jose Mourinho believes can sort out his team’s defensive problems.

    But they were put off by the £55million asking price for the 25-year-old Slovakian.

    Inter have since lowered their demands to just over £45m.

    But they may now drop their valuation to £35m just to get some cash in to fund a bid for Chelsea star Kante.

  • KEPA BLUES

    Chelsea's keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is reportedly seeking a move back to Spain.

    A source, presumably close to the player, is quoted as saying: “His problem is not Chelsea, it’s England,” according to AS.

    AS also claim that there’ll be interest in Kepa, no specific clubs are named and his agents have a big job on to seal the move.

  • JOR THE ONE

    PSG want to sign Chelsea midfielder Jorginho on loan, according to reports.

    The Italian, 28, has been linked with a departure away from Stamford Bridge this summer.

    Now Telefoot report the French champions have 'established a connection' with Chelsea over a potential switch.

    PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is understood to be keen to bring in another midfielder before the transfer window closes next week.

    However, his side may still have competition from Arsenal, who have also been linked with the £57million former Napoli man.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly a big fan of Jorginho, who could be seen as an alternative to fellow target Thomas Partey.

  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Manchester United have reportedly made a shock enquiry for Chelsea's N'Golo Kante.

    But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side face competition from Inter Milan to land the 2018 World Cup winner.

    The Mirror reports United have made contact with the French midfielder's advisors ahead of a potential deal.

    Kante, 29, could be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge by Frank Lampard if the club receive an acceptable offer.

    In other news, Inter Milan are willing to offer Marcelo Brozovic and Milan Skirniar in exchange for Kante, according to reports.

    Ex-Blues boss Antonio Conte is desperate to reunite with the Frenchman in Milan.

    Inter are struggling to reach Chelsea's asking price, however, believed to be in the region of £46million.

    According to 90min, they have decided that first-team stars Brozovic and Skriniar could be sacrificed in order to land Kante, 29.

    Meanwhile, Aston Villa are keen to bring Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek in on loan as well as Copenhagen's Victor Nelsson in a £9million deal.

    Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek is on Villa's radar with a potential loan deal on the cards for the 24-year-old.

  • SHARE ALIKE

    Premier League clubs have been ordered by the Government to stop splashing millions on new players and bail out their skint EFL counterparts instead.

    Culture secretary Oliver Dowden yesterday demanded England’s top division “step up to the plate” and “start looking after the football family as a whole.”

    Dowden wants a deal agreed this week for Prem sides to cough up the £250million EFL chief Rick Parry says his clubs stand to lose due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Asked by the  BBC’s Andrew Marr if he was going to insist Prem clubs “help poorer clubs, rather than spend huge amounts of money hiring a new striker,” Dowden replied: “That’s exactly what we’re saying to them.”

  • KANTE BELIEVE IT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants N'Golo Kante to add some extra muscle to his midfield, according to reports.

    The Mirror claim the Red Devils is a long-term admirer of the Chelsea midfielder.

    It is also claimed that Solskjaer wants the 29-year-old to “add extra muscle” to his line-up.

    Contact has been made with the midfielder's representatives – but he would have to take a big cut on his £300,000-per-week wages.

  • CALL ON ME

    Callum Hudson-Odoi has praised the strong mentality of Chelsea's side after their comeback against West Brom.

    The winger was put on at half-time when the Baggies were leading the game 3-0.

    Frank Lampard's men managed to snatch a point from the fixture as it ended 3-3.

    Fans have praised Hudson-Odoi for his impact – and here's the stats to back up their claims.

  • GO ON SON!

    Tottenham will be without Son Heung-min for the clash against Chelsea.

    The South Korean star injured his hamstring in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle.

    Jose Mourinho said: “It's an injury. We'll have him out for a while.

    “It's his hamstring”.

    When asked if Son is expected to be out for a long time, he said: “Yes”.

  • JOR DROPPING

    Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly opened talks over a loan move for Jorginho.

    According to Telefoot, the French giants have already “established a connection” with the Blues over the move.

    Jorginho, who joined the club in 2018 for £57million, has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.

    Arsenal are among the clubs that are interested in securing his services.

  • FEELING BLUE

    Chelsea's ladies have crashed out the FA Cup following a defeat to Everton.

    Erin Cuthbert gave the Blues the lead in the fourth minute, but the Toffees pulled off an incredible comeback.

  • 'REALLY EXCITING'

    Darren Bent has singled out Callum Hudson-Odoi for praise following Chelsea's comeback against West Brom.

    He told Football Insider: “Callum Hudson-Odoi was the big one.

    “He was the player that made a real difference.

    “He was really exciting and gave them a bit of impetus.

    “When he got on the ball he made life really, really uncomfortable for West Brom.

    “He played really, really well. That is the Hudson-Odoi that we want to see week in, week out.”

  • HUD ENOUGH?

    Callum Hudson-Odoi has revealed what was said in the Chelsea dressing room during yesterday's game against West Brom.

    The Blues found themselves 3-0 down after just 27 minutes, but managed to walk away with one point after scoring three times in the second half.

    Speaking on the club website, he said: “We definitely felt we were still in the game.

    “No matter what the score is, in football you always feel like you have a chance to turn things around.

    “At half-time we all said the same thing, we need to keep our heads up and get back out there and get the goals we need to turn the game around as quick as possible.

    “We needed the goals to get something from this game and I think we all thought we could turn this around.”

  • CHEEKY DEAL?

    Aston Villa are keen to bring Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek in on loan as well as Copenhagen's Victor Nelsson in a £9million deal.

    Villa manager Dean Smith is keen to bolster his midfield and defensive options ahead of the October 5 transfer deadline.

    Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek is on Villa's radar with a potential loan deal on the cards for the 24-year-old.

    Loftus-Cheek is also being tracked by West Ham and Southampton, so Aston Villa face some stiff competition if they're going to try and get this deal done.

  • KANTE AWAY

    Chelsea star N’Golo Kante is reportedly wanted by Manchester United.

    United have reached out to Kante's advisors to see if a deal can be made, according to The Mirror.

    Despite United's interest, Lampard has expressed his desire for Kante to stay.

    He said: “He is an incredible player, I keep saying it and I mean it, he is huge for this club.”

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