12.30pm Chelsea news LIVE: Manuel Neuer, Gabriel Magalhaes, Alex Telles, Philippe Coutinho transfer latest; Willian gone – The Sun
CHELSEA are eyeing up a big summer rebuild to back Frank Lampard when the transfer window opens – with the club's transfer ban lifted.
We have the latest transfer talk on the likes of Gabriel Magalhaes, Alex Telles and Philippe Coutinho and – but the Blues could miss out on Bayern Muncih goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Meanwhile, former defender Ashley Cole was attacked in his home by a gang of masked robbers.
Follow all the latest updates and gossip from West London below…
Former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has been wowing fans with his silky skills.
PSG have reportedly joined Chelsea in the race for Real Madrid defender Achraf Hakimi.
The versatile Moroccan is in the final season of his two-year loan at Borussia Dortmund and has impressed with seven goals and ten assists in his 37 appearances this term.
It is understood the 21-year-old has a £50million release clause and Real – who are set to bolster their midfield and attack in the next window – are prepared to sell the full-back.
Chelsea and Bayern Munich are linked with Hakimi, while Dortmund are keen to make the loan permanent, but French champions PSG have now entered the picture, according to Diario AS.
Willian has all-but conceded his time at Chelsea is coming to an end this summer after he was told his demand of a three-year contract extension is “impossible”.
The Brazilian’s Blues deal is set to expire in the summer but he has been at loggerheads with Stamford Bridge chiefs who are only willing to hand the 31-year-old a two-year extension.
He told Expediente Futebol: “Really a very beautiful story that I built at this club, I have a very special affection for the fans, for the people who work there and I identified myself a lot here.
“Everyone knows that my contract ends now in a few months, so the renewal is really a difficult thing to happen.
“I think it will be very difficult for me to renew because Chelsea offered me two years, I asked for three and it ended there, we didn’t talk anymore, we didn’t negotiate anymore.
“Three years – Chelsea said it would be impossible, so for now theres this difficulty, but nothing is impossible.
“We don’t know what can happen, suddenly we could make a deal and get it right. But what I can say today is that my contract is going over and I will be free to negotiate with any team.”
Samuel Umtiti will be sold by Barcelona this summer, according to reports.
And that has put the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea on red alert.
According to Sport, the defender could be available for between as little as £26million and £35m when the transfer window reopens.
Barcelona are keen to raise some cash to spend on their other targets and are therefore trying to flog some of their valuable assets.
Reports this week suggested Umtiti’s destination of preference would be Chelsea.
However, the Stamford Bridge side are also looking at Lille’s Gabriel Magalhaes, who is four years younger than the Frenchman.
European football chiefs have admitted for the first time the season may have to be scrapped.
A joint letter to all leagues and clubs confirms that finishing the campaign despite the coronavirus crisis is the collective aim of European football.
It promised: “Concrete plans are being drawn up.
“Work is now focusing on scenarios encompassing the months of July and August, including the possibility that the UEFA competitions restart after the completion of domestic leagues.”
The letter added: “ A joint management of calendars is strictly required as the conclusion of the current season must be coordinated with the start of the new one, which may be partly impacted because of the overstretch.
“Closely following the development of the current situation, we will indicate as soon as possible, and ideally by mid-May, which of the plans can be enacted for the completion of the season without leaving anyone behind.
“Stopping competitions should really be the last resort after acknowledging that no calendar alternative would allow to conclude the season.”
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