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CHELSEA are eyeing a summer rebuild despite the coronavirus uncertainty which continues to suspend the Premier League.
We have the latest transfer talk on the likes of Gabriel Magalhaes, Samuel Umtiti and Lautaro Martinez.
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…
RASH RUSH FOR SANCHO TO JOIN
Marcus Rashford is desperate to play with Chelsea target Jadon Sancho at Manchester United next season.
The striker made the plea on Instagram Live as he confirmed his desire to form a deadly Old Trafford front three with Sancho and Anthony Martial.
Fans flocked to social media to bombard Rashford with questions on Wednesday afternoon.
One supporter asked the 22-year-old if he is excited by the prospect of playing alongside Martial and Borussia Dortmund ace Sancho, who has been strongly linked with a summer move to Od Trafford.
Rashford certainly didn't disappoint as he made it clear his England team-mate is more than welcome at Old Trafford.
Rash beamed: “It would be good, Sancho's a great player and he’s like a new generation player.
“It's definitely exciting to watch him become the player he’s becoming.
“Hopefully we can all play together, that would be good.
“He plays off the cuff, he’s creative and imaginative, these are the things you need to be world class.”
QUEUING UP FOR ROD
Arsenal, Everton and Wolves are reportedly in the hunt for James Rodriguez, who has also been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United.
Marca claims Premier League clubs will queue up this summer for the Colombia winger, who contract expires in 2021.T
Rodriguez, 28, won three league titles and the Europa League with Porto beforea £40million move to Monaco in 2013.
An incredible World Cup at the end of the season secured a dream move to Real Madrid, where he landed two Champions League and one La Liga crown.
However, the midfielder eventually fell out of favour under Zinedine Zidane and ended up spending two seasons on loan at Bayern Munich.
Rodriguez returned to the Bernabeu last summer but has made just seven league appearances this season.
Chelsea star Willian expressed his desire to stay in the Premier League but admitted that working under Maurizio Sarri was good for him.
The Brazilian has been linked with a move to reunite with the Italian coach at Juventus should he fail to agree a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
And Willian told ESPN Brasil:“My desire is to stay in the Premier League, but I don't rule out playing in other leagues.
“I'm going to play until the end of the season and see what happens.
“Sarri is a good coach. He had interesting tactics, liked a beautiful game, and playing with the ball.
“Even so, he won a title, the Europa League , and we came third place in the Premier League.
“I can't tell you why it wasn't better. He was a very calm guy on a daily basis.”
NEW BALL GAME
UEFA are set to resume football by July or August with Champions League played behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Europe's top leagues as well as major sporting events have all been put on hold as the deadly COVID-19 bug continues to sweep the globe.
The Premier League announced they will aim to finish the 2019/20 season before the 2020/21 campaign begins, and according to the Independent and New York Times, Uefa have the same stance.
It is claimed ending the Champions League and Europa League – their showpiece club tournaments – without a winner is “off the table”.
But both the finals, which were backdated a month from the initial May date, are now due to be played behind closed doors.
Karim Benzema has defended calling Olivier Giroud a “kart” because “it's the truth”.
The two strikers are feuding after Real Madrid striker Benzema referred to his compatriot – who led the line for France's World Cup winning team in 2018 – as a go kart and himself as a Formula One car.
Benzema defended his comments and dragged Cristiano Ronaldo into the argument by insisting if he was to compare himself to the Juventus forward, then he would be the go kart.
He said: “They only focused on that, on what I said about Formula One and karting, but it's what I think and it's the truth.
“Look, if I was asked about Ronaldo, then he would be the Formula One car and I would be the kart. Short and simple.”
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