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CHELSEA are mourning the sad loss of legendary goalkeeper Peter Bonetti, who passed away today after a long-term illness.
But in better news another Blues icon, Gianluca Vialli, has announced he is completely free of cancer after winning a 17-month battle.
Get all the latest news and gossip from Stamford Bridge here…
WILL TO PAY
Spurs could snub a move for Willian as payback for the Brazil winger choosing Chelsea over Spurs in 2013.
Tottenham and Arsenal are among the Premier League sides interested in signing the 31-year-old winger on a free transfer.
But former Manchester City full-back Danny Mills does not believe Spurs owner Levy will have forgotten Willian's infamous 2013 transfer saga where he all but signed for Tottenham before making a last-minute switch to Chelsea.
He told Football Insider: “He would be a great addition but I think it is very unlikely.
“Of course, he has turned them down before. I am not sure Daniel Levy will have that in any way shape or form.”
GIVE IT A REAL GO
Chelsea's N'Golo Kante is on Real Madrid's list as they hunt a new defensive midfielder.
Bernabeu chief Zinedine Zidane would love to pair Kante with fellow French World Cup winner Paul Pogba, if Real beat Juventus in the hunt for the unsettled Manchester United ace.
Eduardo Camavinga and Boubakary Soumare are rated priority targets to provde back-up as anchorman to Casemiro.
AS say Zidane fears Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Federico Valverde are unable to provide the solidity Brazilian Casemiro, 28, gives Real.
But Zidane's main transfer aim this summer is thought to be recruiting Pogba.
ROMAN NO TO SPURS
Roman Abramovich rejected the chance to invest in Tottenham before taking over Chelsea in 2003.
Ex-Blues director Mark Taylor claims that Russian billionaire Abramovich was initially interested in becoming the majority shareholder at Spurs 17 years ago.
He spoke with Daniel Levy a day before meeting then-Chelsea chief Ken Bates.
But Abramovich was not offered a majority stake by Levy and decided to take his business to London rivals Chelsea instead.
Taylor told The Athletic: “The key point was that when Ken met Roman and Eugene Tenenbaum they made it clear they wanted to buy control.
“I think the story is they had seen Daniel Levy the previous day and he tried to sell them 29.9 per cent of Spurs.
“But they didn’t want a minority stake, they wanted control.
“Chelsea had been looking for investors for about 18 months and we’d had a lot of time-wasters and Roman seemed viable.
“Nobody really knew who he was – and so on the Friday morning his lawyers brought in Forbes magazine from America and I think he was No 15 on the list with X billion dollars, which seemed to be quite a good starting point.”
BILLY'S ON HIS BIKE
Billy Gilmour relaxed on easter Sunday by having a bike ride with his brother Harvey.
The Chelsea teenage midfield starlet shared the footage on Instagram of the spin with his sibling, with government allowing people to get out once a day for exercise.
CUT AND DRIE
Chelsea are set to make their second transfer bid for Dries Mertens this summer after the Belgian backtracked on signing a new deal with Napoli.
The Belgian was the subject of concrete interest from the West Londoners back in January, but a move failed to materialise.
Blues chiefs have now been handed encouragement in their hopes of landing the diminutive 32-year-old on a free transfer in the summer though, with his current deal set to expire in June.
Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport claims the coronavirus outbreak halted Mertens from putting pen to paper on a new £6.3m-a-year deal.
The report adds that there is now uncertainty over whether the winger wants to stay at Stadio San Paolo.
And the Mail report that Chelsea could be among the clubs open to acquiring him for nothing, with Mertens aware of bigger wages plus a large signing-on fee if he comes to England.
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