8am Chelsea news LIVE: Journalist claims new offer for Mertens, Werner learning English, Giroud ‘agrees deal’ with Inter – The Sun

CHELSEA stars have agreed to take a £10million pay cut as the club cut costs due to the pandemic.

Meanwhile there are reports that Olivier Giroud has agreed terms for a move away from the Bridge, while we have the very latest on the Blues' pursuit of Alessio Romagnoli.

Follow all the latest updates from West London below…

  • DRIES LIGHTNING

    Chelsea have renewed their interest in Dries Mertens by offering the Napoli forward a bigger salary.

    That is the claim from Rai Sport Journalist Paolo Paganini.

    The Blues were linked with a last-minute move for Mertens at the end of the January transfer window and could move for him again with his contract expiring this summer.

    Paganini said: “Mertens to leave? If he went away, Napoli could place a double shot. Inter and Chelsea have re-launched deals for the Belgian offering him a higher salary.”

  • CHUK THIS OUT

    Villarreal striker Samuel Chukwueze has named Chelsea as his favourite club in England – despite nearly joining Arsenal.

    “My favourite team in England is Chelsea,” Chukwueze said in an Instagram Live.

    “I was supporting Chelsea when I was young. When Chelsea lost that Champions League final against Manchester United, I was crying all through the night.”

    “Playing in England is still an ambition for me,” he toldTeam Talk.

    “I really want to play in England. It was very close for me to sign for Arsenal, almost had the contract in my hands.

    “Unfortunately, it did not work out fine with my academy due to the side of agreement and payment.

    “They did not agree with the terms of the contract.”

  • GOOD MORNING, BLUES FANS

    Chelsea have been left empty-handed after transfer target Alex Telles reportedly agreed a summer move to Paris Saint-Germain.

    Brazilian outlet Gauchazh – which has close ties to Telles’ former club Gremio – claims the defender is on the verge of leaving Porto after a £21.8million offer from PSG was accepted.

    It means Chelsea will have to look elsewhere in their hunt for a new left-back despite Frank Lampard making Telles his top choice for the position.

    The Brazil international’s Porto contract is up in 2021, making him available for a bargain fee this summer.

    But it appears Chelsea have opted against battling PSG for Telles’ signature, with the 27-year-old now nailed on for a move to the Parc des Princes where he will replace soon-to-be free agent Layvin Kurzawa.

    Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud has reportedly agreed personal terms with Inter Milan to join on a free transfer.

    The 33-year-old has long been linked with the Serie A side and attempted to push through a move to the San Siro in January.

    Chelsea blocked his exit three months ago due to a lack of cover up front.

    Giroud’s contract expires this summer and he is ready to leave Stamford Bridge despite breaking into the first team recently after Tammy Abraham’s ankle injury.

    It means Chelsea are sure to be in the market for a new striker.

    And they could turn their attention to Timo Werner, who has been learning English ahead of a move to the Premier League.

    But Chelsea face stiff competition from Liverpool. with Werner believed to be keen on linking up with Jurgen Klopp.

    While his final destination remains unclear, the 24-year-old has been using his spare time in coronavirus lockdown to prepare for any Premier League move by brushing up on his English.

    Werner has enjoyed a stunning season in the Bundesliga bagging 27 goals in 36 appearances as Leipzig climbed to third in the table.

  • CECH THAT OUT

    How does Petr Cech manage to do this!?

    The Stamford Bridge legend has been sharing videos of his home training regime for keepers on Instagram.

    View this post on Instagram

    Another goalkeeper challenge ! ⚽️😉 Might be easy for some but challenging for others … 🧤 #goalkeepers #stayhome #stayhealthy #staypositive

    A post shared byPetr Cech (@petrcech) on

  • THREE AMIGOS

    Joe Cole wants Frank Lampard to hold onto a trio of aging Chelsea stars.

    The former Blues winger reckons with all the young talent coming through at Stamford Bridge experience in the squad could be key.

    “Rightly so, we’ve credited the young players at Chelsea because they’ve come through, burst onto the scene and been amazing,” he told the Evening Standard.

    “But [Olivier] Giroud, Willian and Pedro are three top-class players who have been really massive for the club, particularly Willian, who’s a club legend, the players and the fans love him.

    “I hope they can hang onto that experience – if they want to be part of this new, exciting team that they’re building.”

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