9pm Chelsea news LIVE: Timo Werner transfer LATEST updates, Alonso ‘likes’ negative Chilwell tweet, Batshuyai leaving – The Sun

CHELSEA prepared for their Premier League return with a behind-closed-doors inter-squad friendly at the weekend, which saw Ruben Loftus-Cheek make an eagerly awaited comeback.

Meanwhile, the Blues appear to be on the verge of signing Timo Werner, but RB Leipzig have stressed the deal is yet to be completed.

Marcos Alonso looks to have liked a tweet comparing him favourably with transfer target Ben Chilwell, while West Ham and Newcastle are in for Michy Batshuayi.

Follow all the latest updates and transfer gossip from the Bridge below…

  • STRONG COLL

    Stan Collymore believes Timo Werner’s move to Chelsea works out for all parties – including Liverpool.

    He told The Mirror: “The deal to take Timo Werner to Chelsea is a perfect arrangement for all concerned.

    Perfect for the player, perfect for the Blues, perfect for RB Leipzig, who are trousering £53million, and perfect for Liverpool as well.

    He’s a good, solid striker with promise — an all-rounder who holds the ball up well, is mobile, gets into the box and scores goals.

    But the Liverpool fans sobbing about missing out on him can spare me the tears because he’s not Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo and the way some have reacted, you’d be forgiven for thinking he was some sort of reincarnation of both.”

  • MARCSMAN

    Marcos Alonso “liked” a tweet criticising Chelsea's transfer interest in left-back target Ben Chilwell.

    The tweet read: “This guy can go on about Chilwell for 140 seconds and forgets to mention: – less goal contributions than Marcos Alonso, whos (sic) started FOURTEEN matches less than Chilwell. Less chances created/90 than MA. Less clean sheets/90 than MA. Less tackles won/90 than MA.”

    Screenshots on Twitter revealed Alonso liked the tweet supporting his stats, though the Spaniard has since unliked the post.

  • ANDY ADVICE

    Ander Herrera reckons Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are key to Man Utd’s future success.

    But the trio can first give Utd a boost in the current top four hunt against Chelsea and Arsenal.

    Herrera, now at PSG, told The Athletic: “They have the quality to be among the top 10 in the world.

    “Why do we admire Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, or Hazard, who I also think is one of the best in the world?

    “We admire them because they keep that form for a long time.

    “If they do it, they will become… maybe not Messi or Cristiano, because they are unique in the history of football… but they can be top five or top 10.

    “But they have to do it for a long time and keep it up.

    “It is the same for Paul [Pogba]. Rashford is on his way to doing it. And Paul can be the best midfielder in the world if he keeps playing those games where we are all amazed by him.

    “But to keep it at that level is the most difficult thing in football. To keep at it Sunday-Wednesday-Saturday, every time.

    “If those three can do that, Manchester United will win the Premier League soon, for sure.”

  • ‘NO HESITATION’

    Tino Anjorin has revealed why he snubbed Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City and Borussia Dortmund to stay at Chelsea.

    He said: “It’s a brilliant feeling. I’ve been at the club since I was six so to get to this stage and then be offered a five-year contract is amazing.

    “I had no hesitation but to take it straight away because to play for the club I always dreamed of playing for is really special to me.

    “I’ve been at Chelsea for so long so it feels really special to get this new long contract.

    “It gives me a few years to keep developing and try to push into the first team.

    “I still have a lot of hard work to do to get there but hopefully I can do it and inspire the next group of youngsters coming through.”

  • TINO TIME

    Tino Anjorin has signed a new five-year Chelsea contract amid the coronavirus crisis.

    The young attacking midfielder has been at the club since he was six years old.

    Anjorin broke into the first team earlier this season and was wanted by Man Utd, Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.

    He can play in midfield, as a striker or on either wing, and could fill the void left behind by Pedro and Willian.

  • LEFT-BACK AND CHIL

    Man City are set to battle it out with Chelsea to try and sign Ben Chilwell this summer, according to reports.

    According to The Telegraph, Pep Guardiola is likely to have another look at Chilwell for a summer move if he decides a left-back is needed.

    Benjamin Mendy has been plagued by injuries since arriving at the Etihad in 2017 while Oleksandr Zinchenko could be pushed further forward into a midfield role.

    It is also understood, though, that Frank Lampard made Chilwell a transfer priority for the upcoming window.

    With Marcos Alonso and Emerson both struggling to impress this season, a new left-back is certainly on the wish list.

  • LIVE A LITTLE

    Liverpool are two wins away from winning the title – and no one will be able to claim they have paid their way to the top.

    New statistics show Manchester City's net spend over the last five years is nearly six times more than Liverpool's.

  • BATS AWAY

    Chelsea misfit Michy Batshuayi is a target for Newcastle and West Ham.

    The Mirror claims Frank Lampard is ready to offload the Belgian this summer as he closes in on a deal for RB Leipzig's Timo Werner.

    Batshuayi has failed to make the grade at Stamford Bridge in four years.

    And his time in west London now looks to be coming to an end.

  • SEE YOU ZOU-N?

    Jose Mourinho wants Tottenham’s top bods to help him seal a summer swoop for Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, according to reports.

    The Spurs boss, who landed Zouma for the Blues during his time in charge of the club, hopes to reunite with the player he bought for £12million.

    The France centre-back, who’s been a part of the Blues squad since joining from Saint Etienne in 2014, enjoyed two successful loan spells at Stoke and Everton.

    Although Frank Lampard made more use of the 25-year-old’s defensive talents this season, the player looks to be heading for the Stamford Bridge exit.

    Media outlets in France claim Mourinho has been in talks with Tottenham’s board over a possible move for Zouma.

  • YOU'D NEED A MIRA-CLE

    Miralem Pjanic looks set to reject a switch to Chelsea and try to force a move to Barcelona instead, reports claim.

    The £40million Bosnian midfielder is believed to have shunned offers from Stamford Bridge and Paris Saint Germain, according to Marca.

    Barcelona and Juventus are currently bartering over transfer costs for the wantaway Serie A star.

    And Juve have rejected the Nou Camp club’s offer of Arthur Melo as part of a deal.

    The Italian giants understand it could be hard to keep hold of Pjanic and want to get as high a price as possible from a potential sale.

  • GET YOUR FIX

    The weekend of Friday June 19 to Monday June 22 is currently looking like THE weekend for football after its return following coronavirus.

    Here's how it looks.

    Friday June 19

    PL Norwich vs Southampton (6pm), Spurs vs Man Utd (8.15pm)

    Saturday June 20

    PL Watford vs Leicester (12.30pm), CH Fulham vs Brentford (12.30pm), BU Dortmund vs RB Leipzig, Bayern vs Freiburg (2.30pm), CH WBA vs Birmingham, PL Brighton vs Arsenal (3pm), West Ham vs Wolves (5.30pm), Bournemouth vs Palace (7.45pm).

    Sunday June 21

    CH Cardiff vs Leeds (noon), PL Newcastle vs Sheffield Utd (2pm), Aston Villa vs Chelsea (4.15pm), Everton vs Liverpool (7pm), SA Inter vs Sampdoria (8.45pm)

    Monday June 22

    SA Lecce vs AC Milan (6.30pm), PL Man City vs Burnley (8pm), SA Bologna vs Juventus (8.45pm)

  • OTD

    Ruud Gullit took over from England-bound Glenn Hoddle as Blues boss.

  • SEE YOU SOON

    Cesar Azipilicueta has invited an inspirational young child who raised hundreds of thousands for the NHS to training.

    Tony Hudgell, 5, has raised £145,000 for the coronavirus fight.

    Spaniard Azpilicueta appeared on BBC Breakfast to give Tony the invite via video.

    Tony had both his legs amputated when he was a baby after suffering horrific abuse from his birth parents.

    Azpilicueta said: “Hi Tony, it's Azpi here. Everyone at Chelsea is very proud of you and what you are doing.

    “You are an inspiration to us all. When things return to normality, I would like you to come to the training ground to meet all the players. Take care, I hope to see you very soon.”

  • IS IT A SIGN?

    Chelsea are sweating on winger Pedro signing a temporary deal to help the club through Project Restart.

    The vastly experienced Spaniard has agreed to stay on at the club for the remaining nine Premier League games once his contract expires at the end of this month.

    But veteran Pedro, 32, is holding out on putting pen to paper in solidarity with team-mate Willian who will also become a free agent from July 1.

    A Blues source said: “Pedro is ready to play on. He knows he is pretty much certain of leaving Chelsea at the end of this season.

    “He wants to do the right thing by the club too after a long time there and see the season out. But equally, he does not want to be the first one who signs before his pals have done the same.

    “And Willian’s situation is a bit different to his own. Willian is open to staying on at Stamford Bridge. Pedro is not keen to ‘break ranks’ and go it alone.”

  • FINANCES WERN THIN

    Jurgen Klopp could not morally justify Liverpool splashing out on Timo Werner.

    The champions-elect had looked nailed on to sign the RB Leipzig striker, who is now set to join Chelsea for £54million.

    But boss Klopp said: “All clubs are losing money.

    “How do I discuss with the players about things like salary waivers and on the other hand buy a player for £50-60m — we’d have to explain.”

    Liverpool are facing a £150m loss of revenue amid the coronavirus shutdown and decided to drop out of the race for Werner.

  • GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS

    SunSport can exclusively reveal Chelsea are sweating on winger Pedro signing a temporary deal to help the club through Project Restart.

    The vastly experienced Spaniard has agreed to stay on at the club for the remaining nine Premier League games once his contract expires at the end of this month.

    But veteran Pedro, 32, is holding out on putting pen to paper in solidarity with team-mate Willian who will also become a free agent from July 1.

    A Blues source said: “Pedro is ready to play on. He knows he is pretty much certain of leaving Chelsea at the end of this season.

    “He wants to do the right thing by the club too after a long time there and see the season out. But equally, he does not want to be the first one who signs before his pals have done the same.

    “And Willian’s situation is a bit different to his own. Willian is open to staying on at Stamford Bridge. Pedro is not keen to ‘break ranks’ and go it alone.”

    Meanwhile, Miralem Pjanic is once again reported to have turned down Chelsea and will not leave Juventus for any club other than Barcelona.

    Marca state that the Blues and PSG have both had approaches turned down for the Bosnian.

    Maurizio Sarri is keen to do a deal which will see Pjanic move to West London with Jorginho going the other way, but the midfielder does not seem keen to play ball.

    And Sarri would also sell Pjanic to Barcelona if he can get Arthur in exchange, but the Brazilian has no intention of moving to Turin.

    Finally, reports claim West Ham and Newcastle are set to go head to head to sign Michy Batshuayi.

    The Belgian has fallen right down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and is likely to leave in the summer.

    London rivals West Ham have been linked with the striker before, but the Magpies have now also entered the frame, according to the Mirror.

  • EXCLUSIVE BY ANDREW DILLON

    Chelsea are sweating on winger Pedro signing a temporary deal to help the club through Project Restart.

    The vastly experienced Spaniard has agreed to stay on at the club for the remaining nine Premier League games once his contract expires at the end of this month.

    But veteran Pedro, 32, is holding out on putting pen to paper in solidarity with team-mate Willian who will also become a free agent from July 1.

    A Blues source said: “Pedro is ready to play on. He knows he is pretty much certain of leaving Chelsea at the end of this season.

    “He wants to do the right thing by the club too after a long time there and see the season out. But equally, he does not want to be the first one who signs before his pals have done the same.

    “And Willian’s situation is a bit different to his own. Willian is open to staying on at Stamford Bridge. Pedro is not keen to ‘break ranks’ and go it alone.”

  • LEIP OF FAITH

    Jurgen Klopp could not morally justify Liverpool splashing out on Timo Werner.

    The champions-elect had looked nailed on to sign the RB Leipzig striker, who is now set to join Chelsea for £54million.

    But boss Klopp said: “All clubs are losing money.

    “How do I discuss with the players about things like salary waivers and on the other hand buy a  player for £50-60m — we’d have to explain.”

  • EXCLUSIVE BY ANDREW DILLON

    Premier League stars are growing increasingly worried because their coronavirus testers are not tested themselves.

    Players and staff at every club are tested at close quarters twice a week to try to contain the virus and enable the season to restart a week on Wednesday.

    Up to 60 are carried out per club at any one time at training grounds by medics using swabs while wearing full personal  protective equipment.

    Even so, some players worry that the people  carrying this out still pose a risk of infection.

    A source told SunSport: “When the testing is done, the testers then leave the training grounds and go about their daily lives. That exposes them to infection before they return for the next round of testing.

    “Some players have even asked the visiting medics whether they are tested and the answer they got was that, ‘We don’t need to be’. That’s not stopped some players from being concerned.

    “Those testers may stop off on their way home to fill up with petrol, go to a supermarket, meet other people and that hikes up the risk factor.”

  • RUN RABIOT RUN

    Everton are reportedly in pole position to land Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

    The Frenchman has been strongly linked with Man Utd in recent times.

    Arsenal and Chelsea are also thought to be interested in his services.

    But Tuttosport says Everton are ready to sign Rabiot in a deal worth nearly £27million.

  • KOUL STORY BRO

    Napoli are insisting on receiving their £100million asking price in full if they are to sell Kalidou Koulibaly this summer.

    That represents a huge blow to suitors Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

    Napoli's sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli said: “Kalidou is a great player, who still has a long contract with us.

    “If we were to sell, the club could ask for a large sum.

    “A player like this cannot change his value even in a crisis, so we are not moving our valuation.”

  • BETTER CALL SAUL

    Man Utd are reportedly “very close” to securing a £71million deal for Saul Niguez.

    Reports from across Europe have now claimed Manchester United are close to completing the deal despite interest from Chelsea and Arsenal.

    It is said that he will make the move to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side at the end of the season.

    Niguez has a huge £130million release clause as part of his contract with Atletico Madrid.

    But due to a financial meltdown caused by the coronavirus, they are prepared to take just accept just over half of that.

  • LIVE A LITTLE

    Liverpool are two wins away from winning the title – and no one will be able to claim they have paid their way to the top.

    New statistics show Manchester City's net spend over the last five years is nearly six times more than Liverpool's.

  • NEVER SAY NEVES

    Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is plotting a swoop for Ruben Neves, according to reports. 

    Man Utd are also thought to be interested in the Portuguese midfielder.

    Wolves are reluctant to let Neves leave.

    But should he go, they could sign former Everton man Idrissa Gueye from PSG as a replacement.

    Chelsea and Arsenal have also shown an interest in Neves in the past.

  • TIM TO GO

    Pedro could be set to leave Chelsea for Roma.

    The 32-year-old is close to agreeing a deal away according to Football London.

    If a deal is agreed it may even speed up the arrival of Timo Werner.

    The RB Leipzig forward could slot in and take Pedro's no11 shirt as it is the number he currently wears.

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