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CHELSEA have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Leeds ace Raphinha as rival bidding club Barcelona have reportedly offered Jesse Marsch's side a lower fee for the Brazilian.

The Blues agreed a £60m fee with Leeds over a week ago but are yet to hear back from Raphinha, who is said to prefer a move to Barca.

But it now looks like Chelsea may win the tug-of-war, with the Catalan club offering a fee short of Leeds' valuation for the winger.

And Barca are also close to renewing the contract of Blues target Ousmane Dembele, making it less likely they will sign the Brazilian who played in the same position.

Elsewhere, Chelsea are in advanced talks to re-sign Man City's Nathan Ake.

The Blues sold the Dutch centre-back to Bournemouth back in 2017 for a £17m fee.

And if a deal between Bayern Munich and Barcelona cannot be agreed for Robert Lewandowski, reports from Germany suggest he would rather join Chelsea than stay in Munich.

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  • Justin Lawrence

    Declan Rice cost revealed

    Chelsea will have to dig deep into their pockets to try and sign Declan Rice from West Ham.

    Rice has attracted interest from the Blues, along with Man United.

    But drawing comparisons with Kalvin Phillips' £45m switch to West Ham, club coach Stuart Pearce is adamant Rice is staying put unless they get an exorbitant offer for him.

    He said to talkSPORT: "No, no chance. If you’re talking [Kalvin] Phillips going at £45m, you’re talking Sterling going at £45m, what are West Ham going to do with £45-50m?

    “Absolute waste of time. Dave’s been adamant, the board have been adamant at West Ham that Declan’s going nowhere and Dave’s going to build a team around him. He’s so crucial.

    “Not a chance he’s leaving."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea 'only option for Ronaldo'

    Chelsea are the only viable option for Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.

    That's the view of football journalist Gianluca di Marzio who claims PSG won't sign Ronaldo as they already have Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe.

    And he doubts the 37-year would move to Barcelona due to his allegiances with Real Madrid.

    This just leaves Chelsea on the board for Ronaldo who's keen to play Champions League football next season, Di Marzio added.

    He said to Wettfreunde: "PSG won’t sign him as they have Messi, Neymar and Mbappe. It’s difficult to find another club that will give him the opportunity to play in the Champions League.

    “Italy is impossible for him. So I think Chelsea could be right for him. But it depends on him and what he wants. If he wants to play in the Premier League and Champions League, Chelsea is the only club at the moment."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Lukaku becomes fourth-highest paid

    Former Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku has become the Serie A's joint-fourth highest-paid player following his controversial move to Inter Milan.

    The Belgium international shares the spot with ex-Man United star Paul Pogba, who moved to Juventus this summer.

    They both will rake in £125,000 per week while they remain in Italy, according to Tancredi Palmeri.

    Pogba's new Juventus team-mate Matthijs de Ligt tops the list, earning £200,000 per week.

    Although he'll lose his spot at the summit if Chelsea's pursuit of him is successful.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea haven't made Cucurella contact

    Chelsea haven't made a transfer bid for Brighton star Marc Cucurella despite being linked with him this summer.

    That's according to Brighton owner Tony Bloom. who revealed the Blues are yet to make contact over signing the defender,

    Chelsea, along with Man City, have reportedly been tracking Cucurella, but Bloom poured cold water on the speculation.

    He told the BBC: " Marc is a tremendous player, a tremendous person. He’s brilliant for the dressing room.

    “The players love him, Graham and the coaches love him, I love him, the fans love him. He was unbelievably good last season, his first season in the Premier League.

    “We’re hoping for more to come and we haven’t had a bid for him.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Drinkwater has Chelsea regrets

    Danny Drinkwater says he is still “angry” after wasting his best years at Chelsea.

    The 32-year-old joined the Blues back in 2017 for £35m after starring in Leicester’s Premier League triumph and Champions League campaign.

    But over the course of his five-year contract, the midfielder made just 23 appearances, scoring once, and has finally been released by the club.

    Drinkwater admits his mental health plummeted after being made to feel unwanted at Chelsea, while family bereavements saw him caught drink driving.

    Now a free agent, he said: “I'm relieved, because it's clear it wasn't a situation that was good for me or the club.

    “I'm angry because of how it's gone and how I was treated. Not bitter though, or what ifs. It was a long time coming.”

  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING BLUES

    Chelsea are leading candidates to sign Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Nathan Ake is reportedly closing in on a move back to Stamford Bridge after agreeing personal terms with the Blues.

    Danny Drinkwater says he is still “angry” after wasting his best years at Chelsea.

    Drinkwater, 32, admits his mental health plummeted after being made to feel unwanted at Chelsea, while family bereavements saw him caught drink driving.

    The Blues have received a transfer boost as they try and beat Barcelona to the signing of Brazilian winger Raphinha.

    Chelsea have reportedly agreed a fee of £55m with Leeds for Raphinha.

    And Romelu Lukaku looked like a new man in his first training session back with Inter Milan.

  • Alex Cole

    ICYMI – AC Milan keen on Ziyech

    Chelsea are in talks with AC Milan over the sale of Hakim Ziyech, according to reports.

    The Blues are open to selling the Moroccan with Thomas Tuchel close to sealing deal for Raheem Sterling.

  • Alex Cole

    Lukaku speaks

    After revealing it was 'like coming home' the ex-Chelsea ace suggested he has never felt more welcome.

    He said: "My family and I were so happy here thanks to the people, the fans and my team-mates.

    "From the first day I arrived here, everyone helped me settle in. I'm very happy.

    "It's an amazing feeling. What we achieved here a year ago was fantastic.

    "That goes for the team, the fans and also me personally.

    "Inter have given me so much and I hope to do even better than last time.

    "It's now time to work hard as a squad and hopefully do even better than before."

  • Alex Cole

    Romelu back in town

    Chelsea's record £97.5million buy then chatted intently with Lautaro Martinez as they prepare to renew their partnership up front.

    Lukaku, 29, relished the familiar surroundings at Como as he took a full part in training.

    The Belgium hero is back with Inter in a £7million one-year temporary deal, just ten months after leaving for Stamford Bridge.

  • Alex Cole

    Lukaku trains for first time back at Inter

    Romelu Lukaku looked a new man in his first training session back with Inter Milan.

    The striker seemed filled with joy and relief after 'coming home' on loan following his nightmare move to Chelsea.

  • Alex Cole

    More from Drinkwater

    Drinkwater was asked if he had wasted the best five years if his career, he added: “Yeah, it feels like 'what have you thrown those five years away for?’

    “If you'd stayed at Leicester, if you didn't get injured and if the club treated you differently. They're all ifs. It's frustrating, 100 per cent.

    “Don't think I'm still not burning about how it's gone. I still kick myself for it.

    "But on the other side, am I going to keep kicking myself, because I can't change it.”

  • Alex Cole

    Drinkwater angry after time at Chelsea

    Danny Drinkwater says he is still “angry” after wasting his best years at Chelsea.

    The 32-year-old joined the Blues back in 2017 for £35m after starring in Leicester’s Premier League triumph and Champions League campaign.

    But over the course of his five-year contract, the midfielder made just 23 appearances, scoring once, and has finally been released by the club.

    Drinkwater admits his mental health plummeted after being made to feel unwanted at Chelsea, while family bereavements saw him caught drink driving.

    Now a free agent, he said: “I'm relieved, because it's clear it wasn't a situation that was good for me or the club.

    “I'm angry because of how it's gone and how I was treated. Not bitter though, or what ifs. It was a long time coming.”

  • Alex Cole

    Romano on Ake move to Stamford Bridge

    Fabrizio Romano tweeted: "Chelsea have full agreement with Nathan Ake on personal terms.

    "Man City are aware of the situation on the player side, but still waiting to receive the official bid.

    "City want around £40/45m for Ake and plan is to replace him with a new centre back in case he leaves."

  • Alex Cole

    Ake 'closing in' on Chelsea transfer

    Nathan Ake is reportedly closing in on a move back to Stamford Bridge after agreeing personal terms with Chelsea.

    SunSport reported on Friday morning how the Blues were in advanced talks with Manchester City for the Dutch defender.

    And reports say the Citizens are now braced for a bid, before pressing ahead with finding a replacement for Ake.

  • Alex Cole

    Blues favourites to sign Ron

    Chelsea are leading candidates to sign Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

    That’s according to bookmakers Betfair, who’ve priced Thomas Tuchel’s side at 10/11 to clinch the Manchester United forward’s signature this summer.

  • Alex Cole

    Ake talks stepped up

    Chelsea are reportedly in advanced discussions with Manchester City over a deal for Nathan Ake.

    The defender could become the second player to swap City for Stamford Bridge with Raheem Sterling on the verge of being announced as a Blues player.

    Talks between Chelsea and City regarding Ake, 27, have stepped up in recent days, according to The Times.

  • Alex Cole

    Barca still working on Alonso bid

    The Catalan giants are also looking to sign Chelsea left back Marcos Alonso.

    Alonso has made his desire to leave obvious, and is desperate to play in his home country.

    According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the Catalan club are still hopeful they'll be able to secure the pair this summer.

    He claimed: "Barcelona are still working on Marcos Alonso deal. No doubts on player side: potential agreement ready on personal terms with Barca, still waiting to find solution with Chelsea."

  • Alex Cole

    ICYMI – Chelsea winning race for Raphinha

    The Blues have received a transfer boost as they try and beat Barcelona to the signing of Brazilian winger Raphinha.

    Leeds are said to be keen on completing the sale of Raphinha before they head off on their pre-season tour to Australia.

    According to Spanish outlet Sport, Tuchel’s Chelsea are offering a more lucrative deal to Leeds.

    Chelsea have agreed a fee of £55m with Leeds.

  • Alex Cole

    Barca 'pushing' for Azpilicueta

    Barcelona are pushing to sign Chelsea captain Azpilicueta before the Blues' pre-season tour starts this Saturday, writes Jack Burford.

    The LaLiga giants are reportedly keen on bringing in the Spaniard to provide Xavi with much needed squad depth.

    Azpilicueta's contract ended this summer, but after making more than thirty appearances this season his contract was automatically renewed for another season.

    Therefore, Barca will have to negotiate a small fee with Chelsea if they want the defender.

  • Alex Cole

    More on Ziyech to Milan

    Ziyech, 29, handed in a transfer request at the end of last month after starting just eight Premier League games last season.

    The winger is keen on joining AC Milan according to Fabrizio Romano and will hope the talks between the clubs are positive.

    Milan also remain interested in Ziyech despite reportedly planning a bid for Club Brugge star Charles de Ketelaere.

    Ziyech's contract runs until 2025 and Chelsea are reported as being keener on a loan deal with an option to buy rather than a permanent sale this summer.

  • Alex Cole

    AC Milan keen on Ziyech

    Chelsea are in talks with AC Milan over the sale of Hakim Ziyech, according to reports.

    The Blues are open to selling the Moroccan with Thomas Tuchel close to sealing deal for Raheem Sterling.

  • Alex Cole

    Sarr on returning for pre-season

    Malang Sarr is delighted to be back with his team-mates after the summer break.

    He told Chelsea’s official website: “It is really good to be back to see the guys and the staff.

    “We started to train Saturday morning, a session in the morning and a bit of work in the gym before we trained again on Sunday. We had cardiac and blood tests.

    “The manager came back on Monday and we started to train a bit harder in the morning.

    “We do the physical work and fitness work but we still do ball play, position games and technical work which is really good for us. Little games with small goals, just to bring the intensity with the ball into it."

  • Alex Cole

    Blues favourites to sign Ron

    Chelsea are leading candidates to sign Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

    That's according to bookmakers Betfair, who've priced Thomas Tuchel's side at 10/11 to clinch the Manchester United forward's signature this summer.

  • Alex Cole

    City have signed ‘English version of Kante’, says Sagna

    Manchester City have signed the “English version" of Chelsea star N’Golo Kante, reckons former right-back Bacary Sagna.

    Sagna told Lord Ping: “I think it’s great for English football that City have signed him because they have the resources to sign anybody in that position.

    “For me, it’s always pleasing to see English players joining an English title-winning team.

    “I’m delighted for him because he deserves the opportunity – he has been brilliant for Leeds and also for the national team.

    “When I see him play, I think he is like an English version of N’Golo Kante.”

  • Alex Cole

    Chelsea winning race for Raphinha

    The Blues have received a transfer boost as they try and beat Barcelona to the signing of Brazilian winger Raphinha.

    Leeds are said to be keen on completing the sale of Raphinha before they head off on their pre-season tour to Australia.

    According to Spanish outlet Sport, Tuchel’s Chelsea are offering a more lucrative deal to Leeds.

    Chelsea have agreed a fee of £55m with Leeds.

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