FRANK LAMPARD has been handed a hammer blow ahead of the new season with Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori ALL in quarantine.
However, in better news Ben Chilwell has been recruited and the unveiling of Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz is seemingly imminent.
Get all the latest transfer gossip and updates from Stamford Bridge…
Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham have all been forced into quarantine after a Covid outbreak at Chelsea, The Sun can exclusively reveal.
All four went on holiday to the Greek island of Mykonos before pre-season training began last weekend.
None of them reported for duty at the Blues’ Surrey training ground yet in order to minimise the risk of any potential infection.
Chelsea would not comment on whether the players involved have tested positive or negative for coronavirus but it is known there are a number of cases at the club.
The club are now adhering to official protocols and guidelines to maintain the bio-secure bubble around the first-team squad.
Paul Barber hopes Brighton’s friendly in front of 2500 fans on Saturday will be the first step to full capacity crowds returning to English football.
The former FA supremo said: “It’s a big opportunity for us to help demonstrate to the government, general public and fans in particular that we can stage an event safely.
“It’s an important first step to restoring confidence and to giving people something to look forward to on their weekends. It is a small event and it is a pilot so the whole point of it is to test various plans, assumptions and operational procedures.
“Then we can see if they work, how they work and if they don’t work, why they didn’t work and to enable us to make better plans for future events which might be larger.
“We’ve got to show that it is possible to stay safe and maintain social distance at this point within the guidelines.
“From an economic point of view, we need to move through the gears fairly quickly in order to ensure the viability of clubs up and down the country.
“We see this as a first tentative step to not just help ourselves or clubs in the Premier League but clubs right the way through the football pyramid.”
Anthony Barry has been appointed to Frank Lampard's coaching staff.
The ex-Everton trainee arrives having assisted Paul Cook at Wigan Athletic last season.
Upon the appointment, Lampard told the Chelsea website: “I’m delighted to welcome Anthony to the club.
“He’s an exciting young coach and someone I’ve known for a while. I believe he will be a strong addition to the team.”
John Terry has welcomed a new £15,000 pooch to the family.
Chelsea’s legendary former captain, 39, revealed on Instagram that he’s splashed out on a fierce protection dog from security company Chaperone K9.
The Czech German Shepherd has been trained to a high level and will provide protection for Terry and his family.
He isn't the first footballer to use dogs from Chaperone K9, with The Sun exclusively revealing that Rio Ferdinand has splashed £40,000 on TWO mutts.
Raheem Sterling and Aaron Wan-Bissaka also have trained dogs from the same company.
FROM PARIS WITH LOVE
Thiago Silva has “signed” his Chelsea contract today, reports claim.
The Brazilian made his 315th and final appearance for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday, as they fell to Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
And despite the French champions performing a late u-turn in trying to offer him a new deal, Silva has decided that it's time for a new challenge.
Chelsea had been negotiating with the out-of-contract 35-year-old's representatives for a number of days even before the final in Lisbon.
And according to Fabrizio Romano, the deal is now done and an announcement is imminent.
Frank Lampard will expect Silva, who turns 36 next month, to add excellent leadership qualities to his young squad.
And Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte even claim that the Chelsea boss will make the former PSG and AC Milan skipper his captain.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has lauded Ben Chilwell after the left-back completed a switch from Leicester.
She said: “We are very pleased to have completed our third addition to our exciting squad for the coming season.
“Ben brings plenty of top-level experience playing in the Premier League, Champions League and at international level, despite his young age.
“We are confident Ben will adapt very quickly to being a Chelsea player and with the fixture programme for 2020/21 especially busy, he is a fantastic addition to the squad needed to challenge for honours.”
Ben Chilwell has expressed his joy at joining Frank Lampard's project at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to the club's website, he said: “I am delighted to be joining Chelsea at this very exciting time for the club.
“I’m looking forward to being a part of this young, dynamic squad led by Frank Lampard as we challenge for honours next season.
“I can’t wait to get started and hopefully it won’t be long before we’re playing in front of the Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge.”
Signed. Sealed. Delivered.
Ben Chilwell is a Chelsea player.
Brighton and Hove Albion will be the first club to let fans back in their stadium when they play Chelsea
in a friendly on Saturday, August 29, 2020.
Brighton have announced that only 2,500 tickets will be allocated for the match, for their season ticket holders and members.
Unfortunately for Chelsea, none of their fans will be allowed into the stadium for the encounter.
Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp couldn't resist a dig at rivals Chelsea when asked about their summer spending.
When asked about if Liverpool will be doing any spending this summer, Klopp said that the coronavirus pandemic has forced his club to think about spending.
He then added: ‘Nobody knows but it seems like some other teams have a more positive outlook on the future… if you look at Chelsea for example!'
CHELSEA'S STAR CORONAVIRUS WOES
Chelsea loanee Trevoh Chalobah, who is currently at FC Lorient, has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.
He has been placed in isolation for the next two weeks, where he will undergo further testing.
The 21-year-old's loan was only confirmed early last week, but he did test negative before leaving England.
Thiago Silva was a huge asset to PSG, and no one knows that as much as Kylian Mbappe.
The French starlet penned a heartfelt goodbye to Silva on his Twitter account.
In the message, Mbappe said: “Thiago, my captain (or just captain but it sounds better as my captain), you are a legend, you made your mark on the history of the club.”
Bayer Leverkusen are allegedly holding up Kai Havertz's transfer to Chelsea.
It is thought that the German side are not too keen on finalising the deal until they find a replacement for the star.
This news will be frustrating for The Blues, who have already agreed personal terms with Havertz.
Here are the Blues' opening Premier League games as well as their blockbuster clashes against the other 'Big Six' sides.
Chelsea plan to continue their summer shopping with a bid for Declan Rice, according to reports.
According to Twitter page ExWHUemployee, “There has been no bid for him but Chelsea are very keen on him.”
This claim is backed up by Football Insider, who say a Chelsea source has told them that are planning to offer a player-exchange deal for Rice worth up-to £70 million.
Rotherham have completed the season-long loan signing of Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman.
The 26-year-old spent the second-half of last season on loan in League One with Bristol Rovers, getting back to full fitness after a lengthy spell on the sidelines through injury.
Blackman has been on the books at Chelsea since the age of 12, winning both the FA Youth Cup and Under-21 Premier League during his time in their academy.
According to Telefoot, Chelsea have had a £14.3 million bid rejected forSenegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
With Kepa set to leave the club, Mendy has been lined up as a replacement for him.
Chelsea have been quite active in this summer's transfer window, so it will be interesting to see if this price deters them in their pursuit of Mendy.
Chelsea rising star Billy Gilmour has been named as the club’s Academy Player of the Season.
Since The Blues made the announcement on their Instagram page, the youngster has been showered with praise.
Gilmour underwent surgery on his knee in July, so he'll miss the first few games of the upcoming season.
Here are the numbers on Lionel Messi's next club after he put in a transfer request at Barcelona.
GOT THE BLUES
Fancy watching The Blues in action in 1995?
In celebration of Middlesborough's 25th anniversary to their Riverside Stadium, they will be showing the classic match between the two club's on their official YouTube channel.
If the match does tickle your fancy, it will be shown from 3pm.
Chelsea have hired Anthony Barry as their new first team coach.
The 34-year-old joining Frank Lampard's backroom staff earlier this week.
Barry was previously at Wigan Athletic, where he was assistant under Paul Cook.
He and Lampard built their relationship while on the same UEFA Pro Licence course.
MADE HIS MARC
Chelsea defender Marc Guehi will spend another season on loan with Swansea City.
The 19-year-old joined the Welsh club in January, having made two senior Chelsea appearances in the League Cup earlier in the campaign.
Guehi will return to the Liberty Stadium having been called up to England's Under-21 side, along-side Chelsea team-mate Calum Hudosn-Odoi.
Thiago Silva is set to sign on the dotted line tomorrow – Thursday, August 27, 2020, according to a source.
Former BBC correspondent, David Ornstein tweeted from his official Twitter account saying: “Thiago Silva scheduled to sign for Chelsea on Thursday.”
if true, this news will have Chelsea fans feeling optimistic about the upcoming season.
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