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CHELSEA are turning their attention to an FA Cup trip to Leicester after an impressive 2-1 victory at home to Man City secured Liverpool the title.

And The Sun can exclusively reveal that Frank Lampard expects to sign Declan Rice from West Ham and convert him to a centre-back.

Follow all the latest transfer updates and gossip from West London below…

  • BLUE MOON

    Frank Lampard will be hoping his new additions to his Chelsea side will lead to a Premier League title tilt next season.

    The Blues have already wrapped up deals for the likes of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, and the club show no signs of stopping in securing their top targets.

    SunSport have exclusively revealed how West Ham star Declan Rice is being chased by the West Londoners.

    Lampard is understood to be a huge fan of the England international, but he could cost Chelsea up to £70million to land him.

    And with the ex-Derby gaffer expected to shuffle up his side, SunSport looks at how his starting XI could look like next campaign.

    What do you think? Do they have what it takes to win the league?

  • SEE YOU, KALOU

    Former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou is close to agreeing a free transfer to Brazilian side Botafogo, according to reports.

    The Ivorian, who played for the Blues from 2006 to 2012, has spent the past six seasons at Hertha Berlin but is out of contract at the German side at the end of June.

    However, the 34-year-old has reportedly been offered an 18-month contract by the Rio de Janeiro side.

    Botafogo official Carlos Augusto Montenegro said: “He already has the pre-contract, but he asked for just one more detail in the contract that was sent to him.”

  • AKE OF SPADES

    Man City's interest in Chelsea target Nathan Ake has “intensified”, according to reports.

    The Dutchman has drawn admiring glances from elsewhere with his accomplished displays over the last three years at AFC Bournemouth.

    But with relegation for the Cherries looking a more-and-more likely prospect despite his best efforts this season, Ake looks set to move on this summer.

    According to The Athletic, City had the 25-year-old watched before Christmas as they showed an initial interest.

    Pep Guardiola's side decided against making a January move for the ex-Chelsea defender, however, despite the long-term injury suffered by Aymeric Laporte.

    The Frenchman is now fully fit, but City have decided that they would still like another left-sided defender.

    At the time of Laporte's injury, a shortlist was drawn up including Milan Skriniar, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Mykola Matviyenko and David Alaba.

    With Bayern deeming Guardiola-favourite Alaba as important enough to keep despite his impending 2021 contract expiry – Ake has now moved to the top of their defensive wishlist.

  • PULISIC UPDATE

    Lampard hopes his star midfielder will not be kept out of action after being injured in the win over Leicester.

    Pulisic was taken off and replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek midway through the second half of the FA Cup quarter-final tie.

    The Blues are next in action against West Ham on Wednesday.

    Lampard said: “Christian felt a tightness in his calf in the second drinks break, hopefully nothing that keeps him out.”

  • JUST THE ONE FOR YEW

    Jordan Ayew would be a brilliant signing for Chelsea, according to club legend Marcel Desailly.

    The Palace striker has impressed up top for Roy Hodgson's side this season and is currently their top scorer.

    Desailly says Ayew has all the skill but needs to turn into a “killer” – something he can do at Chelsea.

    The ex-France man said: “It's time for him to step up.

    “He’s 28-years-old now and he has reached a very high level, as well as being quite consistent in his performances.

    “We need him to have more hunger. We want him to become a killer.

    “You can see in his face that he is not really a killer, but he is showing great ability, and being at Chelsea can bring him to the level that we all know that he can get to because he is a very good player.”

  • SHUFFLE THE DEC

    Chelsea want Declan Rice to lead their defence next season – and are growing confident they will wrap up a deal to sign the West Ham star this summer.

    Frank Lampard is desperate for someone to come into the heart of his back line and help drive a challenge for the Premier League title next season.

    Hammers star Rice is the man he wants, with Lampard keen to shift him from the holding midfield position he currently plays in back to his natural home in the centre of defence.

    Chelsea have sounded out their London rivals over a deal this summer and believe they can get their man for around £45million.

    However, West Ham do not want to sell their main man, and would ask for a lot more than the £45m Chelsea think they could get him for, with their valuation closer to £70m.

    The ultimate price would depend on if the Hammers are relegated – when the loss of money coupled with the hit due to the Covid-19 crisis would hit them doubly hard.

  • TIM'S ARE A CHANGING

    Timo Werner is still hoping to fly out to Lisbon to watch RB Leipzig in the Champions League despite becoming a Chelsea player on July 1.

    Werner has been at the heart of Leipzig’s success in Europe this season, racking up four goals and two assists across their campaign, but the 24-year-old striker will play no part when the competition restarts again in August. The forward’s contract with Chelsea officially begins on July 1 which makes him ineligible for the upcoming mini-tournament in Portugal.

    He said: “Of course it hurts me that I can’t help out Leipzig to play in the Champions League.

    “But I’m a Chelsea player from July 1st and I’m being paid by Chelsea from then on.

    “It was clear that all parties – Chelsea, RB and my side – should and must settle this.

    “Of course I tried to keep out of the Champions League issue as much as I could because it was clear that I would have to hurt one side.

    “That’s why my agent finally agreed it with the clubs.

    “I am forever connected to Leipzig and RB.

    “I will sit in front of the TV during the quarter-finals and keep my fingers crossed.

    “Maybe I can even be on site in Lisbon.”

  • NOT EA-ZI

    Frank Lampard has been warned that he has a “nightmare” on his hands as new £33.3million buy Hakim Ziyech gets ready to move from Ajax to Stamford Bridge.

    Ziyech's old boss Erik ten Hag has told Lamps: “Sometimes he is a trainer's nightmare, but you have to give him space.

    “Hakim is 'what you see is what you get'. You see what his emotions are doing to him today.

    “It is an emotional day for Hakim, but I hope he looks back on it in a good way.”

  • HAV A GO THEN

    Bayer Leverkusen's failure to qualify for the Champions League is set to drop Kai Havertz's asking price by £20m, it has been claimed.

    The Bundesliga star had been rated at around £90m.

    But it is thought he could be bought for around £70m after they failed to secure a seat at Europe's top table.

    However, Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz reckons his man will stay.

    He said: “I don’t feel that he is thinking too much about transferring.

    “I certainly don’t have the impression that this will be his last game for the club. He is still under contract with us and I have to assume that he will be with us next season too.”

  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS,

    Frank Lampard laid into “lucky” Chelsea for producing one of the worst performances of his managerial reign against Leicester.

    Ross Barkley emerged from the bench to keep the Blues FA Cup dreams alive with a stunning second-half strike.

    Chelsea will now face Manchester United for the fourth time this season in the next round before a potential Wembley date with either City or Arsenal.

    And Lampard said: “I could have made seven or eight subs at half time. We got lucky. If we turn up like that again we have no chance. It was the worst we’ve played since I’ve been here.

    “The first half was not what we are used to in terms of our performance. We lacked urgency and intensity. I made three subs but it could have been more and different subs.

    “I don’t think we have played that badly this season for 45 minutes. We have played better than that and lost games. I wasn’t happy with that and we were lucky not to be losing at half-time. But I made the changes I did for impact and personality and we turned it around.

    “I could have made different changes but Mason Mount had played two tough games and Billy Gilmour and Reece James had not played much. They will be top players for this club no matter what and they will have top careers.

    “I spoke to them at half-time and at the end. It does happen in football and I will happily speak to them about it. It was a lethargic performance from the whole team and I will say that to them no problem. They will be big players and we move on.”

    Lampard also revealed that Christian Pulisic will be assessed in the next 24 hours after limping out of Chelsea's 1-0 win against Leicester.

    The Blues boss said: “He felt tightness in his calf during the second drinks break so I took him off straight away.

    “We’ll see in the next day [or so].”

  • LIFE HAKS

    Chelsea newboy Hakim Ziyech has penned an emotional farewell to Ajax.

    “The last 4 years were amazing. I don’t even know where to start for expressing how I’ve experienced this journey,” he wrote on Instagram.

    “I guess making the Europa League final, making the Champions League semi-final, winning the Johan Cruijff Schaal, winning the KNVB Beker, winning the Eredivisie and becoming football player of the year says enough about how beautiful these years were.

    “I want to thank everyone at Ajax for making this next step possible. You have all played a part in my progression over the last years. I hope you are proud of that, at least I’m proud to have worn the jersey of the best team in the Netherlands. Until we meet again.”

  • MORE BARK THAN BITE

    Frank Lampard also praised Ross Barkley for earning Chelsea the win over Leicester.

    He said: “Ross Barkley had put in two really good performances just before lockdown.

    “His attitude has been spot on and he was unlucky not to start against Villa but he made an impact in that game and has impacted the next two games as well. I’ve got lots of time for Ross, he is a big player for us.”

  • PUL-LED UP

    Frank Lampard has revealed that Christian Pulisic will be assessed in the next 24 hours after limping out of Chelsea's 1-0 win against Leicester.

    The Blues boss said: “He felt tightness in his calf during the second drinks break so I took him off straight away.

    “We’ll see in the next day [or so].”

  • TALKING FRANKLY

    Frank Lampard laid into “lucky” Chelsea for producing one of the worst performances of his managerial reign against Leicester.

    He said: “I could have made seven or eight subs at half time. We got lucky. If we turn up like that again we have no chance. It was the worst we’ve played since I’ve been here.

    “The first half was not what we are used to in terms of our performance. We lacked urgency and intensity. I made three subs but it could have been more and different subs.

    “I don’t think we have played that badly this season for 45 minutes. We have played better than that and lost games. I wasn’t happy with that and we were lucky not to be losing at half-time. But I made the changes I did for impact and personality and we turned it around.

    “I could have made different changes but Mason Mount had played two tough games and Billy Gilmour and Reece James had not played much. They will be top players for this club no matter what and they will have top careers.

    “I spoke to them at half-time and at the end. It does happen in football and I will happily speak to them about it. It was a lethargic performance from the whole team and I will say that to them no problem. They will be big players and we move on.”

  • “This proved to be a match-changing decision.

    “Barkley scored the Chelsea goal on 71 minutes and also provided a similar fuel injection to the one Kovacic brought.

    “And although Kovacic wasn’t involved in Barkley’s goal he was the puppet master controlling all the strings for Chelsea's play.

    “The Croatian provided the heartbeat for Chelsea’s high press as they went hunting for that winning goal and was involved in every one of the Blues' attacking moves, sprinting from box-to-box for what felt like the entirety of the second half.

    “Kovacic has started just one of Chelsea's three games since returning from lockdown but has certainly staked his claim for a starting spot in future matches after a fine display against the Foxes.

    “He is arguably Chelsea’s best all-round midfielder and when on form, and is capable of affecting the game in so many different ways.

    “Lampard will enjoy the headache that the former Real Madrid man has given him this afternoon, and it would be a surprise if he didn’t feature from the start in Chelsea's next match.”

  • MAT-ERCLASS

    SunSport's Simon Phillips writes that “midfielder Mateo Kovacic provided the definition of the word ‘game-changer’ this afternoon.

    “The Croatian international came on at half-time in the Blues' FA Cup quarter-final match against Leicester City and turned the tie in Chelsea's favour.

    “Frank Lampard made six changes to the side that beat Manchester City on Thursday evening.

    “It was thought the players brought in would be more than capable of getting the job done but Chelsea looked lacklustre throughout the first 45 minutes.

    “Teenager Billy Gilmour showed his lack of experience early on with a few unforced errors, while Mason Mount also struggled to find a foothold in the game.

    “Both were hauled off by Lampard at half-time with Kovacic and Ross Barkley brought on in their stead…

  • FA CUP DRAW

    Chelsea will look to avoid an unprecedented quadruple of defeats against Manchester United after they were drawn against the Red Devils in the FA Cup semi-final.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team have already done the double over Frank Lampard's side in the league this season and were responsible for knocking them out of the Carabao Cup.

    Arsenal have been drawn against either Manchester CIty or Newcastle in the other semi-final.

  • Subs

    Ross Barkley: 8

    Took his goal brilliantly and injected some much needed urgency into Chelsea’s play.

    Cesar Azpilicueta: 8

    Came on and helped change the game totally with his quality and intensity.

    Matteo Kovacic: 9

    Mr reliable came on and helped make Chelsea look a lot more sturdy and comfortable on the ball.

  • N'Golo Kante: 6

    Not one of his best games for Chelsea, looked a little exposed at times and uncomfortable as a lone defensive midfielder in the first half. But he was much improved come the second half.

    Mason Mount: 4

    Very quiet in the first half and didn’t get involved enough. He couldn’t argue with being replaced by Ross Barkley at half time.

    Billy Gilmour: 5

    Struggled a lot in the first half but grew into is slightly as time went on. Some unforced errors. He was wisely replaced by Mateo Kovacic at half time.

    Willian: 8

    Usual energetic stuff from the captain for the day, but was largely ineffective in the first half. He was much better in the second half and got a great assist for Barkley’s goal. He was replaced by Pedro on 76 minutes.

    Tammy Abraham: 8

    Did his best feeding mainly off scraps in the first half and made a nuisance of himself. In the first half, and was heavily involved in everything Chelsea did good in the second half.

    Christian Pulisic: 8

    Had a great shot saved somehow by Kasper Schmeichel, and was Chelsea’s biggest attacking threat once again. Came off on 71 minutes for Loftus-Cheek.

  • Willi Caballero: 6

    Made a couple of decent saves to keep Chelsea in the game, it was a decent afternoon from him.

    Reece James: 6

    James was one of the livelier players in the first half. He wasn’t excellent but neither were any of them, so I’m surprised he was replaced by Azpilicueta at half time.

    Antonio Rudiger: 6

    Poor not dealing with some crosses but was also pretty solid when called upon at the back.

    Kurt Zouma: 6

    Did his job but never looks comfortable when pressed and wasted a number of long range passes.

    Emerson Palmieri: 6

    Some good and poor moments from Emerson in what was a typically inconsistent display from him…

  • RATINGS

    Ross Barkley kept Chelsea's FA Cup dreams alive with a stunning strike to send the Blues through the semi-finals.

    The second half super-sub netted Chelsea's winner in the 63rd minute following opening half for the Blues.

    It was Barkley's fourth goal of the season with his other three coming in Chelsea's previous FA Cup competition clashes this term.

    Frank Lampard's men endured a first half to forget with some sloppy defending with Billy Gilmour at fault for a couple of misplaced passes.

    Here are SunSport's player ratings…

  • CHIN UP

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard explains why he doesn't worry for the young trio subbed off at half-time.

    He tells BBC Sport: “It is a learning experience. I could have taken more off, or other players off. I am not pulling those out on their own.

    “They will be top players for this club and have top careers. But if I have to do something in games I will do it. It was one of those games where I had to do something.

    “They will take it on the chin.

    “We were gifting Leicester space and ease to win the ball back. We are fortunate they didn't take those chances. All thee subs, in their own way, livened up the performance.”

  • BARK-ING MAD

    Ross Barkley struck to ensure Chelsea completed a hat-trick of FA Cup quarter-final wins over Leicester.

    The Blues overcame the Foxes in 2012 and 2018 – and substitute Barkley’s 64th-minute goal was enough to see the west Londoners through again.

    He also ensured Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers kept up his unwelcome record of never having beaten the team where he was previously youth and reserve team coach.

    Chelsea meanwhile have now stretched their winning run to five games following scalps against Aston Villa and Manchester City since the restart.

  • LEICESTER 0 – 1 CHELSEA

    Ross Barkley has continued his love affair with the FA Cup after emerging from the bench to make the breakthrough for the Blues.

  • ALL YOU NEED IS LOV

    Liverpool have reportedly moved ahead of Chelsea in the race for Kalidou Koulibaly by offering Dejan Lovren as part of a transfer.

    Italian outlet Tuttosport claim the Reds believe they can get Napoli to lower their £90million asking price for the Senagalese by offering them the former Southampton defender.

    Croatian Lovren, 30, has made just 10 Premier League appearances for the champions this season and has a year remaining on his contract at Anfield.

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