CHELSEA wrapped up a 6-0 win over Barnsley as Kai Havertz made a huge statement with a brilliant hat-trick.
And there was more good news for the Blues as Edouard Mendy signed a contract, with an announcement set for the morning.
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Arsenal are reportedly lining up a shock bid for Chelsea vice-captain Jorginho.
Sky Sports claim the midfield playmaker, 28, has emerged as an alternative to Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.
Jorginho has scored ten goals in 100 games for Chelsea following a £50million move from Napoli in 2018.
But his association with former boss Maurizio Sarri has seen him divide opinion amongst Blues supporters.
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Arsenal are weighing up a bid for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, according to reports.
Mikel Arteta has so far struggled to get either Houssem Aouar or Thomas Partey through the door.
The Spaniard sees a defensive midfielder as the key cog in finally getting to play 4-3-3.
Jorginho appears to be down the pecking order at Chelsea, with Frank Lampard preferring N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic in midfield.
And he could follow the Blue exodus to the Emirates, much like David Luiz and Willian.
Sky Sports claim the Italian international is on the list of top Arsenal targets.
MORE ON RUDIGER
Barcelona are reportedly lining up a surprise swoop for Chelsea outcast Antonio Rudiger.
The defender is said to be unhappy at Stamford Bridge having failed to make an appearance in the early weeks of the season.
And, with Frank Lampard admitting the player could soon leave, reports have emerged of a possible destination.
German publication Kicker and Spanish newspaper Sport both believe Barcelona have Rudiger in their sights.
The centre-back, 27, is seen as an alternative to Manchester City starlet Eric Garcia, who wants to return to Spain.
Cesar Azpilicueta seems pleased with Chelsea's progress to the next round in the Carabao Cup.
He also listed the goalscorers in a tweet from last night's win over Barnsley.
The Spaniard nearly ran out of characters!
NEED FOR RUD AWAKENING?
Frank Lampard provided a brief update on the future of Antonio Rudiger after speculation the centre-back could be sold.
Rudiger, 27, was left out of the squad triggering suspicion the German defender could be a player to make way for all the new signings.
Barcelona are reported to be interested in him.
Lampard said: “Don't read too much into team selections at the moment.”
ED'S IN THE RIGHT PLACE
Marina Granovskaia reckons Petr Cech has pulled a blinder by pinpointing Edouard Mendy as his chosen recruit as goalkeeper.
The Chelsea director, who handles most transfer and contract negotiations, said: “As soon as Petr Cech and our technical team identified Edouard as the most suitable goalkeeper to complement our existing group, there was only one player we wanted to bring in.
“Edouard arrives following a season of real success with Rennes, he is ambitious for more, and we welcome him to our club.”
MORE ON MENDY
Edouard Mendy’s announcement comes after a rocky start to the season for Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Significantly, Chelsea have said that he will COMPETE with Kepa and Willy Caballero for a starting place.
A club statement said: “The Senegalese international has penned a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge and will compete with Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero for a starting spot between the posts in the season ahead.”
Mendy said: “I am so excited to be joining Chelsea.
“It’s a dream for me to be a part of this exciting squad and to work with Frank Lampard and all of his coaching staff.
“I look forward to meeting my team-mates and can’t wait to get started.”
Chelsea have announced the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes.
HE DID O-KAI
Here are Kai Havertz's numbers from last night.
What a performance from the 21-year-old.
VILLA EYE BLUES DUO
Aston Villa are weighing up a shock loan move for either Ross Barkley or Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The Chelsea duo will struggle to make Frank Lampard's starting XI this season with Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount ahead of them in the pecking order.
Now, according to The Telegraph, Villa boss Dean Smith is set to make his move.
Barkley is reportedly the top target, but Chelsea want any prospective club to pay in full his £120,000-a-week wages.
It's not understood whether the Blues expect the same kind of deal for Loftus-Cheek, who signed a new five-year contract earlier this year on a reported £150,000-a-week including bonuses.
GOOD MORNING BLUES FANS
Chelsea cruised into the fifth round of the Carabao Cup with an emphatic 6-0 win over Barnsley at Stamford Bridge last night.
Defenders Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell both made their debuts under Frank Lampard.
But it was Kai Havertz who stole the show with a brilliant hat-trick.
Tammy Abraham, Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud also netted to set up a potential fifth round clash against fierce rivals Spurs and former boss Jose Mourinho.
Meanwhile, Edouard Mendy has reportedly signed his contract to become a Chelsea player.
Mohamed Bouhafsi claims a deal for the Rennes goalkeeper is finally done.
And the Blues will confirm Mendy’s £22million switch today.
Finally, Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly closing in on a deal for Antonio Rudiger.
The German was left out of last night’s squad after being axed for the Liverpool defeat too.
And with just two years remaining on his Chelsea contract, Rudiger is looking for a way out ahead of next summer’s Euros.
Chelsea Chronicle claims PSG are keen to sign him as a replacement for Thiago Silva, who moved to west London on a free transfer this summer.
VERDICT BY SIMON PHILLIPS
A dangerous new Havertz-Abraham partnership is born for Chelsea!
After the arrival of a number high quality attacking talent at Chelsea over the summer, a penny for the thoughts of Tammy Abraham would have been interesting.
But in a real twist to this story that is of course still very much in its early stages, Abraham and Havertz started what is going to be a hugely dangerous attacking partnership tonight in the 6-0 thrashing of Barnsley.
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RATINGS BY SIMON PHILLIPS
Kai Havertz announced himself as a Chelsea player with a hat-trick against Barnsley in the Carabao Cup.
Frank Lampard's side brushed aside their opposition with a convincing 6-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.
Tammy Abraham opened the scoring with Ross Barkley and a late Olivier Giroud goal adding the gloss as the Blues marched into the fourth round.
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ON THE MEND
More good news for Chelsea tonight.
It looks like a deal for Edouard Mendy is done!
But official confirmation will have to wait until tomorrow…
Chelsea cruised into the fifth round of the Carabao Cup with a 6-0 win against Barnsley.
Kai Havertz scored a hat-trick for a man-of-the-match performance.
The other goals came through Tammy Abraham, Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud as Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell made their debuts.
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KAI IN THE SKY
What a night for Kai Havertz as he scores a HAT-TRICK for Chelsea!
The Blues lead Barnsley 5-0!
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HAVE A GO
It's a first Chelsea goal for Kai Havertz this evening!
The German made it 2-0 against Barnsley following Tammy Abraham's opener.
Chelsea look to be in full control of this Carabao Cup fourth round clash at half-time.
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It's a debut for Thiago Silva as Chelsea prepare to face Barnsley in tonight's Carabao Cup fourth round tie.
Kai Havertz retains his place after an underwhelming performance against Liverpool on Sunday.
Meanwhile, there are FOUR academy men in the team with Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori joining Mason Mount.
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AXE TO GRIND
Chelsea have been dealt a blow with youngster Amourricho van Axel Dongen reportedly rejecting their advances to sign a new deal at Ajax.
Dutch journalist Mike Verweij claims Van Axel Dongen was a target for Chelsea this summer after starring for Ajax’s youth team.
But the 15-year-old winger has snubbed interest from Stamford Bridge and instead committed himself to Ajax until 2023.
A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDI
French giants PSG are keen on Chelsea's out-of-favour defender Antonio Rudiger, reports say.
The German is reportedly unsettled at Stamford Bridge and Paris Saint-Germain would be open to a loan move, according to The Chelsea Chronicle.
Rudiger is believed to have been left out of tonight's EFL cup game against Barnsley and it appears his time in London is coming to an end.
And now with apparent interest from France, a route out has opened up.
Timo Werner has admitted that he had second thoughts about joining Chelsea after their Champions League exit to Bayern Munich.
The German striker snubbed a host of top European clubs to seal a £48million move from RB Leipzig to the Blues in June.
Bundesliga champions Bayern and Chelsea's rivals Liverpool were both heavily linked with the 24-year-old before Frank Lampard sold him on a switch to Stamford Bridge.
Yet the forward has admitted Lamps' effort was nearly in vain after witnessing the Blues' humbling Champions League exit.
He told Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk: “I would be lying if I said it wasn't like that.
“The 3-0 home defeat of Chelsea in the first leg against Bayern hadn't exactly spoken in favour of going to London.
“I have to say that openly, because with Leipzig we always played very good and close games against Bayern.”
RUDIGER READY TO GO
Antonio Rudiger is on the brink of a Chelsea exit after being left out of the squad to play Barnsley tonight, say reports.
The German's place in the team looked uncertain with Chelsea having a bloated list of centre-backs after Thiago Silva's arrival.
Now the Daily Mail claim he could be on the “brink” of leaving Stamford Bridge.
But where he would go and for what price is still unclear.
Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher said he believes he can “express” himself at West Brom and is looking forward to the challenge.
He was speaking after making his debut in the EFL Cup last night against Brentford – which saw him score a cheeky pen in the shootout.
He said: “The main target for me after last season was to play in the Premier League and West Brom is the right team for me. I feel like I can express myself here.
“I can show West Brom and Chelsea what I can do. I’m excited. I want to create chances and score goals.
“I was disappointed not to do better against Brentford – I felt like I could have scored – but it’s about being in the right positions.
“It’s the end product now I have to improve, and I think I can do that and give the team a lot.”
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