4.20pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Ziyech and Chilwell set to MISS start of season, Mendy talks CONFIRMED, Rice latest – The Sun

CHELSEA look set to be without Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell when they kick-off the new season against Brighton.

While Rennes have confirmed they are in talks with the Blues to sell Edouard Mendy.

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  • HAV TO ASK

    Christian Pulisic is in line to get Chelsea's No10 jersey while new signing Kai Havertz has asked for his old number.

    After Eden Hazard left to join Real Madrid last summer, Brazilian Willian took the coveted No10.

    But following his free transfer to Arsenal, The Athletic say Pulisic will now take over the jersey.

    The 21-year-old wears the No10 while captaining America, but had 22 in his first season at Chelsea.

    Hakim Ziyech, 27, who the Blues signed from Ajax in February, wore No22 during a pre-season friendly against Brighton.

    The winger had the same number playing for Ajax, and will likely inherit it from Pulisic at Stamford Bridge.

    Frank Lampard's newest signing, 21-year-old Kai Havertz, is believed to have asked for the No29 when he signed from Bayer Leverkusen.

    He wore that number in Germany, and Chelsea's current No29 Fikayo Tomori is said to have had no worries giving it up.

  • MEND IS NIGH

    Rennes have confirmed they are in talks with Chelsea to sell Edouard Mendy.

    President Nicolas Holveck said: “We’ve started official negotiations with Chelsea to sell Edouard Mendy.

    “We know the player wants to leave [and join Chelsea].

    “But the agreement at the moment is not 100 per cent completed between the three parties.”

  • PAIR KO

    Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell are almost certain to miss the start of the season.

    As SunSport and various outlets have reported over the last 48 hours, the pair are injured and not being considered for Monday night's game in Brighton.

    Ziyech injured his knee in a pre-season friendly, ironically against Brighton.

    And Chilwell was signed with a pre-existing heel injury and has only just begun on-pitch training at Cobham.

  • ESSIEN CONFIRMED

    The former Blues midfielder is stepping up as a coach of Danish side Nordsjaelland.

    As reported earlier, is is the Ghanian's first foray into coaching.

  • REIN IT IN

    The BBC have banned sports commentators from using “racist” phrases including cakewalk, sold down the river and nitty gritty.

    In an 'avoiding racial bias' training session, commentators and co-commentators were given a list of terms that must be avoided.

    The Daily Mail reports that in the online training session staff were instructed to stop using “pace” and/or “power” to describe black players.

    This can be deemed as racial stereotyping,

    A guide was sent out to attendees which read: “Is there a danger of spreading a perception that black players' success is purely based on their athleticism and doesn't require hard work and intelligence?

    “Do you need to spend more time thinking about how to explain the variety of reasons for a black player's success?”

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  • BAT'S MORE LIKE IT

    Michy Batshuayi was pleased with his outing for Belgium as they brushed aside Iceland in the Nations League.

    Iceland scored first but the Red Devils thundered back into the game, with the Chelsea striker scoring two.

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  • KIT'S NOT OKAY

    Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool have the most expensive kits in the Premier League as Nike are revealed as the dearest in the top flight.

    Manchester United's will set fans back around £13 less, but the cost of kids' kits is set to hit triple figures for the first time.

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  • 'SSEN-SATIONAL

    Michael Essien has landed his first coaching role, after being appointed first-team coach at Nordsjaelland.

    The Danish club have given the ex-Stamford Bridge star the role of player-coach and he has been working on his coaching badges with the club.

    Sports director Jan Laursen said: “Michael left a very positive impression here during his visit and we continued the dialogue with him after he had left.

    “We felt, he was excited by what he experienced here through our philosophy, the people he met at the club, and that our environment inspired him.”

  • EXCLUSIVE: SKY SHAKE-UP

    Micah Richards and Alex Scott are not expected to be part of the new revolving Soccer Saturday panel on Sky this season, reports MARTIN LIPTON.

    Sky’s decision to axe long-time studio guests Charlie Nicholas, Matt Le Tissier and Phil Thompson brought suggestions that Richards and Scott would be parachuted in.

    But the pair have been lined up for match punditry duties rather than sitting in front of TV screens on a Saturday afternoon.

    Sky chiefs have decided not to have a permanent panel alongside host Jeff Stelling, with the likes of Matt Murray and Clinton Morrison likely to appear as well as retained veteran Paul Merson.

    Fans were devastated when the trio of Nicholas, Le Tissier and Thompson, who had worked for the broadcaster for almost 50 years combined, were let go.

    Scott Minto was then added to the cull after 13 years with the broadcaster.

  • KANT GET RID OF ME

    Blues midfielder N'Golo Kante reportedly wants to stay at Stamford Bridge and help fire Chelsea to the Premier League title.

    The Frenchman has been a key player at both Leicester and Chelsea after switching in 2016.

    And Kante wants to snub former boss Antonio Conte at Inter Milan and push on in the Champions League in West London.

    The 29-year-old is settled in London and does not fancy a move abroad.

  • TOAST OF THE TOWN

    New Chelsea star Thiago Silva toasted to his London move with wife Isabelle in a swanky West End hotel.

    The Brazilian and his family landed in the capital on Tuesday after a holiday on the Italian island of Sardinia.

    Digital influencer Isabelle posted to her Instagram account a snap of her and Thiago, 35, toasting champagne glasses over a Chelsea shirt upon their arrival.

    The phrase “Welcome to London” captioned the post with a welcome card also left for the couple.

    Silva himself wrote “I arrive!” over a clip he posted of Isabelle pouring the champagne.

  • SUBBED OFF

    The Premier League is set to be left as the only major competition in Europe not to allow five substitutes, writes MARTIN LIPTON.

    Clubs in Spain’s La Liga are poised to U-turn and revert to bigger benches and up to five changes.

    They will join France and Germany in allowing five substitutes, with Italy’s Serie A now expected to follow suit.

    That will leave the Prem as the stand-out exception among the Big Five, after clubs voted 11-9 last week in the second vote on the issue.

    The vote was a rejection of the arguments of the Big Six Prem clubs, who were left angry and frustrated that their arguments carried no weight with their rivals.

  • ED OUR WAY

    Chelsea are close to agreeing a deal for goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, according to reports.

    The Blues are honing in on an initial £18million agreement with Rennes for the keeper.

    And that would rise to £25m depending on a series of performance related bonuses, according to ESPN.

    Frank Lampard is determined to find a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has had up and down performances at Stamford Bridge, since the club broke the world record for a keeper to bring him to West London.

    They also claim Petr Cech is the driving force behind the deal to sign Mendy, 28.

  • BATS AWAY

    Michy Batshuayi celebrated his new Chelsea deal with a double for Belgium in their 5-1 win over Iceland.

    The Blues striker has extended his Stamford Bridge contract for another season ahead of a loan move to Crystal Palace.

    And Batshuayi, who has already spent time at Selhurst Park, gave eager Eagles fans another glimpse of his talent as he helped Belgium overcome an early scare in Tuesday’s Nations League clash.

    Iceland were feeling confident after almost snatching a point off England at the weekend.

    And they got off to an incredible start when Holmbert Fridjonsson scored a captivating freak goal from distance with just ten minutes on the clock.

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  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS,

    The Blues are closing in on the signing of Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy for a fee of around £25million.

    Chelsea have kept tabs on the Senegal international who impressed as Rennes finished third in Ligue 1 last season.

    Stamford Bridge chief boss, Frank Lampard has been looking for a new goalkeeper after losing faith with current number 1, Kepa Arrizablaga after a series of high profile errors last season.

    Mendy is set to become the latest in a summer spending spree which has included names such as Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz & Hakim Ziyech.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante reportedly wants to remain at Stamford Bridge, despite interest from Inter Milan.

    According to Telefoot, Antonio Conte is keen to be reunited with the French midfielder.

    But the ex-Leicester ace is happy at Chelsea, with the club also unwilling to part ways with the 29-year-old.

    And Everton are close to signing Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori on a season long loan, as Carlo Ancelloti continues to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season.

    After the Blues completed the signing of Brazillian defender Thiago Silva from PSG, Frank Lampard couldn't guarantee Tomori regular game time.

    Talks are at an advanced stage according to ESPN.

  • M-ACE WORK

    Chelsea star Mason Mount emerged from the bench during England's 0-0 draw at Denmark and came closest to setting up the winner.

  • FEELING BLUE

    Willian’s agent Kia Joorabchian has lifted the lid on the role Jose Mourinho played in the Brazilian's failed Tottenham transfer before joining Chelsea.

    talkSPORT host Jim White asked. “Willian and you were sitting at Tottenham and he was about to sign…”

    “And then Jose called,” Joorabchian went on.

    “Yeah, but that was a bit of a different story, because the clubs – Spurs and Anzhi [Makhachkala] were in a conflict over a solidarity payment, and then Anzhi pulled the plug.

    “So it was a different story [to what was reported].

    “Obviously Jose was at Chelsea at that time and Willi did very well there, he won several trophies and succeeded very well, so I hope he does the same thing at Arsenal.”

  • THIS IS ENGLAND

    Chelsea striker Beth England has been named as the PFA Women's Players' Player of the Year.

    The 26-year-old bagged 21 goals last season and helped the Blues win the Women's Super League and League Cup.

    She said: “It's a huge honour to be voted for by your peers, so thank you to everyone who voted for me.

    “The team cohesion as a group, we fought for everything we had. The girls were tremendous, thankfully we had a great year and hopefully it continues.”

  • SPECIAL BRU

    Kevin De Bruyne has become the first Manchester City player ever to win the PFA Player of the Year award.

    The £54million Belgium international enjoyed an outstanding season – even though his team came up short in the Premier League and Europe.

    He said: “It’s a huge honour. To be voted as best player by your colleagues and competitors from other teams who you play against is amazing.

    “It’s strange that I’m the first one at City given all the good players that have played here before and who are still playing here – but it’s nice to represent the club.”

  • CON-PETITION

    Chelsea ace Conor Gallagher is being chased by newly-promoted pair Leeds and West Brom as they weigh up loan moves.

    The 20-year-old midfielder is attracting attention from across the Premier League – but Crystal Palace's interest appears to have waned.

    The Eagles were leading the chase for him but are now prioritising his Blues team-mate Michy Batshuayi, according to the Mail Online.

    Premier League rules state a club cannot have two loans from the same club, leaving Gallagher's potential move to Selhurst Park scuppered.

    That leaves West Brom and Leeds in a tug of war for the England U-21 international whose profile continues to rise.

    Chelsea intend to tie him down to a new contract when he returns from international duty before giving him another year on loan.

  • SKY SHAKE UP

    SunSport's Martin Lipton has revealed that Micah Richards and Alex Scott are not expected to be part of the new revolving Soccer Saturday panel on Sky this season.

    Sky’s decision to axe long-time studio guests Charlie Nicholas, Matt Le Tissier and Phil Thompson brought suggestions that Richards and Scott would be parachuted in.

    But the pair have been lined up for match punditry duties rather than sitting in front of TV screens on a Saturday afternoon.

    Sky chiefs have decided not to have a permanent panel alongside host Jeff Stelling, with the likes of Matt Murray and Clinton Morrison likely to appear as well as retained veteran Paul Merson.

  • STONE THROW AWAY

    John Stones plans to stay at Manchester City and fight for his place next season despite interest from several Premier League clubs.

    He had been linked with a move away from the Etihad, with both Arsenal and Chelsea interested in his signature.

    The Blues reportedly bid £20million for the defender this summer, but opted for Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Malanga Sarr instead.

    Arsenal were also linked with a move for Stones, who would have been reunited with former City coach, Mikel Arteta.

    The Gunners made no official bid for him, and instead signed Gabriel Maghalaes from Lille.

    But according to The Telegraph, Stones has no intention of leaving City and believes he can win back the trust of boss Pep Guardiola.

  • SUB SNUB

    The Premier League is set to be left as the only major competition in Europe not to allow five substitutes.

    Clubs in Spain’s LaLiga are poised to U-turn and revert to bigger benches with up to five changes.

    They will join France and Germany in allowing five substitutes, with Italy’s Serie A now expected to follow suit.

    That will leave the Prem as the stand-out exception among the Big Five, after clubs voted 11-9 last week in the second vote on the issue.

    The vote was a rejection of the arguments of the Big Six Prem teams, who were angry and frustrated that their arguments carried no weight with their rivals.

    But all Prem clubs playing in the Champions League and Europa League are now set to have the option of extra substitutes in continental competition after the European Club Association agreed to lobby Uefa and urge a change of policy later this month.

  • ARMCHAIR JACKPOT

    All this month’s Premier League matches will be broadcast live on TV after a U-turn by the 20 clubs.

    As SunSport revealed yesterday, a hastily-arranged virtual meeting of the 20 “shareholder” clubs saw them fold in the face of demands from fans and the Government.

    The League had agreed to increase the number of matches screened live on TV this season from 200 to 220.

    But that left 160 matches without live showing, including 11 of the games due to be played behind closed doors this month.

    Now, following the furore, the clubs have agreed to change their stance with all 11 matches now shared between the Prem’s four broadcasters, Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime and the BBC.

    Amazon and the Beeb will show one match each on September 26.

  • WILL I NEVER

    Willian’s agent Kia Joorabchian has revealed why the Brazilian left Chelsea and joined Arsenal.

    He told talkSPORT: “With Willian, there’s no secret he wanted a three-year contract, but the Mikel Arteta project was just incredible.

    “He was very much wooed by Mikel and [technical director] Edu, and what Mikel presented to him and the way he wants to play football and the way he wants to continue and the success he wants to bring to Arsenal, made the difference.

    “That’s what he said and that’s exactly what it was.”

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