Chelsea news live: Blues begin Havertz negotiations, Blues chasing Upamecano, Willian and Pedro sign short-term deal

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Chelsea chasing Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano

Chelsea have reportedly plotting a summer move for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano following their positive talks with German outfit to win the signature of Timo Werner.

It’s no secret that boss Frank Lampard is eager to strengthen his defensive options, whether at full-back or in the heart of the back-line four.

Napoli center-back Kalidou Koulibaly, who attracted interest from top clubs across the Europe with including Manchester United and Liverpool, has been heavily linked with Chelsea, but now The Athletic reports that Dayot Upamecano could be a realistic option.

The 21-year-old Frenchman international has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal with reports suggested that the north London club have win the race to sign talented defender after agreed to triggered his release clause.

But according to The Athletic suggested that smooth negotiations between Chelsea and RB Leipzig during Timo Werner deal could help pave the way for Upamecano to move to West London.

Blues begin Kia Havertz negotiations

Chelsea have officially begun negotiations with Leverkusen in order to snap up Kai Havertz this summer.

Havertz, 21, has been in fine form since the Bundesliga campaign restart, scored six goals and contributed one assist.

His impressive performance attracted interest from Europe’s biggest clubs with including Real Madrid and Liverpool.

But according to Express suggested that talks are underway between the clubs over a possible move for the German star.

It comes amid continued speculation over Havertz, who has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

The reports explains in details the Blues are favourite to sign the 21-year-old with technical adviser Petr Cech and director Marina Granovskaia, who negotiates Chelsea transfers, is trying to see off competition from Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, who have also been linked with Havertz.

Chelsea considering Chilwell alternatives

Chelsea’s pursuit of Leicester’s Ben Chilwell is continuing, but the club are also considering other options.

One such player is FC Porto full-back Alex Telles, who has been netted 10 goals and contributed seven assists in all competitions this season.

The 27-year-old is widely considered to be the Blues’ second-choice left-back signing this summer behind Ben Chilwell.

Chilwell has been top target for Frank Lampard but Leicester city are reportedly demand £80million for the England international.

And the Blues may therefore look to pursue more affordable options, with transfer funds expected to be stretched by an aggressive spending strategy this summer.

And newspaper Record claim the Blues remain interested in Telles as a viable alternative to the Foxes defender.

Willian and Pedro agree to extend Chelsea contracts until the end of the season

Pedro and Wilian have agreed to extend their stay at Stamford Bridge beyond next month by pen a short-term contracts with Chelsea until the end of the selection.

Both players are set to leave the west London club this summer with their current deal due to expire next week on June 30.

However, according To The Sun, both players will sign short-term extensions in order to help play a part in Chelsea’s domestic season run-in.

Chelsea are given a lifeline on restarting their £1bn Stamford Bridge redevelopment

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed that Chelsea’s incredible 60,000-seater stadium proposals could be brought back from the brink under new plans.

The club’s hopes for a £1bn overhaul of their Stamford Bridge stadium appeared to be over at the end of March when planning permission expired without work beginning.

But on Monday, Jenrick unveiled plans that the Government hope will ignite a construction boom to help the economy in the coronavirus era.

Roberts Jenrick said that ‘planning permission deadlines will be extended… (that) will prevent work that has been temporarily disrupted by the pandemic from stopping altogether’.

And that is the key for Chelsea – sites that had an expiry date in lockdown are eligible for an extension until April 1, 2021.

Their planning permission expired on March 31 and lockdown started March 23.

Under the original plan, Chelsea’s existing 41,600-seater Stamford Bridge stadium would be demolished to make way for the construction of the new 60,000-capacity venue.

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