Chelsea news and gossip is coming in thick and fast and Sportarena is on hand to bring you all the very latest from Stamford Bridge.
Michy Batshuayi hints at Crystal Palace return on loan from Chelsea
Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has drop hinted about return to Crystal Palace for a second loan spell.
The Eagles are in talks with Chelsea over bringing the Belgium striker back to Selhurst Park on a season-long loan.
Batshuayi, whose contract expires next summer, is set to sign a 12-month extension to his current Chelsea deal before heading to south London.
Speaking after scoring twice in his country’s 5-1 thrashing of Iceland in the Nations League on Tuesday, he appeared to confirm his return to south London may indeed be imminent.
‘Am I going to re-sign at Chelsea to be loaned to Crystal Palace? You’re on the right track when you say that. It’s something like that,’ the 26-year-old told Belgian broadcaster RTBF.
‘The most important thing for me is to have playing time for me and to be ready when I come to the national team.’
Kai Havertz is going to get defender’s Chelsea shirt number
Chelsea new record signing Kai Havertz has made his shirt number request to the Blues – and it’s set to become vacant.
The 21-year-old became Blues’ sixth major signings after completing a £89m move from Bayer Leverkusen on Friday evening.
Chelsea yet to confirm his shirt number but according to The Athletic, Kai Havertz has asked to wear the No.29 – the shirt he donned for Bayer Leverkusen.
Fikayo Tomori currently has that number for Chelsea, but the defender looks set to complete a season-long loan move to Everton.
Edouard Mendy agrees five-year deal to join Chelsea this summer
Rennes president Nicolas Holveck has confirmed goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is interested in move to Chelsea this summer and has reportedly agreed a deal with the Premier League side.
The Blues have been heavily linked with the 28-year-old stopper in the wake of Kepa Arrizabalaga’s woeful campaign, which saw the world’s most expensive stopper lose his spot in Frank Lampard’s starting XI.
According to The French outlet RMC Sport, claimed Mendy, 28, has already agreed to a ‘five-year deal’ with Chelsea but the two clubs remain apart of their valuation of the player.
The Blues have already had a £14million bid rejected by the Ligue giants and are reportedly wanting £23million for their No 1.
However, it appears it will only be a matter of time before a move is sanction following Nicolas Holveck’s omission in a press conference on Wednesday.
When asked about Mendy’s ongoing situation, 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 parts.’
Christian Pulisic has been handed Chelsea Jersey No 10
Chelsea have given talisman Christian Pulisic the club’s No 10 shirt after Willian moved to London rivals Arsenal, according to reports.
The 21-year-old has enjoyed a superb debut campaign at Stamford Bridge after arriving from Borussia Dortmund, scoring 11 goals and registered 10 assists in 34 matches in all competitions last season.
And according to The Athletic, the American playmaker has since been handed the No 10 jersey in west London – which has been worn by many famous names down the years.