Chelsea news and transfers recap: Loan move to be announced, Hakimi agreement, £149m Haaland deal

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Hello and welcome along to football.london’s Chelsea news and transfer news live blog.

It could be a busy summer of transfer activity at Stamford Bridge.

Having guided the Blues to a sensational Champions League triumph, a tilt at the Premier League title will be firmly on the agenda for Thomas Tuchel in the 2021/22 season.

He wants to put his own stamp on the squad he inherited from Frank Lampard and add fresh faces, especially up front, with scoring goals having been a problem for the Blues last term.

Stick with us throughout the day on this live blog for all the very latest Chelsea transfer news and developments as they happen.

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That is all for today

We’re going to call time on today’s Chelsea blog here, folks.

Thank you for joining us today. We shall be back to do it all over again tomorrow. Take care.

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Lukaku’s five-word verdict

Romelu Lukaku has once again appeared to rule out a return to Chelsea this summer.

During another Q&A session on the social media platform today, the Belgian had to deal with a request for him to grace the top flight of English football once again.

When asked by former Manchester City winger Trevor Sinclair if he fancied playing in Pep Guardiola’s side, Lukaku’s reply all-but confirmed his stance on leaving Inter this summer.

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Romelu Lukaku has been linked with a return to Chelsea. (Image: Hayters/ YouTube)

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Azpi helps Spain win

Cesar Azpilicueta was named in the Spain starting XI for their crucial Euro 2020 clash against Slovakia.

And is it a coincidence that his return saw the Spaniard finally pick up three points?

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Gilmour move to be completed next week

The big news coming out of Stamford Bridge this evening surrounds Billy Gilmour.

According to The Athletic, the midfielder is likely to complete a season-long loan move to Norwich City next week.

Would this be a good move for the Scot?

Billy Gilmour on international duty with Scotland (Image: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Rice ‘open’ to move

According to Eurosport, Declan Rice is understood to be increasingly open to the idea of leaving West Ham United this summer.

This could be great news for Chelsea who are most likely to lead the chase for him.

However, getting him out of West Ham will prove very difficult this summer as the Hammers do not want to lose Rice and believe he is now worth more than the £70million they valued him at last year.

Declan Rice of England controls the ball during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group D match between England and Scotland (Photo by Vincent Mignott/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

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Tuchel’s squad

Chelsea have been linked to a cluster of players this summer.

So we have taken a look at how Thomas Tuchel’s squad could look at the start of the season.

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Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel. (Image: Alex Caparros – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images).

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Grealish’s ‘dream’

Jack Grealish wants to team up with Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount.

But not necessarily on the pitch for the Blues, but rather on the popular game Call of Duty: Warzone.

When given the option between Mount, Tammy Abraham and Declan Rice to team up with on the game, Grealish made it clear who his ‘dream’ partner would be.

Mason Mount all day. He’s so good. I think it’s quite well known actually that he’s good.

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Jack Grealish put in a fine display for England against Czech Republic (Image: Getty)

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£56m cash injection

Two names that Thomas Tuchel has in mind to bolster his Chelsea squad are Inter Milan ace Achraf Hakimi and Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund.

However, neither player will come cheaply.

Fortunately, though, Chelsea have no shortage of fringe players that they are open to selling this summer, both to trim the size of the squad and raise funds for other new additions.

Click here to read about how the Blues can secure a £56m cash injection.

Chelsea have been linked with a summer transfer for Erling Haaland. (Image: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

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Hakimi update

Paris Saint-Germain look set to win the race for Achraf Hakimi.

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Blues not interested in Jadon Sancho

Chelsea will no challenge Manchester United for the singature of Jadon Sancho according to a report in the Daily Express.

The England international is belived to be keen on a move to teh Premier League but according to the report the Blues are not interested in a move for the 21-year-old.

This is down to Thomas Tuchel rating Callum Hudson-Odio so highly, the Blues boss is belived to be of teh opinion that academy graduate Hudson-Odoi has plenty more to come and can match Sancho in terms of goals and asists in the coming years.

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Jadon Sancho of England celebrate (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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Pre-season shaping up

Chelsea’s pre-season plans are taking shape with an inter-London tournament agaisnt Arsenal and Spurs confirmed for August 1 and August 4.

The tournament will be sponsored by mentla health charity Mind with funds from the games set to be split between the charity and club Foundations.

Chelsea will take on Arsenal in one of their pre-season friendlies this summer ahead of the new Premier League season (Image: Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

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Declan Rice open to Blues return

According to a report in the Daily Express West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is ‘very open’ to a return to Stamford Bridge eight years on after being released from the club’s academy.

Former Blues manager Frank Lampard was desperate for Rice to sign but according to the report Thomas Tuchel is also keen on adding Rice to his midfield options.

Declan Rice of England controls the ball during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group D match between England and Scotland (Photo by Vincent Mignott/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

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Patrick Viera backing Gilmour for Blues success

Former France captain Patrick Viera has given Billy Gilmour his full backing and expects big things from the Scottish youngster.

“He’s not quite physical or really strong. But his personality allowed him to get on the ball and make the game from the back,” Viera said.

“His teammates aren’t scared to give him the ball because they know how good he is on the ball. And I think he has a really good future ahead of him.”

Patrick Vieira is a big fan of Chelsea ace Billy Gilmour. (Image: beIN Sports USA).

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Blues agree deal for Colwill

Promising youngster Levi Colwill has agreed a four-year dealat Chelsea with the expectation that he will be loaned out next season in order to gain first-team expereince.

Colwill, who joined the Blues as an Under-9, established himself as a standout performer for the development squad last season. He played 18 times in Premier League 2 and also featured twice for the Under-18s in the FA Youth Cup.

The 18-year-old’s performances caught the eye of Thomas Tuchel and Colwill trained with the first-team squad in February and during the final weeks of the campaign as cover for the injured Andreas Christensen.

Young Chelsea defender Levi Colwill (Image: Harry Trump/Getty Images)

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Erlin Haaland update

The biggest transfer saga of 2021 is set to be, if it is not already, that of Elring Haaland’s future. The Norwegian striker is reportedly a target for not only Chelsea but a host of other major European powers including Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Real Madrid.

The Blues are believed to be in a strong position alongside Los Blancos with reports surfacing that Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Haaland and made a transfer offer to Borussia Dortmund for his services.

football.london has put together a comprehensive rundown of every we know so far about the 20-years-olds future and you can read it right here.

Chelsea want to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund this summer. (Image: Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images via Getty Images).

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John Terry takes a step towards management

Chelsea legend John Terry has taken a huge step towards a managerial career after completing his UEFA Pro Licence.

Former Blues captain Terry is currently Dean Smith’s No. 2 at Aston Villa, a post he has held since 2018 and has now completed the highest level of coaching certificate available.

Terry has spoken in the past about his ambition to be a manager saying it would be a ‘dream’ to manage Chelsea one day, he is now one step closer to that goal

John Terry has completed his UEFA Pro-Licence coaching course (Instagram – @johnterry.26))

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Billy Gilmour’s future

Norwich City are reported to be keen on a season-long loan move for Scotland star Billy Gilmour according to The Athletic.

Thomas Tuchel has previously said that Gilmour’s future will be discussed during the off-season and a potential loan move is bound to be part of these talks.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel (left) and midfielder Billy Gilmour. (Image: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images).

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Real Madrid set Varane price

Metro are reporting that French star Raphael Varane is set to depart Real Madrid this summer with a move to the Premier League on the cards.

According to the report, Varane could be available for just £40 million due to having only 12 months left on his current contract and not having any intention of signing a new deal at the Bernabeu.

Varane could be on the move this summer (Image: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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AC Milan in for unwanted Chelsea midfielder

Tiemoue Bakayoko’s time at Chelsea has been largely spent away from the club on loan with Spells at Monaco, Napoli and AC Milan, and the Milanese giants are keen on making keeping the Frenchman next season according to reports in Italy.

MilanNews writes that Bakayoko could return to the San Siro for the 2021/22 campaign as cover for Franck Kessie and Ismael Bennacer who will both be absent for part of the season sure to their participation in the Africa Cup of Nations in January and February 2022.

Bakayoko has failed to leave his mark in London. (Photo by Clive Howes – Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

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Mount and Chilwell avaialble

After England secured top spot in Group D Blue duo Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell will be available for the last-16 tie on Tuesday evening.

The pair will not be able to train with the squad ahead of the game so their inclusion is not guaranteed but former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole and ITV pundit Roy Keane are backing Mount in particular to make the team, read more here

Billy Gilmour of Scotland is challenged by Mason Mount of England during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group D match between England and Scotland (Photo by Shaun Botterill – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

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Achraf Hakimi latest

Long-term Chelsea transfer target Achraf Hakimi is high on the priority list of Thomas Tuchel this summer but the Blues face a tough battle with Paris Saint-Germain for the defenders signature.

football.london rounds up all the latest on what is turning out to be quite the transfer saga.

Achraf Hakimi is at the centre of a transfer battle. (Image: Pier Marco Tacca/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images).

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Olivier Giroud links

Chelsea only recently triggered the extension clause in Olivier Giroud’s contract but that is not to say the Blues striker will still be at Stamford Bridge next season.

The French striker is open to a move and AC Milan are keen to bring the 34-year-old to Italy, read more here.

AC Milan are keen to wrap up a deal for Olivier Giroud. (Image: Alex Caparros – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images).

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Hakan Calhanoglu move confirmed

Chelsea were briefly linked with a move for Turkey international Hakan Calhanoglu when the summer transfer window opened.

The attacking midfielder’s future had been up in the air with his contract at AC Milan expiring next week.

But there will be no more talk of Calhanoglu arriving at Stamford Bridge this summer as the playmaker has sealed a move to Milan’s bitter rivals Inter.

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Ziyech linked with AC Milan

After seeing Hakan Calhanoglu sign for Inter Milan, AC Milan need creative recruits.

According to Di Marzio, they are considering Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech as a potential player to fill the void.

The Moroccan has already been linked with a departure so this could be one to keep an eye on.

AC Milan are reportedly interested in signing Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea (Image: Getty Images)

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Haaland price-tag

Reports in Italy claim that Borussia Dortmund have slapped a €175m (£149m) price-tag on Erling Haaland’s head.

This represents a new price tag for the striker.

Previously it was reported that a monstrous €180million (£153m) bid would be enough to tempt the Bundesliga side into selling Haaland this summer.

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Chelsea are interested in signing Erling Braut Haaland this summer. (Image: LEON KUEGELER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Brown signs contract

Izzy Brown has signed a 1+1 contract at Preston North End after seeing his time at Chelsea come to an end.

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