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Nobody has any idea when the window will officially open or close - but Chelsea have certainly fired the starting gun:

Chelsea are close to signing Timo Werner after holding productive talks with the RB Leipzig forward, who is set to disappoint Liverpool by moving to Stamford Bridge for £53m.

Frank Lampard has been keen to reshape his attack since becoming Chelsea’s manager last summer and has pushed for the signing of Werner, whose £53m release clause expires on 15 June. Although the club still have to conclude negotiations with Leipzig, they have offered the striker a five-year deal.

Liverpool had targeted Werner, with Jürgen Klopp telling his board the Germany international would fit in well at Anfield. However, the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has forced the Premier League leaders to reconsider their budget and they are yet to bid for the 24-year-old, allowing Chelsea to take control of the race to sign one of the most prolific strikers in Europe.

Chelsea, fourth in the league when it was suspended in March, were under a transfer embargo last summer and have funds available after not making signings in January.

Lampard’s attacking options are also set to be improved by the arrival of the Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech, who will become a Chelsea player on 1 July. Ziyech finalised a £36m move from Ajax in February and the Moroccan will be available next season.

Chelsea have also monitored Lyon’s Moussa Dembélé, Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, but it is Werner who has caught Lampard’s eye. The German is comfortable through the middle but his ability to work from the left would allow him to combine with Tammy Abraham, Chelsea’s leading goalscorer.

Werner started at VfB Stuttgart and has impressed since joining Leipzig in 2016. He has 31 goals in all competitions this season and has helped Julian Nagelsmann’s side to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Chelsea are also in the market for a left-back, with Lampard a huge admirer of Leicester’s Ben Chilwell. If Chilwell proves too expensive, Chelsea could turn their attention to Ajax’s Nicolás Tagliafico.

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This one has legs then. Fabrizio is definitely the GOAT when it comes to transfers.

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If they pull off Ziyech, Werner and Chilwell I'd call that a successful transfer window. Good versatility in attack there and we'd be getting one of the best left backs in the league.

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Possibly a silly question, but would I be right to assume that when Ziyech etc. arrive on 1st July, they won't be able to play in the remaining games of this bizarre 19/20 season?

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I don't think it's been confirmed either way yet, presumably because nobody actually knows. There hasn't been much comment on contracts that expire this summer either, as far as I'm aware. I've seen reports that Pedro is set for Roma when his deal ends but it didn't specify when that will actually be. You have to presume that it's an all or nothing thing really; either Pedro stays with Chelsea until whenever the season ends or he leaves for Roma and we get Ziyech as an immediate replacement.

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Wouldn't have thought so as the FA haven't reopened the registration window for this season and the window for next season doesn't open until the previous season has been completed by the FA rulebook.

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Latest talk is that Chelsea will likely sign Ben Chilwell from Leicester this summer and he will be replaced by Kieran Tierney leaving Arsenal with Bukayo Saka to play full-back I guess.

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I'll eat my hat if Tierney leaves this coming window. Just the usual nonsense because he played under Rogers at Celtic.

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Can't see why Tierney would leave Arsenal any time soon, he's literally played about five minutes of football for them.

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37 minutes ago, Gazz said:

Can't see why Tierney would leave Arsenal any time soon, he's literally played about five minutes of football for them.

Might be a reason why - not getting opportunities...

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Hasn't he been injured for basically the entire season?

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Pretty much yeah. He arrived with an injury, put in some good performances in the europa league then dislocated his shoulder pretty much straight away.

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Jeremy Ngakia has refused to consider a short-term extension to his contract at West Ham and is unlikely to play a part in their battle against relegation when the season resumes, underlining the potential complications for Premier League clubs with players on deals that expire on 30 June.

West Ham were dismayed when Ngakia turned down a new multi-year deal last month, believed to be worth £5,000 a week, and are resigned to losing the young right-back on a free. The 19-year-old impressed after his senior debut in January, starting the final three games before the season was suspended, but it appears his mind is made up. Attempts to change the academy graduate’s mind have fallen on deaf ears, leaving West Ham to contemplate the likelihood that a player who has virtually established himself in David Moyes’s side will walk out with seven games left.

It is not a unique dilemma given that out-of-contract players have been one of the main sticking points in discussions about Project Restart. Clubs have until 23 June to negotiate extensions, and Ngakia’s stance shows there are no guarantees players will agree to see out the season with their current employer.

What of the player who has lined up a move and does not want to get injured? Some agents have expressed that view privately, while others think there is a duty to play on. There is an opportunity for a bit of extra pay, though it has been pointed out that players could ask for exorbitant sums to stick around for a few weeks.

The situation is more pronounced in the Football League, where Charlton have said three players have opted not to play, but some top-flight deals remain unsigned. Whereas Chelsea have agreed one-year extensions with Olivier Giroud and Willy Caballero, there has been no breakthrough with Willian or Pedro, who is likely to join Roma on a free. Willian has had a decent season and although there is no chance of Chelsea bowing to his demands for a three-year deal, Frank Lampard will not want to lose the Brazilian before the campaign is over.

No case is the same. There will be clubs who want to get a player off the books as soon as possible. Bournemouth have decided to release Jordon Ibe, but Eddie Howe needs to keep Ryan Fraser beyond 30 June. Will Tottenham keep Jan Vertonghen and Liverpool Adam Lallana until the end of July?

West Ham are 16th, above 18th-placed Bournemouth only on goal difference, and already have a headache. Although Ben Johnson is regarded as a better prospect than Ngakia, he was injured when his rival got in the team. Ryan Fredericks’ injury gave Ngakia a chance to show he was a more reliable option at right-back than the ageing Pablo Zabaleta but he sees his future elsewhere and West Ham, whose only two games this month are Wolves at home on 20 June and Spurs away three days later, will need to adjust their back four.

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11 hours ago, Lineker said:

Is this going to end with someone being cat fished? Chelsea think they're getting Timo Werner but a balding 42 year old from Slough arrives instead?

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transfer deals will all about trading nudes now

 

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34 minutes ago, King Ellis said:

Is this going to end with someone being cat fished? Chelsea think they're getting Timo Werner but a balding 42 year old from Slough arrives instead?

Southampton were ahead of the curve on this with Ali Dia.

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'West Ham announce new midfield consisting entirely of 19 year old Russian women'

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18 minutes ago, Gazz said:

'West Ham announce new midfield consisting entirely of 19 year old Russian women'

"19 year old sluts are in your area, hat trick horny and ready to score for you!"

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17 minutes ago, King Ellis said:

"19 year old sluts are in your area, hat trick horny and ready to score for you!"

Is that Declan Rice's instagram profile?

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4 hours ago, King Ellis said:

Is this going to end with someone being cat fished? Chelsea think they're getting Timo Werner but a balding 42 year old from Slough arrives instead?

@Stevie B still has his hair yet!

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Thiago Silva has extended his contract till the end of August apparently but will leave PSG upon completion of their Champions League campaign. 

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Chelsea have contacted Bayer Leverkusen about signing Kai Havertz this summer and hope to field the Germany winger alongside Timo Werner, who has agreed to join from RB Leipzig.

Havertz, rated as one of the best young players in the Bundesliga, is being pursued by several top clubs and Chelsea are expected to face intense competition from Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Frank Lampard is keen to reshape his forward line and he wants to add the 20-year-old, even though Chelsea are close to a £53m deal for Werner and have signed Hakim Ziyech for £37m from Ajax.

Chelsea know there is ground to make up on Liverpool and Manchester City after going two windows without signings and have seen an opportunity to make decisive early moves while rivals are deciding how much to spend following the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. It could be a cautious market this summer and if Bayern, United and Real delay over Havertz, the path could be clear for Lampard to move in.

Arranging a deal for Havertz is unlikely to be easy, with reports in Germany suggesting Leverkusen could hold out for as much as €100m (£89m) for a player who has scored five goals in four games since the Bundesliga resumed last month. Chelsea, who are also interested in the Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell, have held early talks with Leverkusen and would hope to negotiate a fee in the region of £70m.

Lampard has complained about his side’s lack of ruthlessness this season. He was heavily involved in the pursuit of Werner, whose £53m release clause expires next week, and has seen Chelsea struggle in the creative department since selling Eden Hazard to Real Madrid for £105m last summer.

With Pedro set to join Roma on a free and Willian yet to extend a deal that runs out on 30 June, Lampard will have room in the wide areas. Havertz, who made his Leverkusen debut at the age of 17, would offer an injection of youthful quality.

Chelsea, whose shortlist also includes the Brentford winger Saïd Benrahma, will need to sell players to enable a heavy spend on Werner, Ziyech, Chiwell and Havertz. Although it is understood Leicester are open to selling Chilwell, they will not let the England left-back leave on the cheap. Chelsea will need to trim their squad, with uncertainty over the futures of Emerson Palmieri, Michy Batshuayi, Jorginho, Ross Barkley and Marcos Alonso.

N’Golo Kanté has returned to contact training, raising hopes he will be available for selection when the Premier League season resumes on 17 June. Kanté was granted compassionate leave after expressing concerns over coronavirus and has been working on his own at Chelsea’s training ground. However the midfielder, who has struggled with injuries this season, took part in phase-two training with teammates on Monday and Tuesday. 

Chelsea’s first game back is at Aston Villa on 21 June. It is unclear whether Kanté will be fit to take part.

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Serious intent from Chelsea if they sign both Havertz and Werner. 

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