11.45am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Thiago Silva COMPETES move, Sarr DONE DEAL, eight players in quarantine, Chilwell – The Sun

FRANK LAMPARD has been handed a hammer blow ahead of the new season with Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori ALL in quarantine.

However, in better news Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr and Ben Chilwell has been now recruited plus Kai Havertz is seemingly imminent.

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Get all the latest transfer gossip and updates from Stamford Bridge…

  • BREAKING

    Chelsea have confirmed the signing of former Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva with this Tweet.

    Echoing a chant which may ring around Stamford Bridge when fans are allowed back, Chelsea teased their fans with simply writing 'Oh Thiago Silva'.

  • CHILWELL THE NEW COLE?

    New Chelsea signing Ben Chilwell is ready to follow in Ashley Cole's footsteps by becoming one of Chelsea's great left-backs.

    The former Leicester man penned a five-year deal earlier this week and is ready to draw inspiration from Blues legend, Cole.

    Chilwell told Chelsea's website: “It’s great for myself, I’ve got that benchmark of what a great Chelsea left-back is.

    “I grew up watching Ashley Cole play so I know how respected he is here and again that was a big reason for me wanting to come.

    “I feel like I’m still young and I want that sort of career that he had at Chelsea for myself as well.”

  • WINDOW SHOPPING

    It's been a productive window for Frank Lampard, but he's done yet;Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva look to be joining the ranks too.

    After being banned from making any purchases in the last two windows, Chelsea are making up for lost time with their new signings.

    Here's a reminder of the business that's been done so far.

    In

    • Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) £53m
    • Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) £36m
    • Xavier Mbuyamba (Barcelona) Undisclosed
    • Ben Chilwell (Leicester) £50m
    • Malang Sarr (Nice) Free

    Out

    • Pedro (Roma) Free
    • Willian (Arsenal) Free
    • Nathan (Atletico MG) £2.7m
    • Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid) £50million
    • Josh Grant (Released)
    • Marcel Lavinier (Released)
    • Richard Nartey (Released)
    • Jamie Cumming (Stevenage) Loan
    • Trevoh Chalobah (Lorient) Loan
    • Ike Ugbo (Cercle Bruges) Loan
    • Izzy Brown (Sheffield Wednesday) Loan
    • Jamal Blackman (Rotherham) Loan
    • Marc Guehi (Swansea) Loan

    BURST BUBBLE

    Things were looking rosy for Frank Lampard, with Chelsea agreeing deals with Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz, but his bubble has just been burst.

    Eight Chelsea stars are now in Covid-19 self isolation, just two weeks before the start of the season.

    With players returning from their summer breaks,a fresh outbreak of Coronavirus has spread through the training ground.

    Several stars, including Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, are adhering to government guidelines and were already quarantining after returning from destinations which were deemed high risk.

    FROM PARIS WITH LOVE

    Chelsea are closing in on a deal to bring Thiago Silva to Stamford Bridge, after Paris Saint-Germain confirmed the defender's exit.

    After eight years of service, the 35-year-old ran down his contract, reportedly in a bid to play in the Premier League.

    Silva's final appearance for the club came in the Champions League final where PSG were outclassed by Bayern Munich, but a move to Chelsea would see him compete in a domestic league with far stiffer competition.

    Frank Lampard's young squad would certainly benefit from the excellent leadership qualities that Silva possess.

    They're even, reportedly, prepared to bend their over-30 contract rule for the Brazilian.

    EXCLUSIVE

    Premier League clubs are at war over a NEW plan to bring in more subs next season.

    Manchester United and Manchester City along with Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are part of a group to table a request to allow FIVE replacements.

    The International Football Association board (IFAB) gave leagues the choice to extend the five subs rule for another season, with the Scottish Premier League opting to keep it.

    But the Premier League was against the proposal as clubs – including newly promoted West Brom, Leeds and Fulham – voted 13-7 last month to stick with the normal numbers.

    Many believed the five sub rule was unfair as it only benefited wealthier clubs with bigger squads.

    However it is back on the agenda for a Premier League zoom conference today after the unhappy leading clubs found enough support to raise it again.

    Now Rule 27 could be amended despite the majority being against it just a couple of weeks ago as some of them have changed sides.

    COST-BENEFIT

    Diego Costa is reportedly “open” to joining Tottenham to reunite with Jose Mourinho.

    Atletico Madrid want to sell the 31-year-old after a disappointing season saw him score just five times.

    According to the Daily Star, Tottenham have been offered the chance to sign Costa.

    But the North London club have concerns over the striker's age and fitness levels.

    The source states that Costa is “open” to joining Spurs as he looks to revive his career.

    Costa won the Premier League title while playing under the management of Mourinho at Chelsea, before making the £57million move to Atletico Madrid in 2017 after falling out with Antonio Conte.

    HOW CHILWELL COMPARES

    How will new Chelsea signing Ben Chilwell compare with his new team-mates?

    Here are some stats that show the former Leicester man compares favourably with his fellow full-backs at Stamford Bridge.

    And it's only a matter of time now before fans get to see him rampaging down the left for the Blues.

    SWAP COMES A CROPPER

    Barcelona have reportedly turned down a swap deal involving Luis Suarez and former Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain.

    With the Catalan club keen to move on their veteran striker and Juventus desperate to rid themselves of Higuain, the Serie A side are said to have offered a surprising exchange deal.

    According to Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri, the Old Lady launched the bid a few days ago.

    Barcelona, however, swiftly rejected what might have been the biggest exchange of raw goalscoring talent in recent history.

    Between them, the strike duo have notched more than 700 goals for some of the globe's top teams.

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Yesterday was another busy day as England's preparations for their Nations League double header next month were plunged into chaos after FIVE players tested positive for Covid-19.

    Five members of Gareth Southgate’s side have tested positive for coronavirus in recent days.

    And they now face an anxious wait over whether they will have to withdraw from the squad ahead of the clashes against Iceland and Denmark.

    At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are facing a Covid-19 crisis of their own.

    Frank Lampard is missing EIGHT players with Ross Barkley, Jorginho, Emerson and Michy Batshuayi joining the initial four of Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori sitting it out in quarantine after holidaying in the Greek islands.

    Lampard, with his coaching staff, is doing his best tosoldier on — even though it will soon be easier to name the Chelsea players who are not in quarantine rather than those who are.

    In transfers, the Blues completed the signing of Malang Sarr on a free transfer with the ex-Nice defender set to be loaned straight back out after signing a five-year deal.

    The Blues’ signing of Thiago Silva also edged one step closer as PSG confirmed the defender has left the club after eight years.

    Elsewhere, Ben Chilwell revealed he hopes to emulate Chelsea legend Ashley Cole and admits he was a 'big reason' for his move to West London.

    He said: “It’s great for myself, I’ve got that benchmark of what a great Chelsea left-back is.

    “I grew up watching Ashley Cole play so I know how respected he is here and again that was a big reason for me wanting to come.

    “I feel like I’m still young and I want that sort of career that he had at Chelsea for myself as well.”

    And finally, fans are set to once again be able to watch EVERY Premier League game live on TV.

    First reported by The Times, The FA confirmed the Saturday 3pm TV blackout will be lifted for the start of the new season on September 12.

    Meaning it is almost guaranteed that all games in the English top flight will be available to watch for British viewers until fans return to stadiums.

    And Premier League clubs are at war over a NEW plan to bring in more subs next season.

    Manchester United and Manchester City along with Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are part of a group to table a request to allow FIVE replacements.

    COVID CHAOS – UPDATE

    England have been plunged further into crisis after FIVE of Gareth Southgate’s squad tested positive for Covid-19.

    Southgate’s 23-man squad are due to start training on Monday for the Nations Leaguedouble header with Iceland and Denmark.

    But the Three Lions boss faces an anxious wait to discover how many will turn up.

    All five of the England players with coronavirus are in quarantine, but some may be available to join the camp next week.

    It is a huge headache for Southgate, who has already endured a nightmare week with defender Harry Maguire’s arrest in Greece.

    Players will be tested prior to their arrival at St George’s Park and will be re-tested as soon as they report for duty.

    BLUE-MIN HELL

    Frank Lampard was rubbing his hands in anticipation of an exciting year ahead withChelsea this time last week.

    Now Lampard dare nottouch anything down at the club’s hi-spec, Surrey training ground because his team is riddled with coronavirus once again after a fresh outbreak.

    Lampard is missing EIGHT players with Ross Barkley, Jorginho, Emerson and Michy Batshuayi joining the initial four of Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomorisitting it out in quarantine after holidaying inthe Greek islands.

    Ironically, Chelsea werethe first English club hitby coronavirus as it ripped through normality in March.

    Lampard, with his coaching staff, is doing his best tosoldier on — even though it will soon be easier to name the Chelsea players who are not in quarantine rather than those who are.

    SUB BATTLE

    Premier League clubs are at war over a NEW plan to bring in more subs next season.

    Manchester United and Manchester City along with Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are part of a group to table a request to allow FIVE replacements.

    The International Football Association board (IFAB) gave leagues the choice to extend the five subs rule for another season, with the Scottish Premier League opting to keep it.

    But the Premier League was against the proposal as clubs – including newly promoted West Brom, Leeds and Fulham – voted 13-7 last month to stick with the normal numbers.

    Many believed the five sub rule was unfair as it only benefited wealthier clubs with bigger squads.

    However it is back on the agenda for a Premier League zoom conference today after the unhappy leading clubs found enough support to raise it again.

    COMING AND THIAGOING

    Thiago Silva has reportedly completed his move to Chelsea and the move will be announced imminently.

    The Brazilian is said to have completed his medical in Milan with all documentation signed and exchanged.

    EERIE WE GO

    Soccer Saturday's sacked presenters could go from cheerio to eerie show – with a spot on 2020’s “haunted” I’m a Celebrity.

    Sky Sports stunned their popular programme’s fans by axing former top-flight superstars Matt Le Tissier, Charlie Nicholas, Scott Minto and Phil Thompson.

    Now ex-England winger Le Tissier, in particular, is being tipped for ITV’s hit series, hosted by Ant ‘n Dec.

    The Southampton legend is rated 6/4 to appear in this year’s special version – where he could practice some creepy-uppies in the “haunted” ruins of Gwrych Castle in Wales.

    Former Arsenal maverick Charlie Nicholas is 3/1 and one-time Chelsea left-back Minto 6/1 – with even Liverpool hero Thompson given a ghost of a chance at 10/1.

    Sky Sports praised the “great job” done by the long-serving pundits but revealed their football punditry is having what could become a major revamp.

    EMERSON'S DAYS LIMITED

    With the signing of Ben Chilwell from Leicester for £50m, Emerson finds himself behind both Chilwell and Alonso in the picking order.

    Emerson is reportedly available for £26m, a high price for a player who doesn't regularly feature.

    A long deal back to Italy isn't out the realms of possibility, but one thing is for sure, the Italian internationals time at the club will come to an end soon.

    The FA will not reimpose the blackout until fans return and it may not be reinstated until capacity crowds are permitted.

    The purpose of the blackout – brought in during the 1980s – is to protect live attendances and grassroots participation.

    But after Covid-19 turned the world upside down, the league had to have a rethink.

    And after play restarted in April all remaining games in the 2019-20 season were available to watch – some even for free as the BBC hosted their first ever live Premier League coverage.

    All games in the Championship, League One and League Two will be watchable for fans.

    Premier League chairmen are set to officially follow suit in a meeting on Thursday.

    LIVE AND KICKING

    Fans are set to once again be able to watch EVERY Premier League game live on TV.

    First reported by The Times, The FA confirmed the Saturday 3pm TV blackout will be lifted for the start of the new season on September 12.

    Meaning it is almost guaranteed that all games in the English top flight will be available to watch for British viewers until fans return to stadiums.

    The blackout was previously abolished for Project Restart as all games were broadcast live after the coronavirus-enforced break in play.

    Originally, the Premier League suggested they would abide by Sky Sports and BT Sports' usual contracts which would see 40 per cent of games unavailable on live tele.

    But clubs feared this could see many turn to illegal streams and are keen to again allow season ticket holders to watch games through access codes to subscription services…

    As of yet, there are no plans to call up replacements for those that have tested positive.

    The Mail add that England players will be tested prior to their arrival at St George’s Park on Monday, and again as soon as they report for duty.

    With many players returning from holidays after a long season, there is a fear that a number of stars have contracted coronavirus.

    COR BLIMEY – BREAKING!

    England's preparations for their Nations League double header next month have plunged into chaos after THREE players tested positive for Covid-19.

    According to the Daily Mail, three members of Gareth Southgate’s side have tested positive for coronavirus in recent days.

    And they now face an anxious wait over whether they will have to withdraw from the squad ahead of the clashes against Iceland and Denmark.

    Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire has already been dropped by Southgate due to his antics in Mykonos.

    It has been claimed that England staff know who the players are that have contracted the deadly bug.

    But it has been stated that there is a growing belief that it is inevitable they will have to withdraw amid the Premier League Covid-19 outbreak.

    FAB-ULOUS

    Chelsea posted footage from this day in 2017 as Cesc Fabregas scored for the Blues against Everton at Stamford Bridge.

    IT'S KYLLING ME

    Kylian Mbappe has wished an emotional farewell to Thiago Silva as he edges closer to a move to Chelsea.

    The Frenchman sent a message to the veteran Brazilian centre-back on his Instargram story.

    And he said: “Well, it is the end. I am very sad to wish you goodbye and that your adventures end but also very proud to have been able to play with you.

    “Thiago, my captain, you are a legend, you made your mark on the history of the club.

    “One of the best I have seen and have played with.”

    GO GET HIM – BREAKING!

    Thiago Silva is closing in on a deal to join Chelsea after Paris Saint-Germain confirmed the defender's exit.

    The 35-year-old has run his contract down at Parc des Princes after eight years of service, with his last appearance coming in the Champions League final defeat on Sunday.

    PSG were keen to tie the Brazilian down to a new deal, but Silva has opted to depart as he longs to play in the Premier League.

    Les Parisiens took to Twitter to say goodbye to the centre-back, as they posted a clip of his highlights at the club.

    Captioning the video, they said: “You marked the history of the club.

    “Red and Blue for life. Forever in our hearts.”

    SPURS YOU ON

    Chelsea have posted a throwback video of their emphatic 2-0 victory at White Hart Lane on this day 15 years ago.

    BLUE JEALOUS?

    Chelsea are getting some envious looks for their summer shopping from the champions.

    The Blues announced the £50million singing of Ben Chilwell on Wednesday.

    He joins Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech in new-look squad. Frank Lampard's side also snapped up Malang Sarr from Nice then loaned him out.

    But there are expected to be more incomings.

    Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz and PSG defender Thiago Silva are strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp told Servus TV: “There are a lot of interesting players out there but if someone is interesting for us I can’t say right now.

    “Due to COVID-19 you have to think five times about what you can and what you can’t do.

    “We always have to pay attention to the financial aspect. We don’t know how much money will come in.

    “Nobody knows but it seems like some other teams have a more positive outlook on the future… if you look at Chelsea for example [laughs].

    “But I am very happy with my team right now. If something transfer related will happen we have to see.”

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