CHELSEA are eyeing a summer rebuild despite the coronavirus uncertainty which continues to suspend the Premier League.
We have the latest transfer talk on the likes of Gabriel Magalhaes, Samuel Umtiti and Lautaro Martinez.
Meanwhile, former defender Ashley Cole was attacked in his home by a gang of masked robbers.
Follow all the latest updates and gossip from West London below…
BLUES BECKED OUT OF ALISSON TALKS
Chelsea pulled out of advanced to talks to sign Alisson Becker before Liverpool pounced for him – as they thought they could persuade Thibaut Courtois to stay.
Brazil keeper Alisson, 27, instead went on to become a £67million key part of Jurgen Klopp's all-conquering Reds – while the Blues are still struggling between the sticks, with doubts over Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Courtois, meanwhile, has never looked quite the same player since leaving Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid.
The Athletic say Roma star Alisson was keen on moving to Stamford Bridge but Chelsea gave the negotiations a break to focus on a failed bid to change Courtois's mind.
Now Blues' boss is reportedly hunting a successor for Kepa.
But the latest suggestion is Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer will reject Chelsea as he aims to stay with the German champions.
BLUES' JADON HOPES BOOSTED
Chelsea and Manchester United's hopes of landing England attacker Jadon Sancho have been boosted by reports Liverpool have no interest in signing the 20-year-old.
The Borussia Dortmund star has been linked with many European clubs in a potential £100million transfer race this summer.
But The Mirror claim Liverpool are not amongst his keenest admirers.
That could leave United locking horns with Chelsea at the front of a queue to sign Sancho.
ON CALL FOR THE EUROS
Callum Hudson-Odoi is feeling “perfect” and targeting a Euro 2020 spot for next year after being the first Premier League player to get Covid-19.
Chelsea's England winger, 19, was easing his way back from a hamstring injury in February when coronavirus struck first him then football as a whole, with action now suspended indefinitely.
But he believes delaying Euro 2020 at least gives him clear goals for the next 15 months.
Hudson-Odoi told Chelsea TV: “For me it is an opportunity to show again and keep pushing myself to the max to hopefully have an opportunity to go to the Euros.
“The Euros is a massive thing and I have big belief in myself and hopefully I will be able to get into the team.
“I just want to make sure that I keep pushing myself every game and every minute and making sure that I keep trying to score goals and make assists and keep trying to help the team as much as possible to get what we want, which is a trophy at the end of the day.”
PREM INTEREST DRIES UP
Intre Milan look set to disappoint Manchester United and Chelsea by completing the capute of Napoli striker Dries Mertens, reports in Italy say.
The 90–cap Belgian,32, iis available on a free transfer when hsi contract runs out in the summer.
And according to Calciomercato, Inter CEO Beppe Marotta has lined up Mertens with a bumper pay offer.
The report states that an £85,000-a-week contract is on the cards, with manager Antonio Conte looking to bolster his squad even further.
TURN THE OTHER CHEEK
England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek admits it hurt to watch Chelsea win during his year-long recovery from a ruptured Achilles injury.
In a short documentary on the Blues' official website, he said: “I played most of my games in the Europa League from the start so for me not to play in the final, it was a big thing which hurt.”
“The hardest part for me is watching the games, seeing them play and win – or even lose – it is hard. I can’t wait to get back.”
The 24-year-old has seen Frank Lampard bring younger talents like Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham through this season
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