8am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Kai Havertz talks ‘getting hot’, Pedro’s goodbye, Declan Rice warning, Kepa EXCLUSIVE – The Sun

CHELSEA have guaranteed Champions League football next season after beating Wolves 2-0 and securing fourth place.

Off the pitch, the Blues are pressing ahead with a move for Kai Havertz – and former Man City winger Leroy Sane appears to have let slip that the German will be heading to West London.

Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from Stamford Bridge here…

  • MORNING, CHELSEA FANS

    Kai Havertz will soon jet in while Declan Rice won't arrive – unless with a huge van!

    That's the latest talk on the transfer front around Stamford Bridge, after the Blues boosted their buying power by sealing a Champions League spot with a 2-0 home win over Wolves.

    Negotiations over £72million-rated Bayer Leverkusen attacker Havertz, 22, are “getting hot” – according to German journalistChristian Falk.

    But West Ham boss David Moyes believes he can keep Chelsea and Manchester United target Rice.

    Moyes said: ““Declan should have attention because he’s such a good player.

    “But he’s not going anywhere unless you get one of those steel vans that have the cash in it. You better bring one of them!”

    Meanwhile, Chelsea are being linked with a £27million bid for Getafe left-back Marc Cucurella – in case they cannot land their top target for that position, Leicester's Ben Chilwell.

    Getafe only made Cucurella's loan deal from Barcelona permanent last month.

  • PED-TURNER

    Pedro paid Chelsea an emotional farewell – as Cesc Fabregas took all the credit for bringing him to the club.

    The Spanish winger's exit was confirmed after Chelsea beat Wolves 2-0 thanks to goals from Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud.

    Pedro, 32, joined Chelsea from Barcelona in 2015 and leaves having added the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League to his glittering CV.

    After the 32-year-old posted an emotional message on social media, ex-Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Fabregas posted:

    “Thank god you listened, trusted me and landed at the right place.”

    “What a career you had with the Blues.

  • SHEARER: TIGHT TITLE FIGHT NEXT TERM

    SunSport's Alan Shearer says United, City and Chelsea will ALL be serious rivals to Liverpool's Premier League crown next season.

    He said: “Whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team can get back to where their fans believe they belong depends on who they get in.

    “They obviously need strengthening. They need three or four if they want to challenge for the league.

    “It is the same with Chelsea. They can win the FA Cup on Saturday against Arsenal. What a great first season for Frank Lampard that would be. That is without being able to spend and losing their best player in Eden Hazard.

    “Lampard has rotated their youngsters very well. It could be a brilliant campaign for Chelsea and in the next one, with Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech already signed, they will surely accumulate far more than just two thirds of the points Liverpool amass, like they have this time.

    “It will be a lot closer. I don’t think anyone will dominate like Liverpool have done this season.”

  • BLUES HAV THE HOTS

    Chelsea's negotiations with Kai Havertz are “getting hot” after they qualified for the Champions League.

    Frank Lampard's men saw off Wolves 2-0 at Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud.

    And that assurance is said to have had an impact on talks with Bayer Leverkusen winger Havertz.

    Respected German journalist Christian Falk tweeted: “After qualifying for Champions League: it can now go quickly with the deal of @ChelseaFC and

    @kaihavertz29.

    “Leverkusen does not insist on participating of @kaihavertz29 in the Euro League. Now the negotiations are getting hot.”

  • FRANK'S FOR THE LESSONS

    Frank Lampardsays he has learned 'one million things' in his first season as Chelsea boss – after they in effect earned £50million by qualifying for the Champions League.

  • KAI ON BRINK

    Chelsea are very close to clinching Kai Havertz's signature from Bayer Leverkusen, reports say.

    The Germany attacker, 22, is tipped to arrive for around £72million – after the Blues bought fellow Bundesliga superstar Timo Werner earlier this summer from RB Leipzig

  • DEC'S-RATED PRICE TAG

    David Moyes expects Declan Rice to play for West Ham next season, warning: Only a steel van of cold, hard cash would tempt us.

    The Hammers’ owners will have to pay hardball with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, who are chasing £70m-rated midfielder Rice.

    The England star, 21, has been one of the stars of the season as the Hammers secured their Premier League status.

    Moyes said: “Declan is under contract.

    “He goes on holidays now as far as I know. Hopefully he is selected for England.

    “He will be back in pre-season with us in three weeks. That’s as much as I can tell you.

    “Rightly so Declan should have attention because he’s such a good player.

    “But he’s not going anywhere unless you get one of those steel vans that have the cash in it. You better bring one of them!”

  • BLUES EYE CUCURELLA

    Chelsea are being linked with a £27million bid for Getafe left-back Marc Cucurella.

    AS say the Blues have been watching the 22-year-old since March – in case they cannot land their No1 target for that position, Leicester's Ben Chilwell.

    Getafe only made Cucurella's loan deal from Barcelona permanent last month.

  • AND THE FINAL RATINGS…

    Pulisic 5

    It wasn’t his day at all, one he will want to forget.

    Despite growing into the game a little bit more in the second half, he just had one of those games where nothing would happen for him and he was hauled off on 77 minutes for Callum Hudson-Odoi.

    Giroud 8

    The Frenchmen was rather starved of service in the opening half an hour but took his chance very well to score the second goal and contributed well overall.

    Tammy Abraham replaced him on 77 minutes.

  • CHELSEA RATINGS – CONTINUED

    Jorginho 7

    Did the basics very well and helped Chelsea control possession; it was a decent afternoon from the former Napoli man.

    Kovacic 9

    It was another fantastic performance from Kovacic, he was superb defensively and showed real composure every time he was on the ball.

    Mount 9

    Mount put Chelsea ahead with a beautiful free kick and then set Olivier Giroud up to score the second right before half time.

    Mount was Chelsea’s best creative spark today.

  • CHELSEA RATINGS – CONTINUED

    Rudiger 6

    A little bit shaky at times as he has been a lot since football restarted.

    But he also made some pretty decent contributions at the back to keep Chelsea ahead.

    James 7

    James was solid as usual and remained very composed on the ball. He linked well with Mount down the right hand side and stood up well physically.

    Alonso 6

    did his job well and overcame some dodgy early moments when he failed to deal with high cross-field passes.

    But it was another good contribution from the Spaniard.

  • HOW CHELSEA RATED VS WOLVES

    With the Blues securing a fourth-place finish thanks to a solid 2-0 win, here's how our man Simon Phillips' player-by player guide to their performance.

    Caballero 7

    Came in for Kepa and he proved why Frank Lampard trusted him in such an important game.

    Caballero didn’t have lots to do but he was composed on the ball and made a few good saves to keep Chelsea in front.

    Azpilicueta 7

    It was a better performance from the captain today, he was very steady on the ball and didn’t do a lot wrong.

    Zouma 9

    Zouma proved once again that he is Chelsea’s most assured centre back putting in another solid all-round display at the back.

  • RUDI 'ATROCIOUS'

    Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger was slammed for an “atrocious” dive against Wolves.

    The German was marking Raul Jimenez and went down in a heap after the Wolves striker motioned towards him.

    Rudiger was accused of trying to get Jimenez sent off as fans on Twitter called out the centre-back.

    One said: “That Rudiger dive was atrocious! Don’t want him at the back next season.”

    Another said: “Rüdiger should at the very least be booked for trying to get Raul Jimenez sent off. Pathetic.”

    One added: “Rudiger that’s a dive. Dreadful from you.”

  • RESULT: CHELSEA 2 WOLVES 0

    Mount and Giroud struck in first-half stoppage time as victory sealed fourth place for Frank Lampard's young team.

    Click HERE for all the match details.

  • CHELSEA VS ARSENAL FOR DOM

    Chelsea are rumoured to be joining Arsenal in the battle to sign Red Bull Salzburg star Dominik Szoboszlai.

    The Gunners have reportedly been in advanced talks over a deal to bring the 19-year-old to the Emirates.

    But it looks like the Blues, and some of Europe’s other football giants, could be about to throw a spanner in the works of Arsenal's efforts sign the Hungarian youngster.

    Szoboszlai has been winning plaudits in Austria’s top division following a string of impressive performances this term.

    And the Hungary international’s nine goals, which helped fire Salzburg to the Austrian Bundesliga title, has attracted the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

    Atletico Madrid and PSG are among the sides rumoured to be vying for the signature of Szoboszlai, who’s admired for his versatile style of play in midfield.

  • CHELSEA 2 WOLVES 0

    We're under way in the second period – with the Blues knowing victory would guarantee them a tour-four finish.

    Click HERE for all the match details.

  • H/T: CHELSEA 2 WOLVES 0

    The Blues struck twice in first-half stoppage time through Mount's glorious free-kick and Giroud's determined finishing.

    But ti was pretty even stuff before that.

    Click HERE for all the match details.

  • SO PLEASED FOR CALLUM

    Defender Jonathan Panzo says he is delighted for his former Chelsea team-mates who have become regulars – while he left.

    He explained: “Obviously I’m so pleased that Callum, Billy, Reece James, everyone has been playing and broadcasting their talent to the world which they deserve.

    “So I don’t feel any type of way about it just that everyone has their time.

    “It might be harder or slower for some people but you just have to keep working and hopefully you’ll get there in the end.”

  • GOAL!!!

    Chelsea 2 Wolves 0

    Giroud forces his way through to double the lead before the break following Mount's pass.

    Click HERE for all the match details.

  • NO REGRETS

    Jonathan Panzo has claimed that he doesn't regret quitting Chelsea despite seeing his former team-mates flourish under Frank Lampard.

    The 19-year-old England U21 defender came through the Blues academy alongside Billy Gilmour and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

    He spent nine years on the books at Stamford Bridge before moving to Monaco in July 2018.

    Panzo has since spent the season on loan at Belgian club Cercle Brugge while Lampard has overseen a youth revolution at his old club Chelsea after taking over as manager.

    He told French Football News: “Everything happens for a reason.”

  • GOAL!!!

    Chelsea 1 Wolves 0

    Mason Mount's stunning top-corner free-kick puts the Blues in front in first-half stoppage time.

    Click HERE for all the match details.

  • KEPA AXE LOOKS OMINOUS

    Kepa Arrizabalaga may have played his final game for Chelsea after he was dropped at home to Wolves today.

    Despite the importance of the game, boss Frank Lampard axed- the world's most expensive goalkeeper EVER in favour of Willy Caballero.

    As SunSport revealed earlier this week, advanced stats prove Kepa has been among the very stoppers in Europe, despite the club forking out £71.6million on him two years ago.

  • LATEST: CHELSEA 0 WOLVES 0

    The Blues' new £54million striker was in the stands watching their clash with Wolves today.

    Follow the action here HERE

  • WE'RE OFF – ON PREM FINAL DAY

    A cagey start at Stamford Bridge: 0-0 so far.

    Click HERE for all the details.

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