8am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Lampard struggles to offload Kepa, Atalanta and Ajax in Champions League, Rudiger PSG – The Sun

CHELSEA are klooking to land Declan Rice this transfer window and have reportedly offered Antonio Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to West Ham in exchange.

Meanwhile Ross Barkley has gone on loan to Aston Villa for the remainder of the season.

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  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Chelsea were handed a pretty easy Champions League draw yesterday.

    The Blues were drawn in Group E with Sevilla, Stade Rennais and Krasnodar.

    A trio of Chelsea players also feature in Gareth Southgate's England squad.

    Ben Chilwell is back after missing the last squad, and he's joined by teammates Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.

    In squad news, Callum Hudson-Odoi has hired a personal trainer at his own expense to try to force his way into Frank Lampard's plans.

    The Chelsea boss has made repeated demands for the winger to show him the kind of 'work ethic' that will see him regain a regular first team spot.

    And Hudson-Odoi has taken his manager at his word and is spending £1,500 a month with his own specialised fitness guru.

    The winger is also coughing up to rent the entire pitch at a non-league club near his South London home.

    Hudson-Odoi, 19, is lifting extra weights, being put through his paces with sprint shuttle runs and working on endurance to boost his stamina to last 90 minutes with ease.

    The sessions are all being undertaken in addition to normal training with Chelsea.

    Elsewhere, Chilwell has revealed Chelsea legend Ashley Cole told him to ‘die for the badge'.

    The England ace, 23, was given the advice when meeting the left-back who played 385 Premier League for the club.

    Chilwell said: “Seeing the career that he had here, obviously I wanted to emulate that, and still do. To have someone like that who has played for Chelsea, who's English, it was important for me.

    “I spoke to my agent because I was quite keen on getting to meet him.

    “I just wanted to get to know him and pick his brains on what he thought of Chelsea as a club, how he reached the success that he reached here.

    “I was quite keen to have that chat to find out things like that. Obviously I'm going to work as hard as I can over the next however many years to try and emulate what he's done here.”

    And finally, Uefa have given the green light for fans to return – but only where national governments allow.

    In a move that will add to pressure from Prem sides for a UK Government U-turn, European football’s ruling executive committee has agreed that fan numbers will be capped at 30 per cent of stadium capacity.

    But there will be no away supporters allowed for now.

    The change, which will apply to all competitive games under the Uefa umbrella, will come into effect from next week’s international break.

  • William Pugh

    A BIT RICH

    Premier League clubs will further resist an EFL bail-out after learning Championship owners are worth more than £32BILLION.

    Top-flight teams are coming under increased Government pressure to stump up the £250m EFL chairman Rick Parry says is necessary to keep his 72 clubs alive.

    But as Parry held a further meeting with Prem chief Richard Masters to thrash out a lifeline deal, the anger of club bosses has reached new levels.

    Latest figures for the 24 Championship owners, compiled from a number of financial sources, estimate the total wealth of the clubs in the upper tier of the EFL adds up to an eye-opening £32.367bn.

    One senior Premier League source told SunSport: “When you look at what the Championship owners are worth between them you have to ask why they need any money from the Premier League.”

  • William Pugh

    GREAT COLE

    Ben Chilwell has opened up about the influence Ashley Cole had on him before his big move to Chelsea.

  • William Pugh

    THE ONE PER US

    Pernille Harder scooped the Uefa Women's player of the year and forward of the year at this afternoon's Champions League draw.

  • William Pugh

    CALL TO ARMS – EXCLUSIVE

    Callum Hudson-Odoi has hired a personal trainer at his own expense to try to force his way into Frank Lampard's plans.

    The Chelsea boss has made repeated demands for the winger to show him the kind of 'work ethic' that will see him regain a regular first team spot.

    And Hudson-Odoi has taken his manager at his word and is spending £1,500 a month with his own specialised fitness guru.

    The winger is also coughing up to rent the entire pitch at a non-league club near his South London home.

    Hudson-Odoi, 19, is lifting extra weights, being put through his paces with sprint shuttle runs and working on endurance to boost his stamina to last 90 minutes with ease.

    The sessions are all being undertaken in addition to normal training with Chelsea.

  • William Pugh

    CHIL'S COLE FIRED

    Ben Chilwell has revealed Chelsea legend Ashley Cole told him to ‘die for the badge'.

    The England ace, 23, was given the advice when meeting the left-back who played 385 Premier League for the club.

    Chilwell said: “Seeing the career that he had here, obviously I wanted to emulate that, and still do. To have someone like that who has played for Chelsea, who's English, it was important for me.

    “I spoke to my agent because I was quite keen on getting to meet him.

    “I just wanted to get to know him and pick his brains on what he thought of Chelsea as a club, how he reached the success that he reached here.

    “I was quite keen to have that chat to find out things like that. Obviously I'm going to work as hard as I can over the next however many years to try and emulate what he's done here.”

  • William Pugh

    Fans will be ordered to socially distance and wear masks in line with local regulations.

    But it will not apply for any of England’s games next week or the opening Champions League or Europa League home games for English sides unless the Government relents on its current ban on attendances.

    Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin said: “This is a sensible first step which puts fans’ health first and respects the laws in each country.

    “Different countries have different approaches and different challenges at any given moment but 27 countries on the continent already allow fans to some extent.

    “This allows a coherent approach on a country-by-country basis and not on a competition-by-competition basis which was sometimes difficult to understand for fans.”

  • William Pugh

    FAN-PIONS LEAGUE

    Uefa have given the green light for fans to return – but only where national governments allow.

    In a move that will add to pressure from Prem sides for a UK Government U-turn, European football’s ruling executive committee has agreed that fan numbers will be capped at 30 per cent of stadium capacity.

    But there will be no away supporters allowed for now.

    The change, which will apply to all competitive games under the Uefa umbrella, will come into effect from next week’s international break.

    This will include the delayed Euro 2020 play-off semi-finals and the National League group stage…

  • William Pugh

    TOP TIPS – SPONSORED BY LADBROKES

    It's all about goals at the moment in the Premier League – and we're predicting another bumper weekend ahead.

    We've got betting tips for you from three big top-flight matches, starting at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea host cross-London rivals Crystal Palace.

    It's not been the start Frank Lampard and Chelsea were hoping for.

    A huge summer outlay, but just four points from a possible nine to start the new campaign and already out of the Carabao Cup.

    We did warn you that it might be a bumpy ride – but this is a pressure game, with the fanbase expecting a comfortable home three points.

    SunSport's best bets

    Over 2.5 goals at Stamford Bridge: 8/13

    Chelsea to win after going behind: 8/1

    Kai Havertz to score first Premier League goal: 15/8

  • William Pugh

    NBA host Jaydee Dyer shared the vile racist abuse he faced, revealing he was called “black c**t”.

    Bela Shah confirmed it was mostly “racist or sexist”, while Laura Woods claimed: “I didn't quite know how to process it.

    “It was so abusive and so direct and hurtful… I didn't know what I'd done to deserve it.”

    Boxing presenter Woolhouse even revealed she was sent a truly shocking message regarding her brother, who tragically died in a bus crash in Malaysia in 2014.

    Through tears, she read: “That big, ugly grin… I hope you can join your brother in death soon.

    “He probably killed himself trying to get away from you.”

  • William Pugh

    'HATE WON'T STOP US'

    Sky Sports presenters have bravely read out some of the horrific abuse they have faced online in a bid to combat trolls.

    The broadcasting company shared a two-minute video of a host of their top talent recalling some of the worst abuse they've ever faced.

    In a campaign to combat online abuse called 'Hate Won't Stop Us', the likes of Anna Woolhouse, Bryan Swanson and Alex Hammond opened up in a video which reveals the disturbing attacks they have faced.

    Amongst the abuse, Kate Mason revealed she was told: “I hope you get Aids. S**g.”

    Michelle Owen added: “I've been called a 'dumb b***h'. I was told I'd got fat and put weight on while I was pregnant.”

    Sky Sports News presenter Bryan Swanson revealed he was tweeted: “F*** off you chief, pig-faced c**t.”…

  • William Pugh

    TOP DROG

    Didier Drogba scooped the Uefa President's award at today's Champions League draw ceremony.

  • William Pugh

    THESE ARE THE CHAMPIOOOOONNNNNNSSSSS!

    The Champions League group stage draw has been completed in Switzerland.

    Group A – Bayern Munich, Atletico, RB Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow.

    Group B – Real Madrid, Shakhtar, Inter Milan, Monchengladbach.

    Group C – Porto, Man City, Olympiakos, Marseille.

    Group D – Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, FC Midtjylland.

    Group E – Sevilla, Chelsea, Krasnodar, Rennes.

    Group F – Zenit, Dortmund, Lazio, Club Brugge.

    Group G – Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kiev, Ferencvarosi TC.

    Group H – Paris Saint-Germain, Man Utd, RB Leipzig, Instanbul Basaksehir.

  • William Pugh

    GROUP E DRAW IS COMPLETE!

    Rennes will make their Champions League debut against Sevilla, Chelsea and Krasnodar!

    Sevilla

    Chelsea

    Krasnodar

    Rennes

  • William Pugh

    GROUP E

    FC Krasnodar will be joining group E alongside Sevilla and Chelsea!

    Sevilla

    Chelsea

    Krasnodar

  • William Pugh

    GROUP E!!!

    Chelsea have been drawn in group E alongside Sevilla!

    Sevilla and Chelsea so far…

  • William Pugh

    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW…

    All the teams from Pot 1 have been drawn…

    Chelsea out any minute now..

  • William Pugh

    DILLY DING, DILLY WRONG – COMMENT

    SunSport's Dave Kidd thinks Frank Lampard is turning into Tinkerman Claudio Ranieri and Chelsea chief Roman Abramovich won’t sit and watch after his £230million summer spend.

    Lampard has now used a staggering 56 different starting line-ups in 60 matches as Chelsea boss, with the formation chopping and changing all too frequently.

    Having played under the Tinkerman, Ranieri, Lampard has taken lessons from the wrong former Chelsea boss.

    In his pomp, Jose Mourinho always knew his best team. It is unclear whether Lampard knows precisely how his two major attacking signings, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, will fit in.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE

    We’ve got live updates on each ball flying out of the pot in the group stage draw from Nyon which starts in five minutes.

    Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City will learn their fates for the group games, which start later this month.

    CLICK HERE FOR OUR LIVE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW BLOG

  • Kiro Evans

    AGENT ASHLEY

    Ashley Cole was decisive in convincing Ben Chilwell to come to Stamford Bridge, the ex-Leicester man revealed in a press conference today.

    Blues legend Cole is currently an academy coach at the club and spoke to Chilwell before his move.

    It was a big part of convincing the left-back to leave Leicester, given his hopes to follow in Cole's footsteps.

    Chilwell told the media: “Obviously I wanted to emulate him and still do. To have someone like that who has played for Chelsea, who is English, it was important for me.

    “I spoke to my agent because I was quite keen on getting to meet him so I could get to know him and kind of pick his brains on what he thought of Chelsea as a club, how he reached the success that he reached here.

    “I was quite keen to have that chat to find out stuff like that. I am going to work as hard as I can for however many years to try and emulate what he's done here.”

  • Kiro Evans

    DRAW POSSIBLITIES

    With the start of the Champions League draw only an hour away, it's time for Blues fans to start thinking of the best and worst possibilities of who they could face in the group stages.

    Looking through the four pots, our guess is this:

    BEST: Zenit, Dynamo Kyiv and İstanbul Başakşehir

    WORST: Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig and Marseille

  • Kiro Evans

    THREE CHELSEA PLAYERS IN ENGLAND SQUAD

    A trio of Blues players feature in Gareth Southgate's England squad.

    Ben Chilwell is back after missing the last squad, and he's joined by teammates Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.

    Transfer target Declan Rice is also present for England's three games.

  • Kiro Evans

    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW LESS THAN 3 HOURS AWAY

    A reminder that the Champions League draw is getting ever closer with Chelsea in pot two.

    The Blues will be eyeing up several old European friends who they have faced in years gone by.

    They could draw PSG from pot one, with the two clubs meeting each other on a few occasions over the last decade. The most memorable meeting saw a late Demba Ba goal send Chelsea through to the semi-finals in 2014.

    They could also meet holders Bayern Munich who sent Frank Lampard's side spinning out of the competition last season over two torturous legs.

    The draw starts at 4pm.

    POT ONE: Bayern (GER), UEFA Champions League holders; Sevilla (ESP), UEFA Europa League holders; Real Madrid (ESP); Liverpool (ENG); Juventus (ITA); Paris (FRA); Zenit (RUS); Porto (POR)

    POT TWO: Barcelona (ESP); Atlético Madrid (ESP); Manchester City (ENG); Manchester United (ENG); Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR); Dortmund (GER); Chelsea (ENG); Ajax (NED)

    POT THREE: Dynamo Kyiv (UKR); Salzburg (AUT); RB Leipzig (GER); Internazionale (ITA); Olympiacos (GRE); Lazio (ITA); Krasnodar (RUS); Atalanta (ITA)

    POT FOUR: Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS); Marseille (FRA); Club Brugge (BEL); Mönchengladbach (GER); İstanbul Başakşehir (TUR); Midtjylland (DEN); Rennes (FRA); Ferencváros (HUN)

  • Kiro Evans

    ALONSO UPDATE

    Inter Milan may be in the window for Marcos Alonso, only days after the left-back's reported bust-up with Frank Lampard.

    The Chelsea gaffer was furious with Alonso's actions after he was subbed off at half time and may now have a route to get rid of him.

    Inter have just sold their Brazilian left-back Dalbert to Rennes and are now reportedly in the market for a replacement.

  • Kiro Evans

    PICK THAT ONE OUT

    After two dodgy results this week, Chelsea will look to fight back against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

    And it looks like Olivier Giroud is gunning for a place in the starting line-up.

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