Here are the Chelsea morning headlines for Thursday, May 21.
The winners and losers from Havertz switch
Chelsea are reportedly in the race to sign Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz this summer – which could have massive knock-on effects at Stamford Bridge.
The 20-year-old is also being tracked by Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester City.
And the midfielder impressed when the Bundesliga returned last weekend – scoring twice against Werder Bremen in a 4-1 victory.
Havertz is thought to be most likely to stay in Germany – but should he secure a move to Stamford Bridge, who would be the biggest winners and losers?
Academy graduate Mason Mount and former Everton star Ross Barkley may suffer, as the most probable candidates to be pushed down the pecking order.
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As with Mount, up and coming academy players call fall into that category, with a big-money signing potentially seeing their route to the first team blocked.
In the ‘winners’, the signing would undoubtedly be a coup for manager Frank Lampard and director Marina Granovskaia, who is keen to make a marquee signing following the club’s transfer ban.
Striker Tammy Abraham is also likely to benefit as Havertz would weigh in with goals and take some of the pressure off his shoulders.
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Kante granted compassionate leave
N’Golo Kante has been granted compassionate leave by Chelsea – and will be missing training this week due to his fears over health and safety.
Players have been heading back to training this week as the Premier League aim to get the season restarted – and Kante returned to Cobham on Tuesday as instructed.
However, since then he has been absent, with head coach Frank Lampard and the club agreeing he could miss subsequent sessions, according to the Standard.
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