Here are your Chelsea morning headlines for Sunday, August 2.
Havertz has decided on summer switch
Bayer Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz says the “crucial call” for Kai Havertz has yet to arrive but admits the Chelsea target has made up his mind on what he wants to do this summer.
The Germany international has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge but will represent Bayer in their remaining Europa League games later this month.
“I talk to Kai a lot and try to feel what all this does to him. For example, these daily rumours about transfers,” Bosz told Deutschen Presse-Agentur.
“I’m finding Kai is handling all of this very well. I don’t think he will stop playing at 29 [like Andre Schurrle].
“I know what he wants to do, but of course I’m not going to give it away, it’s up to him.”
Pressed on whether a transfer might be imminent, Bosz added: “I can’t say. Perhaps the crucial call will come today, maybe next week, maybe not at all.”
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Blues turn to Burnley’s Pope
Chelsea have identified Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope as the man to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer, report the Daily Star.
Frank Lampard has lost faith in the Spanish stopper, excluding him from the final day Premier League win over Wolverhampton Wanderers and yesterday’s FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea.
Pope just missed out on the Premier League’s Golden Glove award this season – keeping 15 clean sheets – and is widely tipped for a leading role with England.
However, Burnley are unlikely to be tempted into selling the shot-stopper for a deal less than £50million and that could prove the biggest stumbling block this summer.
Cole calls on further Chelsea investment
Chelsea have already secured the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner for next season but Joe Cole believes the signings must keep coming.