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Chelsea transfer news and rumours live: £90m Kai Havertz deal getting closer, £18m Mendy offer

Hello and welcome along to football.london’s live Chelsea transfer blog, keeping you right up to date with all the very latest developments from Stamford Bridge throughout the day.

There is just two weeks to go until Chelsea’s first Premier League game of the season, meaning Frank Lampard – the Blues head coach – is quickly running out of time to get his squad in the best possible shape ahead of the season opener against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.

The Blues have been the big spenders in the Premier League so far this summer, drafting in five new recruits, three of which have have been big-money additions

But despite having spent the best part of £130million on Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, plus signing former Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva on a free transfer, Chelsea are not ready to ease off the accelerator pedal as far as their summer recruitment drive is concerned just yet.

The Blues are edging closer and closer to landing long-term target Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen, as well as being linked with moves for an array of goalkeepers, including Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid, Ajax shot-stopper Andre Onana, Edouard Mendy of Rennes and Lille’s Mike Maignan. There’s also the small matter of the Blues being linked with a move for Barcelona star Lionel Messi as well.

With all of that in mind, make sure you stay with us throughout the day for all the very latest Chelsea transfer news as it happens.

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