8.15am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Messi was ‘so close’ to Blues deal, Granovskaia’s brutal Hudson-Odoi & Tomori clauses – The Sun

LIONEL MESSI almost signed for Chelsea, it has been revealed.

Meanwhile details of some of the brutal penalty clauses Marina Granovskaia wanted inserted into loan deals for Callum Hudson-Odoi and Fikayo Tomori to Bayern Munich and West Ham respectively have emerged.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • John Hutchinson

    BACK OF THE NET

    It was a good night for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.

    The striker scored twice for France in his 100th game as Les Blues smashed Ukraine 7-1.

    Could Blues boss Frank Lampard be tempted to give him a go with Timo Werner still struggling to adapt?

  • Dave Fraser

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Germany boss Joachim Low claims Antonio Rudiger ‘tried everything' to leave the Blues before deadline day.
    He explained: “I was in constant contact with Rudiger, he was keeping me in the loop.

    “He had three or four options over the weekend but unfortunately nothing materialised – he can try again in the winter.

    “He tried everything to leave Chelsea because the European Championship is very important to him.

    “I think he’ll try to leave again in the winter. He’s doing everything he can to stay in his best form.”

    Elsewhere, Manchester United reportedly considered making a move for Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri.

    Speaking on the Here We Go podcast, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has revealed that the Red Devils would have moved for the Italian had their move for Alex Telles failed.

    Telles eventually joined United from Porto on deadline day while Emerson had been heavily linked with a move back to Serie A following Ben Chilwell's arrival at Stamford Bridge.

    And finally, Chelsea striker Timo Werner developed ‘flu-like symptoms” and was forced to miss Germany’s 3-3 friendly against Turkey.

    The 24-year-old has undergone coronavirus tests and is now awaiting results ahead of his countries UEFA Nations League ties against Ukraine and Switzerland.

    Germany assistant coach Marcus Sorg announced at a press conference on Tuesday: “Timo Werner has a slight cold and won’t join up with the team today.”

    “Several tests have been done, but the results are not in yet.”

  • Joe Brophy

    PORT OF CALL

    Kepa Arrizabalaga added a rare clean sheet to his collection as Spain drew 0-0 with Portugal.

    Cristiano Ronaldo came the closest to beating the Chelsea outcast – but he was denied by the woodwork.

  • Joe Brophy

    SOUTH ACHE

    Gareth Southgate accused England’s rule-breaking players of turning the national team into a CIRCUS.

    The angry Three Lions boss also believes the five shamed stars have wasted his time causing extra hassle.

    Ben Chilwell, Jadon Sancho and Tammy Abraham are out of tonight’s friendly with Wales at Wembley for attending a large party on Saturday.

    They may also miss Sunday’s home Nations League clash with Belgium.

    Already axed are Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood who broke lockdown rules in Iceland.

    Southgate said: “We have to recognise that things like this affect the team. They affect the energy. They take time to deal with.

    “And that time would be better spent being able to focus on preparing for training, having coaching conversations with players.

    “So it draws you away from where you really want to be. You want an environment with the players that the pressure on the team is not made higher than it already is by having this circus going around it.”

  • Joe Brophy

    PAUL'S TORMENT

    Arsenal hero Paul Davis has lifted the lid on the vile racist abuse that black players were subjected to in the 1980s.

    Davis claims being taunted over the colour of his skin was common place as he made his way in the game — with London grounds like Stamford Bridge and Upton Park a hotbed for bigots.

    Former midfield star Davis admitted in the explosive new book, Arsenal Match of My Life: “Things were very different in the 1980s.

    “One game in particular that stands out is when we played Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, which was not the best place for a black player.

    “I remember being racially abused by 50,000 Chelsea fans and all I could do was try to ignore it and play my game.

    “What really shocked me was they had a black player named Paul Canoville on their bench. I remember thinking, ‘Wow. If it is bad for me, imagine what it is like for him’.

    “It must have affected him because he was just a young player trying to make his way in the game. I followed his career after that but it never really went anywhere.”

  • Joe Brophy

    MAT'S THE TRICK

    Matteo Kovacic has been crowned Chelsea's player of the year ahead of Christian Pulisic.

  • Joe Brophy

    WERNING SIGN

    Chelsea striker Timo Werner developed ‘flu-like symptoms” and was forced to miss Germany’s friendly against Turkey tonight, having

    The 24-year-old has undergone coronavirus tests and is now awaiting results ahead of his countries UEFA Nations League ties against Ukraine and Switzerland.

    Germany assistant coach Marcus Sorg announced at a press conference on Tuesday: “Timo Werner has a slight cold and won’t join up with the team today.”

    “Several tests have been done, but the results are not in yet.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TELL TALES

    Manchester United reportedly considered making a move for Chelsea defender Emerson Palmeri.

    Speaking on the Here We Go podcast, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has revealed that the Red Devils would have moved for the Italian had their move for Alex Telles failed.

    Telles eventually joined United from Porto on deadline day while Emerson had been heavily linked with a move back to Serie A following Ben Chilwell's arrival at Stamford Bridge.

  • Joe Brophy

    MOUNT A COMEBACK

    Chesea's FIFA 21 ratings have Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner among the best Blues but Kepa's overall number was dropped.

    The latest edition of the popular video game will be released on Friday.

    And the Chelsea players have all had their ratings adjusted for the new campaign – including new summer signings Havertz and Werner.

    The German duo are both rated 85 overall after big-money moves to join Frank Lampard's squad.

    Mount receives a big increase of five after an impressive debut season at Stamford Bridge and is now rated 80 after only being 75 in the last edition.

  • Joe Brophy

    BLUE IS THE COLOUR

    Chelsea have named their 25-man Champions League squad.

    Blues boss Frank Lampard has included both Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori despite both coming close to sealing moves away from the club on deadline day.

    Edouard Mendy leads a trio of keepers in the line up ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero.

  • Joe Brophy

    NOT BAYERN HIM

    Callum Hudson-Odoi's loan move to Bayern Munich fell apart over the weekend because of clauses insisted upon by Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.

    Hansi Flick's side tried to take Hudson-Odoi on loan for the season before Monday's transfer deadline.

    But Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, 43, couldn't believe Granovskaia's demands.

    According to Bild the Russian, 45, demanded a mandatory £70m transfer after a certain number of appearances.

    And the deal also would have involved Bayern having to pay fines if Hudson-Odoi didn't feature a certain amount in the first-team.

    Salihamidzic tried one last time to negotiate a deal on Saturday, after Hudson-Odoi had started in the Blues' 4-0 rout of Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

    But the Bosnian abandoned hopes of completing the deal when Granovskaia refused to budge.

  • Joe Brophy

    RUDI HELL

    Germany boss Joachim Low claims Antonio Rudiger ‘tried everything to leave Chelsea’ before deadline day.

    He explained: “I was in constant contact with Rudiger, he was keeping me in the loop.

    “He had three or four options over the weekend but unfortunately nothing materialised – he can try again in the winter.

    “I’ve been walking the path with him over the past few years and we’ve had a dialogue since the beginning.

    “He can put in a great performance even without a few weeks of match practice.

    “He has established himself as a top international player. In terms of athleticism, dynamism and tough duels, he maintains his top level for a few weeks even without match practice.

    “His development over the past four or five years has been great.

    “He tried everything to leave Chelsea because the European Championship is very important to him.

    “I think he’ll try to leave again in the winter. He’s doing everything he can to stay in his best form.”

  • Joe Brophy

    NEW RULES

    Jadon Sancho is an A-grade player.

    And the fact that he remains a painful knife in Manchester City’s back is why the club believes the answer is B-Teams.

    But his departure, along with that of Welsh midfielder Ravi Matondo to Schalke, and the losses of Jamie Bynoe-Gittens to Dortmund and Dutchman Noah Ohio to Leipzig, has become more than an irritation to the City hierarchy.

    Chief executive Ferran Soriano did not try to hide the running sore as he outlined the solution.

    Speaking at LeadersWeek.direct, he said: “Developing young players in England is a problem. B Teams are not allowed and we have a development gap of boys who are 17 and 18.

    “They cannot find the right place to develop and are taken by taken by the German teams – who try to sell them back to us at 10 times the price they paid.This is bad,something we needed to solve.

    “Maybe the Covid crisis will give us the opportunity and will nudge us to get together and solve this problem.”

  • Joe Brophy

    CARA-BYE CUP

    Manchester City will push for a cull of the League Cup to help cut the number of games for the Etihad outfit.

    Pep Guardiola’s Carabao Cup holders have won the competition three years in a row and face Arsenal in a December quarter-final.

    But despite their stunning success – with City having lifted the trophy five times in the past seven years – chief executive Ferran Soriano suggested it might be a necessary casualty if football is to move forward.

    Soriano, speaking at LeadersWeek.direct, said: “There is a real problem of too many games being played by the clubs in the Premier League.

    “There are ways to cut this. Some games need to be played to generate the fans and revenue for the whole football pyramid.

    “But other games don’t add value and put the players at risk.

    “The welfare of the players was a problem before Covid. Now it’s an extreme problem.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SAFETY HAZARD

    Luka Modric has revealed Eden Hazard is 'not in a comfortable situation' as injuries continue to ravage the ex-Chelsea star's dream Real Madrid career.

    He told As.com: “It is not a comfortable situation.

    “He has come to show that he is one of the best and he will show it this year.

    “When he was well he showed that he was going to be important, but the injuries stopped him.

    “We need him and he will show why Madrid has paid so much for him.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ALMOST ED HIM

    Harry Redknapp has revealed Tottenham came close to signing ex-Chelsea star Eden Hazard in 2012.

    The Belgian wizard joined the Blues from French side Lille in 2012 but Redknapp claims Spurs were pipped to the post by their London rivals.

    He told Sky Sports: “I lost Eden Hazard, he wanted to come to Tottenham but he said he would only come if we got Champions League Football.

    “We finished fourth that year, Chelsea finished sixth, they won the Champions League & we didn’t make it.

    “He ended up going to Chelsea.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FAN'S VIEW

    SunSport's Simon Phillips says: “This summer’s transfer window was one of the most extraordinary of recent times.

    “For starters it was longer than it would normally be and ended up carrying over into the launch of a new season.

    “This was due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Not only did this play havoc with the season being postponed, it has also proved devastating to many football clubs struggling with finances as a result.

    “This made it a different kind of window, with only the top teams being able to spend big.

    “Whilst it was great for the likes of Chelsea in terms of player arrivals, it really did put a spanner in the works of plans to oust a number of deadwood players.”

    Read more HERE.

  • Jack Figg

    MO NOT ON THE MOVE

    Victor Moses was left in limbo after Inter Milan failed to sanction his permanent move from Chelsea.

    According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, the Italian club's owners Suning 'did not approve the move'.

    That means Moses is back at Stanmford Bridge with nowhere to go.

    The Blues have Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James at right-back. And the versatile Moses has no chance in breaking into a star-studded midfield.

  • Jack Figg

    IN THE FIK OF IT

    Fikayo Tomori snubbed a loan move to West Ham just TEN MINUTES before the deadline to fight for a spot under Frank Lampard.

    The two clubs had agreed to a loan fee and the division of wages – with the deal on the brink of going through.

    But Tomori, 22, decided at 10.50pm he would prefer to stay and fight for a spot at Stamford Bridge.

    It was a major, late blow to West Ham, who also missed out on two other top defensive targets in James Tarkowski and Antonio Rudiger.

  • Jack Figg

    PAT ON THE BACK

    Chelsea hero Pat Nevin expects Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to “explode” for Chelsea sooner rather than later.

    Neither German has made a huge impact at Stamford Bridge since their big money moves but Nevin believes it is only a matter of time.

    He told the club website: “We are still waiting for the expected explosion of goals from the newer players.

    “It still feels like Timo and Kai are just bubbling under ready to explode onto the scene.

    “For once I think the Chelsea staff might be absolutely delighted to see many of these players leave on international duty, but why?

    “I reckon the likes of Kai and Timo both need as many games as possible to get themselves not only up to their own levels of mid-season match fitness, but higher still to the level expected week in and week out in the Premier League.”

  • Jack Figg

    TRAINING DAY

    Jorginho and Emerson have been pictured training for Italy together

    The pair both survived the Chelsea axe this summer.

    Midfielder Jorginho was linked with a move back to Italy or across to Arsenal.

    And left-back Emerson was a target for Juventus and Inter Milan.

    https://twitter.com/ChelseaFC/status/1313498495572205576/photo/1

  • Jack Figg

    'FOLLOW THE RULES'

    Chelsea duo Ben Chilwell and Tammy Abraham, as well as Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, have been left out the squad for Thursday's friendly with Wales.

    The high profile stars flouted coronavirus rules to attend Abraham's packed 23rd birthday bash on Saturday but they will escape police action.

    Around 20 friends and family were gathered at the surprise party for the Chelsea striker with pictures showing no social distancing among the group.

    Gareth Southgate is furious at the latest Covid gaffe by members of his squad and will warn the entire squad of their future conduct.

    Coronavirus laws ban people from mixing in groups of more than six, with fines of up to £10,000

  • Jack Figg

    RIVAL FEAR

    Antonio Rudiger’s transfer from Chelsea to Tottenham collapsed as he reportedly feared the backlash from Blues fans for joining one of their main rivals

    Rudiger, 27, was concerned there would be a backlash from the Stamford Bridge faithful if he went to White Hart Lane, according to the Daily Mail.

    He was on the verge of completing the move after holding positive talks with Spurs boss Jose Mourinho.

    The Blues weren't too keen on the move either as they have a policy to not sell players to their main rivals.

    The club's owner Roman Abramovich has said he refuses to do business with Spurs particularly in the past according to former player Carlton Cole.

    In the end Rudiger decided against the move to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place.

  • Jack Figg

    MOUNT A COMEBACK

    Chelsea's FIFA 21 ratings have Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner among the best Blues but Kepa's overall number was dropped.

    The latest edition of the popular video game will be released on Friday.

    And the Chelsea players have all had their ratings adjusted for the new campaign – including new summer signings Havertz and Werner.

    The German duo are both rated 85 overall after big-money moves to join Frank Lampard's squad.

    Mount receives a big increase of five after an impressive debut season at Stamford Bridge and is now rated 80 after only being 75 in the last edition.

    But the leading Chelsea star is N'Golo Kante, the French World Cup winner is rated 88, although it is a reduction of one from last year.

  • Jack Figg

    SMALL SCREEN

    Premier League clubs have been warned they face a further cut in TV income — even without the cost of the pandemic.

    The 20 top-flight clubs were landed with paying a £330million rebate to broadcasters. And the tender for the next three-year deal from the 2022-23 campaign goes out later this season.

    But broadcast analyst Claire Enders suggests hopes of matching the current deal, worth £5billion over three years, are unfeasible.

    Instead, Enders believes clubs must steel themselves for a £500m reduction.

    She said: “The last auction was post-peak, the takings were down and we expect that to continue.

    “Sky and BT overpaid for rights in the past and BT has suffered a decline in its value. Now the UK sports broadcasters are trying to think about reducing their rights costs.”

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