8am Chelsea news LIVE: Blues ‘wanted Donnarumma before Mendy transfer’, Jorginho new deal, Reece James England RED – The Sun

CHELSEA are preparing to face Southampton this weekend as the Premier League returns.

Meanwhile we have the very latest on Jorginho's future, while it is claimed that the Blues wanted to sign AC Milan Gianluigi Donnarumma before opting for Edouard Mendy.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Premier League chiefs and broadcasters remain at odds over who set the £14.95 pay-per-view rates coming in this weekend.

    But there is no sign of the policy being shelved despite a fan and Government backlash.

    Elsewhere, the EFL have REJECTED the Premier League's £50million bail-out proposal.

    And e-mails from EFL boss Rick Parry and Premier League chairman Gary Hoffman have been leaked which demonstrate the scale of the rising animosity at the top of English football.

    Gary Neville is calling for a reboot of English football and warned: “Enough is enough.”

    The former Manchester United and England right-back is part of an eight-strong group who believe the game is running off the rails.

    This week’s dogfight over Project Big Picture has only brought home the ‘chaotic’ structure with the Prem, FA and EFL all fighting for authority.

    Sky pundit Neville, who is part-owner of League Two Salford, said only an independent, Government-appointed ‘regulator’ with the powers of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can implement a new order.

    EFL bosses have banned the Armed Forces from matches on Remembrance weekend.

    Elsewhere, Victor Moses has joined Spartak Moscow on a season-long loan.

    Chelsea were reportedly ready to pay Lionel Messi £1MILLION a week to complete a world-record £225m transfer in 2014.

    And finally, Chelsea are plotting a shock move to poach Argentine forward Paulo Dybala from Juventus, according to reports.

    Tutto Mercato reports the Blues are thinking about launching a bid for the 26-year-old.

    The report states they were unsuccessful in attempts to lure Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez to Stamford Bridge over the summer.

    Martinez reportedly turned down a move to play under Frank Lampard, instead holding out for a dream transfer to Real Madrid or Barcelona.

    But the West Londoners could be set to snare a new Serie A target in Dybala.

  • William Pugh

    “They did not lead and hadn’t even been able to come up with a short-term plan to restructure funding. Enough is enough. Football has to change.”

    The United legend is part of the group – along with former FA chairman David Bernstein and Olympian Denise Lewis – who yesterday published their manifesto for change, ‘Saving Our Beautiful Game’.

    Bernstein, FA boss from 2011-13, said: “We took a poll of fans that found nearly 80 per cent agreed change is needed.

    “There has never been a better moment for change.”

    Neville told Sky Sports: “The principle is that we don’t trust that football can govern itself and create the fairest deal for all, whether that’s the Premier League, EFL clubs, non-League clubs or the fans.”

  • William Pugh

    CZAR IS BORN

    Gary Neville is calling for a reboot of English football and warned: “Enough is enough.”

    The former Manchester United and England right-back is part of an eight-strong group who believe the game is running off the rails.

    This week’s dogfight over Project Big Picture has only brought home the ‘chaotic’ structure with the Prem, FA and EFL all fighting for authority.

    Sky pundit Neville, who is part-owner of League Two Salford, said only an independent, Government-appointed ‘regulator’ with the powers of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can implement a new order.

    Nev, 45, said: “The pandemic has demonstrated a void in the Premier League leadership…

  • William Pugh

    EFL AND SAFETY – EXCLUSIVE

    EFL bosses have banned the Armed Forces from matches on Remembrance weekend.

    Many teams were hoping to invite military personnel to lead the tributes before kick-offs.

    But despite being put on standby by the Government to patrol the streets during any future lockdowns, bungling EFL execs do not believe they are safe enough to enter secure, virtually empty football stadiums.

    An email sent to Championship, League One and League clubs yesterday read: “We’ve had a few queries in respect of additional activity for Remembrance fixtures.

    “Due to Covid-19 restrictions and these fixtures being played behind closed doors, no additional personnel who are not attending the fixture to aid the delivery of the match should be in attendance, e.g. bugler or military personnel.

    “We are suggesting however that clubs pre-record activity and this can be played out on matchday.”

  • William Pugh

    EUR-OH NO – EXCLUSIVE

    Football bosses are preparing to rip up the format for the Euros – and SCRAP some venues.

    Uefa privately accept there is no way that next summer’s tournament – postponed because of Covid – will be able to go ahead with the planned 12 host cities.

    A worst-case scenario could see one country stage the tournament with four venues being used. Wembley is due to stage seven games, including England’s three group matches, plus the semi-finals and final.

    The competition is sure to go ahead – owing to the millions Uefa will receive from TV companies. And the governing body is hopeful supporters will still be able to attend.

    But some venues are at risk and the tournament will have to be condensed to ensure less travelling.

    Places such as Baku in Azerbaijan – now caught in a conflict with Armenia – plus St Petersburg in Russia will be among the first to be dropped.

  • William Pugh

    MAN OVERBOARD

    Arsene Wenger has admitted his rivalries with Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho sometimes went “overboard”.

    Wenger, who left the North London club in 2018, told talkSPORT: “The rivalry between me and Alex. I was a foreign manager coming in and disturbing his reign and he didn’t like it. He hated to lose and I hated to lose, so at some stage it went overboard.

    “But with time, after the competition went, the relationship became better. And today it is peaceful and friendly.”

    Mourinho famously branded the Gunners chief a ‘specialist in failure’.

    Wenger, 70, admitted: “That was sometimes very personal and a little bit out of control. The problem is you go into a game and already have resentment because of what’s been said in press conferences.

    “You hate the guy on the other bench and keep control but sometimes it goes overboard.”

  • William Pugh

    HOLD ON A MO-MENT

    Victor Moses has joined Spartak Moscow on a season-long loan.

    The Russian side are 10 games into their league season and sit second in the table, level on points with city rivals CSKA Moscow.

    The move follows spells for Moses in Turkey and Italy last season, firstly at Fenerbahce and then at Inter Milan, who he represented in the Europa League final.

  • William Pugh

    MADE IN CHELSEA – EXCLUSIVE

    Cameron McGeehan thought his Chelsea glory days were over after being released by the Blues aged 16 – until he scored off the field in West London.

    Signed from neighbours Fulham for an eye-watering £80,000 as a ten-year-old, the midfielder, 25, rubbed shoulders with Prem stars Nathan Ake, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen while benefitting first-hand from Roman Abramovich’s millions.

    Now, the former Championship player – who joined Belgian side KV Oostende from Barnsley in the summer – has bagged himself a worldie by hooking up with Made in Chelsea star Tiffany Watson, 26, during lockdown.

    Kingston-born McGeehan told SunSport: “I’ve watched the show a couple of times and it’s quite funny seeing your girlfriend on TV – it’s an interesting career that she’s got.

    “Girls come up to her in the street and tell her how amazing she is, which is nice to see. I’m very lucky to have met her and it’s going strong.”

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  • William Pugh

    APPY DAYS

    BT Sport and EE have promised fans football will never feel the same after revealing plans for their incredible 'Match Day Experience'.

    The broadcasters will unveil the new tech on their app next weekend as part of a tie-up with Apple’s new iPhone12 and EE.

    The all-new experience has come to fruition as part of plans to keep fans engaged while unable to watch games live due to coronavirus. Through the app, fans will be invited into the virtual heart of their club’s inner sanctum.

    Supporters will be able to enjoy a rare glimpse of previously hidden parts of the ground, including dressing rooms and the manager’s dugout. On top of that, fans will be able to see groundbreaking, real-time, in-game stats and graphics.

    There is also the option to 'Watch Together' in a live split-screen experience with friends and families through Augmented Reality.

    Fans will also be able to watch the game from any angle – with an incredible new 360-degree camera feature.

  • William Pugh

    NO WAY, JOSE

    Arsene Wenger revealed he deliberately snubbed Jose Mourinho from his autobiography because he 'wanted it to be a positive book'.

    The Frenchman, 70, released My Life in Red and White this week with plenty of brilliant untold stories and his version of events.

    But despite the pair's bitter rivalry, it was deemed Mour trouble than it was worth to even make a single mention of Jose.

    Instead Wenger focuses on his battles with Sir Alex Ferguson.

    Asked why he omitted the Special One, the ex-Arsenal boss said: “I didn't want to make a book that sorts out some differences.

    “I wanted it to be a positive book. I had more acrimonious battles with Sir Alex than Jose Mourinho.”

  • William Pugh

    LION SHARE

    Chelsea were reportedly ready to pay Lionel Messi £1MILLION a week to complete a world-record £225m transfer in 2014.

    Owner Roman Abramovich was prepared to dig deep into his pockets to land the Argentine superstar after boss Jose Mourinho held a FaceTime call with him, according to Sky Italy's Gianluca di Marzio.

    The Russian billionaire and Mourinho were keen to trigger Messi's buy-out clause and would have rewarded him spectacularly with annual wages of around £50m.

    The report states Chelsea first contacted Messi in January 2014 during his tax fraud probe. The forward was fed up with Spanish authorities and a glitzy move to London looked an attractive proposition.

    Messi asked old Barca pal and player agent Deco for his opinion, having played at Stamford Bridge, before holding a video chat with Mourinho.

    Messi is said to have been convinced by 'winner' Mourinho and was keen to finalise a deal. But, according to the report, things fell through when Deco was eased out of discussions and Mourinho spoke directly to Messi.

  • William Pugh

    COLD SHOULDER – BREAKING

    The EFL have REJECTED the Premier League's £50million bail-out proposal.

    Top clubs were locked in talks over a financial package to keep League One and Two afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

    An initial £50m proposal looked braced to be given the green light with Championship clubs not receiving a penny of financial aid.

    But it is suggested lower league clubs stood by the Championship.

    The EFL is now likely to take out a loan and sort struggling clubs out with funds.

  • William Pugh

    BT chief Marc Allera, though, explained: “We had a suggested retail price which was suggested to us by the Premier League.

    “We also have a cost that they’re charging us for those games. We’re certainly not making significant amounts of money out of this, we’re pretty much just covering our costs.

    “The intent of the Premier League to put these games on was to get some money moving into some of the clubs and leagues that are struggling.

    “That’s a good intent, and that’s reflected in the price that they’re charging us, while the price that we charge basically reflects the need for us to cover our costs.”

  • William Pugh

    SHIFT THE BLAME

    Premier League chiefs and broadcasters remain at odds over who set the £14.95 pay per view rates coming in this weekend.

    But there is no sign of the policy being shelved despite a fan and Government backlash.

    League chief executive Richard Masters insisted the per match charge, which kicks off with Chelsea’s home clash with Southampton on Sunday, was “set” by the broadcasters, Sky and BT.

    He said: “We are obviously aware of the commercial model that was put in place and we had substantive conversations with BT and Sky about that.

    “But we can’t set prices. Broadcasters have to set the retail price of their own products. That’s the law.”…

  • William Pugh

    CES THE MOMENT

    Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta posted some motivational training pictures ahead of the Blues' weekend game with Southampton.

  • William Pugh

    PUTTING US HOFF

    E-mails from EFL boss Rick Parry and Premier League chairman Gary Hoffman have been leaked which demonstrate the scale of the rising animosity at the top of English football.

    According to Parry, the initial talks which led to the drafting of Project Big Picture were instigated by FA chairman Greg Clarke, who lambasted his EFL counterpart during yesterday’s meeting of the 20 top flight clubs.

    Parry’s email, said to have been sent to the EFL clubs, alleged Clarke signalled he was in favour of B teams and a regionalisation of the lower divisions, including non-league clubs.

    However, a number of EFL clubs insisted they had only received a ‘recall’ notice email and had never actually seen a copy of the original email.

    Hoffman’s email to the EFL, which follows his criticisms of Parry in the meeting, accuse the EFL chairman of seeking to ‘create divisions’ by acting as the frontman for the restructure plans which were officially binned by all 20 clubs.

  • William Pugh

    While there was huge anger at the Prem stance, the Championship clubs recognised they would be ‘hung out to dry’ if they rejected the money and jeopardised the very existence of the 48 teams in League One and Two.

    That brought the idea, quickly agreed, that the Board should make clear it will accept the cash on behalf of the whole EFL.

    At the same time, the clubs in Leagues One and Two were said to have agreed they could not merely take the money for themselves at the expense of the Championship, effectively aligning themselves with the 24 top tier teams.

    The plan, which is expected to be ratified this afternoon, will see the EFL confirm it will take the initial £20m for immediate relief but will then take control of the dispersal of the extra £30m which is being forwarded as an interest-free loan.

    That will enable EFL chairman Rick Parry and chief executive David Baldwin to decide where the remaining funds are sent, allowing Championship clubs who are genuinely struggling to take advantage.

    It is envisaged that the vast majority of the £30m will still go to the smaller clubs but allows for some leeway and opportunity of a Championship clubs finds itself significantly distressed.

  • William Pugh

    IN LEAGUE WITH

    EFL clubs are poised to accept the Premier League’s £50m bail out to keep League One and Two alive.

    But the cash will be taken ‘on behalf of the EFL’ and not just the two bottom tiers.

    And EFL chiefs will say they plan to set up an effective £30m hardship fund with the second tranche of Prem money which CAN be used by cash-strapped Championship sides.

    The row between the Prem, FA and EFL has intensified by the selective leaking of emails accusing the various slides of double-dealing. But it seems that the clubs in Leagues One and Two will at least be able to get their hands on the first £20m in survival money that will allow them to continue in business.

    SunSport revealed how Championship sides believed they had veto power over whether to take the money, after the Prem deliberately excluded the EFL top tier.

    But the clubs were informed at a meeting this morning that, as the money came from the Prem and was effectively ‘solidarity’ cash, it was a Board decision, not one which the Championship had to sign off…

  • William Pugh

    CALLING DYBS

    Chelsea are plotting a shock move to poach Argentine forward Paulo Dybala from Juventus, according to reports.

    Tutto Mercato reports the Blues are thinking about launching a bid for the 26-year-old.

    The report states the Blues were unsuccessful in attempts to lure Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez to Stamford Bridge over the summer.

    Martinez reportedly turned down a move to play under Frank Lampard, instead holding out for a dream transfer to Real Madrid or Barcelona.

    But the West Londoners could be set to snare a new Serie A target in Dybala.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BET VICTOR

  • Jake Lambourne

    GET IT DONN

    Chelsea plotted a move for Gianluigi Donnarumma before completing a deal for Edouard Mendy, according to reports.

    And they may go back in for the AC Milan captain in June when his contract expires but will face competition from a host of top clubs.

    Donnarumma has been a mainstay at the San Siro since he was 16 but is yet to agree a new contract with the club.

    Chelsea were among the interested parties during the recent transfer window, as reported by CalcioMercato.

    Frank Lampard was unhappy with Kepa Arrizabalaga as his first-choice keeper and bagged Mendy from Rennes for £22million.

    Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid also took an interest in Donnarumma, along with Juventus.

    But the 21-year-old's future will primarily be decided by the outcome of contract negotiations with Milan.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BLUE MOON

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  • Jake Lambourne

    WORK OF ART

    Mikel Arteta insists the Premier League must look after clubs in lower divisions hit by the Covid crunch.

    The Arsenal boss spoke out after top flight clubs rejected Project Big Picture and vowed to help out cash-crippled teams in Leagues One and Two. 

    The Spaniard said: “I think we have to protect the lower leagues as well, this is our obligation. We want to produce grassroots and opportunities for everybody in this industry.

    “I think it's fair to assess the situation and find the best possible way to achieve that. This is our responsibility as well.

    “I think it was a very clear statement from the Premier League about what is going to happen. We all have to review the actual context and how we can help each other to make football more sustainable.”

    Arteta also revealed Arsenal are in talks with the Prem about the decision to charge fans £14.95 to watch some matches on pay-per-view TV.

    The move has been slammed by supporters and Arteta said: “Yes, I completely understand and we are having more discussions with the Premier League and the broadcasters in order to achieve a good solution for all parties.

    “It's an unprecedented situation, so I think we are learning from it, trying to adapt from it and make the right decisions.

    “But yeah, football is based on our fans and the viewers that we have and we have to respect them and have them – as much as possible – on board with us because we really need them and we can see how different this sport is without them.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    BEING FRANK

    Frank Lampard has been reminiscing about his first home game in charge of Chelsea in August 2019.

    Speaking on the club website, he said: “I really enjoyed my first year in charge and I think that first home game against Leicester is something that really sticks out for me.

    “I will always remember the reception of the fans, when I walked out at Stamford Bridge for the first time as Chelsea manager.

    “It was really humbling for me, having been away and then coming back in a different capacity.

    “It was an amazing feeling and I loved it. This is my club and there are not many people that are fortunate enough to have the journey that I’ve had at such a brilliant football club. Now I’m here, in this position, I just want to make the best of it.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    BLUE IS THE COLOUR

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