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Chelsea news and gossip is coming in thick and fast and Express Sport is on hand to bring you all the very latest from Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea targets

Chelsea are eager to sign two of England’s brightest talents.

Frank Lampard’s side failed to make a single addition in the January transfer window despite their two-year ban being halved by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Now, the Blues are looking to bolster their ranks with West Ham midfielder Declan Rice (£60m) and Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell (£80m) on their radar.

Sky Sports claim Chelsea want to sign Rice, 21, and are hopeful that his close friend Mason Mount could help them get the deal over the line.

Goal have also reported that the Blues have been tracking Chilwell, 23, for a number of months and believe they are well-positioned to secure his signature.

Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea

Chelsea are the only Premier League club Barcelona understand to have shown interest in Philippe Coutinho.

That’s according to Spanish publication Sport via Sport Witness, who claim Frank Lampard’s side are interested in taking the playmaker on an initial loan deal.

Plenty of top-flight clubs have been linked with the Brazilian talent including Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham.

However, Barcelona only have ‘evidence’ of Chelsea’s interest in Coutinho, 27, who is available for £84million.

The report continues to add that Barca understand few clubs would be interested in a permanent transfer and could sanction a loan deal should they fetch a fee of around £28m.

Declan Rice interest

Chelsea have expressed interest in signing Declan Rice.

The West Ham midfielder, 21, has been a constant figure for the London club and already has seven England appearances to his name.

And Sky Sports are claiming that Frank Lampard’s side want to snap up his services to strengthen their midfield options.

The report suggests Rice’s close friendship with Stamford Bridge star Mason Mount could help Chelsea get the deal over the line.

Reports claim it would take an offer in the region of £60million for West Ham to sanction his departure.

Ben Chilwell to Chelsea

Chelsea are confident of signing Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell.

The Blues have been tracking Chilwell, 23, for a number of months and believe they are well-positioned to secure his signature.

According to Goal, Chilwell is aware of interest from Frank Lampard’s side and ranks as the club’s priority target in that position.

Though Chelsea are confident the England international would be interested in a switch to Stamford Bridge – the club understand getting Leicester’s approval will be difficult.

Goal claim the Foxes will demand a ‘huge fee’ for the full-back, whose £65,000-per-week contract expires in June 2024.

Timo Werner transfer blow

Premier League clubs have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner as the Bundesliga club’s sporting director Markus Krosche revealed fears that the coronavirus pandemic could have a dramatic effect on the transfer market.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United have each been tipped to meet Werner’s £51million release clause but the Leipzig chief believes there could be issues on the horizon.

“It is clear that Timo aroused desires at other clubs with his great performances with his goals and assists but everything is possible,” Krosche told Sport1. “We do not know how the transfer market is developing. We are looking into a very foggy glass ball.

“Investors also have economic constraints. The crisis affects not just one industry, but one that is global impact. We cannot estimate at all today whether the current values will still be stable in six months.”

Jadon Sancho alternative

Manchester United could move for Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can’t sign Jadon Sancho during the summer transfer window, reports say.

Sancho is the club’s top target having been in brilliant form for Borussia Dortmund this season – but a move to Old Trafford is far from straightforward.

United are confident they can win the race for Sancho this summer, with the Dortmund star enjoying a terrific campaign that has seen him directly involved in 29 goals from 23 games.

But the Manchester Evening News say that, if United miss out on the 19-year-old, they may end up going for Hudson-Odoi instead.

Ousmane Dembele stays

Ousmane Dembele will remain a Barcelona player.

That’s according to Spanish publication Diario Sport, who claim Barcelona executives will keep faith with the France international.

Dembele, who is currently sidelined with a severe hamstring injury, has failed to live ups to expectations since his £136million arrival from Borussia Dortmund.

Several reports had claimed that the Spanish champions would cut their losses and sell the 22-year-old but Diario Sport say he’ll have one final chance to prove himself when he recovers from injury.

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