CHELSEA'S players have agreed to take a £10million pay cut as the club begin to cut costs due to the pandemic.
But that doesn't appear to have impacted the Blues' transfer plans with moves for Ben Chilwell and Philippe Coutinho reportedly edging closer. However, Frank Lampard is struggling to find any suitors for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Follow all the latest updates from West London below…
Jamie Carragher has confessed to knowing that Chelsea had overpaid for Fernando Torres when handing over £50million for the Spaniard in 2011.
The Reds hero was on fire at Anfield but had declined in form just before taking the move to the capital, where he badly flopped.
Carragher recalled on Sky Sports: “I couldn't believe it. I knew we had kidded Chelsea. Those last 12 months, he was a shadow of his former self.
“For 18 months at Liverpool, he was the best striker in the world, and I think he had such a good record against Chelsea that obviously stuck in the owner's mind.
“Chelsea at that stage, I think the owner was still buying players who he wanted, Shevchenko was another case.
“What happened that was fortunate for Liverpool, that season we played Chelsea, and we weren't having a great season and Torres was having a really poor time but he scored two against Chelsea. I think the decision was made then – as soon as January comes, we are going for Fernando Torres.
“£50m was major money at that stage and we were all in a state of shock, we could not believe we had got £50m. We ended up doing something similar ourselves in buying Andy Carroll for £35m, but we did get Luis Suarez out of it. I was not surprised at all that it didn't go well.”
Chelsea have reportedly been dealt a huge transfer blow by the news that Borussia Dortmund are confident they can keep hold of Jadon Sancho.
Forbes claim the Bundesliga giants are prepared to make the England star their second-highest earner at the club by bumping his earnings to £9million-a-year.
As well as offering the 19-year-old guaranteed Champions League football, Sancho’s wages would be increased by £3m a season.
Dortmund also believe a chance to continue the winger’s flourishing partnership with fellow teen sensation Erling Braut Haaland will be enough to convince him to stay for at least another season.
SunSport previously revealed that Manchester United, who remain the frontrunners for Sancho’s signature over Chelsea, have already agreed the majority of the transfer.
Brazil legend Rivaldo reckons Chelsea is the ideal place for Philippe Coutinho to kickstart his career.
The Blues are linked with the Barcelona winger after he failed to set the world alight on loan at Bayern Munich.
Rivaldo told Betfair: “I believe that this chance Philippe Coutinho now has of continuing his career at Chelsea could be a good option.
“He will move to a big club and to a country and competition he knows well where he had his best years so far, so if that transfer really happens, I'm sure he will have a good chance of seeing things improve for him in the future.
“After all, he has already shined on the Premier League before.
“He is still a regular in the Brazilian national team and just hasn't been lucky enough at Barcelona or Bayern, but perhaps that could change with a new club and I believe this would be a nice opportunity for him to get back to his best football at Chelsea.”
PORT OF CALL
FORMER CHELSEA star David Luiz has claimed it will be one of the greatest feelings of his life when he returns to Benfica.
The Arsenal defender, 33, made his name with the Portuguese giants before he reluctantly joined Chelsea in 2011.
Luiz was just 19 when he signed for Benfica in 2007 after initially joining them on loan from Brazilian club Vitoria.
He spent four years with the Primeira Liga side before the Blues forked out £21.5million to secure his services.
The defender is now under contract with Arsenal until next year, but has no intentions of finishing his career in North London.
Speaking to SporTV, Luiz revealed he wants to star at the Estadio da Luz once more before he hangs up his boots.
He said: “I never lost my connection with Benfica, I have that in my heart, everybody knows I want to come back.”
WILL I NEVER
Chelsea winger Willian is in talks over an unlikely move to Liverpool, according to reports in Spain.
Out of contract in the summer, the Brazilian is seeking a three-year deal not thought to be on offer at Stamford Bridge.
And he is sounding out a potential move to Anfield in what would be a sensational move to the Premier League champions elect.
Liverpool haven’t signed a Chelsea player since Daniel Sturridge arrived from West London in January 2013 but did secure another attacking free agent, Joe Cole, ten years ago.
Sport Witness quote a report from Barcelona-based daily Sport that describes Willian as in talks with the Reds.
The player’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, is working hard to secure his client’s future for next season – and is the same man who represents Chelsea target Philippe Coutinho.
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