10pm Chelsea news LIVE: Mertens ‘extremely aggressive’ approach, Ziyech will join this season, no Blues pay cuts – The Sun

CHELSEA are awaiting the return of the Premier League but also busy drawing up their plans in the transfer market.

Hakim Ziyech says he will join the club as planned on July 1 while the Blues have also made an "extremely aggressive" approach for Napoli's Dries Mertens, according to reports in Italy.

Follow all the latest updates from West London below…

  • DRIES LIGHTNING

    Chelsea have made an “extremely aggressive” approach to sign Dries Mertens, according to reports in Italy.

    Corriere dello Sport claim the Blues are “more determined than ever before” to sign the Belgian and have succeeded in “turning his head”.

    Other reports have suggest Frank Lampard has already personally held talks with Napoli's all-time record scorer.

  • JADON DEAL

    Manchester City can land a bigger jackpot if they force a Jadon Sancho bidding war this summer.

    The England winger, 20, is high on the wanted list for Chelsea and Man Utd and a £100million fee was being quoted before the lockdown.

    That alone would earn Sancho's first club City a cool £15m, as they are guaranteed 15 per cent of any future fee following his exit to Borussia Dortmund three years ago.

    But another clause was also inserted in the £9.5m deal that if an offer comes in from any UK club at any stage Etihad bosses have to be informed.

    It was intended to avoid City missing out should they try to re-sign academy star Sancho.

  • TOP DROG

    Club legend, Didier Drogba helped bring Eden Hazard to Chelsea in his final year at Stamford Bridge.

    Hazard scored 110 goals in his 352 appearances for the Blues, winning two league titles, one FA Cup and two Europa League trophies during his seven-years at the club and will go down as a Chelsea legend.

    But it has now emerged that Drogba was instrumental in the Belgian ace's move from Lille, with a little help from ex-Arsenal forward and fellow countryman Gervinho.

    Drogba was able to tempt the youngster via his Ivory Coast international team-mate who played alongside Hazard at the Ligue 1 side.

    Hazard told Het Laatste Nieuws: “'Suddenly Gervinho's phone rang in the dressing room near Lille.

    “It was Drogba on the line. He insisted that he tell me, 'I need to talk to him'

    “Drogba said to me, 'You have to come to Chelsea.'

    “At that moment I was still in doubt. Chelsea was not doing well in the Premier League. They wouldn't play Champions League the following year. [But] After that final, the choice was made quickly.”

  • LOSING THE WILL

    William Gallas has joked that he used to “s*** himself” whenever he had to go up against former Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba.

    The Frenchman had enjoyed amazing success alongside the striker at Stamford Bridge, winning consecutive league titles before departing for Arsenal in 2006.

    The defender, now 42, told The Athletic: “I was used to seeing him in training, but you know how it goes, you’re never going at 100 per cent on the training pitch.

    “So I never really understood why [Philippe] Senderos would just go missing in every match he played against Didier.

    “But when I played against him myself in the Premier League with Arsenal, then I understood.

    “He had something about him, a power I’d never sensed as a team-mate, an aura I had never seen before.

    “Facing that, you just s*** yourself. He was so intimidating that it rattles you.”

  • HAZ BEANS

    Eden Hazard is taking a panning on social media after football’s most infamous burger lover flopped when making mashed potatoes in a TV cooking show.

    The £86million playmaker must have known he would attract some spicy comments, having irked Real Madrid by arriving from Chelsea overweight.

    And he admitted earlier in the coronavirus lockdown he is struggling not to eat too many buns.

    The Belgium midfielder previewed his appearance on French TV cooking contest Tous En Cuisine (Everyone Into The Kitchen) by tweeting: “Tonight I take off my jersey and put on my apron!”

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