11.15am Chelsea news LIVE: Pedro backtracks on exit claims, Rudiger furious, Premier League update – The Sun
CHELSEA won't be playing again until at least May after the Premier League's coronavirus suspension was extended.
But there's always drama down at Stamford Bridge with winger Pedro claiming quotes about him being ready to leave were mistranslated.
Elsewhere we have updates from the rest of the squad whilst in lockdown and the latest on the Blues' transfer targets.
Follow all the latest updates and Chelsea gossip below…
Manchester United are now favourites – ahead of the Blues – to sign Jadon Sancho with the bookies.
The Borussia Dortmund ace has fired in 17 goals with 19 assists in all competitions this term.
Here is a list of the odds around the clubs, courtesy of 888Bet, with United narrowly ahead of Chelsea for the England winger’s signature.
Man United 3/1
Real Madrid 14/1
Bayern Munich 16/1
Man City 20/1
Chelsea and Man Utd target Philippe Coutinho has made returning to the Premier League a “top priority”.
The Brazilian is on loan at Bayern Munich, where he has nine goals and eight assists in 32 games.
But the German champions have indicated they do not wish to pay £100million to make the move permanent.
It leaves Barca searching for a buyer, with the club having no intention of keeping Coutinho, who they paid £142m for in 2018.
According to Mundo, the 27-year-old is desperate to return to England, with London rivals Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham all monitoring his situation.
But it is claimed LaLiga champions are interested in signing Spurs powerhouse Tanguy Ndombele – who arrived in the capital this summer from Lyon in a club-record £65m move.
CUT IT OFF
Premier League clubs are looking to CANCEL the season due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports.
Football has officially been abandoned until April 30 with the 2019-20 campaign given an indefinite window to be completed.
There are concerns over the sizeable fee broadcasters will demand if the contractually obligated number of games shown on TV is not met, as well as the integrity of the competition were existing results expunged.
However The Athletic report this morning that a growing number of sides are worried about rushing back to the pitch.
There is said to be a fear among some top-flight clubs that worrying about football in such a climate would be seen as crass and insulting.
Manchester United have reportedly upped their contract offer to Angel Gomes after interest from the Blues.
The 19-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has attracted interest from Premier League rivals Chelsea.
Yet Metro claim the Red Devils have already offered Gomes a salary of around £25,000-a-week on a two-year deal.
But following interest from the Blues, United have offered a third year with instalments that could see the teenager net around £30k-a-week.
GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS,
Pedro has moved to correct mistranslated interviews that claim the Spaniard is 'terminating' his Chelsea contract.
He told the club's website: “As many people know, my contract is up in May, but I still haven't spoken to the club about whether or not it will be renewed and whether I'll carry on.
“I've seen loads of messages from Chelsea fans saying goodbye and thanking me for the time I've spent here, which I appreciate, but I'd like to tell all the fans simply that my current contract is coming to an end but I still have to talk to the club.
“I don't know whether I'll keep playing here or not. That conversation is still to come. But I have not signed for any other club. I belong to Chelsea. I have a contract.
“My wish is to be able to stay here but obviously we don't know what will happen. I have to speak to the club and let's see what happens.”
But should Pedro leave Stamford Bridge as expected this summer, Chelsea face a fight to sign his replacement Jadon Sancho.
Liverpool are also interested in the England international, as Borussia Dortmund reveal they will let him leave for £100m, according to Evening Standard.
But Man Utd are considered the favourites to bring the 20-year-old back to his homeland, after notching up 14 goals and 15 assists in the Bundesliga this season.
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