5.30pm Chelsea news LIVE: Kante wants to stay, Donnarumma expected to leave AC Milan, Jovic transfer demanded by Lampard – The Sun

CHELSEA are ramping up their transfer plans for the return of the Premier League season.

The Blues are locked in a battle with Man Utd for Jadon Sancho while moves for Luka Jovic and Ben Chilwell have also been mooted – but N'Golo Kante intends to remain at Stamford Bridge for as long as he is wanted.

Get all the latest news and gossip from Stamford Bridge here…

  • DON THE MARCH

    Gianluigi Donnarumma will leave AC Milan at the end of this season, Sky Italia journalist Gianluigi Di Marzio believes.

    However, the journalist added that the goalkeeper may stay if he is willing to accept a pay cut.

    Di Marzio said: “I think he will leave but there is the possible Donnarumma variable that could blow everything up and [he could] renew even for less.

    “It must always be considered what Donnarumma’s heart is in this matter.”

  • GIRO CHECKS OUT

    Inter Milan are set to land ex-Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud with the Chelsea 33-year-old ready to take a pay cut to secure a three-year contract, reports say.

    The French World Cup winner’s deal in West London expires this summer and he is heading towards the exit door that was unceremoniously blocked during the January transfer window.

    Late on in the mid-season market, Chelsea got cold feet about allowing Giroud to depart having failed to sign a replacement.

    Tottenham and Barcelona were also said to have come in for the ex-Arsenal striker but he stayed put despite being far down in Frank Lampard's pecking order.

    The Blues boss is no longer the master of his destiny however and La Gazzetta dello Sport reveal how Inter are on the verge of a deal.

    On the table is a two-year contract with the option for a third, so sought after by the player and able to be activated either by the club or after a set number of appearances are reached.

    To seal his move to Serie A, Giroud will reportedly take a sizeable pay cut from the £135,000-a-week salary he is earning in the Premier League.

    Inter's top earners are said to be on around £110,000 weekly wages and the Frenchman's offer is thought to be some way below that mark, too.

  • ROBBED HIMSELF

    “Incredible” talent Rob Wollaston is the player that John Terry rates the best Chelsea youngster never to make it

    Stamford Bridge legend JT said: “He was like a midfielder/winger, had so much ability, but mentally didn’t have that to go and push himself.

    “He got chose to train with the first team at a really young age, 17 or 18, did really well and [Ruud] Gullit told him he was going to play in the first team in a cup game.

    “He then phoned up on the day of the game and said he was sick.

    “All of us, if we were sick or felt like we were at the end of the world, we would have still gone and played the game, we wouldn’t have given up that opportunity.

    “He actually done it two or three times and he was just not mentally ready for the game, but ability-wise, incredible.”

  • NO 'GO

    N'Golo Kante is NOT interested in leaving Chelsea, according to reports.

    The Blues midfielder is happy with life in the capital and is their highest-paid player, after moving to the Bridge from Leicester in 2016, winning Premier League titles in consecutive seasons with two different clubs.

    And according to Goal, he is not keen to leave Stamford Bridge unless he is pushed out of the door.

    That will come as music to the ears of many Chelsea fans.

  • RUDI'S TOUGHEST XI

    Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger has named his best XI of stars he has faced during his career – reserving special praise for the “best ever”, Lionel Messi.

    The German defender, 27, spoke to Sky Sports with the Premier League still on lockdown.

    Blues star Rudiger told Sky Sports: “If I had to pick one it would be Messi.

    “Is he the best ever? I didn’t see Pele or Diego Maradona playing because that was not my time, so it’s Messi.’”

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