CHELSEA 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… and a stunning bid for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang mooted.
Follow all the latest updates from West London below…
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Chelsea are considering making a “cheeky” bid for Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the summer.
Arsenal have reportedly accepted that the Gabon star will not accept a new contract and would be willing to let him go for as little as £50m when the season is completed.
And Bleacher Report's Dean Jones says: “Lampard wants a lot. New keeper, new LB, new CB, new wide forward and a new striker.
“Some targets include: Nick Pope, Ben Chilwell, (Kalidou) Koulibaly, Milan Skriniar, Timo Werner, Jadon Sancho, (Mauro) Icardi, Moussa Dembele, and even look out for a cheeky bid for Aubameyang.”
When asked whether Aubameyang would leave Arsenal, Jones replied: “It’s more than likely.”
However, even if the Gunners were to accept a £50m bid, it's not known whether that would apply to a bid from Chelsea – one of their most direct rivals geographically and competitively.
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Chelsea fans have slammed Uefa's “f***ed” system which could see them pipped by ninth-placed Arsenal to a Champions League spot next season.
The Blues are currently fourth in the Premier League and were on course to seal their spot in the prestigious tournament again, especially with Manchester City banned.
But as revealed by SunSport, European football's governing body are considering using their coefficient rankings to determine who qualifies for next season's competition if league seasons aren't completed.
One said: “How the f*** are Arsenal above Chelsea in this coefficient?? We’ve won the league multiple times, Europa twice, and the CL since they’ve done anything of note. May as well give Nottingham Forest a CL spot.”
Another wrote: “Using coefficient methods is completely flawed & even more flawed if they count the 19/20 season as data on the overall records. To prove how flawed it is, Chelsea ranked higher than Liverpool last season.”
A third added: “With this whole Uefa coefficients thing, and ranking each club based on European performances. How the f*** are Utd, Spurs, City and for the love of God Arsenal somehow above Chelsea despite us winning 3 European trophies in the past decade?? That’s f***ed.”
Premier League clubs are aiming to get back into training on May 9, writes ALAN NIXON.
Managers throughout the country have been in touch with their 'holidaying' players to tell them of the new plans.
Eddie Howe rang round his Bournemouth players to alert them when they are due to go back in to start work.
The Cherries badly want to get up and running to pull clear of the drop zone in the closing games.
Sheffield United have adjusted their proposed date of a May 4 re-boot and will also now get together on May 9 too.
Sean Dyche's Burnley are also due back in at the same time as they prepare to see out the campaign and even aim for Europe.
West Ham are also working on the same timetable and Crystal Palace are expecting to join them.
Other clubs are keeping their plans under wraps, but most think that is the best and first available date to begin preparations.
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