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(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 …

Joshua Graham minutes ago (th April)

) DRIE EYES Frank Lampard has made contact with Napoli’s Dries Mertens as he looks to bolster his attack, according to reports.

The Chelsea boss will make it a priority to improve his front line this summer as he looks to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City.

According to Italian publication Gianluca Di Marzio, Lampard has already made direct contact with the player to assess whether he would be interested in a switch across Europe. Mertens, 42, has yet to decide his future with his contract at Napoli expiring in the summer and the Blues would love to snap up the Belgian on a free transfer.

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1 hour ago (th April) UPPING THE ANT-E

Former Chelsea boss Antonio Antonio Conte could be about to poach Blues target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from under the nose of his former employers.

Reports have emerged suggesting that Conte’s current side Inter Milan are now favorite to sign Arsenal’s – year-old skipper.

According to the Express, the Italian club are in pole position to sign the Gabon international.

Former Borussia Dortmund star Aubameyang has also been linked with Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Manchester United.

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(2 hours ago) (th April) BLUE IN THE FACE

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has launched a tirade at his former Blues boss Antonio Conte.

The duo infamously fell out while at Stamford Bridge.

Having won the Premier League in , Conte is supposed to have texted Costa telling him he wanted him out of the club.

Costa went AWOL and ended up leaving West London to join Atletico Madrid.

Costa, speaking to ESPN, said: “I have no hard feelings towards Conte, but to be a top, top manager, he needs to change the human side of his management.

“He is very suspicious. At a team like, say, Real Madrid, he would never last a season. ”

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2 hours ago (th April) ANDRE THE GIANT

Rumors linking Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana with a move to Chelsea have intensified.

The 27 – year-old shot-stopper was linked with a move to Stamford Bridge by Dutch media outlet Voetbal Niewus.

The form of Kepa Arrizabalaga has been widely criticized and he was previously dropped by boss Frank Lampard this season.

Onana hinted his time at Ajax could be over after Holland announced the Eredivisie would be scrapped due to coronavirus. He posted a photo with the backdrop of an empty Johan Cruyff Arena on his Instagram story.

The caption said: “This journey ends with an empty stadium, but full of pride and satisfaction. Thanks for all the love and support. ”

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  • 4 hours ago
  • (th April) (JADON DEAL)

    Chelsea target Jadon Sancho could be the subject of a bidding war this summer.

    Talk is rife of a £ million fee for the Borussia Dortmund star who is wanted by the Blues and Prem rivals Manchester United.

    But Manchester City could throw a spanner in the works by bidding on their former academy ace to drive up the price.

    Pep Guardiola has not shown much interest in bringing Sancho back to the Etihad but with the club due to earn % of any sell on fee they do have a vested interest.

    There is also a clause that means any offer for Sancho from a UK club has to be relayed to City bosses and they could act by putting in a cheeky offer in the hopes of sparking a bidding war.

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