Chelsea’s Morning hits the headlines as Dries Mertens transfer clue is spotted and the deal Willian wants revealed
Here are the headlines from the Chelsea morning on Sunday May 10.
Chelsea fans take notice of Mertens’ clue
Napoli striker Dries Mertens has been linked with a move to Chelsea this summer.
The Belgium international is out of contract at the end of the season and is expected to leave Stadio San Paolo on a free transfer.
Chelsea are said to be among the interested parties, and the Daily Star notes that eagle-eyed supporters have noticed that Frank Lampard is following Mertens on Instagram.
Lampard is an admirer of the striker and tried to bring him to Stamford Bridge in the January window.
Chelsea are keen to get some extra firepower and creativity in the final third following the exit of Eden Hazard last July.
And Lampard appears to be watching the 31-year-old closely ahead of the summer.
Arsenal to offer Willian a three-year deal
Willian is unlikely to join Arsenal this summer unless the club offer him a three-year contract.
The Brazil international is set to leave Chelsea when his contract expires in July, having failed to come to an agreement with the Blues.
The sticking point was the length of the extension, with Chelsea only ready to commit for two more years.
Arsenal and Tottenham are both linked with the winger, who wants to sign for a new club until 2023.
“Everyone knows my contract is now ending in a few months, so renewing is really a tough thing to do,” he said.
“I think it will be very difficult for me to renew because Chelsea offered me two years, I asked for three and it ended there, we were no longer talking, we were no longer negotiating.”
Pulisic opens up as Chelsea arrive
Christian Pulisic says he did not receive the best reception from his new Chelsea team-mates when he arrived at the club last summer.
Pulisic agreed to move to Stamford Bridge in January 2019, but the deal was not reached until the end of the season.
The arrival of the US international in west London was further delayed due to his participation in the Gold Cup.
It made a checkered start to life at Chelsea and was part of the reason he had to stay patient to seize the opportunities early in the season.
“The team had already started the pre-season in Japan, so I flew straight there and literally had to fly on my own, and then I met the team that flew from London,” he told the 13 & MEpodcast.
“I had to go straight to the hotel and the next thing on the schedule was to go straight to training. I was tired, nervous and didn’t know what to think but ‘I’m at Chelsea and it’s crazy’ .
“I got on the bus, they had just arrived too. Everyone is half asleep, I’m going to sit on the bus and no one even noticed me. No one said anything. maybe a guy or two that said ‘hey, hello’ and I was like ‘what’s going on here?’ ”