Chelsea transfer news LIVE: PGMOL acknowledges VAR controversy in West Ham win, Lavia deadline day bid – updates | The Sun

Chelsea transfer news LIVE: PGMOL acknowledges VAR controversy in West Ham win, Lavia deadline day bid – updates | The Sun

09/05/2022

CHELSEA had a £50million deadline day for Southampton's Romeo Lavia rejected by the Saints, it's been reported.

The 18-year-old only signed for Southampton in July, but that didn't stop the Blues bidding for his signature.

Chelsea did manage to sign two players in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Zakaria on the final day of the window.

Meanwhile, we've got all the latest reaction to Chelsea's controversial win over West Ham on Saturday afternoon as the referees' body PGMOL have acknowledged the VAR incident.

Get all the latest Transfer News here…

  • EVERY Premier League done deal this summer
  • Jake Lambourne

    Agbonlahor slams Cucurella

    TalkSPORT presenter Gabby Agbonlahor has slammed Chelsea for buying Marc Cucurella.

    The Blues paid £50m for the ex-Brighton star – but Agbonlahor isn’t convinced after watching the Blues beat West Ham.

    “The five at the back, when you watch them, it’s not working.

    "They put Chilwell on for [Marc] Cucurella. Chilwell’s flying forward, scores a goal,” he said.

    “[Cucurella], I’m not having him. I don’t understand [spending] £60m. He’s not good technically, very erratic. Silly fouls.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    Chelsea, Arsenal block Newcastle moves

    Arsenal and Chelsea were both reportedly reluctant to loan players to Newcastle United this summer, according to reports.

    Both London clubs view the Magpies as a threat, claim the Telegraph, and didn’t want to entertain any business with the Toon Army.

    The Gunners are believed to have blocked Ainsley Maitland-Niles moving to Eddie Howe’s side, even though the player was said to be keen.

    While Blues stars Conor Gallagher, Christian Pulisic and Armando Broja were all linked with a move to the North-East – only to find themselves staying put this summer.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Morning Chelsea fans

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will train with Chelsea for the first time on Monday.

    The striker was bought on transfer deadline day – but is nursing a broken jaw.

    But Tuchel believes he will be fit from this week.

    He said: “Yes, he trains tomorrow but I cannot tell you if he trains with full contact or individually.

    “We’ll need to see. He has the mask and the doctors tell me the mask is good and he feels comfortable with it.

    “So he would be ok but we need to check it and we need to check it with no contact, half-contact, and then full contact.

    “We need to see how he feels about it. It’s too early to make a prediction but he’ll be in training tomorrow morning and we’ll see.”

    Chelsea were reportedly reluctant to loan players to Newcastle United this summer, according to reports.

    The Blues viewed the Magpies as a threat, claim the Telegraph, and didn’t want to entertain any business with the Toon Army.

    Conor Gallagher, Christian Pulisic and Armando Broja were all linked with a move to the North-East – only to find themselves staying put this summer.

    The Premier League is set to review the controversial VAR decisions made at Stamford Bridge and St James’ Park yesterday with the referees’ governing body PGMOL.

    The decision comes after both West Ham and Newcastle were denied decisive goals against Chelsea and Crystal Palace respectively.

    West Ham had a late equaliser chalked off after Maxwel Cornet capitalised on Edouard Mendy’s spillage.

    Referee Andy Madley overturned the goal after Jarrod Bowen made minimal contact with the Chelsea keeper, who stayed down.

  • Jon Boon

    Chelsea celebrates Lauren and Reece James

    Yesterday, as England's Women defeated Austria to qualify for the World Cup, Lauren James made her debut for the Three Lions.

    Just like her brother Reece, she has now represented her country.

    They are the first brother and sister to play for England.

    What an achievement.

  • Jon Boon

    Barkley joins Nice

    FREE AGENT Ross Barkley has joined French club Nice – and been unveiled by the club in a cringeworthy video.

    The 28-year-old agreed to have his Chelsea contract terminated last month.

    And he has now penned a deal with the Ligue 1 outfit.

    Confirming Barkley as a Nice player this evening, the club posted a video to Twitter of him wearing their home shirt.

    In the bizarre announcement the midfielder can be seen checking himself out in the mirror dressed in his new colours.

    Barkley was then unveiled to the Nice fans ahead of tonight's Ligue 1 clash against Monaco.

  • Jon Boon

    Ex-Blues star to return to Prem

    Diego Costa will reportedly undergo a trial with Wolves this week ahead of a stunning Premier League return.

    New £15million signing Sasa Kalajdzic is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering an ACL injury on his debut yesterday.

    And the Molineux outfit have identified Costa as the man to replace him.

    The 33-year-old former Chelsea striker is currently a free agent and can be signed outside of the transfer window.

    Bruno Lage is expected to swoop quickly if he impresses while on trial, according to The Athletic.

  • Jon Boon

    Aubameyang to train tomorrow

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will train with Chelsea for the first time on Monday.

    The striker was bought on transfer deadline day – but is nursing a broken jaw.

    But Tuchel believes he will be fit from this week.

    He said: “Yes, he trains tomorrow but I cannot tell you if he trains with full contact or individually.

    “We’ll need to see. He has the mask and the doctors tell me the mask is good and he feels comfortable with it.

    "So he would be ok but we need to check it and we need to check it with no contact, half-contact, and then full contact. 

    “We need to see how he feels about it. It’s too early to make a prediction but he’ll be in training tomorrow morning and we’ll see.”

  • Jon Boon

    Morrison mocks Reece James

    Clinton Morrison has mocked Reece James for acting the big man with Michail Antonio.

    The thing that goes on after (the kick out) is the funny thing,” Morrison said on Sky Sports News on Sunday

    “Because I think he’s (James) messing with the wrong guy if he wants to go toe to toe with Michail Antonio!

    “I like both players, I know both players as well. But I’m thinking don’t go toe to toe with Michail Antonio, no way.”

  • Jon Boon

    VAR review

    The Premier League is set to review the controversial VAR decisions made at Stamford Bridge and St James' Park yesterday with the referees' governing body PGMOL.

    The decision comes after both West Ham and Newcastle were denied decisive goals against Chelsea and Crystal Palace respectively.

    West Ham had a late equaliser chalked off after Maxwel Cornet capitalised on Edouard Mendy's spillage.

    Referee Andy Madley overturned the goal after Jarrod Bowen made minimal contact with the Chelsea keeper, who stayed down.

  • Alex Cole

    Club head of international scouting leaves

    Chelsea’s head of international scouts Scott McLachlan has left the West London club, according to The Athletic.

    David Ornstein reports that the decision was made by McLachlan – who harboured intentions of leaving on his own terms.

    He had been in the role since the 2011-12 season, where he recruited a number of top players.

    His last day was reportedly Friday and he’s set for three months of gardening leave.

  • Alex Cole

    Mount and James extensions key, says Morris

    Ex-Chelsea assistant boss has said Mason Mount and Reece James signing new long-term deals was their best business this summer.

    Morris told PA: “It looks like the manager and the owners are working in tandem, and that’s important going forward.

    “The new owners are backing the manager, and that’s big, especially with some big and important signings coming through the door.

    “But when you’re looking at the two most important signings, for me, it would have to be seeing Mason Mount and Reece James tied down to new long-term deals.

    “They are the first names on the team sheet, and they need to be tied down, and I think that’s got to be what they are looking at next.”

  • Alex Cole

    Azpilicueta a good guy, says Broja

    Armando Broja signed a new six-year deal with the Blues to stay at Stamford Bridge, after being linked with a move away this summer.

    And when he spoke to Chelsea’s website, he immediately revealed who has been his biggest supporter in the first team.

    He thanked Cesar Azpilicueta for his role in helping him feel at ease among the senior pros.

    Broja said: “He’s always so welcoming. He’s always helping the young players out, always trying to take the pressure off you. He’s a really good guy in terms of helping me from 2018 until now."

  • Alex Cole

    Palace won't give up on Gallagher

    Crystal Palace will make a serious bid for Conor Gallagher in the next window – if his Chelsea dream is shattered.

    Palace wanted England midfielder Gallagher, 22, to return after his successful loan spell but were given no encouragement.

    The midfielder has had a rough start to his bid to become a Chelsea first-team player with a red card thrown in.

    However Gallagher was not willing to give up that quickly either despite the Palace overtures behind the scenes.

    Palace have money to bid for the England international on a permanent basis if the price is around £20million and extras and they will try hard in January.

  • Alex Cole

    Win over West Ham 'wasn't easy', says Havertz

    Kai Havertz was the decisive factor as Chelsea overcame a stubborn West Ham.

    The German midfielder scored an 88th minute winner to seal a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

    And after the game, Havertz spoke about how difficult it was to break the Hammers down.

    He said: “We knew they play very defensive so it’s hard to create chances here. We saw they played with 11 men in the last 30 metres.

    “Was not easy, we tried our best. To concede a goal and come back in these circumstances.”

  • Alex Cole

    Mendy is 'fantastic', says Tuchel

    Edouard Mendy was all at sea for West Ham’s equaliser on Saturday.

    Both the one that stood and the one that didn't!

    And his recent form has been questioned by pundits and supporters.

    However, boss Tuchel is standing by his man – who is performing admirably in training.

    “I think at the moment he is a bit unlucky in what he is doing,” Tuchel said after the game.

    “In training, he is fantastic, and he is, in general, a very calm and self-reflective guy who is aware that he lacks a little bit of luck at the moment.”

  • Alex Cole

    Blues tried to land Lavia at deadline

    Chelsea tried to sign Romeo Lavia on transfer deadline day and made a £50m proposal, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    However, his club Southampton refused the offer.

    Romano claims: “Southampton invested £12m plus add-ons for Lavia — and Man City have £40m buy back clause.”

  • Alex Cole

    Auba watches win over Hammers

    Chelsea’s transfer deadline day signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang watched on as his new team managed a win over West Ham.

    The former Arsenal striker was seen in the stands at Stamford Bridge, as the Blues ran out 2-1 winners.

    Auba was even seen cheering on the winning goal by Kai Havertz in the 88th minute.

    Currently, the Gabon striker is nursing a broken jaw – so it’s unknown when he will be available to make his debut.

  • Alex Terrell

    Moyes – what a faker!

    David Moyes accused Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy of cheating – and let rip at VAR after West Ham were denied a dramatic late equaliser.

    The furious Hammers boss also confronted ref Andrew Madley in his dressing room at the decision which Moyes described as “scandalous”.

    Madley overturned Maxwel Cornet’s last-minute goal, judging team-mate Jarrod Bowen had fouled Mendy as the Chelsea keeper dived at his feet.

    Moyes said: “If you asked me, then he faked a shoulder injury. It didn’t affect him playing the last few minutes.

    “It’s a scandalous decision. An absolutely rotten decision, from one of our supposedly elite referees.

    “So it doesn’t say much about whoever sent him over from VAR as well.

    “The goalkeeper had already mishandled the ball and it came off him four, five, six yards where he couldn’t recover it.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    Good morning Chelsea fans

    Edouard Mendy was at fault for West Ham’s equaliser on Saturday.

    And his recent form has been questioned by pundits and supporters.

    However, boss Tuchel is standing by his man – who is performing admirably in training.

    “I think at the moment he is a bit unlucky in what he is doing,” Tuchel said after the game.

    “In training, he is fantastic, and he is, in general, a very calm and self-reflective guy who is aware that he lacks a little bit of luck at the moment.”

    Chelsea tried to sign Romeo Lavia on transfer deadline day and made a £50m proposal, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    However, his club Southampton refused the offer.

    Romano claims: “Southampton invested £12m plus add-ons for Lavia — and Man City have £40m buy back clause.”

    Chelsea’s head of international scouts Scott McLachlan has left the West London club, according to The Athletic.

    David Ornstein reports that the decision was made by McLachlan – who harboured intentions of leaving on his own terms.

    He had been in the role since the 2011-12 season, where he recruited a number of top players.

    His last day was reportedly Friday and he’s set for three months of gardening leave.

    Armando Broja signed a new six-year deal with the Blues to stay at Stamford Bridge, after being linked with a move away this summer.

    And when he spoke to Chelsea’s website, he immediately revealed who has been his biggest supporter in the first team.

    He thanked Cesar Azpilicueta for his role in helping him feel at ease among the senior pros.

    “He’s always so welcoming. He’s always helping the young players out, always trying to take the pressure off you. He’s a really good guy in terms of helping me from 2018 until now,” Broja said.

  • Jon Boon

    Palace want Gallagher return

    Crystal Palace will make a serious bid for Conor Gallagher in the next window – if his Chelsea dream is shattered.

    Palace wanted England midfielder Gallagher, 22, to return after his successful loan spell but were given no encouragement.

    The midfielder has had a rough start to his bid to become a Chelsea first-team player with a red card thrown in.

    However Gallagher was not willing to give up that quickly either despite the Palace overtures behind the scenes.

    Palace have money to bid for the England international on a permanent basis if the price is around £20million and extras and they will try hard in January.

  • Jon Boon

    Jody Morris claim

    Ex-Chelsea assistant boss has said Mason Mount and Reece James signing new long-term deals was their best business this summer.

    "It looks like the manager and the owners are working in tandem, and that's important going forward," Morris told the PA news agency.

    "The new owners are backing the manager, and that's big, especially with some big and important signings coming through the door.

    "But when you're looking at the two most important signings, for me, it would have to be seeing Mason Mount and Reece James tied down to new long-term deals.

    "They are the first names on the team sheet, and they need to be tied down, and I think that's got to be what they are looking at next."

  • Jon Boon

    McLachlan leaves

    Chelsea's head of international scouts Scott McLachlan has left the West London club, according to The Athletic.

    David Ornstein reports that the decision was made by McLachlan – who harboured intentions of leaving on his own terms.

    He had been in the role since the 2011-12 season, where he recruited a number of top players.

    His last day was reportedly Friday and he's set for three months of gardening leave.

  • Jon Boon

    Havertz's view

    Kai Havertz was the decisive factor as Chelsea overcame a stubborn West Ham.

    The German midfielder scored an 88th minute winner to seal a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

    And after the game, Havertz spoke about how difficult it was to break the Hammers down.

    He said: "We knew they play very defensive so it's hard to create chances here. We saw they played with 11 men in the last 30 metres.

    "Was not easy, we tried our best. To concede a goal and come back in these circumstances."

  • Jon Boon

    Tuchel defends Mendy

    Edouard Mendy was at fault for West Ham's equaliser on Saturday.

    And his recent form has been questioned by pundits and supporters.

    However, boss Tuchel is standing by his man – who is performing admirably in training.

    “I think at the moment he is a bit unlucky in what he is doing," Tuchel said after the game.

    “In training, he is fantastic, and he is, in general, a very calm and self-reflective guy who is aware that he lacks a little bit of luck at the moment.”

  • Jon Boon

    Controversy

    David Moyes fumed at the "scandalous decision" to disallow Maxwel Cornet's equaliser against Chelsea – and let the referee know it.

    The West Ham boss also accused keeper Edouard Mendy of "faking injury" which resulted in the goal being chalked off.

    Moyes said: "You have seen it, it is a scandalous decision, absolutely rotten from one of the supposedly elite referees – it doesn't say much about whoever sent him over from VAR as well – it is an unbelievable decision against us.

    "We feel we got back to 2-2 and it was not down to anything we have done.

    "I support a lot of the VAR stuff, I actually think the goalkeeper dives, he is faking an injury because he cannot get to the next one – he did the same on the first goal as well.

    "The referee somehow gets that so wrong it is incredible."

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