Brighton 1-3 Chelsea: New look Blues take chance to beat Brighton.

Captain Jorginho slotted a typically cool penalty, full-back James lashed a top-corner thunderbolt and impressive centre-back Zouma profited from a deflection in the Blues’ comfortable opening weekend win.

Despite not grabbing a debut goal, German striker Timo Werner proved the pick of the new arrivals, causing havoc with his stunning pace and incisive running lines and it was he who caught Maty Ryan by surprise by latching onto Jorginho’s through ball into the area, and Brighton’s keeper left himself with little option but to check the German’s run and give away a Penalty.

Jorginho won whatever argument there was for the spot-kick and duly converted via his trademark stepped run-up.

Depsite flashes of excellence and a consitant threat much of Chelseas performance was punctuated by miscued balls and mistimed runs and Graham Potter’s men made them pay for that sloppness on the 54th minute when Trossard’s dipping effort evaded Kepa in goal – which will do little to dilute the questions around the long term future of the Spanish keeper at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea reacted quickly however and Reece James lashed an eye catching shot into the top corner of the Brighton goal just 2mins later.

Lewis Dunk should have punished Chelsea again but could only nod wide from four yards out when totally unmarked at the back post and it was left to Chelsea to take the spoiles with a heavily deflected Kurt Zouma shot finding the back of the Brighton net and handing Lampard a winning start to the season.

Crystal Palace nearing Batshuayi loan move

The Belgian striker is out of favour at Stamford Bridge, having fallen behind Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and new signing Timo Werner.

And with the delayed Euro 2020 next summer, Batshuayi is keen to get first-team football to ensure he makes it into Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squad when the time comes.

The 26-year-old has signed a one-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge, and will join Palace for the second loan spell in two years, having spent six months at Selhurst Park in the second half of the 2018-19 season.

During that time, the former Marseille striker scored five goals in 11 Premier League appearances and will be hoping to have a similar impact when he completes this move.

Palace are in need of strikers having struggled to find the net last season, and are set to lose Alexander Sorloth thanks to a clause in his contract that seems to have backfired on the Eagles.

The Norwegian striker scored 32 goals for Trabzonspor last season after joining on a two-year loan, and the move can be made permanent for a fee of £5.5m.

The Turkish side are expected to trigger that clause as they have qualified for the Champions League next season after finishing second in the league, but could also turn a quick profit on the forward, with RB Leipzig interested.

Kai Havertz Completes Chelsea Transfer

The 21-year-old has been on the brink of a move to Chelsea for some time, and now Leverkusen have given him the green light to complete his switch.

Havertz’s move should now represent a new club record transfer for the Blues, with a fee possibly rising as high as £90million including add-ons.

Leverkusen and Germany have granted Havertz permission to leave the national team to complete the formalities on his long-mooted Premier League move.

“Kai Havertz has left the Stuttgart headquarters of the German national team to clarify matters surrounding a potential move to Chelsea,” Leverkusen confirmed.

“This took place after a discussion with Bayer 04 and DFB leadership.”

Havertz is now due to have a medical in London, and is in line to become Chelsea’s sixth senior signing of the summer.

The highly-rated forward should also command a new record fee for a Chelsea signing, eclipsing the £71million paid for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has underpinned a hugely-impressive transfer window for the Blues, with manager Frank Lampard backed to launch a new Stamford Bridge era.

Germany striker Timo Werner, Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech and Leicester’s England left-back Ben Chilwell are all further big-money arrivals in west London.

France Under-21 defender Malang Sarr has signed on a free transfer and will head out on loan but boasts huge promise, while Brazil stalwart Thiago Silva has arrived from Paris St Germain.

Chelsea’s summer spending will move past £200million should Havertz complete his switch without any issues.

The Blues have battled past their transfer ban and losing talisman Eden Hazard to Real Madrid last summer, with Lampard impressing in a challenging first year at the helm.

Former England and Chelsea midfielder Lampard secured a fourth-place Premier League finish and Champions League qualification, and has now received significant backing for his Stamford Bridge squad overhaul.

Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller thanked Germany’s bosses for allowing Havertz to leave the national camp in the middle of Nations League action.

“I exchanged ideas with Oliver Bierhoff and Jogi Low over the past few days,” said Voller.

“They understand the special situation of the player and also of us as a club.

“We are grateful to the national coach that Kai can now sort things out with our support on site in London.”

Chelsea confirm transfer of Ben Chilwell from Leicester City

The 23-year-old has put pen to paper on a five-year deal with the Blues, joining Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner as recent arrivals, and the defender is unlikely to be the last through the door before the transfer window closes.

While neither Chelsea nor Leicester officially disclosed the sum paid for Chilwell, the Foxes said on their website it is “one of the largest transfer fees ever received” by the club.

Chilwell – who made his Leicester debut aged 18 in October 2015 before going on to make 123 appearances, 99 in the Premier League – said: “I am delighted to be joining Chelsea at this very exciting time for the club.

“I’m looking forward to being a part of this young, dynamic squad led by Frank Lampard as we challenge for honours next season.

“I can’t wait to get started and hopefully it won’t be long before we’re playing in front of the Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge.”

Chilwell would have been expected to add to his 11 England caps in next month’s Nations League matches against Denmark and Iceland but injury has precluded his involvement in Gareth Southgate’s squad.

However, his performances for club and country elevated him to Chelsea boss Lampard’s first choice as a new left-back recruit.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said on the club’s website: “We are very pleased to have completed our third addition to our exciting squad for the coming season.

“Ben brings plenty of top-level experience playing in the Premier League, Champions League and at international level, despite his young age.

“We are confident Ben will adapt very quickly to being a Chelsea player and with the fixture programme for 2020/21 especially busy, he is a fantastic addition to the squad needed to challenge for honours.”

Chelsea have been heavily linked with a swoop for veteran Brazil defender Thiago Silva while Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz is still in line to make the switch to Stamford Bridge.

The club have also been running the rule over a number of goalkeeping options, with Ajax’s Andre Onana and Burnley’s Nick Pope both mooted.

West Ham’s England star Declan Rice is another of Chelsea’s main transfer targets and remains on the Blues’ radar.

Owner Roman Abramovich’s staunch backing has put Chelsea in a strong position in the transfer market, with the club able to offset the effects of the coronavirus more adeptly than several other Premier League outfits.

Chelsea facing summer overhaul, Kante for sale claim reports

The Blues’ domestic season ended in disappointment on Saturday, losing the FA Cup final to Arsenal at Wembley.

Despite cup final heartache, the future looks bright for Frank Lampard’s side with additions such as Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech to feature next season.

Chelsea are also closing in on a deal for Bayern Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, who has been outstanding in the German Bundesliga this season.

However, additions to the squad means that some players will need to depart Stamford Bridge, and The Times claim that as many as 8 first team stars could leave the club.

The names mentioned include Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has spent the season on loan at Monaco, Ross Barkley, Marcos Alonso, Emerson, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Michy Batshuayi.

Unsurprisingly, Willian and Pedro are also doubts to be involved in 2020/21, with Lampard claiming in Willian’s case the ball is in his court.

Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga may also be shown the Stamford Bridge exit door after just two seasons at the club and a world-record price tag.

Perhaps the most surprising inclusion on The Times’ list of Chelsea players available for transfer is N’Golo Kante.

The France international has struggled with injuries this season, and arguably hasn’t performed as consistently for the Blues since before Maurizio Sarri was Chelsea manager.

Despite this, Kante is world class on his day, and it would take a decent offer to prise him away from the Bridge.