CHELSEA are eyeing up a big summer rebuild with the Premier League suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Blues have reportedly offered to double Lautaro Martinez's wages while they are also looking to make a summer bid for Derby's Max Bird.
Follow all the latest updates and gossip from West London below…
BIRD MAN OF STAMFORD BRIDGE
Chelsea are looking to sign Derby starlet Max Bird in summer, according to Football Insider.
Frank Lampard and Jody Morris are well aware of the 19-year-old's capabilities, having taken charge of the Rams last season.
Bird has made 27 appearances for Derby since graduating from the youth team and has starred with Wayne Rooney in the heart of midfield in recent weeks.
Premier League supremo Richard Masters says top-flight clubs stand to lose £1BILLION from the coronavirus crisis – and defended them using taxpayers’ money to bail them out.
Chief executive Masters says there is a real danger some teams could even go bust if the lockdown forces the cancellation of the current season in a frank admission the English game is in financial crisis.
He said: “We face a £1billion loss, at least, if we fail to complete season 2019/20 and further losses going forward if the seriousness of the pandemic deepens and extends into the future.
“Ultimately, the very heavy losses that we face will have to be dealt with or else clubs and other enterprises who depend on football for income will go out of business.
“We do not say this lightly, or to justify clubs’ decisions; it is a very real threat.”
John Terry and Jamie Redknapp delivered food to the needy on Tuesday to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
The two former England stars played their part in helping the local community by pitching in with some much-needed food deliveries.
JT, now assistant manager at Aston Villa, still lives in Oxshott – as does Redknapp.
And they were part of am incredible initiative set-up by local businessman James Davis on Tuesday.
OLE HITS BACK
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists footballers are “easy targets” and have been unfairly criticised during the coronavirus crisis.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock MP hit out at Premier League stars for not taking a pay cut last week.
But speaking to Sky Sports, United boss Solskjaer said: “For me football is an easy target sometimes.
“For me it's unfair to call on any individual or footballers as a group because I already know players do a great amount of work in the community, and players are doing a lot to help this situation.
“Discussions are taking place between players and clubs, what kind of contribution they'll make. It's not easy for anyone, and to be called out is not fair for me.
“Mistakes are being made and have been made by loads of people and that's how we learn as well.
“Now it's about making better decisions, good decisions, I think we all want to help the NHS, the communities, and I think it's important every single club do what they think is right.
“We're all good people, and I'm sure we all want this to be over with as soon as possible. For me it's about following the guidelines from the government as well.”
Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel unsurprisingly doesn't think Liverpool should be handed the Premier League title if the season is scrapped.
“You can't dispute that [Liverpool deserve the title]. What are they, 25 points ahead?” he said.
“So really, really sad for them, but you have to finish it. You have to win it, in order to say that you won it.
“If you're Liverpool, would you have it handed to you? In Belgium, they gave it to Club Brugge. Is that really how we want to win a championship?
“I'm not sure, if I was Liverpool, that I would have it handed to me, even though I'm 25 points ahead. One of the biggest results I ever took part in winning was the European Championships in 1992.
“I know this is not the same, but it's along those lines. We weren't even qualified, but we got in there because of the war in Yugoslavia and ended up winning it.
“It stands as one of the biggest results I've ever achieved. But we did play to win it.”
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