Chelsea news and transfers recap: Reece James backup plan, Rice ‘breakthrough’, Lukaku ‘agreement’

Hello and welcome to’s live Chelsea blog on Friday!

The summer transfer window is officially here and Chelsea are set to be one of the Premier League’s busiest sides. Todd Boehly will be looking for a strong start to his tenure and that may only come if he decides to splash the cash.

A number of big names have been linked with moves to Stamford Bridge, while plenty could also be on their way out. Today we will have updates for you on Ousmane Dembele, Gabriel Jesus and Reece James contract as well as any breaking news from around the country.

With that in mind, sit back and let keep you posted with the latest from west London.

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