Chelsea news and transfers LIVE: Araujo interest, Tchouameni update, Rudiger transfer

Hello everyone and welcome to football.londonThe Chelsea live blog on Monday.

It’s a new week and we’re one day closer to the Blues finally returning to Premier League action after the international break. In the meantime, a number of players are absent to represent their country and we will give you the latest information on their performance.

When they return, Thomas Tuchel will prepare his side for a battle with west London rivals Brentford before hosting Real Madrid in the capital for a Champions League quarter-final. There are also the FA Cup semi-finals which are scheduled for mid-April, where there will be another London derby between the Blues and Crystal Palace.

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Off the pitch, there’s plenty to watch out for when it comes to Chelsea, too. A deadline has reportedly been set for all preferred bidders to submit their bids for any takeover at Stamford Bridge.

With Raine having whittled down to just four names, it will be interesting to see who follows through and seals what could be a record deal for the Blues. Rest assured that we will bring you the latest developments.

Any potential takeover could also allow Tuchel to strengthen his squad this summer, with a number of players linked with a move to Chelsea. We’ll also bring you the latest transfer news and rumors as they break.

That being said, make sure to keep the blog locked all day so you don’t miss anything.