With the opening of the transfer window imminent, the rumour mill is starting to build up some momentum and at the heart of various transfers are inevitably, Chelsea. Looking back at this week’s reports:
Sevilla have rejected an offer from an unnamed club for French U20s star Geoffrey Kondogbia. Sevilla president Del Nido was frank in his assessment:
“The bid wasn’t sufficient”
Chelsea are reportedly very interested in the midfielder but it appears a bid of around £10million or more is going to be the figure that twists Sevilla’s arm in allowing one of their brightest talents to leave.
Daniele De Rossi
Roma and Italy star Daniele De Rossi’s future has once again made the headlines in Italy after President James Pallotta insisted:
“Everybody is on the market”
Whilst this is perhaps not necessarily the case, De Rossi has made it no secret that his love story with his boyhood club doesn’t have the same romance to it. He appears at unease with the city and complaints that his performances for the national team are far superior to his club form have not gone down well with the former World Cup winner. Chelsea were linked to the midfielder not too long ago and he could well be seen as the perfect option for Mourinho. His performance against Spain in the Confederations Cup done him no harm whatsoever.
The Vitesse striker who netted 37 times in 36 games belongs to one of Chelsea’s feeder clubs and throughout the season reports emerged that Chelsea might exercise their power in bringing the Ivorian to Stamford Bridge as the club still search for someone to fill the boots of Didier Drogba. However it does seem that the 24year old is on his way to joining Michael Laudrup at Swansea as Vitesse are considering a bid in the region of £10million for their super striker.
Whilst Chelsea’s interest in the once mop-haired David Luiz look-a-like may have cooled following the arrival of Andre Schurrle, Jovetic’s transfer speculation continues to grow and a potential move to Manchester City may spark Chelsea back in to life for the supremely talented Montenegro forward.
Marco Van Ginkel
Another Vitesse player, this time Dutch U21 midfielder, Marco Van Ginkel. After an £8million bid was rejected, Chelsea are unsure whether the player warrants his £15million price-tag. The club might be stirred into action this time by the other half of Manchester. Manchester United are reportedly also interested in the midfielder as they look to add some quality and depth to their depleted central midfield area.
The saga continues as reports in Italy today surface to suggest Chelsea have agreed personal terms with the Uruguayan star but a deal between the clubs remains the stumbling block. Mediaset suggest a five year contract at €7.2million a year is enough to bring a smile from Serie A’s top scorer and pledge his allegiance to Chelsea. The player’s buyout clause remains something of a barrier with Chelsea unwilling to pay the £53million or include Ramires in a p/exchange deal. This one looks like it will run for a little while longer, to the joys of the masses…
The Porto centre back appears to have been priced off the market by his club who insist they will sell for nothing short of his £42.4million buyout. The Portuguese club are in no hurry to sell after raising funds through selling stars Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez to Ligue 1 new boys and part of the billionaire club, Monaco. It seems unimaginable that Chelsea would spend anywhere near £40million to acquire the Frenchman’s services with FFP looming but crazier things have happened during Abramovich’s tenure. Still, don’t hold your breath.
The German Messi, having not looked like having an iota of Lionel Messi’s ability (maybe they meant his new born son?) has been shipped out on loan to Spanish side Sevilla. A sweetener for the Kondogbia deal? Who knows.