According to reports, Diego Costa rejected an offer to stay in the Premier League, snubbing Everton in favour of a return to his former club Atletico Madrid.
The Toffees, who have been one of the highest spenders in the recently concluded summer transfer window, had an ambitious £66m bid accepted by the Blues, but Costa felt his career would be better served in Madrid rather than on Merseyside, and rejected Ronald Koeman’s side.
Koeman also tried to sign Olivier Giroud from Arsenal in the recently concluded window, but failed.
Everton currently have only two wins from six Premier League games, with Oumar Niasse’s double over the weekend against Bournemouth effectively saving their manager from the drop (also their first league goals in over a month)
Chelsea have completed the signing of Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco. The deal is a season long one, paving the return of the Colombian star to the Premiership following his stint with Manchester United in the 2014/15 season.
What are Falcao’s wages at Chelsea?
Undisclosed, but believed to be significantly lower than what Man Utd paid him, almost 50% lesser
Falcao spent last season on loan at United, but a poor season- he scored only four goals, changed Louis van Gaal’s mind regarding signing him on a permanent basis.
The signing of Falcao also casts a doubt over the future of Loic Remy at Stamford Bridge.
Will Jose be able to rejuvenate Falcao’s career or will he end up becoming another Torres or Kaka?
Ilkay Gundogan is seemingly on his way to Manchester United after Borussia Dortmund officially announced that he will not extend his contract with the club. Gundogan is contracted to BVB till 2016, but has said he will not pen an extension, and that almost certainly means Dortmund will listen to offers for him this summer, or they’ll risk him going for nothing like Robert Lewandowski went to Bayern.
United have been long time admirers of Gundogan, and while he’s struggled for fitness in recent times, he’s slowly reaching his 2012/13 levels where he was a key cog in Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League runners up side. Continue reading “Gundogan to Man Utd? Or will Chelsea hijack bid?”
Juventus and Liverpool have been put on alert after reports emerged that Chelsea were willing to offload Brazilian playmaker Oscar. Blues boss Jose Mourinho is looking to acquire Enner Valencia and is open to an offer for Oscar, whom the club bought from Internacional in 2012.
Liverpool have been linked with a move, but another potential destination touted is Juventus, with fans salivating with thoughts of an Oscar-Tevez-Morata trio. Continue reading “Oscar Chelsea transfer latest- Blues ready to sell Brazilian to Liverpool/Juventus”
Brazilian wonderkid Neymar has put Chelsea on alert by naming them as one of the sides he would consider moving to when he makes his long-awaited transfer to Europe.
Neymar is expected to leave current club Santos in the next two years, and seems to have placed Barcelona top of his list of destinations. However a move to the Nou Camp is far from certain, and the striker named Chelsea as a possible option.
“Who wouldn’t dream about playing alongside Messi, Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta? They’re all great players,” he told Esporte Espetacular. “I dream of playing in Europe, for a big club like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea.”
The 21-year-old Brazil international netted 34 goals in 33 domestic matches in 2012.
Chelsea have completed the deal to sign Demba Ba from Newcastle for £7m, following a prolonged medical.
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Chelsea look set to complete a January transfer deal for Fluminese right-back Wallace, reports the Daily Mail.
The 18-year-old Brazilian confirmed his move while talking with Fox Sports Brasil: ‘I used to follow the Spanish league and its big clubs like Real Madrid but now as I’m moving to Chelsea I’m following the club more closely, especially after the Champions League title.
‘I watch Chelsea games whenever I can, sometimes I can’t watch because I’m playing or concentrated with my team, but I don’t miss a chance to see them playing on TV.’
The Blues currently have Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta in that position, along with Branislav Ivanovic, yet the report suggests the £5m move could be with an eye on the future.
Wallace would join up with fellow Brazilians David Luiz, Lucas Piazon, Oscar, and Ramires at Stamford Bridge.
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Ryan Bertrand is not expected to face disciplinary action after issuing a foul-mouthed message on Twitter, the Daily Telegraph has reported, but the Football Association will speak with the Chelsea and England full-back.
Bertrand reacted to media reports that he had pulled out of the England squad to play San Marino with a sore throat by seeking to clarify that he had an illness more severe than a simple sore throat. But in doing so, Bertrand used a hashtag containing an expletive, the same day as his Chelsea and England teammate Ashley Cole admitted an FA charge for a similar offence.
The 23-year-old’s outburst comes in the same week the FA chairman, David Bernstein, announced the implementation of a code of conduct for England footballers, including rules on their use of Twitter and punishments for any indiscretions.
Bertrand is nevertheless expected to escape sanction for a lesser offence than Cole, while Bertrand’s speedy deletion of the offending tweet and subsequent apology are also factors in his favour.
England manager Roy Hodgson said on the matter: “I think his sentiments were laudable, in telling you how much he wants to play for England, but his choice of words was wrong.”
Porto striker Hulk has again reiterated his desire to move to Chelsea, as the proposed move to the European Champions continues to draw on without progression.
Hulk, 25, told O Jogo magazine: “Chelsea are the current European champions and would please any player and I’m no exception. I’d be happy if the transfer happened.”
The Brazilian striker had another successful season with Porto, scoring 16 goals in 26 league appearances, and has also netted 3 in 5 matches for Brazil.
Jose Boswinga is set to make a quick return to football after being released by Chelsea just last week. The Daily Mail are reporting that the defender is to be offered a three year deal in the region of £100,000 per week by Serie A league winners Juventus, with local rivals Torino also keen on the defender.
The Portuguese international featured heavily in the last few months for Chelsea, including collecting a medal for his role in the Champions League final. The 29-year-old played 118 games in his four years at the club, scoring 6 times. Famous for his attacking style of play questions have been raised about his role as a defender. Juventus are looking to strengthen their side that went 38 games unbeaten last season.