Apr 192015
 

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According to high rated Spanish newspaper Marca, Chelsea will have to be ready to pay Paul Pogba as much as €12m per year or  €235,000 per week if they want to convince the Frenchman to join them in the summer.

The high rated former Manchester United target has been linked to various clubs including Manchester United, Manchester City, PSG, Arsenal and Real Madrid and could spark a bidding war for his signature once the summer transfer window opens.

According to various reports, Chelsea have been monitoring the player’s progress with Juventus and are very likely to put in a bid for his services in the summer. Some other reports claim Chelsea could use out of favour midfielder Oscar as a sweetener in the deal.

However, it remains to be seen ( when you consider Chelsea’s recent prudence in the transfer market lately ) if Chelsea will be ready to pay as much as the reported £60m Juve are reportedly going to be demanding from anyone interested in signing the player. It is even more unlikely if you consider the fact that at €12 million per year, signing Pogba will disrupt the current wage structure at the club as other players are likely to demand for a pay rise.

Also, considering Chelsea already has several quality midfielders who can play Pogba’s role, I do not see any reason why Chelsea need Pogba unless off course if the reported move is for commercial reasons and not just footballing reasons alone. Off course if Oscar moves, signing someone like Pogba will make sense but considering Mourinho’s statement this week, it is unlikely that Oscar will leave the club at the end of the summer.

 Posted by at 2:30 pm
Apr 192015
 

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Remember few days ago we reported of Chelsea’s interest in signing West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell? We reported back then that Chelsea are considering tabling a bid of £10 million for the left-back. However, today, new reports in dailymail has it that Chelsea can actually sign the player in the summer if they so wish.

However, according to Daily mail, Chelsea can only sign the high rated left-back if they are willing to pay as much as £20 million for him. According to the paper, the Blues are keen on improving their left-back position despite having in their ranks the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta and Luis Filipe who only joined the club last summer from Atletico Madrid.

The paper claims Filipe may leave the club in the summer and could be replaced by the West Ham star. The 25-year old defender has been one of West Ham’s shinning light this season. He has stepped up his performance from championship level ( he joined West Ham from Ipswich ) to become not just one of West ham’s best player’s so far but one of the best left backs in the premier league so far this season.

According to dailymail, should Chelsea or any other club successfully sign the paper ( definitely not for less than £20 ), West ham will seek to replace him with another Ipswich player Tyrone Mings.

Tyrone Mings means who can also pay the centre back position is likely to be available for as little as £10 million. He was linked to Arsenal last winter transfer window.

 Posted by at 1:38 pm
Apr 192015
 

Raheem Sterling

According to dailymail, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal target Raheem Sterling could force his way out of Liverpool by buying out his remaining contract using a relevant premier league laws against Liverpool. According to the paper, this development could see interested clubs such as Chelsea having to pay as little as £25m to acquire the English international.

This is because there is a premier league law that allows players who play in the premier league to buy out the last year of their contract by paying their parent club the exact amount they would have earned over the remaining contract. This means for instance if a player earns £150,000 per week and he has only 1 year left on his contract, he will pay his parent club £150,000 x 52. This according to the daily mail Liverpool may try to avoid by selling the player for as little as £25 million in the summer or lose him for £1.7 million if the player chooses to go the route of buying out his contract.

Liverpool had insisted they will not be forced to sell the player and are still negotiating with his representatives however Liverpool may be forced to reconsider their initial stances should the player’s legal team decide to use the premier league laws.

Should Sterling be willing to burn his bridges with Liverpool fans, he will have to pay Liverpool £1.7 million but he can easily recoup that investment by getting a big sign on fee with other clubs. And with Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City all interested, you can be rest assured that the youngster will be making way more than he currently makes at Liverpool which is reportedly put at £35,000-a-week.

Liverpool had offered the player a new contract which would see him earn £100,000 a week which is a significant increment on his current £35,000 a week deal but the player and his advisers have rejected the offer demanding for as much as £150,000 a week. This according to reports the player and his agents believe is what they can get with other clubs.

On Chelsea view point, it will be interesting to have Sterling with us. Not only for what he will contribute to the team on the field of play but for the fact that signing him will annoy Liverpool fans. Should Chelsea sign the player, it will be a double edged sword for the blues. He will significantly improve the team and weakness one of Chelsea’s rivals – Liverpool.

 Posted by at 1:30 pm
Apr 182015
 

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According to a report by goal.com, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho do not have any intention of selling off Oscar in the summer. Oscar who has constantly linked with a move away from the club with Juventus and PSG reportedly keenly watching the Brazilian’s situation, has fallen out of favour with Jose Mourinho in recent weeks due to his poor form and low work rate.

Although he was one of the Blues’ key players at the beginning of the season, his form has led to speculation about his future with Chelsea. Some report already claim Chelsea are already looking towards West Ham’s Valencia Enner as a possible replacement for the Brazilian.

The Brazilian who joined Chelsea from Internacional in a deal reported to be worth as much as £19.8 million has seen his form nosedived at the tail end of each of the last three seasons. He has so far this season started 24 out of the 32 Premier league games the run away leaders have played. But crucially, he has only muttered a total of six goals in all the matches he has played and was substituted a total of 18 times to make him Europe’s most substituted player.

“Of course [he isn’t leaving Chelsea]. He just signed a contract a few months ago. He’s one of the players with the best contract, a long-term contract,” he told reporters. “A boy at 23 that Chelsea bought three years ago. Obviously we don’t want to sell.”

Although Mourinho seemed to be firm in his statement but in the world of football, nothing can happen. He last summer claim David Luis will not be sold but ended up sanctioning the sale of the Brazilian.

 Posted by at 12:00 pm
Apr 182015
 

If you believe reports in the English media in the last few weeks, Chelsea and Brazil national team player Oscar is very likely to find himself in the market once the summer transfer window is flagged open on the 1st of July 2015.

The player has fallen out with Coach Mourinho as he has struggled to keep pace and work-rate. Oscar, one of the most substituted players in the England’s top flight, has not played 90 full minutes since January. Reports state that Italian super-power Juventus are interested in the Brazilian and PSG who were heavily linked to him in the summer are also likely to be interested in signing the playmaker. In replacement, according to reports, Mourinho is lining up Enner Valencia from West Ham.

Enner is a 25 year old striker from Ecuador, but can play as a CAM or even a winger if need be. Valencia has impressed many upon his arrival to the Premier league from the Mexican League, not only with 5 goals during the campaign but also with superb link-up play, pace, high attacking work-rate and versatility.

However, the Hammers have been trying their absolute hardest to fend off any interest in their players, with Chelsea also scouting this left-back Aaron Cresswell. West Ham have aggressively said that they do not want to lose any of their stars this season.

However, it remains to see how effective they are able to fend off interest in their players when clubs like Chelsea are interested. It is difficult to see how the player will dismiss the interest from Chelsea if it is real and should the player’s head get turned, we all know the small clubs are almost powerless in situations like this.

The Ecuadorian was bought for £12 million by West Ham just a year ago and it is expected a bid in the region of £18-£20 million will be enough to get Chelsea the player.

 Posted by at 11:17 am
Apr 172015
 

According to Skysport, Chelsea have tabled a bid for Palermo’s Paulo Dybala but Juventus may win the race get the high rated Argentine who is also interesting Manchester United and Arsenal according to reports. He has been one of Serie A’s revelation of the season.

According to Gustavo Mascardi who is one of the player’s representative, he will be having meetings with various clubs who are interested in signing the player.

Speaking to Tuttosport, he said: “Myself, (his other agent Pierpaolo) Triulzi and (Palermo president Maurizio) Zamparini are working in sync. Afterwards it will be seen. Now I am in Madrid. On Wednesday I was in Paris. During these days I am undertaking many interviews for Dybala.

“Triulzi is moving between Paris and London to listen to offers and afterwards he will assess them with me. The two of us are working in harmony with Zamparini to reach an agreement. Afterwards Dybala will decide.”

He went on to confirm that the player will be the one to decide his own future, he however added that Juventus are leading the race to sign the attacker and also revealed Chelsea to be the latest club to have tabled a bid for him.

“In the end, Dybala will choose the team in which he sees the best options to grow, and Zamparini will decide if the offer is appropriate for him.

“Juve would not be a bad option for him because he would continue his career in Italy for at least two more years. Yes, Juve are in pole position because the boy considers Juve as a good destination, because (Juve general manager Beppe) Marotta is a good friend that has submitted the highest bid for him so far.

“Zamparini is asking for €40m and it seems to me like a fair price. Chelsea presented an offer a while ago, but it was very low.”

However, although Chelsea could do with another striker especially with the injury situation of Diego Costa, €40m for a player that is likely to be back up to Diego Costa next season is unthinkable. This is not to take anything away from the Argentine, but I simply can’t see Jose Mourinho dropping Diego Costa from the first team for Paulo Dybala. What Chelsea needs right now is another defensive midfielder ( especially as Mikel and Ramires are likely to leave in the summer ) and a back up striker to Diego Costa. Someone who is good enough to play in the absence of the Spanish but also able to play alongside him.

 Posted by at 4:22 pm
Apr 172015
 

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According to a report on Chelsea’s official website, the club has signed an agreement with Technogym as it new official fitness equipment partner. The agreement according to the club will see the club’s training ground popularly known as Cobham training ground equipped with Technogym’s top class fitness equipments alongside Technogym range of free weights, benches and accessories. The agreement will also include Technogym creating a world class gym that will not only cater for the training need of the first team but as well as the reserves, the youth team and the ladies.

Announcing the deal, Carlos Lalin who is Chelsea’s fitness coach said; “Technogym has a reputation for excellence in the design and manufacture of fitness equipment for elite athletes. As one of the leading clubs in the world, it is natural that we should work with the best. We are pleased with our choice and hope this will help us achieve even more in the coming years.”

Expressing their delight to have reached an agreement with Chelsea Technogym’s founder and President Nerio Alessandri was quoted to have said; “Over the past 30 years, Technogym has invested heavily in research and development work to create unsurpassed fitness equipment and technology that supports top athletes around the world. We are proud to be selected as Chelsea FC’s fitness equipment partner, and we look forward to working closely with its players and staff to continuously help them achieve the best performance possible”

With the partnership with Technogym who is a truly world class fitness company, we strongly believe Chelsea can only be better for it. This season, injuries has denied the club the services of key strikers Diego Costa and Loic Remy and with a company like Technogym in place, the club can only get better when it comes to the fitness of it player.

Cheslea currently sit top of the premier league table 7 points above closest rival Arsenal. The club is odds on to win their first premier league title since 2010. Jose Mourinho’s team will be a step closer to the title should they get a result against Manchester United on Saturday. Should the blues beat Manchester United, they will go 10 points ahead of Arsenal with equal number of games played.

 Posted by at 3:42 pm
Apr 172015
 

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Petr Cech: Petr Cech had long been the undisputed #1 keeper for the West London outfit. He was, and still is an amazing keeper, some even nicknaming him “stěna,” meaning “the wall,” in his native Czech. However, coach Jose Mourinho recalled on-loan Belgian Thibaut Courtois from Atletico Madrid in June 2013, and Mou hasn’t looked back since. Thibs has been excellent between the sticks since his Premier League move, racking up almost 10 clean sheets this season, benching Cech to second string. I chose to feature Cech because he can still be a world-class keeper for many European teams, but he no longer has a place in the Chelsea first XI.

Filipe Luis: Luis is still somewhat of a new boy, arriving only last season, but it seems as if the Brazilian left back might move clubs once again at the end of this season. Being 30 years old, and second choice to a younger, more versatile Cesar Azpilicueta, reports show he might go back to his old Spanish club Atletico, where he won a La Liga title with Courtois, in order to fund a player-plus-cash move for promising midfielder Koke. I chose Luis because his situation is interesting to me. He absolutely loves playing at Chelsea but he never gets minutes. Curiously enough, I also believe he is their best full-back.

Ramires: This season, the Brazilian has been moved down to second fiddle upon the re-arrival of Nemanja Matic. A strong defensive mid, with the pace to keep up with opposing wingers, and also very technical, a player like Ramires is hard to come by. All in all, he has done well for Chelsea, but the past few years of his career have been defined by injury, mediocrity, and expulsion. With the Blues rumored to sign a super midfielder this summer such as Pogba, Koke, or Schneiderlin, it would benefit both parties for Ramires to move on.

 Posted by at 2:24 pm
Apr 172015
 

Manchester United vs Chelsea

In what would be good news to all Chelsea fans world wide, Manchester United manager has confirmed that not less than four key Manchester United players will miss the clash against Chelsea this weekend. Speaking to the press men ahead of the weekend clash, the Dutchman confirmed the likes of Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Daley Blind are all going to miss the clash.

“Carrick is injured, he cannot play. But not only Michael Carrick – Daley Blind, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo cannot play.

“It cannot be worse because it’s two players in the left central defensive positions, and Jonny Evans is still suspended. Daley Blind and Michael Carrick play in the holding position in midfield, so I have to change my line-up a lot against Chelsea.”

“They are all from the game against Manchester City. Blind has played on because he always wants to play on, but the tackle from [Vincent] Kompany was of course the reason.

“Jones, I took him off the pitch already because he injured himself in the second half. Rojo, he was complaining after the match, and Carrick was also off. So it’s not surprising for me, but we had a big hope that Blind and Jones could reach this game but they could not.”

“Shaw has trained for a lot of weeks already so he can play. Van Persie is another story. This is the first week he has trained with us, with the first team, but maybe we have to think about him.”

This news will be a major blow to Manchester United who are already without Jonny Evans who is still serving out his six-game suspension. The new injuries leaves United extremely short of quality back up in defense. Louis Van Gaal may have to call on inexperienced Paddy McNair to play alongside Chris Smalling in the centre of their defense against Chelsea.

Although Chelsea are also likely to be without Remy and definitely without Diego Costa, united’s fragile defense can only increase Chelsea’s chances of winning the match and getting a hand on the title.

 Posted by at 12:45 pm
Apr 172015
 

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Chelsea recently picked up another Brazilian, Nathan Allan Souza, or “Nathan,” from his local Brazilian outfit Atletico Paranaense, for 4.5 million Euros. The 19 year old, dubbed the next Philippe Coutinho, chose Chelsea over the other blue team from the Premiership, Manchester City. Nathan is regarded by many to be the next big thing to come out of Brazil, having proven himself at both club and country level.

He is mostly known as a pacey creative midfielder, a “10,” creating linkup plays and gifting assists to other players, but he can also score his fair share when need be. In the U17 World Cup, he scored 5 goals in just 5 games.

The reason Chelsea was able to get him a such a cut-price is because his contract negotiations for his previous club were at a stalemate. However, he will finish the season in the Brazilian league and Nathan will arrive in London in July, ready to make his Premier League debut in the 2016 season.

There have been reports that he will go out on loan to a lesser team in Europe, possibly the Blues’ partner club Vitesse, in order to obtain experience, and because Chelsea currently have a surplus of midfielders. Nathan has the same agent as also highly-rated compatriot center-back Marquinhos, so it’s clear he’s hot property if he’s being thought of as being in the same bracket as the world class defender. One of the midfielder’s favorite hobbies is fishing, and Souza would become the fifth Brazilian on the first team if promoted, alongside Filipe Luis, Willian, Oscar, and Ramires.

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