Jul 102014

For the last few years, Chelsea have actively pursued a strategy of harvesting up talented youngsters from around the globe and trying to develop them into first-teamers of the future – or, if they don’t make the grade at Chelsea, into saleable assets that bring in a bit of profit and help ease the Financial Fair Play restrictions on the club.

Now two more talented teenagers look set to be added to the club’s stable – Croatia’s young sensation Mario Pasalic and French wonderkid Adrien Rabiot. One, in fact, has already signed – Pasalic was unveiled by the Blues today after completing a move from Croatian side Hadjuk Split.

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Jul 102014

And then there was one. Three more Chelsea players exit the World Cup, leaving just Andre Schurrle, following Brazil’s shock exit at the hands of Germany. As the host nation licks its wounds from the 7-1 defeat – the biggest and most humiliating semi-final loss in the tournament’s history – Blues fans will be wondering whether it could have been avoided if Big Phil Scolari had trusted his Chelsea players a bit more.

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Jul 102014

There is a growing feeling among Chelsea fans that RomeluLukakumay have developed an inflated idea of his own importance. Whether it’s because he’s now a World Cup player, or because he’s reportedly wanted by a handful of Champions League teams, is unclear. But what IS quite clear is that he now thinks the decision about his future is his to make.

The Belgian striker has told journalists that he will decide which club he will play for next season, just as soon as he’s finished his post-World Cup holiday. One thing he is adamant about is that he won’t go anywhere on loan – it’s a permanent move or nothing. “I am 21 and I have been loaned out for the last two seasons,” he complained, “What I don’t want is to be loaned out again.”

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Jul 092014

Chelsea appear intent on making Filipe Luis as their next major signing of the summer. The blues have already brought in Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa for more than £50 million. After a season without any major trophy, Jose Mourinho is under pressure to deliver some silverware in the upcoming season. The duo of Fabregas and Costa are expected to form bulk of the restructuring at Stamford Bridge.

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Jul 082014

The future of French midfielder Paul Pogba grows curiouser and curiouser. He’s the subject of intense transfer speculation, which is likely to become even more intense now that he and France have exited the World Cup.

The possibility of a deal for the Juventus player has already attracted Chelsea’s attention – and the Blues would be one of the few clubs in the world who would be able to meet the Italians’ valuation. It’s thought it would cost around £60 million to prise Pogba out of Turin.

 Posted by at 11:27 am
Jul 082014

The transfer window has been open a mere five days, and it’s already reaching the point at which Chelsea must decide whether they really want a new centre-back to support John Terry and Gary Cahill – and if so, which one.

The club has already made a few cheeky inquiries about Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, been mentioned in the context of hijacking Manchester City’s bid for Elaquim Mangala, and seen itself strongly linked to the Atletico Madrid stopper Miranda.

 Posted by at 10:47 am
Jul 082014

So Eden Hazard’s World Cup has come to an end – after Belgium’s defeat at the hands of Argentina and Lionel Messi. It’s a disappointing end to a largely disappointing tournament for the player – even if the Belgian team as a whole have largely lived up to expectations by reaching the quarter-finals.

It’s fair to say that Hazard has not lit up the World Cup in the way he would have hoped – and certainly not in the way Messi, Neymar and James Rodriguez have managed to do. There’ve been a few moments of pure genius, such as the way he created the winning goal in the team’s opening game, and the pass that freed Kevin De Bruyne for the opening goal against USA, but they have been too few and too far between.

 Posted by at 10:36 am
Jul 072014

Chelsea fans should savour every second of John Terry in action this coming season. Not just because he is having a remarkable renaissance and enjoying a sort of Indian summer in the latter days of his career; not just because he is still the consummate centre-back, his tackling, vision and leadership an inspiration to younger players; but because this may well be his last in a Chelsea shirt.

The Blues captain signed a fresh one-year deal earlier this summer after a fine campaign last season. It’s clear that, barring injury, he will begin the season partnering Gary Cahill at the centre of the Chelsea back four.

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Jul 052014

Chelsea appear to be playing hardball with Atletico Madrid over the on-off deal for the transfer of left-back Filipe Luis.

The club have been in talks with Atletico for months now over the defender, who has a release clause in his contract set at around £19 million. The Spanish club are refusing to do business unless the release clause is met, while Chelsea value the Brazilian at around £15 million (although some reports suggest they are not willing to pay more than £10 million)

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Jul 052014

The annual outflow of Chelsea youngsters on loan to teams around the globe has begun early this year. Already we have seen centre-back Tomas Kalas packed off to Cologne in Germany, now two more on their travels.

Brazilian right-back Wallace will be spending 2014/15 in Holland after being sent to the Blues’ partner club Vitesse Arnhem. For the player’s and the club’s sake, it can only be hoped that it is more successful than the loan arranged for him last year. He went to Inter Milan – the thought being that he was ready to play at the level of Serie A – but only played three games for the Italians, all of them coming on as a substitute.

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