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Apr 232013
 

Chelsea are hoping to use Thibaut Courtois as their trump card in their attempt to sign Athletico’s Radamel Falcao who according to paddy power transfer betting odds is likely to join Chelsea ahead of the chasing pack.

Falcao is available for around £48Million due to a clause in his contract, and with Manchester United, Man City and Real Madrid also in the hunt for his signature, the Blues will have to pull out all the stops to win their top target.

Courtois has spent the past two seasons on-loan at Athletico Madrid, and has become quite the hit in the Primera Liga. He was at the centre of a craze called Thibauting, where members of the public would post pictures of themselves trying to re-enact some of his famous outlandish diving saves. The young Belgian keeper has also been targeted by Barcelona to replace Victor Valdes who is set to leave the Camp Nou at the end of the season.

Falcao is widely expected to leave Athletico come the end of the season, but only wishes to leave on good terms. Using Courtois as part of the deal could persuade the Columbian to choose West London as his next club.

I would love to see Falcao join us, but I would also like to keep Courtois for the future. I believe Courtois holds the potential to be the best goalkeeper in the world, and is still only 20 years old! He has helped Athletico win the Europa League, and has helped them to challenge for the Champions League places this season. At only 20, we should not be letting such a talented young player leave on a permanent contract. It is frustrating that players such as Kevin De Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois are being linked with player plus cash deals out of our club before being given their chance, while Fernando Torres is continually given chances. I would love to see Falcao arrive, but without the loss of Courtois…

Feb 162013
 

Fernando Torres has not exactly been the player that Chelsea were hoping for when they signed him from Liverpool for a British record of £50 million in January 2011. It took him over 900 minutes on the pitch to score his first goal for Chelsea which was his only goal from 18 games in that campaign. He did a little better the next year, scoring 11 goals including the crucial late goal against Barcelona that sent us to the Champions league final. His figures have improved again this year, with 15 so far, but he has never rediscovered the sparkling form he showed at Liverpool and Athletico Madrid.

His team mate, who also played with him at Anfield, Yossi Benayoun, has spoken out about the situation. The Israeli international feels that Chelsea handled Torres badly from the beginning, and that has caused his lack of confidence and loss of form.

“You can understand it is not easy, from being the top striker at Liverpool. He was unbelievable, you gave him the ball and you knew he would score.

“But he had a bad time at the beginning at Chelsea. When he came in he was on the bench, then on the pitch.

“He did not get the confidence when he came in, and with the £50 million above his head it is not easy for any player. The situation from the beginning was badly managed with him.”

Unlike many Chelsea fans, Benayoun agrees with Abramovich, and believes that Torres still has a lot to offer Chelsea, and he thinks that the Spanish striker is already turning the corner.

“He has had good spells, bad spells, and has 15 or 16 goals already. That is not bad, but hopefully he will finish with 25.

“He just needs to believe in himself. It would be good to get his confidence back and be his old self. Hopefully he will get a few more soon and you will see the real Fernando Torres.”

We would all love to see him banging in the goals, but he seems to be unable to really snap out of whatever is bothering him.

Jan 222013
 

Chelsea’s unused star Thibaut Courtois is at the centre of a new internet craze, called Thibauting.

The term, pronounced ‘Tee-bow-ing’, was originally a craze about NFL quarter-back Tim Tebow, where fans would post their pictures of themselves copying the Denver Bronco’s famous diving touch-downs outside of the football field.

“I saw it a few months ago already, but nothing came out of it back then,” Courtois said.

“Since a few days ago, quite some people picked it up. It was in the Spanish newspapers as well for example.”

He continued: “Now since it’s on the Internet, there’s a lot of reaction on Twitter. It’s nice to live through this.

“It’s funny how people are imitating my funny faces. The main example picture is one from my first Atlético game where I completely stretch my arms into the air. But I also see some saves from my period at Genk. There’s one where I grab a ball with a really funny face!”

View or add your own to the official Thiabauting website at thibauting.tumblr.com

The 20 year-old goalkeeper is currently in his second season on loan at Athletico Madrid, having signed for Chelsea from Genk and sent to Spain to gain first-team experience, and has been receiving rave reviews and attention for his spectacular goalkeeping ability.

The Belgian has won the Belgian Pro-League with Genk, the Europa League and the European Super Cup with Athletico, all whilst being the first-choice goalkeeper, and is expected to win many more trophies.

The on-loan keeper has kept 10 consecutive home clean-sheets and counting, and has recently become a top priority target for Barcelona who see him as the ideal long-term replacement for Victor Valdes, but Chelsea refuse to put any thought into a possible sale.

Chelsea rate the Belgian extremely highly and are considering keeping him at Stamford Bridge next season to fight it out with current Blues no. 1, Petr Cech. Cech has been an outstanding stalwart in the Chelsea goal and will take some moving. Courtois however is tipped to be the man to oust him.

The West-Londoner’s have been favouring the younger players of late, and may decide to give Courtois his chance to shine at the club, in fear the Belgian could become disillusioned in waiting for his time. No offence to Cech, but I would like to see the Belgian at the Bridge.

Jan 162013
 

Athletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has admitted that he is happy at his current club, despite being on loan from Chelsea FC.

The 20 year-old keeper was signed by Chelsea 18 months ago, and is yet to make his competitive debut for the club.

The Belgian is currently playing in his second season-long loan at the Vicente Calderon, and with Petr Cech ever consistent in goal, Courtois has said he would be happy to stay at Athletico to continue playing first-team football.

“I am Chelsea player, but I am happy here,” he said. “I’ll have to see what is best for them but I would be very happy if I stayed here for another year.

“I still haven’t spoken to Chelsea though. If I can’t play for them, then Atletico is the best club I can be at.”

Barcelona have recently expressed an interest in the young goalkeeper, who has played a huge part for Athletico already.

Courtois has impressed between the sticks, winning the Europa League, European Super Cup, and currently leading his team to second in the league. His team are currently 7 points ahead of third-placed Real Madrid.

Chelsea however are thought to hold the goalkeeping wonderkid in high regard, and would be unwilling to negotiate his sale. It is thought he may stay at the Bridge next season, to fight Cech for the role of no.1.

I believe one more season away at Athletico could lead the player to want to stay permanently. That we do not wish to happen. Courtois is one of the hottest young properties on the continent and could dominate the the Chelsea no.1 shirt for many years to come.

Jan 152013
 

As Chelsea continually plan their movements for the potential capture of Athletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao, the Spanish club are seeking Fernando Torres as his possible replacement.

Torres is on his last six months at the Blues unless he can become the player he once was, and will have to content with Demba Ba for the lone-striker role at Chelsea until the end of the season.

Ba has 13 Premier League goals so far this campaign for Newcastle, and is expected to be given plenty more opportunities in front of goal at his new club.

The Sunday Express claim that Athletico are lining up a bid to re-sign Nando, who once upon a time became a club favourite in Spain.

The Spanish striker spent 12 years at the club, and worked his way through the youth ranks into the first-tea, scoring 82 La Liga goals in the process.

Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are said to be following the forwards situation, with a view to offering the Spaniard a chance to get his career back on track.

Chelsea are hoping to replace Fernando with Madrid’s Falcao. The Colombian is available for £48Million due to a clause in his contract, and the Blues are willing to trigger that in order to sign the FIFA World XI striker.

Chelsea should do anything possible to sign Falcao, who has a great goalscoring record for each club he has played for. The 26 year-old was born to score goals, and that is what he does. If he went to a Premier League rival, we may not win another PL title until he retires…

Jan 142013
 

Athletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao has hinted at a possible move to France, leaving Chelsea in fear of missing out on their long-term target.

The Blues are widely believed to be at the end of their tether with Fernando Torres. The striker has been on-and-off this season, mostly off!

Chelsea’s hiring of Rafa Benitez until the end of the season has been deemed as further indication that Torres would be leaving this summer, should he fail to start repaying the faith paid in him at Stamford Bridge.

Demba Ba has arrived arrived in West London this month, and is widely expected to dominate the lone-striker role at Chelsea FC. Ba arrived with an incredible Premier League record, currently sitting joint-third top goalscorer this term.

It is almost common knowledge that Roman Abramovich is a huge admirer of Falcao, with the Chelsea oligarch said to be readying a £200k a week deal for the Colombian.

Falcao, who has a £48million release clause in his contract, has suggested his future may lie in France, with Paris Saint-Germain the only French team that could afford him.

Falcao said: ‘France is a marvellous country.

‘I’ve been there before, and I love it. PSG have a very ambitious sporting project and they’ve invested a huge amount of money to construct a competitive team. That will need time, but that could come very quickly.

‘It’s not impossible that I could be meeting you [the French media] very soon.’

Falcao went on to praise current PSG front-man Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has nine goals in his 20 Ligue 1 matches.

He added: ‘I’ve followed Zlatan’s path. He’s had an incredible career and he has succeeded in every league in which he has played. He is fantastic. He has scored a lot of goals.

‘I like being able to compete with this kind of player. But my main objective is to excel and be even better every day.’

This is not good news, Fernando Torres has to go, but this is not the end of the story. Roman Abramovich rarely fails to land his top targets, and I expect to see the Colombian having dinner on his yacht in the near future.

Falcao is looking for further challenges all the time, and I do not believe the French League has enough to offer him. Even with Champions League football, I doubt he would just move for the money. At least I hope…

Dec 212012
 

Chelsea billionaire owner Roman Abramovich is hoping to persuade Radamel Falcao to sign for Chelsea with a tour of the team’s training facilities, and a further tour of London.

Chelsea are rumoured to be pulling out all the stops to sign the FIFA World Team XI nominee, and It is feared the Blues would miss out on the striker if they tried to wait until the summer for his signature.

The Columbian out-and-out striker has a £48million minimum fee release clause in his contract, and Athletico have told him that they do not want him to join arch-rivals Real Madrid. This leaves Chelsea as firm favourites for his signature, with Manchester City having ruled themselves out of the running.

Roman Abramovich has sounded out that he would make Falcao the West Londoner’s highest earner, with a huge £10M a year on offer, over £20k a week more than Fernando Torres currently receives.

Fernando has failed to convince so far this term, having had a barren spell of two months that ended with a brace in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Sunderland 2 weeks ago. Chelsea fans are still unconvinced the striker still has the goods to hold down the lone-striker role on his own.

Falcao has been linked with Chelsea since Andre Villas-Boas became manager 18 months ago, but their interest increased five-fold when the player netted a superb hat-trick in the European Super Cup against Chelsea, and has excelled for Athletico, with 43 goals in his 50 Primera Liga appearances.

I would love to see Falcao join us, and force Torres to play for his spot. I believe they could even work together, and having 2 world-class strikers can only be a plus. Having Falcao would also allow us to be less predictable, playing two strikers would mean a change in formation and would not have to be permanent. Go get him Roman!

Dec 172012
 

Barcelona are targeting Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, who is currently on-loan at Athletico Madrid.

Chelsea bought the Belgian goalkeeper from Genk for €9million in the summer of 2011, and was immediately loaned to Athletico who had just sold David De Gea to Manchester United.

The 20 year-old made his debut for Genk when he was 16, and then two seasons later, he earned his place in the first-team at just 18, starting 40 league games and leading his team to the Pro League title.

Athletico Madrid won last season’s Europa League with Courtois in goal, and he has been a huge hit in his two seasons in Spain.

Barcelona are reported to have readied a bid for the keeper, who see Courtois as the perfect long-term replacement for Victor Valdes, who turns 31 next month.

Chelsea currently have Petr Cech in goal, who signed a new four-year deal at the end of last season. Cech has been as good as ever, leading Chelsea to Champions League glory only 7 months ago.

It is not yet known whether Chelsea would be willing to sell Courtois, but I believe Barca would have to bid around £25million to get a response out of Chelsea.

I would like to see Courtois come back to Chelsea next season, to fight for his place in the team. Cech is in the prime of his life, but he will be 31 next May and won’t be able to play forever. I don’t think we can afford to let the young Belgian leave, when we will need him in the future.

Dec 142012
 

Roman Abramovich will seemingly stop at nothing in pursuit of Radamel Falcao, with the Colombian set to earn £10Million a year if he we’re to agree a move.

Chelsea have been linked with Falcao since Andre Villas-Boas was hired 17 months ago, but Chelsea’s interest in the player became much more serious when the Athletico Madrid striker netted a hat-trick against us in the European Super Cup.

Radamel Falcao has a minimum fee release clause of £48Million and Real Madrid and Chelsea are set to trigger it.

Chelsea are set to make Falcao their highest earner in Blues history, with an offer of £200k a week. The current highest earner is Fernando Torres, who is thought to be on just under £180k.

Fernando Torres has recently found his goalscoring boots again, having mislaid them for almost two months. Torres has 5 goals in his last 3 games and is starting to play with confidence again.

Daniel Sturridge is expected to leave Chelsea next month, with Brendan Rodgers hoping he will join him at Liverpool.

If Chelsea complete Falcao’s signing, I believe we will have the edge on our rivals. I believe with the Colombian on side we will be able to get back into the title race, and should dominate the Premier League for years to come.

Dec 122012
 

Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid are expected to open the bidding for Radamel Falcao at €45million, with Chelsea also expected to bid.

Athletico Madrid are huge rivals, and are expected to refuse to speak to Real about a deal, should they not meet his release clause, thought to be around €60million (£48million).

That would leave Chelsea as favourites for the Colombians signature, with Falcao previously praising the Premier League.

It is not yet known whether Falcao would be willing to swap Madrid clubs, but Jose Mourinho is apparently confident he can convince the striker to join him.

Chelsea have lost faith in Fernando Torres in recent weeks, although he has come good in this last week, scoring two braces in 4 days. Before those games he had gone nearly 2 months without scoring.

Chelsea need more strikers in their squad regardless of whether Torres can find some form in the next month, with our only other alternative striker, Daniel Sturridge, constantly injured.

I am in no doubt that the striker who scored five goals in last weekends La Liga win over Deportivo would be able to repay any money paid for him with trophies. He has lead Athletico to the Europa League title and the European Super Cup within his first 18 months, and could no doubt add something special to our team.