While there may be a sense that our season is over, there is still something to play for. Everton visit the Bridge this Sunday hungry for a final farewell victory for David Moyes. In the aftermath of our fantastic Europa League win in Amsterdam on Wednesday, it would be easy to get complacent and lose focus, but there is still some work to do. Arsenal could yet still pip us to 3rd spot, and quite aside from the bragging rights, we’ve seen how draining an extra-long season like the one we’ve just had can be. Qualification games for the Champions League pope would be an unnecessary annoyance and the team must focus to avoid that eventuality.
It seems clear that nothing short of a miracle will stop Rafa Benitez from losing his job as the manager of Chelsea come the end of the season. To win the Europa league would be nice, but after last year it would still be a comedown after a Champions league trophy. The stuttering performance against Sparta Prague this week did nothing to make mo too optimistic about the Blues going all the way, however. The Premier league is certainly gone, and we are now in a battle for second but also in danger of missing a top four spot.
Arsenal are set to challenge Chelsea in their bid to buy Everton’s Marouane Fellaini, who is reported to be available for a fee of around £22Million.
It has emerged this week that Marouane has a clause in his contract that states if a team playing Champions League football bids £22Million or more than Everton must accept the bid. Chelsea having been eliminated from this season’s competition may have to get the lawyers involved.
Arsene Wenger is reported to be keen on the midfielder, with Arsenal set to make the 25 year-old their record signing. The Gunners are keen to bolster their team having failed to challenge for the Premier League in recent years.
Chelsea have been alerted to a £22Million buy-out clause in Marouane Fellaini’s contract, and look set to fight it out with Manchester United for his signature.
Chelsea have been strongly linked with Fellaini for most of the season, with the 25 year-old having been in incredible form from week one this season.
The Belgian started the season with a match winning performance against Manchester United, and is currently Everton’s top goalscorer this season with 8 Premier League goals, plus one FA Cup goal scored in last night’s 5-1 win over Cheltenham.
Petr Cech was substituted at half-time in yesterday’s 2-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park because of injury, and the Chelsea no.1 is expected to miss the Chelsea versus QPR tie on Wednesday.
Petr Cech is undergoing tests today to understand the full extent of his injury, with a short spell on the sidelines expected.
Cech was forced off at half-time, being replaced by Ross Turnball, after feeling pain caused by a “strained adductor muscle at the top of his leg”.
Yesterday, Cech explained: “I think it was in the 40th minute when I was punching the ball away and when I jumped, I felt pain in my right groin.
Chelsea are rumoured to be lining up Leighton Baines to take over the Chelsea left-back position, with the expected loss of Ashley Cole at the end of the season.
Ashley Cole’s current contract is due to expire next summer and it is said that Chelsea are only willing to offer a one-year extension to his current contract.
Ashley turned 32 last week and is thought to be holding out for a two-year extension, but would be willing to leave the West London club for free in the summer should they fail to agree terms.
Roman Abramovich is expected to confirm the £100million budget for January targets, according to the Daily Star.
Chelsea are widely tipped to persue in a contract breaking £48M bid for Radamel Falcao. Roman is expected to try to make him the highest earner in Chelsea’s history, with a £200K a week offer.
The Columbian has attracted plaudits from all across the globe with his amazing ability to score goals, including his goal against Barcelona on Sunday which you can see below.
The striker is firmly expected to be named alongside Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the World XI team of the year to be named in the coming month.
Russian champions Zenit Saint Petersburg have confirmed they are ready to go head-to-head with Chelsea over a deal for Everton’s Marouane Fellaini in January.
Fellaini is seen as one of the hottest properties in English football ahead of the opening of the transfer window in the new year, having enjoyed a remarkable start to the season.
The Belgian star has scored eight goals in 13 matches for the Toffees, including key strikes against Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City.
It’s form that has not gone unnoticed around the Premier League, with Chelsea said to be seriously considering launching a bid for Fellaini, who would command a fee in excess of £20million.
Everton’s Marouane Fellaini claims he wants to play Champions League football, and if Everton were to have any chance to convince the Belgian star to stay, they would have to break into the top four this season.
This season, Everton have been in great form, with 20 points in their first 12 games, leaving them currently in fifth place, three points behind West Brom in fourth.
Fellaini said: “I want to play in the Champions League, and if Everton finish in the top four then I’m happy to stay here – I’d love to do that with Everton,” he said.
Reports surrounding Stamford Bridge are that Chelsea´s RDM has asked Roman Abramovich to open his cheque book once more, this time for another Belgian in Everton’s Marouane Fellaini.
Chelsea appear ready to open negotiations with a bid of around £30 Million for the strong Everton goalscorer, who plays off the striker, in midfield or as a forward.
The Everton player has been in great form this season, bullying Manchester United out of 3 points in the opening game of the sesaon, up to scoring and setting up the winner in yesterdays game against sunderland, coming from 1-0 down to win 2-1.