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Apr 222013
 

Chelsea are once again being linked with making a move for Marouane Felliani, with the Belgian available for around £23Million due to a clause in his contract.

Fellaini has made it distinctly obvious that he wishes to play Champions League football, and has proved, this season especially, that he belongs in Europe’s elite club competition.

Manchester United along with the current Champions League holders have been continually linked with the 25 year-old, and I believe his departure from Everton to be likely come the end of the season.

Chelsea will continually be linked with players, but the stars who fail to get a mention are the players already at the club, spending time gaining first team experience on loan.

Kevin De Bruyne is a very highly rated young midfielder, whose favoured position is in the centre of midfield but can also play anywhere across the midfield. He is currently wanted by German outfit Borussia Dortmund for around £15Million, but I think we would be fools to let him leave. He is young and extremely talented, and I believe he would be an instant hit in the Premier League.

We also cannot forget that Josh McEachran is currently on-loan at Middlesborough, and has been impressing for the Championship outfit. He is in not quite ready to step into Frank Lampard’s boots but has the potential to be our next great English midfielder. He might have to wait a year or two…

Last but not least, we have Nathaniel Chalobah on loan at Watford this season, who is still only 18. He is being tipped to play a key role for England U21′s in the upcoming European Championship this summer. He is a versatile midfielder, who can also be utilized in defence, who has recently been targeted by Arsenal. We cannot afford to let the best young English talents leave our club without being given their chance. Rumour has it we our set to offer Nathaniel a long term deal at the club.

Do we really need to buy more central midfielders? I would bring De Bruyne into our playing squad for next season, and concentrate our interest in replacing Fernando Torres, and look into acquiring a young central midfielder. Real Madrid’s Raphaele Varane is an exceptional talent but would be near impossible to buy. I would like us to tempt the waters with a £15Million bid though…

Jan 112013
 

Chelsea had looked as if they had completed a deal with Metalist Kharkiv for their forward, Taison Freda, but now look set to lose out to Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Blues had agreed terms with the player last week, and was all set to raise their initial £8.4Million bid up to the £11M requested by the Ukrainian club.

Metalist’s new owner Serhiy Kurchenko appears to be the new stumbling block for the deal, with his proposed dis-like of Chelsea oligarch Roman Abramovich. Kurchenko purchased Taison’s club from owner Oleksandr Yaroslavsky who had been assisting the Blues in their bid to sign the Brazilian.

Chelsea will now have to meet the release clause in the attacking midfielder’s contract for the deal to go any further, which is thought to be around the £12.5Million mark. Shakhtar Donetsk are the latest team to make an approach for the player, and are now favourites for his signature.

Abramovich will not have liked being messed around, and may decide to splash his cash elsewhere, with Marouane Fellaini being heavily linked with the club for some time.

The Belgian is very ambitious, and is currently Everton’s top goalscorer despite claiming he is best as a defensive midfielder.

Fellaini is apparently available for £25Million due to a clause in his contract, and Chelsea are keen to add to their creative midfield.

The Blues are all set to let Frank Lampard leave the club at the end of the season, leaving a large hole in the squad as well as in the hearts of all Chelsea fans. Lampard is considered a legend at Stamford Bridge, having won every club competition open to English teams apart from the World Club Cup.

Chelsea won’t mind spending £12.5Million on the player should they rate the player high enough, but Roman is very stubborn and may wish to do business elsewhere. I would rather see a more established player arrive at Stamford Bridge however, such as Willian or Fellaini.

If Shakhtar were to complete the signing of Taison, that may allow us more leverage in our attempts to sign Willian, with the attacking midfielder already declaring his wish to join the Premier League. I would love to see the Shakhtar forward arrive, but who knows what is going on inside Roman’s head…

Jan 092013
 

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.

Arsenal have become increasingly frustrated at Aaron Ramsey’s poor performances, and are keen to add the Belgian to help them qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Chelsea on the contrast are very happy with their current crop of midfielders, but are seeking to add depth to the squad in the wake of losing John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses to the African Cup of Nations this month. They are also actively seeking a long-term replacement for Frank Lampard, who has apparently been told he will not be given an extension to his contract.

Chelsea will no doubt be favourites to sign the Everton stalwart, despite the legal complications that may arise should the Merseyside club reject their bid. The Blues are much more willing to offer larger salaries for the better players, whereas Arsenal refuse to spend much at all. This has lead many of the Gunners better to play elsewhere at so called ‘bigger clubs’. I see Fellaini as a better fit to Chelsea than other players such as Modric, and believe he would dominate in our first team for years to come.

Jan 082013
 

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.

The buy-out clause states that Everton must accept a bid of £22million or more from a team playing Champions League football, a term which Chelsea’s lawyers may have to debate. However if Man United were to bid the full amount, the Merseysiders may allow the midfielder to talk to both potential suitors.

Frank Lampard is widely expected to leave Chelsea at the end of the season, and the Blues have been on the look-out for his long-term replacement, and Fellaini would certainly go some way to replacing the legend.

Sir Alex’s club also have similar needs, with the ageing Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes still playing their part for the Premier League leaders. Their midfield has been somewhat lacking this season, with United’s attack predominantly keeping them on the top of the PL.

I sincerely hope Chelsea can sign Fellaini in the January window, as I have been impressed with him consistently throughout this season. He bullies defences with his strength and ability, and has a keen eye for goal. We currently possess some of the best attacking flair, and this Belgian would add strength and aerial ability to our slick attack. Can you name a better midfielder than Fellaini in the Premier League this season (excluding Juan Mata…)?

Dec 212012
 

Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willian has admitted he wanted to jump at the chance to sign for Chelsea when their offer came in, and still hopes to move to a bigger team in the near future.

The versatile attacking midfielder attracted plenty of attention over the summer, with Tottenham and Chelsea very keen on the player.

Chelsea had a bid rejected by the Ukrainian side, and Willian expressed his desire to move away from the club.

The Brazilian said: “My goal is to play for a bigger club in a high level league.

“If I tell you that I was happy, I would be lying. My desire was there, with a 25million euros (£20.3m) offer from a big club like Chelsea. I wanted to pack my things and go, but I can’t do that as I am under contract.

“It shows how much Shakhtar like me and shows that I am doing a good job, which is why they wanted me to stay.

“I have tried to convince them many times to let me go. I know that Juventus and Chelsea have made offers to buy me and that motivates me a lot.

“The club know that I want to leave, everyone knows that. The president has told me that he’ll let me go for 30million euros and my intention is to sign for a big club.

Chelsea are currently in the hunt for valuable attacking options to add to the squad in January and may reignite their interest in the midfielder/striker. Willian played a part in Chelsea’s demise in the Champions League, scoring in both group fixtures against the West London club.

He has been in great form for Shakhtar, and is available for a very reasonable £24.5million. If Chelsea were to fail in their bid for Fellaini, I believe Willian would be a more than gracious replacement. The Brazilian forward could add some experience to our squad, which could prove invaluable with the expected loss of Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard in the summer. Who would you prefer? Willian or Fellaini?

Dec 192012
 

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.

Chelsea are also expected to make a £20M+ bid for Marouane Fellaini, who is currently in the spot-light for the wrong reasons. He has just received a 3 match ban for headbutting Ryan Shawcross in the weekend’s Everton V Stoke game, a ban which is thought to be rather lenient. David Moyes spoke out publicly about his anger at the player’s actions, fuelling speculation the player could leave in January.

Roman is also expected to sanction the signing of Joao Moutinho, who has a £29million minimum fee release clause in his contract. Moutinho played alongside Falcao two seasons ago at Porto, and is thought to be keen on a move to the Premier League. Tottenham Hotspur are also rumoured to be eyeing up a bid for the Portuguese midfielder, but may not be willing to bid much more than £20M.

Chelsea will be without Oriol Romeu for most of the remaining season due to an injury he picked up in Chelsea’s last Premier League game against Sunderland, and will also be without John Obi Mikel, who will be travelling to play in the African Cup of Nations next month. This leaves Chelsea lacking in depth in their central midfield positions.

Chelsea are also set to buy another striker, but that will depend on the sale of Daniel Sturridge, who expected to move to Liverpool in a £15million deal.

Chelsea need to add to their squad in January, so I hope these reports are true. We would be silly not to pursue our interest in Falcao, who is the best no. 9 in the world. I refuse to believe he will be available for £48million beyond January. As for Fellaini, he has been in amazing form since the beginning of the season, and is also Everton’s leading scorer this term. Who would you wish to see arrive in January that could better the three mentioned?

Dec 072012
 

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.

However, the Blues are not the only side considering an offer, with Russian champions Zenit confirming they are chasing Fellaini ahead of the opening of the transfer market.

‘The management team expect to strengthen the midfield during the winter transfer window,’ a spokesperson for Zenit told The Liverpool Echo.

‘The signings will be players of very high quality. For example, the Belgium international Marouane Fellaini is on the list. He has proved himself in his games for Everton.’

Fellaini has previously rejected suggestions that he would be interested in quitting Everton, but he has maintained his desire to play in a team battling for league titles and participating in the Champions League.

I would love to see Fellaini join our beloved Chelsea. His strength and aerial ability is something our current crop seem to lack in and could add an extra dimension to our squad. Fellaini can also double as an extra striker should Chelsea fail in their bids for top forwards such as Falcao, Cavani or Gomez. Who else would you like to replace Frank Lampard should he leave?