If Rafa Benitez was brought in to replace Roberto Di Matteo as manager of Chelsea because Roman Abramovich thought he would inspire Fernando Torres to find his old form, it failed. Benitez will not be at Stamford Bridge next season and neither, hopefully, will Torres. The club must accept that there is no chance of getting back much of the £50 million they paid to Liverpool for the Spaniard, but he may help the club in his own way.
Jose Mourinho will be at Stamford Bridge tonight, but it has nothing to do with Chelsea. I would not be surprised, however, if there is a meeting between the special one and his former employer Roman Abramovich, as it seems ever more likely that Mourinho will return to Chelsea as the manager before the start of next season.
The Real Madrid boss will be the guest of the Brazilian football authorities tonight for the friendly international between Brazil and Germany. He was last at the ground in 2010 when his Inter Milan side knocked the Blues out of the Champions League on their way to a famous continental treble. Mourinho is still on target to steer Real Madrid to European cup glory and become the first coach to win it with three different teams.
Chelsea will definitely have a new manager next season. Rafa Benitez even admitted as much in his much publicisedrant last week. The fact that his job title was interim manager was a bit of a clue as well. The question is, who will it be. Earlier in the season it was widely thought that Roman Abramovich had arranged with the former boss of Barcelona to come to Stamford Bridge after his year away from football. Pep Guardiola surprised everyone, however, by taking the job at Bayern Munich.
You could forgive Chelsea fans for being exasperated. We thought that Brazilian international Hulk would have been a Chelsea player by now, but the deal seems to be far from complete. Salomon Rondon from Malaga could now br the next player to come to Stamford Bridge,
22-year old Rondon is a Venezuelan international who has been top scorer for the Spanish side in his last two seasons. He also has an impressive record of eight goals in 24 international games. His height and physique make him a potential replacement for the beast himself, Didier Drogba.
Porto are being urged by their Brazilian star Hulk, to ignore the bigger bid for him by Paris Saint-Germain as he prefers a move to Chelsea. The 25-year old striker, who is also utilized as a winger, has been with the Portuguese side since 2008, scoring 73 goals in his 96 league games.
He has a very good relationship with the club, but has made them aware of his desire to take a step up in class. He believes that they will not stand in the way of his career as he has been loyal to them in the past.
Not long ago, it seemed like it would just be a matter of time before Chelsea announced their incredible new signing Hulk. It has all gone a little bit quiet, with Porto claiming that they have not been offered the £38 million that was reported.
The Brazilian striker has told his club that he is keen on the move and Roberto Di Matteo is also keen to get his squad sorted for a serious tilt at the title. He is eager to add Hulk to the Chelsea squad and Roman Abramovich is backing him financially. So why is he not a Chelsea player yet?
The brilliant Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has been an excellent servant to the Blues over the years, but now that Andre Villas-Boas has demoted him to a bit-part player there are numerous rumours that Lampard could move on to regain regular first team action.
Carlo Ancelotti must feel like he has won at the progressive jackpot slots as he now has an unlimited budget at the new super-rich Paris St Germain, and it is being reported that he now wants Lampard to to be the lynchpin of his midfield.
After Andres Villas-Boas came to Chelsea and started to change things, a bucket load of rumours linking players to and from Chelsea have appeared but one thing is certain, the Blues’ strikers are the most wanted ones in the team.
After Anelka left for China and rumours are linking Salomon Kalou with a possible transfer to PSG or across town at Arsenal, Torres was linked with a possible move to Real Madrid and now Didier Drogba is one of the most wanted strikers in the world.
The Chelsea striker Nicklas Anelka is already surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge after Andre Villas-Boas announced hat he would be changing the formation to 4-3-3.
Anelka had been angling for a one-year extension at Chelsea, but it seems that AVB can’t wait to sell him and a couple of others to make room for Luka Modric and Radamel Falcao, and it seems that the 32 year-old has now got an offer from his old club PSG.
The newly-rich Ligue 1 team believe that Anelka could refind his scoring boots back in the French League and in his favourite position of centre-forward.
The new Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is looking to unload some of the strikers that are surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge and Anelka looks to be one of those players. The new Portugese manager wants to bring in Porto’s Colombian striker Radamel Falcao and Anderlecht’s Romelu Lukaku, which means no more room for the likes of Anelka.
According to the Metro the 32-year-old Frenchman is likely to head to Paris St. Germain where he has played twice before in his career. A Qatari investment fund has taken over the Ligue 1 side and has promised huge amounts of money to fund transfers.