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ANTONIO RUDIGER

Antoinio Rudiger is interested in a move to Chelsea but has not decided upon a transfer anywhere, according to his agent Sahr Senesie.

Stuttgart’s  Rudiger is the subject of much interest from inside and outside of his native Germany, and Chelsea are adamant that he can be the long term replacement for John Terry. Chelsea’s main opponent for Rudiger’s services appear to be Bundesliga club Wolfsburg.

Speaking to the Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Senesie said:

“Antonio finds Wolfsburg very interesting, but that also applies to Chelsea. Nothing has been signed, though.”

Officials at Chelsea believe Rudiger could be the perfect centre-back partner for Kurt Zouma.

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Arda Turan will decide what his next club will be by the end of this weekend, according to reports in Turkey.

The Atletico Madrid midfielder will meet his agent this weekend in a bid to resolve the transfer saga. Turan decided some time ago that he will not remain in the Spanish capital, and has hinted that he wishes to join a club in the Premiership, prompting a struggle between Chelsea and Manchester United for his signature.

The current Premiership champions and 20 time English league winners have been joined by PSG and Barcelona in the race to sign the man who was one of Atletico’s most important players during the club’s ascension to the top of Spanish football, and close to the peak of the European game.

Chelsea are the bookmakers favourites to sign the Turk, and his future should become clearer over the next few days.

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Falcao joins Chelsea on loan from Monaco

Radamel Falcao will earn less than half what he was paid last season following his move to Chelsea yesterday, according to his reports in England and France. 

The Colombian has signed on a season long loan from Monaco after a poor campaign at Manchester United in which he struggled for form. Manchester United paid his Monaco salary in full throughout the campaign- believed to be £265,000 a week.

Chelsea have been able to negotiate a wage packet of only £130,000 a week for the former Atletico Madrid and Porto striker. The deal was apparently dependent upon how much Falcao’s salary the Premiership champions would pay, and that they have been able to agree upon such a relatively paltry amount is to the club’s credit.

Chelsea have become renowned in recent years for their use of the transfer market which has the team improve year-upon-year at the same time as making a profit for the club.

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Anelka
Anelka

Nicholas Anelka has secured his first managerial job, taking over Indian Super League side Mumbai City having played for club during the first season of the country’s league.

Anelka, 36, played for Chelsea from 2008 to 2011 where he scored 38 goals in 125 games having been signed by Avram Grant. He was sold Andre Villias-Boas in the January transfer market to Shaghai Shenhua, and returned to England in 2013 with West Bromwich Albion.

He was sacked by the Midlands club after a controversial goal celebration in a game against West Ham United, and was eventually signed by Mumbai City as their marquee signing for the inaugural season of the Super League. He replaces former England goalkeeper David James as manager.

Anelka won a Premiership title and two FA Cups with Chelsea, but did miss the decisive penalty in the Champions League final against Manchester United in 2008.

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Chelsea are bracing themselves for another attempt from PSG to sign Eden Hazard after a transfer ban against the French champions was lifted, according to reports in France.

PSG, who Chelsea have played in two dramatic Champions League ties in the last two seasons with one win for either club, were fined approximately £50 million by UEFA for breaching FFP laws, something that also applied to Manchester City.

That punishment, which also stretched to a reduced Champions League squad from 25 to 21 for PSG, has now been overturned and the club are reportedly ready to spend a lot of money this transfer window to make themselves genuine challengers for the Champions League. PSG’s big signing last summer was David Luiz for €50 million, and they have been repeatedly linked with Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

Hazard had his best season by far for Chelsea last season since his move Ligue 1 club Lille in 2012, and he won a hat-trick of Player of the Year Awards from the PFA, the Football Writers’ Association and Chelsea. His goals and ability to make chances for his team mates made him the club’s most important player last season as it won the Premiership title for the first time since 2010.

PSG, long admirers of the Belgian, will renew their as of yet futile attempts to buy him from Chelsea as they are now free to buy without first selling other players, such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Whilst a bid from Paris may be forthcoming, a successful one is almost an impossibility. Hazard signed a new five-year contract last season and has since spoken of his wish to stay at the club for many years.

A more likely proposition from PSG’s perspective is the signing of Paul Pogba from Juventus. The French midfielder has at some point been lined with ever top club in Europe, and it appeared that the final battle to sign him would be between Manchester United and Champions League winners Barcelona after Chelsea withdrew. The reports coming out of France regarding UEFA’s dropping of sanctions against PSG is likely to start a bidding war between the three.

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Chelsea are set to beat Premiershp rivals Manchester United to the signing of Arda Turan, according to reports in Spain today. 

Spanish newspaper AS is reporting that including Juan Cuadrado and Filipe Luis will convince Atletico Madrid to let Turan, one of the club’s most valuable players in their rise to the top of Spanish football, swap the Spanish capital for the British one.

The former Galatasaray midfielder is also being pursued by Manchester United, but ChelseaNewst24 have reported in recent weeks that the English champions have made Turan one of their top transfer targets this summer.

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Cech
Petr Cech played six games in the league this season

Petr Cech has hit back at those who have sent him abusive messages on Twitter following his move to Arsenal, and referred to those who do as not “true” Chelsea fans.

Cech, 33, left Stamford Bridge after 11 years in which he established himself as Chelsea’s first choice goalkeeper, and possibly the best the club has ever had. Chelsea won four Premiership titles, including the first for 50 years, and the Champions League along with several domestic cups.

The Czech moved to Arsenal on Monday for almost £11 million after losing his place to Thibaus Courtois last season and he has been the subject of abuse on social media, especially Twitter, which went as far as death threats.

He is quoted in the Telegraph as saying:

The true fans have sent me messages that are pleasing and positive. “True fans will appreciate what I’ve done and the legacy I’ve left. There are some people who have left me negative messages, but they aren’t true Chelsea fans.”

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PETR CECH ARSENAL
Chelsea legend joined Arsenal for a £11m fee

One of Chelsea’s finest players has swapped west London for north, Blue for Red and celebrating the Premiership title for equally exuberant displays of joy for winning the FA Cup.

In short, Petr Cech is leaving Chelsea to join Arsenal, and it is the latest in a pattern of first team players that are held in the highest esteem joining what appears to be a direct rival to the detriment of the club.

Juan Mata left for Manchester United in 2013 for almost £40 million, Frank Lampard was allowed to leave under the assumption he was taking up semi-retirement in America only to join Manchester City for a season, and now Cech, Chelsea’s finest ever goalkeeper, and the keeper of numerous records, is leaving the club with one season still left on his contract for approximately £11 million.

The general opinion has thus far been one of puzzlement, especially from Chelsea fans, as to why Jose Mourinho is allowing such a quality player to once again exit Stamford Bridge to ply his trade at a direct rival for the title. The truth is that he is applying the same policy that allowed the other two to be bought to the general betterment of the club they were leaving.

Mata’s exit gave the club the funds to buy Nemanja Matic, who performed with distinction for the majority of last season and has made himself critical in the defensive midfield position. It also gave the side balance as it allowed Oscar and Eden Hazard to define their roles in the side, the latter with great results.

Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s record goalscorer, also left and allowed Chelsea to improve. Despite scoring the late equaliser at the Ethihad Stadium in September and denying Chelsea a win over Manchester City, Chelsea’s form in that part of the season, based largely on the midfield axis of Matic, Fabregas (who replaced Lampard in the centre) and Hazard is what ultimately won them the league title.

Manchester City laboured for much of the season and Manchester United were left with an embarrassing imbalanced having packed their side with attacking midfielders. Neither benefitted greatly from the services of two former Chelsea players, and the end result of Arsenal buying Petr Cech may well be similar.

At the age of 33, Petr Cech is getting closer to the end of his career. It is true that goalkeepers can play for longer at the highest level of European football- look at Gianluigi Buffon who at the age 37 led Juventus to the Champions League final, but what is certain is that he will not improve.

The decision to let him leave would be stupid were Thibaus Courtois, arguably the best goalkeeper in the world and ten years Cech’s junior, not in the Chelsea first team at present. It would also be the wrong decision were Chelsea letting him go for nothing at the end of next season. As it is, the club will get almost £11 million, and that money could go towards the potential signing of Antoinne Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, who Chelsea are hoping to sign ahead of PSG, and who could give the team the added attacking dimension that it lacked in the Champions League last season. Moreover, it would be a bad decision were Chelsea not letting him go to a club that finished last season 12 points behind them, or one that was readily able to strengthen in other areas that might make them more of a threat to Jose Mourinho’s side next season.

Chelsea’s dominance off the pitch and on it has been borne out of its skill in the transfer market after 2012. Cech’s departure, having been done for the right money, and should, if said money be used wisely, be another example of that.

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JOHN STONES

Chelsea will make a bid for Everton’s John Stones after being convinced the Englishman is the long term replacement for John Terry, according to the Evening Standard. 

Chelsea turning to Stones has come about after new Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez said there is no chance Raphael Varane, a Chelsea target for several months, leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 21-year-old has been of interest to Chelsea for some time, but the general opinion was that the club would give him one more season of regular football at Everton before any prospective bid is made, particularly as John Terry and Gary Cahill won the Premiership playing together last season.

Terry’s age, along with Varane staying in Madrid and Chelsea’s failure to progress beyond the second round of the Champions League, a campaign in which they conceded several stupid goals, have made the club think again.  Terry, 34, spoke glowingly of Stones to talkSport last week.

The former England captain said:

“I have seen a lot of games and I am a big fan of his. He pulls wide of the box and wants the ball and for a young defender to do that in the Premier League takes some guts.

“He is exceptional with both feet, he is a ball-playing centre half which you need to be these days.

“He is extremely confident. He looks to play from the back and that can only be good for English football that the likes of him are coming through. He is definitely one I have been impressed by.”

Everton have placed a value of £20 million on John Stones.

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Chelsea are in pole position to sign Juventus full-back Kwadwo Asamoah, but face competition from Arsenal, according to reports in Italy today.

Chelsea are in need of a left-back with the sale of Filipe Luis, probably back to Atletico Madrid, imminent. ChelseaNews24 have reported in recent days that the English champions might use the Brazil international as part of a deal to sign either Antoinne Griezmann or Arda Turan from the Atletico, but should he leave it would leave a space free on Chelsea’s defensive left.

Cesar Azpilicueta played with distinction in that position for much of last season; the Spain international was the main reason Luis featured so little in Jose Mourinho’s side. Not being naturally left-footed means that he could sometimes find himself exposed, the home game with Manchester City being the foremost example, so having a naturally left-footed player on that side would give the team more balance. The signing of Asamoah would also give Jose Mourinho depth at left-back.

Asamoah missed much of last season with a knee injury as Juventus won the league and cup double but just missed out on the Champions League, losing 3-1 to Barcelona. The 26-year-old is also a target for Arsenal; it is almost certain that the Gooners will secure the signing of Chelsea second choice goalkeeper Petr Cech this week.

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