Chelsea FC Transfer Roundup: John Terry, Radamel Falcao, Alexandre Pato and More
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As Chelsea’s weekend Premier League showdown with rival Manchester United draws closer, the chatter amongst the two loyal fan bases has heated up. At the same time, news on the Chelsea transfer front has heated up as well.
With some important players expected to leave and some talented players expected to come in, there is a lot to talk about these days at Stamford Bridge.
Will Chelsea’s already thin striker depth get even thinner with the departure of Daniel Sturridge?
Is the Blue’s absurd policy all but certain to run both Ashley Cole and John Terry out of London?
Will Roman Abramovich open up his wallet to splurge on Radamel Falcao?
Who are the new names slated to make their way into Stamford Bridge?
All these questions and more will be answered in this week’s transfer roundup.
Terry might not be on the move as of now
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Chelsea fans were thrown into a panic after news of a possible John Terry exit spread rapidly.
However, the defending champions of Europe were quick to dispel the news.
On Thursday, a club spokesman summed up the story in one word: “nonsense.”
Valencia doesn’t seem too keen on a move for the 31-year-old either.
Captain David Albelda has come out urging the club to stay clear of a possible move for Terry’s services. The 35-year-old midfielder pointed out that the Chelsea captain’s wages would only create problems for the club.
As for now, Blues fans can breathe a sigh of relief. A move during the January window is likely out of the question.
The summer is a whole other story.
With Chelsea’s recently adopted policy preventing them from offering players over the age of 30 more than a one-year extension, Terry’s future with the club could be in doubt.
Chelsea doesn’t seem to want to budge on their stance—Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Ashley Cole can all attest to that—and Terry would seem to prefer a multi-year deal.
But for now, let’s just focus on this season.
Falcao has been on top of Chelsea's wish list for a while now
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Chelsea have long been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao.
The Blues owner Roman Abramovich completely loves the 26-year-old who has already netted 12 goals in eight La Liga appearances this season.
The only problem: his 60-million euro buyout clause.
According to ESPN, a source close to the club has stated that the Blues will go as high as 35-million euros for the striker.
However, that doesn’t seem to be enough for Los Colchonero. But with the club low on finances, selling Falcao might be their only option.
The La Liga co-leaders have counter-offered with a 48-million pound asking price to go along with the permanent services of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
While the price is still a little on the high side, it might just be enough to tempt Abramovich to bite.
Courtois—who has been on loan with Atletico Madrid since 2011—has been groomed to be current-keeper Petr Cech’s successor. However, the club could do without the 20-year-old.
At 30, Cech still looks to have several good years ahead of him, especially with him playing at a near-elite level this season.
With the team desperate to get more depth at striker, and if Fernando Torres doesn’t start going on a goal tear soon, this could prove to be a very likely option for the Blues.
Sergio Busquets could bring his accurate passing to Stamford Bridge next summer
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After bringing in several new midfielders during the summer, Abramovich couldn’t be thinking about bringing in any more, could he?
Surprisingly, the Russian billionaire is ready to do just that.
According to the Daily Mail, Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets is the target. Abramovich is believed to be ready to offer around 24 million pounds for the 24-year-old defensive midfielder.
However, with a strong desire to lead Barcelona back to Champions League glory this season, Busquets is not likely to be open to a January exit. The summer is a more likely option.
While Busquets would definitely improve Chelsea's midfield presence, it is down to the question of where he would fit in.
It was initially believed that Busquets would replace John Obi Mikel in the center of the Chelsea midfield. However, with the Blues reportedly ready to hand the Nigerian midfielder a new five-year extension, this rumor could lose much of its legs.
But then again, with Lampard proving to be more injury-prone—he’s scheduled to miss two weeks with a calf injury—and nearing the end of his Chelsea run, Abramovich may just decide to make a move for the future.
While the move seems doubtful, you can never bet against the Russian to surprise us this summer.
Pato (left) would be a dangerous threat up front for the Blues
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Been there done that.
Chelsea have been linked to the 23-year-old on several occasions before, most recently during last season’s January window.
With the club facing high wage bills—and the recent prison sentencing of club owner Silvio Berlusconi on tax fraud—AC Milan is in the midst of what is being dubbed a “revolution.” As a result, the team is prepared to send Pato, along with Robinho and Kevin Prince Boateng, away from the club this winter.
Chelsea makes sense, as Pato has revealed his desire to play with the Blues before. But while the upside with Pato is great, it’s his label of being injury prone that might make the move a gamble for Chelsea.
However, if a move for Falcao doesn’t go through, Pato is a very sensible option.
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