Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Latest Buzz on Willian, Florent Malouda and More
Transfer talk has quietened down at Stamford Bridge after a quick start to the January window. The Blues sold Daniel Sturridge and brought in Demba Ba within the first week, but haven't made a major impact on the market since landing Ba.
That doesn't mean Chelsea are done making moves, though. They are still being mentioned quite frequently in the rumor mill, both in terms of potential additions and further exits. With two weeks left in the window, there's still time for changes.
Knowing that, let's examine some of the latest updates on possible deals involving the Blues. If nothing else, it should be an interesting couple of weeks for Chelsea fans.
Even though Willian struggles to garner attention the type of attention he deserves while playing for Shakhtar Donetsk, he's an attacking midfielder that has made major strides since joining the Ukrainian club back in 2007.
His name has come up a lot in terms of potential transfers, but a new report Tom Collomosse of the Independent suggests the Miners are finally willing to move him if the price is right. Collomosse states the Ukrainian club rates their Brazilian playmaker at around £20 million, with Chelsea and Tottenham the preferred targets.
While that's a hefty price tag, it's only a starting point for negotiations. The 24-year-old Brazil international would be a terrific addition for the Blues at a more reasonable price. They shouldn't go overboard just to land him, however.
Will Malouda move in January?
Things have been slow to develop on the Malouda front even though the midfielder has been phased out at Stamford Bridge. Given his extended layoff, it's no surprise clubs would be worried about what they would be getting in the veteran Frenchman.
Andrew Dillon of the Sun reports Chelsea hasn't received a single offer for Malouda. He states the Blues are looking to move him on in whatever manner possible in order to clear his contract off the books, but no teams have come calling as of yet.
It's a frustrating situation for both Malouda and the club. Perhaps a desperate team will express interest as the transfer window winds toward its conclusion, but as for now it appears the longtime Chelsea star will remain stuck in limbo.
Lampard has been with Chelsea for more than a decade, but that run is expected to end in the summer. Although the 34-year-old midfielder continues to show he can hold his own in the Premier League, the Blues haven't offered him a new deal.
Other clubs, including the Los Angeles Galaxy of the MLS, are keeping close tabs on Lampard's status, according to Wayne Veysey of Goal.com. He reports the Galaxy are hoping to bring him stateside amidst interest from Manchester United and Arsenal.
It's clear Lampard won't have much trouble finding a new home, so it will just come down to where he would like to go, unless Chelsea have a sudden change of heart. Heading to Los Angeles, where David Beckham had plenty of success, is an intriguing option.
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