5 Most Ridiculous Chelsea Transfer Rumours
Ever since the arrival of Roman Abramovich 10 years ago, Chelsea has been the first club mentioned when it comes to big-money transfers. The Blues spent the best part of £60 million on Eden Hazard and Oscar in the summer of 2012, but with their fortunes on the pitch not tallying with what their owner has in the bank, they will need to make a few changes to the squad this summer.
A few minor tweaks are in order, but the way the rumour mill is running, you would be forgiven for expecting a massive overhaul. Here are five of the most ridiculous speculative stories about the Blues' potential deals.
Alexis Sanchez in from Barcelona
If you believe all the reports, Chelsea are looking to sign pretty much every striker in Europe this summer. Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez is the latest name to be linked to the Blues by the Daily Express, as he has not been a regular starter for the Blaugrana this season.
With Radamel Falcao occupying the top spot on Roman Abramovich's wish list and slightly cheaper options also available, it would be very surprising if Chelsea were willing to enter into negotiations with Barcelona.
Sanchez is only in his second season at Camp Nou, having commanded a £37.5 million transfer fee in 2011, and the probable inflation on that price means that you can probably dismiss this rumour as idle gossip.
John Terry to Fenerbahce
Whilst Frank Lampard is still waiting to hear whether he has a future at Chelsea, fellow legend John Terry has at least 12 months to run on his contract when the 2012-13 season ends. There has been speculation by the Daily Mail that the club captain could be sold in the summer to give the new manager a fresh start, according to the Guardian. This is nonsense.
John Terry is Mr. Chelsea. He is doing his coaching badges so that when he retires, he can continue to lead the club as its manager. Loan spells aside, he has never played professional football for any other club, and he has made it clear throughout his career that he wants to play for Chelsea until he hangs up his boots. He's not going anywhere anytime soon.
Hulk in from Zenit Saint Petersburg
Chelsea spent the bulk of the 2012 summer transfer window attempting to sign Hulk from Porto. The stocky Brazilian was to offer the strength and goal-scoring prowess that left Stamford Bridge with Didier Drogba, but the two clubs were unable to reach an agreement. On Sept. 2, two days after the English transfer window closed, Porto agreed a fee with Zenit Saint Petersburg, and Hulk moved to Russia.
Despite wages in the region of €5 million a year, disagreements with coach Luciano Spalletti and several teammates, alongside some disgraceful behaviour by Zenit's own fans, have made Hulk regret his decision. He wants to leave, with the Premier League his first-choice destination according to the Metro, and Chelsea are again on alert according to the Daily Express.
Having spent £39.5 million on the striker less than 12 months ago, Zenit will be looking to make a decent profit if they decide to let him leave. Any deal hinges on who the new manager is at Stamford Bridge and what price the Russians put on their want-away star.
Whilst Hulk would fit in well at Chelsea, there are too many mitigating factors to make this deal likely to happen.
Thibaut Courtois Swap for Radamel Falcao
The scariest thing about this transfer is that it could actually happen. Roman Abramovich is so keen to sign Radamel Falcao that, according to the Independent, he is apparently willing to make Thibaut Courtois' loan spell at Atletico Madrid permanent as part of a deal for the striker.
Courtois has set an Atletico record for not allowing a goal in La Liga play (820 minutes). The goalkeeper turns 21 years old in May, but his name is already being mentioned alongside shot-stoppers 10 years his senior.
Goalkeepers of that quality are hard to find, and they generally find their best form in their late 20s. Whilst Falcao seems to be the perfect goalscorer, with talent such as Romelu Lukaku already on the books it would be ridiculous to throw away the future of the defence on another big-money gamble.
David Luiz to Barcelona
This story has been hanging around for a while, stubbornly refusing to accept itself for the nonsense that it is. Whilst Luiz is obviously flattered by a link in the Mirror to the Catalan giants, he is very much part of the future of Chelsea FC. John Terry has tipped him to be the club's next captain, and one look at his Instagram page will show you that he is loving life in London.
The sum of £25 million is an insulting amount for a player with Luiz's potential, and Barcelona would need to create a substantially better package for Chelsea to take them seriously.