Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Blues' Summer Targets
With a somewhat disappointing season and the backing of owner Roman Abramovich, Chelsea will enter the summer transfer expected to make plenty of big-money moves.
The Blues' owner has never been short to splash the cash when he deems it necessary to succeed in England and Europe. And having finished just third in the Premier League and bombing out of the Champions League in the group stage, it seems that it could well be the case again this summer.
Chelsea have been linked with a number of players regarding potential moves this summer, and have seen some of their current players linked away from London also.
Which players could be coming and going from Stamford Bridge this summer?
Read on and find out.
Frank Lampard, Chelsea
With Frank Lampard having broken the record to become the club's highest ever goal-scorer on the weekend, Chelsea are reportedly set to reward the iconic midfielder with a new deal.
Lampard's current deal expires this summer, and despite original reports linking him with a move away from London to Major League Soccer in the United States, the England international has spoken about his desire to remain with Chelsea and see out the rest of his career at Stamford Bridge (via The Sun).
Wayne Rooney, Manchester United
With Sir Alex Ferguson revealing that United star Wayne Rooney reportedly wants a transfer out of Manchester this summer, several clubs are thought to be in the running to sign the England international—including Chelsea and Arsenal.
Goal.com reports that the London clubs are trying to use the allure of staying in England to beat out interest from Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain.
As Matt Law at the Daily Mirror points out, it's unlikely that Rooney would have asked for a transfer request unless he knew he had offers there.
The biggest question then, is as to where those moves are coming from, and whether Chelsea have shown any further interest in the Englishman.
That still remains to be seen.
Radamel Falcao, Atletico Madrid
Chelsea's long-standing transfer target, Radamel Falcao, has reportedly been bought by Monaco owner Dmitry Rybolovlev for a fee of £50 million.
Duncan Castles at The Times (subscription required) reports:
Roman Abramovich has failed in his efforts to furnish his new Chelsea manager with arguably the world’s best centre-forward after a fellow Russian billionaire outbid him for Radamel Falcao. The Monaco owner, Dmitry Rybolovlev, has agreed to buy the Colombia international out of his contract at Atletico Madrid for about £50m. [Falcao] could still move elsewhere, but close friends expect he will accept the Monaco deal.
John Terry, Chelsea
John Terry has emerged as a surprise transfer departure this summer, with The Daily Mirror reporting that the England international could leave the club if he feels he won't get adequate first-team appearances in 2013 under Jose Mourinho, or whoever the new Chelsea manager is.
Having been left on the bench a great deal by Rafa Benitez in his control at the club, Terry is thought to be frustrated at losing his starting spot to David Luiz. That could well prompt a move this summer if Terry can't be assured regular first-team football.
Sami Khedira, Real Madrid
One final of transfer gossip, and it again comes from The Daily Mirror, who report that Real Madrid's Sami Khedira could follow his manager—Jose Mourinho—to West London this summer if a deal takes place between the club and the former Chelsea manager.
They report that the German international, who would cost around £20 million, is wanted by Mourinho at Chelsea if he makes a move, and could well be a transfer priority for the manager this summer.
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