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Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Breaking Down Blues' Latest Summer Transfer Buzz

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 26:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF smiles during the Copa del Rey Semi Final second leg between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou on February 26, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMay 18, 2013

With outgoing manager Rafa Benitez revealing to ESPN that Chelsea will look to spend around €100 (£85m) over the summer transfer window, a number of big-name players are being linked with prospective moves to the West London club.

Having bombed out in both the Champions League and the Premier League this year, Chelsea will again be looking to strengthen their squad for the upcoming season and will no doubt be hoping to bring in several high-profile stars to help them do that.

Which players could be on a move to Stamford Bridge this summer?

Read on and find out all the latest summer transfer buzz for the Blues.

 

Wayne Rooney, ST, Manchester United

After Wayne Rooney asked Manchester United for a transfer over the summer transfer window, Chelsea are reportedly willing to pay whatever it takes to sign the England international over the summer, according to The Daily Mirror.

Per the report, Chelsea are willing to pay up to £30 million to land the wantaway striker ahead of Paris Saint Germain as well as match his current salary.

United are adamant that they will not be selling Rooney this summer, but with the former Toffees player reportedly not seeing eye-to-eye with incumbent United manager (and former Everton manager) David Moyes, there are no guarantees that the reigning champions will keep their star player.

Especially if the Blues end up signing Jose Mourinho as manager.

 

Radamel Falcao, ST, Atletico Madrid

Having been linked for a long time with a move to Chelsea, Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao was the subject of strong transfer rumors that suggested the star striker had signed with Monaco in 2013.

However, according to comments made by the striker, his future remains at the Spanish club for the rest of his contract. The Metro quoted him as saying:

I don't know anything [about the rumors], and the only thing I have in mind is to keep concentrating on Atletico Madrid. I keep myself apart of what is being discussed. It it was up to the press, I would have already been transferred to Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United. I don't find any news that is being said about me to be true, and the only real thing is that I am under contract until 2016. All the rest is only speculation.

Falcao is still being tracked closely by the Blues and is thought to be one of their main targets this summer. The striker would likely cost upwards of £50 million.

 

Fernando Torres, ST, Chelsea

There is increasing speculation that current striker Fernando Torres will be leaving the club over the summer transfer window. According to talkSPORT, Fiorentina are reportedly eyeing up a move for the striker, should they lose Stevan Jovetic.

However, after Torres finally started to consistently score goals for the Blues and won another European title this season, a departure is far from certain this summer.

The striker was quoted via The Daily Mirror earlier in the week as saying that he's "feeling more important than in the past, so I think the future will be even better."

Torres netted the Blues' first goal in their recent Europa League win over Benfica.

 

Romelu Lukaku, ST, Chelsea

Having thrived on loan at West Bromwich Albion this season, several Premier League clubs are clamoring to try and sign Romelu Lukaku for next year.

The Belgian international wasn't receiving any playing time at the West London club before the move, and whilst it's not yet known whether that would change under a new manager next year, the fact that the Blues are looking to buy more strikers would suggest that Lukaku isn't their No. 1 priority.

Lukaku would fetch upwards of £20 million on the open market, with Swansea City and West Ham both keen for loan moves next season, according to The Daily Mail.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo, LW, Real Madrid

One final bit of transfer news for Chelsea, and it's perhaps the most out-there rumor of them all, with the Blues reportedly interested in signing Cristiano Ronaldo.

Yes, that Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Daily Mail reports that the London club are at the center of a bidding war with Manchester United for the £80 million-rated Real Madrid winger, who has been touted as a potential summer departure alongside manager Jose Mourinho in the past few weeks.

Any deal for Ronaldo would likely hinge on the Blues landing Mourinho first.

 

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