Being European champions once again (albeit not the type they would have imagined at the start of the season), Chelsea continue to have a slew of players linked with them about potential moves over the 2013 summer transfer window.
And as always, some are definitely wilder transfer rumors than others!
There are the long-standing rumors like Radamel Falcao coming in and Fernando Torres going out, but there are also fresh rumors that arise seemingly every day.
And as mentioned, some are a little more out-there than others.
Read on to see a full breakdown of all the Blues' latest summer transfer buzz.
Andre Schurrle, Bayer Leverkusen
Having been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea, Bayer Leverkusen winger Andre Schurrle has confirmed he will leave his current club this summer.
According to Metro, speaking out after his last game of the season, Schurrle said:
We'll see [about my future]. Certain things were promised to me. I hope they will keep these promises. It also depends on Leverkusen. I think this was my last match [for them].
Schurrle has netted 14 goals in the Bundesliga and is thought to have signed a pre-contract with the Blues according to FIFA. Chelsea have not stated any official position regarding the attacker—despite Leverkusen's general manager, Wolfgang Holzhauser, stating the Blues' strong interest.
Any deal for Schurrle will likely cost upwards of £20 million, according to The Telegraph, but given the strength of reports, you'd have to think this one is a done deal.
I fully expect Chelsea to end up signing Schurrle this summer.
Fernando Torres, Chelsea
Unsurprisingly, Torres has again been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer, with Napoli now reportedly interested in signing the striker.
The Daily Mirror reports that Napoli could lose Edinson Cavani over the summer transfer window, and Torres would therefore be after a replacement if that happens.
They report that the 29-year-old Torres, who scored in Chelsea's Europa League final, could be a possible transfer if the Blues land another high-profile striker.
It's hard to know exactly what will happen with the Torres rumor.
The rumor might have made sense 12 months ago when he was sputtering, but with a good season behind him, it doesn't seem as logical to sell him now.
The key will seemingly be whether Chelsea opt to sign another striker this summer, and how high-profile that guy is. With Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba waiting in the wings, they won't have a need for Torres and his high wages, and they could look to move him out as a result—especially if they can get a bid in the vicinity of £25-30 million for the Spanish international.
If a big name comes, then I think Torres goes. If not, he could well stay.
Radamel Falcao, Atletico Madrid
After being told by Atletico Madrid that he could "decide his own future," as reported in this article by the Daily Mirror, Falcao appears to be out on the open market this year. But with reports already emerging that Manchester City, according to the Daily Mirror, and Monaco, according to Radio RCN (h/t Yahoo Sports), have had huge bids accepted for Falcao, it's a little unclear as to just how "open" the striker is for transfer this summer.
And that, for me, could kill any deal for Chelsea.
As much as Roman Abramovich likes to throw his money around, I don't think he's as desperate to sign Falcao as Manchester City and Monaco appear to be.
And as a result, I don't think he'll want to get in a bidding war with them.
There are other good strikers out there, and he could be able to get someone like Edinson Cavani, Gonzalo Higuain (who played with Jose Mourinho at Madrid) or any number of other world-class players instead of Falcao.
Falcao is brilliant—no doubt—but I'm just not 100 percent convinced that he's the direction Abramovich wants to go in this summer.
He tried desperately last season to do it and failed, and I don't think he'll want to go there again and potentially miss out on signing other players as a result. Mourinho and Falcao share the same agent, and so if a deal was going to be made, I think it would have been made by now.
I may well be well off the pace, but I'm saying no deal for Falcao and Chelsea.
Hulk, Zenit St. Petersburg
One final rumor here worth noting for the Blues, and it's the re-emergence of one we've seen before as Brazilian striker Hulk is linked with a move to west London. The Daily Mirror reports that if Mourinho misses out on signing Falcao, he will make Zenit St. Petersburg striker Hulk his No. 1 priority after the striker nearly joined Chelsea last summer transfer window.
However, even with that pre-existing interest, there's no way this one is happening.
According to The Telegraph, Hulk was reportedly unhappy at Zenit earlier in the year and was thought to want to leave the club—which then prompted an array of transfer rumors.
However, as more details started to emerge, it was clear that there was more to the story than we first saw. As Yahoo Sports reports, Hulk was subject to bomb threats and the like in Russia, but once settled he quickly came to appreciate the league and didn't want to leave it for anything.
He was quoted via Brian Homewood at Reuters (h/t Yahoo Sports):
I thought hard about it and I don't regret it. I wanted a different adventure. I like playing in the Russian championship, it may not be the (English) Premier League but it's improving and in a few years will be one of the best in Europe.
I enjoy my work and I am enjoying playing there. Everyone knows me well in Europe, I play in the Champions League. It's always the same thing, this speculation about my future, but I have a five-year contract and I'm still young.
I'm fine, I'm at Zenit and my future is in the hands of God.
It seems Chelsea's chance to sign Hulk has passed and, as such, I can't see him leaving Zenit St. Petersburg for Stamford Bridge this summer transfer window.
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