Chelsea Transfer News: Latest Buzz on John Terry, Edinson Cavani and Hulk
This summer is going to be very active at Stamford Bridge.
It started with the hiring/return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea. What kind of impact the Special One will have on the Blues is up for debate, but there's no doubt he'll be a great character in the story of next season.
As with any new manager, the owner is going to back his new leader with money during the transfer window. With that owner being Roman Abramovich, that transfer spending is going to be gargantuan.
However, it's not all about the players coming into the club. There are a few players on the squad who will likely be calling a different club home by August.
Here is the latest news surrounding three of Chelsea's rumored moves this summer.
John Terry Targeted by Monaco
Monaco are spending like it's going out of style this summer. First came James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho, and then Radamel Falcao. Now the Ligue 1 club is lining up a bid for John Terry.
One of the biggest things going for Monaco is the tax-free salary they can offer players. The Telegraph's John Percy and Jason Burt reported Terry would be offered a contract of around £7 million a year, tax-free:
Monaco, promoted to the French first division this season and therefore not involved in European competition, plan to offer Chelsea a fee of around £7 million for Terry and the player a similar wage to the one he currently earns but without it being taxed.
They also plan to offer a contract to cover at least two more years.
Terry is understood to be aware of the interest but has previously insisted he wants to see out his contract with Chelsea, regardless of whether the club then offer him an extension beyond next summer.
It could be an enticing deal for both the player and club.
Terry is not good enough to be a first-choice centre-back each and every week for Chelsea. He still does have enough left to be a solid option off the bench and make the occasional start.
£7 million would be a good fee to get back for 32-year-old centre-back, and Terry would be able to receive a nice salary and more playing time at Monaco.
Then again, you can't put a price tag on Terry remaining with the club and ending his career with Chelsea.
Thibaut Courtois Plus £40 million Isn't Enough for Napoli
Edinson Cavani has been one of the most in-demand strikers in the world over the last few seasons. This summer, he will finally move away from Napoli. Now it's just a matter of where he'll end up and for how much.
The Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel reported the price tag will be higher than what Chelsea first offered—£40 million plus Thibaut Courtois:
Chelsea are set to return with an improved offer for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani after seeing their opening gambit rejected on Friday.
Talks between both clubs progressed at a rapid pace and saw the Stamford Bridge club make the huge cash plus player offer.
The £40million offer was enhanced by the inclusion of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who was on loan at Atletico Madrid last season.
But Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis turned down the lucrative package, telling Chelsea they will not sell Cavani for a penny less than his £53m release clause.
Over the last three seasons for the Italian side, Cavani has scored a whopping 78 goals. There aren't too many better finishers across the globe. The fee is a bit high, but Cavani would be a fantastic replacement for Fernando Torres.
Despite the amount of rumors and assumption that Cavani is out the door, Napoli are still in a pretty strong negotiating place. They have plenty of time before the window closes, and interest in Cavani is through the roof.
Unless Chelsea want to offer the £53 million, though, they'll have a hard time getting the Uruguayan striker.
Could Chelsea Be Hulk-ing Up Soon?
It was a bit of a shock when Hulk and Axel Witsel moved to Zenit St. Petersburg at the start of the season. Conversely, it's not much of a surprise to see that things haven't exactly worked out well, and Hulk could be on his way out.
The 26-year-old is not being bashful about letting everyone know Chelsea is apparently interested, per The Telegraph's Jeremy Wilson:
Hulk, who established his reputation in Europe during four years at Porto, joined Zenit St. Petersburg last year for £50million so would be likely to cost in excess of £35million.
Asked about Chelsea, he said: “If I said there wasn’t anything in it, I would be lying. But that is not for now. At the moment, I am 100 percent focused on Brazil and I hope to be a Confederations Cup winner with my country. Other matters will have to wait until afterwards.”
Hulk had a bit of a down year in Russia, scoring seven goals and assisting on another five. He's still pretty young, though, and still has more than enough time to get his career back on track.
He was a fantastic playmaker on the wing at Porto and should regain his form when he gets in a more comfortable situation again. Adding him to the Blues' attack would almost be like playing Football Manager or FIFA.
Should Chelsea purchase Cavani, it might find spending another £35 or so million on Hulk a little hard to pull off, unless the club sells off enough players.
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