Chelsea Transfer News: Latest on Robert Lewandowski, Geoffrey Kondogbia and More
There's a lot of buzz around what the next move will be for Chelsea FC during the summer transfer window; there's still quality talent floating around as potential pieces of Jose Mourinho's new roster effort at Stamford Bridge.
One such player is Andre Schurrle, who made his signing official earlier in the week (via BBC Sport). The Blues finalized the deal for the former Bayer Leverkusen star for £18 million, bringing him out of the Bundesliga and into the bright lights of the Premier League next season.
Make no mistake—there's still work to be done if Chelsea want to reascend to the top the EPL table in The Special One's first season back with the Blues.
Finding a some goalkeeping depth, additional midfielders and upgrading the front line with a marquee striker are all priorities for Mourinho and his Chelsea bosses over the next few weeks, and lucky for you, we've got news about each in the latest roundup of Chelsea transfer news.
Robert Lewandowski/Edinson Cavani
Robert Lewandowski was keen on a move from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich earlier during the transfer window, but there's no way he'll be moving from one German side to the other before the start of next season.
His affections have been courted hard in the Premier League, where Manchester United and Manchester City are currently trying to sway the 26-year-old Polish star to join their side and stick it to Dortmund in Champions League play next season.
Throw Chelsea into the EPL trio that will keep an eye on Lewandowski's status over the next few weeks.
According to Martin Lipton of Mirror, the Blues are prepared to go all-in on a bid for Lewandowski and his £53 million buy-out clause, but only if current chase Edinson Cavani chooses Real Madrid over Chelsea.
Here's an excerpt from Lipton's report:
Chelsea are reluctant to come close to the buy-out clause, but would be willing to give up forward Fernando Torres in part-exchange. If Real end up winning the battle to land Cavani, Chelsea will launch an all-out attempt to secure the services of in-demand Lewandowski.
Chelsea do not believe Dortmund, runners-up to Bayern in last season's Bundesliga and European Cup, will want to see a £25m asset leave for nothing next summer - assuming that the Germans will be willing to talk terms... [With] The Blues ready to offer Lewandowski £170,000 a week, the Stamford Bridge outfit hope the Pole can be tempted.
It would be a major coup indeed if Lewandowski landed with Chelsea in favor of the EPL rivals currently chasing him, and it probably won't be concerning to find out he's second fiddle to Cavani on the Chelsea wish list.
As mentioned by Simon Johnson of the Independent on Thursday, Cavani's Napoli future is hanging in the balance after the Uruguayan star's side was knocked out of the Confederations Cup by Brazil. Cavani is reportedly returning to talk to his Italian bosses about a move, and Johnson mentions that United would be his first choice in an EPL transfer.
Don't count out Chelsea on either of these players, but it seems like one domino is going to have to fall before the other when it comes to Mourinho's pursuit of a playmaker out front.
The Sevilla FC starlet has been a hot commodity at Stamford Bridge over the past few weeks, but according to Ed Maylon of Mirror, Sevilla has rejected an offer of £7.7 million for their 20-year-old midfielder.
Sevilla did not make it known which club placed the bid for the Frenchman, who is currently representing his country in the U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
Mourinho is familiar with Kondogbia from his stint with Sevilla in La Liga play last year, where he appeared in 23 games and scored a goal on 22 shots for his side in the Spanish league.
Club president Jose Maria del Nido was quoted in Maylon's report as saying the bid was not sufficient for Kondogbia's services, noting that a written offer of at least six million Euros would be a different matter entirely.
Chelsea will likely make sure it does whatever it takes to lure Kondogbia to Stamford Bridge next season if the money is right, but right now the U-20 World Cup and transfer formalities appear to have a move to the EPL on hold.
Other Transfer Notes
While players rumored as coming to Stamford Bridge are the big part of the transfer window, others leaving the pitch will also make headlines over the next few weeks.
The club's Twitter helped announce that German midfielder Marko Marin is headed to Sevilla for the upcoming season on a year-long loan:
Marin was wildly disappointing for the Blues last year, appearing in just seven total matches and finding the net twice.
According to Charlie Wyett of the Sun, Chelsea sent in a bid for Norwich goalie John Ruddy in an attempt to bolster their net, but were promptly turned down and told to at least double the bid if they wanted to secure his services.
Ruddy has been solid for Norwich over the past few years, and is only 26 years old. His status as a home-grown player should appeal to the Blues, but a bid of £10 million over the £5 million already offered won't fly and might force Chelsea to look elsewhere for help.
A bit of news that might have flown under the radar with all the happenings in the football world is the pursuit of Marco van Ginkel, who is keen on a move to Stamford Bridge but is worried about his status with his national side.
According to Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail, Chelsea remain confident they can sign the young Dutch midfielder before the start of the next season, but a first-team assurance has helped to delay the move in recent weeks.
That's the latest surrounding the Blues, who will surely be in the news again in the next few days as the future of some of the biggest names on the transfer market start locking in for the 2013-14 league season.
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