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Chelsea Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 26

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2013

Chelsea Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 26

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    As the weekend approaches, there are exactly two days remaining in the summer transfer window.

    With that being said, Chelsea have one more week to improve their already strong squad.

    Who will accompany Willian as a new arrival at the club this week?

    Will any players leave Stamford Bridge because of the new arrivals?

    Read on to find out what Jose Mourinho's club are up to in the final week of the transfer window.

     

    Last Updated: Saturday, August 31; 12 a.m. ET

Saturday, August 31: Van Ginkel Loan Denied; Mata to Spurs Turned Down

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    With plenty of players coming into Chelsea this summer, a few players will see themselves on the outside looking in.

    One of those players could end up being Marco van Ginkel, who impressed in preseason after his summer move from Vitesse Arnhem.

    It was reported on Friday by Metro's Hannah Duncan that on the same day that Ajax lost Christian Eriksen to Tottenham, the Dutch giants had a loan bid rejected by Chelsea for van Ginkel.

    A loan bid would most likely be the best career move right now for the 20-year-old given the crowded midfield situation at Stamford Bridge.

    As of now, the Dutch midfielder will be staying in West London, just like teammate Juan Mata.

    According to Tony Banks at the ExpressNorth London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal are chasing after the Spanish winger, but if Jose Mourinho has his way, Mata will be a Chelsea player when the transfer window closes. 

    Mourinho did not help his case for wanting to keep Mata at the club on Friday when he left the player out of the starting 11 in the UEFA Super Cup against Bayern Munich.

Friday August 30: Eto'o Deal Completed, Fernando Torres to Leave?

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    There is just one, singular headline eminating from the Chelsea camp on Friday, and that is the potential move of Fernando Torres.

    After the club officially locked up Samuel Eto'o on Thursday, the Blues are willing to listen to offers for the beleaguered Spanish striker, according to Darren Lewis at The Mirror.

    No specific clubs have been mentioned in the potential pursuit of Torres, but one thing is for sure, his departure would be a welcome sight to the eyes of Chelsea supporters. 

    Since his now infamous move from Liverpool in January 2011, the one-time goal-scoring machine has found the back of the net just 15 times in 84 league appearances. 

     

Thursday, August 29: All Signs Point Toward Eto'o Joining Blues

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    The Samuel Eto'o-Jose Mourinho reunion we have all been waiting for is about to come to fruition.

    Simon Jones of the Daily Mail reports that Eto'o was spotted in London, where he was expected to undergo a medical on Wednesday night.

    The eventual capture of Eto'o will most likely mark the end of the pursuit for any other forwards.

    That would mean that any hope of Chelsea signing Wayne Rooney has been thrown out the window.

    As for one of the current forwards in the Chelsea squad, Demba Ba, he could be heading back to Tyneside just seven months after departing St. James' Park for Stamford Bridge.

    David Kent of the Daily Mail   reports that Newcastle United could be making a surprise £7 million bid for the Senegalese forward who is on the outside looking in right now with the Blues.

    In his season and a half at Newcastle, Ba scored 29 English Premier League goals, which was one of the main reasons he was brought into West London in the first place.

    Since joining Chelsea, Ba has scored just six goals in all competitions.

     

Wednesday, August 28: Willian Deal Completed

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    According to the Telegraph, the deal for 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder Willian has been officially completed.

    Willian will join the Blues from Anzhi Makhachkala at a cost of £32 million.

    As is common knowledge by now, Willian was all set to sign with Tottenham before the Blues swooped him up with a better offer.

    The former Shakhtar Donetsk player should be eligible for Chelsea's next league match on September 14 against Everton at Goodison Park.

    Also to be noted is the shirt number that the Brazilian was given, No. 22.

Wednesday, August 28: United in for David Luiz?; Mata Saga Continutes

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    Wednesday's transfer rumors circling around Chelsea were quite peculiar to the outside observer.

    The first odd deal involving the Blues comes to us from Alan Nixon at The Mirror, who claims that Manchester United are making a £30 million move for defender David Luiz.

    Luiz was targeted by Barcelona earlier in the transfer window, but that interest diminished a few weeks ago.

    The 26-year-old Brazilian could be seen as expendable by some with John Terry and Gary Cahill locking down the starting center-back positions early on in the EPL season.

    As for the other player linked between the two clubs, Wayne Rooney, it seems as though no progress has been made recently in the bid for the English forward.

    If you believe the report from Mark Ogden at the Telegraph, there will be no further bid for Rooney as he reports that the forward has not submitted a transfer request.

    While Rooney's deal may have hit a dead end, it seems like the Juan Mata saga is only just beginning.

    According to John Drayton of the Daily Mail, Arsenal have stepped up as the latest club to be interested in signing the Spanish midfielder.

    With the sudden interest from the Gunners, it looks like there will be a three-horse race for Mata between Arsenal, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid.

    Manager Jose Mourinho could also be adding another attack-minded midfielder, according to Darren Lewis at The Mirror.

    Lewis reports that Mourinho is going back to his Portuguese roots to sign Christian Atsu from Porto for £3.5 million.

     

Tuesday, August 27: All Eyes on Juan Mata

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    With all of the talk expected to be about Wayne Rooney after the brutal goalless draw with Manchester United on Monday night, the attention instead shifted to the rumors swirling around about Juan Mata.

    Mata failed to find himself in the starting 11 on Monday against United, which was the second time he was left out of the lineup in three early season matches.

    The two main clubs interested in Mata's services are Tottenham and Atletico Madrid.

    David Kent of the Daily Mail reports that Tottenham will go after Mata after losing out to Chelsea on the capture of Willian.

    However, that interest may just end up being interest, according to Jason Burt of The Telegraph, who states that Chelsea have not had any contact from Tottenham about the player just yet.

    As for the interest from Spain, Thom Drake of the Daily Mail reports that Atletico Madrid will attempt a loan bid for the midfielder, and he also briefly mentions that Barcelona could have some interest in the Spain international as well.

Monday, August 26: Willian Captured, Eto'o Deal Close

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    Let's begin Monday's news roundup with the official deal for Brazilian midfielder Willian.

    As we all know by now, Chelsea swooped at the final second and stole the 25-year-old from under the nose of Tottenham Hotspur.

    According to The Guardian, as long as Willian clears the final hoop in the process, which is a work permit hearing on Wednesday, he will be a Chelsea player.

    As for the two other attention-grabbing names rumored to be linked with Chelsea, both Wayne Rooney and Samuel Eto'o are still targets of the club.

    Metro's Darren Lewis reports that a bid for Rooney is still expected to be made after Monday's clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

    Lewis also mentions that if the Blues are unsuccessful at bringing Rooney to West London this summer, they will try again in January and again next summer if need be.

    The Blues have also made progress in the Eto'o chase. Sky Sports reports that a deal between the two sides is on the verge of happening.

    There is also a rumour one player could potentially exit Stamford Bridge, as Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail reports Liverpool are looking at bringing Victor Moses in on loan.

    Thom Drake of the Daily Mail also reports that Atletico Madrid are making an audacious attempt to take Juan Mata on loan.

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