Chelsea Transfer News: Latest Updates on Victor Moses, Demba Ba and Juan Mata
Despite what is a generally calm deadline day for Chelsea, there are still some moves that are in the works.
Once Jose Mourinho confirmed that the Blues would no longer pursue Wayne Rooney (h/t ESPN.co.uk), that erased most of the drama to come from Chelsea Sept. 2. They did their business already and weren't looking to make too many more moves.
There's still time for that to change, especially if a few of the rumours prove correct. Here are some of the latest updates for Chelsea's transfer business.
Victor Moses Loan Deal with Liverpool Made Official
The writing was on the wall for Victor Moses after Willian moved to Chelsea. The young winger had little chance to break into the first team and would have to move elsewhere.
Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail reported a week ago Liverpool would look to bring in Moses on a season-long loan. It seemed like only a matter of time before the move would happen, and happen it did Monday. The player confirmed on his Twitter account that he's now a Liverpool player:
Really excited to be joining Liverpool this season and can't wait to make my debut now pic.twitter.com/1GFeZN6Nf8— Victor Moses (@VictorMoses) September 2, 2013
This is a smart move for Chelsea. There's no sense in keeping a young player like Moses on the squad if he's not going to play.
By moving him to Anfield, the Blues are ensuring Moses will get regular first-team football on a Premier League club. Additionally, it's not going to be like the Daniel Sturridge sale, where Chelsea sold him to Liverpool and now have to sit back and watch the player flourish.
Should Moses have a good season, he can return to Chelsea in a better position to fight for a first-team place.
Demba Ba on Loan to Arsenal?
With the arrival of Samuel Eto'o, Chelsea may be looking to move one of either Fernando Torres or Demba Ba. Ba seems to be the winner, as Sky Sports reported Arsenal are looking to bring in the 28-year-old striker on a season-long loan.
Sky Sources understand that Arsenal have made an enquiry for Chelsea striker Demba Ba: #SkyDeadlineDay— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) September 2, 2013
More on Arsenal's move for Demba Ba. The Blues are said to want a £3m loan fee for the striker, Arsenal have tabled £1.5m: #SkyDeadlineDay— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) September 2, 2013
According to Ben Smith of the BBC, West Ham are interested in the Senegalese forward.
Much like with Moses, a loan deal is probably the lesser of two evils. Eto'o is nothing more than a quick fix. He only signed a one-year deal with the club. This time next year, Ba might be returning to a Chelsea side that needs him much more than they do now.
Juan Mata to PSG?
One of the rumours that won't die is Juan Mata leaving Chelsea. Mourinho has repeatedly said Mata is not going anywhere. It's gotten past the point where it's mere lip service, and the manager is simply trying to build interest in his player by saying he's not available.
Since this is transfer deadline day, no rumour can die a slow, dignifying death. According to L'Equipe, Paris Saint-Germain have thrown their name into the hat (h/t French Football Weekly).
Just why exactly Chelsea would want to sell Mata is anybody's guess. He's been one of he club's most important players since he moved to Stamford Bridge in summer 2011. Mata has won Chelsea Player of the Year in 2011/12 and 2012/13 and was also named to the PFA Team of the Year for 2012/13.
In addition, no player has recorded more assists than the Spanish midfielder (h/t WhoScored).
Juan Mata: Since his arrival in August 2011, Juan Mata has more assists in the Premier League than any other player (25) #CFC— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) September 2, 2013
To be fair, the transfer market is a fickle beast. You can throw logic out the window. Only here can denial after denial mean a player is going to leave a club. Don't be surprised if Mata is sold to Real Madrid, who then sell Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United, who then sell Rooney to Chelsea, who then buy back Mata.
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