Chelsea Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 2
January is on the horizon, and with that comes the transfer window.
Clubs are starting to make plans for when the window opens, and the speculation is hotting up as a consequence.
Here is your weekly dose of transfer rumours and stories surrounding Chelsea. Be sure to check back each day for further developments.
—LATEST UPDATE: Sunday, December 8—
Martinez Not Drawn on Lukaku Future
The striker has been in fine form since making the loan move to Goodison Park, and his future has been in focus since Blues boss Mourinho talked about the reasons behind his transfer.
Lukaku is due back in West London in the summer, and Martinez has given nothing away as to whether Everton will make a bid to keep him.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo’s Greg O’Keefe, Martinez said:
I think there’s going to be a lot of debate from the outside but there’s no debate on the inside.
Whatever happens at the end of the season will be for the good of everyone. It was a deal that Chelsea wanted to develop him individually and get him the games to progress.
For us it was to get a quality striker. We just need all three parties getting the positives.
Crunch Kevin De Bruyne Talks Planned
Kevin De Bruyne'’s future remains up in the air, but it could be a shade clearer next week.
According to the Telegraph’s Matt Law, the Belgium international’s agent will meet Chelsea officials for talks about his client’s future.
With the World Cup taking place next year, De Bruyne is eager to secure regular playing time and his agent wants clarity on whether that will happen at Chelsea.
It's Now £80 Million for Falcao
The asking price for Radamel Falcao just keeps on rising.
A matter of weeks after the Star’s Nick Lustig said Chelsea were readying a £52 million bid, that has now been ramped up to the tune of £80 million.
A report from the Express’ Ben Jefferson claims the Ligue 1 club want £80 million for the forward, but would accept a cash-plus-player deal.
The players they would take in part exchange, according to Jefferson, are Demba Ba or Fernando Torres.
Jose Looking at Andrea Ranocchia
Cross suggests Mourinho is looking at potential additions in case he loses David Luiz, and Ranocchia is on the radar.
Ranocchia would not go unnoticed were he to arrive at Stamford Bridge for talks, as he stands at 6’ 5’’.
Atletico Madrid may have been leaving their notes lying around on a table, as James Dickenson of the Express claims the Spaniards have drawn up a list of midfield targets that includes six Chelsea players.
Barcelona Eyeing Courtois Bid
Barcelona are plotting a raid on Chelsea for keeper Thibaut Courtois, according to the Mail’s John Edwards.
Barcelona are seeking a replacement for Victor Valdes and, according to Edwards, “have installed Courtois as their priority target to replace him, following his stunning form for Atletico Madrid over the past two-and-a-half years.”
Edwards suggests Barca are intending to make their move in the summer, but could make a tentative approach in the next few weeks.
Real Madrid Rule out Sergio Ramos Sale
Chelsea will not be getting their hands on Sergio Ramos in January, as Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has insisted the defender will not be sold.
The Blues have been linked with the defender by the Mail's Pete Jenson, but Real boss Ancelotti is in no mood to deal.
The Express’ Charles Perrin has the quotes:
I talked a lot with the president and I have never talked about selling Ramos.
Everyone knows the importance of Ramos, technically, and what he has achieved at this club.
He is one of the best players in the world and we need to have him.
Cole Told to Wait for His Chance
Ashley Cole will have to bide his time at Chelsea, but Jose Mourinho has assured the defender he has a future at the club.
For the first time in his Chelsea career, Cole has found himself on the fringes of the first-team.
A report by the Mirror’s Dave Kidd suggested Cole was considering a move to MLS, but Mourinho has told him his time will come.
The Star’s Adrian Kajumba has the quotes:
I think any player that normally start matches, and Ashley starts matches for all his career, when they don’t naturally they are not the happiest guy in the camp.
But professionally he is always. Team player yes, friend of his friends, yes, so I can also say he deserves to play.
Azpilicueta is playing for a group of consecutive matches and sooner or later I have to chance so Ashley will play soon.
But in my opinion Azpilicueta is doing really well so it’s a question of Ashley keeping working and waiting for his opportunity.
Courtois in No Rush to Make Future Decision
Thibaut Courtois has insisted he is no rush to decide on his future.
The keeper is on loan at Atletico Madrid, and has been performing with credit for the Liga side.
It is a move that has served him well, with Petr Cech the No. 1 at Chelsea.
Courtois is approaching a crossroads in his career, as he is an established No. 1 at one of La Liga’s biggest teams.
Although he is viewed as a long-term successor to Cech, Courtois is unlikely to want to warm the bench at Stamford Bridge.
And as things stand, Courtois has made no decision on his future.
TalkSPORT has picked up the quotes from a piece by El Mundo Deportivo.
"It is not certain,” Courtois said when asked about his future. “I'll see in a few months where my future will be."
Leeds Head the Chase for Chalobah
Nathan Chalobah is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest, but the Chelsea midfielder could be on the move again in January.
The player is due to return to Stamford Bridge next month, but with no chance of regular football at Chelsea a second loan spell seems likely.
And Nixon suggests Leeds are leading the race for the 18-year-old.
No Chelsea Move for Radamel Falcao
Radamel Falcao will not be heading to Chelsea in January, after Monaco sporting director Vadim Vasilyev stressed the club have no desire to sell the forward.
The speculation has filtered through to Monaco, and has been met with a firm stance by Vasilyev.
Vasilyev spoke to RMC and ESPNFC's Ian Holyman picked up the quotes:
He's very happy here.
He feels really good in Monaco. Actually, we dined with him, his wife and the president a few days ago and he loves the club, the city.
So there's no problem and he won't leave in January. That's certain.