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Chelsea Transfer News: Latest on Wayne Rooney, Eden Hazard and More

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on December 21, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 11, 2014

With plenty to play for this coming spring, Chelsea could potentially be big players during this January's midseason transfer window.

Jose Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge has brought tons of excitement, but it remains to be seen whether the Special One's first year will be considered a success.

And while the Blues are well within striking distance in the Premier League and still alive for the Champions League, they are in need of a go-to goalscorer to make them more formidable down the stretch.

Are they close to landing one?

Here we'll take a closer look at the latest transfer news and notes surrounding the Blues this winter.

 

Mourinho Muted on Wayne Rooney Interest

COBHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10:  Manager Jose Mourinho talks to the media during the Chelsea FC Training press conference ahead of tomorrow's UEFA Champions League match against FC Steaua Bucuresti on December 10, 2013 in Cobham, England.  (Photo by Richar
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English striker Wayne Rooney has been linked with a potential move to Stamford Bridge since last summer when Chelsea made multiple bids for the forward, all of which were rejected by Manchester United

This week, Mourinho opted to remain silent in regards to Chelsea's interest in the Red Devils' No. 10, per Sky Sports

I don't want to speak about it. We play Man United in a few days. I don't think it's nice to speak about a Man United player.

You have to ask him (Rooney). You have to ask the player. And Man United because Man United has a contract with the player that doesn't end at the end of the season.

Rooney is battling a groin injury at the moment but has been playing well despite United's immense struggles. He leads all Red Devils players with 11 goals and 14 assists in two dozen appearances in all competitions this season.

Therefore, it's no wonder Mourinho hasn't given up on the veteran forward, per the Telegraph's Matt Law:

Although it's hard to imagine him in blue, there's no denying that Chelsea would become an even more imposing squad with the 28-year-old striker on board.

 

'No Chance' of Eden Hazard Leaving Stamford Bridge

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Eden Hazard of Chelsea breaks with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on December 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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According to Mourinho, there is "no chance" of midfielder Eden Hazard heading off to Paris Saint-Germain this winter. 

Recent rumours and reports have linked the Belgian with a potential move to the reigning Ligue 1 champions, but Mourinho wasted little time squashing the speculation when probed on the issue, per ESPN FC's Miguel Delaney:

I’m not worried because if his value was around 40 million when Chelsea bought him, and two years later he’s twice or three times better than he was when we bought him, I think his value is a crazy value. Eden on top of that is not a player Chelsea is interesting in selling anyway. I think no chance that Eden can leave.

Losing Hazard would deal Chelsea a massive blow as the 23-year-old has accounted for 11 goals and seven assists in 20 appearances in all competitions this season. No other Blues player has more than nine goals or five assists in 2013-14.

Mourinho's confident response is certainly encouraging for Chelsea supporters. 

 

Kevin de Bruyne Headed to Germany

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18:  Kevin De Bruyne of Chelsea is challenged by James Chester of Hull City during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on August 18, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathc
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The Kevin de Bruyne experiment at Stamford Bridge is officially over as the 22-year-old midfielder is all set for a move to German club Wolfsburg, according to the Mirror's Darren Lewis.

According to Lewis, the two clubs reportedly agreed on a fee in the region of £18 million

While losing de Bruyne certainly doesn't impact Chelsea from a production standpoint, the Blues have to be disappointed to see the youngster go after just two disappointing years. He started in only two Premier League matches during his brief stint and sadly played his best football on loan with Werder Bremen.

Despite the missed opportunity on the pitch, Chelsea can take solace in the fact they only paid £6.7 million for the Belgian back in January 2012.

 

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