It’s a win that means Chelsea’s title destiny is in their own hands, and four wins from the last four games means they’ll be crowned champions in Jose Mourinho’s first season back at the club.
Naturally, with the Stamford Bridge outfit fighting for silverware on both domestic and European fronts, there has been plenty of speculation with the summer window looming large. The club are clearly rebuilding toward an exciting future under the tutelage of Mourinho, and you suspect he’ll already be citing out potential targets ahead of what promises to be an intriguing offseason of activity.
Here, I’ll get you up to date with all things blue, including the very latest transfer rumours and buzz following that critical win for Mourinho’s men in south Wales.
Fernando Torres Drawing Interest
Inter general director Marco Fassone provided a statement regarding Fernando Torres to Radio Deejay, via Football Italia:
He is one of the names that interest us. Our President Erick Thihir admitted as much in recent days. You will discover in due course who the player is that we will focus on. Our goal at the moment is to get into the Europa League. It would be a problem if a club like Inter did not play in Europe for two successive seasons."
Torres has endured yet another frustrating season at Stamford Bridge, and after the recent renaissance of Demba Ba, he looks to be third in the forward pecking order at Chelsea.
The Spaniard needs a move to start afresh. It has never worked for him at Chelsea, and with Mourinho looking to revamp his forward line this summer, his opportunities are going to become increasingly scarce. A club like Inter Milan would make Torres the focal point of their attacking play, and that kind of impetus may be what El Nino needs to rediscover some long overdue form.
Chelsea Strike £50 Million Deal for Diego Costa
The Stamford Bridge club have long been linked with Atletico Madrid’s star centre-forward Diego Costa, and according Spanish newspaper El Continental (via Metro), Chelsea have already agreed a big-money deal to bring the Spanish international to London.
According to the report, Brazilian-born Costa will officially join the club on 30 June, meaning he’d become a Chelsea player midway through the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Chelsea fans will get to see Costa in the not-too-distant future, as their side take on Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League. The prospect of seeing Costa in the blue of Chelsea has long had the Stamford Bridge faithful excited:
Atletico have been superb this season and Costa has become a talismanic figure for Diego Simeone’s wonderful Rojiblancos team. He has netted 33 times in all competitions this season, per WhoScored.com, and he is a player that would bring a unique slant to Chelsea’s attacking play.
Given his industrious playing style, wonderful technical ability and clinical goalscoring edge, it’s easy to see why Mourinho would be keen to bring in a player like Costa. Fifty million is an enormous sum, but it would certainly be worth it if the 25-year-old can help put an end to Chelsea’s longstanding striking woes.
Toffees boss Roberto Martinez has hinted that Everton will be bidding to acquire the services of Romelu Lukaku on a long-term deal. The Belgian has been a roaring success on loan at Goodison Park, his 13 league goals playing a major part in Everton’s Champions League charge, per WhoScored.com.
I think if there is something we can give that he can’t get elsewhere it’s enjoying his football.
In football, as a player, you can take football happiness for granted very quickly. As a young man to be important in a football club and being happy is vital.
Nobody can guarantee you that unless you’ve experienced it, or know who you are going to work with. It’s as simple as that really.
If Everton do qualify for the Champions League, then they’ll certainly be able to attract players of Lukaku’s calibre, and it’s clear that the Belgian has loved his spell at Goodison Park. But should Chelsea be so quick to part with a player that they invested £20 million in, per BBC Sport, as an 18-year-old?
At 20 years of age, Lukaku has all the raw attributes to develop into one of the best forwards in world football. He has developed his game in spades at Everton this season and Mourinho should surely give him a chance before looking to offload him.
Chelsea Skipper Happy with Liverpool Win
John Terry has revealed that Chelsea were pleased to see Liverpool triumph over Manchester City in Sunday's title showdown. The Reds won 3-2 at Anfield on an emotional and enthralling afternoon, meaning they are just four wins away from winning their first league title in 24 years.
But whilst the fate of the title is in the hands of the Merseyside outfit, the same can also be said of Terry and his side. Chelsea will visit Anfield on 27 April knowing a win there would give them major impetus in the title race, and they too know four straight wins would be good enough for them to win the title.
Chelsea are currently second in the table, two points behind Liverpool and five points clear of Manchester City. But given the latter have two games in hand, Terry admitted he was rooting for a Liverpool win, per Sky Sports (via BBC Sport), claiming: “We obviously knew about the Liverpool result and it's probably the one we wanted.”
The Chelsea captain also paid tribute to his players for getting the job done in South Wales, stating: “We've won our game and the pressure is still on the teams above and below us. We knew we would make it very easy for them if didn't win our games, regardless of the result at Anfield.”
The game at Anfield comes right in the thick of a season-defining week for Chelsea. Either side of that huge title clash is the first and second legs of their Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid. Mourinho must use his squad astutely in those seven days, for Liverpool and Atletico are two of the most dynamic, hard-working sides on the continent.