Chelsea Transfer News: Latest Gossip on Big-Money Deals Eyed by Blues

Stuart Newman@@StuNewmanSportFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2014

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 26:  Alex Song of Barcelona speaks to a team mate during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Ajax Amsterdam and FC Barcelona at Amsterdam Arena on November 26, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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As last season’s Premier League taught us, Chelsea are just a few world-class signings away from being a perfect outfit.

With class all over the pitch, the Blues just need to tweak their set-up in certain places and their charge for silverware will be back on in the upcoming campaign.

The arrival of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas have made manager Jose Mourinho’s ambitions loud and clear to the club’s competitors, but his raid on the transfer window isn’t done yet.

The holding midfield role seems to be where the Portuguese manager is devoting his time and attention, and he’s once again looking to La Liga for the solution.

Chelsea have been linked with Real Madrid star Sami Khedira of late, per Simon Jones of the Daily Mail, but a new target has now emerged.

Barcelona midfielder Alex Song is reportedly on Mourinho’s radar, as he looks to fill the defensive-midfield void left by David Luiz and Frank Lampard—according to Mundo Deportivo, via Chisanga Malata of the Daily Star.

CARTAGENA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 06:  Alex Song of Barcelona in action during the Copa del Rey, Round of 32 match between FC Cartagena and FC Barcelona at Estadio Cartagonova on December 06, 2013 in Cartagena, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty
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Mundo Deportivo claim that Barcelona are willing to let the Cameroon international depart the Nou Camp for £20 million—a fee that appears rather excessive.

Though a stalwart of the Arsenal side when he applied his trade in the Premier League, Song has found chances few and far between with the Spanish giants and made just 19 league appearances last term according to WhoScored.com.

It’s not hard to see why with the central midfield talent that Barcelona possess, and while Song would be a good squad player at Stamford Bridge, a £20 million price tag may see them detach themselves from the deal.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 17: Alex Song of FC Barcelona beats David Villa of Club Atletico de Madrid during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on May 17, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Imag
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For that same price, Chelsea can reportedly land Khedira—a player at the top of his game integral to both Real Madrid and Germany’s brilliance.

Song does still offer a certain touch of class to a team, though, and it seems that his ability is being wasted at the Nou Camp as he’s forced to play out of position on the rare occasions that he does make the first XI.

Fellow countryman Samuel Eto’o agrees, and recently told beIN Sports that Song must leave Barcelona for his career to progress in any way—reported via George Ankers of Goal.com:

"Song has to leave Barca. At his age, he must play and he could be in the starting XI at any big club."

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 19:  Samuel Eto'o of Chelsea reacts to a missed chance during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on April 19, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Though Eto’o’s career is coming to a close, his Cameroon team-mate is just 26 and at the peak of his powers, though it’s unlikely that Chelsea will go through with the transfer at that price.

Song hardly decorated himself with glory at the World Cup in Brazil, being sent off in the group stage against Croatia, and Paddy Power aren’t surprised that no offers have come in for the midfielder:

Song would no doubt welcome a move to Stamford Bridge, as would the next subject of the rumour mill, Mehdi Benatia.

Though John Terry and Gary Cahill formed one of the world’s best centre-back partnerships last term, the 2014/15 campaign could see Terry take his final bow and the Blues will need to think of his possible successor.

There are few better suited to the job than Roma’s Benatia, who has expressed his desire to team up with Mourinho at Chelsea according to Gazetta dello Sport, via Metro.

NAPLES, ITALY - FEBRUARY 12:  Mehdi Benatia of Roma in action during the TIM Cup match between SSC Napoli and AS Roma at Stadio San Paolo on February 12, 2014 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Metro’s report states that the Moroccan is valued around £30 million by the Serie A side, though he rejected the chance to join Mourinho at Chelsea in his first spell in charge.

Fears over homesickness stopped Benatia from making the switch that time around, but having travelled away from his birthplace, France, he’s now ready to make the move.

Manchester City have been linked to Benatia’s signature, but no deal has been struck just yet, opening the door to the Blues—as BBC Sport’s Mike Keegan reported:

Those that have seen Benatia play will know exactly why teams like Manchester City are chasing him, as he has all the makings of the next big thing.

Solid in a tackle with expert distribution, the 27-year-old has a sterling reputation in the Italian capital and would undoubtedly bring that to the English top flight.

ROME, ITALY - APRIL 02:  Jonathan Biabiany (C) and Cristian Molinaro of FC Parma competes for the ball with Mehdi Benatia of AS Roma during the Serie A match between AS Roma and FC Parma at Olimpico Stadium on April 2, 2014 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paol
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For that reason, Roma certainly won’t let their prize asset go cheap, and Chelsea will need to dig deep if they’re to follow up on the defender’s comments.

It’s difficult to see Chelsea going the rest of the transfer window without adding some talent to their squad, but it won’t be the glamour of a goalscorer.

Mourinho knows that stability is the key to success, and with a new holding midfielder and defender, Chelsea will have the foundations to let their impressive attacking line do the talking.