Chelsea Transfer News: World-Class Stars Linked to Jose Mourinho's Squad

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2014

France's national soccer team player Paul Pogba arrives at Le Bourget airport, north of Paris, Sunday, July 6, 2014. France was defeated 0-1 by Germany in a Soccer World Cup quarterfinal match last Friday. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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Chelsea have already been active early in the summer transfer window, but fans are always looking for the next big star to arrive at Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho is reportedly still looking at strengthening his squad ahead of the 2014-15 season, with reports and rumours of top stars joining the club coming in every day.

The Blues had a strong first season with Mourinho back at the helm, but silverware will be expected next season. With clubs like Liverpool and Manchester City also adding a number of talented players, the race for next year's Premier League title is shaping up to be a good one.

Let's have a look at some of the latest world-class players being linked with the Blues and the latest buzz surrounding these stars.


Paul Pogba

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The French youngster was spotted in London after the 2014 World Cup, fuelling speculation over a potential move to Chelsea. But as reported by the Daily Mail's John Drayton, his agent, Mino Raiola, told Tuttosport that his client will be playing for Juventus next season.

"Everything is perfect at Juventus and no meetings are planned. Paul to Chelsea? It’s just fantasy football."

Pogba has been one of Juventus' most vital players in the past two seasons, and plenty of foreign clubs have shown an interest in his services in the past. The Bianconeri have made it clear they do not wish to sell their most prized asset right now, and any move for Pogba would come with a hefty transfer fee.

The French international enjoyed an excellent World Cup, reaffirming his position as one of the best young midfielders in all of football. With excellent athleticism, great technique and a cannon of a right foot, Pogba is capable of anchoring a midfield and contributing to the attack as well.

Chelsea could undoubtedly use a player of his caliber, and Pogba has the potential to lead any midfield unit for the next decade. He doesn't appear to be available during the 2014 summer transfer window, however, so the Blues may have to look elsewhere for the time being.


Sami Khedira

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The German international was expected to be on his way to Arsenal, but according to the Daily Mirror's John Cross and Darren Lewis, the Blues have decided to throw their name into the hat as well.

Khedira is reportedly demanding a wage packet of £150,000 a week, which could be outside of the Gunners' price range. Chelsea would have no difficulty paying such wages, though, opening the door for a £20 million transfer move.

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The midfielder rejected a contract extension with current club Real Madrid, according to the Daily Mirror, and with just one year left on his current deal, Los Blancos will want to move him now before he can leave on a free transfer.

Khedira has been sensational playing for Germany during the 2014 World Cup, no longer feeling the effects of an injury that sidelined him for much of the 2013-14 season. The Blues could use his blend of physicality and technique in the centre of the pitch, where he would complement new signing Cesc Fabregas and his attacking prowess.


Filipe Luis

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Chelsea have reopened negotiations with Atletico Madrid over Brazilian full-back Luis, whose contract has a £20 million buy-out clause, per the Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel.

The Blues have a need for a new starting left-back following the departure of Ashley Cole, as his replacement, Cesar Azpilicueta, is a more natural fit on the right side of the pitch.

As shared by Sport Witness, the Brazilian has been acting out in training with the Atleti over the past few days, perhaps indicating he could be eying a move to Stamford Bridge:

Luis wasn't part of Brazil's 2014 World Cup squad but enjoyed an excellent season on the club level in 2013-14, winning the La Liga title with Atletico. The 28-year-old still has several good seasons left in the tank, but as he's not the youngest of players, Chelsea's reluctance to trigger his release clause is understandable.

Atletico are preparing for their title defence next season and would rather avoid losing another vital component of this team, so the Blues will likely have to pay the full transfer fee in order to secure his services.