Chelsea Transfer News: Latest Summer-Window Reports for Blues

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 19, 2014

Atletico de Madrid's Joao Miranda from Brazil celebrates in Neptuno Square in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, May 18, 2013. Atletico de Madrid defeated Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final soccer match on Friday. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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Chelsea have taken to their summer transfer window with a gung-ho attitude in which they've sought to go about remodelling their squad in as swift a fashion as ever.

Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa make for some exciting acquisitions in midfield and attack, respectively, while Ashley Cole's free transfer to Roma has been eased by the arrival of Filipe Luis at left-back, per beIN Sports:

Speculation would suggest that there is still a bounty of work to be completed in west London, however, with some of the latest ins and outs at Stamford Bridge discussed ahead.


Demba Ba Packs His Bags

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After enduring a long and at times tedious tenure at the club, Demba Ba has finally cut all ties with Chelsea, completing a £4.7 million move to Turkish club Besiktas.

Ba will take the No. 9 jersey at his new side and is quoted by Sky Sports in saying upon his arrival:

I've had a lot of positive feedback about Besiktas and Istanbul from my Senegalese friends in Turkey. To play in a Muslim country and in a new stadium is definitely very exciting.

I know what my coach Slaven Bilic expects from me, and I am open to all sorts of competition. Since Besiktas fans like hard-working and spirited players, I will give everything I've got in order not to disappoint them.

Ba sat third in the Chelsea pecking order last season behind Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres but still found time to thank the Blues for his time at the club:

Diego Costa's arrival made competition all the tougher under Mourinho, and the return of Romelu Lukaku could add another name to the list of those jostling for first-team minutes.


Didier Drogba Eyes Player/Coach Position

The rumour that will seemingly remain until the striker finally hangs up his boots for good—and possibly after that—is Didier Drogba once again being linked with a Mourinho reunion.

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Sky Sports claims that Juventus have already given the Ivorian international an offer of a two-year deal but adds that Chelsea are in the hunt to re-sign their 2011-12 Champions League winner.

Last year, when he was still at the Real Madrid helm, Mourinho spoke fondly of his former charge, per The Guardian's Sid Lowe:

I don't say Didier was the greatest player I have worked with because I have had so many great players. But he was a great player, a great friend and somebody who will be part of my life forever. He would say the exact same about me. We created the kind of emotional links that are more than football.

The Mirror's Greg Johnson describes the impact he feel Drogba would have not just on Chelsea's front line but on those supplying the Blues' forwards, too:

The sort of comments seen above would have one believe that Mourinho may indeed be open to the idea of one day working again with Drogba, now out of contract after leaving Galatasaray.


Joao Miranda Attracting Attention

Chelsea have signed John Terry to a new one-year contract in recent months and will see Kurt Zouma entertain in his first full season as a Chelsea player, but the club are reportedly eyeing a deal to sign Atletico Madrid's Joao Miranda.

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Having already taken Costa and Luis from Los Rojiblancos, the centre-back could be the Blues' third Atleti signing of the summer, according to the Daily Star's Paul Brown.

Sky Football's Matthew Stanger believes Brazil's back line may have looked more rigid at the World Cup were Miranda included in the roster:

Miranda is quoted by Marca (h/t FourFourTwo) in giving a snappy response, however, when quizzed upon his future earlier this month, saying: "Don't worry, I'm staying."

Brown's report states that Chelsea are looking to sanction a £20 million deal for the defender but could ultimately choose to trigger Miranda's £24 million release clause before attempting to lure him away.


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