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Chelsea Transfer News: Latest 2014 Summer Gossip Surrounding Blues

HULL, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Romelu Lukaku of Everton celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Everton at KC Stadium on May 11, 2014 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2014

You just never know with Jose Mourinho, do you? Having completed the signing of Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid, the Portuguese boss has insisted that the club have finalised their business for the summer.

But with rumours prominent regarding players that could be on their way out of Stamford Bridge, might Jose be privy to making a couple of more forays into the market yet?

You certainly wouldn’t put it past the Chelsea boss, but according to him, the Blues are done. Jacob Steinberg of The Guardian has the quotes:

The market closes at 31 August and we close our market on 19 July. We finished our market today. The club did fantastic. We knew the targets, we knew the players. The club attacked them and their clubs at a very early stage. We got exactly what we need. The squad is a squad I like very much.

HIGH WYCOMBE, ENGLAND - JULY 16:  Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks on ahead of the pre season friendly match between Wycombe Wanderers and Chelsea at Adams Park on July 16, 2014 in High Wycombe, England.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
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Despite this proclamation from Mourinho, rumours about Chelsea players and potential Chelsea players are still rife.

The Blues could be about to sell one of their star centre-forwards according to reports, while murmurings about the acquisition of a World Cup winner won’t disappear either. 

Plus—in typical Mourinho fashion—the Blues boss has taken an early dig at one of Chelsea’s potential title rivals.

Here’s the very latest summer gossip surrounding the Blues.

 

Romelu Lukaku Set for Everton Switch

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06:  Romelu Lukaku of Everton celebrates scoring the second goal with Manager Roberto Martinez during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on April 6, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo
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The Toffees could be set to announce the signing of the Belgian forward within the next 48 hours, according to reports.

Dominic King of the Daily Mail claims that the Merseyside club are increasingly confident of striking a deal for the player, who scored 15 Premier League goals in a prosperous loan spell with the club last season, per WhoScored.com.

Belgian football expert Kristof Terreur maintains that the Blues aren’t particularly keen on selling the 21-year-old to an English team, but Everton are confident of getting their man:

Having already offloaded Demba Ba to Besiktas, the sale of Lukaku would leave Chelsea with just Diego Costa and Fernando Torres as their striking options. But it’s been clear for a long time that Mourinho simply doesn’t fancy the Belgian and now looks set to cash in on the forward.

Has Lukaku donned Chelsea blue for the last time?
Has Lukaku donned Chelsea blue for the last time?Clive Mason/Getty Images

For Lukaku, Everton would be a sensible move. He developed massively as a player under the tutelage of Roberto Martinez, and he’d be playing regular first-team football as the Toffees look to plot another Champions League challenge.

 

No Bids Made for Sami Khedira, Says Agent

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13:  Sami Khedira of Germany kisses the World Cup trophy  after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Jane
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After starring for Germany in the World Cup, Sami Khedira has been linked with a potential move to the Premier League, with Chelsea and Arsenal reportedly keen on the player's signature.

The Gunners looked to be front-runners for Khedira, but according to Simon Cass of the Daily Star, the Blues are ready to swoop for the £20 million-rated midfielder.

Here are the kind of attributes Khedira could bring to Stamford Bridge should Chelsea complete a deal:

But according to Sky Sports, Khedira’s agent, Jorg Neubauer, claims that Real Madrid have yet to receive a bid for the player, who has one year remaining on his contract with the European champions.

Khedira missed a significant portion of the 2013/14 season through injury, so it is difficult to fully ascertain as to whether or not he is in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.

The Italian fashioned a 4-3-3 system with Angel di Maria, Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric in the midfield triumvirate, and having signed Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich, competition for midfield places will be fierce at the Bernabeu.

Will Khedira and Kroos be starting together for Real Madrid next season?
Will Khedira and Kroos be starting together for Real Madrid next season?Frank Augstein/Associated Press

The German will feel as though he has the attributes to be a success at Madrid, though, and out of the aforementioned foursome, he’s the only orthodox holding-midfield player.

He’d be a great coup for Chelsea and would add plenty of steel to the base of the Blues’ midfield, but a deal for the Los Blancos man looks a long way off at this juncture.

 

Mourinho Takes Swipe at Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23:  Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea gives instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 23, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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According to the Chelsea boss, new signing Cesc Fabregas had no intention of returning to his former club Arsenal.

The former Barcelona man was snapped up by the Stamford Bridge outfit early in the window, and Mourinho has claimed it was “easy” to convince Fabregas to join Chelsea, per Jacob Steinberg of The Guardian:

I think he really wanted to come to us. As you know Arsenal had an option where they could interfere but I think he was not open to that.

He was very much in our direction. It was an easy job for me.

Ivanovic and Fabregas will be on the same side this season.
Ivanovic and Fabregas will be on the same side this season.Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The Gunners chose not to activate a clause in Fabregas’ Barcelona contract that would have seen them have the first option on bringing their former skipper back to the Emirates. And while Arsenal have a host of fine midfielders on their books, you can imagine it’ll be a riling sight for their supporters when the 27-year-old midfielder dons the blue of Chelsea in the Premier League.

Here's a taster of what Chelsea supporters can look forward to this season:

Mourinho will be delighted with his work in the transfer market so far, and will feel he has a squad that is more than capable of challenging on all fronts in the 2014/15 campaign.

Chelsea look to have the strongest group ahead of the new Premier League season; now expect Mourinho to attain even more of an edge through his patented mind games.

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