Chelsea Transfer News: Latest on Edinson Cavani and Top Summer Rumours

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 2, 2014

Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani gestures during a friendly match against Kitchee in Hong Kong Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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Jose Mourinho is adamant to build on the considerable amount of transfer activity that's already unfolded at Stamford Bridge this summer, with major moves mooted to occur in the coming weeks.

Despite already signing Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis in big-money deals, the Blues are said to be eyeing up more European stars, mainly in Paris.

Mourinho is leaving no stone unturned as he seeks to transform his squad into one that can compete on every platform, and it shows in the stellar standard of players being targeted.


Edinson Cavani

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With Romelu Lukaku joining Everton in a £28 million deal earlier this week, Chelsea are being tipped to plug that apparent spot with the signing of Edinson Cavani.

The Blues already have Costa, Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres among their ranks, but Cavani is reported by ESPN FC's Miguel Delaney as being in favour of the switch, regardless of whether he states otherwise in public:

Those claims are in relation to quotes Cavani gave while on PSG's tour of Asia, as per Delaney's report, in which he states his happiness in the French capital: "I am certain to stay, why wouldn't I be? I feel great in Paris. I have a contract to respect with PSG. I'm calm. I prefer to be here. I feel good here. But as I have said before, it doesn't only depend on the player, but also on certain things that can happen at the club."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's presence at the Parc des Princes has seen the Uruguayan shifted to the wing for much of his Ligue 1 tenure, but it's debatable as to whether or not he'd have more luck in deposing Costa or Drogba from a similar spot.


Diego Lopez

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The goalkeeping situation at Stamford Bridge could get more interesting in the weeks to come after Spanish newspaper Marca (h/t James McGlade of 101 Great Goals) supposed that Diego Lopez could be on his way to west London.

The club are close to signing Costa Rican star Keylor Navas as stopper cover, and Carlo Ancelotti is favouring Iker Casillas for the UEFA Super Cup fixture against Sevilla, as per Marca's Pablo Polo:

Diego López looks good to me, like he always does, he's training well. There have been no changes. I haven't spoken with the club. Diego is a Real Madrid player. He isn't playing tomorrow because I want to give Iker some playing time as he's going to start the Super Cup, but I'm still counting on Diego.

We had a lot of problems last season when we talked about Iker and Diego. I'm not going to comment on Keylor Navas because he isn't a Real Madrid player.

Any deal taking Lopez to Chelsea is thought to be reliant on Petr Cech's potential switch to Paris Saint-Germain, with Thibaut Courtois now contesting for the No. 1 jersey.

BeIN Sports agrees that Navas' arrival would force Lopez out of the picture:

Chelsea are currently one player over the foreign player quota of 17 for both the Premier League and the Champions League, but a deal of one in and one out in this case wouldn't go anywhere in solving the issue.


Ezequiel Lavezzi

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 01: Ezequiel Lavezzi of Argentina is challenged by Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Argentina and Switzerland at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 1, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Not for the first time this summer, Ezequiel Lavezzi is said to be a target for Mourinho, although The Independent (h/t Chisanga Malata of the Daily Star) says that Liverpool will now offer competition in that race.

According to the report, the Reds are preparing an £18 million offer for the winger. It's been suggested in the past that Eden Hazard could be targeted by PSG in a player-plus-cash deal, but Laurent Blanc is quoted by RMC Brazil (h/t Sky Sports) in conceding defeat in that battle:

Hazard is a top player, but I think Chelsea want to keep him. A lot of players are going to be mentioned, but we have already got our priority, David Luiz. We’re going to wait a bit before making any more signings. Be patient.

Some players will ask to leave, we’ll have to see. For the moment, that’s not the case. We’re going to bring in some players, one or two, of great quality.

Matteo Bonetti of beIN Sports cites Gazzetta dello Sport in saying that Milan are also interested in Lavezzi, however:

As aforementioned in Cavani's case, PSG's need to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations means they are in a position to sell, and Chelsea could be the club to take advantage of a buyer's market in this particular case. 


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