When it comes to Chelsea and the summer transfer window, you just never know.
Though it looks like the Blues’ splurging may well have ceased, new names are continuously being added to the Stamford Bridge rumour mill—names big enough to get fans’ pulses racing.
Here, we take a look at two stars who could be heading to west London in the coming weeks.
Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira’s future has been under the microscope for some time now but new developments suggest that the German could well be on his way out of the Spanish capital.
As Tom Hopkinson of the Daily Mirror revealed, the World Cup winner’s agents are due in London this week with talks over a Premier League switch hot on their agenda.
It’s reported that Khedira’s representatives will be discussing moves to both Arsenal and Chelsea, with the lure of reuniting with Jose Mourinho for the German boosting the Blues’ chances of landing him.
Hopkinson wrote that the 27-year-old had previously planned to stay at the Bernabeu, but with new contract talks proving unsuccessful, Stamford Bridge could be his new home in the coming weeks.
Wage demands of £150,000 per week put Arsenal off bringing Khedira to the Emirates, but Chelsea’s financial stability means that such a salary wouldn’t cause them much of a problem.
It appears that the Blues have the green light to pursue Khedira, but Real manager Carlo Ancelotti recently claimed that his midfielder is going nowhere—per ESPN:
“He's not leaving. He's a Real Madrid player. He has a contract until June 30, 2015 and that's all there is to say."
The fact that his contract expires in the summer of 2015 is exactly what’s pushing Khedira out of the club, though, as Real would have to let him go on a free transfer next June if they can’t renegotiate his contract or find a suitor before then.
Any club that can scrape together £8 million should be bidding for Khedira, but realistically, Chelsea looks like his most-likely destination.
The Blues have home-grown quotas to address before the transfer window closes, but it’s difficult to see them passing up such a bargain no matter the circumstances.
A player whose future has been a hot topic of the transfer window, Cuadrado has been linked to several of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Chelsea.
The Blues reportedly have their sights firmly set on the Colombian attacker—per El Mundo Deportivo (h/t Metro)—and are looking to launch a bid before the window shuts.
His exclusion from the Fiorentina squad will have got fans’ hopes up, then, but manager Vincenzo Montella has shed some light on the situation—via ESPN’s Alex Shaw:
Montella has explained Cuadrado missing the Madrid friendly - he's suspended for first Serie A game so no point taking him for this one.— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) August 15, 2014
Chelsea fans will know only too well that half of what managers say during the transfer window is nonsense, though, and if the Blues are willing to put a big offer on the table then Cuadrado will find himself at Stamford Bridge very soon.
That’s according to Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle, who claimed that his club would be forced to part with Cuadrado if their valuation of the player is met—per Gazzetta dello Sport, via Goal.com's Vaishali Bhardwaj:
I spoke with Cuadrado and I have presented our project [to him]. I told him to stay another year in the team with a winning project. But, I am not optimistic because he has received important offers and we may have to let him go. We'll see what happens over the next week.
The Colombian proved during the World Cup in Brazil that he can cut it at the highest level, and James Rodriguez aside, he was the nation’s shining star.
Cuadrado would also fit into Mourinho’s attacking system at Chelsea as part of the three-man attacking midfield, it’s simply a case of coughing up the funds for his transfer.
Bhardwaj’s report suggests that Cuadrado’s price tag could be anywhere between the €40 million and €50 million mark, which appears a rather astounding figure.
Khedira and Cuadrado are two phenomenal talents, with two very different price tags. While the Colombian would undoubtedly prove a Premier League sensation, the depth that Chelsea have in his position means the transfer leans toward being futile.
However, the Blues’ squad is looking rather bleak at defensive midfield to say the least, and to land a star of Khedira’s calibre for such a small fee appears somewhat of a no-brainer.