Chelsea Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 25
The Premier League season is underway, but with the transfer window still open for another week, we can expect managers to continue their respective pursuits of talent to strengthen their squads.
Keep up to date with all the transfer news in Bleacher Report's transfer tracker, where we'll bring you all the latest news from west London.
Last update: Friday, Aug. 29.
Torres "Close to Two-Year AC Milan Deal" According to Agent
Fernando Torres has taken a step closer to ending his Chelsea nightmare, according to his agent.
Antonio Sanz, quoted by Metro, has stated he is close to agreeing a deal with the Serie A giants:
The meeting has been positive. Torres at Milan is a possibility.
We will take time to reflect before giving an answer. Milan are a great side.
Milan will reportedly pay £10 million for Torres, who cost Chelsea £50 million in January 2011.
Fernando Torres to AC Milan Rumours Gather Pace
Jose Mourinho has already suggested this week that Fernando Torres isn't going to be leaving Chelsea in this transfer window (see Slide 4), but it hasn't stopped the rumours going away.
Torres is certainly an important forward and we will see if we can sign him or another player [after selling Mario Balotelli to Liverpool].
Milan are reportedly interested in a loan deal, although Torres is demanding a permanent transfer according to The Independent.
The same report suggests Marco van Ginkel could also join the Serie A giants on loan.
Bamford Middlesbrough Loan Imminent
Patrick Bamford looks set to leave Chelsea for another season on loan, with Middlesbrough appearing to have won the battle to sign him.
The deal had been in doubt after comments made by Boro boss Aitor Karanka. He told BBC Sport last week:
We know he has other options which I understand as he is a very good player.
But I want players here who want to be here, and if he decides on the last day he wants to come here it's because he wants to.
Goal.com reports Bamford has finally agreed to join the Championship club, though, where he will join up with Chelsea teammate Kenneth Omeruo.
The same report suggests Lewis Baker could also be on his way to Teeside.
Petr Cech to Join PSG on Loan
He's lost his place as Chelsea's No. 1 goalkeeper to Thibaut Courtois, and it seems that means Petr Cech is leaving Stamford Bridge.
The Express reports Cech is weighing up a loan move to Paris Saint-Germain, where he would be reunited with former Chelsea teammate David Luiz.
Jose Mourinho seems happy with the displays of Courtois thus far, with the same Express article quoting him as saying:
It's important at a big club to have the kind of goalkeeper who's almost sleeping during the match, and suddenly in the right moment he says 'yes, I’m here'.
Thibaut did this [against Leicester City], the same way Petr did so many times for us.
Goal.com is also reporting Mourinho will not stand in Cech's way if he wants to leave Chelsea.
'Fernando Torres Going Nowhere,' Says Jose Mourinho
He is yet to start a game this season, and on Saturday Fernando Torres was left out of Chelsea matchday squad to face Leicester City altogether.
However, according to manager Jose Mourinho, that all means very little—Torres remains in his plans and will not be leaving Chelsea this summer.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, attended by Bleacher Report, Mourinho explained:
I want him to stay. He will play and score goals and be very useful for us.
I want three strikers in the team. Sometimes I play with two, one on the bench, sometimes someone will be injured or suspended. I cannot do a season without three strikers [so Torres will be staying at Chelsea].
Chelsea and AC Milan Battle for Mattia Destro
Fernando Torres' Chelsea future (previous slide) could well be decided by whether Chelsea win their rumoured battle with AC Milan for the signature of Mattia Destro.
The Roma striker's agent has suggested he could well end up in Milan or London, with the Blues and Rossoneri chasing him.
The Express quotes Claudio Vigorelli as saying:
I cannot deny he is at the centre of some important situations that could develop.
More Milan or Chelsea? The market is unpredictable. These are two interested clubs.
Jose Mourinho admires him, while Milan could make some important steps forward very soon.