5 Transfer Deadline Day Possibilities for Chelsea
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that his club have no more business to do in the summer transfer window. Having solved their problems at striker with Diego Costa and reinforced the midfield with Cesc Fabregas, Mourinho told the press that the transfer window could have closed on July 31, per Gary Jones at the Daily Star.
However, a week is a long time in football. Furthermore, an injury scare involving Costa, per Eurosport UK, could see the Blues return to the market before it closes.
Click through for five deals that could be done by deadline day.
Fernando Torres to AC Milan
However, the fact that the striker did not feature in the opening match against Burnley and was not even in the matchday squad to face Leicester City suggest that things are not as rosy as Mourinho makes it seem.
Any club would be crazy to match his current £175,000-a-week deal, but it seems there is some room for manoeuvre, per Matt Law at The Telegraph.
As deadline day approaches, it is looking more and more likely that an agreement will be reached, although it would seem to hinge on a few other factors.
Marco van Ginkel on Loan to Milan
Milan have also enquired about the availability of young Chelsea central midfielder Marco van Ginkel, per Dominic Fifield at The Guardian.
Although the 21-year-old only joined the Blues last summer, his debut season was cut short by injury.
Fabregas’ arrival means the team is well stocked in central midfield, and Van Ginkel could be sent on loan to Milan as a sweetener to hasten the Torres deal.
Mattia Destro in from Roma
Costa’s injury scare and Torres’ seemingly imminent departure mean that Mourinho must start looking for a replacement up front. A 36-year-old Didier Drogba cannot be relied upon to lead the line if it turns out that Costa will miss a significant period of the season.
With that being said, Roma forward Mattia Destro has recently been linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge.
The 23-year-old scored 13 goals in 20 appearances for Roma last season, creating 11 chances along the way, per Squawka. While he is unlikely to challenge Costa for the permanent position up front, he would provide better backup than Torres.
Destro’s agent, Claudio Vigorelli, recently told AlfredoPedulla.com (h/t Nick Lustig at the Daily Star) that Chelsea are interested in his client and a deal could be done by deadline day.
Petr Cech to Monaco
When it comes to deciding Petr Cech’s future, Mourinho has made it clear that the ball is in the keeper’s court.
No formal approach has been made as yet, but Monaco are among the teams reported to be interested in signing Cech if he decides to quit Chelsea this summer, per John Cross at the Daily Mirror.
Faced with the unenviable decision between staying and challenging Thibaut Courtois for his place or leaving and playing regularly, John Terry has sympathised with the keeper, according to Sky Sports.
A return to the French league looks most likely if he decides to leave, with Paris Saint-Germain also interested, per Matt Law at The Telegraph.
Radamel Falcao on Loan from Monaco
Radamel Falcao is apparently back on Chelsea’s radar.
Having missed out on signing the £50 million striker last summer, The Guardian's Dominic Fifield has reported that the Colombian star could be drafted in on loan to cover for the injured Costa.
A season-long deal will cost the Blues in the region of £20 million, but if Torres moves to Milan and Chelsea fail to capture Destro, that valuation could turn out to be a bargain by January.