Chelsea Transfer News: Toni Kroos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Radamel Falcao Rumours

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistFebruary 16, 2016

VALENCIA, SPAIN - JANUARY 03:  Toni Kroos of Real Madrid CF looks on during the Valencia CF vs Real Madrid CF as part of the Liga BBVA 2015-2016  at Estadi de Mestalla on January 3, 2016 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Aitor Colomer/Power Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Chelsea are being linked with Real Madrid star Toni Kroos and AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, while the father of Radamel Falcao says the striker isn't seeking a transfer to China.

According to Calciomercato (h/t Metro's Will Giles), it would take a “sizable fee” to tempt Real into selling star midfielder Kroos, who is still under contract until 2020 and not expected to leave Los Blancos anytime soon.

That won't stop the Blues from attempting to sign him, as they seek to overhaul the squad during the summer. The Germany international would be an incredible capture, given his abilities to anchor a team's midfield. Per Squawka Football, his numbers in La Liga this season certainly look promising:

The 26-year-old won't light up the stat sheet with goals, but he's a gifted passer who can operate in a deep position and dictate the pace of a match. He's a willing defender who always pops up in the right place at the right time, and his set-piece deliveries are outstanding as well.

Paired with a more attack-minded option like Luka Modric, Kroos is able to shield the defence and launch quick counter-attacks, but he also loves to move further up the pitch and orchestrate the passing game around the box.

Here's a look at some of his highlights:

He would make an excellent partner for Cesc Fabregas, allowing the Spaniard to shift his focus further up the pitch while Kroos takes care of business in the trenches.

A move seems highly unlikely, however. Kroos is a vital part of Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid squad, and the La Liga giants don't often sell key players who have yet to hit their prime. Chelsea are unlikely to qualify for next year's UEFA Champions League, and it's hard to see how they would convince the 2014 FIFA World Cup winner to join.

A move for Donnarumma seems just as unlikely, but (h/t Daily Star's Luke Gardener) claims the Blues have “opened talks” with the Rossoneri regarding their phenomenal goalkeeper. The youngster has emerged as one of the top talents at the position in 2015-16, and Manchester United are reportedly also interested.

TURIN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 21:  Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan in action during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and AC Milan at Juventus Arena on November 21, 2015 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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At just 16 years old, Donnarumma is already Milan's starting goalkeeper, becoming the youngest stopper to ever start a match in Serie A history when he made his debut, per Football Italia. He has impressed greatly since then, drawing inevitable comparisons to Juventus star Gianluigi Buffon.

His agent Mino Raiola has already slapped a monstrous £131 million price tag on his head, a clear sign Milan have no intention of selling the youngster at this time, per Gardener.

As you can see in the video below, Donnarumma looks like a budding star:

The report claims Chelsea are looking for a solid backup for starter Thibaut Courtois, but Donnarumma won't be backing anyone up anytime soon. The Italian's Milan career is only just starting, and don't expect the Rossoneri to move him in the near future.

Finally, Radamel Garcia, Falcao's father, says his son's focus is on Chelsea, and he won't be leaving the club for China anytime soon.

Speaking to Radio RCN (h/t Daily Star's Marc Williams), he said:

Let me tell you, Falcao will be back on the pitch in ten days. A lot of things can happen, but he will keep playing for Chelsea until the end of the season.

He is not thinking about moving to China at all. He is just thinking about playing for Chelsea. He is not sad at all. He is the kind of person who knows how to deal with these situations.

Per, the 30-year-old hasn't made an appearance for the Blues in months, and he's still recovering from an injury, per Chelsea's official Twitter account. The arrival of Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato raised questions about his future, and with so many South American players departing for China this winter, Falcao inevitably joined the list of possible targets for the Super League.

It seems he's determined to finish the season in west London, however, and prove he can still be an effective forward once he returns to the pitch.



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