Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Carlos Tevez and 5 Transfer Possibilities

Adam MacDonald@adammacdoAnalyst IIJune 13, 2011

Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Carlos Tevez and 5 Transfer Possibilities

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 23:  Carlos Tevez of Manchester City waves to the fans during the Manchester City FA Cup Winners Parade at the City of Manchester stadium on May 23, 2011 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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    After finishing second to Manchester United in the Premier League race last season, Chelsea are undergoing a bit of a transformation.

    With no manager and rumours of countless transfer targets up front, the team could look drastically different by the time the season starts.

    Here we look at five players who could be finding their way to Stamford Bridge in the near future.

Carlos Tevez, Manchester City

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 17:  Carlos Tevez of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Stoke City at City of Manchester Stadium on May 17, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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    Carlos Tevez is far and away Manchester City’s best player. The top scorer at Eastlands last season, City will be loath to lose him. However, with Tevez being reported as saying he will not be returning to the club, City need to seriously contemplate losing their captain.

    The price tag will be monstrous. A figure of £50 million ($81.53 million US ) is not out of the realm of possibility, and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is one of the few who could afford it.

    His temperament is another issue, though. No team wants to spend £50 million on a player who will get in a mood and sulk if he is benched in favour of Didier Drogba or Fernando Torres.

Javier Pastore, Palermo

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    PALERMO, ITALY - MAY 10:  Javier Pastore (R) of Palermo and Andrea Pirlo of Palermo compete for the ball during the Tim Cup between US Citta di Palermo and AC Milan at Stadio Renzo Barbera on May 10, 2011 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Get
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    Carlos Tevez’ fellow Argentinian Javier Pastore is another player Chelsea could target.

    Reuters reported last year that Pastore would be on the move, with Chelsea and Barcelona interested in the 21-year-old midfielder.

    He would command a similar fee to Tevez, although Palermo would probably settle for £40 million ($65.23 million US).

Neymar, Santos

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 27:  Neymar of Brazil celebrates scoring the opening goal during the International friendly match between Brazil and Scotland at Emirates Stadium on March 27, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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    With the Metro reporting that the Blues are willing to match Santos’ £30 million ($48.92 million US) asking price for Brazilian striker Neymar—and that Roman Abramovich is willing to pay him £70,000 ($114,000 US) a week to play in England—there is a strong possibility Chelsea will land the 19-year-old.

    Santos cannot afford the youngster, who has impressed at the club level despite being left off the Brazilian 23-man roster at the 2010 World Cup.

Jack Rodwell, Everton

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    HERNING, DENMARK - JUNE 12: Jack Rodwell (C) of England during the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group B match between England and Spain at the Herning Stadium on June 12, 2011 in Herning, Denmark.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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    With Roman Abramovich wanting—and willing—to spend a lot to lower the average age of the squad in the summer transfer window, Everton’s Jack Rodwell is a real possibility.

    The 20-year-old has shown great promise at Goodison Park and will be a target not only for Chelsea, but for Spurs and both Manchester United and City.

    Additionally, he is English, and with UEFA’s new regulations requiring at least eight homegrown players, Abramovich will take them when he can get them.

Romelu Lukaku, Anderlecht

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    With pictures appearing in The Daily Mail last year of Romelu Lukaku in a Chelsea shirt, it appeared the Blues were close to signing the Anderlecht striker.

    Lukakuhas been targeted by several clubs, but his agent has denied any move is on the table. However, it does look as though Lukaku is destined to end up in London next season.