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Chelsea Transfer News: Romelu Lukaku Set For West Brom Loan

4 Jul

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According to Sky Sports News, young Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku is set to re-sign for West Bromwich Albion on loan for the season after enjoying a successful temporary stay with the club last year.

The Belgian striker has apparently turned down Everton to re-link up with West Brom, as he would prefer, according to Sky Sports News, to join back up with the side he is familiar with. The explosive striker would represent a considerable coup for West Brom, especially considering how well he did last year, and he could enjoy more first team time than if he were to head elsewhere, which is clearly more valuable to Chelsea.

West Brom currently sit at the bottom of the league, having failed to score in three consecutive games, despite welcoming Nicolas Anelka back from compassionate leave against Swansea City at the weekend.

If Lukaku does sign for West Brom, he could potentially be joined by both Victor Anichebe from Everton and Sunderland’s out-of-favour forward Stephane Sessegnon, and the Baggies would line up with an all-new attack for their next Premier League game if they are able to push through their deadline day deals.

The news was greeted with enthusiasm by Baggies’ ‘keeper Ben Foster, who tweeted the following:

Ben Foster

Do you think Lukaku has made the right decision is choosing West Brom? Share your opinions below.

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Man Utd 0-0 Chelsea: 5 Things We Learnt

20 Jun

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Matches between title contenders fall into two categories, it seems – matches that have a profound, some say devastating effect on the title race, even two games in, or ones where not much happens, not much changes, and everyone lives to fight another day. The first match between title rivals this season fell very much into the latter category.

Still, there plenty of interest for football enthusiasts, starting right from the team selections (more on that later) to the substitutions and then into ‘Moyes time’, which rather appropriately enough considering the differing personalities of the incumbent and his predecessor, there was no real last gasp excitement.

Here are five things we learnt…

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Man Utd Transfer News: Red Devils Want Samuel Eto’o?

9 Jun

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Chelsea target Samuel Eto’o is also on Manchester United’s radar this summer, according to sources close to the striker and a report in the Mirror.

The 32-year-old had been lined up by Blues manager Jose Mourinho as a possible alternative for Wayne Rooney, following United’s insistence that the England star, who played in last night’s friendly win over Scotland, is not for sale.

Eto’o wants out of Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachakla after the club’s billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov stopped ploughing money into the club.

And the Cameroonian’s representatives have claimed that along with Chelsea, Napoli and Inter Milan, a fourth club are also interested in signing the forward.

And sources close to Eto’o claim the last bidder is United.

Eto’o’s agent, Claudio Vigorelli, had previously insisted that talks with Chelsea over a move in recent days had been positive but that the striker was willing to speak to any potential employer.

And that could leave the door open for United who may be in the market for a new goalscorer this summer.

Along with the ongoing Rooney issue, the Premier League champions also have concerns over Danny Welbeck, who, despite scoring in last night’s 3-2 win over Scotland, has not netted for United since last October.

Eto’o, despite his age, managed to score 21 times in 44 appearances for Anzhi last season.

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Chelsea Transfer News: £40 Million For Paul Pogba In January?

9 Dec

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Chelsea have been told by Juventus that they must pay 40 million if they want to sign Paul Pogba, according to the Express.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho is keen on signing the former Manchester United starlet when the transfer window reopens in January, as he looks to add yet another midfielder to his squad.

He already has the likes of Frank Lampard, Oscar, Ramires and Willian in his side but there are doubts over the future of Juan Mata while new signing Marco van Ginkel will miss the rest of the season.

And Mourinho has identified the 20-year-old as the ideal target as he looks to bring in a defensive midfielder this winter.

The self-styled ‘Special One’ had been hoping to do business at 25 million but has been told by the Italian champions to stump up almost double that amount.

Juventus could be willing to do business in January however as they look to fund a 15 million move for Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke.

But the Blues are likely to face stiff competition with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Real Madrid all showing an interest in the Frenchman in the past.

Pogba has two-and-a-half years left on his contract at Juventus Stadium but has refused to commit to the new deal his club have recently offered him.

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Steaua Bucharest vs Chelsea – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

27 Nov

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Date: Tuesday, October 1 Venue: Arena Nationala Kick-Off: 19:45

Chelsea take on Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League tonight knowing another defeat could lead to a second group stage elimination in two years.

Team News

Steaua Bucharest manager Laurentiu Reghecampf is sweating over the fitness of Mihail Pintili and Cristian Tanase as he prepares to welcome Chelsea to the Arena Nationala in Tuesday night’s Group E Champions League clash.

Both will face late fitness tests ahead of kick off.

Chelsea will be without Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, while Marco Van Ginkel is out for the rest of the season.

Michael Essien has also not travelled, though Fernando Torres is eligible as his domestic ban following his red card against Tottenham at the weekend does not carry over into European competition.

(Sky Sports)

Key Stats

This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides.

No Romanian club has ever scored more than one goal against English opposition in the Champions League (eight games).

Chelsea have won only two of their last 10 Champions League games away from home (three draws, five defeats).

Jos Mourinho has failed to win his last three Champions Leage games with Chelsea (one draw, two defeats).

Likely Line-Ups

Steaua Bucharest
Tatarusanu, Georgievski, Szukala, Gardos, Latovlevici, Pintilii, Bourceanu, Popa, Stanciu, Tanase, Kapetanos

Chelsea
Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Lampard, Mikel, Ramires, Oscar, Schurrle, Torres

Match Preview

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Almost one year ago, Chelsea were eliminated from the Champions League, becoming the first defending champions to exit in the group stage of the famous club competition.

That resulted in the sacking of boss Roberto Di Matteo and returning manager Jose Mourinho must therefore be feeling a little hot under the collar, with the Blues slumping to a 2-1 defeat to Basel two weeks ago.

Chelsea are sitting bottom of Group E alongside tonight’s opponents and both are without a win after Bucharest lost to Schalke in matchday one of the tournament.

Both therefore will be going all out to secure those vital three points tonight.

This is the first ever encounter between the two sides, but Chelsea have a few statistical advantages in that no Romanian side has ever scored more than one goal against English opposition in the Champions League.

That being said, Mourinho has failed to win his last three games in the Champions League with Chelsea, drawing once and losing twice.

If these two sides are to avoid being cut adrift in Group E, one of those statistics probably has to end tonight.

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Chelsea Transfer News: Arsenal Close To Signing Demba Ba

12 Oct

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Though it’s all quiet on the transfer front for Chelsea in terms of incoming deals – despite whisperings of a late deal for Wayne Rooney coming on the back of Jose Mourinho’s claims that managers can lie to the media to hide their intentions – they are on the verge of sanctioning another outgoing deal.

With Victor Moses sent out on loan to Liverpool for the season, and a raft of attacking options supplemented by the signing of Willian, and Porto’s striker Christian Atsu, who will spend this season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, Demba Ba has been pushed down the pecking order after just a few months as a Chelsea player.

And his likely destination, according to two of the country’s biggest football journalists is Arsenal, who have so far stolen much of the final day focus with their big money move for Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

According to John Cross at the Mirror, Arsene Wenger is on the trail of the Senegalese striker, having missed out on him in January when he headed to Stamford Bridge, and he is now firmly back in the Frenchman’s sights:

John Cross Demba Ba

Talksport’s Ian Abraham’s agrees with that intention, confirming that Arsenal are close to signing Ba from Chelsea, as he states that France Football have said the deal is almost done:

Moose Demba Ba

Should Chelsea be giving one of their chief rivals the opportunity to bolster their attack? If Mourinho is so keen on letting Demba Ba leave, he would surely be better off blocking a move to a direct rival and allowing Ba to move either to Roma, who have been linked with interest, or to Newcastle, who are perpetually linked with re-signing the striker they allowed to leave back in January.

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Spurs Transfer News: Tottenham To Hijack Arsenal’s Demba Ba Bid?

8 Oct

Demba Ba

The fight for Demba Ba has a new contender as Tottenham Hotspur joned Arsenal, Newcastle and West Ham in the battle for the Senegalese striker’s signature, according to Sky Sports News.

Chelsea are demanding 3 million to pry Ba – who only joined from Newcastle in January – away from Stamford Bridge on a year-long loan.

For the longest time it was felt that Arsenal were in pole position for Ba’s signature, yet with the Gunners only willing to stump up 1.5 million as a fee the door has been left open for Newcastle, West Ham and overseas clubs such as Valencia and Napoli – currently managed by Rafa Benitez, Ba’s Chelsea manager last season.

Yet now Sky Sports have broken the news that Spurs have joined the hunt after being knocked back in their attempts to sign Zenit St. Petersburg’s Hulk – the Brazilian would’ve cost 10 million just for a year’s loan, forcing Spurs to look elsewhere.

Chelsea have announced that they have rebuffed bids from both North London clubs and have accepted terms from another Premier League suitor, but Ba may be dragging his heels until a move to a Champions League club materialises.

Tottenham’s entrance into the race came moments after West Ham appeared to be about to hjack Arsenal’s deal and bring Ba back to the club where he began his Premier League career.

According the BBC, the move was going to be partly funded by the sale of Ricardo Vaz Te.

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