Good afternoon Blues and welcome to Friday’s version of the transfer news update from CFCnet, where we take a look at the latest potential arrivals and departures at Stamford Bridge this summer.

In some fresh news, in the last couple of hours bookies have significantly slashed the odds of QPR striker Charlie Austin joining Chelsea this summer, meaning he has gone from 2/1 to 13/8 to head to Stamford Bridge in odds set by Betfair.

It was reported earlier this week that Chelsea had a genuine interest in the 25-year old forward and I’ve said before, I’m a supporter of this move. Being a gritty, battling goal scorer and home grown, as an extra striker to back up Costa and Falcao, this would be a great coup for a low fee. Whether he will chose Chelsea though and go in favour of first team football instead, remains to be seen.

Next up, reports are growing around the possibility of Chelsea making an offer for Axel Witsel from Zenit. Rated at £24 million it appears that the Blues will consider bringing in the Belgian International midfielder in to replace John Obi Mikel, who will leave in search of first team football.

It is suggested that Witsel will provide extra and strong competition to keep Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas on their toes.

Meanwhile, a certain German international defender Antonio Rudiger is apparently interested in joining Chelsea. Reports suggest that Rudiger has spoken of his desire to join the English Champions, according to BILD.

The 22-year old highly rated defender has growing admirers in the Bundesliga whilst turning out another impressive season at Stuttgart, and could well be seen as another option as a long term replacement to captain John Terry, should Mourinho want to make a move.

Finally, another player with an exciting future is Englishman Patrick Bamford. Having spent another successful year out on loan creating waves, he has stated that his future is Chelsea amid reports of interest to buy from both Newcastle and Crystal Palace.

Bamford will join up with the squad for pre-season and wants to stake his claim in front of Mourinho and battle for his place in the current squad. The likelihood is that he will go another season out on loan, but Chelsea certainly see him as their player for the long term and rate him highly.

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Simon Phillips – News Editor – CFCnet