According to the local British press today Chelsea are looking to activate the release clause of Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, in a deal that will reach around £75 million. Reports are unclear but it is thought that the Welsh International does have this clause in his contract and that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is debating triggering the fee.
Bale is unsettled in Spain and despite recent claims that he wishes to stay and prove his worth in La Liga, there is other suggestions that he is more than willing to listen to other offers and is homesick.
Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho will be looking to bring in one or two big names as he’s seen his sides creativity die down towards the second half of this season and he wishes to action this by bringing in more world class players. There is certainly an interest there in Bale, but ultimately the decision will be with the player.
Meanwhile, Both Chelsea and Manchester City have been told that Ross Barkley could well be available but it will take a fee of around £50 million for any negotiations to begin. This is another player that Chelsea have been looking at for some time and with the rumours of an Oscar departure after his form has dipped, Barkley could well be seen as a decent replacement.
The English International has had an inconsistent season at Everton and many are suggesting that he needs to be within a top three club now in order to prove himself and become a regular in domestic and international football.
He is certainly a Mourinho type player with his direct play and work rate and this is another one that will be monitored this summer as Chelsea look to bring in fresh new faces.
Simon Phillips – News Editor – @cfcneteditor