This morning brings many reports from decent sources that the Cesar Azpilicueta deal will be completed before the Charity Shield game on Sunday, with it being officially announced next week.

Along with that, I’m hearing strong reports that Chelsea and Wigan are close to agreeing an £8 million fee for Victor Moses and this deal will also be completed by next week.

Nothing confirmed officially but the reports are very strong. So what does this mean for the Hulk deal?

The negotiations have been on going and are still happening, but with Chelsea realising time is running out, they are looking to get the small details finalised for the Moses deal. We won’t buy both players, or at least I can’t see that happening. So with that said and the Moses deal stepping up a notch, it suggests that Chelsea are not holding out on the deal for Hulk and negotiations could well be going downhill.

Having said that, do not rule it out, I’ve still got a gut feeling that Abramovich will get his man and that it will be a deadline day deal, possibly another 11.50pm completion!

Simon Phillips – News Editor

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