Good evening and welcome to the mid-week transfer news update from CFCnet, where we look at the latest potential arrivals and departures at Stamford Bridge ahead of the vastly approaching summer transfer window.
First up the talk of the possible arrival of Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is still circulating around and has gathered even more pace after pundit and Coach Gary Neville commented on the potential move on Monday night. Neville feels that Chelsea would be worlds apart from the rest of the Premier League if they can land the capture of the Welsh International.
I’m very inclined to agree with him there. Bale has previously stated he wants to stay in Spain and fight but there is certainly something not quite right there. I feel that if we can raise some funds elsewhere perhaps in the shape of Oscar or John Obi Mikel, then we have a very frightening attacking prospect with Bale and Eden Hazard on either wing and Willian down the centre.
Meanwhile, there is still talk about Everton full back Seamus Coleman and his potential move to Chelsea. It’s certainly a position we are looking at bringing in resources for, and it certainly isn’t the big name who will come attached with a big fee, so there could well be some solid pace gathering behind this move. It is thought that Everton may consider offers of around £20 million for the Irish International.
One full back who won’t be arriving is England International Nathaniel Clyne, who has stated that he is happy at Southampton and not interested in a move away, perhaps even more reason to feel that the Coleman move could go ahead.
Chelsea are certainly going to be in for a striker this summer, maybe two depending on the fate of both Didier Drogba and Loic Remy. Lyon high flyer Alexandre Lacazette is being talked about as another potential target for The Blues, but they also have rivalry from Arsenal and Liverpool who also want the prolific goal scorer.
So perhaps maybe we’ll go for Rickie Lambert? Yes this is apparently a rumour with some pace gathering also. Personally I can see Chelsea moving for a striker of similar age and calibre to Lambert or perhaps Emmanuel Adebayor as also been talked about as it makes sense. We’re not going to use a top young striker warming the bench nor would a high quality forward from Europe want to come and sit there either, so it will be someone at the latter end of their career happy to play a bit part role as a third choice striker and I’m afraid their aren’t many of those willing and able. Lambert being an England International and a good target man, I can see a slight sense in this looking past the obvious out cries!
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Simon Phillips – News Editor