Good afternoon fellow Blues and welcome to Wednesday’s mid week transfer news update from CFCnet, where we take a look at the potential arrivals and departures at Stamford Bridge this summer.
It’s a fairly busy one today folks and the biggest story is that Chelsea have a new (when I say new, this is not the first time we’ve ben rumoured with him) target in Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain for £30 million, allegedly. I’m not sure that there is anything solid behind this and I’m not even going to take the time to write about it anymore!
Perhaps a deal that may seem a little more likely is the capture of Atletico Madrid defender Joao Miranda. The 30-year old is also wanted by Manchester United but Chelsea have always been an admirer. The Brazil international is out of contract next year and his club could concede to losing him for nothing should they not accept a fee this summer. Apparently they have offered Toby Alderweireld to Chelsea instead, as reported here yesterday. But Jose Mourinho would prefer Miranda. I struggle to believe that though, although Miranda is a great defender, Alderweireld is younger and more versatile in that he can play anywhere across the back line, but we’ll see.
Meanwhile, Petr Cech has told Chelsea that he wants to leave and join Arsenal, in order to keep his family in London. This is sourced from The Independent and could have some truth behind it, although Arsene Wenger has previously stated that he doesn’t need a new goal keeper as he already has one of the best around!
A fairly new name now in the shape of Allan Marques Loureiro (another Brazilian with an English first name, what’s with that lately!?) from Serie A side Udinese. The 24-year old is a former Brazilian youth international but the defensive midfielder has yet to feature for the senior squad albeit being highly rated. His agent has tipped him for a move abroad and sources suggest that Chelsea are one of the clubs monitoring him.
Finally, Juan Cuadrado could well have kicked his last ball for the Blues after a legendary stint at the club. Reliable source and Sky Sports Italia presenter Gianluca Di Marzio has confirmed that Cuadrado and his agent will hold talks with Chelsea in regards to the players future as he looks set to go back to Italy.
The Colombian has failed to make an impact and although he’s not really had any solid game time, unfortunately if the Manager feels you do not have the potential, then you’re out.
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Simon Phillips – News Editor