Christian Atsu's Everton loan deal in doubt in transfer roundup

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Chelsea winger Christian Atsu's proposed move to Everton has hit a snag, according to Sky Sports journalist Pete O'Rourke.

The 22-year-old looked set to follow Romelu Lukaku to Goodison Park this summer on a season-long loan, but the deal has now reportedly fallen through.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez was keen to follow up the £28m club-record capture of the Belgian striker by returning to Stamford Bridge for another emerging Blues star.

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However, the Spaniard's attempts to lure Atsu to Merseyside have been dealt a blow after failing to guarantee the player regular first-team action, and he'll now be forced to consider other wide-man options.

The Ghana international shone for his country at the World Cup this summer, off the back of an impressive showing on loan at Eredivisie outfit Vitesse Arnhem last season.

But, despite his fine form, Atsu is unlikely to feature much for Jose Mourinho's side this term, and is still expected to leave west London on a short-term deal.

Chelsea transfer gossip:

Chelsea's hopes of signing Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira have been boosted after Carlo Ancelotti identified Brazilian Luiz Gustavo as the man to replace the Germany international at the Bernabeu. (El Confidencial)

Jose Mourinho is keen to be reunited with Khedira at Stamford Bridge this summer, but faces competition from Arsenal for the £25 million-rated star's signature.

Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu has joined Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart on loan for the 2014/15 season. (London Metro)

The 22-year-old only signed a contract extension at Stamford Bridge last month, but is set for another spell away from west London, this time honing his skills in the Bundesliga.

Jose Mourinho has admitted he was surprised at being able to sign Cesc Fabregas this summer because he thought the Spain international would never leave Barcelona. (London Evening Standard)

The Chelsea boss was full of praise for the 27-year-old following some impressive pre-season performances, and went on to say that he is the "missing piece" for the Blues ahead of the new season.

Frank Lampard will always be welcome at Stamford Bridge even if he joins Chelsea's Premier League rivals Manchester City on loan, claims Jose Mourinho. (The Sun)

The Blues legend has been criticised by some supporters ahead of his prospective loan switch to the Etihad Stadium, but the Portuguese boss reiterated that he's free to play wherever he wants.

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