The father and agent of Marseille star Gianelli Imbula has revealed that he rejected the chance for the midfielder to join Chelsea last year, as he didn’t want the Blues having full control over his career.
Comments taken from Imbula’s chief representative confirm that the 22-year-old could have indeed moved to Stamford Bridge in 2013, prior to signing for the Stade Velodrome outfit, as negotiations were in place with members of the Chelsea hierarchy.
However, Imbula’s father was put off by demands from the Blues camp, and so no deal materialised. The midfielder then moved to Marseille, where has enjoyed a successful spell.
In other news Jose Mourinho is said to be keeping an eye on Juventus ace Kwado Asamoah, ahead of a possible January transfer window raid. The young midfielder has excited fans and pundits alike since bursting onto the scene, but with Juve's midfield already rife with world-class talent his club might be open to letting him move on if the price is right.
Lionel Messi update
One player they won’t be signing is Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, as Mourinho has confirmed it’s impossible, though they might change their tact if Manchester City go ahead with their mooted £200 million transfer plans.
It was reported over the weekend that Manuel Pellegrini is confident he can beat Chelsea to the punch with an incredible offer, though how likely that scenario is given their recent FFP woes remains open to interpretation.
- Chelsea are close to sealing a deal for Andrej Kramaric, after talks opened this weekend. According to reports an agreement which will bag the Croatia international €1.2 million-a-year has been struck, and now the Blues only need to offer a fee which will satisfy his current club, HNK Rijeka, for a move to be completed.
- Fernando Torres has confirmed that he is to return to former haunt Atletico Madrid on loan, despite the fact that he's only just left Chelsea for AC Milan on a permanent deal. Having endured a disappointing spell in Serie A since flopping at Stamford Bridge the Spaniard has been given the chance to resurrect his career at the club which made him into a household name in football.