As we’re smack bang in the middle of the winter transfer window, and rumours are flying around faster than Usain Bolt after several cups of strong coffee, it can become quite hard to keep up with everything your side is up to.
For Chelsea supporters, who naturally enjoy links to big players on a consistent basis, it can be particularly difficult. Alas, never fear… GiveMeSport is here to help. Here we’ve put together several of the biggest transfer stories relating to the Blues from today. Not only does it appear that Jose Mourinho is set to be a busy man, but it also looks like more than one agent has his work very much cut out for him.
Kicking off we have the confirmation that Partizan Belgrade midfielder Danilo Pantic is going to move to Stamford Bridge, with the 18-year-old himself revealing that he was set to be shipped out on loan to Vitesse Arnhem in order to continue his development.
It’s believed Chelsea are going to pay Partizan £1.25 million for the youngster’s signature, who delivered a last minute rejection to Serie A giants Juventus in the summer.
Chalobah joins Reading
Next up it’s the turn of starlet Nathaniel Chalobah, who has left the Blues to join Reading on loan today. The flashy England U21 international initially appeared to be on his way to Bordeaux, though FIFA’s rule prohibiting players from playing for more than two top-flight clubs in the same season - he’s already made appearances for Chelsea and Burnley - prevented that from happening.
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Costa in, Cuadrado out
Meanwhile it’s bad news on the Juan Cuadrado front, but good news in relation to an alternative attacking midfielder. Reports are claiming that Chelsea’s deal for Fiorentina’s Colombia star has hit the rocks due to the Serie A club’s rigid stance in negotiations, though now an offer has been submitted for Brazilian ace Douglas Costa.
The Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder is a former teammate of Blues star Willian, and is thought to be keen on trading Ukraine for the Premier League. Who’d have thought?
Lastly we turn our attentions to old wounds reopened by former Chelsea assistant manager Steve Clarke.
The 51-year-old Reading coach, who today of course clinched the loan signing of Chalobah, has revealed that his old club did everything they could to land Steven Gerrard in 2005, before being suffering a heartbreaking rejection. And that’s all she wrote, folks.