It’s a good Monday morning for Chelsea fans, with Jose Mourinho’s men having bested Aston Villa and extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table.
The Blues overcame a surprisingly redoubtable Villa side to take a 2-1 win back to Stamford Bridge virtue of goals from Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic, and with Manchester City only able to salvage a draw with Hull City - and that courtesy of a late James Milner free-kick - all is rosy in west London.
With Chelsea supporters having every reason to smile, let’s take a look at the biggest news doing the rounds at the beginning of this week.
First up there’s an update to the case of West Ham star Enner Valencia, who is supposedly a top target of Mourinho’s ahead of the summer transfer window. The Ecuador forward, who only signed for Sam Allardyce’s side after the 2014 World Cup, is capable of playing both up top and out wide, with Mourinho said to see him as an ideal replacement for Didier Drogba.
With Andre Schurrle gone and Mohamed Salah on his way out there is also cover needed for the wings, and with Valencia’s versatility he would make a for a useful addition. It’s believed West Ham are already searching for a replacement, such is their confidence that they can keep their man.
Luis wants out
In not so good news sources this morning are claiming that Chelsea full-back Filipe Luis, who arrived last summer along with Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, has told former Atletico Madrid teammate Miranda that he’s not happy at Stamford Bridge.
Thanks to the form of Cesar Azpilicueta he’s been confined to minimal appearances, and his role within the first-team setup isn’t nearly so distinguished as most would have expected. A move away apparently looms.
Courtois swap deal?
Lastly we turn to a rather speculative piece of gossip suggesting that Courtois could be heading to Real Madrid as part of a deal for Raphael Varane. Spanish media are professing that the Belgian stopper is now Carlo Ancelotti’s preferred target for the summer, with David De Gea in negotiations to extend his Manchester United contract.