Oh to be a Chelsea supporter. Having already wrapped up the Premier League title you blessed bunch of bystanders can simply enjoy watching your side take to the field against West Brom next Monday safe in the knowledge that even if you lose 10-0, you’re still the recognised best team in England.
Swallow it, savour it and for God’s sake don’t take it for granted, such moments come around once in a blue moon.
Of course whilst you’re doing so the rest of the footballing world will continue to trundle on as we head towards the summer transfer window, and as a result we’re forced to wake you from your happy daydream to bring you the latest gossip doing the rounds.
With Jose Mourinho certain to want to strengthen his squad as he prepares for a title defence next year and money not likely to be an issue when the market opens, it’s safe to say hardly any of the current rumours can be written off without consideration. Bear that in mind as we move forward.
Marseille look to have joined the likes of Portuguese outfit Vitoria de Setubal in vying to win an agreement with Chelsea that would see them become the primary development ground for the Blues’ most exciting youngsters.
Word on the grapevine is that the Ligue 1 outfit are in talks to take three players - Charley Musonda included - across the channel in loan moves in time for next season, with others sure to follow suit if the two clubs can come to an arrangement.
Such matters will likely be above Jose Mourinho’s station but all the same The Special One will no doubt take to the idea of his young players getting first-team experience at a club like Marseille.
Moving on we turn to contractual affairs, where youngster Patrick Bamford is set to be handed a new five-year deal to reward him for his fine form on loan at Middlesbrough this season. The 19-year-old has looked very much the part whilst leading the line for Aitor Karanka’s Championship hopefuls and it looks as though his parent club are keen to tie him down for the long-term.
Tying things up nicely it could be that Bamford ends up plying his trade with Marseille if the aforementioned agreement comes to pass, although Mourinho may well decide that he wants him in his first-team if Didier Drogba decides to call time on his career or leaves for a second time.
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