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Packed into today’s report is the latest on the confusion over Petr Cech’s apparent move to Arsenal, some very interesting quotes on one of Chelsea’s midfielders that appear to confirm his move away and gossip on one of the Blues’ most exciting youngsters. If information is what you seek, read on.
Gyan on Mikel
Chelsea fans have got to grips with the fact that John Obi Mikel is likely leaving Stamford Bridge this summer, with reports heavily indicating he’s poised to move to Arab Emirates club Al Ain.
Well, those who believe it’s all merely harmless gossip have been left with some fat to chew on this morning, as former Premier League star Asamoah Gyan - now of Al Ain - has welcomed Mikel to his club, implying said deal is done.
Gyan told how he had heard Mikel had agreed terms before saying it would be exciting to play with him. It’s not yet known whether Mourinho will sign a replacement if Mikel is moving on, but it could free up room for youngsters such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
“I heard it this week that he has agreed terms with Al Ain and will most definitely be playing for us next season," Gyan said.
"It’s great news for us because Mikel is a very good player and very experienced.
“It will be exciting playing with him in the same team, because I believe both of us, with the help of our other colleagues, can do more for the club.”
Given that Nemanja Matic and Francesc Fabregas have proven themselves more than worthy of marshalling Mourinho’s midfield Mike’s departure isn’t one to be grieved over. All the same it will draw to a close almost a decade of service for the Nigerian in west London.
Elsewhere Petr Cech has revealed today that he hasn’t joined Arsenal, despite reports yesterday pointing to the contrary. The veteran stopper was believed to have completed a move to the Gunners, but he played those down by retweeting a statement this morning on Twitter.
The tweet in question confirmed that the Czech international would be the first to break the news if and when the deal is done, though the general consensus is that negotiations could well be finalised by the time the weekend rolls around.
Bamford bye bye?
Last but not least Patrick Bamford could wave farewell to Stamford Bridge without ever having played a first-team game, as it’s been purported that Newcastle United are plotting an £8million bid.
New Magpies boss Steve McClaren is a supposed admirer of the young forward, who impressed during his loan with Middlesbrough last term.