A warm welcome, Chelsea fans. Buckle up and prepare to be force fed the very latest on your club, because like it or not news is coming your way.
Right, now we’ve got past the necessary instructions we’re pleased to tell you that we’ve sourced some absolute humdingers from the world of football today. To paraphrase Quentin Tarantino’s Lt. Aldo Raine, transfer news is our business, and cousin business is a ‘boomin.
Seriously, it is. With the transfer window in full swing it was only a matter of time before the Blues got in on the action. you think signing Asmir Begovic was big? Wait until you read what we’ve got.
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The £40m men
Jose Mourinho is almost certainly busy preparing for a campaign wherein he’ll be expected to defend the Premier League title Chelsea won last term, but he might yet see more than one change impact upon his plans.
According to Italian newspaper TuttoSport both Juan Cuadrado and Mohamed Salah are still wanted by Serie A clubs, with neither assured of a first-team placed at Chelsea heading into the new campaign.
Between the two of them they could raise more than £40m for the club, with Cuadrado valued at around £27m still and Inter Milan said to be ready to pay £15m for Salah if he impresses during a season long loan at the San Siro this year.
At the moment it’s very much speculation-based, but the two could well have had a decision made by later today. It's said Fiorentina are meeting with Chelsea to try and sign Salah permanently - they had him on loan last season - whilst Cuadrado will hold talks with his club to discern his future, both within the next 12 hours.
Zouma on Falcao
In team news Kurt Zouma has hailed the arrival of Radamel Falcao, labelling the Colombian a ‘very good’ player. Falcao flopped at Manchester United last season but Mourinho is hoping to get the best out of him, which may not be an easy task given that he looks like a player extremely low on confidence.
In any case fans will know sooner rather than later if he’s to return to cream of the crop status or simply continue an astronomical decline into Fernando Torres territory. Here’s to hoping he falls into the former category fairly quickly.
Meanwhile we’re going to finish our roundup by referring back to a piece of speculation that focuses on Barcelona’s Pedro. It’s said in various places that a deal can be done for the Spaniard this summer, with the bookies’ having made the Blues favourites to sign him.
Of course such a transfer will only be feasible once Barca have the results from their upcoming presidential election, and even then the successful candidate may decide to keep him.