Chelsea to fight Arsenal for 11-year-old Charlie Patino - roundup

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Chelsea made hard work of Leicester City last night but eventually came away with the result they wanted.

The up and down emotions of the event seemed to take such a toll on Foxes boss Nigel Pearson that he lost his mind at frequent intervals during the post-match press conference. Jose Mourinho won’t mind one bit about that though; his Blues side are now just one win away from the Premier League title.

This weekend’s fixture sees them take on Alan Pardew’s galvanised Crystal Palace at home. A win would see them extend their lead at the table’s summit to form a gap that can’t mathematically be bridged by Arsenal or Manchester City. We know, exciting times.

That’s why we took extra pleasure in sourcing today’s stories for our Chelsea roundup. The vibe around Stamford Bridge is positive indeed, and that should be reflected in the speculation.

Wonderkid rumours

They may be on the verge of securing another English title but you’d be foolish for thinking the Blues aren’t looking towards the future, foolish indeed. Word on the street is that 11-year-old Luton wonderkid Charlie Patino is on the Blues’ radar, whilst also being monitored by both Arsenal and Tottenham.

Given his age it’s safe to assume he won’t be featuring for Mourinho’s first-team anytime soon, but the fact that Chelsea are supposedly ready to pay £10,000 in compensation for a player who has probably just sat his SATs exams tells you all you need to know about his potential.

The final decision will likely be made by Patino - and his parents - before too long, although the idea of joining the academy of the reigning Premier League champions might prove too strong a pull for Arsenal and Spurs to stand a chance.

Cech to Arsenal?

Elsewhere Chelsea stalwart Petr Cech is said to be seriously considering trading Stamford Bridge in for the Emirates Stadium, as he doesn’t want to uproot his family from London. Arsenal are in need of a new ‘keeper and have their eyes set on Mourinho’s number two, which could prove to be pivotal come the transfer window.

Cech himself appears destined to leave Chelsea this summer having lost his first-team spot to Thibaut Courtois, and although there is interest from abroad, he is believed to prefer the idea of staying in England.

Mourinho missing Lampard

Lastly Mourinho himself has taken the time to publicly bemoan the loss of Frank Lampard, insisting that the ex-England midfielder is one of the top five most important players Chelsea have ever had. Lampard left for the MLS last summer, only to be loaned to Manchester City for the season, but Mourinho insisted he still felt his loss.

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