Chelsea fans, hello and good day on this gloomy Thursday morning.
Hopefully you’ll have had your coffee and your eyes are no longer glued together with tiredness; it’s time to tackle the morning Blues roundup.
Fortunately for you lucky lot today is packed full of fanciful speculation and stories sure to get your brain ticking over. If you’re not awake already you should be after this. Enjoy.
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Luis deal agreed?
Spanish sources are wasting no time in delivering updates to the case of Chelsea left-back Filipe Luis, claiming that the Brazilian is to be presented to supporters of former club Atletico Madrid as soon as next week.
Marca claim that an agreement for Luis transfer back to Spain has been agreed upon by the two clubs, though no sum is actually mentioned. The 29-year-old only made a switch to England last summer, but has struggled to force Cesar Azpilicueta out of the left-back position.
As a result it’s been said that he might seek a return to Spain, where his career really took off whilst under the tutelage of Diego Simeone. Conveniently for him Atletico haven’t had much luck in the left-back berth since his departure… You can see where we’re going with this.
In other news loosely linked Chelsea target Alexandre Lacazette can leave Lyon this summer, but only if clubs wanting to sign him pay €35m.
In the past the Blues have been mentioned as potential suitors for Lacazette, and he could be a useful alternative to Barcelona’s Pedro. At the moment though it’s said Arsenal and Liverpool are ranked as more likely destinations, however that could well change if Mourinho can’t get his hands on the aforesaid Pedro.
Staying on the theme of potentially big transfers we’ve got the latest on Roman Abramovich and his, err… quest to sign Axel Witsel.
Don’t worry, you did read that right. Sources on the continent are purporting that Chelsea’s mega-rich president has flown to his home nation of Russia in a bid to talk with Zenit Saint Petersburg about the possibility of the Blues landing Witsel. Hopefully he’s got Mourinho’s consent to do as much.