The end of the transfer windows is always full of intrigues and for some clubs who are always comatose in the market, last minute rushes will be the order of the day. For Chelsea, however, the Blues hierarchy are working laboriously to bring in some more players and also get rid of those that are deemed surplus to requirements.
One of those players who Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho thinks could not fit into his style at Stamford Bridge left for Juventus on loan earlier in the week. Juan Cuadrado joined Chelsea in February and failed to have any impact and now he has been sent back to a league where he had excelled before moving to England. Others such as Victor Moses et al. will also likely move before the closure of the window.
Furthermore, there could also be few ins to be witnessed at Stamford Bridge before the close of the window in a week’s time. The Blues are relentlessly on the pursuit of Everton’s John Stones and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, while Victor Moses is set to leave Chelsea imminently for an initial loan move to West Ham United.
We start with is an update on Stones and this is absolutely going to be devastating for Chelsea fans. When John Stones handed in a formal transfer request at Everton on Tuesday in order to force a move to Chelsea, there were high hopes that the centre-back will join the Premier League champions this season. However, this seems not mean to be.
Stones wants a move to Chelsea this summer, and Everton’s Bill Kenwright [chairman] in conjunction with boss Roberto Martinez and more recently, director John Wood seem to be making life hard for the young player by blocking the move. Three bids of around £20m, £26m and £30m respectively has been rejected flatly by the Liverpool-based club, much to the frustration of Stones. Seeing that the transfer window set to close on September 2 and that the chance to join to Chelsea is a once in a life time one, the 21-year old moved swiftly to submit a transfer request for a move to Stamford Bridge.
But Everton are still resolutely holding on to Stones – who reduced to tears by Everton fans after last Wednesday Capital One Cup clash against his former side, Barnsley. Reports emerged yesterday that a fourth bid has been rejected from Chelsea, but it is still understood the move will go through before next Tuesday.
Now it’s POGBOOM time!. It is about the new Juventus’ influential midfielder, and arguably the best player in the Old Lady squad. The Blues have offered in excess of £70m for the services of Paul Pogba, and it is thought Chelsea and the Serie A champions talked about the move during the Champions League draw yesterday and the move could finally be completed this week. It is thought Jose Mourinho wants the 22-year old Frenchman to partner Nemanja Matic in the Blues’ central midfield. As per a Daily Star report, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has sanctioned a stunning record bid of £73m to lure Pogba to west London before the transfer window slams shut.
Chelsea have a chance of landing Pogba with their huge bid, as one of the Blues’ unwanted players has been farmed out on a year-long loan to Juventus.
It had been claimed Chelsea may use Cuadrado, Ramires or Oscar as a make-weight to land Pogba, with Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri a huge admirer of the Selecao duo. Pogba transfer to Chelsea will happen in the coming days, as the player did not feature in Juventus’s third kit launch suggesting a move is imminent. We wait…for a record-breaking transfer!
Nigeria international winger Victor Moses is on the verge of joining Slaven Bilic’s West Ham United, as the competition for place on either flanks in the Chelsea team hots up. Jose Mourinho had revealed during pre-season that the 24-year old will stay at the club, and he was even included in the Blues’ Premier League list.
But that was not to be as it seems Pedro’s arrival suddenly changed Jose’s mind – with the Spaniard even performing superbly against West Bromwich Albion last weekend. Moses is set to follow Cuadrado out of Stamford Bridge – as the Premier League champions are in advanced negotiations with West Ham United over the move which will go ahead probably during the weekend.
Moses joined Chelsea from Wigan under Roberto Di Matteo’s reign and the winger has spent most of his time away from Stamford Bridge – on loan at Liverpool and Stoke City. Meanwhile, the loan move to Boleyn Ground will include an option for West Ham to make it permanent, as per reports.