The sale of David Luiz has greatly increased Chelsea's spending budget for the summer, making things a bit more legal for them to go out and splash £50 million on whoever they want. There are so many conflicting stories which either suggest that Jose Mourinho will directly replace Luiz or he'll use the money to improve other areas of the team, the strike department in particular.
The World Cup is under now under a couple of weeks away and the excitement is growing with each passing day. Friendlies and rumours keeping us thoroughly entertained while we wait. But, for some players, the thought of featuring in the World Cup has gone to their head and actually experienced dips in form. Unfortunately for Chelsea, Oscar could have fell victim to this.
Jose Mourinho is very good at getting deals done quickly, but I don't think anyone would've thought he would move this quickly. Three players, in critical positions, may have been secured before the window has even opened. With the World Cup just a couple of weeks away, it would be advised that you get deals done fast to avoid other clubs realising the skill and then facing a fight for his signature.
An awful lot has been said on the Chelsea attack next season with a wide range of stories coming in and linking the Blues with moves for certain players. It's a very frustrating as I need to decipher which ones seem credible. The way that journalists phrase their titles and articles, it all looks very believable which is the problem. Too many fans are drawn to their big and controversial headlines which is where they make their money. The summer and January are the worst times for this, as expected.
Toni Kroos has been flirting with Premier League clubs for a couple of months now with teams like Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City falling for his charm. Chelsea are the latest club to fall victim to his stunning passing abilities and the way he takes charge of a game. The clubs should be ashamed of themselves as Kroos is already in a committed relationship with Bayern Munich, but that hasn't stopped anyone in the past.
So many forwards have been linked with a move to Chelsea in the past few weeks, with all seemingly credible additions. Jose Mourinho has searched far and wide for replacements to the expected departures of Demba Ba, Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres. This has thrown up results in Germany, Spain and now Italy. Diego Costa has been the front-man touted for a Chelsea switch, but until that deal takes place, the London based club will be constantly linked with moves for attackers.
Jose Mourinho is often associated with signing players that aren't required or needed by the team. An extra winger or midfielder, but contrive to deprive them of game time. This is why I'm always sceptical when Mourinho decides to purchase a random player because of an unknown reason. If it was a striker, I would understand as a striker is much needed at Chelsea. An extra midfielder? Not so much.
With the sale of David Luiz rocking the football world for the sheer amount of money exchanged between the Blues and Paris Saint Germain, the media have already begun linking Chelsea with a new centre-back. A whole host of names have been thrown into the hat and most seem reasonable replacements.
Barcelona have had a change of management and with it, it looks as though the club itself is set for a big change in terms of player personnel. A mass exodus is set to begin at Barca with Alexis Sanchez, Cesc Fabregas and Dani Alves topping the list of potential departures. It's not often a club this big let go of some important stars, but if Luis Enrique (new Barca boss) says that it's time for a change then change is needed.
Footballers say a lot of things to the press these days. Maybe to gain publicity, or praise someone or even criticise certain people. Whatever they say to the press, it definitely should be taken with a pinch of salt. The tabloids all over the Europe are known for twisting words to fit an article. They slightly exaggerate a statement or take things far too literally. What we can conclude from this is that if a player says one thing, it can often turn out to be wrong.
The surprise story of the season has been the potential transfer of David Luiz to Paris Saint Germain in a deal worth £40 million. The whole footballing world has been left gob-smacked by the amount of money spent on a defender. Luiz will become the most expensive defender of all time should the transfer go through. However, there are some reports which suggest that the fee could be closer to £50 million. The Daily Mail are one of these outlets.
The crisis in the Chelsea attack is well documented in most print publications across Europe. I've referenced it a few times on this website. With all of Chelsea's current strikers linked with a move away in the past week, Jose Mourinho will certainly be turning the planet inside and out for ideal replacements. He currently has Diego Costa high on his list with Mario Mandzukic and even Mario Balotelli featuring on it.
The story surrounding Eden Hazard is as bizarre as anything I've seen since the Juan Mata story. The Belgian star will probably stay, but it's the fact that he's been heavily linked with a move away from the club with no one really denying that a move is on the cards. Some theories include the fact that Jose Mourinho and Hazard had a bit of an argument towards the tail-end of the season with the former criticising the latter's dedication to the team.
There has been a lot of discussion this week about whether or not Chelsea should or should not offer Ashley Cole a new contract, it's looking more unlikely now that Chelsea will offer the long serving left back a new contract. I have to agree with Mourinho that it is for the best to let Ashley Cole leave.
I've talked an awful lot about the strikers at Chelsea in the past few days. Criticising them all, but discussing each and every rumour that links them away from the club. For players like Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto'o, I have been quite generous towards them as I wouldn't mind them staying. However, a big money striker must be brought in though.