Some transfer gossip for you now. Chelsea are trying to tie-up a deal to sign Cesc Fabregas that would lead to Arsenal missing out on payment for their former midfielder. The Gunners are set to earn around about 50% of any profit which the Catalan club recover on the £28M that they sold Fabregas for, in a complicated deal three years ago. As the Independent have reported.
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We've entered that period in the year when clubs are beginning to decide what they'll do with their current crop of players, either on loan or actually at the club. Jose Mourinho has to decide what to do about his strikers, Petr Cech and his loanees. Chelsea have a variety of players on loan with all demonstrating their talent on occasions. However, it looks as though Kurt Zouma will be the only one that could break into the Chelsea team next season.
The highly likely transfer of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona to Chelsea have sent Arsenal fans into a meltdown as I have witnessed first-hand in the world of Twitter. Some claiming Fabregas have stabbed them and Arsene Wenger in the back. Others have attacked Wenger himself, calling him a 'dithering man' which basically means that he holds back on a move for a player for so long that someone else eventually comes in and signs that player up. As we know with Wenger, he always has a different option and a surprise up his sleeve so he must be planning something big if he has turned Cesc down.
The tabloids already seem to be bored with the departure of Frank Lampard and have now turned their attention to replacements for him. There is quite a list developing as each and every publication in Europe is coming up with someone new every other day. Every so often this player is picked up by other tabloids and suddenly a frenzy is created around him. Then a number of other clubs are thrown into the mix to create a really juicy saga.
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.
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.
A decline of one of the best domestic teams from the last decade is sure to hit the club hard and will thus do everything in their power to remedy the situation. For Barcelona, their reign has come to an end in Europe and in Spain as they simply haven't been the force they were under Pep Guardiola.
Jose Mourinho could be dealt a huge blow when he arrives as Chelsea boss as David Luiz has refused to rule out a move to the Spanish giants Barcelona, or so say the Daily Star. However, the Portuguese manager is set to hold a meeting with the defender to persuade him to stay in west London.
Imagine the loss of business to the barbers in London should Luiz leave the capital..
I fully believe Chelsea will be one tough team to beat in three or four years. By tough, I mean the next Barcelona, or Manchester United of old.
Jose Mourinho will be our cherry, on the icing of the cake, but in reality, he really doesn’t have to do much at all. His first reign at the club, was very much a time for sculpting, and creating a world-beating team, as part of a four or five year plan. Now, when he joins, that work is already well in motion.
‘A team in transition’ Finally. Something I agree with old Rafa Benitez about.
Like it or not, we are exactly that. No club can go on winning trophies year after year for decades, and although they seem to be the best at this ‘transitioning’ stage, even Manchester United have had poor seasons and spells.
I wouldn’t say it is wrong to be worried and skeptical about our immediate future, and I do agree that Champions League qualification is vital, but not much more than that is.
If last years Champions League victory was a miracle, then a second successive one, would truly be an act of god for the Stamford Bridge side.
Despite possessing arguably a better team this term, as well as having the mental ability to win the trophy, whilst surrounded by the problems we faced last year, I think this year will see one of the Spanish giants, Barcelona or Real Madrid pick up the coveted prize.
With the end of the season nearing us, players and managers are linked with moves daily, and with Roman Abramovich keen to give his new manager a licence to overhaul the current squad, then have been linked with a host of players from all over the globe.
Chelsea seemingly wrote their own script today as they managed to draw 2-2 with Barcelona at the Nou Camp, and send them through to the Champions League Final, to face either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.
Chelsea face Barcelona tonight in the Champions League semi-final, coming off the back of an enthralling 5-1 victory over neighbours Tottenham at the weekend.
David Luiz picked up an injury in that game, so Chelsea will be without him tonight, so Gary Cahill will fill in for him. The Catalan side have David Villa, Gerard Pique and Eric Abidal sidelined, so Chelsea have an opportunity to exploit the usual resilient defence of Barcelona.