1) Man City threaten Chelsea deal for Taison :
Manchester City are making a late move to trump Chelsea for Metalist Kharkiv midfielder Taison. The Daily Mail says an £11million deal had been agreed in principle between Chelsea and the Ukrainian club for the Brazilian midfielder, but Metalist are understood to have demanded more money after City made their own move for Taison. Benfica and rival Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk have also made enquiries. However, Chelsea remain determined to sign Taison and have reopened talks with Metalist chiefs over an improved offer. Metalist are believed to want an extra £2m from Chelsea and want the new deal agreed by tomorrow. If Chelsea refuse to stump up the extra cash, Metalist will explore interest from the Premier League champions.
2) Chelsea target Fellaini has buyout clause in Everton contract :
It’s been revealed Marouane Fellaini has a £22 million buyout clause in his Everton contract. The Daily Mail says England’s top clubs are on alert over reports that Fellaini has a £22million buyout clause in his contract. The Everton midfielder is interesting a number of teams but the clause, inserted in a five-year contract in 2011, can only be triggered by a club who play in the Champions League. Holders Chelsea are likely to be at the front of the queue. Chelsea have been rumoured to have a 27 million Euro bid accepted by Everton for Marouane Fellaini would join the club this week.
3) Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to make a bumper contract offer to Pep Guardiola :
The Daily Mail says Abramovich has been given the green light to make another approach for Guardiola after the former Barcelona coach confirmed he will return to management next season. Abramovich has made several attempts to recruit Guardiola and Chelsea are at the front of a queue of clubs hoping to secure him as manager next season. Manchester City are also monitoring his situation, but Chelsea will offer Guardiola £15million a year to become the club’s next boss and they are confident of getting their man.
4) Chelsea may cash-in on De Bruyne :
Chelsea may be prepared to sell winger Kevin de Bruyne, currently on-loan at Werder Bremen. The Daily Star says Chelsea could be tempted into offloading De Bruyne, as they have since added Victor Moses, Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Oscar to their squad since signing the Belgian. As a result, De Bruyne is likely to find first-team football hard to come by should he return to the Champions League winners.
Other News :
1) Lampard to Manchester United :
Ray Wilkins was asked about the recent rumour that has Lampard linked to United –
The 34-year-old’s deal expires in the summer and there is no sign of a contract extension. Wilkins, who played for Chelsea and United, says the midfielder would win more medals if he moved to the Reds :
“He’ll want to continue to win and play at a high level, and there’s no higher level than Old Trafford,” said Wilkins.
2) Lukaku to finish season on-loan at West Bromwich Albion :
Steve Clarke has been handed a transfer window boost by keeping hold of Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season. The teenage forward, who is the Baggies’ joint top-scorer, had agreed a year’s stay at the Hawthorns. However, there is a break clause in every Premier League loan agreement and the deadline the Blues to activate his return expired on Monday.
3) Villas-Boas SLAMS Chelsea :
Andre Villas-Boas has slammed his former club Chelsea over its lack of long-term planning. The Portuguese was appointed by the Blues ahead of the 2011-12 season but was sacked and replaced by his assistant Roberto Di Matteo after just nine months and, after Di Matteo suffered the same fate this term – despite having led the west London side to its maiden Champions League triumph – Villas-Boas has hit out at the club’s hierarchy.
“There are no plans at Chelsea,” Villas-Boas told The Sun. “It’s results that rule. There are times in football when it’s easier to replace the coach, but when you embrace a project you believe in people.
“There was a commitment from Abramovich and his word was given, yet there was a premature departure.”
What do you think about Taison, Fellaini and Guardiola possibly joining Chelsea? Should Chelsea sell De Bruyne? Is it a good idea to allow Lukaku to finish the season at WBA? What do you make about Villas-Boas’ and Ray Wilkins’ comments? Let us know in the comments