Shakhtar Donetsk will consider selling Brazilian playmaker Willian
1) Bafetimbi Gomis :
The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League duo in recent weeks, whilst Newcastle United were also reported to be keen on the player.
However, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas insists Gomis had the opportunity to leave the club, but turned down the opportunity to move away.
“We had offers for Gomis, but he refused,” he told BeIn Sport.
Indeed, the player himself reiterated the sentiment, admitting that he’s happy with life at Stade de Gerland despite the speculation, and wants to remain at the Ligue 1 club until the end of the season.
“I want to finish the season here but the club also has their say, let’s wait and see. Until the window closes there will be speculation,” the forward told Sky Sports. (GiveMeFootball.com)
2) Jores Okore :
According to Swedish publication Expressen, Chelsea are just one of a handful of clubs believed to be interested in Okore, who made an impression on the Blues despite being on the wrong side of two thumping results at the hands of the European champions in this season’s Champions League. Unsurprisingly, he has welcomed the rumoured interest and according to his agent, could be on the way to England in the summer. He’s looked at as possibly John Terry’s long-term replacement (TalkSport)
3) Willian :
Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk will consider selling Brazilian playmaker Willian to Chelsea or Tottenham this month but they will be demanding about £20 million.
Willian is the star of the Shakhtar side, who qualified for the knock-out phase of the Champions League at the expense of Chelsea, but he remains keen on a move to the Premier League, and Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu has expressed his displeasure with him for failing to return from Brazil on time for the club’s winter training camp.
Shakhtar has no need to sell due to their financial backing, but the £12.4m signing of Taison, a similar type of player, from Metalist Kharkhiv last week gave a clue about their thinking. (The Independent)
Other News :
1. Florent Malouda :
Chelsea have not received a single offer for out-of-favour midfielder Florent Malouda, according to the Sun.
The former France international has been frozen out at Stamford Bridge and forced to train with the youth team as punishment for snubbing several moves last summer, including one from West Ham.
There were reports that he was preparing for a shock transfer to Brazil in January but the club have not received any enq as yet.
Santos were said to be interested but the player’s £75,000 a week wages could prove a stumbling block.
Chelsea may be forced to consider letting the veteran winger leave for nothing in an effort to save £1.2million by getting his wages off the payroll.
A Stamford Bridge insider told the Sun: “It’s becoming a very awkward situation.
“He wants to leave and the club want him to leave. But while he is not playing for the first team he has dropped off the radar and clubs forget about him.
“Chelsea would think about waiving a fee just to get something done if the right club came in.” (The Sun)
2. Isco :
Chelsea fans may have been disappointed to learn that Pep Guardiola would be joining Bayern Munich but they will be pleased to learn that the club are close to landing highly-rated Malaga midfielder Isco.
The 20-year-old is one of the most sought after players in La Liga after helping Malaga qualify for the Champions League last season, while his stock has risen even further this year as he has excelled in the European competition.
While it seems Isco will remain at the club until the end of the season, the Evening Standard believes that Chelsea have secured a first option to buy the midfielder in the summer.
The two clubs recently worked together in order for Chelsea youngster Lucas Piazon to join the Spanish club on-loan for the rest of the season.
The Standard believes that part of the deal that saw the Brazilian move to Malaga allows Chelsea to have priority when it comes to Isco leaving the club. It is largely expected that he would leave in the summer, especially after the news that the club have been banned from European competition for next season.
Malaga have major financial problems and it is expected that they will once again be forced to sell their best players, as they had to do last summer when Santi Cazorla moved to Arsenal. (IBTimes)
What do you think – should Malouda be let go? Should Chelsea pursue Isco, Okore, Willian and Gomis? Let us know in the comment section below!