Cesc Fabregas has denied suggestions that he is looking for a move away from Chelsea.
He has categorically deny these rumours and says that he is only focused on the blues. Since coming to Chelsea in the summer of 2014, the midfielder has been an immense part of the squad. He was a major factor behind of the club winning the league title in the 2014-15 season. Even though he has not been a regular starter this season, largely due to the lack of Champions League football, Fabregas has played a crucial role in Chelsea remaining top of the table for much of the campaign.
The blues midfielder, though, has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool in the last couple of weeks. Both clubs are ready to make an offer of around £25 million for the 30-year-old. Chelsea would not be in the mood to lose him, as it is extremely difficult to replace a player like Fabregas. Continue reading
Tottenham Hotspur are keen to sign Romelu Lukaku as they look to secure a top for finish next season, the Mirror understands.
The North London club look set to miss out on qualification for the Champions League this season, as they sit six points off the place having played more games than all of the sides directly around them.
The club are on the lookout for a new forward, and have made Lukaku, who is currently on loan at Everton, their number one target.
The Belgium international, who enjoyed a superb season at West Bromwich Albion last year, has hit twelve goals in all competitions for the Toffee’s this season – more than Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres or Demba Ba has managed, but is still not certain of a future at Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku moved to the Premier League in August 2011 when the Blues bought him from Anderlecht, but he has made only a handful of starts for the club.
Newcastle United are also reportedly considering making a move for the 20 year old, with the North East club unlikely to be able to keep hold of Loic Remy, who has attracted interest from both Spurs and Arsenal.
Chelsea’s hopes of winning a first league title in four years were dealt a blow at the weekend as they lost 1-0 at Aston Villa.
Fabian Delph’s back-heel eight minutes from time was enough to secure all three points for Paul Lambert’s side, who moved into the top half of the table.
However, the Blues’ lead at the top has been cut to four points, with second place Liverpool and third place Arsenal winning at Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur respectively, whilst fourth place Manchester City, who also took all three points from their game at Hull City, are a further two behind.
All three of the chasing pack have games in hand over Chelsea; one in the case of Liverpool and Arsenal and three for Manuel Pellegrini’s men who have been reinstalled as favourites by the bookmakers.
The Blues will now turn their attention to tomorrow evening’s Champions League last sixteen second leg with Galatasary, before returning to league action against Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime.
Lose to the Gunners, they could fall to as low as fourth by the time of thier game at Crystal Palace the following weekend, with the other sides in the Champions League places all playing in midweek.
Roma are considering moving for former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba when his contract expires at the end of the season, the Mirror understands.
The Ivory Coast international has been with Galatasaray since last January, scoring twenty goals in fifty appearances in all competitions, but is set to move on in the summer.
Drogba has previously spoke of his desire to one day return to Stamford Bridge, though the Serie A side, who are set to return to the Champions League after a three year absence next season, are reportedly set to offer the 36 year old a lucrative one-year deal.
Meanwhile, Zenit St Petersburg have given Brazilian striker Hulk the green light to move to the Premier League next season, according to the Express.
Jose Mourinho, who is almost certain to be in the market for a new striker in the summer, is a long-time admirer of the 27 year old, who has scored nine goals in fifteen league outings for the Russian champions so far this season.
Tottenham Hotspur have also been lined with a move for the former Porto man, with a price of £40m set to be enough to secure his services in the summer.
Inter Milan have denied that they are holding talks with Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez, according to the Express.
The Serie A side had been linked with a move for both Torres and Javier Hernandez of Manchester United, though their president Erick Thohir has insisted that no talks have been held with either striker.
Torres has scored nine goals in twenty-eight club appearances this season, and forty-three in one hundred and fifty-nine since arriving at Stamford Bridge from Liverpool in January 2011.
Meanwhile, the Spain international is currently facing a spell on the side-lines with a muscular problem, the Daily Star understands.
The 29 year old missed Saturday afternoon’s win over Tottenham Hotspur after suffering an injury in the warm-up, and his manager has confirmed that he will miss at least “a couple of weeks”.
Torres’ absence may give Demba Ba an opportunity to add to the two goals he netted at the weekend.
The former Newcastle United and West Ham United man, who trebled his league tally for the season against Tim Sherwood’s men, has started just two top flight games so far this term but is determined to keep working hard as the Blues continue to challenge on two fronts.
Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points by beating Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
After a goalless first half Samuel Eto’o, who was only on the field as Fernando Torres withdrew after picking up an injury in the pre-match warm up, put the hosts in front eleven minutes after the break.
Eden Hazard fired in his fifteenth goal of the season from the penalty spot shortly after to double the Blues’ advantage before a late brace from substitute Demba Ba put the result beyond doubt.
Jose Mourinho’s men are now seven points clear of Liverpool and Arsenal in second and third place respectively, though both have a game in hand, while fourth place Manchester City are nine points off the top with a three game advantage on the leaders.
The Blues’ boss has insisted that Manuel Pellegrini’s men are still favourites to reclaim the Premier League from their neighbours, saying that he would ‘prefer to be in City’s position’.
The club will now turn their attention to next weekend’s visit of Aston Villa, before facing Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge in the second leg of their Champions League last sixteen tie.
With no other sides in the top four playing in the Premier League this weekend, Chelsea will be looking to increase their lead at the top as they take on fifth place Tottenham Hotspur.
The Blues, who will increase their unbeaten home league run under Jose Mourinho to seventy-five games if they avoid defeat, should have top scorer Eden Hazard available after he declared himself fit despite suffering an ankle injury in Belgium’s 2-2 draw with Ivory Coast.
Midfielder Marco van Ginkel, who is still some weeks away from returning to action, is Jose Mourinho’s only injury concern.
Chelsea can move seven points clear of both Liverpool and Arsenal, and nine clear of Manchester City if they take all three points though the latter will have three games in hand.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has hinted that he may make a move for Mario Balotelli at the end of the season, according to the Metro.
The AC Milan striker, who played under the Blues boss at Inter where together they won three league titles, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League, is reportedly unhappy with life in Italy leading to speculation that he could be set for a return to the Premier League.
Ashley Cole is set to be recalled to the Chelsea line up for this evening’s Capital One Cup quarter final clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Branislav Ivanovic is suspended, so Cesar Azpilicueta is expected to switch to right back allowing Cole to return on the left.
Manager Jose Mourinho is expected to further rotate his squad with Monday evening’s trip to Premier League leaders Arsenal in mind.
This will be the second time the Blues have played the Mackems on their own patch in the space of two weeks, after the edged past them in a seven goal thriller in the league on December 4th.
Elsewhere, the club have been linked with a move for Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia when the transfer window reopens next month, according to the Mirror.
The Italy international has played in all but three of his side’s league games this season, but has been linked with a move away, with Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester United also reportedly interested.
Chelsea are also interested in securing the services of Inter midfielder Fredy Guarin, the Metro understands.
The club reportedly made an offer for the Colombian last week in an attempt to beat Manchester United to his signature.
Chelsea have kept hold of their top four place after salvaging a point against rivals Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane Saturday lunchtime.
John Terry’s 65th minute header denied former Blues boss Andre Villas Boas victory against former mentor Jose Mourinho, after Gylfi Sigurdsson gave the hosts a first half lead.
Ferndando Torres was dismissed for a second bookable offence ten minutes from time, and the Spain striker may face further sanctions after replays showed him gouging and scratching Jan Vertonghen in an off the ball incident.
As well as the one match ban he will receive for the initial dismissal, the 29 year old could miss another three matches if found guilty of violent conduct.
That would see him miss league games against Norwich City, Cardiff City and Manchester City and the Capital One Cup fourth round time with Arsenal, though he would still be available to play in Europe.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has backed John Terry to earn a new contract with the club, according to Sky Sports.
The Blues captain was used sparingly by interim manager Rafael Benitez last term, but has played every minute in the league so far this season following the return of Mourinho.
Chelsea will be looking to reclaim top spot as they take on Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in tomorrow’s lunch-time kick off in the Premier League.
Marco Van Ginkel has been ruled out for at least six months after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in Tuesday evening’s League Cup third round victory over Swindon Town, while fellow midfielder Ramires is also doubtful after picking up a knock in the same game.
The Blues are unbeaten in the last seven meetings with Spurs, though four of those games finished all square.
Brazilian duo Oscar and Ramires got the goals for Chelsea when the sides met at Stamford Bridge back in May, while last season’s corresponding fixture finished 4-2 to the visitors, with goals coming from Gary Cahill, Juan Mata (2) and Daniel Sturridge.
Mata will be hoping to retain his place after starting for only the third time of the season midweek.
The Spain international has been named the club’s Player of the Season in at the end of both of his campaigns in England so far, but continues to be linked with a move away.
His former club Valencia are the front-runners to secure his services in January, according to the Daily Star.