Chelsea have already completed the signings of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa and their transfer activity is not due to end there.
The main Chelsea story in the news on Monday is regarding the departure of their defender Ashley Cole. It had already been confirmed that Cole was due to leave Stamford Bridge. He was surplus to requirements last season as Jose Mourinho favoured Cesar Azpilicueta at left-back, and his contract was not renewed having expired at the end of the current season.
Cole, who spent eight seasons at Chelsea after a controversial move from Arsenal, looks set to move to Serie A side Roma. The 33-year-old was welcomed to Roma through their official Twitter account and is expected to complete his move to the Italian capital. He had been linked with a move to Liverpool but his agent confirmed that he has opted to explore options outside of England.
Cole’s departure leaves a space for a left-back in the Chelsea squad. Chelsea have already secured one player from Atletico Madrid in Diego Costa, and The Daily Express are reporting that they are ready to return to the Vicente Calderon Stadium in an attempt to secure the services of defender, Filipe Luis.
The Brazilian left-back, a surprise World Cup omission, was part of one of Europe’s best defensive units last season. The Express are claiming that Chelsea will make a final £12 million bid, but Atletico are insisting that the £19 million release clause is triggered.
Another Chelsea player in the news has been Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku, who had a poor World Cup and was dropped by the Belgians, sounded unsure of his Chelsea future following Belgium’s World Cup exit.
Speaking to The Telegraph he cast doubts over his future at Stamford Bridge, claiming that he has not spoken to anybody at Chelsea since September, when he departed for Everton on loan. Lukaku said;
“I want to be somewhere where I can play my best football and hopefully win titles. It’s up to me to work hard. There are choices to make. Things like that happen in football and I’m confident I will make the right choice.”
The Belgian’s choice of words leaves a lot of uncertainty over his current situation and the noises coming from Jose Mourinho all season left a feeling that all was not well between Lukaku and his full-time employers.
So despite two big-money arrivals already, Chelsea are still being linked with players in the transfer market and expect many more transfer stories to appear with potential arrivals and departures at Stamford Bridge.
Sean Cremin, Pundit Arena.