1. Chelsea complete signing of Croatian youngster Perica from Zadar:
Chelsea have this evening announced the signing of Croatian wonderkid Stipe Perica.
The 18-year-old striker arrives in west London from NK Zadar, after impressing Premier League scouts at the U20 World Cup in Turkey earlier this summer.
Perica scored one goal in three appearances as Croatia were eliminated at the group stages, but the talented teenager showed enough potential to earn a lucrative move to Stamford Bridge.
After making his senior debut in September 2012, Perica went on to make 23 appearances for NK Zadar, scoring 10 goals for the Prva HNL outfit.
He is expected to go straight into Chelsea’s development squad, where he will continue his progression up the football ladder, with a view to eventually making a breakthrough to Jose Mourinho’s first-team squad.
Chelsea have a growing reputation for bring through young talent, and hope that Perica will be the next academy product to establish himself in the Premier League.
2. Chelsea target Bruma to have Sporting Lisbon future decided next week:
A decision over the future of Sporting Lisbon winger Bruma is expected next week. Bruma’s contract row with Sporting has been taken to tribunal as he seeks a ruling over the validity of his current deal.
His agent, Catio Balde, told Foot Mercato: “I cannot say today whether the information is true or not. We told them that as long as the decision of the Committee regarding the validity of the contract of Bruma was not taken, we could not respond favorably, or make commitments.
“The decision is expected next week.”
3. Chelsea save non-league team from administration:
Cash-strapped Aldershot Town were helped out of administration after striking up an unlikely partnership with Chelsea.
The newly-relegated club announced that they had come out of administration on Tuesday, and have the Premier League giants to thank for their part in staving off financial meltdown.
Aldershot brokered a two-year deal with the Blues to stage no fewer than 25 Chelsea youth-team matches at the EBB Stadium.
Both Under 19 and Under 21 matches will take place at the non-League club’s ground, meaning Chelsea’s stars of the future will turn out at Aldershot on a number of occasions this term.
Former chairman Shahid Azeem, backed by club directors Tony Knights, John Leppard and Russ Howell led a consortium in a drawn-out takeover bid that has finally been finalised.
Azeem confirmed the news to Hampshire’s News & Mail.
‘It’s a fantastic deal,’ Azeem said. ‘We could not have asked for anything more.
‘I’m a huge Chelsea fan since the 1970s and it’s a dream come true to be associated with them. They wanted to support the consortium in its bid to save the club and they believed in our vision.
‘As well as contributing incremental revenue, this initiative allows us to open our doors to existing and potential new supporters to see Premier League players along with Chelsea’s potential stars of the future.’
Jose Mourinho and his coaching team are sure to be spotted at some point this season, casting an eye over the young Blues.
4. Chelsea plot a move for Varane:
Stamford Bridge side look to lure French defender from the Bernabeu to West London.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is eyeing up Real Madrid youngster Raphael Varane according to Sports Direct News.
The returning Blues boss is clearly keen to continue the West London club’s youthful transfer policy and having already signed young German Andre Schurrle and Dutch international Marco van Ginkel Mourinho is now looking to conduct an audacious Bernabeu raid.
Mourinho signed Varane from Lens in June 2011 and last term showed great faith in the French centre-back who duly re-paid the Portuguese boss with a series of mature displays. Now the Chelsea boss wants to lure the 20 year old to West London, which could be a very tough task.
Real Madrid have spent big this summer and this source believes that if the Spanish giants manage to sign long term target Gareth Bale then they will have to balance the books, in theory giving Mourinho a chance of snapping up the £25m rated defender.
Though Mourinho has a wealth of central defensive options, including David Luiz, John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill, the Chelsea boss may be keen to put his stamp on the squad he has inherited and could feel that Varane is a long term prospect of better value than those in his current squad.