A Round-Up Of The Latest Transfer Rumours: Part II
The January transfer window is not yet upon us, but the transfer rumours are already flying thick and fast. And how can any transfer window be complete without a few players being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge? Chelsea FC 360 takes a look at the latest transfer rumours and assesses how likely or ridiculous they are :-
1) Lazar Markovic– An 18-year old who primarily operates as a second striker and possesses a whole lot of potential, Lazar Markovic currently plies his trade at Serbian club FK Partizan. The youngster has made 6 appearances for his native Serbia and scored 1 international goal. According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool, Arsenal and Inter Milan are also in for the Serbian. He would cost around £8M to begin with but the transfer fee could increase to £14M depending on appearances. Markovic has previously spoken positively about Chelsea and has plenty of potential. He isn’t exactly expensive either. If he were to join Chelsea, he wouldn’t be a bad signing at all.
2) Sergio Busquets– One of the more far-fetched rumours of this year. The Sunday People reported that Chelsea had recently sent scouts to watch the Barcelona midfielder in action. The price of the player is reported to be as high as £37M. Despite his diving antics, he is most certainly one of the best defensive midfielders in the world. However, with Mikel having recently signed a 5-year contract extension and Romeu not looking likely to leave any time soon, this particular transfer looks highly unlikely at best. If the transfer does indeed materialize I will be very surprised.
3) Marouane Fellaini– This rumour has been around since the summer and is still going strong. With Marouane Fellaini in fine form for Everton this season, a number of big clubs, including Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing the Belgian, who could cost up to £30M if rumours are to be believed. Despite his form, there are some reservations as to whether he would be able to flourish at Chelsea due to his style of play. However, it wouldn’t be very surprising to see Fellaini don the Chelsea blue come January given the persistent nature of the rumours.
4) Jackson Martinez– The Colombian striker moved to Porto from Mexican side Jaguares in the summer, but it seems like Porto are already willing to cash in on him if the Metro are to be believed. Martinez has been in fine form so far this season, scoring 9 goals in his first 9 league appearances for Porto. Despite interest from a host of European clubs (including Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan), it is believed that Martinez would prefer a move to the Premier League. He would cost around £20M. Given Chelsea’s lack of firepower up front, this story might just have some substance to it.
From all four players mentioned above, which player (name just one) would you like to see join Chelsea? Do let us know!