Chelsea Transfer News/Rumours – 19 January 2013

1) Terry to start v Arsenal : 

Chelsea captain John Terry could make his first start since November in Sunday’s home Premier League clash with Arsenal after interim boss Rafael Benitez called for “players with character” on the pitch. The centre bank has been dogged by a knee problem but is in line to return as third-placed Chelsea bid to get their Premier League campaign back on track after a lacklustre 2-2 home draw with Southampton when Terry was a substitute. If Benitez thought the pressure was off him after Chelsea target Pep Guardiola was announced as the next Bayern Munich coach on Wednesday, he had a quick shock a few hours later when the Londoners let a two-goal lead slip against the strugglers. “(Terry) was training with the team and he was fine. There was no problem so we will see after tomorrow’s session,” Benitez told a news conference on Friday.

2) Lampard to LA Galaxy? : 

Chelsea veteran midfielder Frank Lampard has agreed to terms with the LA Galaxy and will join the MLS champions at the end of the season, according to a Goal.com report.

“It’s all but done,” the source told Goal.com.

The Galaxy reportedly targeted Kaka as the team’s Designated Player after David Beckham’s exit, until no deal could be done with the Brazilian midfielder. The team switched its focus to acquiring Lampard who was reportedly considering multiple offers from Premier League teams and a Chinese team. The end of Lampard’s 12 years with Chelsea grew evident as the season progressed.

3) Klopp to snub Chelsea : 

Chelsea faces a snub if it approaches Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp about taking over the Premier League club, the Daily Telegraph said.
Klopp, who’s led Dortmund to two straight Bundesliga titles, is more interested in becoming Germany coach, the Telegraph said. Current national team coach Joachim Low’s contract expires after next year’s World Cup and there’s feeling Klopp has become the obvious successor, the newspaper said.

4) Barca courting £10m Courtois ~ The Sun

CHELSEA are preparing for a £10million Barcelona raid on keeper Thibaut Courtois. The young Belgian has taken the Spanish League by storm during his 18 months on loan at Atletico Madrid. Now Barca have identified Courtois as a potential Nou Camp replacement for Victor Valdes.

Courtois, 20, has yet to play for the Blues since signing in an £8m move from Genk in July 2011. And he has made it clear he want

Other News : 

1. Chelsea favorites to sign Iago Alpas :

That form has made Aspas a man in demand and Chelsea are understood to lead the race to sign him in a £10million deal after Reading manager Brian McDermott admitted his club have been priced out of the market.

“I would be surprised if anyone could do that deal. It’s an expensive deal and a difficult one for anyone to do,” McDermott said. “I’ve seen him play, our scouts have seen him play and he has had a couple of really good seasons.

“We know him – but it’s a very difficult deal to do. Celta Vigo are a big club. The money that they are talking about on this player (Aspas) is a fortune. There would have to be some structuring to do on that – but we’ve never done a deal like that.”

Chelsea are likely to face competition for his signature from Spain’s leading clubs including Real Madrid, with manager Jose Mourinho tracking the Spaniard.

2. Barcelona join race for Ashley Cole :

Marca claims Barca president Sandro Rosell has asked to be ‘kept in the loop’ over the England international’s future plans, with reports last week claiming the 32-year-old is open to a switch away from the Premier League.

And, whilst Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Anzhi have also been linked with a move, Metro claims the Nou Camp is Cole’s preferred destination. A Chelsea player since 2006, Cole is out of contract at the end of the season, with the paper claiming a contract extension will not be placed in-front of the player.

And, with Tito Vilanova accessing his options in the left-back position, according to the report, Cole appears to be a logical target for the La Liga leaders.  However, the player’s wages are a stumbling block, with Barcelona unlikely to match his current wages in west London – reported to be £120,000-a-week.

The 99-cap international is free to discuss terms with Barcelona this month, and would be eligible to sign a pre-contract agreement with the club if an agreement could be reached.

3. McEachran seen as Lampard’s replacement :

Former Chelsea caretaker manager Ray Wilkins believes the club should look to their youth team in search of a replacement for midfielder Frank Lampard, who looks set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

Lampard’s current deal in west London expires at the end of the season and with club’s ruthless stance against players in their 30s, the England international looks set to leave the club without negotiating a new deal.

But Wilkins believes Chelsea needn’t look far in their search to replace the legendary midfielder, stating that loan duo Nathaniel Chalobah and Josh McEachran could fill the role next season.

What do you think – is McEachran Chelsea’s new Lampard? What about Cole to Barca? Should we sign Alpas? What do you make of Klopp’s snub? Lampard to Galaxy? Are you happy Terry is starting against Arsenal? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

20 Comments
  1. Matthew joseph says

    Macheran is ok, Cole should because no replacement now or else they get L’Baine of Everton as replacement for Cole, Terry should remain, i dont no about Aspas, Klopp is better.

  2. brynknight says

    Ashley Cole has earned the right to go wherever he likes, as has Lampard (though I might exclude Man Utd due to my vicious hatred for them). He can go to Barca if he wants, though it would be optimistic of him to expect much game-time due to the presence of Alba, Adriano and Abidal. Similarly I have no problem with Lampard joining Galaxy.

    I’m yet to be convinced by Bertrand as a successor to Ashley Cole, and van Aanholt may well be the better option, but he hardly fills you with confidence. So I would look to sign a left back this summer, and Coentrao is the name that spring to mind. Criscito would also be a good option.

    But McEachran as a replacement for Lampard? Possibly. Josh doesn’t have anything like Frank’s skillset, but he is making a name for himself in the Championship as a very consistent player with plenty of potential. Chalobah seems a slightly better prospect than McEachran, but it is De Bruyne that seems to be by far the best of the bunch.

    I’ve hardly seen anything of Iago Aspas, but judging from all the reports he sounds like good value for money; a well-rounded striker, good passer, clinical finisher. The fee needs to be cleared up, though – I’ve heard £5.5m, £8.3m, £8.5m and £10m quoted.

    Klopp is a very good manager, and I have plenty of respect for what he’s done to Dortmund. He seems like a very good fit for Chelsea, although the truth is that the prospect of Klopp seems a bit far-fetched. My order of preference would be
    1. Jose Mourinho
    2. Jurgen Klopp
    3. Diego Simeone
    4. Joachim Low
    5. Roberto Di Matteo

    1. drogba says

      yo prefiero

      1: giddink si no se retirara
      2: heynkes otro que tal vez se retire
      3.-mou
      4. pelegrini
      5 bielsa

  3. ismail olaitan says

    Let’s bring him back to stanford bridge & stop looking for a young midfielder like him up & down. He is a good play maker to replace lampard & lukaku should be back as well he’s good young strong sticker that we need to bust our attacking let stop wasting our money on what we have already please.

  4. drogba says

    ojala y josh vuelva y tenga minutos y a kloop lo quiero en mi chelsea , trabaja bien con jovenes y ofensivo

  5. Oluwafemi Akindele says

    Chelsea 4life!

  6. Zane says

    I only want The Special One back with the club he loves in England. McEachran is good but honestly,I’d pick De Bruyne over him anyday. The latter is physically stronger and his passing ability from deep is excellent. Cole to Barca,I don’t believe that. Well Lampard,it’s probably a better choice but would have liked to see him play in Italy. Seëdorf played well in the Serie A till a very late age and is now still doing well in Brazil. Don’t see the need for Aspas though. Chelsea are likely to sign a big name striker in the summer and with so many attacking midfielders,it’s possible that the rotating strikers will only be two with Moses being able to fill in when one of them is suspended or injured. Terry can start,I just hope he can deal with the pace of Walcott.

  7. Alexx Annda says

    Why don’t we give chance Gus Poyet or our legend Zola to become our new manager. By doing this all the fans will be happy and there could be our season regarding of all 3 trophies we still fight for.Benitez is not suit to chelsea. We have talented player such as De Bryune, Josh MC, Islam Feruz is good stricker. Even Kakuta we let him going anywhere with such that talented player. Why waste money everywhere looking for far more expansive player such is Mr Flop Torres?? Come on our beloved club Chelsea..just take example from Rahem Sterling Liverpool, their club give him chance and he prove to be a very good value to them. Please Roman Abramovich do something……Chelsea for life.

  8. Azizi says

    don’t let courtois go, we need him!!!

  9. sam says

    i dont think we have a good replacement for cole
    may lampard yah,bt he deserved a retirement at chelsea

  10. ODILAMPARD QATAR says

    if lampard and cole are to leave, then england young and sensational due of josh and betrand are nice replacements for both

  11. ademola adeleke says

    What will need now is RD or jose, bcos will don’t have coach now let dis stupid rafa go. Blue4life

  12. jimoh Rahmon Hayorbammy says

    Lampard must go and Cole should stay cuz we have replacement for lampard and Terry should start against Arsenal

  13. Snowhite Obi says

    The end of the season is the BEST TIME for Legend-Lampard to leave Chelsea.
    Josh McEachran and De Bruyne should also return to Chelsea at the end of the season. It is not about WHO to replace Lampard…Josh and De Bruyne are World-Class players and would make MORE impact than those BOYS from the academy.
    The ONLY player on EARTH today, who’s EXCEPTIONAL is Willian…he is Chelsea’s Missing-Rib. Willian will give us 100% Fire-Power up front and will also give us 100% Options in our attack.
    Aspa may be another Torres. Besides,Lukaku will return at the end of the season. I think with Ba, Lukaku and Torres,our Point-Men are ok. The money Chelsea will spend on Aspa,please they should add-up to BUY Willian. If Chelsea,can SIGN Willian,the sky will be our limit. And I know,Pep will not waste one-second to sing Willian for Baryan-Munich when in charge.
    We need a good Coach who can Assemble a Solid-Team,just as Di matteo did for Chelsea. And I extremely believe that Di Matteo is BETTER than Pep and Mourinho put together.
    At the beginning of the season,there are MILLIONS OF PLAYER in Chelsea-Camp,the likes of: Malouda, Meirares, Bernayoun, Essien, Lakaku, De Bruyne,Josh… etc, it was this MAN,Di Matteo who assembled a solid-team that Rafa is now enjoying. He sent some on Loan to develop.
    I only have 3-Coaches in mind:
    1. Jose Mourinho.
    2. Diego Simeone.
    3. Our Darling Robero Di Matteo.
    I think its high time we(Chelsea) to stop Fooling and Disgracing ourselves. People are laughing at us that Pep snubbed us. Its shameful,we should have allowed RDM till the end of the season.
    Finally…It will be the BIGGEST-MISTAKE to start Terry against Arsenal. That match would be one of our biggest match this season,cos if we should LOSE a single POINT,then we should forget about the Title and also the chance of Top-4.
    Terry is not 100% Fit,and he can not stand the pacey Arsenal-Players. Terry lacks confidence and he’s not skillful and strong,like Luiz, Ivanovic and Cahill.
    Terry can come in as a sub…maybe then we are leading 3-0 and need to defend it.
    Azpilicuta,Cahill,Ivanovic,Cole.
    Luiz, Lampard(PIVOT).
    Ramires, Mata, Hazard.
    Ba.
    With this squard…Chelsea-5, Arsenal-0.

  14. Lukexty Oloruntohin says

    I dnt no reason Y chelsea always extravagant on BIG players, @least chelsea ave already get 2good replacement for legend Lampard an A-Cole, We ave Josh-McEachran, Oscar an De-bruyne….. Y van-Annolt an Bradnad for A-Cole..

  15. hakinola says

    if chelsea could sell courtoios to i will be so disappointed,because that will be so foolish of them

  16. Oman,s says

    Chelsea should bring mourinho back,nd in d case of lampard we hv better replacement for him with d likes of mceachrean and and de bruyne dey ar d perfect replacement for lampard, lets give our young players chace to prove their selves

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