Chelsea Transfer News/Rumours – 20 January 2013

Ashley Cole will stay at Chelsea until 2014.
Ashley Cole will stay at Chelsea until 2014. (The Sun)

1) Ashley Cole agrees to contract extension : 

The deal ends speculation that the England left-back, 32, would leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer at the end of the season.
He had been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Paris St Germain.
However, he has committed his future to the club he joined from Arsenal in 2006.
Cole’s Blues team-mate Frank Lampard is also out of contract at the end of the campaign.
Chelsea fans are unhappy that the legendary midfielder could be on his way out of the club.

2) Benitez to gamble on Terry return : 

John Terry is set to make his first start for Rafael Benítez’s Chelsea against Arsenal on Sunday as the interim first-team manager seeks to address what has been perceived as a lack of leadership and character in the team, frailties that have contributed to a recent slump in home form.

Benítez has won one of his six domestic games at Stamford Bridge, all of which have been played with supporters making clear their displeasure at his presence. The Spaniard had suggested in the immediate aftermath of Wednesday’s wasteful draw with Southampton that Terry was not yet ready to return to the fray. The veteran centre-half had injured knee ligaments during the draw with Liverpool on 11 November when Roberto Di Matteo was in charge and, while the damage was relatively minor, it has taken time for the joint to repair fully.

3) Barcelona plot 10m raid for Courtois : 

The Belgian has turned many heads during his 18-month loan spell at Atletico Madrid, where he helped the Spanish side to the Europa League title last season and is now wanted by La Liga giants Barcelona as they prepare for the departure of Victor Valdes.

The Catalan club are thought to be willing to offer up to £10m for the youngster, with veteran stopper Valdes looking increasingly unlikely to sign an extension on his current contract which expires in 2014.

Other News : 

1) Lampard snubs Monaco and Lazio :

Frank Lampard is poised to sign for LA Galaxy this summer after reaching agreement with the MLS club.
The 34-year-old Chelsea idol has been courted by Lazio, Monaco and super-rich Chinese side Ghuizho Renhe but is ready to snub their offers for the chance of becoming the new poster boy of the American league on around £4million a year.

2) Gilbert Imbula to Chelsea? :

Chelsea had looked favourites to sign the defensive midfielder. Lyon have also made enquiries but the club sense a greater profit in England for a player valued at £8m.

The 20-year-old has starred for French Ligue 2 side Guingamp in recent seasons and holds the record as the youngest player to play in the division, at 17 years, one month and four days.

3) Stephane Mbia a target for Chelsea :

Stephane Mbia might be a surprise target for Chelsea, but it actually makes a lot of sense. Not renowned for their ability to look to the future, Chelsea would be making a sensible choice that fulfills a need within their current roster.

With QPR reportedly set to make a move for troubled Rennes star Yann M’Vila (via The Daily Mail), it would also rank as a good career move for Mbia. Chelsea could use a battler in the middle of the park, and Mbia doesn’t exactly shy away from a tackle.

  1. bello IDU says

    Goodnews AshlEY will stAy buy mbia plS

  2. caleb ezeh says

    dts okay.cole shuld stay

  3. Astronorah says

    Dats gud news ashly is going nowhere, i hope same happen 2 super frankie.

  4. Bryn says

    Good news that Cole will stay as he is still arguably the world’s best LB. However would not have minded too much had he left as van Aanholt and Bertrand are adequate replacements.

    As for Lampard, I still feel that his time to go has come. Whilst I would love him to break Tambling’s record, he isn’t irreplaceable. De Bruyne, Oscar, McEachran, Chalobah…yes, they are young and have a long way to go but replacing Lampard can be done.

    And 10m for Courtois? You must be joking. He has 20 years left at the highest level, and is already one of the best in the world. Bidding starts at 40m, but probably won’t start because nobody would pay that amount for a keeper.


    That is a good idea for Ashely cole & chelsea but i want Lampard to stay at chelsea.

  6. Anonymous says

    DO NOT sell Courtois in any amount.. He is our future goalkeeper to replace Peter Cech.. Its hard to find a good goalkeeper like him!!! He is stil young & hav long way to go & now he already is da best young goalkeeper in da world.. You sell him & You’ll regret rest of your life…!

  7. Kobbyhans says

    Good news though two years would have been better than a year.

  8. OBIDOLLAR says

    cole suld stay is nice but frank suld give way 4 young stars to perform.neva try sell courtois pls

  9. kenneth faki says

    am with ashle cole that he was decided to stay at chelsea,but must be serious abot the falcao to come to the stamford bridge that will the great news to all blues fan

  10. kenneth faki says

    why chelsea is forgoten the good strike Falcao? Raf you have to be serious about him to comd and enjoy the rest of his
    life at the stamford bridge.

  11. Anonymous says

    Ehhhhh boi

  12. Nobs says

    For goodness shake never sell cortois as he is a future replacement fr cech. If only the boad can focuss on the future. Rem. It won’t be easy to get cech’s replacement.

  13. ibrahim lateef says

    news is a good news but chelsea have to bring falcao and isco

  14. Boima Massalay says

    thank for A COLE staying but pls sign Fellaini & Isco

  15. Boima Massalay says

    thank for giggs staying but i want you to pls sign Fellaini & Isco

  16. Boima Massalay says

    thank for giggs staying but i want you to pls sign Fellaini & Isco by younus bah

  17. Boima Massalay says

    man.united thank for giggs staying but i want you to pls sign Fellaini & Isco by younus bah

  18. ogundare kayode says

    up blues

  19. Oliver Petion says

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