Chelsea Transfer News/Rumours Update – 18 January 2013

Shakhtar Donetsk will consider selling Brazilian playmaker Willian
Shakhtar Donetsk will consider selling Brazilian playmaker Willian

1) Bafetimbi Gomis :

The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League duo in recent weeks, whilst Newcastle United were also reported to be keen on the player.

However, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas insists Gomis had the opportunity to leave the club, but turned down the opportunity to move away.

“We had offers for Gomis, but he refused,” he told BeIn Sport.

Indeed, the player himself reiterated the sentiment, admitting that he’s happy with life at Stade de Gerland despite the speculation, and wants to remain at the Ligue 1 club until the end of the season.

“I want to finish the season here but the club also has their say, let’s wait and see. Until the window closes there will be speculation,” the forward told Sky Sports. (

2) Jores Okore : 

According to Swedish publication Expressen, Chelsea are just one of a handful of clubs believed to be interested in Okore, who made an impression on the Blues despite being on the wrong side of two thumping results at the hands of the European champions in this season’s Champions League. Unsurprisingly, he has welcomed the rumoured interest and according to his agent, could be on the way to England in the summer. He’s looked at as possibly John Terry’s long-term replacement (TalkSport)

3) Willian :

Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk will consider selling Brazilian playmaker Willian to Chelsea or Tottenham this month but they will be demanding about £20 million.

Willian is the star of the Shakhtar side, who qualified for the knock-out phase of the Champions League at the expense of Chelsea, but he remains keen on a move to the Premier League, and Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu has expressed his displeasure with him for failing to return from Brazil on time for the club’s winter training camp.

Shakhtar has no need to sell due to their financial backing, but the £12.4m signing of Taison, a similar type of player, from Metalist Kharkhiv last week gave a clue about their thinking. (The Independent)

Other News : 

1. Florent Malouda :

Chelsea have not received a single offer for out-of-favour midfielder Florent Malouda, according to the Sun.

The former France international has been frozen out at Stamford Bridge and forced to train with the youth team as punishment for snubbing several moves last summer, including one from West Ham.

There were reports that he was preparing for a shock transfer to Brazil in January but the club have not received any enq as yet.

Santos were said to be interested but the player’s £75,000 a week wages could prove a stumbling block.

Chelsea may be forced to consider letting the veteran winger leave for nothing in an effort to save £1.2million by getting his wages off the payroll.

A Stamford Bridge insider told the Sun: “It’s becoming a very awkward situation.

“He wants to leave and the club want him to leave. But while he is not playing for the first team he has dropped off the radar and clubs forget about him.

“Chelsea would think about waiving a fee just to get something done if the right club came in.” (The Sun)

2. Isco :

Chelsea fans may have been disappointed to learn that Pep Guardiola would be joining Bayern Munich but they will be pleased to learn that the club are close to landing highly-rated Malaga midfielder Isco.

The 20-year-old is one of the most sought after players in La Liga after helping Malaga qualify for the Champions League last season, while his stock has risen even further this year as he has excelled in the European competition.

While it seems Isco will remain at the club until the end of the season, the Evening Standard believes that Chelsea have secured a first option to buy the midfielder in the summer.

The two clubs recently worked together in order for Chelsea youngster Lucas Piazon to join the Spanish club on-loan for the rest of the season.

The Standard believes that part of the deal that saw the Brazilian move to Malaga allows Chelsea to have priority when it comes to Isco leaving the club. It is largely expected that he would leave in the summer, especially after the news that the club have been banned from European competition for next season.

Malaga have major financial problems and it is expected that they will once again be forced to sell their best players, as they had to do last summer when Santi Cazorla moved to Arsenal. (IBTimes)

What do you think – should Malouda be let go? Should Chelsea pursue Isco, Okore, Willian and Gomis?  Let us know in the comment section below!

  1. DEEJAY'01 says

    I will prefer willian to Isco

  2. Snowhite Obi says

    Willian is the best among these whole players…Chelsea should please Land Willian’s Deal,he’s a World-Class player who will at more Fire-Power to Chelsea,especially now that we had Ba.
    Isco is also good,but Willian is by far better t than him.
    Okore is a Solid defender.

  3. daren says

    Malouda has class. He should stay. Strong player. Left and right with possession. Strong and doesn’t go to ground easy.

  4. Tivta Samuel says

    Chelsea don’t need Willian now with the likes of Oscar,Hazard,Mata,Moses,Marin,e.t.c.

    1. Ifthakhar Ahmed Jony says

      Chelsea need Willian

  5. lamin kebbeh says

    isco me lov dat as replacement of lampard

  6. yaro says

    Malouda shud cary his self out of d club nd also i prefare Chelsea shud buy Williams kus his a great Player.

  7. Sam says

    Chelsea must get willian and try as much as possible to land falcao…both of them and ba will be just marvelous…

  8. Bryn says

    Gomis NO. Not a great player though has been in good form recently. Gomis is basically the same thing as Demba Ba, but more expensive.

    Okore YES. I haven’t seen much of him, but what I have seen has been outstanding. He looks like the finished article already – great pace, tackling, bravery, passing, strength, everything. And he’d come cheap. And he’s only 20. And he’s a Chelsea fan.

    Willian YES. This guy, as I’ve said before, is terrific. He is on a par with Neymar, but isn’t as hyped, and only £20m. He is easily affordable, very versatile, skilful, creative. Great hair, too. Only drawbacks are that his goalscoring record is not brilliant and that we are well stocked in his position. Hazard, Mata, Oscar, Ramires, Moses, Marin, De Bruyne, Piazon, Kakuta…the list goes on. Nevertheless an exceptional player.

    Isco YES but only if Marin leaves. Isco could quite possibly be as good as Iniesta in a few years, provided he continues to see minutes, which he might not get at Chelsea. He is too good to loan out, so if Isco was to come, someone would have to make way. Sadly, Marko Marin is the obvious answer, despite not having been given a real chance yet.
    Isco is more of a want than a need, but I can’t help thinking that there’s more to the Piazon loan than meets the eye. I might well have misread the signs, but if Isco, Camacho or somebody else from Málaga ends up at the Bridge, I wouldn’t be in the least bit surprised.

    1. juma says

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  9. olonade says

    They should bring to bench for substitution until dey a buyer for him .

  10. ben_pillz says

    Malouda??? Dat name rings headache in ma ears,…no going back to our vomits,pls. He can’t bench d holy trio,”MAZACAR” nt even d sub_marin…willian would work wonders as part player for d trio n myt demote d last musketeer to d bench if he doesn’t up his game bt d price is stench! 15mil will do gud…get Isco only if he’s for free…if we get any opportunity to sell Torres,pls do so immediately n give d club a “Thank you” note & a souvenir///nt a fan of Gomis,he’ll score 2 out of 10 bt WTF is happening wit our chase of bony???????

  11. Vaibhav Kumble says

    Isco. Yes. Others. No.

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  13. says

    Its understantable to let Malouda go that’s the right thing to do after all. Willian & lsco are good signings but l won’t be disappointed if we lose on Gomis. When Drogba left l really felt & saw the Drogs has left but the arrival of Ba have brought the ba from Drog and l’m confident we can turn the corner.
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  14. Dapha Case says

    Please isco and willian are perfect players to fit at stamford bridge’s youth policy,they are good going forward in attack.Pliz pursue them.

  15. Anonymous says

    Yes,maluda nd tores shd go,isco,willan,cavani,shd com.for nw ba shd b our nomba 1 play ba 4 90 mins.

  16. EVELYN TAVER says

    Chelsea should add another striker, Isco & William 2 booster their club squad

  17. aljero says

    Willian is a must buy, he’ll be a good replacement for Lampard & can also play mata’s position coz mata hasn’t being playing very well lately. Chelsea pls don’t miss out on willian

    1. ayenge says

      Get Willian, this player is selfless he plays as a team not like Mata who is selfish and always plays to get the whole glories to himself, Mata is the cause of Chelsea recent down home form this period for not supplying Ba balls but holding to score by himself he shd go and learn from INIESTA, jst get us Willians.

      1. Emmanuel says

        I tink u guys nid 2 watch futbal wit ur eyes n nt cn u kal mata stingy wit abt 7 goals,7 assists

  18. Papie says

    I really cant believe the bull I’m reading here. Who in their right minds calls Mata greedy? The man has been the most consitent player for Chelsea, scoring and creating chances for others. He is the creative engine behind our team at the moment and has proven over and over again why he is the best of the three musketeers! Without him we would not be where we are right now! Until Hazard and the other youngsters adapt to the PL he will always be our best attacker.

  19. Neri says

    Isco to Chelsea in the summer is a very good deal. We require Willian right away. For Gomis and Okores we have no need for them. But treating Florent Malouda this way is so sad, he gave us everything he had and we couldn’t even repay him by allowing him to grace the competitions he wanted so badly to play in (ESC and CWC), So sad, an Icon was treated this way. And a Legend is about to follow suit. Shame on the Chelsea board.

  20. Moigong Davido Dungwim says

    Good morning to all my fellow chelsea fans,for me I think Willian, Jores Okore,and Radamel Falcau will be a perfect combination to the chelsea squard,I believe that all those players which I mentioned will bring more success to the club,so Roman Abramovic ,Rafael Benitez and others should try by all means to secure the services of those players please,blues is alwayz the colour.

  21. Anonymous says

    Let hm go we need hppinin playas

  22. Anonymous says

    malouda should go

  23. Clement uzua says

    Chelsea need modric b’cos no essien, and mikel second we ned willian 2 b’cos lampard is not gud enough again despit de goals he’s scorin and centre forward like edin dzeko from man city there ready 2 sell him. Or spend money 4 facao again 4 de second time den if u fail dat means u will never ever try it again facao wil never disapoint us believe it.

  24. philanselmo says

    Isco. . . . . New iniesta

  25. chirag says

    renew lampards contract……….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. chirag says

      bt d prob is dat in every match players need to rotate n get substitured aftr at d most 60 minutes….in d match agnd southhampton v cud c dat d players especially d 3 musketeers were shi tired…… d defence was gettin preesed n den den d match went draw bcz if d mid field is storg n tight den d aatack n defnce both wil b strong….u juz cant leave d defence get pressed n b vulnerable

  26. Sajin Killa says

    Willian…..player like willian who can be playmaker and score goals

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