Transfer Rumours : Isco, Kakuta, Capello, Forster and Draxler
Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler has said he is honoured and delighted at being linked with top clubs across Europe. The 19-year-old has been in impressive form for the German side, attracting widespread interest.
The playmaker has been linked to Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal, while Real Madrid and the two Milan clubs are also understood to be keen on his services.
“I know there are offers from some of the top European clubs. I think that is an honour,” talkSPORT quoted Draxler as saying.
However, signing the midfielder in the summer could be a difficult task for all suitors as the player claims “everything is imaginable” regarding a contract extension with his current employers. Plus, Schalke’s general manager Horst Heldt admitted the club is determined to keep Draxler at the Veltins-Arena beyond this summer.
Chelsea are reportedly keen on Celtic keeper Fraser Forster according to Italian source TuttoMercato.
The West London side are considering a summer move for the 25 year old who has been named in Roy Hodgson’s England squads but is still awaiting his first national team cap.
Forster moved to Parkhead after two successful season long loan spells, having been forced out of the Newcastle United starting eleven by Dutchman Tim Krul.
Presumably a move for Forster is with a view to keeping Cech on his toes as neither Hilario or Ross Turnbull are of sufficient quality to do so and one would imagine that any successful move for the Celtic man would lead to Belgian Thibaut Courtois leaving Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis.
Forster has made 134 appearances for Celtic and kept an impressive 67 clean sheets in the process.
Fabio Capello has denied he is set to take over at Chelsea this summer according to The Daily Mail.
The former England boss is currently in charge of the Russian national team and has insisted he is focusing on ensuring they qualify for next summer’s World Cup tournament in Brazil.
Capello reportedly earns in the region of £7 million a year in the Russia job, but Chelsea are one of the few clubs in the world who could match, or even improve, that deal. Chelsea are currently drawing up a potential short list of replacements for the interim boss Rafa Benitez.
Kakuta is currently on a season-long loan at Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem after failing to establish himself with the Blues.
The Frenchman is after more first-team football and he doesn’t feel he would get it with Chelsea’s burgeoning squad.
Kakuta was quoted in a British newspaper as saying: “I don’t dream about Chelsea any more – I used to, now I know better.
“I hope I can join a club like Vitesse next season, where I can play every week. Chelsea have far too many players.
“At my age I need to play regularly but if I go back I’ll just get 10 minutes a month and I don’t want that.”
Malaga sensation Isco has admitted his future may not remain with the Champions League quarter-finalists beyond the end of the season.
The 20-year-old has risen to great heights this season, attracting interest from across Europe including Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid.
And despite admitting Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has been central to his progression, Isco has not ruled out making the switch to one of the continent’s major clubs.
“Nobody knows (about the future),” he told El Pais. “I am here now, tomorrow we’ll see.
“I’ve been a Malaga fan since I was small. I was a junior club member before I left for Valencia (in 2006), and I am very happy to be here now and learning a lot.
“We will see what happens next. It is not something that does not concern me a lot right now. I am enjoying my life at the moment.
“I arrived here aged 19, just a boy. I know I am only at the beginning in football. Pellegrini tells me just to play my football, to get on the ball and link up with my teammates.
“He has given me all the confidence in the world.”
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