Chelsea Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 9
January is on the horizon, and with that comes the transfer window, and Chelsea are certainly in focus after the weekend loss at Stoke.
Clubs are starting to make plans for when the window opens, and the speculation is hotting up as a consequence.
Here is your weekly dose of transfer rumours and stories surrounding Chelsea. Be sure to check back each day for further developments.
—LATEST UPDATE: Saturday, December 14—
Mourinho Stands Firm on Luiz
Barcelona’s bid to land David Luiz is likely to fall on deaf ears.
The Catalans have been strongly linked with the Brazilian defender, but Mourinho has maintained his position that no one will be moving in January.
And, per a report from Metro’s Jamie Sanderson, Mourinho has stated there has been no demand from Luiz to move.
Everything is clear. He’s our player and we are happy he’s back in a moment when we need him and John (Terry) in defence.
The market is open in January but I don’t think we will be buying or selling. There has been no contact from other clubs or from his people.
Blues in Falcao Talks
If Chelsea transfer rumours are your thing, you’ll be in clover on Friday. The UK papers are dripping with speculation.
Harvey claims the Blues are also interested in Guarin’s team-mate Andrea Ranocchia, and may use Demba Ba as a makeweight in any deal.
If you picked up a copy of the Express you would have found a report from Ben Jefferson which claimed Chelsea have opened talks with Monaco over Radamel Falcao.
United Calm About Rooney Move Talk
A day after it was reported by Martin Lipton that Chelsea were ready to renew their interest in Wayne Rooney, his fellow Mirror scribe David McDonnell has suggested Manchester United are in no rush to thrash out a new deal.
A dangerous policy? Maybe. But McDonnell suggests United have an ace up their sleeve.
That card, per McDonnell, is that Rooney is enjoying his football at Old Trafford and has no desire to move on.
Rooney’s contract has a little over 18 months to run, so Chelsea and others are likely to monitor the situation with interest.
De Bruyne the Bait in Draxler Deal
A matter of days after Julian Draxler put Premier League clubs on alert by speaking of his frustration with life at Schalke, the Star’s Nick Lustig says Chelsea are confident of thrashing out a deal.
Draxler is unhappy about being played out of position, which has raised the prospect of a move.
Belgium winger De Bruyne has made no impact on Chelsea's first team and is determined to secure playing time ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
Chelsea Back in the Hunt for Rooney
Chelsea failed to get their hands on Wayne Rooney in the summer, but they could go back in again.
Lipton suggests it is unlikely Chelsea will make a move in January, but if United do not thrash out a new deal with the forward between now and the end of the season, they will step in in the summer.
Adding a twist to Lipton’s piece is a report from Metro which suggests Rooney has refused to enter into talks over a new deal.
Matic Agent Set for Blues Talks
Nemanja Matic’s agent is due in London this weekend for talks with Chelsea, according to the Mail’s Simon Jones.
Chelsea sold Matic to Benfica in 2011 as part of the David Luiz deal.
The Serbian has made a deep impression in Portugal and Jones claims Chelsea may buy him back. The Blues have first refusal should the midfielder be made available for transfer.
David Luiz in the Frame for Barcelona Move
The future of David Luiz continues to swirl in the media, and the Star’s Nick Lustig claims a move to Barcelona could happen.
Lustig claims the Blues are ready to cash in on the defender, with Mourinho of the opinion that he is surplus to requirements.
Barcelona are looking for reinforcements, with Carles Puyol heading towards the end of his career, and Lustig suggests a £29 million deal could be done in January.
Draxler Puts Chelsea on Alert
Julian Draxler has put Chelsea on alert by suggesting his time at Schalke is drawing to a close, writes Joe Kirshnan of the Evening Standard.
Draxler is on the books of Schalke, but he has been linked with a move away from the Bundesliga club after losing his place in his preferred second-striker role.
Per Krishnan’s piece, with the quotes coming from German magazine Kicker, Draxler said:
I have now resigned myself to the fact that I am not welcome in the No. 10 position here at Schalke.
I am still convinced to be as dangerous just outside the centre. Even though I perhaps am the only one who thinks this.
While Arsenal remain in the frame, Krishnan claims Chelsea are also keeping close tabs on the situation.
Demba Ba Not Interested in West Ham Return
Demba Ba will not be swapping Chelsea for West Ham in January, according to the Express’ James Dickenson.
Dickenson suggests Mourinho will have to sell before he can buy, and had hoped to offload one of his forwards in January.
Ba has been linked with a return to former club West Ham, but Dickenson claims the forward does not want to go to Upton Park.
Samuel Eto’o Heading for MLS Adventure
Samuel Eto’o has scored just four goals since joining Chelsea in the summer, which is hardly the return the Blues were looking for.
But the lack of goals does not appear to have put off sides in Major League Soccer.
According to Dominic Fifield of the Guardian, Eto’o’s spell at Chelsea will not be extended beyond one season.
Kevin De Bruyne Makes Mind Up to Leave Chelsea
Kevin De Bruyne has featured regularly in Chelsea transfer trackers over the past few weeks, and once again his name has cropped up.
It was reported last week by the Telegraph’s Matt Law that the player’s agent would meet Chelsea officials for crunch talks.
It’s not clear if those talks have taken place, but Simon Johnson of the Independent is reporting that the Belgium international has decided he wants to head for a fresh challenge.
The Stamford Bridge door will remain ajar for De Bruyne, reports Johnson, as he claims it will only be a loan move in order for the winger to remain match sharp with the World Cup in mind.
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