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Chelsea Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 10

Laura GreeneFeatured ColumnistFebruary 10, 2014

Chelsea Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 10

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    The transfer window is closed and bolted until the summer but that does not mean that speculation will ease up anytime soon, as the following Chelsea rumours suggest.

    Over the next few pages, we will keep you up to date on all the gossip surrounding moves in and out of Stamford Bridge.

    Keep checking back for your Chelsea updates!

    —LAST UPDATE: Saturday, February 15—

Chelsea Offered Summer Swap Deals for Thibaut Courtois

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    Signed by Chelsea in 2011 from Belgian side Genk, Thibaut Courtois has been on loan at Atletico Madrid for the last three seasons. 

    The 21-year-old has made over 150 appearances for the La Liga outfit, who appear intent on signing him on a permanent contract at the end of the season.

    According to James Dickenson in the Express, Atletico are prepared to offer Chelsea two separate cash-plus-player deals, in a bid to keep the Belgian goalkeeper. 

    One involving Spanish midfielder Koke, who is also a reported Manchester United target and the other with Diego Costa, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal.

    Dickenson writes: 

    Costa has a £32million release clause but could end up leaving for less than that figure after scoring just once since the turn of the year.

    Koke signed a new deal at the Vicente Calderon this season with a reported £50m buy-out fee, but Atletico are willing to lose either stars to land Courtois.

     

     

Luiz: Leaving London?

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    David Luiz could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge this summer, if reports in the Daily Mail are to be believed. 

    According to the newspaper's Simon Jones, the Chelsea man is the subject of interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Barcelona. 

    Jones writes:

    Chelsea would sell Luiz for around £35million. Bayern coach Pep Guardiola is a confirmed admirer as are Barcelona but the Spanish side are reluctant to bid so high and have cheaper options in mind.

    The 26-year-old has made over 100 appearances for Chelsea, since joining the side from Benfica in 2011. His current contract runs out in June 2017.

     

Mourinho: 'Financial Fair Play Prevented Falcao, Cavani Moves'

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    Jose Mourinho has claimed that Chelsea's summer interest in Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani was not acted upon due to incoming Financial Fair Play rules.

    The Blues welcomed several new players to Stamford Bridge during the summer months, including Andre Schurrle, Willian and Marco van Ginkel who, when combined, cost upwards of £50 million.

    However, according to The Independent's Mark Bryans, Mourinho did not push to bring Falcao and Cavani on board because their hefty price tags would jeopardise the club's position with regard to UEFA's new spending rules. 

    When asked if moves for the two strikers were called off due to FFP, Mourinho said, "Correct. Because of transfer fees and salaries. Players are not just about transfer fees, but big wages. Of course there's a certain profile of player we don't go near."

    Falcao ended up signing for Monaco for a reported £50 million, as seen on BBC Sport, whereas Cavani joined Paris Saint-Germain in a deal worth a reported £55 million—seen here on BBC Sport

Blues Gossip: Hazard to Stay, Lukaku to Return?

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    The Daily Star has been busy with its Chelsea rumours this week.

    According to Nick Lustig, Eden Hazard has rubbished speculation of a move away from Stamford Bridge in the summer, with Paris Saint-Germain the rumoured destination. Hazard said:

    It's nice to read that PSG are interested in me. But I do not care.

    I have never thought of leaving Chelsea. I feel good at this club and I still have much to do here. I know very well what I have in mind. No one will change that.

    The Daily Star's Jack Wilson also claims that Romelu Lukaku is considering returning to Chelsea from his loan spell at Everton, in search of Champions League football.

    The 20-year-old has hinted, by Wilson's reckoning, that he will not return to Goodison Park if the Toffees do not finish in the top four at the end of his season-long loan. The Belgian striker was quoted as saying:

    It's time for me to play Champions League and that's what I want. When I turn 21 (in May) I'll have been a professional for five years, I need this in my evolution.

    I want to be a top player and I also think I can shout that out. I've scored a lot of goals but I haven't won many titles or cups yet. I want to win something.

    I still have two years on my contract at Chelsea and I know they're tracking my evolution. In the end, it's up to the manager to decide.

Chelsea Plan Premier League Loan for Hazard No. 2

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    It seems that Chelsea are going to recall Thorgan Hazard from his current loan spell at Belgian club Zulte Waregem, to give him more Premier League experience.

    As Darren Witcoop reported in the Mirror over the weekend, the Blues want to bring the 20-year-old back to England to prepare him for life in the top flight.

    Hazard, who is Eden Hazard's younger brother, has made 24 appearances in Belgium this season—where he has scored nine goals and registered 11 assists in the Jupiler Pro League.

    The attacking midfielder is currently in the middle of his second season-long loan spell at the club, where he was recently awarded the Belgian Golden Shoe, as the best player in the league in 2013—seen here on UEFA.com.

    However, according to a report from the Daily Mail's John Drayton, Hazard is planning on joining Anderlecht to further his career. He said: 

    I want to go to Anderlecht. I've just spoken with the manager and I've told him that it's time to move on.

    I'm grateful for what the club have done for me, I've had a great time, but lots of players have left and I don't know if I can achieve what I want.



Ashley Cole to Liverpool?

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    According to the Mirror's Dave Kidd, Ashley Cole could be set for a summer switch to Liverpool.

    The left-back has spent large portions of this season on the Blues' bench and is likely to leave the club when his current contract runs out in June.

    As Kidd writes, "Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers, who knows Cole from his days as a Chelsea coach, is considering making a move."

    Manchester United are also linked with the 33-year-old in the Mirror article.

    Elsewhere, Skysports.com reported over the weekend that Jose Mourinho thinks that Cole could leave Stamford Bridge, despite wanting him to stay.

    This comes after reports linking Cole with a move to Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls, where former teammate Thierry Henry now plays. 

    Mourinho said:

    Yes, he (Cole) has (got a future at Chelsea), but maybe Thierry has a better proposal.

    Maybe Thierry is doing with Red Bulls the same as David (Beckham) is doing in Miami. Maybe he's buying Red Bulls! I have to ask Thierry Henry (what's happening with Cole).

Chelsea and Manchester United Ready for Summer Cavani 'Battle'

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    In the Daily Mail, Simon Jones and Chris Wheeler suggest that Edinson Cavani is going to be the subject of a "summer battle," as Chelsea and Manchester United try to bring him to the Premier League.

    The article, which was published last Thursday, reckons that the Uruguayan's representatives were in London, acting on behalf of an "unsettled" Cavani.

    The 26-year-old currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain, who he joined over the summer. His first season in France has been a success—with 13 goals registered in Ligue 1 alone. However, it's thought that Cavani is unhappy at being pushed out wide, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic being used as the side's central striker.

    In the Mirror, Liam Prenderville reports that Chelsea have put Cavani at the top of their summer wishlist. Along with Diego Costa and Mario Mandzukic.  

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