Chelsea Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of April 28
The wait is nearly over.
Soon, all of that ball-kicking nonsense will be over with for another season, and we can focus on what really matters.
The summer transfer window.
There are a few crucial matches to be played between now and then, but if you look at them as mere scouting expeditions, they become more bearable.
Click through to see the latest rumours precariously perched on the Stamford Bridge windowsill.
Eden Hazard and David Luiz to Lead Exodus
Diego Costa Deal Done
The Metro have reported that Chelsea have met Diego Costa's £32 million buyout clause and will announce the signing at the end of the season.
Edinson Cavani Hates European Football
Loic Remy and Karim Benzema In?
Apparently, Chelsea are looking for a striker in the summer. While that shocking news sinks in, imagine if that striker arrived in the form of Loic Remy. That's what The Guardian's Rumour Mill is reporting today. As an aside, they also mention that Jose Mourinho wants to spend £40 million on Karim Benzema.
Paulinho to Swap North London for South of the River?
There's an old saying in football: you can never have too many Brazilians.
That's not an actual saying, but if the report in The Metro is true, it's one that Chelsea will swear by, along with "you can never have too many midfielders." Apparently the Blues want to bring Paulinho to south-west London, with a deal to be done before the World Cup.
Romelu Lukaku Admits Chelsea Will Have Final Say on His Future
Sky Sports have picked up on a story from Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad in which Romelu Lukaku talks about his future. Apparently the striker has accepted that Chelsea will have the final word on where he ends up this summer, because contracts are pesky like that.
Diego Costa Not Leaving Atletico Madrid
Chelsea to Spend £20 Million on New No. 26
It's no secret that John Terry isn't getting any younger, but with Kurt Zouma's imminent arrival and Tomas Kalas making his full debut against Liverpool, Stones' chances would still be limited at Stamford Bridge.
Demba Ba Back to Newcastle United
Ba has scored eight goals in the Premier League and Champions League this season, despite the fact he's made most of those appearances from the bench, per Squawka.
However, Jose Mourinho remains unconvinced that he can be the striker that Chelsea so desperately need, making a summer exit for the Senegalese international more likely than not.