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Chelsea FC expecting Argentine’s arrival

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Chelsea FC have made a huge undiclosed bid for Palermo’s attacking midfielder Javier Pastore, practically signalling the end of their quest for Luka Modric.

It is believed that new manager Andre Villas-Boas prefers the Argentine to the Croatian and although sources were unable to give any clues on the amount of the bid, the Italian club itself have suggested they received a €50m bid from a “foreign club” on Tuesday.

Whilst club president Maurizio Zamparini believes the 22 year old to be worth much more the Serie A side are ready to accept which will make Pastore Chelsea’s first major transfer this summer. The deal will also confirm owner Roman Abramovich’s intentions as he looks to buy the best in the hope of winning the Champions League.

With the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Neymar also on the Russian’s wishlist, Chelsea’s spending this summer is very likely to go well past the £100m mark. That excludes the £50m spent on Fernando Torres in January.

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  1. Davenoodles

    June 29, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Could it be true? Let’s hope so and if it is let’s hope this kid is worth it. Can’t
    imagine we’d be spending £44m on him unles he was worth it but we’ve done it before cough cough torres. Fingers crossed

  2. ggarry

    June 30, 2011 at 7:43 AM

    Hi there,
    I remember when Pastore was at his previous Argentian Club. He was a promising player and Palmero got him for about nine million pounds from memeory. I noticed that a lot of average Italian and Spanish Club’s take what PL Club’s might consider a risk on semi expensive players(unproven is what they like to refer to them as)whereas their English counterparts wouldn’t. Hence you see the likes of Palmero, Udinese, and Athletico Madrid with some very good good player’s early in their career’s and do very well out of them when they move on. As far as their English equivalent’s doing the same you might only have the likes of Aston Villa, Sunderland and perhap’s the old “Newcastle” or “Everton” are prepared to take similar risks. Generally the bottom ten or so club’s are quite Conserative in term’s of their Scouting Network and ambition.

  3. Mike

    June 30, 2011 at 8:18 AM

    I think its a gud move.I just hope its not one of dos mere speculations.Pastore is more than a good alternative in the event that we missed out on Modric.After capturing him,Neymar or Sanchez would fire Chelsea‘s morale to go for the Champions League and win it.

  4. Mikey268

    June 30, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    I know it is only rumours but how can this be true? Chelsea are looking to buy about 4-5 players this summer, albeit they will be selling about 4-5 but they will not recoup the money they spend. With the ‘financial fair play’ rule coming in how can Chelsea afford to spend “well past the £100m mark. That excludes the £50m spent on Fernando Torres in January.”????

    Can anyone help me get my head around this please?

  5. Randomer

    June 30, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    This boy is class i wouldnt be surprised if they went 4 modric aswell and that my friend would be a midfield future, with an on form torres being fed passes and crosses from the likes of Neymar (Sanchez barca bound) and the previous 2 you have clocked it with a strong defensive mid essien springs to mind and a strong back 4 433 is the key.

  6. chizo

    June 30, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    i think pastore is too expensive for that amount. Modric is better because is has experience of the premiere league and his is versatile.

  7. theophilus

    June 30, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    he is just a good alternative for spurs sturborness of selling off modric to buy,i think pastore is perfect.

  8. Fog

    June 30, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    big transfers from Seria A always ring alarm bells for me.
    Mutu, Veron, Crespo, Either cant adapt to the pace of the game or are homesick. Can he really be worth 44m?

    I’d rather see Modric. Someone with premier league experience, coming at a cheaper price.

    MODRIC
    NEYMAR/SANCHEZ
    ARDA
    VANDERWIEL/GOOD RIGHT BACK.

    Sturridge
    Kakuta
    Mceachran
    Van Aanholt
    to feature more.

    That would be enough for the summer

  9. Chelseafanbase

    June 30, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    I just hope d new manager can bench Lamps, i still can’t understand y Carlo played him n all d games wen he was so out of form. Yes he has a good history but the team winning means more. i still can’t forget the last 2 months and carlo choosing 2 play lamps instead of Benayun and i know Mikel can play good in that position not just holding

  10. CheekyMonkey

    June 30, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    DaveNoodles – you spent £31m on Shevchenko and there isn’t a Blues fan on the planet who thinks he was worth it. For the rest of you, Neymar, Pastore and Sanchez will all prefer Italy/Spain to the Premiership so you won’t be getting any of them either.

  11. tom

    July 1, 2011 at 3:46 AM

    alot of these comments arent right. lamps is faithful and is the core. how about the form slump when he didnt play. also the fact of people wanting essien away. for the midfield situation much prefer pastore to modric. think about the link up that boas is thinking. flair and tenacity will win chelosea the flag this year. go away anelka.

  12. TIKABO NEGASH

    July 1, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Believe me neither chelsea nor city can get the chance of championship except United. Believe me once again, that’s obvious.

  13. Raulito

    July 2, 2011 at 4:50 AM

    Don’t want this guy at Chelsea >:/. A Argentine has never really done well in England. Can this guy be any different?

  14. dan charis

    July 5, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    I think p. man will do well at chelsea.chelsea forget modric he’s too sluggish for my liking,up blues!!!

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Chelsea to return for Spurs superstar with increased bid

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Roman Abramovich could be ready to get his chequebook out once again in January and make an incredible £52m offer for Tottenham playmaker, Luka Modric.

The Blues have bid for Modric in the past two transfer windows but any fee they have submitted has been deemed unworthy by Spurs so far. Last January also saw the Chelsea FC owner write a cheque out for £50m to bring Liverpool striker Fernando Torres to Stamford Bridge and it is believed the Russian owner will now at stop at nothing to get his man.

The Croatian playmaker is believed to have been subject to three offers from Chelsea over the summer, the largest of which is thought to have been worth £35m. Despite the big money bids and the midfielder actually handing in a transfer request, he was not permitted to leave the club and will now remain at the club until January at least.

Harry Redknapp has been striving to tie the maestro down to a new long-term deal, however Modric is reluctant to sign an extension as he looks to keep his hopes of a move away, alive.

Daniel Levy played a key role in keeping Modric at White Hart Lane and apparently made the decision to reject the player’s transfer request.

However, one would think that with a bid of £52m on the table, even Levy will find it difficult to keep his star midfielder in the side.

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Arsenal considering shock bid for Chelsea veteran

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Reports are suggesting that Arsenal could continue their spending in January by making a move for Chelsea forward, Didier Drogba.

The striker has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge for some time now, with the likes of Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and Nicolas Anelka to contend with.

The Ivory Coast international is also at the ripe old age of 33 and the Portuguese boss could be tempted into cashing in on the forward.

News is circulating that Marouane Chamakh could be on his way back to France sometime soon, with PSG apparently showing interest in acquiring his signature after the striker has endured a disappointing two years at the Emirates Stadium.

Drogba could turn out to be a sound asset for the Gunners, providing an experienced mind who has played in the Premier League for seven years now, and still has the potential for brilliance.

Given his low resale value and that he is in the last year of his contract, the forward, who has netted almost 100 times for the Blues, could be available for a pittance and would relieve some of the pressure from Robin van Persie in his sole central striker role.

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Arsenal are planning a double raid in January for two players whos contracts currently come to an end next summer and will look to make a two bids worth a combined £14m.

First on Arsene Wenger’s list is that of Bolton Wanderers centre-back Gary Cahill for whom the side were reported to have had a bid rejected in the last few days of the summer’s transfer window.

With it unlikely that Bolton will extend the 25 year old’s current deal, and with Cahill himself suggesting he wants to get involved in European competition, Arsenal will remain one of his top destinations.

 

Arsenal will face competition for the England defender though. Most notable competitors for his signature are those of Tottenham Hotspur – who were rumoured to be close to a deal this summer – and Chelsea, who feel the defender could be a long term solution to the aging John Terry.

Arsenal’s second target is that of 26 year old Fiorentina midfielder Riccardo Montolivo.

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The Italian’s current deal also ends next summer although the Serie A side still remain hopeful that a new extension to the his contract could go ahead before January.

Should it not, the side will look to sell for obvious reasons, mainly the risk of allowing him to sign a pre-deal in January and risk losing the talented player for nothing.

Whilst it is still early days in the season, Arsenal already have certain players marked for attention and with Cahill and Montolivo pencilled in for a possible January acquisition, Wenger will be hoping any new players in January will be enough to push them on for the second half of the season.

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