Wednesday 1st May – Chelsea daily transfer gossip and news round up
As Real Madrid exited from the Champions League at the semi-final stage for the 3rd year running, Jose Mourinho started pondering over his next move. And the Portuguese dropped the biggest hint over his reported return to Chelsea after he claimed that he may not be at the Bernabeu next season. Talking after his side were eliminated by Dortmund despite winning the second leg at home 2-0, Mourinho is quoted by the Guardian as, “I have not made a decision yet because I have a contract and at the end of the season I will talk to Florentino Pérez, my president and my friend, and we will decide what is best. I know that in England I am loved by the fans and by the media, which treats me in a fair way – criticizing me when they have to but giving me credit when I deserve it. I know I am loved by some clubs, especially one, and in Spain the situation is a bit different because some people hate me.”
Meanwhile, Roman Abramovich is already preparing for the return of Jose Mourinho to London and according to the Mirror, the Russian billionaire will hand the Portuguese a substantial transfer kitty of £100 million to spend in the summer. As Mourinho admitted that is likely to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season and return to England, Chelsea are hopeful their former manager will take over from Rafael Benitez and lead the club back to the top of the league. Radamel Falcao, Andre Schurrle, Marouane Fellaini and Luke Shaw are reportedly top of the transfer list of the Blues and Mourinho would want to complete deals as soon as he takes charge.
John Terry may be the next Chelsea superstar to be shown the door at Stamford Bridge after Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard. With Lampard not offered a new contract and looking set to leave in the summer, Terry may follow the midfielder as no talks have been held to extend his contract beyond the end of next season. And Roman Abramovich is keen to replace the 32-year old as Blues skipper with David Luiz. The Daily Mail understand that the Chelsea owner wants Luiz to take over from Terry as the club’s new leader after establishing himself as a fan favorite since joining from Benfica in January 2011.
After another disappointing season, the Blues have signaled their intentions to spend big in the transfer market and strengthening the attack remains a top priority for the club. According to the Sun, Chelsea are closing in on Partizan Belgrade striker Lazar Markovic as the Serbian is ready to snub interest from Liverpool and Inter Milan to move to Stamford Bridge. The 19-year old will cost the Blues £6million and has been advised by former Chelsea manager Avram Grant to join Chelsea. However, Markovic is likely to be sent on loan next season to further his development.