SportsNet - June 2013
An interesteing report ciculating during this window is Chelsea's desire to bring back a former youth player to Stamford Bridge, in the shape of Benfica's tall and powerful midfielder, Nemanja Matic.
24-year-old Matic was at Chelsea from 2009-2011 but only made 2 senior appearances before going on loan to Vitesse Arnhem, and eventually making a permanent switch to Benfica in the Portuguese league in a swap deal that saw David Luiz switch to Chelsea. He struggled to break in to the Chelsea squad and has since discovered great form, cementing his place as a vital midfielder in Benfica's line up and also within the Serbian National squad.
However, if Chelsea are to bring the 6ft 4in towerhouse back to The Bridge, they will have to stump up an incredible fee of £38 million, which is allegedly being demanded by Benfica, according to The Daily Star. Unless a lower deal can be sought, Chelsea will back out with their financial attentions firmly set on bringing in Napoli's Edinson Cavani.
Jose Mourinho is looking to sure up his squad further during this summer window in the shape of Seville midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia. The 20-year-old Frenchman has been scouted by Chelsea during last season, where he had a successful time in La Liga with Seville.
Mourinho has also been to see him play and is said to want to bring the youngster to Chelsea this season to bolster up the midfield with John Obi Mikel's Chelsea future looking in doubt, with Turkish side Galatasaray waiting in the wings. Kondogbia operates as a defensive midfielder and has great break up play and intelligence as well as being strong in a challenge.
With Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich looking to spend big to bring in Napoli's Edinson Cavani, the young French star is seen as a cheap option to sure up the midfield, with a fee of £10 million being touted as the amount to land his services. He has 4 years remaining on his Seville contract but with that said, the money offered could tempt the Spanish club to part ways and allow the move, who already gave in and allowed Jesus Navas to join Manchester City.
According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are prepared to sell Thiago Alcantara in order to fund a move for Chelsea's superstar midfielder Juan Mata. They also state that Manchester United are interested in signing Thiago.
These Mata rumours have been circulating all summer and now Barcelona are mentioned, things seem to be hotting up. However, Chelsea obviously do not want to sell Mata. He is their star player, their prize asset anf their top performer last season. Jose Mourinho would never have took the post if he knew that the club were about to sell their best player.
Chelsea once again look to be active in the transfer market this summer having already added the services of German International winger Andre Schurrle to the ranks, sparking rumours of various players leaving. One of those players in particular is Belgium International midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, the 21-year-old spent last season on a successful loan spell with Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, has suggestedly grown unsettled by the arrival of Schurrle and possibly more.
De Bruyne wants his chance with Chelsea but has re-iterated on a number of occasions of his desire and importance to play regular first team football, which may not always be an option at Chelsea with the vast array of talent on show.
Fresh reports on Tuesday via Sky Sports suggest that the player could well be on his way out of Stamford Bridge already. They state that Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc, has told German media that "De Bruyne has confirmed that he wants a move to our club, we are interested in his signature".
Tuesday brings in fresh new reports regarding Napoli's sought after striker Edinson Cavani, the 26-year-old has re-iterated that he will be deciding his future after turning out for his country during the Confederations Cup in South America.
Early on Tuesday the Italian media have reported that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed that he will meet with Chelsea representatives on Wednesday this week, in order to discuss a deal and carve out a move for the Uruguayan International.
Almost immedietly afterwards, Cavani himself has been quoted talking with Cadena COPE, stating that the La Liga champions Real Madrid "are a great club and every player dreams of playing there". This would seem that the player would prefer a move to The Bernabeu over Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.
He also went on to state that " I am a Napoli player for now, and I am focused on the Confederations Cup. It's not up to me what the clubs decide, there are other factors to consider". Suggesting that although Madrid would be a dream move, the final decision is down to Napoli and the deals offered.