- Italian football expert Tancredi Palmeri claims Paris St Germain have launched a €64million bid for our target Edinson Cavani. The Napoli striker has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, after impressing for the Italian side as they secured a second place finish in Serie A. But the French side have stolen a march on their Champions League rivals and are set to secure a deal for the Uruguayan for an extreme £200,000 a week in the coming days.
- Chelsea striker Demba Ba is on the verge of completing a move to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. Despite only joining Chelsea seven months ago from Newcastle, Ba is set to move on again this summer as Jose Mourinho remodels the squad he inherited from Rafael Benitez. Fernando Torres is unlikely to leave Stamford Bridge, so Ba has been deemed surplus to requirements and Anzhi are ready to offer up to £100,000-a-week in an attempt to persuade him to uproot to Russia.
- Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been given the financial backing from Roman Abramovich to make a move for £40m rated Brazilian Hulk according to the Daily Express. The 26 year old has been strongly linked with a move away from Zenit St Petersburg and as well as interest from the Stamford Bridge club the former FC Porto man is also on Tottenham’s radar though one wonders if the North London club can afford to fork out the fee needed to land the powerful forward. Hulk has publicly spoken of interest from prospective suitors, stating; “Those approaches [by other clubs] do exist,” “There are clubs interested in me. “But if I am to move, it has to be to a better place, with a better team in a better competition. I will be happy too if I stay. Zenit are a great club.”Mourinho is keen to bring in a striker signing having already signed Andre Schurrle and it seems entirely possible that both Fernando Torres and Demba Ba could be sacrificed by the Blues boss as he looks to put his stamp on the he inherited from interim manager Rafa Benitez. Hulk has managed just 11 goals in 30 appearances in his first season in Russia, during which his Zenit side lost their grip in the domestic crown they had held the previous two campaigns.
- Reports suggest that Chelsea are closing in on Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy. The London club are in need of a back-up option for Petr Cech, after releasing both Ross Turnbull and Hilario, while Thibaut Courtois has extended his loan spell at Atletico Madrid. Now Sky Sports are reporting that Chelsea are in negotiating with Norwich City for the transfer of 26-year-old goalkeeper John Ruddy. Ruddy missed most of the last season due to a thigh injury, which was later aggravated, but he was a crucial figure behind Norwich surviving relegation in the 2011-12 season, when he made 137 saves in 37 matches. He would be an impressive back-up option for Petr Cech if Chelsea manages to complete this transfer.
- Van Ginkel has signed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge, and told Chelsea’s website:I’m very happy to be here at such a nice club with great players. I am really happy, the stadium is good and the training ground is fantastic. I know about all the players and will meet them on Monday. I expect a lot, I’ve watched matches and it’s really nice to be here.
After impressing for Vitesse over the last few seasons, the powerful midfielder was one of the stars of the recent Under-21 European Championships in Israel. At just 20, this is yet another Chelsea signing with an eye to the future but judging by his performances over recent campaigns, van Ginkel should get chances this coming season under Jose Mourinho. Chelsea are rumoured to have splashed £8.5 million on the Dutchman. The Holland Under-21 star has received assurances from Mourinho that he will get his chance to play first-team football.
“[Mourinho] has full confidence in me and wants me to take it step by step, fitting into the first team”, Van Ginkel said through his agent Sport Promotion. He wants to know nothing about loaning me”, he added.
Van Ginkel will now join Chelsea on their pre-season tour of Asia, followed by a trip to North America, in preparation for the 2013/14 campaign.