Are Chelsea and Arsenal set for huge £100,000-a-week swap deal?

Chelsea and Arsenal could be set to make the biggest swap deal of the summer transfer window as the Blues have stepped up interest in Theo Walcott, with Petr Cech a target for the Gunners.

Walcott will have just one year remaining on his current Arsenal deal at the end of the season and Chelsea are monitoring the situation closely, according to the Times.

At the same time, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is hoping to secure a deal for Chelsea hero Cech, who has fallen behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order and is likely to move on this summer.

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Cech will also only have one year left on his contract at the end of the current campaign but Arsenal are waiting for official confirmation from the player that he is leaving before making an official approach, as stated by the Daily Mail.

Jose Mourinho would not be keen to sell Cech to Premier League rivals, but interest in Walcott could see the London rivals reach an agreement to swap their stars. The Blues don’t want to sell Cech for less than £10 million but Walcott’s value is higher than that so a straight-cash swap is unlikely.

Both players would be able to remain in London and would not have to take a pay cut if a swap deal was arranged.

Walcott is one of the Gunners’ highest earners as he is on around £100,000-a-week, while Cech earns around £120,000 each week but has had to settle for just four Premier League appearances this season.

It would not be the first time Chelsea and Arsenal agreed to swap key players as Ashley Cole and William Gallas swapped colours in 2006 when Mourinho and Wenger were both in charge.

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Walcott has made just three league starts this campaign after returning from an ACL injury in November, and although he would like a contract extension with the Gunners, he may be tempted by Chelsea’s interest if no deal is put in front of him.

Liverpool are also interested in Walcott and are lining him up as a possible replacement for Raheem Sterling, who could leave the club this summer as contract talks have failed to reach a conclusion yet. Chelsea are one of many clubs monitoring Sterling’s situation too.

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Cech wants first-team football and could get it at Arsenal, while Mourinho could tempt Walcott with the chance to play as a striker more often than he does with the Gunners.

Didier Drogba’s contract is up at the end of the year so the Blues will need another attacking option, and Walcott’s homegrown status is another key reason behind Chelsea’s interest.

Would a swap deal between Chelsea and Arsenal for Walcott and Cech make sense?


Chelsea plotting HUGE £165m summer spree for star trio

Chelsea are being linked with three huge moves for Real Madrid duo Raphael Varane and Gareth Bale, as well as Everton’s Ross Barkley as Jose Mourinho looks to further strengthen the Premier League leaders’ squad.

Gareth Bale hasn’t even completed two seasons with Real Madrid but is being linked with a return to the Premier League after coming under fire from Los Blancos supporters. Manchester United and Manchester City have already been rumoured as possible destinations but now Chelsea look like they are planning a mega move.

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A report in the Daily Mail claims that the Blues are prepared to pay Madrid the £75 million buy-out clause required to bring the Welsh star back to England, though the former Spurs hero wants to stay in Spain for one more season.

Madrid would be willing to let Bale leave if the buy-out clause is met as they could then keep Cristiano Ronaldo, and would be able to go on another summer spending spree themselves.

Bale’s Madrid teammate Raphael Varane is also a target for Mourinho and Chelsea are willing to splash £40 million on the young French defender, according to the Sun.

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Mourinho worked with Varane while in Spain and described the 21-year-old centre-back as the best young defender in Europe, and now wants to link up with the Frenchman once again by offering Madrid an offer they would find hard to turn down.

Chelsea are also being linked with Everton and England international Ross Barkley but will face competition from Manchester City for his signature.

Everton are desperate to keep hold of the attacking midfield ace and will demand £50 million if they are to let the 21 year old leave.

Barkley was excellent last season as he burst on to the scene, scoring six goals in 34 appearances for the Toffees, but has come under criticism this year after only netting twice.

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For Chelsea to spend the sort of money being reported, they would need to sell once again but the club have proved to be excellent in the past few transfer windows.

Big names have left for big money in recent seasons and Chelsea have managed to make profit of around £16 million in the past two windows despite spending over over £100 million on new talent such as Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.

Oscar is one name who could be forced out the door and Juventus are believed to be keeping a close eye on the Brazilian playmaker, according to reports out of Italy.

What do you make of the reports? Do Chelsea need to spend £165 million on three players this summer?

Chelsea to beat West Ham to £100,000-a-week Spurs star – report

Chelsea are reportedly lining up a summer move for Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who is out of favour at White Hart Lane, with West Ham also interested.

The 31 year old has only made 12 Premier League appearances this season, scoring twice, and has not started a league game under Mauricio Pochettino since the away victory at Aston Villa in early November.

Spurs were willing to let the former Arsenal and Manchester City man leave on loan in January but chairman Daniel Levy blocked a move to West Ham, and now Chelsea are eying up an approach.

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Jose Mourinho wants Adebayor to join Chelsea as Didier Drogba’s replacement this summer, according to the Daily Express, with the Ivorian Blues legend expected to leave at the end of his one-year contract.

Adebayor’s £100,000-per-week wages have proved to be a stumbling block for several other clubs but Chelsea would be able to afford those, while Adebayor would likely be keen as he wants to remain in London.

With one year left on his Spurs deal, Adebayor could be picked up for a small transfer fee, and the North London outfit are hoping to get the Togo international off the wage bill at the end of the season.

Mourinho worked with Adebayor while at Real Madrid in 2011 and the powerful forward netted eight goals in 22 games during that six-month loan deal.

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He would have to accept that he would only be backup to Loic Remy and Diego Costa at Chelsea but the chance to win more trophies at another big Premier League club would probably be enough to convince Adebayor to make the move across London.

West Ham are believed to still be interested in the Spurs man but Chelsea would likely be a more attractive option for Adebayor.

Would Emmanuel Adebayor be a good signing for Chelsea? Should the Blues look elsewhere?

Eden Hazard wouldn’t be surprised if teammate is to leave the club

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has claimed he would want to leave a club if he was in the same position as teammate Petr Cech.

Cech has been at Chelsea for 11 years but has had to sit on the bench for most of the season as Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has taken over as Jose Mourinho’s first-choice stopper, meaning that the Czech Republic international is likely to move on this summer.

Hazard spoke with Sky Sports about the situation regarding Cech playing number two to Courtois and revealed he would want to leave the club if he was in the 32 year old’s shoes.

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“Thibaut and Petr are both very good, and when you are on the bench of course you want to play.

“He knows he has the quality to play at a good club, and of course if I’m a good player and I’m on the bench I want to leave – this is football.”

Hazard’s comments come days after Cech announced he would not be happy with another season as Mourinho’s second choice ‘keeper.

Cech has won 12 major trophies with the club, including the prestigious Champions League in 2012.

He knows all about a young star bursting into the first team, as he finds himself in the same position he put Carlo Cudicini in 11 years ago.

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“I don’t know what the club’s idea will be. It looks like it works well with me and Thibaut as a duo,” Cech told the Idnes newspaper.

“But that can work for one season only. I don’t want another one like this.”

This has been a difficult season for Cech, playing just five league games, but Mourinho has opted for the future and the Czech Republic international is yet another of ‘the old guard’ who looks set to depart in the upcoming months, with a host of top clubs interested.

Should Petr Cech move on for more regular football?

Chelsea line up shock move as £10m star’s replacement – report

Chelsea are preparing a surprise move for Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Robert Green as a replacement for Petr Cech, who is set to depart this summer after 11 years with the club.

Cech, who has made 491 appearances for the club, is too good to sit on the Chelsea bench as backup to Thibaut Courtois as the Belgian has established himself as Jose Mourinho’s first-choice since returning from Atletico Madrid, where he spent three seasons on loan.

That means Cech will need to move on and at 32, he still has time ahead of him to enjoy his football. Mourinho will not stand in his way and that means a replacement for the Czech Republic international will be one of the Blues’ transfer priorities this summer.

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Mourinho likes to do his transfer business early and English ‘keeper Green looks like the primary target, according to a report in the Times.

Green has impressed despite playing for a QPR side that has struggled in the Premier League this season and relegation from the top flight will mean the R’s will need to sell.

Chelsea are looking to receive about £10 million for Cech and bringing in Green will cost the club considerably less than that.

The Times’ report suggests Green will be given a pay rise from his current £40,000 per-week wage if he agrees to a move to the Premier League leaders, but lack of regular playing time could be a concern for the former England No.1.

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Cech, who started in the Capital One Cup final at the start of the month, has told Czech paper Idnes that he does not want to sit on the bench for another season and that will spark interest from a host of European sides.

“It works with Thibaut. But I think it can work for only one season. I don’t want another season of this.”

Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with a move for Cech but Chelsea would be unlikely to sell to English rivals. That will leave Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, AS Monaco, AC Milan and AS Roma left to fight for his signature.

Would Rob Green be a good signing for Chelsea? Does Petr Cech need to leave the club this summer?

Arsenal, Man United & Chelsea face tough battle for Real Madrid star

Germany World Cup winner and Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has finally confirmed he will leave Los Blancos at the end of the season after five years in the Spanish capital.

The defensive midfielder has been restricted to just 11 appearances this season due to injuries that have troubled him since November 2013. He returned towards the end of last season to play a part in Madrid’s tenth European title (La Decima) and his country’s World Cup triumph in Brazil.

It’s no secret Real have tried to tie him down to a new contract but Khedira has rejected the contract offers and in December he said, “if we can reach a solution, I’ll be very happy.” But now it seems Khedira is all but gone from Madrid.

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“I will give everything for this shirt until the last day of my contract, there should be no doubt about that. 

“It’s not a decision against Real Madrid. I want to find new challenges for my career and continue to grow as a player,” Khedira told Spanish newspaper Marca.

The German has lost his place in the Real Madrid starting lineup with Carlo Ancelotti preferring Luka Modric and Toni Kroos in the heart of the midfield.

The news is sure to alert a whole host of Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United. The Gunners have been known to be huge admirers of the in-demand midfielder and his best friend Mesut Ozil plays at the Emirates.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho brought Khedira to Real Madrid in 2010 and would love to be reunited with him.

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The former Stuttgart man has also been linked with a move back to his homeland with interest from Bundesliga clubs Bayern Munich, Schalke and Wolfsburg. But Khedira says he is yet to reach a deal with anyone over his future.

“I don’t have an agreement with any club nor any preferences as to who I would like to join,” Khedira told Kicker.

If Khedira is to leave this summer, it would surely be one of the biggest bosman transfers in recent years.