A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Jose Mourinho has said that he will use the new Financial Fair Play regulations as a motivational factor in his second spell at Chelsea, and believes that long-term stability is now even more important at the club. Chelsea’s spending this summer might well be limited by the new rules, although they have already signed Andre Schurrle for a reported fee of around £18million.
Borussia Dortmund have re-iterated their intent to keep Robert Lewandowski at the club this summer, with Chelsea and Manchester City set to be denied in their pursuit of the Polish striker. Dortmund have already refused a bid from Bayern Munich, who are favourites to sign Lewandowski on a free next summer.
Manchester United are set to rival Chelsea for Dutch midfielder Marco Van GInkel, who had appeared close to completing a move to Stamford Bridge. The 20-year-old was part of the Netherland team that lost 1-0 to Italy in the semi-finals of the Under-21 European Championship, and has indicated he would welcome a move to the Premier League this summer.
Chelsea have apparently won the race to sign 14-year-old Bristol City player Jacob Maddox. Maddox is viewed as one of the most exciting young players in the country, and Chelsea beat off a host of Premier League clubs to sign him on a four-year deal.
David Luiz has spoken positively about the PSG ‘project’ saying that he has discussed what the Ligue 1 club are doing with Brazilian team-mates Thiago Silva and Lucas Moura. Mourinho is reportedly ready to listen to offers for Luiz this summer, with PSG and Barcelona linked with a £25million move for the defender.
On HITC today we have 10 facts about new Chelsea signing Andre Schurrle, and look at the pact of trust between Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson and how it might impact on a Chelsea move for Wayne Rooney. We also ask if Oscar might end up Chelsea’s key player next season?
Chelsea defender Dunia Susi and striker Eniola Aluko have both been called up to the England squad for next month’s UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Finals in Sweden.
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