A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Fernando Torres has said he will discuss his Chelsea future with Jose Mourinho once the Confederations Cup is over, and that he has now plans to leave Stamford Bridge amid rumours that Barcelona are preparing a bid for him.
“I am just thinking about the Confederations Cup, immediately after that about Chelsea. I want to speak with Mourinho and then get ready for next season,” he said.
“I am looking forward to that conversation, to know what plans he has for me and to tell him my point of view.”
Torres is not the only Spaniard at Chelsea that Barcelona are apparently considering a bid for this summer, with Juan Mata also on their radar after speculation that Mourinho is prepared to listen to offers for the 25-year-old. Barcelona could sell Thiago Alcantara to fund a move for Mata, who was one of Chelsea’s key players last season and voted onto the shortlist for PFA Player of the Year.
Mourinho might still bring his Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka with him to Stamford Bridge, despite earlier suggestions Karanka would stay at Real Madrid. The move could depend on who Real Madrid appoint as their manager to replace Mourinho, with former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti expected to take over.
Despite being told he has a place in Mourinho’s plans at Chelsea next season, Kevin De Bruyne is still interested in a move to Borussia Dortmund, according to the German club’s sporting director Michel Zorc. De Bruyne is being line dup by Dortmund as a replacement for Mario Gotze, although they could move for Christian Eriksen instead if Chelsea refuse to sell the Belgian.
Chelsea are reportedly considering a bid for Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, who is valued at around £10million by the Spanish club. The 20-year-old enjoyed an excellent season in the heart of Sevilla’s midfield, and is seen as a relatively cheap solution in Chelsea’s hunt for a defensive midfielder.
One player who certainly does not fall in the bargain category is Nemanja Matic, with Benfica apparently demanding £38million for the Serbian midfielder, who used to be on Chelsea’s books. Matic was part of the deal between the clubs that saw David Luiz arrive at Stamford Bridge in 2011.
On HITC today we look at whether Mourinho has taken the perfect attitude towards Fernando Torres at Chelsea.
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