A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Chelsea have completed the signing of Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen, with the forward putting pen to paper on a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge. The 22-year-old will wear the number 14 shirt for Chelsea, and said he was looking forward to getting started at his new club.
“I am so happy now I have signed and it is an honour for me to play for this club, with this team and for these great fans,” Schurrle said.
Edinson Cavani has said he does not believe he is worth the €63million fee that Napoli are demanding, and that he will speak to club president to Aurelio De Laurentiis about it. Napoli have no intention of selling Cavani for less than the buy-out clause, with Real Madrid and Chelsea currently in pole position to sign the striker.
However Napoli’s official radio station have claimed that Chelsea have in fact already agreed a £49.3million fee for Cavani, with the Serie A club trying to find a replacement before they make the move official. There has been other speculation about the forward today, with Manchester United even linked with the player, although on HITC today we look at why that rumour is likely to be bogus.
Fernando Torres hopes that people will forget his first year at Chelsea, and no longer regard him as a flop after an upturn in form over the past few months. Torres ended up with 22 goals in all competitions last season, and has scored five goals in two games at the Confederations Cup, although four of those did come in the 10-0 demolition of Tahiti.
Chelsea are reportedly one of a number of sides monitoring Manchester City defender Micah Richards, who could be sold this summer after turning down the club’s latest contract offer. Chelsea are joined by Inter and AC Milan in monitoring the 25-year-old, who has fallen behind Pablo Zabaleta in the pecking order at the Etihad.
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