A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Marko Marin will join Sevilla on loan next season after Chelsea confirmed a one-year deal with the Spanish club had been agreed. Marin joined Chelsea last summer but rarely made an impact on the first team throughout the season, making just 16 appearances, and was expected to slip further down the pecking order after Andre Schurrle joined the Blues.
Jose Mourinho has been backed to succeed in his second spell at Chelsea by Barcelona star Lionel Messi. Despite some of the Portuguese manager’s former opponents in Spain suggesting they were pleased to see the back of him lately, Messi has said that he expects both Mourinho, and his successor at Real Madrid Carlo Ancelotti, to do well at their new clubs.
Chelsea have reportedly had a £5million bid for Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy turned down, with the Canaries apparently looking for £10million. With Thibaut Courtois set to stay out on loan for another season, and Ross Turnbull and Hilario released by the club, Ruddy could be bought as cover for Petr Cech at Chelsea.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has rebuffed Chelsea target Edinson Cavani’s demands for a meeting regarding his future at the Serie A club, saying that there was no need for him to have a face-to-face talk with the Uruguayan. Cavani is apparently unhappy with how his sale is being conducted, by De Laurentiis said that the matter was simple – when a team meets the striker’s £54million release clause, he will be sold.
There has again been speculation that Chelsea will try to convince Robert Lewandowski to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer rather than waiting for a move to Bayern Munich next year. Lewandowski would be substantially cheaper than Cavani, but seems intent on joining the Champions League winners, with Dortmund equally determined not to sell him to Bayern this summer.
One Bundesliga star that could leave is Schalke’s Julian Draxler, who has been linked with Chelsea in the past. Schalke president Clemens Tonnies has said he wants to keep Draxler, but admitted it would be difficult to stop the 19-year-old leaving if a big club came in for the midfielder.
Wayne Rooney apparently still wants to leave Manchester United, with Chelsea and Arsenal expected to lead the chase for the £25million-rated striker. However Manchester United would apparently prefer not to sell Rooney to a Premier league rival, and hope Barcelona, PSG or Bayern Munich could bid for the 27-year-old.
Sevilla have confirmed they have turned down a bid of £7.7million from an unnamed club for reported Chelsea target Geoffrey Kondogbia. Real Madrid are also interested in the midfielder, who Sevilla are keen to keep this summer.
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