Chelsea latest: Including Schwarzer in Romeu out?

A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.

Chelsea’s new signing Mark Schwarzer has acknowledged that Petr Cech is the number one keeper at Stamford Bridge, but vowed to push hard for a first team place next season.

“For me what was important was that I could come to a club the size of Chelsea and really try and push myself as much as possible,” Schwarzer told Sky Sports.

"There's a lot of games throughout the season and I know that if I'm pushing as hard as I can do then there'll be opportunities along the way."

Jose Mourinho has apparently told Juan Mata and Fernando Torres to ignore speculation about their future, and assured both players they are in his Chelsea plans for the future. There were rumours that Mourinho would be open to offers for both players, despite Mata’s exceptional form last season.

Chelsea have been given hope in their pursuit of Edinson Cavani by the news that Leonardo has decided to step down as director at PSG at the end of the transfer window. The Brazilian has been integral to the Ligue 1 champions’ transfer dealings this summer, and the Blues might hope his departure will open the door to a late bid for Cavani, who had seemed certain to join PSG. However he will not step down until the end of the transfer window so the effect may be limited as negotiations continue with Cavani's representatives.

Reports in Spain today have suggested that Oriol Romeu will complete a loan move to Valencia shortly, with the 21-year-old keen to push through the switch as soon as possible. Romeu made just six Premier League appearances for Chelsea last year, with an injury ruling him out for most of the second half of the season.

Christian Benteke reportedly favours a move to Tottenham Hotspur this summer after handing in a transfer request at Aston Villa, with Chelsea also apparently keen on the 22-year-old striker. However Villa’s £25million valuation could discourage the London clubs from bidding for the Belgian, who scored 19 Premier League goals last season.

Sporting Lisbon winger Bruma has reportedly begged the Portuguese club to let him move to Chelsea. The Blues have already had a £12million bid for the 18-year-old turned down, with Sporting keen to keep the youngster for another season. On HITC today we look at Chelsea’s pursuit of Bruma, and how they might have a decisive advantage.

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