Chelsea latest: Including Mata staying and Higuain

Juan Mata

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

Jose Mourinho has ruled out the possibility of either Juan Mata or David Luiz leaving Chelsea this summer, dismissing rumours that the club had offered either of the pair as part of a deal for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. When asked about the possibility of selling either player, Mourinho simply said: "No chance. No chance."

Another player who will not be leaving Chelsea this summer is Branislav Ivanovic, with Mourinho saying the Serbian defender will be staying amid reports that PSG were hoping to tempt him away from Stamford Bridge.

Despite refusing to answer any more questions about Wayne Rooney today, after admitting Chelsea were pursuing the striker this summer yesterday, Mourinho did manage to send a message to the 27-year-old by suggesting players who wanted to play at next summer’s World Cup needed to ensure they were first choice at their clubs.

Mourinho’s apparent reluctance to talk about Rooney has clearly not rubbed off on his players, with both Petr Cech and Mark Schwarzer saying they would be happy to see the England international at Stamford Bridge next season.

Cech believes Rooney would be a great addition to Chelsea’s team, whilst new signing Schwarzer said the Blues’ were proving their ambition by targeting “one of the top players in English football.”

Another striker Chelsea are apparently in the hunt for is Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain, who has been regularly linked with a move to Arsenal this summer. Mourinho has indicated if they missed out on Rooney Chelsea would not attempt to sign anyone else, but reports in Spain have suggested they have already been in contact with Higuain.

Chelsea striker Milan Lalkovic has joined Walsall on loan for six months. The 20-year-old has never made a senior appearance for Chelsea, and has previously been loan out to Doncaster, Den Haag and Vitoria de Guimaraes with little success.

On HITC today we look at how Juan Mata could be considered expendable at Chelsea, but should be kept at all costs, and ask which of Arsenal and Chelsea would be the better fit for Rooney. We also suggest that the signing of Rooney would be the exception to Chelsea’s new transfer strategy.

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