Is there ever a quiet transfer story day when it comes to Chelsea football club?
No. Certainly not during the summer or mid-season markets.
Today, Friday, began with reports that there were developments in the Kevin de Bruyne to Wolfsburg story. German publication Wolfsburger Nachrichten claim both the player and his prospective Bundesliga destination have successfully negotiated personal terms but neither Wolfsburg nor Chelsea had agreed on the fee.
Previous reports indicated that the buying club valued de Bruyne at £17m - not bad for a player who has competed in 131 minutes of competitive Premier League football this season.
Klaus Allofs, Wolfsburg sporting director, was quoted earlier to have said 'The fact that we continue to talk to each other, shows that our ideas are not so far apart.'
With the World Cup looming in Brazil and increased playing time unlikely at Stamford Bridge, it is no wonder why de Bruyne is so enthused about the possibility of leaving London, as told by Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who hinted that the deal has great financial benefit for the club: 'It is a very good deal', The Guardian quote him to have said.
'[de Bruyne] has a chance to go. We had two bids from two different clubs for Kevin. That's what the club is analysing. [A fee is] not agreed, but I believe that between our club and the other club we will reach an agreement. The interest is big from the club, even bigger from the player.
'One of [the clubs] is coming into a level where we believe can be a good situation for the player and also for the club.'
He will not be joined out of the exit door by international team-mate Eden Hazard, who has been the subject of many column inches speculating over comments attributed by the forward that indicate a summer move is a sure thing.
According to La Parisien: 'I will definitely go to PSG in the summer'.
Commenting on the rumour, Mourinho simply said that considering the fee Chelsea paid for him and factoring in how good he is now, Hazard would represent a crazy valuation.
He is quoted by ESPN to have said: 'I'm not worried because if his value was around £40 million when Chelsea bought him, if two years later he's twice or three times better than he was when we bought him, I think his value is a crazy value, so Edin on top of that is not a player Chelsea is interesting in selling anyway.
'Our tag is not to sell, plus the crazy amount that he can value in this moment, I think no chance that Edin can leave.'
Elsewhere, the Wayne Rooney murmurs have gotten increasingly louder.
Chelsea twice attempted to capture the Englishman last summer and, obviously, twice failed.
Rooney was unfazed about the interest in him and has since performed incredibly well, scoring nine and assisting 11 times in the Premier League (a return of a goal/assist once every 72 minutes) and registering two goals and six assists in the Champions League (a return of a goal/assist every 50 mins).
Allegedly, that interest is back.
Rooney's contract expires in 2015 and, thus far, there has been no indication from the player that he will commit to extended terms, leaving the prospect of his value reducing with every forthcoming transfer window.
Mourinho, though, will not be drawn into commenting on Wayne's future: 'I don't want to speak about it,' Mourinho said at a media conference. 'We play Man United in a few days. I don't think it's nice to speak about a Man United player.
'You have to ask him [Rooney]. You have to ask the player. And Man United because Man United has a contract with the player that doesn't end at the end of the season.'
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