Chelsea latest: Video of Matic signing, Rooney OUT, £29m Barca offer?

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All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge including the reported injury-enforced absence from Manchester United's line-up this weekend.

Well done Chelsea football club.

While the mid-season transfer market has, to date, proven rather underwhelming, the Blues have not mucked about and finally announced what is the most significant acquisition of January so far - towering tenacious midfield tackler Nemanja Matic has officially been unveiled, with the player's erstwhile club receiving a reported £21m.

As quoted by the club's official website, the 25-year-old, who will likely partner Ramires in the middle of the park, said: 'I am very happy for this opportunity to be back at this club. I feel very good because of that and just want to say I will give my best to help the team and make the Chelsea fans happy.'

See below for a video of Matic with his contract, publicised on the club's social media channels.

While the critics are no doubt sharpening their knives over the financial loss suffered by sending Matic, once a Blue over three years back, to Benfica along with £21m in order to sign David Luiz, that Brazilian defender could well end up transferring to Barcelona, should they agree on meeting the club's asking price for the microphone-haired centre back. That valuation? £29m, as reported by The Express.

This, on top of the £17m that is expected to be received for doing business with Wolfsburg over the prospective sale of Belgium winger Kevin de Bruyne and it turns out to be quite a profitable month for the Stamford Bridge management.

Chelsea may also rid themselves of Michael Essien from their books as the player's agent has been quoted by Spazio Milan to have welcomed any interest from AC Milan, or indeed the Serie A as a whole: 'Milan have to first speak with Chelsea and they have to decide what they want to do with Essien. We have not yet opened any direct talks with AC Milan but this does not mean he cannot move to Italy. Clearly this is a great opportunity for my player.'

As far as on-the-pitch matters are concerned, Chelsea take on Manchester United this weekend in a Super Sunday clash and, even though opposition manager David Moyes sent star striker Wayne Rooney to foreign terrain in order to ensure he received the best care for his injury, it has not fast-tracked his availability for the Stamford Bridge showdown.

The Daily Mail claim that Rooney is 'likely to miss' the game, while he remains a 50/50 for the second leg League Cup semifinal clash against Sunderland, a match Moyes may wish to have Rooney for as the club look to overturn a 2-1 deficit.

And finally, on Here Is The City, Eden Hazard's former work-ethic was compared to Ricky Hatton's and we detailed statistical data and asked our readers who is the best wonderkid out of Chelsea's Bertrand Traore, Arsenal starlet Serge Gnabry and Manchester United attacker Adnan Januzaj.

image: © Tom Cuppens

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