All the latest news from SW6 including how former Arsenal and current Barcelona star could end up at Chelsea, the future of Tottenham Hotspur star and more.
Earlier this week, it had been suggested that Chelsea could gain £15m as well as Mario Mandzukic in exchange for David Luiz in what would have been an extraordinary play-plus-cash deal that had greater benefit for Chelsea than it did for Bayern Munich.
Today, there is a report in The Telegraph that indicates another intriguing player-swap could be on the table for Chelsea to ponder the merits of, as Barcelona are offering former Arsenal star Alexandre Song in return.
Mandzukic appears destined for an Allianz Arena exit thanks to the imminent addition of Robert Lewandowski and the fact he has also been ommitted from Bayern manager Pep Guardiola's German Cup final squad, against Borussia Dortmund. Even though "he was able to play", according to Guardiola, "he was [also] injured". Thanks for clearing that one up then, Pep.
In this month's edition of Four Four Two magazine, Paulinho comments on his Tottenham Hotspur status, admitting that as a Brazilian he wants to play every match. His words may be twisted in order to satisfy some scribes' reports that link him with a move to Stamford Bridge, but here is what he said on their website: "I don't have any problem."
He continued: "If you take a look, I was on the field in more than half of the games if you consider the Europa League and the cups. There's no big issue with this, but a footballer always wants to be playing, never resting. We Brazilians are like this."
"[I] absolutely [do] not [regret moving to England]. I know how to handle my career and it'll take more than just one bad moment before I reconsider my options. We have all got responsibilities at Tottenham and we are ready to go through this."
And finally, Arsenal have the opportunity to make Mourinho eat his erstwhile 'Specialist in failure' words when they take on Hull City in the FA Cup final tomorrow, May 17, at Wembley Stadium.
Midfielder Mikel Arteta commented on Jose's infamous statement: “I don’t like it when someone criticises my team-mates, the staff, the manager, the club because I see what he does every day to look after this club.
“When they are right maybe you can accept, everybody makes mistakes. You can criticise the manager, whoever, but when it comes in a certain moment in a certain way I don’t like it.”