Chelsea transfer news: New LB linked, Jose on Cesc, Rooney and Ozil

All the latest Chelsea transfer news including new rumoured left back target Iasmin Latovlevici.

Iasmin Latovlevici, a 28-year-old contractually-bound to Steaua Bucharest for just one more season, is the latest left back to be linked with a move to Chelsea, to potentially replace veteran defender Ashley Cole according to The Express.

The player has been a mainstay for the Romanian side and returned commendable statistics from his six outings in the Champions League last term.

Latovlevici was responsible for attempting approximately three tackles per game, 2.5 interceptions and 2.3 clearances whilst competing in Europe. His ability to influence a match from left back is underlined by his 43 passes per match average, 78% passing accuracy and 20% accuracy.

He would also be a more cost-effective purchase than Filipe Luis as he has a market valuation of just £2 million - a price that could be tempting for Chelsea after ratifying deals for Francesc Fabregas and Diego Costa. 

Manager Jose Mourinho has fulfilled many press obligations this week, both with Yahoo and the United Nations World Food Programme.

Speaking to ITV, Mourinho touched on his Cesc acquisition: "He is the kind of player we need not just for his qualities as a player but also his competitive personality. He is a player in the best years of his career – 26, 27, 28. He knows England well, he knows the Premiership well, so he will not need time to adapt.

"I think he is the kind of player who will come and train for a couple of weeks and be ready to prove himself."

For Yahoo, Mourinho lauded Mesut Ozil, currently at Arsenal, as he claims the German makes the ball smile whenever he gets a touch on the football. Jose also spoke about Wayne Rooney.


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