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Chelsea Hijack City Deal?

Reports are appearing in the morning press that link Chelsea to a move for a centre-back.

With speculation rife, all week, Chelsea were looking at bolstering their central defensive options after the sale of David Luiz, to Paris St Germain, the gossip suggests that Chelsea have hijacked Manchester City`s move for the AS Roma defender Mehdi Benatia.

It would seem that although the 27 year-old player was on the verge of joining the Etihad based club, Roma have been enticed by the possibility of a deal coming from Stamford Bridge that would see a fee of £18 million coming into their coffers whilst the Serie A club would also acquire the services of our young Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.

We await confirmation from either Chelsea, or the player, as to the validity of the suggestion being peddled by the media.

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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 30 2014

Time: 7:39AM

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Why sign him? I don't understand. He's too expensive for a twenty-seven-year-old centre back. There are better options from within. Omeruo or Kalas or even Zouma are better options after all the centre back department is not a priority in the market. We should be looking at Centre midfield, centre forward and left back.
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30/05/2014 07:49:00

This is becoming a nightmare!!!
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30/05/2014 07:53:00

There's nothing wrong signing a player at Twenty seven.It's widely regarded that a footballer reaches maturity at twenty nine and he's a terrific defender.
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30/05/2014 08:10:00

Benatia has been the best CB in Italy last few years by a mile. He is a superb defender. Whether he will work out in PL is another matter. But most importantly a CB signing isn't a priority plus giving Lukaku in part exchange?? Sounds absurd. Weird rumor for me.
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30/05/2014 08:27:00

This will be silliest Transfer if happened....No way, Lukaku should be parted....We have been struggling to find a decent striker, and then here we are selling the best striker we have and buying a decent player who may not improve us....#Pathetic....if this happens, I lose hope on JOSE leading us to glory...
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30/05/2014 08:32:00

Its really frustrating to read all these rumours which says that chelsea are gonna sell all main attacking talents and buiying only defenders & defensive midfields....No wonder, People & Media brands JOSE & CHELSEA as Bus parkers!!!
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30/05/2014 08:34:00

I hardly see a rumours about us going for a attacking talent, except Costa...All rumours are DEFs - the positions which we are the best in EPL...Why JOSE & EMENALO...
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30/05/2014 08:36:00

It's obvious that Jose,his staff and I don't rate Lukaku.
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30/05/2014 09:00:00

its would be better if roman sack jose...before he gets our club fecked insdie out...we need a lb not a cb..we have kalas and had already bought zouma...this transfer season is getting worse day by day..
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30/05/2014 09:11:00

its would be better if roman sack jose...before he gets our club fecked insdie out...we need a lb not a cb..we have kalas and had already bought zouma...this transfer season is getting worse day by day..
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30/05/2014 09:11:00

At the end of the day these are all unconfirmed reports. We would be stupid to believe every report and to get all riled up. We have to believe the club and Jose have a plan to take us forward. #UTC
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30/05/2014 10:53:00

I don't see us selling Lukaku as part of the deal, maybe cash plus a loan deal for Lukaku. If Jose really wants to sign a CB it means he is bent on keeping Iva at RB, he doesn't want to go all season with only Terry and Cahill as his experienced CBs especially when you consider the fact that they are quite prone to injuries (especially Cahill) and Terry is not growing any younger, this explains why he wants another classy CB to rotate with them with one of Kalas/Omerou/Zouma as 4th choice CB.
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30/05/2014 10:53:00

Btw, Benatia is a really good player, I have watched him play a few times, he is actually underrated.
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30/05/2014 10:54:00

True @Syed, can't wait for September 1st, these rumours are becoming more and more intensed and complicated by the day and the CFC board are not helping matters as they are being too silent on the transfer front.
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30/05/2014 10:57:00

Someone has a score to settle with Chelsea for sure 18m + 20m Lukaku thats crazy
Victor Hamadziripi
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30/05/2014 11:24:00

The way Some of us are reasoning here is not realy different to those jobless journalist,without any explanation from jose,we should be able to reason as a realy blue fans,so if journalist say mou is going to sell chelsea club,i wont be surprise to see some of chelsea fans calling for jose head,i hope we will find time to verify it when journa says jose want to sell Roman himself. Please check jose transfer history,is there any player jose has over paid? Trust your coach and stop trusting those jobless journa who always seek for jose words to sell their paper
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30/05/2014 12:30:00

Jose always says,he want to build a team that can last for ten years or more and he hasnt done anything contrary to that,so why fuss? Let stop believing those journa atleast for now, until our team is settled.all papers have reported that costa has signed contract with us but if i may ask you guys,has he signed? Kroos vidal pogba koke firmino Rakitic yaya mandzkic balo and many more are reportedly close to sign for chelsea!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please where are they now?
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30/05/2014 12:41:00

Sorry,a bit off topic here but ,I feel it's a bit related too.Due to my busy schedule just popped in to read a lot of comments on VC after a long while,so I decided to contribute my own views.This might be a long one.We have been linked with Pogba and Kroos in recent weeks,why can't we get both,if we release Lampard,sell Mikel and maybe involve Ramires in a player+cash exchange for Pogba? Since Juve have had some level of interest in Ramires, if the price is right,maybe Ramires+18-25 million...wouldn't be a bad deal now,would it?Then go out and get Kroos for 20-25 million.Then recall Chalobah,sell Romeu , promote Baker and loan out Van Ginkel (to get back to full fitness after or long layoff) or better still keep Van Ginkel.A pivot of Matic and Pogba or Kroos and Chalobah/VanGinkel/Baker would be perfect.Those campaigning for Varane to be bought may or may not have a good reason to.If we look at this in context, if the price is right,maybe between 20-25 million,I would not mind us getting him,plus Mou likes him and he is really good.Last season he was frustrated with lack of playing time Ancelloti gave him as the manager clearly favoured Pepe over him.Omeruo is good,but I can see Kalas or Omeruo can succeeding Ivan at back-up RB either immediately or in a few years if we get a good LB.Varane can succeed Terry in a few years with Zouma and Omeruo as back up CBs and Ake moved to back up LB...( that's if the club doesn't want Bertrand or PVA.)Am not saying these are the best options but they aren't bad ones either.Getting all these players would mean a lot of restructuring and adjusting.But it doesn't mean these are bad routes
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30/05/2014 12:49:00

Lanrryb64: Agree with you. Head of Reason. Lets be patient.
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30/05/2014 13:18:00

What's ours or the media's obsession with a CB really? Ok maybe chelsea wants to fill the luiz place in the team but then we had gotten zouma whom mou claimed we would be buying at way bigger price - that is if other clubs haven't gotten his signature - if we don't buy him then. So all the talk of his potential has suddenly gone down the drain?? I think i prefer us to be tagged with the hottest attacking talents around thnt the tightest defenders out there. Everyone out there knows we are one of the best when it comes to defending but i think its about time they start getting scared of our attack ala Madrid. #ktbffh
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30/05/2014 13:43:00

I didnt believe when rumours were out last year same time that Jose will dump Mata & Luiz...But 1 yr ON, both of them are OUT...I dont want the same situation with Lukaku...
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30/05/2014 14:31:00


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