Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Potential targets still on Blues' radar
As the mid-season transfer window looms only a matter of days away, speculation is rife as to who might be on their way in, and out, of west London. In recent days there has been news and rumour about those leaving Stamford Bridge - Alex and Anelka look set to be first out the door - and others may follow soon after. But who might Roman Abramovich get his cheque book out to sign... Lazar Markovic? Gary Cahill? Zdravko Kuzmanovic? Luka Modric? These names have already been suggested, and here's three more still on Chelsea's radar:
The left-sided Porto utility player was close to moving to London last summer, only for Chelsea to resist meeting the release clause in the Portuguese's contract at the Estádio do Dragão. The 26-year-old has since signed an extension to his contract, taking it to 2016, with the £25.7m clause retained. Yet Chelsea are expected to renew their attempts to secure him regardless.
Kevin De Bruyne
The Genk teenager was targeted over the summer, though no fee was agreed with the Belgian club. The winger's stock remains high after showing flashes of quality over the course of his team's disappointing Champions League campaign, and he has made public his desire to follow Lukaku and Thibault Courtois from Belgium to Stamford Bridge.
The Lille playmaker has indicated that this is likely to be his last year with the current French champions, though he may consider a move to Spain, where Real Madrid head the queue as his most fervent admirers, preferable to London. A slippery creator, he boasts the quality to thrive.
source: The Guardian