Here is Thursday’s news and gossip regarding Chelsea:
Barcelona have apparently won the race to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan, according to the Daily Mail.
The Chelsea target will cost the Catalan side £25m.
Blues winger Mohamed Salah has been told by potential new club Fiorentina that they want a decision on his future later today, the Daily Express report.
The Egyptian must reportedly decide by 7pm whether he wants to move to the Serie A club.
Meanwhile, it looks as if another winger is set for the Stamford Bridge exit, as Atletico Madrid are interested in Juan Cuadrado, according to the Daily Express.
The Colombian only moved to London in January, but failed to make an impact for the Premier League champions.
Another player attracting Diego Simeone’s attention is Felipe Luis, who has also struggled to cement a first-team place in Jose Mourinho’s side.
According to The Sun, Atleti will have to pay £14.25m for the full-back, who left the Vicente Calderon last summer.
Finally, South American football expert Tim Vickery cannot understand why Chelsea are going after Radamel Falcao, the Daily Express report.
The Blues played one lone striker last season, which Vickery does not believe suits the former Manchester United flop’s style.
“The thing that really interests me about this Chelsea move is that, even when he is in form, Colombia don’t trust him to play up front on his own,” he said.
He added: “Usually Mourinho likes to play that lone striker, so can you imagine Chelsea playing two up front on a consistent basis?”
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