Chelsea news – Blues alerted to Canales, City interested in Cole deal, Benayoun injury latest

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Blues alerted to Canales.

Sport.com suggests that Chelsea are on red alert following reports in Spain that Real Madrid are considering selling their wonderkid Sergio Canales.

The 19-year-old is considered one of the brightest prospects in Europe and Madrid signed him from Racing Santander for a reported fee of €4.5m plus incentives. Jose Mourinho, however, is concerned that he will not be able to accommodate the attacking midfielder if Kaka returns to full fitness and therefore is willing to let him move on. His former club is said to be keen and Los Blancos would prefer him to return there because if he moves elsewhere, Real Madrid will owe Santander in excess of €6m.

The Blues reportedly vigorously pursued Canales during the summer before his move to the Spanish capital and they may be tempted to reignite their interest.

City interested in Cole deal.

Caughtoffside.com reports that Manchester City are ready to make an audacious bid to bring Ashley Cole to Eastlands. Roberto Mancini has apparently drawn up a list of targets and it includes the Chelsea left-back.

City believe that Cole is unhappy at Stamford Bridge and that they can tempt him away with a lucrative offer. The site also suggests that Carlo Ancelotti is ready to consider offers for the England star who has been linked with Real Madrid in the past.

Fergie warns chelsea on fixtures.

Sir Alex Ferguson has again made a dig at Chelsea’s fixture list, declaring that the Blues sterner tests are still to come. According to sportinglife.com , the Manchester United boss is not too worried about the points his own side have dropped and he stated: “Every team is going to drop points – that’s inevitable.”

He then admitted that Chelsea’s position is to be expected because the Red Devils have had a tougher start: “If you look at Chelsea’s start to the season, you’d have expected them to have won all those games, so the position they’re in doesn’t surprise me. Meanwhile, we’ve had tricky trips to Fulham and Everton then played Liverpool at home. Those are difficult matches. Liverpool, Arsenal and ourselves have all played top sides early on.”

Benayoun injury latest.

The Blues have been rocked by the news that Yossi Benayoun’s injury is worse than first feared and the midfielder faces a lengthy lay-off. The Israel star tore a calf-muscle in the Carling Cup defeat to Newcastle and he has not played since. He joined his international teammates ahead of Euro 2012 qualifiers against Croatia and Greece but a scan on Tuesday revealed that he has suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Some sources are suggesting that the summer signing could be out until 2011 and this comes as a further blow following the news that Alex has been ruled out for three weeks. Benayoun revealed: “I arrived with hope of helping the national team but, unfortunately, this is not a simple injury. An additional test will reveal what needs to be done.”

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