Goal.com reports that Chelsea are ready to offer Palermo €50m for Javier Pastore.
Rosanero President Maurizio Zamparini had placed the huge buy-out clause on the 21-year-old’s head in order to keep other clubs away but Chelsea have reportedly not been put off. It remains to be seen whether the Blues will bid in January or next season for the Argentine attacking midfielder but with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City also apparently interested they may act sooner rather than later.
Weekend team news.
Despite many sources claiming that Frank Lampard is set to return against Aston Villa on Saturday, the Mirror reckons that the Blues midfielder will be absent for the next three games.
A hernia problem has kept him out since the end of August but Lampard is now also struggling with a groin strain. In other injury news, John Terry’s fitness will be decided after training today. The Captain fell awkwardly when training with England and sustained a back injury. Jose Bosingwa, however, could play some part in the match after a year’s absence. The Portuguese right-back spoke about his injury nightmare and he declared: “The cruciate is not an easy injury, it’s hard to come back at 100 per cent.I don’t know what will happen, let’s see. I want to keep going as long as I can. I have to work hard and not have any more injury problems, because when you reach an age where you start having injuries it’s hard, but you need to play games.”
Chelsea must win Champions League.
According to the Daily Star, Marcel Desailly believes that Chelsea will not be as big as Manchester United and Liverpool until they win the Champions League. The defender, who played for the Blues for six seasons, admitted: “Winning the Premier League and FA Cup in recent seasons has taken some of the pressure off the players. From the outside Roman Abramovich seems happy as long as the club is winning. But we all know how important the Champions League is. It’s what Chelsea and the chairman want to get their hands on. It’s what is missing. To have the stature of clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool, Real Madrid or AC Milan, you need to win the European Cup. That’s what they’ve done and Chelsea haven’t quite reached that level yet. Chelsea’s exposure matches the others, but what’s missing is a European trophy. You can’t overestimate what it does for your profile around the world. I’ve been fortunate to win it twice and it has a massive impact.”