As Chelsea took the field at the Reebok Stadium last night, talks were still ongoing between Chelsea and Benfica representatives, concerning the potential transfer of defender David Luiz, ESPN reports.
The Blues are reluctant to meet Benfica’s £25m price tag, yet Carlo Ancelotti’s need for a centre-half means owner Roman Abramovich, may have to increase his offer of £21m.
ESPN’s source explained: “Chelsea have their valuation, Benfica have theirs, and it’s getting closer,” he continued. “Benfica have been holding out for a straight £25 million cash offer, and while a compromise might be getting closer talks are on going.”
The move is however looking increasingly likely, as the 23-year-old was left out of Benfica’s win against Nacional this weekend.
Arshavin nears Chelsea?
Arsenal’s Andrey Arshavin could make a sensational move across London, as the Russian becomes increasingly disillusioned with life at the Emirates, according to the ESPN Star website.
The diminutive midfielder has found himself on the bench in recent weeks after suffering a loss of form, and he could bolster a Chelsea squad that at times this season, has lacked creativity.
Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, admitted the 29-year-old is currently experiencing some problems: “He is going through a period that is a bit difficult at the moment, but he works very hard in training.” With less than 18 months remaining on his contract, the fee could be just £10m.
Udinese refuse Sanchez sale.
Udinese maintain star man Alexis Sanchez will not be to moving anywhere until the summer, according to Sky Sports.
Speculation over the Chilean International’s future is rife with both Chelsea and Inter Milan showing interest, but owner Giampaolo Pozzo told of his desire to keep the 22-year-old until at least, the end of the season.
“We are ‘closed for holidays’ until the end of the season and nothing will happen,” he told Radio Anch’io Lo Sport. “I would like Sanchez to stay for at least another year, he’s still very young. We hope that the (financial) crisis will enable us to delay the release of winning players.”
Udinese coach, Francesco Guidolin, re-iterated his owner’s sentiments by saying Sanchez should stay with the Bianconeri for a little longer.