Chelsea target Romelu Lukaku is keeping his options open, despite interest from Chelsea – the club he has supported since childhood.
In an exclusive interview with Goal.com, Lukaku admitted that he would see nearer the time where the most attractive proposition lies, though he did concede England was a more likely destination than Spain amid rumoured interest from former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.
The Anderlecht striker said: “It is my favourite team. I have always said it and I have never hidden it. But it is not because Chelsea is my favourite team that I have to go there. There is also Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. These big five are very interesting.
“Tottenham are also a good club. As a young kid you dream of playing in every big team. It is not because Chelsea is my favourite team that I have to specifically go there.”
Begovic interest renewed.
Chelsea are reportedly reviving their interest in goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, and Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly weighing up a bid in the region of £5m for the Stoke stopper according to Mirror Football.
The 51-year-old tried to sign the former Portsmouth custodian in the summer, but the Potters’ refusal to negotiate ruled out a deal.
The Blues are said to be going in with a much more serious offer this time around in order to test Stoke’s resolve, as Begovic has become No. 1 at the Britannia Stadium this term.
Ancelotti is prepared to wait until the summer to get his man should Stoke still prove resistant, but feels the £5m being mooted could tempt Tony Pulis into doing business.
New Ivanovic deal.
Branislav Ivanovic looks set to commit his future to Chelsea by signing a new four-year deal with the club, according to The Guardian.
The new contract is thought to be worth in the region of £65,000 per week, and rewards the defender for his consistent performances during the Blues’ struggle in recent months.
It is thought that the deal will also allay any concerns the Serbian defender has amid rumours that manager Carlo Ancelotti wants to add further defensive reinforcements in the form of David Luiz before the current transfer window closes – though the potential signing could signal Ivanovic’s playing position reverted to right-back.