wanted Torres signing.
Carlo Ancelotti insists the signing of Fernando Torres was not put forced upon him by Roman Abramovich, Sky Sports report.
Suggestions in the media say the signing of the Spaniard was the wish of Abramovich, very much like the signing of Andrei Shevchenko back in 2006.
But Ancelotti confirmed: “No, it’s not the same as Shevchenko,” he said. “I really wanted Torres for this squad. I asked for him.”
The Italian continued: “He was a player that we wanted at the end of the last season. We tried then but it was impossible. We tried again and there was a chance at this time.”
Blues target Tiote.
Following an impressive season, Newcastle’s Cheik Tiote has emerged a summer target for Chelsea, according to the Metro.
Even before his stunning equaliser yesterday against Arsenal, his tough tackling and good awareness already made him a favourite at St James’ Park.
According to the News of the World, the Geordies refuted an offer from the Blues last month but the Stamford Bridge side will return for the Ivory Coast international this summer.
The holding midfielder – who signed £3.5m in August – has also caught the attention of Man Utd.
Lukaku deal still on.
The Blues are still interested in Anderlecht’s wonder kid Romelu Lukaku, according to reports on Mirror Football online.
A source close to the striker confirmed both Liverpool and the Blues – who both spent heavily on strikers in January – are still tracking the 17-year-old.
“What happened on deadline day does not change anything. We know which clubs are interested and Chelsea and Liverpool remain at the front of the queue.”
They continued: “Both are planning for the future and they know you need lots of top strikers, and competition for places, to win big trophies.”
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