Chelsea news – Blues eye Di Maria, Alex set for Blues exit, Essien injury latest

Blues eye Di Maria.

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has reportedly been in contact with Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria about a possible switch to London, according to The Metro. Marca TV’s Futboleros show reported that the new Chelsea manager had asked both Pepe and Di Maria whether they were interested in a move to the Blues this summer.

It is uncertain whether Madrid will be willing to entertain an offer for Di Maria who joined the Spanish side only a year ago, especially since he endured such a successful stint in his time at the club so far.

However with names like Neymar and Sergio Aguero being linked with Jose Mourinho’s squad, Di Maria could just be interested in the chance of playing regular first-team football even if it means handing in a transfer request at Madrid.

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Alex set for Blues exit.

Brazilian defender Alex may not get a chance to work under Andre Villas-Boas, according to L’Equipe. The 29-year-old apparently does not figure in the new manager’s plans at Stamford Bridge and could leave the club for £9m, with Bayern Munich cited as the likely destination.

According to , talks between Chelsea and Bayern are already at an advanced stage, with a deal expected to be complete in the next few weeks.

The Portuguese coach will have David Luiz, John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic at his disposal, but is said to be keen on another centre-back with Real Madrid’s Pepe the number one choice.

Essien injury latest.

Ghana star Michael Essien has suffered yet another injury, according to the Official Chelsea Website. The injury-plagued midfielder took a knock to his right knee during training and is set to undergo tests before an estimated date of return can be announced.

The club has refused to make any further comment until they can confirm the results of the tests and scans over the next few days. The news will cause manager Andre Villas-Boas some problems, especially after it was rumoured he was ready to offload second choice anchor midfielder John Obi Mikel this summer.

In other news, Michael Emenalo was appointed the club’s new technical director.

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