Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka could be set for a surprise move to Qatari club Al-Arabi, according to reports in the People.
The paper reveals that a deal is lined-up which could see the former France international earn wages in the region of £8.4m per year.
With new reinforcements up-front for Chelsea in the shape of Juan Mata, Daniel Sturridge and Romelu Lukaku, the former Arsenal striker could be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge, helping the London club adhere to Financial Fair Play regulations.
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Lampard admits Villas-Boas pressure.
Blues midfielder Frank Lampard has admitted that the pressure is on new Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas to win the Champions League.
Talking to Sky Sports, the England international conceded: “When you’ve had a lot of domestic success, it’s not just the owner but the whole club and the fans, you want that extra step – to win in Europe. As a club with what we’ve achieved in the last six or seven years, it’s an obvious thing to say, the one thing that’s missing from our cabinet is the Champions League.
“I wouldn’t say that’s the only reason managers have been sacked, but the pressure is cranked up regardless.”
Blues eye Jovetic move.
Chelsea could be preparing a move for Fiorentina wonderkid Stevan Jovetic, after scouting the player in Montenegro’s 2-1 victory over Wales last week, according to reports from Italian TV company Mediaset.
The skillful attacker, who spent all of last season out with a cruciate ligament injury, has impressed many since his £7.3m move to Florence from Partizan Belgrade, and Chelsea may see him as a slightly more attacking alternative to Luka Modric.