Thursday 22 March 2018

Chelsea to sell Oscar and sign West Ham's Enner Valencia

Chelsea's Oscar
Chelsea's Oscar

Jose Mourinho is set to offload Oscar this summer and reignite Chelsea's interest in West Ham forward Enner Valencia.

The Mirror reports that the Brazil midfielder, bought for £25 million in 2012 when Roberto di Matteo was boss, has fallen down the pecking order after initially impressing.

Italian champions Juventus are interested in him, with Valencia being lined up by Mourinho after impressing for West Ham since his £12m arrival from Mexican side Pachuca.

The Mirror also claims Chelsea are considering turning to Diego Godin in their search for a new central defender.

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is supposedly Mourinho's top target. But with Madrid expected to resist any attempts to prise Varane away from the Bernabeu, Atletico Madrid's Godin, who is also on Manchester United's radar, has emerged as an alternative.

The 29-year-old Uruguayan has a £28.5m release clause in his contract, which expires in 2018.

Manchester City and Chelsea are set to battle it out for the signature of West Ham left-back Aaron Cresswell this summer, reports The Daily Mail.

West Ham snapped up Cresswell for £2m from Ipswich last summer but he has adapted to the top tier with relative ease and has attracted the eye of the division's Champions League clubs.

Chelsea, like City, are mindful of the number of English players in their squad, and are set to swoop.

Meanwhile, Manchester United and Chelsea have emerged as the new favourites to sign Germany midfielder Sami Khedira, adds The Daily Mail.

Khedira was a target for Arsenal and his free agent status will give him more options but his salary of £190,000 a week at 28-years-old is not so easy to accommodate. Niggling injuries have also helped limit him to just 17 appearances for Madrid since the World Cup.

And finally, Chelsea are reportedly preparing a £10m bid for Tottenham left-back Danny Rose.

The Metro suggests Blues left-back Felipe Luis has failed to make an impact since arriving at Stamford Bridge, while Rose has shown he can perform consistently in the Premier League.

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