Sunday 25 February 2018

Jose Mourinho to beat Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs to signing Jose Callejon

José Callejón looks set to join Chelsea
José Callejón looks set to join Chelsea

Chelsea are understood to be on the brink of making a £15.5 million bid for Napoli's José Callejón, according to reports.

The Spaniard, who plays as an attacking midfielder or forward, has been tracked by Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham throughout the transfer window, but it now appears that Chelsea are closest to signing the 28-year-old.

Reports in Spain claim that Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager, has held talks with the player and is close to signing the former Real Madrid player.

Callejón scored 11 goals in Serie A last season as Napoli finished fifth.

Manchester United, meanwhile, are understood to be ready to go head-to-head with Chelsea in a battle to sign Everton defender John Stones.

Stones, 21, had been identified by Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager, as one of their main summer signings with the Portuguese viewing the England ­Under-21 international as a ready-made replacement for his captain John Terry.

However, Roberto Martínez, the Everton manager, and his club have grown increasingly frustrated with what they view as a concerted media campaign to unsettle Stones.

Chelsea’s bitter row with Everton intensified last week after Gary Cahill claimed Stones would find it “hard to turn down” a move to Stamford Bridge.

While the public spat between Chelsea and Everton rumbles on, United manager Louis van Gaal, according to reports, is monitoring the situation.

Finally, Chelsea have been told on in no uncertain terms that Alexandre Lacazette, the Lyon striker, will not be making a summer switch to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea and Arsenal had considered adding the striker, who scored 31 goals in 38 games for the Ligue 1 side last season, to their respective squads during the transfer window, but that now appears an impossible task.

"He is under contract at Lyon and, with all of the different competitions we have this season with the Champions League and the domestic French cups, we obviously want to keep him at the club," Hubert Fournier, the Lyon manager said.

"He has said he wants to stay with us,” Fournier added. “Of course some clubs are going to be attracted to the sort of player he is."

Lacazette, meanwhile, echoed his manager's comments by adding: "I have shown that I'm fully committed. It's football that interests me, not money. I hope to have a strong season."

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