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The Drog has his day again

Chelsea 3 days ago
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Jun 2, 2014

Valencia plot striker swoop, Cesc a Blue?

FC's Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop debate whether Cesc Fabregas will help rebuild Manchester United.

Rumours, gossip, transfer news and signings from all of the top European clubs. It's Transfer Talk time!

Valencia chase Premier League duo

Singapore businessman Peter Lim has set his sights on a pair of Premier League strikers after completing his takeover at Valencia.

The attackers in question are Chelsea's Fernando Torres, who sneaked into Spain's World Cup squad at the weekend, and Javier Hernandez, the man tasked with leading the line for Mexico.

Both forwards struggled for game time this season, and it's thought they would be tempted by a move to La Liga. However, The Mirror says Torres is also a target for Internazionale, while the Daily Star claims the same regarding Hernandez.

Torres is apparently available for about 12 million pounds, with Jose Mourinho already earmarking the funds for a swoop for Cesc Fabregas ...

Cesc tops Chelsea's wishlist

That's right folks, it seems Chelsea are in pole position for Cesc Fabregas despite previous rumours of interest from Arsenal and Manchester United.

The Blues' rivals appear to have gone cold on a move, while Manchester City have also distanced themselves from the 30 million-pound-rated midfielder.

According to the Daily Mail, that leaves Chelsea as the leading contenders for Fabregas' signature, which makes an awful lot of sense to Transfer Talk.

With Frank Lampard confirming his departure -- and possibly heading to New York City FC -- the Spain international would be the perfect replacement to partner Nemanja Matic in central midfield, and he'll be hungry to prove himself after being told he's unwanted at Barcelona.

Ivanovic on PSG's radar

It looks like PSG aren't finished raiding Chelsea despite already agreeing a 50 million-pound deal for David Luiz.

The Ligue 1 champions hold a long-term interest in Eden Hazard, and the Daily Mail now claims that Branislav Ivanovic has popped up on Laurent Blanc's shortlist. Boy, he really took that Champions League defeat badly!

Apparently PSG will offer 15 million pounds for Ivanovic, who has two years remaining on his Stamford Bridge contract.

Meanwhile, Marko Marin's future is up in the air after he returned to Chelsea following a loan spell at Sevilla. The 25-year-old doesn't feature in Jose Mourinho's plans and is being tracked by Borussia Monchengladbach.

My little Bony

Word on the street at the Emirates Stadium is that Arsenal hope to lure Wilfried Bony to the club this summer.

The striker is hot property after an impressive debut season for Swansea in which he scored 16 goals in 34 Premier League appearances.

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are plotting a bid of around 25 million pounds for the Ivorian, with Loic Remy, Romelu Lukaku and PSG youngster Jean-Christophe Bahebeck listed as possible alternatives.

Ramsey attracting interest

Considering he only committed to a new five-year contract in March, we think the chances of Aaron Ramsey leaving Arsenal are about as likely as Gunnersaurus finding his real family.

However, the Daily Mail says the 23-year-old has caught the attention of Barcelona and Bayern Munich following a superb season for the Gunners, and both are ready to pounce should the midfielder become available. Forgive Transfer Talk for not holding its breath.

Odds and ends

- Atletico Madrid fans are being awfully mean to Roberto Soldado after reports linked the striker with a move to the Vicente Calderon. According to The Mirror , Atleti supporters have started an online petition to urge Diego Simeone to steer clear of Soldado, who endured a torrid season at Tottenham following his 26 million-pound move from Valencia.

- Chelsea hope to sell Ryan Bertrand to either Tottenham or Liverpool as Jose Mourinho continues reshaping his squad. The 24-year-old started the Champions League final in 2012 but has increasingly found himself on the fringes at Stamford Bridge and was loaned to Aston Villa for the second half of the season.

- Things are going from bad to worse for Newell's Old Boys midfielder Ever Banega. After failing to make the cut for Argentina's World Cup squad, the 25-year-old now has to deal with the news that he could be plying his trade at Sunderland next season. Banega has been linked with a 5 million-pound move to the Black Cats in The Mirror, while Tottenham are also weighing up an offer.

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