Chelsea are reportedly in talks to sign Lucas Moura, one of the rising stars of Brazilian football, who is understood to have a £66.8m release clause in his contract at Sao Paulo.
The Daily Telegraph suggest Chelsea will not pay anywhere near that amount for the 19-year-old midfielder and are unlikely to table a bid before the transfer window closes, but may renew their interest during the summer.
The Daily Mail report that Alex is close to completing his move to Paris St-Germain from Chelsea, whose owner Roman Abramovich has apparently blocked manager Andre Villas-Boas’ move for Porto striker Hulk after being quoted a world-record £83m.
Willian has told The Sun he is desperate to leave Shakhtar Donetsk and sign for Chelsea.
“Chelsea are known as one of the biggest and most successful clubs around,” said the Brazilian.
“To play for them is a challenge I would accept and enjoy. If a deal doesn’t go through, I’ll understand. But I hope it happens.”
French media yesterday reported that Nancy’s Mali international midfielder Samba Diakité is close to completing a loan move to QPR.
The Mail pick up on this and add that Rangers are interested in Wigan’s Victor Moses.
The Daily Mirror say QPR boss Mark Hughes is ready to launch a £4m bid for Moses’ Wigan’s team-mate Hugo Rodallega, whose contract expires at the end of the season. West Ham are also said to be interested.
The Mirror also say QPR are monitoring Carlton Cole’s situation at West Ham and that Fulham are still interested in £7m-rated FC Twente winger Nacer Chadli.
Finally, the Telegraph believe Anton Ferdinand will seek the advice of QPR chairman Tony Fernandes before deciding whether to shake John Terry’s hand before this weekend’s game against Chelsea.