Chelsea have been encouraged to make a fresh new bid for Wayne Rooney since the Manchester United star has yet to be offered a new contract, according to a report today in The Mirror. The prolonged transfer saga this summer that saw Rooney eventually give a world-class performance against Chelsea and then withdraw his transfer request may have prevented the Blues from shopping more aggressively for attacking help in the summer window.
Manchester United has been ripped by critics in the past week as being in a free-fall. But looking at the coming fixtures and anticipating the potential trouble ahead for the sides ahead of the Red Devils in the table, it is not unreasonable to believe David Moyes side can still mount a serious title challenge.
Nemanja Matić is best remembered in England as being a virtually anonymous Chelsea midfielder who was quickly moved out on loan to Vitesse and then sold to Benfica as part of the deal that brought David Luiz to Stamford Bridge.
But since moving to Portugal, Matić has become remarkably influential in midfield, showing great tactical flexibility and poise on the ball.
We're guessing this was all shot before he was dropped in favour of an out-of-position right-back, but here's Ashley Cole getting all cranky and black-and-white in the promo video for the new line of Nike Tiempo V boots...
As you're about to see, the new Tiempos have been accompanied by a new trainer, the Tiempo '94, which takes its styling from the original Tiempo boot first worn by the likes of Paolo Maldini and Romario at the USA World Cup in, yup, you guessed it: 1994 (suggested further reading: Football Boots Pies Have Loved: Nike Tiempos).
Chelsea 1-0 Steaua Bucharest Champions League 11th December 2013
Chelsea rather strolled into the last 16 of the Champions League courtesy of this 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge. It really should have been won by a much bigger margin, with the Blues consistently profligate throughout the game.
Chelsea "in trouble" declares Mourinho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea's laboured victory over Steaua Bucharest will have done little to ease the mind of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. The victory brought the team it's first clean sheet for a number of games, and that certainly will have been welcome, but the opposition was hardly of the calibre that should worry a tam with the Blues' aspirations.
Arsenal fight for 'new Mesut Ozil'; Chelsea star's future decided 'in two weeks' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal have reportedly joined Premier League rivals Liverpool in the battle for Hamburg's young midfield talent,Hakan Çalhanoğlu.
According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners are the latest club looking at the 19-year-old, who is gradually attracting more and more suitors after a number of brilliant showings for Hamburg in the Bundesliga.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he will not buy a new striker in the January transfer window despite Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba scoring only four Premier League goals between them this season, while Romelu Lukaku, on loan to Everton from Chelsea, has scored eight goals by himself.
Not getting the 3 points at home could cost Arsenal dearly by KM Although it's not the end of the world, Arsenal needed to win the game against Everton. People say the fixture list was kind to Arsenal but whats coming up is consecutive games against our main title rivals. The position Arsenal takes after [.
Chelsea want £10m defender in January, Barcelona target Aguero & Van Persie - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Jose Mourinho's second stint with Chelsea hasn't been a smooth ride so far with strike problem remains a major thorn in flesh for the Blues. The cause for frustration further stems out from the fact that defence, which was Mourinho's major strength in his first spell, hasn't provided enough safety at the back, as Chelsea continue to leak in goals at an alarming rate.
There is a school of thought that says that anything worth winning is better when you earn it. Well Arsenal will certainly have earned any trophy they win this season, because if it wasn't for bad luck, we wouldn't have any luck at all. I am talking, of course, about the draw for the third [...]
Chelsea's Steaua win sees old problem resurface for Mourinho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea progress to the last 16 of the Champions League as winners of Group F, with their 1-0 win overSteaua Bucharest on Wednesday enough to seal top spot.
But despite the well-earned win and the long overdue clean sheet, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is faced with a selection dilemma, as the attacking midfield of Willian, Hazard and Oscar were individually excellent.
Schalke youngster Julian Draxler has got himself on the scoresheet in his side's Champions League game against Basel this evening. The 20-year-old linked with a part-exchange move to Chelsea involving Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring in tonight's match.
Following his Twitter post earlier, Ashley Cole is now featured in this video in which he once again hits out those who think his career at the top level is coming to an end. Adopting that scowling face that we've come to expect from the Chelsea left-back, he said: "Who you calling done? "You think [.
Chelsea will make a part-exchange bid for Schalke wonderkid Julian Draxler in January, according to reports in Germany. Bild claims that the Blues will offer cash plus wantaway winger Kevin De Bruyne in the hope of securing the highly-rated 20-year-old midfielder. The reports suggest that Jose Mourinho is stepping up his long held interest in [.
Galatasaray progressed in the Champions League at Juventus' expense after today's snow-delayed final group game. The game was abandoned last night, so the remainder of the match was played this afternoon. Wesley Sneijder scored the only goal of the game to ensure the Turkish side made it through. The Dutchman, linked with a January move [.
7 FA Cups, 3 league titles, an undefeated season. I'm still not done. #niketiempo @nikefootball pic.twitter.com/YspBifK3nQ Ashley Cole (@TheRealAC3) December 10, 2013 Ashley Cole has taken to Twitter to hit back at those suggesting his current spell out of the Chelsea team could signal the end of his career at the highest level.
Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne's agent has revealed he will meet the club soon to discuss his client's future. The Belgium international has been tipped to leave Stamford Bridge in January as he aims to find regular first-team football ahead of the World Cup. And it has now emerged that the 22-year-old's representatives will talk [.
A starstruck footballer ... meets Knaphill Athletic winger Jack Jeffery in Woking today ... #moptop pic.twitter.com/UiXSltXRNc Knaphill Athletic FC (@KnaphillAFC) December 5, 2013 John Terry has been careful not to blow too much of his £170,000-a-week pay packet this Christmas by doing his shopping in Poundland.
Jose Mourinho showed he is less than enthralled by his commitments to Chelsea's in-house TV channel after his press conference today. The Blues boss was speaking ahead of tomorrow's Champions League game against Steaua Bucharest. He thought his media duties were done only to be told that he had to speak to Chelsea TV.
Rennes youngster Tiemoue Bakayoko is reported to be a transfer target for Chelsea and Manchester United. The defensive midfielder has impressed after breaking into the first-team earlier this year. Now the France Under-18 international is being linked with a move to the Premier League. The 19-year-old has come through the ranks at Rennes, and the [.
Chelsea will not be bolstering their strikeforce in January, judging by comments from Jose Mourinho. The Blues have been linked with moves for the likes of Monaco striker Radamel Falcao and Porto's Jackson Martinez in the upcoming transfer window as current forwards Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o struggle to find the net.
As well all know, JT just gotsta have his Christmas tinsel and it seems the Chelsea captain took team-mate Oscar down to the Poundworld in Woking to pick up some up at the weekend...
We jest, of course! Why, that's not Oscar you're looking at there (in fairness, he looks far too old) but rather 17-year-old Knaphill Atheltic winger and Chelsea fan Jack Jeffrey, who was astonished upon finding Terry roaming the aisles at Poundland with a basket full of bargains.
In recent years Major League Soccer has gotten away from the notion that it is a league where aging stars go for one last big paycheck.
Even when a big name like David Beckham, Tim Cahill or Robbie Keane arrived in MLS, they were still able to compete on the international stage for their respective countries, showing that playing in MLS kept the competitive enough to play for their country.
Rumors are flying that D.C. United and the LA Galaxy are pursuing Samuel Eto'o.
The Guardian is reporting that have D.C. United and the LA Galaxy pursuing Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o, who would move to MLS during the summer transfer window. Eto'o is famous for his time at Barcalona and Inter Milan and is currently out of favor at Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.