There is a gaping monster sized hole in Chelsea's frontline since Didier Drogba departed to Shanghai which the fleet-footed
Fernando can't fill. Lucky for Roberto Di Matteo there is a monster in town, and not just any old monster, an incredible
green one. Brazil's brutish forward has arrived for the Olympics and Chelsea are hoping he is here to stay.
This may be old gossip to many who have spent their summers around the water coolers but the market has just been priced up so we're treating it like a new born baby, a new born monstrous baby. So where Chelsea are heavy favourites to start their action hero collection.
After stamping his feet and screaming that he just can't stand traffic jams and security guards, "Luka Modric has made a grovelling apology to chairman Daniel Levy for going on strike." - the Sun scrawls beneath a sheepish photo of Luka in the doghouse. Madrid remain strong favourites to make Modric theirs and going by the betting, Man United are the only other club in with a shot.
Lucas Moura's agent has reportedly quashed any suggestion the Brazilian will move, commenting "Lucas Moura won't leave. He is happy at Sao Paulo. We have to forget this subject. There is no possibility he leaves now."
With the over eager Old Trafford kit man having already stitched the initials onto a new training shirt, a bid for Spurs' LM could be in the offing. The fee of £35million is a small price to pay for not letting a training kit go to waste.
The initials LB have also been stitched on by the over zealous kitman in preparation of Leighton Baines' imminent arrival. Details are still being discussed but a deal is looking likely at
If LB does join then that could leave United's current LB, Patrice Evra, without a place in the team so of course - always a friend of the French - Arsenal are rumoured to be interested.
The resourceful Arsenal kitman meanwhile has already begun unstitching NB from Nicklas Bendtner's kit with the insouciant Dane set to leave. Malaga were odds on for the signature of the self anointed best thing to come out of Denmark since open sandwiches but finances have begun to rock on the Spanish coast. AC Milan are now reported to be interested. After the Andy Carroll rumour as well as Zlatan and Thigao Silva leaving, it is no wonder the club are now offering refunds to season ticket holders.
"Milan firmly reiterates that this willingness is dictated by the need for style and love of the club towards its supporters and independent of any legal analysis." read a club statement. The pants parading Bendtner obviously fits in with Uncle Silvio's Bunga Bunga style. Milan are 6/1 to make the 'coup' with Galatasaray aslo in the hunt.
More pleasing for the Milanese, the club are also said to be after Arjen Robben, although, Man City are the current favourites to sign the Dutchman.
Juventus meanwhile have had no problems selling their season passes and that could be in part due to the expectation that Robin van Perise will join the club. The Italian champions are frontrunners again after upping their bid.
Joey Barton meanwhile will have time to address key philosophical issues on self and the meaning of existence whilst training at Fleetwood Town. QPR have seemingly had enough of the existential thug but it is questionable whether any club will be willing to take Joey on board given his looming twelve game suspension. Blackburn, Blackpool, WBA and West Ham leads the