Aug 11, 2017

Chelsea round-up: Rose wants Chelsea move; Drinkwater valuation row; critics “killing” Morata

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Chelsea could have the advantage in the pursuit of Tottenham left-back Danny Rose, according to The Times. They believe that Rose would be keen on a move across London if the Blues do provide substance to their interest and if they are prepared to make an approach to Tottenham over what would be a controversial move.

Rose could present an alternative to Marcos Alonso if he did move to Stamford Bridge. However, Daniel Levy may be reluctant to sell, even after his sensational criticisms of the club’s wage structure. That could mean that any move would be an expensive one, which may make it hard to achieve this summer.

The club are clearly reluctant to pay out for summer signings, as the Telegraph say that Chelsea are refusing to budge on their valuation of Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater. The Blues made a bid worth just £15 million a few weeks ago and are yet to make a second offer.

The Foxes are demanding at least £30 million before considering an offer for the Englishman, but Chelsea are yet to show any indication that they will meet their asking price. That could mean that any deal is pushed right to the deadline if the Blues do still have an interest in the 27-year-old.

Roman Abramovich may be reluctant to fork out having already smashed the club’s transfer record this summer to sign Alvaro Morata. However, the Spaniard has not had an ideal start to life in London as the Mirror quote him as saying that the critics are affecting him already, saying:

“I admit it [his fee] is a very important amount, but I have personality to play quietly and go my way. I have only played two pre-season games, 15 official minutes and a failed penalty and they’re already killing me, so I know what’s ahead. It is the price that must be paid for such a large transfer. And it’s something that motivates me and makes me work harder every day. I know now twice as many people look at me.” 

Morata woefully missed his penalty in the Community Shield shoot-out against Arsenal on Sunday and it is unclear if he will be fit enough to start for Chelsea against Burnley this weekend.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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