Chelsea have seen an effort to bring in Portuguese chief Luis Campos as director of football collapse due to their looming transfer ban.
The Blues are staring the grim prospect of a two-window transfer embargo directly in the face.
FIFA slapped the club with the punishment three months ago after deeming they had breached regulations regarding the signing of U18 players, which they ‘categorically refute’.
And according to a Portuguese sports newspaper O Jogo, these alarming transfer problems have cost them one of the most in-demand directors of football in Europe.
Roman Abramovich’s club reportedly submitted an offer on the table for the 55-year-old Campos who has been connected to several clubs this season.
A host of reports last month stated talks for the Portuguese to join Stamford Bridge outfit had been ‘intense’.
But the director-of-football position in SW6 clearly does not appeal to Campos if he is not able to bring in new players in the first 12 months of his tenure.
It is believed Luis will join Gennaro Gatusso’s AC Milan instead, with the Serie A giants in need of a suitable replacement for soon-to-be departing chief Leonardo.
Chelsea and league rivals Arsenal are reportedly among the teams eyeing up a transfer swoop for highly-rated young Reading striker Danny Loader this summer transfer window.
The 18-year-old centre-forward is a big talent and could now earn himself a great move as Goal report he is attracting plenty of interest and might be available for as little as £3m.
Danny Loader played 21 EFL Championship games the previous season, netting one goal, and has shown he could have the talent to improve in the immediate future.
It seems he has done enough to make an impression on big names like Chelsea and Arsenal particularly, while Southampton and Leicester City are also mentioned by Goal as suitors in the EPL.
It remains to be seen where Danny will end up next, but on paper, a transfer to North London might make the most sense, considering Arsenal’s record of trusting and developing young talent.
That is quite the opposite with the Blues, who have a reputation for landing players like Danny and loaning them out to put them in the transfer window, selling the talents at a profit when they become more established.
Meantime, Chelsea star Eden Hazard knows he will be joining La Liga giants Real Madrid this summer transfer window.
That is according to a Spanish media outlet OK Diario who have sensationally stated the forward will go on holiday knowing a long-awaited deal is agreed with Los Blancos’ management.
OK Diario adds that he will be unveiled as a Real Madrid player once the UEFA Europa League final is over.
Chelsea attacker Lucas Piazon is close to sealing a move to Brazilian outfit Vasco da Gama, reports say.
According to a Brazilian outlet Diario Carioca, quoted by Sport Witness, Lucas is ‘close’ to securing a transfer back home when his Blues contract expires.
Lucas, who joined Chelsea from Sao Paulo in a €7.5 million deal in 2012, has made just three senior-team appearances at the club and has mostly been sent out on loan during his seven-year Stamford Bridge career.
The versatile player has spent time out on loan in Spain, England, the Netherlands and Germany with Malaga, Reading, Fulham, Vitesse and Frankfurt.
He has also played the last six months on loan at Italian outfit Chievo, however, they aren’t expected to make the move permanent one ahead of next campaign.
The 25-year-old star was thought to be the next big thing at Chelsea when he signed but the creative attacker has failed to break into the senior-team squad under numerous coaches and looks set for a permanent Chelsea exit.
In other news, Chelsea star Victorien Angban has revealed he’s hoping to make his loan switch to French side Metz a permanent one this summer, according to Goal.
Victorien joined the Blues four years ago and has been on numerous loan spells across Europe while contracted to the Blues.
The attacker has enjoyed time in Belgium with Sint-Truidense and Waasland-Beveren, along with a stint at Spanish side Granada.
However, the 22-year-old winger’s most recent loan period at Metz has been his most successful.