Welcome to our football.london Carefree Chelsea daily news round-up.
Maybe not the first, we’ve definitely done transfer round-ups before, and European round-ups, so I guess in some ways it’s not that new at all.
Anyway, we thought we would enter the world of football in a broad and roundabout manner for you and have some fun with some of the stories and captions doing the daily rounds.
Zlatan launches attack on Azpilicueta
Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues to stoke his fire with Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta after the duo were caught in an altercation over the international break.
The 40-year-old striker was caught clattering blind-sided into the Spaniard when the pair found themselves alongside one another in the box.
Speaking to the Guardian, Ibrahimovic explained his reasoning behind the attack on Azpilicueta, adding that he would do it again.
“I gave a tackle to [Spain’s Azpilicueta]. I did it on purpose. I’m not ashamed to say it because he did something stupid to my player,” he said.
“Acting big to my player. It was a stupid thing but I would still do it to make him understand: ‘You don’t do that. You don’t have the confidence to do it against me. But I will show you what happens if you do it to me.’ That’s why I did it.
“It was not a good thing by me, but I would still do it. That’s me. I’m not ashamed to say it.”
Our view: While I somewhat understand the principle of what Ibrahimovic is trying to get at in response to his foul on Azpilicueta, the Swede must know by now that football is a contact sport therefore there will be fouls, emotions will run high and there will be confrontations.
I agree that older teammates should protect the younger players but Ibrahimovic gave Azpilicueta no right of reply in their confrontation. I don’t think that a blind-sided attack looks good nor is it something to be necessarily proud of.
Bayern eye Mount bid amid transfer confusion
Chelsea have handed Mason Mount a €70 million (£59m) price tag amid Bayern Munich’s growing interest in the Cobham graduate, according to German outlet Sport.de via Fichajes.
The report claims that the Bundesliga champions have added the 22-year-old to their shortlist but face competition from Real Madrid and Manchester City for his services.
Our view: There’s been so much ‘news’ flying around regarding Mount’s future as to whether he wants to go or sign a contract extension – I find it comical.
Personally, I think that the reports linking him away or claiming that he’s unhappy are fishing for reactions. Yes, you could argue we have fallen into the trap here, but we needed to outline our stance.
Chelsea set for double January blow
Real Madrid are plotting a double January window hijacking of Chelsea having added Wesley Fofana to their shortlist, according to Spanish outlet Central Defense via Fichajes.
The report claims that Los Blancos are joining the Blues in the race to win the Leicester City defender’s signature while also keeping tabs on Antonio Rudiger amid his growing contract saga at Stamford Bridge.
Central Defense note that the Germany international is also on the radar of Paris Saint Germain, as Europe’s elite queue up to begin pre-contractual talks in January.
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Our view: This would be terrible news for Chelsea. I really think that the Blues need to maintain a one in, one out rule heading into the January transfer window – especially at the back.
To lose Rudiger on a free and then also miss out on signing Fofana would be a huge loss.
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