A round-up of stories relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
The Daily Mail reveal that former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli attempted to re-sign Fernando Torres during the striker’s self-proclaimed tormented time last season. According to the report, Comolli was urged by an unnamed member of Liverpool football club to investigate the possibility of signing their former striker and Comolli considered broaching the subject with owners John W Henry and Tom Werner. In April however Comolli was dismissed from his position, unable to pursue Fernando Torres who he envisioned forming a lethal strike partnership with Luis Suarez. Two weeks later Torres scored the goal against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final to ensure Chelsea’s progression to the final.
Chelsea loanee Michael Essien is in Real Madrid's line-up to face Manchester City tonight in the Champions League, after Jose Mourinho dropped new signing Luka Modric from the line up.
John Terry and John Obi Mikel will be available for Wednesday’s Champions League game against Juventus as they both trained on Monday following some concerns over their fitness after Saturday’s match with QPR. Additionally, Juan Mata will also be available for selection having spent the weekend returning to fitness after being given an extended break over the international period.
Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic has warned Chelsea that the Italian Champions will not fear the Champions League holders. This will be the first time since 2007 that Juve will compete in the Champions League and although Vucinic concedes that an away trip to the European Champions is not the ideal match to start a campaign, he insists last year’s Serie A winners will try to ‘win all three points’.-
Lille president Michel Seydoux has suggested that Eden Hazard could join Barcelona in the future and urged Chelsea fans to savour his contribution to the Blues whilst he is there. Seydou believes Hazard will one day join Barcelona as a replacement for Lionel Messi, describing the Belgian 21-year-old as ‘simply a phenomenon’.
According to Spanish source Mundo Deportivo, Chelsea are tracking Portuguese striker Nelson Oliveira. The 21-year-old was named the second best player in last year’s Under-20 World Cup and is currently on loan at Deportivo La Coruna from Benfica. It is believed the Portuguese club will seek €30m before sanctioning a deal.
However, Oliveira himself has played down the reports and proclaimed his contentment at Deportivo La Coruna: ‘I do not think about the rumours of leaving because I am good at La Coruna,’ he told Spanish sports paper Marca.
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