- Chelsea have capitalized on their Champions League win by signing one of the most coveted young talents in European football, in the shape of Eden Hazard. It was originally thought that Manchester would be the Belgian attacking midfielder’s destination of choice, but he announced on Twitter that he was to join the current European Champions for £32m.
- Chelsea are also said to be interested in Brazilian forward Hulk, who currently plays in Portugal for Portuguese champions FC Porto. The striker is strong and powerful and enjoys cutting in from the right, deploying his bullet like left foot shot, but many commentators have worried that he might be a bit green, and will need time to adapt to the English Premier League.
- Botafogo are rumoured to be in the process of signing AC Milan midfielder, and general footballing legend, Clarence Seedorf. The Dutchman who was born in Suriname has reportedly had an interest in plying his trade in the Brazilian league for some time, and now could be the time for him to make the move. Add to this that his wife is Brazilian and we have a transfer rumour with some nice speculation. Seedorf and his wife have two daughters and a son, which means there is the possibility in the future of a Brazilian Seedorf – no pressure son.
- Manchester United completed what will surely be one of the best pieces of transfer business this summer, as they signed Shinji Kagawa from German double winners Borussia Dortmund for around £12m, rising to £17m. As well as adding to their 900 trillion fans worldwide by securing the Japanese market, Kagawa will be a creative attacking spark in the United midfield which they lacked last season. Soccer Football tip for signing of the season – if he gets a work permit.
- Any transfers made in this transfer window will have big implications for the financial fair play rules which should come into play more and more as the seasons progress. Chelsea’s Champions League win has handed them a lifeline in terms of income, as it not only meant that they won the competition and are now able to attract Europe’s top players to sign for them, but it also means they will qualify for next seasons lucrative competition, despite only finishing 5th in the Premier League. The importance of that game on the future of Chelsea FC cannot be underestimated. It was almost a case of win or bust.
Eden Hazard shows off his new Chelsea shirt.