Stamford Bridge side haven’t finished summer spending yet.
Though Roman Abramovich has already flexed his financial muscles this term by spending over £60m on Oscar, Eden Hazard and Marko Marin the Russian billionaire is still being repeatedly linked with the funding of moves for further Chelsea additions this summer.
NEWCASTLE is reportedly set to battle Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal as it struggles to hold onto star player Cheick Tiote.
Tiote, who joined Newcastle from FC Twente for a bargain £3.5million in 2010 and only signed a new long-term deal at the Sports Direct Arena last year, rose to prominence last term as Newcastle finished an impressive fifth in the Premier League.
Chelsea have been linked with moves to sign Chieck Tiote for the best part of a year and the West London side may feel they need to bring in a player who can effectively add steel to the club’s midfielder. Michael Essien has a litany of injury concerns and is not the same player he once was and John Obi Mikel isn’t the most consistent of performers so one can see why the Stamford Bridge side would be interested in the Magpies enforcer.
The Ivory Coast international adapted instantly to life in the English top tier after arriving at St James’ Park from FC Twente two years ago.
The defensive midfielder is something of a cult hero at Newcastle United and was a major force in Alan Pardew’s push for a top five finish last season and is surely not a player they would consider selling, then of course owner Mike Ashley might have other ideas, he has before.