Chelsea Closing In On £18.5m Double Swoop

Blues to continue summer spending with moves for Moses and Azpilicueta.

Chelsea appear to be getting closer to signing Wigan forward Victor Moses and Marseille right-back Cesar Azpilicueta.

Blues chief executive Ron Gourlay is said to have contacted Latics chairman Dave Whelan on Monday to discuss a fresh bid for Moses.

Marseille president Vincent Labrune, meanwhile, has told L’Equipe his side have received a “very serious” offer for Spaniard Azpilicueta.

Chelsea have already had a bid rejected for Moses, with Whelan said to be holding out for at least £8.5million.

He told ESPN: “I have spoken to Chelsea’s chief executive and they are easy to deal with.

“We have told them the price and they will come back and agree it or not.

“We would much prefer the player to sign a new contract and stay but he wants to go to Chelsea and it’s a good club so we cannot stand in his way.”

Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo has already admitted the club may be forced to sell Azpilicueta to fund new signings.

Chelsea are also being linked with a renewed bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s Andre Schurrle having already spent almost £70million in recent months.

SOURCE: The Independent

Chelsea’s summer spending is showing no sign of abating, as the Blues close in on the double signing of Wigan winger Victor Moses and Marseilles right-back Cesar Azpilicueta.

The Spaniard’s arrival is not difficult to fathom. Roberto Di Matteo has been desperate to land a right sided full-back ever since Jose Bosingwa was released in June. The Portuguese’s departure left just veteran Paulo Ferreira and Branislav Ivanovic able to play at right-back and, while the former will now be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge, Di Matteo wants to latter to play at centre-half.

Moses’ arrival adds yet more new firepower to Chelsea’s front-line, which has already been boosted significantly by the signings of Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Oscar.

Clearly the European Champions have identified a lack of pace, creativity and width as a key reasons they finished a lowly sixth in the Premier League last season and the addition of speedy 21-year-old Moses will only help to address these failings.

While it may take time for Chelsea’s new stars to gel and, in some cases adapt to the English game, their summer spending is a clear indication that Blues boss Roman Abramovic was does consider last season’s league performance remotely acceptable.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Man City beware; there seems little doubt that Chelsea will be up their with the best next season.

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