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According to The Independent, Raphael Varane is still a target for Chelsea and is holding talks over his future with Real Madrid, while Kurt Zouma is set to stay at Stamford Bridge despite interest from Sunderland.
Transfer Talk: Varane remains on Chelsea wanted list
Leicester looked to be favourites to sign Fraizer Campbell for much of the summer before Crystal Palace stepped up their interest over the last week. The 26-year-old striker reportedly had a release clause of £900,000 in his contract which was activated following Cardiff's relegation to the Championship. He scored 16 goals - six in the Premier League - in 52 games for the Welsh club.
And the done deals keep on coming...
CPFC are delighted to confirm the signing of striker Fraizer Campbell from Cardiff City on a three year contract for an undisclosed fee.— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) July 25, 2014
You can diss The Bebster all you want, but get this: Bebe was the highest-scoring Portuguese player in the Primeira Division last season - yet he still didn't make the Portugal squad for the World Cup. Disgraceful.
Bebe is no longer a Manchester United player! The Old Trafford legend... leader... icon has joined Portuguese champions Benfica on a four-year deal.
Official: Bebe completes Benfica move
Bem-vindo Bebé | Welcome Bebé | Bienvenido Bebé pic.twitter.com/alk3zYYAeZ— Sport Lisboa Benfica (@SL_Benfica) July 25, 2014
With Diego Costa, Fernando Torres and now Didier Drogba ahead of him in the pecking order, Goal understands young striker Patrick Bamford is a target for Sunderland. The 20-year-old scored 22 goals in the Football League during loan spells at MK Dons and Derby in 2013-14 and has impressed so far in pre-season.
Didier Drogba has scored 15 goals in 15 games against Arsenal! A quite staggering record. Just when they thought they'd got rid of him from England two years ago, he returned last year to put another two past Arsenal in the Emirates Cup to snatch the trophy from the Gunners in front of their own fans. And now he's back. Gulp.
If you're wondering, Didier Drogba hasn't been living off past glories since that 2012 Champions League triumph - oh no - he's been winning things. As usual. After joining Galatasaray from Shanghai Shenhua in January 2013, he's added three more pieces of silverware to a trophy-laden career - the Turkish title, Turkish Cup and Turkish Super Cup. LEGEND.
The striker wrote on Instagram: "So CFC offered me the opportunity to create more history with these guys - how could I say no? Thanks to the club and can't wait to see the fans again!!!! #theimpossible #imback #return #backtoblues #historymakers #cfc #homesweethome"
Well, here's the bad news. Not only is Didier Drogba's No.11 shirt currently occupied by Oscar, his original number at Stamford Bridge - No.15 - has been taken by Mohamad Salah. Frank Lampard's number is available...
@goaluk ...what numba was given to DROGBA...if oscar still retain dat numba 11— Mo_shegezy (@skinny_jeanzzz) July 25, 2014
In case you'd forgotten, Didier Drogba returned to Stamford Bridge last season in the Champions League with Galatasaray. The highlight of the veteran's performance saw him fire a scissor-kick against a DROGBA LEGEND banner in the crowd. It wasn't a great night for him in the end, though - his team lost 2-0 and our player ratings said Chelsea's defence made him look "every day of his 36 years". Ouch.
Romelu Lukaku, who idolised Didier Drogba growing up and bases his game on the Chelsea legend, does indeed look to be on his way out of the club. Goal understands Everton are close to agreeing terms over a deal worth around £18 million for the Belgian striker. Lukaku has scored 32 Premier League goals during loan spells over the last two years but was handed just one league start during his only full season at Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku must surely be on his way out, Drogba signing effectively a vote of no confidence from Mourinho #CFC— Harry Sherlock (@Harry_Sherlock) July 25, 2014
Here he is. The man himself. Drogba won a Champions League, three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups during his eight years at Stamford Bridge. Reckon he's got another couple of trophies left in him?
The Special One clearly still has huge faith in the 36-year-old to cut it at the top level. Mourinho said: "He’s coming because he’s one of the best strikers in Europe. I know his personality very well and I know if he comes back he’s not protected by history or what he’s done for this club previously. He is coming with the mentality to make more history."
He told the club's official website: "It was an easy decision - I couldn't turn down the opportunity to work with Jose again. Everyone knows the special relationship I have with this club and it has always felt like home to me. ‘My desire to win is still the same and I look forward to the opportunity to help this team. I am excited for this next chapter of my career."
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