Arsenal flop Theo Walcott a 'shock target' for Chelsea
And there's more good news for Gunners fans if this is true – they'll get Daniel Sturridge in return
HAVE Chelsea taken leave of their senses or is The Sun simply kicking a team when it's down? Either way Blues supporters are waking this morning to deeply distressing news – and we're not talking about their 3-1 defeat to Napoli in last night's Champions League encounter. Rather it's the Sun's exclusive report suggesting Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is a "shock target" for Chelsea.
While the revelation is sure to put a smile on the face of Arsenal's long-suffering fans, the prospect of the 22-year-old winger moving to Stamford Bridge is only going to further depress Chelsea supporters.
According to the Sun, Walcott could be swapped for Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, which would constitute a nifty bit of business on the part of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. Sturridge has been one of the few players to impress so far in Chelsea's dismal season while Walcott's early promise has vanished in much the same way Lord Lucan once did. The deal could be concluded in the summer with Walcott attracted to Chelsea by the prospect of a bigger wage packet.
Still with Chelsea and it appears the Blues have finally run out of patience with Fernando Torres and will get rid of the goal-shy Spanish striker in the summer. Goal.com says that Chelsea will also wave goodbye to veteran frontman Didier Drogba and fill the void with Walcott and Napoli hitman Edinson Cavani, who scored one of his side's goals in last night's Champions League win.
Apparently the Italian club "will listen" to offers in the region of £40m for Cavani, who has scored an astonishing 56 goals in his 18 months at the club. The 25-year-old arrived in Naples from Palermo in 2010 and it's been his goals that have taken the Serie A side to within reach of the last eight of the Champions League.
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas described the Uruguayan as "an amazing player" earlier in the week and it's believed he and the club's owner, Roman Abramovich, see Cavani as the man to succeed where Torres failed.
Since arriving at the Bridge 13 months ago from Liverpool in a £50m deal, Torres has scored just three league goals in 34 matches. Goal.com claims Chelsea will try and sell him for £20m, which will still mean they'll have wasted £30m on the 27-year-old.
Finally, Arsenal fans can rest easy. If Robin van Persie does decide to leave the Emirates at the end of the season his replacement has already been identified – and it's none other than Lionel Messi. Or, to be more precise, it's the man Talksport calls the "Tunisian Lionel Messi" - otherwise known as Youssef Msakni, a 21-year-old imposter who has earned his nickname after scoring "four goals in his last five league outings".
That's an impressive strike rate sure enough, though the Tunisian league isn't quite up to the standard of Spain's La Liga.
Msakni plays for ES Tunis, winners of the domestic league for the past three seasons, and he also netted twice for his country in this year's Africa Cup of Nations.
It was there that Talksport claims Msakni caught the eye of Arsene Wenger, who presumably was tuning in to the tournament to remind himself what a player with a backbone looks like. However, Wenger might have his work cut out to land Msakni after French club Lille also expressed an interest in him - as well as a willingness to meet the £4m asking price.