Roman Abramovich has all but wiped out Chelsea's £340m debt, according to financial figures released by the Barclays Premier League leaders.
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Chelsea have made their first significant move since their transfer embargo was suspended by making a preliminary £14m offer for the Everton teenager Jack Rodwell, which has been rejected by the Merseyside club.
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Leeds have called for possible points deductions for "predator clubs" who poach promising teenagers - on a day when Manchester City became the latest Premier League power to be embroiled in a row over the signing of a French teenager.
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Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is planning to launch a bid to sign Sergio Aguero from Atletico Madrid in a £45m deal according to various reports.
Manchester City will expect Chelsea to pay around £10m for the services of their out-of-contract teenage striker Daniel Sturridge, an indication that City regard the player in the Theo Walcott bracket.
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It is rare indeed that Peter Kenyon is proved right in his predictions concerning the future at Chelsea but events have born out his prophecy made last year that agreeing a five-year deal with Frank Lampard "could well turn out to be our best signing of the summer".
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Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has refused to comment about his alleged secret meeting with Inter Milan sporting director Marco Branca on Monday night.
Chelsea are unlikely to bolster their squad in the January transfer window, chief executive Peter Kenyon said on Monday.