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Costa to cost Chelsea £80million (but not), Sherwood worried about Eriksen leaving and Barca still want David Luiz

Last Updated: 21/04/14 at 09:24 Post Comment

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Well, not really, but that's how the Daily Express does their maths.

The paper reports that Chelsea are so keen to land Diego Costa that they will try and tempt Atletico with an offer of £30million plus Fernando Torres. Torres obviously would be keen on a return to where it all started.

As to that talk of £80million, well that simply comes from adding the £30m fee to the £50m that Chelsea paid for Torres when buying him from Liverpool. Not exactly sure that's how it works chaps, but you've certainly nailed hyperbole.

Yes yes, we know they have a transfer ban looming over their heads, but with Barcelona seemingly confident of winning their appeal the papers still have good reason to wonder over just who will be tasked with turning around the club's apparent fall from grace.

One of the answers to that question, according to the Daily Mirror at least, appears to be David Luiz, with the paper claiming that £25million would be enough to prize Luiz away from Chelsea.

In fairness, it's a move that has a) been touted forever and b) makes sense for all parties, with Chelsea looking to offload players before strengthening their forward line at significant cost. All we need now is for FIFA to back down over the small issue of a year-long ban on any transfer activity.

Possibly a bit of a non-story this, but the Daily Mirror report that any move from Manchester United for Southampton's Adam Lallana will not come cheaply because the Saints will be forced to give 25% of any fee to Bournemouth, where Lallana played in the academy.

United are reportedly showing interest in Luke Shaw, who would cost the club close to £30million, and it now appears that a move for Lallana would necessitate a similar fee.

Things certainly look rosy for Bournemouth in all this don't they?

Tim Sherwood might not be the manager that is left with the headache if just about every report is to be believed, but that doesn't stop the Tottenham manager from worrying over the ability of the club to keep its best players.

Given the form of Christian Eriksen of late, it's a fairly understandable concern that one of Europe's elite (sorry Spurs fans) may want to try and tempt Eriksen with the lure of Champions League football.

"You are always fearful that someone might come and take one of your best players and Christian is certainly one," Sherwood said.

"He has just turned 22 and he has a head of a 35-year-old. He knows when to speed it up and slow it down."

"I watched him at 17 years of age at Wembley for Denmark and I rang (chairman) Daniel Levy the day after and said that he needs to sign this boy - £10m later he is finally here, so that is all good news."

For clarity, Eriksen has never played at Wembley and recently stated his desire to play at the famous stadium. Good ol' Tim.

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