Earlier in the season we heard rumblings that Carlo wanted to send three young players (Patrick Van Aanholt, Jeffrey Bruma, and Gael Kakuta) out on loan for the second half to get additional playing time this year. This morning the club officially announced two of the three players will be leaving Stamford Bridge until May, and rumors started to appear about Jeffrey Bruma as well. West Bromwich Albion are apparently ready to guarantee Jeffrey Bruma playing time if we send him on loan for the remainder of the season, but until we finalize a deal for a center back we can't afford to lose the depth. According to the Daily Mail, we've reached an agreement with West Brom if we do end up signing Luiz.
As for Luiz, he was in Portugal earlier this afternoon as Benfica faced off against Rio Ave. As usual, Luiz was a rock on the defensive end, and displayed excellent passing skills to start several breaks for Benfica, including a beautiful 70 yarder that was on the button to create the second Benfica penalty of the day. With ten minutes remaining in the contest, Benfica was awarded a penalty for a handball in the box. Curiously, David Luiz was summoned to take the kick, the first regular time penalty he's ever taken.Luiz missed badly (he sailed it about 30 feet over the top of the bar), and clearly isn't a regular penalty taker.It begs the question, however, of why Luiz was taking the kick in the first place. If I had to guess, I'd assume that Benfica was trying to give Luiz one last sendoff as this was likely his last game in a Benfica kit.
One other interesting note from the Mail article:
Chelsea have approached IFK Norrköping in a bid to land Norwegian wonderkid Muamer Tankovic, 15, ahead of Manchester United. Juventus are also interested.
I don't have much on Tankovic yet, but it sure is a great name.You can rest assured I'll be doing some digging on that tonight though. He apparently is very highly thought of though, and this isn't the first time Chelsea have been linked to him (link in Swedish). You can at least get a look at him here, he's third from the left on the top row.Right now he seems to be splitting time between several forward and midfield spots, and he's apparently a fairly skilled player.The Swedish club have asked the government for a waiver, allowing them to sign Tankovic to a contract so that he can't leave the club for free (much like Kakuta and more recently Nathan Ake).With youth development spending not counting towards the new UEFA regulations and this years new "homegrown" player rule, adding highly thought of youth to the academy is even more important than it was before.