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Chelsea FC Transfer Rumours: Andre Villas-Boas Talks Courtois, Modric And Other Potential Transfers

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PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - JULY 16:  Chelsea Manager Andre Villas-Boas looks on during the Pre Season Friendly match between Portsmouth and Chelsea at Fratton Park on July 16, 2011 in Portsmouth, England.  (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)
PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - JULY 16: Chelsea Manager Andre Villas-Boas looks on during the Pre Season Friendly match between Portsmouth and Chelsea at Fratton Park on July 16, 2011 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)
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After watching his new side put in a remarkably flat performance against nPower Championship side Portsmouth, Andre Villas-Boas rather sensibly didn't overreact in the slightest. No, Chelsea didn't play well, but that's ultimately irrelevant - it was one preseason game where each player got a maximum of 45 minutes. He's not going to get worked up about that sort of thing, so it makes sense that he was pretty reserved in terms of talking about potential transfers after the game.

So what did he have for us?

We have agreed a fee with Genk for [Thibaut] Courtois but personal terms still have to be agreed with the player. But it is more about getting the best out of these players we have than making radical changes.

If [Luka Modric] comes, he comes, but if he doesn’t he doesn’t. Spurs have the right to defend their players.

Losing Michael Essien for six months was a big blow, bearing in mind that was a position we were already looking at strengthening. But we have our targets identified throughout Europe and we’re not going to take those decisions lightly. We will choose the right people.

-Andre Villas-Boas. Source: Mail.

That's the Courtois deal pretty much confirmed by everyone, then. The Mail have changed their reported price from €6M to €9M, incidentally, putting their report in line with what we had this morning. Although Villas-Boas has said that Courtois has not yet agreed personal terms with Chelsea, I can't imagine that that would be issue, considering Genk's press release from earlier, where they made it pretty clear that the teenager would no longer be playing for them.

What else is going on? On the one hand, Villas-Boas took the high road on Luka Modric and claimed that he's looking to get the best out of his available squad rather than go for massive reinforcements in the summer window. On the other, possible targets have been 'identified throughout Europe', which would seem to imply that Chelsea are indeed readying themselves for some interesting signings in summer.

It's interesting that the first signing of the summer has been for a goalkeeper, considering the club's needs from last year, and it would be even more strange if Romelu Lukaku signs (as expected) within the next few days, as he's a centre forward - Chelsea would then have signed two extremely exciting prospects without actually filling a position of need. We did get confirmation that the team was looking to strengthen the midfield even before Essien's injury, so if you wanted to put money on Chelsea spending more money before the end of August, bet on a central player.

I guess the takeaway is that Andre Villas-Boas is taking an intelligent, reasonable approach to things, not getting overly focused on one target or being reactionary. That's probably a very good thing.