The Times have an interesting report up this afternoon, linking Chelsea's Demba Ba to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala. They had this to say about the situation involving Ba:
Chelsea’s reshaping of their squad under José Mourinho continued last night, with Demba Ba holding talks with Anzhi Makhachkala. The striker could be followed out of Stamford Bridge by John Obi Mikel after the club agreed a deal to sign Marco van Ginkel, the Holland Under-21 midfielder.
I honestly don't know what to think about this one. The Times are one of the better papers in Europe, and just the fact that they're reporting talks between the player and the Rusiian club would suggest that there is something there. That said, at the moment we're still a bit thin in the center forward department with just Romelu Lukaku and Fernando Torres as legitimate first choice options at the position.
If we're working under the assumption that this report has some legs, it would certainly indicate that we're definitely looking at further buys to address our depth in the center of the pitch. It would also likely result in Chelsea making a nice little profit on the player, as as disappointing as he was in Blue last spring, Ba is still certainly worth more than we paid for him in January.
The good news here would be that we're almost certainly going to see Romelu Lukaku at the Bridge now, as even another purchase isn't going to leave us overly crowded at the position. It also would seemingly confirm that nobody is going to blow us away with an offer for our Spanish #9, something those with any common sense probably concluded long ago.