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Midweek rumors: Felipe Anderson switches agents; Thiago Silva talks up Chelsea

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The big rumor yesterday was Roman Abramovich's supposed willingness to make Leonardo Bonucci the most expensive defender of all time this coming January, but here are a couple more stories to keep an eye on.  Neither is technically new, but they both could be construed into something possibly real in the near future.


The young Brazilian attacking midfielder had been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea in recent transfer windows, but so far, he's stayed loyal to Lazio, where he's played a key role for the past two seasons.  Just the couple days ago, in fact, he spoke about how he wants to stay and grow at Lazio and all that usual jazz.

However, according to Il Messaggero, the 23-year-old has recently switched agents, signing with none other than Guiliano Bertolucci, the man behind the deals bringing the likes of David Luiz, Oscar, Ramires, etc. to Chelsea.  He's the Brazilian superagent to the stars who (along with his business partner Kia Joorabchian) has a great working relationship with Chelsea.  You do the math.


Staying with Brazilians, though slightly older — well, much older at 32 — here's Thiago Silva's agent addressing earlier stray rumors of a potential interest in Chelsea.

"Chelsea are a big club. And the English league is the best in the world. I don't know about [following David Luiz, but] I know they're great friends."

"We're not negotiating a new contract, let's see what happens before December. Thiago's deal ends on June 30th 2017 if PSG don't qualify for the Champions League. Everything is possible in football."

-Paulo Tonietto; source: Sport Witness

Thiago Silva's contract with PSG ends in 2018, unless they fail to qualify for the Champions League, in which case it ends in 2017.  That's quite unlikely of course, which could explain why they're not negotiating a contract at the moment.  Not to mention, signing a defender in 30s, even if he once was the best in the world, doesn't exactly strike me as a wise move, but there you have it.


Names that will undoubtedly come up many more times in the near-ish future:  Griezmann, Aubameyang ... and Matteo Darmian?  Oh joy.