The departure of Blaugrana mainstays could set off a summer Camp Nou merry-go-round, with the Blues implicated.
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David Luiz’s much-mooted move to the Nou Camp looks to be back on now Spain’s centurion centre-half is calling it a day with the Catalans.
Ashley Cole is clearly not the same player he was during Jose Mourinho’s first spell in charge at Stamford Bridge, or the Portuguese would pick him more.
The German forward has the finishing prowess to potentially call off the search for a new Stamford Bridge goal machine.
The post-League Cup exploits of previous winners and losers points to the importance of prevailing in this competition.
Vitesse Arnhem are once again flying high, fuelled by the goals of a Stamford Bridge Brazilian.
Defeat at Stoke was bad, but the Gunners have plenty of time to rectify this setback and win the title against huge odds.
The Blues have stopped their struggling neighbours scoring in seven of their last ten tussles with them.