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Chelsea working on Jose Callejon transfer?

Well, the rumor rags say they are, but don't pay any attention to them.

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No one's really sure what's going to happen to Jose Callejon this summer. Sure, he's in Napoli training right now, but no one's sure how long that's going to last -- there's been noises about him maybe wanting out all summer long, and while he's working at a couple different spots in training, it's not clear yet how big of a role he's going to play next season.

There had been a lot of talk about Atletico Madrid coming in to buy Callejon, bringing him home to Madrid, albeit to a different side of town than he's used to, having come up at Real Madrid.  Those rumors quickly dried up when Atleti bought a couple other attackers instead, though, and recent whispers of interest from Sevilla were quickly rubbished.

Now there's talk of Chelsea swooping in on the Spanish winger. With their last two purchases out wide disappointing -- Mo Sala and Juan Cuadrado -- they're looking for a new solution, and the English rumor rags seem to think they're ready to buy him from Napoli for €15 million. Sounds reasonable, right?


Here's the thing: these rumors are almost certainly crap. Given the sources and information involved, this has every appearance of bored rumor writers recycling old garbage, as much of the talk bears an eerie resemblance to rumors from last winter and last summer regurgitated by the same third-tier rags reporting it now. Like a fart in an echo chamber, we're hearing the same noise over and over again.

Even the handful of reports taking the "swap deal for Mo Salah!" angle aren't actually doing anything worth noticing. Here's the formula those reports are using: Italian team A is being connected to player B on team C. Team C once maybe wanted player D on Italian team A. Italian teams like swap deals right? SWAP DEAL RUMOR!

So while it's still entirely possible that Callejon leaves this summer, let's not get too worked up about the rumors that are circulating until we get something worth getting worked up about that. I think we can all agree on that.