Tuesday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Rose to Chelsea, Traore to Liverpool

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Reports are linking Tottenham Hotspur left back Danny Rose with a move to Chelsea.

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According to the Daily Mirror, Jose Mourinho is willing to pay upwards of $22.5 million for Rose, 25, who joined Spurs from Leeds United back in 2007. Rose has been a mainstay at left back for the last two seasons at Spurs, as well as impressing on a loan spell with Sunderland. Left back is an area where Chelsea is looking to strengthen as Filipe Luis was sold to Altetico Madrid last week and the Blues’ only recognized left back is Cesar Azpilicueta. Mourinho’s lack of options in that area became clear in last Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Arsenal in the Community Shield as Kurt Zouma had to play out on the left for the final stages with Azpilicueta withdrawn due to worries about him picking up a red card.

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Mario Balotelli may finally leave Anfield this summer, but only if Serie A side Lazio qualify for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. Balotelli, 24, did not complete preseason with the rest of his Liverpool teammates on their trip of the Far East and Australia and following the arrival of strikers Danny Ings, Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino, his days on Merseyside appeared to be numbered. According to the Mirror, Lazio will make an initial season-long loan move for Balotelli and will have an option of buying the Italian international for $18 million next summer. With just four goals in 28 games for Liverpool last season, it’s probably best for everyone concerned if Mario moves on.

Finally, there could be an incoming at Liverpool as Spanish outlet Sport claim that 19-year-old winger Adama Traore is on his way to Anfield to tie up a deal. Traore has come through the ranks at Barcelona and has scored eight goals in 63 appearances for Barcelona B. He has made four first team appearances with Barca over the past two seasons, scoring once, but his chances of breaking through at the Nou Camp may be limited.