Chelsea are reportedly looking to spend £64m to start rebuilding their squad in the summer. The players being scouted are Newcastle duo Cheick Tiote and Tim Krul for 30m, and Porto striker Hulk at £34m.
Since last season Roman Abramovich has been relatively quiet in the transfer market. Quiet for him at least! The signings in January of Gary Cahill and Kevin de Bruyne seemed somehow quite low key in comparison to usual circus of big money, big name signings from the Chelsea of the not too distant past.
Some suggested that Chelsea were operating more mature approach to transfer signings. The theory was that Abramovich was tired of throwing good money after bad. That a more assured approach was now required. Players should only be purchased on the strict pervisor that they were going to add something to the team or squad. Buying players just because they were talented and you didn’t want your competitors to have them was no longer going to be the strategy.
Other people even suggested that Abramovich was running short on cash. Maybe he was getting tired of spending and getting comparitively little in return. The fact that Manchester City had joined the party could also have had an impact. With City hitting the transfer market with ‘Chelsea like’ enthusiasm and with as much money to spend, it would end Chelsea’s financial dominance of the market. If reports in the Mirror are accurate then this period of hibernation looks like it may end in spectacular style.
Porto striker Hulk is rumoured to have a £85m buyout clause in his contract but his Portuguese club are willing to renegotiate a fee of £34m after the 25 year old asked to leave. If Torres’ resurgence continues and the two were to develop a strike partnership and understanding, that so far seems to have evaded any other combinations used thus far, then it could be money well spent.
Newcastle’s Tiote seems a good option for Chelsea in the centre of the park to become the eventual successor to Frank Lampard and Tim Krul could eventually replace Petr Cech, although at 29 years old one would expect there is a few more seasons left in him yet. It would be unlikely if Krul would go to sit on the bench after impressing at Newcastle and becoming a firm fan favourite.
The most interesting element to all this Chelsea transfer speculation is the fact that Chelsea haven’t even got a manager. Roberto Di Matteo is in temporary charge but surely he is not involved in possible transfers to the tune of £64m? So who is behind this? This seems to be proof of what many suspected all along. That Abramovich is the top dog at Chelsea. He seems to play a bigger part in proceedings at Chelsea than most owners at other clubs.
Call me a traditionalist but I want my manager to have the final say so on who to buy, what formation to play and the team selection, not the owner or board of directors. Surely that is the job that they are hired to do. Maybe this is a explaination why Chelsea seem to be getting through their fair-share of managers of late!?
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