Carlo Ancelotti has been very frank in his assessment of his side’s current predicament; he is lucky still to be employed, and the problem is a simple one:
“We need some players.”
That says it all, really, yet having been denied in their attempts to sign Benfica defender, David Luiz, Chelsea must now turn their attention elsewhere in a bid to stop the rot at Stamford Bridge.
Next on the boss’ wish-list is thought to be young Serbian defender, Neven Subotic, whose recent displays for Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund have also attracted interest from Real Madrid.
Yet Chelsea have been monitoring the 22-year-old’s progress for the last two seasons, and are confident a bid of £15m would be enough to persuade the German giants to sell.
There is, however, a plan B: Bolton’s Gary Cahill, who would cost the Premiership champions up to £20m. An expensive back-up plan, yet Ancelotti claims to have the full financial backing of owner Roman Abramovich, and needs must these days at Stamford Bridge.
The manager is also keen to shake up his side’s attacking options, and reports suggest a move for Valencia’s Juan Mata may also be in the offing this month.
The 22-year-old has become a key player for the Spanish side after the sales of David Villa and David Silva, yet continuing financial problems may leave Valencia no choice but to allow Mata to leave as well. Chelsea would have to fork out another £20m to sign him.
Assuming Chelsea will be more successful in pursuit of their new targets, will this be enough to save their season?
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