Carlo Ancelotti is certainly a dedicated man, after failing to land Serbian defender Neven Subotic in January, he will go back to Borussia Dortmund this Summer with an improved bid….obviously that is reliant upon him still being employed by the time the transfer window reopens.
Despite competition from numerous other sides, Ancelotti is hoping that the size of the Abramovich cheque book will persuade the Serbian to chose Stamford Bridge over numerous other options.
Subotic moved extensively as a youngstar living in Germany and then the USA, before he was offered a move too Mainz 05, initially as part of their youth and reserve teams and then latterly as part of their first team squad.
He made his debut for the side during the 2006-2007 season the year the team was relegated from the Bundesliga. The following season, Subotic helped the team to promotion back to the top flight and it was that season that the defender began to show his immense ability and the potential that he possesses. Upon sealing promotion, Mainz head coach Jurgen Klopp was offered a coaching role at Borussia Dortmund and Klopp took Subotic with him signing a 5 year deal.
Subotic quickly began to prove himself as an effective and efficient centre back in the top flight, not only with his excellent defensive displays but also offensively, during his first season with Dortmund the defender scored 6 goals in 37 games. At the end of that season, Subotic signed a new deal that would last until 2014, during the following season 2009-2010 he was one of only 4 players to play every minute of every league game for the side.
The defender is 6’3 and particularly strong in the air, he has good strength and uses it well in his defensive game. He is also pretty comfortable with the ball at his feet and can play the ball out of defense with a good degree of assurance.
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During the Summer of 2010 when Subotic was part of the Serbian World Cup squad and in the January 2011 transfer window, there were numerous reports linking the player to a host of top European clubs. Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and now Chelsea have all been linked to the player, however it seems none have come particularly close to securing a deal for the player.
Chelsea now however are ready to return for the player as they seem him as a long term replacement for captain John Terry, and their aim is to pair him with new signing David Luiz at the heart of the Chelsea defence. When not promoting hapless ex-Sky halfwits, Talksport are reporting this story and claiming that Carlo Ancelotti is ready to offer £20million for the defender.
Chelsea already have a number of defenders on their books, but this deal is one that will help them in the future. They currently have David Luiz, John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Alex. With Terry advancing in years it seems likely that Chelsea will need a long term replacement for him and I can see why they would think Neven Subotic could be the ideal man for that role.
With this season essentially appearing to be a write off for Chelsea in terms of the Premier League title, it seems this opportunity is being taken to reshape the Chelsea team, and the way things are going it could have a drastically different look when the 2011-2012 season kicks off.
Subotic will obviously cost another massive pile of Roman Abramovich’s money, and what could theoretically be a £40million outlay on 2 centrebacks would suggest that they HAVE to get this right or Ancelotti could be in real trouble. When it comes to style of play he appears to be the perfect replacement for John Terry and should the deal come to fruition I think there is a good chance that the Serbian defender can do the job Terry has done so well for all these years.
All this however could be irrelevant should Ancelotti be relieved of his management duties before the end of the season, but this rumour has run and run and it could be signed and sealed this Summer.
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