The Times is reporting that Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is weighing up an £8 million bid for Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta. The 30-year-old former Udinese hitman has spent most of this season out injured with a knee problem but is nearing full fitness and Ancelotti is looking at the fact that Juventus have a number of top strikers as a factor in Juve’s willingness to sell Iaquinta to England.
Ancelotti is familiar with Iaquinta from the time they both spent in Italy and the Chelsea boss is a big admirer of Iaquinta’s abilities; seeing his mixture of strength and pace, along with his versatility, as qualities that would all fit the Premiership.
Iaquinta’s injury problems are such that Ancelotti may snap him up in the latter part of the transfer window as opposed to now which means that Iaquinta would not be a replacement for Didier Drogba whilst the Ivorian is at the African Cup of Nations but instead competition for Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.
Iaquinta, who can play on the wing as well as up front, has been in and out of the Juventus team in his two and a half seasons at the club but has a good goal tally of around 1 goal per 2 appearances there. He previously excelled at a mediocre Udinese team which led to his becoming an international player although he hasn’t really made his mark on the international scene.
Standing at 6’3” and with massive physical presence as a result, Iaquinta would offer just as much aerial threat as Drogba if not more and would fit Chelsea’s style of big, dominant players well.
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