Long-term injuries to stalwarts Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and John Terry have caused tremendous disruption to Chelsea’s defence and midfield of late, to the extent that the champions have now lost 3 of their last 4 league games.
For the first time, Chelsea look to be lacking in squad depth, and Carlo Ancelotti will look to address this issue come January. According to sports website CalcioMercato.com, Bayern Leverkusen’s Arturo Vidal could be the man to solve all Chelsea’s problems.
The 23 year-old Chilean has been in scintillating form this season, and has already been linked with fellow big spenders Manchester City. However, Chelsea are reported to have made an official approach, with a fee in the region of £10m being suggested.
That would seem to be very good value for money, given Vidal’s versatility; the Chilean can play in midfield or defence, in either a central role or on the right flank.
However, with Jose Bosingwa looking increasingly likely to leave Stamford Bridge in January, Paulo Ferreira decidedly unsure of himself when playing in central defence, and John Obi Mikel under pressure from his national coach to develop his attacking game, Ancelotti may already be having difficulties deciding exactly where best to deploy his new acquisition.
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