It has been the norm for several years now and this year is no surprise as another transfer window is upon us and Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea are linked with another host of names. With the transfer embargo briefly lifted, transfer speculation at Chelsea has intensified, with a multitude of names being linked with January moves to Stamford Bridge despite Carlo Ancelotti’s insistence that his side will not sign. With the likes of Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou away at the African Nations, a striker is the order of the day in west London and the two names that reportedly top Ancelotti’s January wish list are that of Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko, so who would be the better bet?
Sergio Aguero is fast becoming one of the world’s most sought after players and despite being just 21 years of age, the striker is already shedding his skin at Atlético Madrid. The Argentinean striker has taken the Spanish league by storm since joining Atlético back in 2006 and has proved a key figure for the Madrid side. His goal scoring record is second to none, having scored at a rate of just under 1 in 2 with 50 goals in 126 appearances in Spain. He has solidified his reputation as a proven goal scorer and is feared by defenders throughout La Liga and Europe.
Aguero, at just 21 would prove a good bet for the Blues however, the transfer figures that have been thrown about have deterred the side who have aspirations of breaking even in the near future, with Roman Abramovich supposedly needed to reach for £40 million to bring the striker to Stamford Bridge. Sergio Aguero, or ‘Kun Aguero’ as he is perhaps better known in Spain undoubtedly has the technical ability to succeed in any league in the world yet he is not the most physical of players and standing at just 5ft 7½in, is likely to initially struggle with the physicality of the Premier League. Having said this, the Argentine has already proved his worth at international level and came off the bench to score a stunning brace against Chelsea in the Champions League and the Blues are arguably the most physical side in the league.
Dzeko, unlike Aguero, has only really come onto the footballing radar recently after he helped fire his club VFL Wolfsburg to their first ever German title last year. The Bosnian international also has a stunning goal scoring record, scoring 44 goals in 71 appearances for the German outfit and has also attracted interest from several other European giants including A.C. Milan. He stands at a mammoth 6ft 3½in and is unsurprisingly a threat in the air. He would maybe fit Chelsea’s approach as they already stand as one of the largest sides in the division yet there are fears that his style may clash with that of Didier Drogba, who also provides a considerable aerial threat.
Dzeko’s ability cannot be questioned as he has also provided on the international stage as well as impressing in this year’s Champions League (a well taken header at Old Trafford against Manchester United springs to mind) yet it must be noted that the German league is a shadow of its former self and there are question marks over whether Dzeko could maintain such a record in the Premier League. The Bosnian would however, cost a considerable amount less that Aguero and could be available for around £20 million, half that of the Argentine.
It is hard to choose between the two players and as time passes, each transfer looks less likely to take place. Despite his lack of height, Aguero could easily be a success in the Premier League and could follow in the footsteps of former Atlético striker Fernando Torres who has since taken the league by storm. Dzeko brings with him a completely different approach and would be available at a cheaper price but is likely to be the less popular approach with Chelsea fans who are eager to see the excitement that Aguero could bring to Stamford Bridge.
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