Real Madrid appear ready to offload Brazilian playmaker Kaka in the summer with Manchester City and Chelsea waiting in the wings. Both have been heavily linked with the midfielder in the past.
City tried to sign Kaka in the 2009 January window before he went to Madrid later in the year and ever since Ancelotti took over at Chelsea there has been speculation linking him to be reunited with his former player. But is Kaka really the type of player Chelsea need at this time? With rumours of a Chelsea clear out in the summer, surely bringing in a player who would be 29 at the time would not be a sustainable solution. Read on to find out why I believe it would be a mistake for Chelsea to sign this type of player.
At 28 going on 29 is this someone Chelsea should be investing in? He certainly wouldn’t be one for the future and at his age would be expected to come good almost straight away, especially with a big reputation. Fernando Torres, signed for £50 million still hasn’t scored for Chelsea and the pressure is increasing with every game.
Kaka would surely need time to adapt to the Premier League, something not on his side. One of the main problems at Chelsea is that they currently have too many players past their peak. Florent Malouda, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Nicolas Anelka are all over 30 and with their best years behind them. Kaka could only give maybe two seasons at his best.
Real Madrid paid £60 million to acquire Kaka in the summer of 2009 and while they will not be able to recuperate that, they will not be letting the midfielder go cheaply. I doubt anything less than £40 million would be taken seriously by the Spanish Giants. £40 million on a 29 year old is very risky business indeed and given Abramovich gave Ancelotti £70 million in January to sign two players it is unlikely this sort of cash would be available for one.
If anyone has been following Chelsea’s transfer rumours recently, they are mostly linked with young and up coming talent. Players in their early twenties such as Javier Pastore, Ganso, Eden Hazard and then even younger prospects such as Jack Rodwell. These are the types of player Chelsea need to rebuild their team.
Not another Central Midfielder?
Okay while not essentially a player that plays in the middle of the park but one that will play further forward through the middle, looking to link up midfield and attack. Is this not the role Frank Lampard plays? As mentioned earlier Lampard’s best years maybe behind him but he is still a quality player and one that is not linked with the exodus of Chelsea players expected to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer.
I have never been keen on Gerrard and Lampard in central midfield together for Anfield neither do I believe that Kaka and Lampard could work effectively in the same team. Couple this with the fact Chelsea have more than enough options in central midfield with Essien, Mikel, Ramieres, and Benayoun.
Yes the last two can operate on the right side of midfield but both prefer a more central role.
Finally Chelsea have bright stars such as Gael Kakuta and Josh McEachran coming through and must ensure the best development is given to them in order to reach the first team.
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