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Dodged Bullet: Chelsea and Ricky van Wolfswinkel

Dodged Bullet: Chelsea and Ricky van Wolfswinkel

Chelsea could certainly do with adding a prolific striker to their squad.

Whether they will be able to do it any time soon remains to be seen with the current transfer ban (Goal); however, it has been a problem area that the Stamford Bridge outfit have had for a while.

Barring the likes of Didier Drogba and Diego Costa, Chelsea have had a number of high-profile forwards to try and fire in the goals to take them to the top of European football who had subsequently flopped.

Mateja Kezman, Andriy Shevchenko, Fernando Torres and Alvaro Morata are just some of the big names to have tried their luck in west London and, well, they fell extremely flat.

However, in 2012, Chelsea could have had another huge name (literally!) join them if rumoured reports were to be believed.

According to the Daily Mail in November 2011, the Blues were allegedly interested in Ricky van Wolfswinkel after an impressive campaign with Sporting Lisbon.

It was said the Dutch striker had caught the eye of Andre Villas-Boas’ side, as well as Manchester United, and both were keen to take a look at him.

However, the fact that Chelsea did not take a chance on him in the end can truly be considered a blessing in disguise.

Norwich City brought him to the Premier League in 2013 for a transfer fee thought to be in the region of £8.5m (BBC) and soon found out that the hype about him could not be further wrong.

Once dubbed the ‘new Marco van Basten’ in the Dutch media (NESN), van Wolfswinkel hit just one goal in his debut campaign for the Canaries, which came in his first appearance for the club.

He did not last long at Carrow Road as he was sent on season-long loan spells to Saint-Etienne and Real Betis (where goals were still hard to come by), before returning to where it all started for him and a club Chelsea know very well, Vitesse.

An impressive campaign back in his homeland saw him seal a switch to Swiss giants Basel, where he has continued to find his shooting boots and has been able to make a real difference to the Swiss Super League outfit in front of goal.

Although Chelsea might have been able to recoup the money spent on van Wolfswinkel on just the shirt printing alone, Villas-Boas and the Blues certainly dodged a bullet on this one.

Chelsea fans, how pleased are you the club missed out on van Wolfswinkel? Let us know your thoughts below!

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