Roman Abramovich has a list of possible summer purchases that he is planning to present to Andre Villas Boas’ successor reports The Mail . The Russian billionaire has outlined four must fill positions which need strengthening and has a list of potential star signings that his new manager will be able to choose from.
Roman has decided that he needs a centre forward, two full backs and an attacking midfielder to add to his squad in time for next years campaign. Villas-Boas instructed club scouts to embark on a world-wide talent search in December and since his departure Abramovich has continued to track targets for summer signings. The strategy is thought to enable any new manager to hit the ground running, but the final decision on purchases will be theirs.
Among the targets are names previously linked with the Blues including Hulk and Modric, and it is thought efforts to sign them will be stepped up. Obviously I see Hulk filling the centre forward vacancy as outlined by Roman, but am struggling to see Modric as the attacking midfielder piece of the picture. Modric is more of a playmaker, someone who will sit fairly deep and run the midfield. He is able to make that killer last ball but I would not describe him as an attacking midfielder in the usual definition.
One of the names that has come up that I am excited about is that of Mario Gotze. The 19 year old Borussia Dortmund player is certainly an attacking midfielder. He is one of the bright young German stars of the future and is widely regarded to be a world class talent due to his speed, technical skill, playmaking and creativity. German Football Association’s technical director Matthias Sammer called him ‘one of the best talents we’ve ever had’. Unfortunately for Chelsea he has recently signed a new contract and thus looks to be a very pricing option. The Mail article quotes £40m.
Another new name linked to Stamford Bridge is right back Cesar Azpilicueta. The Marseille full back is another prospect for the future at 22 years old. He helped Spains U19 team win the UEFA European Championship in 2007 but missed the cut to play in the FIFA 2010 World Cup. For Marseille he has won the Trophee des Champions, which is the French equivalent of the Charity Shield, in 2010 and 2011. Azpilicueta is valued by The Mail at £25m
With respect to summer transfers it looks like it’s going to be a busy time at Chelsea. With Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda all out of contract at the end of the season and thought to be allowed to leave, amongst others, it seems that the Chelsea squad next season is going to look quite different to this terms.
But I only hope that the new manager gets the time needed to create the team. New players need time to gel and with so many new faces this could take time. Manchester City have proved it takes more than big name signings to achieve success in the Premiership, never mind in Europe. So Chelsea fans prepare to be patient, after all Rome wasn’t built in a day.
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