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Chelsea’s Likey Lads

Transfer speculation surrounding the Premier League champions has been pretty limited so far this summer.

It’s not a cause for panic by any stretch of the imagination; but with many first teamers now on the wrong side of 30, Chelsea fans will be hoping that Roman Abramovich can finance an equally skilled second generation of players, and the recent departure of Joe Cole and, more importantly, Michael Ballack, could signify the Russian billionaire and Carlo Ancelotti’s intent.

Many sections of the press are already reporting that Chelsea have sealed a deal that could potentially put to rest the ghost of Joe Cole.

Yossi Benayoun has apparently moved south to take up residence at Stamford Bridge after signing a four-year contract with the Londoners. The Liverpool midfielder has struggled for a consistent first team place at Anfield and a move for him would probably make sense despite Rafael Benitez’s departure; however, Yossi, is already entering the latter stages of his career which, again, does not bode well for Chelsea’s future.

Elsewhere, Sergio Ramos’s possible departure from the Bernabeu has been met with keen overtures from inside Stamford Bridge. According to some sources, Abramovich has already met the young Spanish defender. Meanwhile, Mourinho has made no secret of his bid to secure Maicon’s signature from Inter Milan and the Brazilian full-back looks likely to become the Portuguese manager’s first-choice right-back.

Argentine Angel Di Maria has also been linked with a move to the Blues. It’s not exactly surprising, however, given that the Benfica winger has been linked with almost every European club bigger than Aston Villa. Where exactly the 22-year-old would fit in the Chelsea team isn’t clear either; but no one ever said speculation had to be grounded in logic, did they?

Similarly predictable is Chelsea’s link with strike trio Alexandre Pato, Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero. Each striker tenders to the Daily Sport’s big names plus big players equal big sales formula.

Pato’s inclusion, however, is at least not without foundation: Carlo Ancelotti’s AC Milan ties could easily secure a deal for the Brazilian starlet. Moreover, when you consider Chelsea’s success using a 4-3-3 last season, Pato seems to be the perfect man to take up the position on the right hand side. The stumbling block could come over Milan’s valuation of the youngster which could be obscenely high because of his reputation around the San Siro.

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