Compared to fellow noveaux-riches Manchester City, Chelsea are not very extravagant in summer transfers, often signing just one big name and a couple of promising unheard-ofs rather than operating an infernal revolving door of star names.
Indeed, one of the latest players to be linked with the reigning champions is not widely known on these shores.
20-year old Russian international Alan Dzagoev is an attacking midfielder who has recently found form at the top level, attracting some big names. Dzagoev began his career modestly with Krylia Sovetov-SOK of the Russian Second Division, and although he only scored 6 goals in 37 appearances, Rosgosstrakh (Premier League) giants CSKA Moscow came knocking ahead of the 2008 season.
Since moving, Dzagoev has gone from strength to strength. In his time at CSKA he once managed a hat-trick of assists in the Moscow derby against Spartak (in a 5-1 win), and has also scored some impressive goals to boot – with one effort from a narrow angle against Manchester United in a 3-3 draw.
Dzagoev also claims to be a Chelsea fan (since 2006, so he’s not fair-weather at all!) so that can’t hurt his chances of a move either.
Chelsea are also apparently interested in Stoke City’s Asmir Begović. The Bosnian-Canadian custodian has fallen out with Stoke manager Tony Pulis over an alleged refusal to play in the recent League Cup tie with Shrewsbury (which Begović strongly refutes).
With Ross Turnbull lacking the necessary experience to get anywhere near troubling Petr Cech, Carlo Ancelotti will be looking to give Begović more money for warming the bench.
The good(ish) news doesn’t end there either. After much speculation, it seems that promising young winger and forward Gael Kakuta will not be on his way to Bayern Munich. Kakuta has worked wonders at youth level for Chelsea, but continues to be shut out of a team which effectively picks itself.
However the French youngster claims to be happy at Stamford Bridge:
“Yes, since I came back from the European Championship I have been playing a lot which is a good thing for me, and my fitness as well
“I don’t feel pressure at all, I feel comfortable, no pressure. I don’t feel pressure so much. The more people that watch us play the better I feel
“ It is not like in some clubs where the first team players will try to break you and not let you get involved in the team. Here it is something different, that’s why I really like it in this club. Everyone helps you, it doesn’t matter if you are young or not, they treat you like a normal player like them.
“Here at Chelsea I look up to everyone, because you don’t know what position you can play, it is good to learn from everyone, the way they are and things like that.”
…EVERYONE LOVES CHELSEA!!!
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