Nov 212014
 

After an impeccable performance last season, Cech’s place was obviously still under threat as the young Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on loan from Chelsea, had an even better season in Spain.

The Chelsea Boss has made his preference in the goalkeeping department clear enough as Courtois has been the undisputed first choice thus far this season, with Cech having to be content with capital one cup games and Champions League ties against the minnows in the group.

Rumors all over English tabloids suggest that Arsene Wenger might make a move for the 34 year old veteran to solidify his squad leading up to the second half of the season. With Chelsea showing a willingness to sell to rivals in the past, the deal should go through if the Frenchman agrees to pay Chelsea’s asking price.

It is obvious that the London side is spoilt for choice in the goal keeping department with Thibaut Courtois, Petr Cech and Mark Schwarzer all world  class goal keepers under their books, the Blues won’t have a problem making good money while still maintaining the overall quality of their squad.

Although the Czech international is willing to see out his contract, he would be happy to see current status quo change;

“Everyone is asking me what if and what will happen. As a player that has two years on his contract, I cannot make the choice. It’s simple. If the club says; you are staying here, then I’ll be staying. I can only leave if the club lets me go and that is not the case”

“I’m doing my best to change the situation. I want to play as often as possible and be prepared to be ass goos as possible for the fixtures in the New Year”- Petr Cech

With Cech already an obvious upgrade on the current Arsenal goalkeeper, a lot of thought has to be put into the decision of bringing a goalkeeper that would displace Wojciech Szczesny right away and stunt the growth of a goalkeeper who’s only 24 and already one of the best young keepers in football.

Notwithstanding, this move makes more sense for all the parties involved, much more than it doesn’t. For Arsenal they get a more consistent, experienced and world class keeper, while Chelsea finally begin to reduce their overwhelming number of Foreign based professionals by selling a foreign player and replacing him with Jamal Blackman currently at Middleborough to help their homegrown quota.

Cech would seem to be the biggest gainer, if the move were to go through, as he gets at least a 3 year contract, which is a shift from Chelsea’s one year extension policy for players over 30, he gets a better salary and a chance to at least compete for silverware in the league, as well as in Europe.

There’s an advantage for the Premier League as it gets to keep a phenomenal goal-keeper in the league, as well as create an even better atmosphere during derby matches between the two London rivals.

 Posted by at 3:44 pm
Nov 172014
 

In what is not a surprising turn of events, German wonder kid Marcos Reus has been linked with a move to Premier League heavy weights in a deal that would purportedly see the London side, trigger a release clause in his contract.

The German has undoubtedly been the best player at the club, following the departure of his compatriot Mario Gotze. However, with the Dortmund club seemingly continuing the trend of selling their best player every window, the youngster may not have a choice but to jump ship if he hopes to win silverware in the nearest future.

Chelsea are front runners in the Reus pursuit, while it has also been reported that Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester united might also be keen.

They will however need to cough up at least an excess of 19.5 million pounds, which is the rumored buyout of the German’s contract, if they are to have any hope of landing the midfielder.

However, it is believed that the Blues might have the upper hand in these negotiations, as they are probably the only ones amongst their other rivals, who will be able to provide a serviceable replacement to the German side.

Chelsea are believed to be interested in doing a swap plus cash deal to force a move for the German star. This deal is likely to involve Reus’s compatriot for the German National team Andre Schurrle, who seems to fit a lot of the criteria that the German heavy weights might be looking for as far as a replacement is concerned.

Andre Schurrle is still a youngster that has the big game persona to thrive at club like Dortmund. Already familiar with the Bundesliga, the winger has played at the highest level with both Chelsea and the German National team. The latter, for whom he helped, win the world cup.

Schurrle, like his international teammate, can play anywhere in the attacking band as well as up top as striker or a support striker. The Chelsea attacker would be a like for like replacement if they chose to follow that route.

Considering that Schurrle has had an irregular playing time with Chelsea this season, the World cup winner seems the  most likely candidate to leave Stamford Bridge, to enable Jose Mourinho entice Reus away from the Bundesliga outfit.

Despite closing in on Reus, Mourinho is allegedly facing competition from Spanish giants Real Madrid, who are also keen on the youngster. Despite every sign pointing to Chelsea as favorites in this pursuit of the highly rated front man, the Blues should beware of the 25year old’s latest injury woes, the Dortmund star man has featured sporadically due to persistent niggles throughout the season thus far.

The German also missed out on the world cup due to an injury he picked up during the warm matches earlier this year. With their star man Costa already an injury magnet, the London side should be weary of adding any player, who will tend to see the inside of the treatment center, more than the he will the pitch.

 Posted by at 2:29 pm
Nov 172014
 

The Egyptian winger is one of the most promising youngsters in African football, but a move to Chelsea last winter has seen his value plummeted. With the youngster seeing little to no time on the pitch in this season’s campaign, the London outfit may need to rethink his future with the club.

The former Basel man has mostly seen game time in Capital one cup encounters against weaker opposition and even then he hasn’t impressed. Although everything points to the fact that Mourinho is a big fan of the speedy winger, he will not see playing time on the pitch this season, except he ups his game.

With the African Nations cup approaching, Mohammed Salah will need to be at his best if he is to inspire his country to success in the competition. If they qualify thats.

Complaints from his National team coach last season exposed the fact that Salah was severely lacking in match fitness, when he appeared for his country in friendly matches and crucial qualifiers.

There however seems to be a ray of hope for the diminutive Egyptian, as reports out of Italy, seem to be linking him with a move to Italian giants Inter Milan. The Milan based outfit has undergone a change in managment with the arrival of former Manchester City boss, Roberto Mancini.

The Italian tactician seems to be in need of fresh minds to help boost his team’s title challenge this season and has called on the club to make a move for the attacker this January.

Last January Inter Milan had to forego their interest in the winger for fear that he would be called into military service. The 22 year old was offered to the Serie A side on transfer deadline day, but then manager of the side, Walter Mazzarri rejected the offer to take the player to the San Siro.

All was well at the end, as Egyptian Prime Minister stepped in to prevent Salah having to do national service earlier this summer- six months after his arrival at Chelsea- but Inter feared that the call might come again if the player changed country.

Jose Mourinho is reportedly happy to allow the former Basel man leave the club on a short term deal, if the right opportunity comes. It seems unlikely that Salah will be missed in London, as players such as Schurrle, Ramires and even Fabregas will be on hand to provide cover at his position, if the need arises.

Crystal Palace have also been linked with a surprise move for Salah, but inter Milan appears to be the more likely destination for the Egyptian. Reports out of Italy go further to suggest that the Italian side will only proceed with the move, if they are able to find a buyer for want away midfielder, Freddy Guarin.

If the move does pull through, the talented winger will be able to get the chance to reestablish himself at an inter side, that are not as comprised of superstars as they used to be.

Hopefully, the attacker will once again show the world, why he is one of Africa’s best players.

 Posted by at 12:24 pm
Nov 112014
 

Chelsea have yet again indicated their interest in Ivorian and CSKA Moscow’s forward Seydou Doumbia according to reports. The Blues have made an attempt to sign the powerful striker in the summer but the deal fell through with Mourinho turning attention to Loic Remy whom the club secure on transfer deadline day from Queens Park Rangers.

The West London outfit will however be back for the player in January in what could be a cut-price deal for the highly rated striker. The former Young Boys of Switzerland player signed for CSKA Moscow in January 2010 though the terms of the contract meant he would see off the remainder of the season at Young Boys and join up with CSKA in the summer.

The 26-year-old have been in impressive goal scoring form for the Russian side scoring a total of 83 goals in 124 appearances for the clubs since his move. His good form has continued this season where he has 10 goals in less than fifteen appearances for the club so far in all competitions.

He scored three goals against Manchester City in their double header Champions league clash earlier this season with two of those goals coming in the 2-1 at the Etihad stadium.

Chelsea will look to beat off competition from the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Newcastle who are also said to be interested in the player. A cut-price fee of around 15 million has been muted due to the player’s persistent injuries.

Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen to add the pacey forward to his attacking ranks to help ease the burden on Diego Costa and Loic Remy who have been an injury concerns in recent times.

Doumbia will be willing to play in a system where there will be rotation with him not being 100 percent fit. This will be a major attraction for him as he could be rotated among Chelsea other strikers within games.

Doumbia 26, is an interesting striker to watch with his strength, pace and finishing being his major asset. He is also a great threat at counter attack hence, will suit Mourinho’s counter attacking style.

Seydou Doumbia has represented the Ivorian national side since 2008 though has not really made much impart as Chelsea Legend Didier Drogba has been the man leading the line for the Ivorian for over a decade now.

His club form and record has however been impressive. In his first season at Swiss side- Young Boys, he scored 20 league goals. He also scored 30 league goals in his second and last season for Young boys thus winning the award of the top goal scorer for two consecutive seasons in the Swiss championship.

He has been excellent for CSKA Moscow since joining them and his goal per game ratio is really impressive. He will be a good addition to Chelsea if the deal comes through even as the club look to fight for silver wears at all front.

 Posted by at 6:23 pm
Nov 072014
 

There have been rumours in the media lately of Chelsea’s interest in signing Spanish and Barcelona’s centre back Gerard Pique. One would have dismissed those speculations with a wave of the finger considering Jose Mourinho’s altercations and fights with Barcelona players and managers during his three years stay at rivals Real Madrid. But it seems the player link is gathering more momentum with latest report being that Jose has asked Pique’s former Barce team mate and fellow Spanish Cesc Fabregas to help persuade the towering defender to join the Blues after it emerged Manchester United and Pellegrini’s Manchester City are also interested in the player.

Pique joined Barcelona from Manchester United in 2008 and has become an important member of the team during the most successful years of the club under manager Pep Guardiola.

He has however, come under severe criticisms in recent weeks especially for his performance against rivals Real Madrid in their 3-1 loss a fortnight ago. The player was caught ball-watching on a number of occasions and has seemed to have fallen out of favour with new manger Luis Enrique.

The 27-year-old has subsequently been dropped to the bench in Barca’s two consecutive games against Celta Vigo and Ajax with the coach preferring the pairing of Javier Mecherano and any of Jeremy Mathieu or Marc Bartra at the heart of Barce’s defence.

His recent omission from actions has further raised fears the player could be set to quit the Catalunyan club. Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are said to be keeping tab on the player but Mourinho will look to steal a march on his rivals by using Fabregas to persuade the defender to join Chelsea.

Fabregas is a close friend of Pique right from their days together at the famous Le Masia academy of Barcelona and also in the national team. Mourinho could also use the prospect of playing alongside Spanish team mates Ceasar Azpilicueta, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas to lure the 27-year-old to Chelsea.

Chelsea are already looking for a perfect replacement for captain and club legend John Terry who could retire from football in no distant future. Chelsea still have in their ranks young defenders like Kurt Zouma, Andres Christensen, Kenneth Omerua(on loan at Middlesbrough). Though all are still considered young and relatively inexperienced at high level football hence, Mourinho will want a player who has well enough experience to replace John Terry while the youngsters continue to horn their skills.

Pique is an intelligent and experienced player who at 27, has won all there is to win in football both at club level (with Barcelona) and at national level with Spain. He will bring his wealth of experience to any backline after being so efficient for Barcelona in so many years.

The prospect of moving abroad and playing at the highest level in the premier league once again, after his initial spell at Manchester United was relatively unsuccessful could be a huge attraction.

Mourinho will look to use the influences of the Spanish players around him to persuade the player to join his club rather than his rivals.

 Posted by at 3:57 pm
Oct 272014
 

Mourinho in recent past has shown his ruthlessness in replacing ageing players in the team. Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole were the latest player to feel the brunt other side of the special one.

While most managers tactically ease out their ageing players from their squad, same cannot be said of Jose Mourinho who do not mince word in telling the players that their time is past in the club.

Petr Cech who was fantastic for Chelsea last season while also winning the PFA keeper of the year has been abruptly dropped to the bench while young Belgian Thibaut Courtios has taken his place in-between the sticks. And one could only fear what would become of club captain John Terry if by any chance he suffers a dip in form this season.

Terry has remained one of the Premier league best central defender this season using his experience and his ability to read games to churn out impressive performance for the club this season. His partnership with Cahill have been hailed by many as the best in the Premier league, but the question that have remained on most people’s mind is how long can Terry continue to perform at the high level required of him by Jose Mourinho.

Terry’s position is secured for now but that might soon change with Mourinho keen on rebuilding the squad. It is reasonable to think that very soon his competiveness for club will begin to drop which might see the younger players take over from him.

Chelsea already has some talented Central defenders in their ranks. Kurt Zouma has played a bit part of the season so far and looks like coming through very fast. Thomas Kalas (on loan at Fc Koln), who partnered Ivanovic in the game against Liverpool at Anfield is also a good prospect to replace Terry in the team. Andre Christensen and Nigerian Kenneth Omeruo who is on loan at Championship side Middlesbrough are all contenders to take up Terry’s spot whenever Mourinho decides to drop his trusted and reliable captain.

Chelsea have also been linked to Antonio Rudiger of VFB Stuttgart. The young German is said to be wanted away at the club after their unimpressive start to the season. Chelsea is keeping tabs on the 21-year-old former Borussia Dortmund youth player and could make a move for him.

Already capped by the German national team, Rudiger is seen as one of the hottest prospect in European football and consequently considered by Jose Mourinho as the perfect like for like long term replacement for John Terry when he calls it quit on his club career.

Terry is no longer getting younger, though he could still be performing at a high level and people will call to question the need to be in a hurry to replace him. But Mourinho is not the type of manager that waits for his players to begin to make series of costly mistakes as a result of age before he replaces them.

By next year Terry will be 35, and it is yet to be seen if Mourinho will allow him to continue to lead the line from behind. But whatever situation pans out, Chelsea will have a ready cover in the likes of Zouma, Omeruo, Kalas, Christensen or Rudiger (if he make the move to London) to take over from where the club’s most successful captain left off.

 Posted by at 6:05 pm
Oct 152014
 

Jose Mourinho has continued with his search for young talents who will take over from his ageing players and lead the team in the nearest feature. The search for successor to club long standing captain and legend John Terry has seen a lot of young, talented defenders across Europe been linked to Chelsea.

This time, it is young German international and VFB Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger that is been linked to the blues. Reports have it that Chelsea is keeping tabs on the 21-year-old former Borussia Dortmund youth player.

Chelsea has been linked to a host of young centre backs in the world, top on the list being Real Madrid and French international Raphael Varane. But with the hefty price tag place on him by the Benerbue outfit it seems Chelsea have shifted their attention to the young German.

Already capped by the German national team, Rudiger is seen as one of the hottest prospect in European football and consequently considered by Jose Mourinho as the perfect like for like long term replacement for John Terry when he calls it quit on his club career.

Valued at around £7m, Chelsea won’t need to break the bank to sign him and the opportunity to play in one of the best young squad that Mourinho is assembling could be an attraction for the player.

Chelsea though still have a number of young central defenders at the club already in the likes of Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen but Rudiger is seen as an upgrade to the two. His height of 1.90m or 6ft 3″ bodes well for him as a centre back. He is quick to the ball and good aerially. Can tackle well with both feet and could be an area threat at set pieces.

He has represented Germany at the U-18, U-19, U-20, U-21 levels and has been capped three times by Joachim Low senior side. He has also made appearance in all of VFB Stuttgart’s league game this season though the German side is currently lying third from bottom on the log in Bundesliga.

It’s still unclear when a bid will be made for the 21-year-old but could be anytime soon as the player as expected will be in the radar of many other top team especially with his recent performances which has earned him a national cup up this year.

Chelsea’s defence has remained formidable with the partnership of John Terry and Gary Cahill which was one of the best in the Premier league last season. At 34, it’s not known how long John Terry will continue to perform at optimum level but Chelsea are already making preparations for the player’s retirement and quite a number of young players will be brought in to be an understudy with the hope of taking over from the veteran when he calls it quits on his Chelsea career.

Jose Mourinho is a manager that pays a great attention to his team’s defensive abilities as his first Chelsea squad during his first stint at the club have been hailed by many as one of the most difficult team to beat. The team conceded just 17times in the league in 2004/05 season with much credit to the defensive partnership of John Terry and William Carvalho. He will look to assemble such squad that will be capable of stifling opposition attack again.

Written by Kc Emmanuels

 Posted by at 12:30 pm
Oct 022014
 

According to reports, Chelsea a looking at landing Benfica and Brazilian wonder kid Anderson Talisca. Jose Mourinho side is thought to be interest in signing the Benfica youngster when the winter transfer window opens in January. Chelsea have done some good transfer business with Benfica after signing players like Ramires, David Luiz and even Nemanja Matic in recent times and with reports linking Anderson Talisca to Chelsea, it seems the blues will look to continue to snap up nice players coming through Benfica.

Talisca has been brilliant for Benfica this season scoring five goals in six games in the Portuguese Liga Don Sagres. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho have also spoken about the player in glowing terms and many see him as a player who will replace Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge as the Ivorien is set to retire at the end of the current season. But, before he makes his switch to SW6 we take a look at five things fans should know about the Brazilian wonder kid.

1. Training and Academy:

Anderson Talisca came through the academy system at Brazilian club Bahia in the Brasilerao. Talisca quickly progressed upwards through the club’s youth system into the first team and was by far their best player prior to his transfer to Benfica in July 2014. Barcelona right full back Dani Alves is also a product of Bahia youth system.

  1.  Record Transfer Fee

Bahia received a club record fee of £3.2 million from Benfica before his move last summer. The £3.2 million is the highest Bahia have received from the sale of any of their player and is thought to be £1.7 million higher than the fee Sevilla paid for Dani Alves who was bought for £500,000

3. Physique

Talisca is 6ft 2 or 188cm and weighs 72kg. It is rare to see attacking midfielders of his height in modern day games and should he join Chelsea he would immediately be joint tallest attacker alongside Diego Costa and Didier Drogba.

  1. Position and Qualities:

Talisca is a left-footed attacking midfielder who likes playing from the left and cutting in but has shown that he is also capable of leading the line when called upon. He is technically gifted with a great pace, strong in the air, can hold up play, shoot from long range and is a threat in set pieces.

  1.  International Career

The Youngster with full name Anderson Souza Conceição Talisca was born in Brazil on 01-02-1994 and at just 20-year-old and has represented the Brazilian national team at under-20 level. He shouldn’t have any problem settling at Chelsea if a move materialise. The Blues already have four Brazilian in their first team squad in Filipe Luis, Ramires, Oscar and Willian and those will help him settle down as fast as possible.

 Posted by at 4:45 pm
Sep 242014
 

Brazilian born Anderson Souza Conceicao also known as Anderson Talisca, was a highly rated youngster from Bahia’s academy, until Portuguese club Benfica came calling with a fee of around 4million Euros which became the highest ever fee paid for a Bahia player.

Talisca has been an instant hit at Benfica scoring 4 goals so far, including a superb hat-trick against Victoria De Setubai on the 12th of this month. English paper, The Daily mail is reporting that Chelsea’s Boss Jose Mourinho is interested in the Brazilian Talent, who has settled so quickly in Portugal.

It has been reported that a lot of big European clubs were after the Brazilian youngster while he was still at Bahia and that Benfica might have failed in their pursuit had other clubs not backed off, for fear that Talisca might not obtain a work permit.

Mourinho has been quoted as saying that he still finds the time to watch Portuguese league matches, due to his prior connection with the league in which he made his name. It is however very likely that the Chelsea manager would have watched the Brazilian play a couple of times this season. Anderson Talisca is a Mourinho type player; he’s hardworking and has the physicality that is usually lacking in those who play his position.

The former Bahia man’s strengths on the pitch include, his Ariel prowess, ability to hold on to the ball under pressure and a good shot from distance. He is however an inadequate tackler, despite his willingness to try, and his finishing could use some work. Chelsea is not really in need of his type of player as the youngster bears some similarities to his fellow Brazilian Oscar, and is still one for the future.

The London side is in a strong position to land the player, as they have in time past, done hitch free deals with Benfica to get players at reasonable prices. A couple of their acquisitions from the Portuguese club include players such as Ramires, Matic and David Luiz. If Anderson Talisca does eventually end up at Stamford Bridge, sooner rather than later, the odds of him being loaned to a lesser club in other to get playing time are very high.

Although Anderson is an exciting player, the Brazilian born midfielder is still a prospect who isn’t that much better or worse than majority of the 26 players that Chelsea have sent out on loan this season.

 Posted by at 2:36 pm
Aug 252014
 

William Carvalaho has attracted attention from a number of clubs all summer. Chelsea is reported to be the latest of a long list to join the race for the Portuguese’s signature. The Portuguese newspaper Abola claims Chelsea are preparing a bid for the Sporting Lisbon midfielder estimated to be in the region of £35 million. Carvalaho has a £37m release clause in his contract but it’s been suggested Sporting are willing to accept a slightly lower figure.

However Jose Mourinho reinstated in his press conference on Friday that Chelsea’s summer transfer spending was done and when you look at Chelsea’s squad it’s hard to see were Carvalho would fit in. They already have a well-balanced midfield possessing the likes of Ramires, Matic, Fabregas, Mikel and Van Ginkel. Those options highlight that this is not an area that needs to be strengthened for the blues. Likewise Chelsea currently needs to get rid of one foreign player at the moment so breaking in another would be illogical.

Along with that Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic appear to have already struck up a deadly partnership in the middle of the park; this was beautifully showcased at Turf Moore on Monday night. A club spokesman from Sporting said: “This news [about Chelsea’s offer] is not true. The club have not got any formal offer to our offices for the player.” this firmly puts the transfer to dead.

A move to Arsenal would make more sense and seems more of a possibility rather than a transfer to West London. Arsenal is screaming out for a player of Carvalho’s quality unlike Chelsea. The 22 year old is a tenacious adaptable defensive midfielder who would provide sufficient cover to the back four as well as being an upgrade on current crop Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini. Arsene Wenger what are you waiting for?

 Posted by at 4:48 pm