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 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
Aug 252014

Mattia Destro has been linked to Chelsea these past few weeks with a swap deal with Spanish striker Fernando Torres appearing to be on the cards. Destro is a 23 Italian striker who scored 13 goals in 20 appearances for Roma last season. He has 5 caps for Italy and is valued at £20 million. He moved to Rome from Genoa in 2012 and has another three years left on his contract.

The speculation has only increased with the Italians fiancée Ludovica Caramis recently confirming he has no problems leaving Serie A. “We have plans for a family and if Mattia goes abroad, then I will follow him. There are no preclusions about going abroad. His financial stability is tied to his job, so we know how lucky we are and that moving around is all part of the job.” she told Chi magazine

This is a deal that would be great for both parties, more so Chelsea if they could finally get rid of Fernando Torres. Who is now third in the striker pecking order at Stamford Bridge following the summer additions of Didier Drogba and Diego Costa. The Spaniard has been an immense failure at Chelsea since arriving from Liverpool in January 2011 for a British record transfer £50million. Scoring a mere 49 goals in 172 appearances compared to 81 in 141 for Liverpool.

Torres however appears to be the stumbling block in the transfer as his wage demands may be too much for Roma, thus meaning a loan will be more likely. However the likelihood of this materializing is looking bleak following recent quotes by Destro’s agent. “It’s true that Chelsea is interested in Mattia, but the reports regarding a swap deal have no foundation, it’s all speculation. Roma don’t want to sell Mattia and Mattia prefers to remain at Roma.” When asked about his client’s frame of mind, he replied: “Mattia would prefer to stay in Rome to play in the Champions League and Serie A this season.” Sadly for Chelsea fans this deal is not going to happen.

 Posted by at 3:47 pm
Aug 212014

Mehdi Bentia’s name has been one of speculation all summer. The Moroccan has been linked to Europe’s elite with one of those being Chelsea. The question is do Chelsea need him though? Chelsea currently has three out and out centre backs in Kurt Zouma, John Terry and Gary Cahill. Branislav Ivanovic can fill in as well so that makes four. It does not appear like that’s a defence screaming out for a £30million centre back anytime soon.  Specifically since last season Chelsea had the best defence in the Premier League and one of the best defences in Europe.

Gary Cahill and John Terry built up a solid defensive partnership which doesn’t need to be tampered with. It really doesn’t make sense no matter how you think about it. Chelsea has no reason to be looking at centre backs. Kurt Zouma the January signing is 19 and is shaping up to be the long term replacement to John Terry by the looks of thing. Gary Cahill is in his prime. We have Omeru on loan as well who should come well from all indication.

Andreas Christisen is a highly rated defender in Chelsea’s academy who Jose Mourinho sees as one for the future. They also have Thomas Kalas on loan at Vitesse another one for the future. On top of that Ivanovic is still going strong. A center back is the last thing Chelsea need, especially a 27 year old centre back.

All in all, I think the rumours linking Benatia to Chelsea are exactly what they are rumours and baseless ones as that. We have got no need for another Centre back and I will be surprised if Chelsea makes any move for him.

 Posted by at 11:20 am
Aug 182014

Andre Schurrle’s name has been heavily linked with Atletico Madrid this past week. The recent World Cup winner has been subject of transfer to the La Liga champions as they look to build on their success from last season.

The likelihood of this, coming to fruition, however looks rather bleak with it being only recently that the German expressed his desire to stay at Stamford Bridge. In an interview with the Sun the 23 year old stated “I want to win titles with Chelsea and we have an opportunity this season. I need to take the experience of this summer and make the next step at Chelsea, to step up and play a big role this season with the confidence I have. Right now, I feel so confident. I’m tired but feeling better and better.”

His attitude clearly highlights why Chelsea should and looks like are keeping hold of him. The winger’s confidence is sky high following his World Cup triumph were he came out with numerous plaudits and acclaim. He ended the tournament with a highly commendable 3 goals and 3 assists without starting a single game. His impact was clear; he changed the game when he came on in the last 16 against Algeria. The tight game immediately became stretched following his arrival which led to him scoring an audacious back heel before setting up Mesut Ozil for the winner. In the semi-final his ruthlessness was assuredly illustrated as he put the sword to Brazil scoring twice in emphatic style. His crowning moment however came in the final were he gave the assist for Mario Gotze’s late winner. The build-up beautifully showcased his directness, endurance and fearlessness as he decided to take on Zabaleta in the 113th minute. His performances at the World Cup have now put him in strong contention to nail down a spot in Jose Mourinho’s starting eleven for the upcoming season.

Chelsea selling Schurrle makes little to no sense at all and would be an absurd decision. The ex Bayern Bayer Leverkusen man offers something different to the rest of Chelsea’s attacking midfielders. He is the most direct and thrives on exploiting and driving in to space. This is something Chelsea missed at times last season as the wide men often always looked to come inside. Another valuable asset Schurrle possess is versatility, he can play anywhere along the three behind the striker and even as false 9 as we saw Mourinho employ on occasions last season.

Along with this Schurrle has brought in to Mourinho’s team ethos and acknowledges his role. “I realise there are times when I can be offensive but others when I must be more compact and work for the team, because that is what matters. You’ve got to have both elements in your game.”

Last season Jose Mourinho stated that Schurrle’s in a learning process in the Premier League. And told the Geman to adapt to the demands of the Premier League and that’s what he did. Here’s Schurrle speaking out what Mourinho told him towards the end of last season: “He told me I needed to change, to change my game and my body. And that’s what I’ve done over the last two months. I’ve really worked very hard to be aggressive, to be in a good shape with my body. Now I’m ready to play more often. So I did a lot in the gym. But I wanted to do this, I needed to do this. The manager told me it as well. I wanted to change and I think I have.”

On top of this In 15 Premier League starts last season Schurrle managed to get 8 goals and ended the season as Chelsea’s 5th highest goal scorer including big goals against Man City & PSG. Last season proved to be bedding in process for Schurrle. He himself knew that, when on the bench he never complained knowing his time will come. This season is shaping up to be a breakthrough season for Schurrle as he looks to stamp his mark on the team and quite frankly it would be an illogical move from Chelsea to sell him.

 Posted by at 1:16 pm
Aug 182014

Sami Khedira’s name has constantly been linked with transfers all summer. The arrival of his German team mate Toni Kroos has put Khederia’s position at Madrid under serious scrutiny. Along with Alonso and Modric’s solid partnership and Illarramendi knocking on the door it appears the writing is on the wall for the 27 year old. An excellent World Cup campaign however has given Khederia a way out of Madrid. There have been reports that he is going to either Chelsea or Arsenal with newer reports ( after so many twists and turns ) claiming the Germans agent is right now in London to try to negotiate a deal with both Chelsea and Arsenal.

The links make sense considering Mourinho has openly claimed he likes the German and once Mourinho likes a player, he tries hard to buy such a player. However, Chelsea is already heavily stocked up in the centre of midfield with Ramires, Matic, Fabregas, Van Ginkel and Mikel currently battling it out two positions.  A box to box midfielder is not something Chelsea are In need of at the moment especially since it appears none of those already at the club appear to be leaving this transfer window. This deal really doesn’t make sense. It would be wiser for Chelsea to get him on a free transfer next season.

Chelsea have a player similar to Khederia in Ramires who is arguably a better player and a fan favourite under Mourinho who he refused to sell to Madrid earlier in the summer. Earlier this summer in an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca the Chelsea boss said “They know I’m not interested in any Real Madrid player, Raphael Varane and Sami Khedira? I repeat I’m not interested in any Madrid player, full stop.”

Reports claim that his agent is set to fly to London to discuss deals with Arsenal and Chelsea. This is a move which will be of much more benefit to Arsenal than Chelsea. The ex Stuttgart man would certainly be an upgrade on Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini.

 Posted by at 12:51 pm