The transfer window rumours are well and truly underway – the first of the pick being a supposed interest in West Ham’s left-back Aaron Cresswell. According to reports, Chelsea will bid £10m for the player once the transfer window reopens. The rumour is that both Chelsea and Manchester City are interested in getting the 25 year olds signature.
West Ham has clearly stated that they will not let any of their star players go this transfer window, and it seems Aaron Cresswell is part of that statement. I understand that players get linked with clubs all the time, but Cresswell is not the type of player that Chelsea will sign.
Perhaps one of the reasons he has been linked is that Chelsea are in dire need of more home-grown talent, though it seems silly to buy that kind of thing when we have such an excellent youth set up full to the brim with English players.
The rumoured departure of Chelsea’s Brazilian left-back Filipe Luis is another reason for the reported interest. It’s been said Luis is unhappy with the amount of bench time and because fellow left-back Cesar Azpilicueta is selected ahead of him in most games.
Aaron Cresswell is from Liverpool and I doubt he would be interested in signing for Chelsea, I also doubt that Chelsea are interested in signing him. A reason for this rumour could also be that Chelsea have a large scouting team which they will send all over the world (including the other side of London) to monitor any players with potential. If we signed every player we looked at then we would have hundreds of players and a massive issue with FFP.
Cresswell joined West Ham from Ipswich for a reported fee of £2m last summer on a five-year contract. He has had a good season for the Hammers – playing every league minute. I doubt he would be so quick to head for the door, and it’s hard to imagine him going to a team to sit on the bench when he getting ample playing time with West Ham.
There will be many of these rumours to dissect in the coming months; I can only hope that they will be more exciting than this.