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Jul 012012
 

In a move that differs from Chelsea’s transfer dealings so far this summer, Roberto Di Matteo is going for experience over youth in his quest for a new right back. 30-year old Brazilian international Maicon could soon be on his way to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are in dire need of a player to replace Jose Bosingwa after the Blues decided to let his contract expire. They have been considering various options such as Debuchy, van der Weil and the Polish defender Lukasz Piszczek. Inter Milan’s seasoned campaigner has got the nod, however.

I think that all of the younger players were seriously overpriced, and Di Matteo has made a great choice. Age is not so important in a defender and experience is invaluable. Yes, Chelsea are trying to refresh an aging squad but there has to be a blend of youth and experience.

Maicon is regarded as one of the most reliable right backs in the world and he also has a penchant for scoring spectacular goals. He could really help Chelsea this season and would make a great example for the up and coming players at Stamford Bridge.

I hope that the transfer is confirmed soon as I was worried about the quality and consistency of the players that were being touted as the new right back. All three of the youngsters looked a bit suspect at times, and the Premier league will punish any mistake. With Maicon and a quality striker to replace Didier Drogba, Chelsea can challenge anybody.

Come on you Blues!

Jun 292012
 

With Porto trying to extort millions from Chelsea for their Brazilian star, Hulk, the Blues may have been put off. Having already had a bid of £20 million for 22-year old Montenegro international Stevan Jovetic turned down by Fiorentina, the same was thought to be true of that deal.

The Daily Mail reports that Chelsea are ready to up their offer to £25 million in order to trigger the buy out clause in Jovetic’s contract. Roberto Di Matteo is well aware of the Fiorentina front man’s abilities and seems determined to acquire his services at Stamford Bridge.

Jovetic missed the whole of the 2010-2011 season after damaging cruciate ligaments in his right knee. He came back with a vengeance last season, scoring 14 goals in 27 league games and earning himself a new contract with Fiorentina that lasts until 2016.

I don’t think he is seen as an alternative to Hulk but as a different option for Chelsea. Di Matteo needs to replace two strikers, Drogba and Kalou, so if Jovetic does sign for Chelsea, it does not mean that Hulk will not be coming to London.

Chelsea might also face competition from Liverpool in their attempt to get Victor Moses from Wigan. Wigan have demanded twice the £4 million that Chelsea offered and Liverpool might be willing to pay it if Spurs intercept their bid to sign Gylffi Sigurdsson.

Jun 272012
 

Chelsea have been getting some stick from various places for their tactics during the Champion’s league campaign. The latest has come from Brazil but Chelsea’s dynamic Brazilian midfielder has been quick to defend the Blues, Having set up a goal for Drogba in the first leg against Barcelona, and scored Chelsea’s goal of the season in the second leg, Ramires was not going to let people denigrate Chelsea’s achievements.

The coach of Brazilian side Corinthians was criticized for playing a well organized and defensive two games against Santos that got his team to the final. He responded by saying “Corinthians don’t play like Chelsea, Corinthians don’t do anti-football.”

Ramires told Radio Estadao “This anti-football is not Chelsea’s style, we only played that way in those games against Barcelona.” He went on to tell them that Chelsea had played expansively against plenty of other teams last season but that Roberto Di Matteo had watched lots of Barcelona games and decided that Chelsea’s approach was the only way to beat them. It is known as TACTICS.

Do people really expect you to play against every team the same way? Would you not, then, be called naive and one-dimensional? We all love to see flowing football, but we also love to win.

Ramires also reminded Chelsea’s critics that Jose Mourinho sets up his Real Madrid side in a similar way against Barcelona. He and his team are being hailed as one of the best in the world ever after winning the Spanish league and the domestic cup. Even they know that Barcelona will pass them off the park if allowed.

Brazilian World cup winner Tostao said “They are organized and efficient. They are short on talent.”

Ramires replied “If we always win playing that way, I’ll choose to win.”

Me too Ramires. Come on you Blues!

Jun 262012
 

Oscar Cardozo is a powerfully built 29-year old striker currently playing for Benfica in Portugal. At 6 ft 4 inches, he has the stature to fill the gap left by the departure of Didier Drogba. He knows how to finish as well, beating Porto’s Radamel Falcao to be Portugal’s top scorer in the 2009-2010 season.

He repeated his feat last season, so it is unsurprising that Europe’s top teams are interested. Chelsea and Everton have been linked with a move for Cardozo, but super rich French side Paris Saint-Germain have stolen a march on the English clubs.

PSG are trying to break into Europe’s elite and they are preparing an offer of around £15 million for the Paraguayan international, Talksport reports.

Alexandre Pato of AC Milan is just 22-years old and has been with the Italian club since 2007. He is under contract with Milan until 2014, but has spoken of his wish to play in the Premier league.

“I love English football. I have friends who play for Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. At the moment I have a real taste for playing in the UK.”

Pato is in London preparing to represent Brazil at the Olympic Games. He went on to tell reporters that he was happy to stay at Milan until his contract ends, but it is unlikely that the club would be willing to lose him for nothing.

He has 19 full team caps for Brazil and has scored 7 goals for them. He has also got 51 league goals from his 113 games for Milan. It might not take too much to persuade the striker to cut short his time in Italy. His good friend David Luiz could put a word in for Chelsea.

Jun 262012
 

Despite having signed a lucrative two year deal with Shanghai Shenhua, Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has been linked with a shock move to Spanish giants Barcelona. Meanwhile Florent Malouda is considering a move to Vasco de Gama in Brazil.

32-year old Malouda has a year to run on his current deal, but Roberto Di Matteo would not stand in the way of a transfer deal. Chelsea are in the middle of a rebuilding operation, having signed Marko Marin and Eden Hazard. They are also, supposedly, in advanced negotiations with Porto for Brazilian star Hulk. The Blues have to make room for any additions due to the 25-man squad rules in England.

Malouda is well aware that he will only be a bit part player for Chelsea in the coming season and is keen on a move to Brazil, Talksport reports. He would be reunited with Juninho, who was his friend and team mate at Lyon, if he did move to Vasco de Gama.

Apparently Drogba has a clause in his contract with his new club that allows him to rip it up if Barcelona are interested. Drogba would love another tilt at major honours and is hoping that Barcelona will offer him the chance to do this.

The story has drawn ridicule from some sections of the press and Barcelona have denied any offer, but Drogba has put himself on offer to them and is waiting to see what happens.

The 34-year old Ivoriam would not demand the same wages that he is getting from China, but money isn’t everything.

Jun 232012
 

You could forgive Chelsea fans for being exasperated. We thought that Brazilian international Hulk would have been a Chelsea player by now, but the deal seems to be far from complete. Salomon Rondon from Malaga could now br the next player to come to Stamford Bridge,

22-year old Rondon is a Venezuelan international who has been top scorer for the Spanish side in his last two seasons. He also has an impressive record of eight goals in 24 international games. His height and physique make him a potential replacement for the beast himself, Didier Drogba.

Porto president Pinto Da Costa, speaking on Portuguese radio, said “At this point there have not been any offers made….That is the truth, despite what the papers say about Chelsea and PSG.”

It is impossible to really know what is going on. Football transfer dealings are notoriously difficult, but do you really believe that Chelsea have not even spoken to Porto? Roman Abramovich has got millions of pounds burning a hole in his pocket and Chelsea have identified Hulk as their next acquisition.

It seems that Porto are being deliberately awkward, despite Hulk’s belief that he has an understanding with the club. Rondon is not the finished product that Hulk is but he is likely to cost about half of the £40 million that Porto are demanding for their star striker/winger.

Do you think we should abandon Hulk and settle for Rondon, or should Abramovich do whatever it takes to get the man he really wants?

Jun 202012
 

Chelsea hero Didier Drogba has made up his mind and will sign for Shanghai Shenhua. The Ivorian hit will be paid £200,000 a week on a two and a half year contract. He will, therefore, renew his strike partnership with former Chelsea player Nicolas Anelka.

“I hope to help promote Chinese football around the world and further improve links between China and Africa.”

Drogba and Chelsea visited China last year and the striker was impressed with what he saw and by the passion of the fans. After scoring nine goals in nine cup finals, Chelsea fans should be glad that they will not have to face Drogba in any competition this season. We all wish him well and thank him for his great contribution to Chelsea.

Barcelona have apparently given up on there attempts to sign Spanish international defender Javi Martinez from Athletic Bilbao. The transfer demand of 40 million euros is too high for Barcelona, and so they have turned their attention to England.

David Luiz has been tracked by the Spaniards and they are also keen on Vincent Kompany from Manchester City and Arsenal centre back Thomas Vermaelen, according to The Mirror.

The 25-year old Brazilian has settled in at Stamford Bridge and Roberto Di Matteo does not want to lose him. Chelsea already need a right back or two and must do everything they can to keep Luiz. He was instrumental in winning the Champion’s league after John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic missed the final.

Jun 162012
 

Roman Abramovich may come back with a bigger offer for the 22-year old Montenegrin striker Stevan Jovetic. Italian side Fiorentina have turned down Chelsea’s offer of £20 million, according to the Daily Star.

 

Chelsea need to replace Drogba and Kalou and give support and competition to newly confident Fernando Torres. Hulk will hopefully be joining Chelsea soon but often plays as a winger. Jovetic plays as a second striker but still managed 14 league goals from 27 games last season.

 

His technical ability and flair, along with his dribbling skills have drawn comparisons to Roberto Baggio. He could make the ideal partner for Torres, who continued his return to form with a brilliant double against Ireland in Euro 2012.

 

Jovetic still has four years on his contract so the Italian club are in a strong negotiating position. It all depends on how determined Chelsea are, and they seem to be very determined at the minute.

 

One for the future is Jared Thompson. The 13-year old goalkeeper has been signed from Swindon, and could earn Swindon up to £3 million with add-ons. His parents posted on Facebook “We would like to take this opportunity in congratulating Jared for this momentous, once in a lifetime achievement.”

 

I am not sure if he will be ready in time to take over directly from Petr Cech. The 30-year old has recently signed on for another four years at Stamford Bridge, so you never know. Cech has not had a great Euro 2012 so far but can go on to the latter stages if the Czech Republic if they avoid defeat to Poland and Greece fail to beat Russia.

Jun 122012
 

The now Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has been talking about his decision to leave the Champions League winning side on a high after playing such a brilliant part in winning both trophies this season, and he says their is absolutely no animosity between himself and the club he loves so much.

Even at 34 years of age, Drogba is certainly not the type of player that needs stuff like Maxiraw whey protein isolate to help build up his muscles and he will be more than strong enough to keep banging in goals for a good few more years yet, but he insists that his reason for leaving Chelsea is nothing to do with getting one more big pay day.

“To stay here was not a question of money, as people claimed.” Drogba said. “I’ve always been happy with what I have here with contracts and my family were happy.

“It’s not like they don’t want me any more. We sat down all together and the boss [Roman Abramovich], Ron Gourlay [chief executive] and everyone on the board respected my decision. I know what I did for them and they know what they did for me.

“I will take time to make the right decision. My wife and I will go and relax a bit, even though there are national team games. I won’t play for another English club. I owe too much allegiance to Chelsea.

“My blood is blue. I will really miss the fans but they will always be in my heart.”

There have been many rumours that Drogba will join Nicolas Anelka at Shanghai Shenhua, but he has no intention of worrying about the future just yet as he is still savouring that fantastic night in Munich: “Obviously I played with him for many years. It was difficult to see him leave but that’s part of football and life. He is happy there. He is trying to do his best to help the club. But I really want to keep thinking about what happened on Saturday rather than talking about China, America, wherever.

“Since I was a kid I was dreaming of this kind of moments, the scenario was just perfect. It’s like a movie. Even today I still want to be in Munich in that stadium, cheering and celebrating with the fans. It was too quick the first time. I wanted it to be longer.”

It was certainly a game and a night that us Chelsea fans will never forget, and Drogba played a massive part in that achievement. He will never be forgotten as long as all the Chelsea fans who watched that game are still alive.

Long Live King Drogba!

May 292012
 

The careers of Didier Drogba and Jose Mourinho went interstellar at the same time. Mourinho had performed miracles with Porto, winning first the UEFA cup, followed by the Champion’s league before moving to Chelsea in 2004.

Drogba arrived at Chelsea the same year and the two never looked back. Drogba scored the winning penalty in this season’s Champion’s league final to give him his 12th winner’s medal in a Chelsea shirt, while Mourinho has been successful wherever he went. He has won 13 trophies in three different countries since he signed for Roman Abramovich.

Now the pair may be reunited, as Mourinho wants to give Drogba another chance at glory and, hopefully, another Champion’s league win. Real Madrid are desperate to lift the top European trophy again, and Drogba wants a repeat of the elation he has just experienced for the Blues.

Shanghai Shenhua have offered the Ivorian hit man megabucks in order to take him to China, but Drogba thinks that he has a few years of top class football in his legs before going out to pasture. Anybody who saw his heroics this year would probably agree.

It would be a shame to lose a legend like Didier to China where he will never be heard of again. Just as long as he does not end up doing to Chelsea what he has been doing to other teams for the last eight years