Jan 082013

Metalist Kharkiv striker Taison Freda’s move to Chelsea is reportedly close to collapse.

The forward´s club have set a January 10 deadline date on the move, with the second half of the Ukrainian league set to kick-off.

The Brazilian, who turns 25 on Sunday, had been confident on completing his move to the West London club after talks with the Blues hierarchy this month.

The player even had his work permit complications sorted out, but the two clubs now appear to be at loggerheads over his protracted fee.

Kharkiv are adamant that the attacking midfielder will not leave their ranks for less than £11Million, with Roman Abramovich reluctant to meet those demands.

Manchester City were reported to be attempting to hijack the deal, with a late bid, but the ball seems to be very much in Chelsea’s court, having already agreed personal terms with the player.

I’m not sure how much input the attacking midfielder will have on our season should we complete the deal, with the player unlikely to feature too much once Victor Moses returns from the African Cup of Nations. If Moses is getting more time on the pitch then Oscar then I doubt Taison will be able to start many games. Anyone think otherwise?

Jan 022013

Chelsea have been in contact with Taison Freda for some weeks, and are expected to confirm his signature this month.

The Metalist Kharkiv forward had been invited to watch Chelsea’s 0-0 stalemate with Fulham in November, and had a meeting with Roman Abramovich about a possible move.

He also reacquainted himself with old pal Oscar, who he played alongside at Brazilian side Internacional.

The Brazilian pair are keen to play together again, with Taison saying: ‘I went to England some weeks ago, just to take a look. I talked to the president.

‘I see Oscar, who I played alongside at Internacional, and I want to play with him again.’

His agent also made a statement refusing to rule out a move away from Ukraine, adding: “The club want him to stay, but there are many things coming.”

Freda is keen to showcase his talents at Chelsea, but we may have a problem acquiring a work permit for the Brazilian. He is yet to be capped by his home nation, and Chelsea would need to apply for a permit on the grounds of ‘exceptional talent’.

I believe the player would fit in well at Chelsea, but he may struggle for first-team opportunities when Victor Moses returns from African Nations duty. At the same time he could be a huge hit and Moses or Fernando Torres could miss out, with the 24 year-old playing as a striker for Metalist. How do you see it?

Nov 302012

Chelsea are rumoured to have held talks with Metalist Kharkiv over the signing of Brazilian Taison Freda.

It is believed that Chelsea hope to tie up the £10million purchase of the attacking midfielder/striker before the transfer window opens, with the player able to wear the blue shirt from January 1.

The only stumbling block is that the player is yet to represent Brazil, meaning there is no guarantee that the player will be given a work permit. Chelsea will make an application under the ‘special talent’ rule in January.

The Metalist striker attended Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Fulham on Wednesday, further fuelling speculation about his prospective move.

The striker has been a hit since moving to Ukraine, and scored an incredible volley in Metalist’s Europa League tie against Rosenberg, and here it is…

What a goal. Even if we can get a work permit for the Brazilian, do you think he’ll be ready to be Chelsea’s first choice no. 9? Certainly got skills!