Jul 032013
 

Sky Sports are reporting that Chelsea are fighting with PSG for the signature of Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani. Cavani scored 38 goals in all competitions last season for Napoli, and his record of 104 goals in 138 games is staggeringly good. However, Napoli are so far refusing to budge on their release clause figure of €63 million Euro, the equivalent of almost £54 million pounds.

PSG have reportedly lodged a bid of £43 million, but it is unlikely to be enough. Napoli don’t need to sell, and they will hold out for as close to that release clause as possible. It would be most surprising to see Cavani go in to the new season at Napoli, and while he would be a fantastic addition to any team, the question is whether he is worth such a staggering amount of money?

Cavani’s record is beyond reproach. He is a remarkable player, but does he justify the remarkable price-tag? Unfortunately, it depends which way you look at it. When Andy Carroll and Fernandinho are £35 million pound players, Cavani’s price seems reasonable. However, compare it to the £2 million Swansea paid for Michu or the £10 million United paid for Hernandez and it seems grossly inflated. That is the problem with these astronomical fees being considered – the amount any club is willing to pay is directly influenced by how much they require the player. So do we need Cavani?

Honestly, any team needs Cavani. He is one of the best in the world, and he would score bucket-loads at Stamford Bridge. Do I think we should pay it? Not necessarily. Signing Cavani means limited time for Lukaku, Torres and Ba. While it might not surprise me to see Ba move somewhere else this summer, Lukaku’s development is not best served by Cavani’s arrival. Similarly, it acknowledges that we have given up on Torres becoming the player we know he should be.

Replacing one £50 million pound striker with another is very exciting as a fan, but being completely honest, I’d rather we didn’t sign him right now. £54 million on the Uruguayan is the kind of transfer we’ve got used to making, but the point of Mourinho’s return is to build a dynasty – a legacy. That is far better accomplished by developing the players we have. Cavani could well guarantee instant success, but is it the right move for the club? I’m not so sure. He would improve us, but at what cost?

Tell us, would you sign Cavani for £54 million pounds?

Mar 272013
 

If Rafa Benitez was brought in to replace Roberto Di Matteo as manager of Chelsea because Roman Abramovich thought he would inspire Fernando Torres to find his old form, it failed. Benitez will not be at Stamford Bridge next season and neither, hopefully, will Torres. The club must accept that there is no chance of getting back much of the £50 million they paid to Liverpool for the Spaniard, but he may help the club in his own way.

Torres began his career at Atletico Madrid and burst on to the scene for club and country. He supported the club as a boy and may be heading back there. The manager, Diego Simeone, has spoken about Torres and suggested that he would be welcome back. That should be all the encouragement Chelsea need to offer Torres as part of a deal to bring the Colombian international striker Radamel Falcao to London and the Premier League.

It could make the difference in fighting off the likes of Real Madrid, PSG and Manchester City for the prolific 27-year old. Falcao, with 27 goals already this season, is on course to beat last year’s tally of 36, and the Spanish club have accepted that they will have to sell him this summer. Chelsea need to make sure that he does not go anywhere else but the Bridge.

Mar 252013
 

Jose Mourinho will be at Stamford Bridge tonight, but it has nothing to do with Chelsea. I would not be surprised, however, if there is a meeting between the special one and his former employer Roman Abramovich, as it seems ever more likely that Mourinho will return to Chelsea as the manager before the start of next season.

The Real Madrid boss will be the guest of the Brazilian football authorities tonight for the friendly international between Brazil and Germany. He was last at the ground in 2010 when his Inter Milan side knocked the Blues out of the Champions League on their way to a famous continental treble. Mourinho is still on target to steer Real Madrid to European cup glory and become the first coach to win it with three different teams.

Although he has a contract in Spain for two more years, Mourinho is widely expected to part company with Madrid at the end of the season. There are a number of clubs chasing him, with PSG ready to offer him a fortune, but he has suggested that he may return to the English Premier League and has now given further hints that it will be with Chelsea.

“It could be a destination where I have coached before. There are things that may be about to happen that no-one could imagine.”

A former colleague of Mourinho’s from his Porto days, Rui Sa Lemos also posted on Twitter a picture of Stamford Bridge next to the words, “Mourinho’s home next year. I’m not guessing, I’m giving news.” The account was quickly shut down, and there is no official word as yet, but hopefully we will soon know for sure. After all the managerial changes since he left in 2007, Chelsea could do with a stable manager for a while, and there is nobody I’d rather have than Jose. Maybe he can then steer Chelsea to the only trophy he missed when here before and become the undisputed king of the Champions League.

Mar 042013
 

Chelsea will definitely have a new manager next season. Rafa Benitez even admitted as much in his much publicisedrant last week. The fact that his job title was interim manager was a bit of a clue as well. The question is, who will it be. Earlier in the season it was widely thought that Roman Abramovich had arranged with the former boss of Barcelona to come to Stamford Bridge after his year away from football. Pep Guardiola surprised everyone, however, by taking the job at Bayern Munich.

There are lots of reports in the media about possible replacements for Benitez, but there is also a belief that some managers are wary of taking the job because of the recent history at the club. Abramovich is seen as way too keen to wield the axe, especially after the Di Matteo scandal. One man who has the confidence in his own ability not to worry about that, is also the man who most Chelsea fans would love to see back at the club, Jose Mourinho.

Petr Cech has been speaking about the possible return of the special one, and it is clear that the keeper would be delighted to see him take over again.

“We had fantastic success with him, so why not? He is a fantastic manager.

“Of course the fans sing his name. Jose Mourinho did a fantastic job for the club and people loved him, so he rightly deserved that.”

PSG are apparently trying to persuade Mourinho to move to France at the end of the season, but I am sure Abramovich could convince him to come to London instead. Will it happen, and if not, who should be the new boss?

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
 

Porto are being urged by their Brazilian star Hulk, to ignore the bigger bid for him by Paris Saint-Germain as he prefers a move to Chelsea. The 25-year old striker, who is also utilized as a winger, has been with the Portuguese side since 2008, scoring 73 goals in his 96 league games.

He has a very good relationship with the club, but has made them aware of his desire to take a step up in class. He believes that they will not stand in the way of his career as he has been loyal to them in the past.

The French, mega rich club have muddied the waters with a £43 million offer for Hulk, but the player has said “Chelsea are the current European champions and would please any player, and I’m no exception. I’d be happy if the transfer happened.”

Another player who Chelsea have put in abid for and been rejecred is Wigan’s Victor Moses. Thought to be in the region of £4 million, it was considered as way too low by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan. He has since offered the 21-year old Nigerian international a new deal with double his current salary.

Moses seems to be pushing for a move to Stamford Bridge since hearing of Chelsea’s interest. “Now that I’m done with the national team, my attention should switch to the transfer window.”

It seems that if Roberto Di Matteo is serious, he will be with the Blues soon.

Jun 192012
 

Not long ago, it seemed like it would just be a matter of time before Chelsea announced their incredible new signing Hulk. It has all gone a little bit quiet, with Porto claiming that they have not been offered the £38 million that was reported.

The Brazilian striker has told his club that he is keen on the move and Roberto Di Matteo is also keen to get his squad sorted for a serious tilt at the title. He is eager to add Hulk to the Chelsea squad and Roman Abramovich is backing him financially. So why is he not a Chelsea player yet?

Reports today suggest that the reason could be French. Paris Saint-Germain have contacted Porto and will be able to offer serious competition to Chelsea. Porto, obviously, want to make as much money as they can on the transfer, and a bidding war between two super rich clubs will suit them down to the ground.

Maybe Chelsea are looking at other options and are unwilling to pay stupid money to Porto. The Portuguese club originally said that they would only sell him for £80 million so they might be trying to price him out of a move.

The ball is in your court Roman.

Jan 242012
 

The brilliant Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has been an excellent servant to the Blues over the years, but now that Andre Villas-Boas has demoted him to a bit-part player there are numerous rumours that Lampard could move on to regain regular first team action.

Carlo Ancelotti must feel like he has won at the progressive jackpot slots as he now has an unlimited budget at the new super-rich Paris St Germain, and it is being reported that he now wants Lampard to to be the lynchpin of his midfield.

Ancelotti was (unfairly in my opinion) sacked by Roman Abramovich last summer but he saw enough of the talent that Lampard brought to Chelsea’s team, and he has no problem with bringing in ageing stars and helping them to extend their careers. Lampard still has the fitness and the hunger to carry on playing at the top for many years with or without Ancelotti’s talented medical team.

There is no doubt that Lampard has always been very loyal to Chelsea, and has even come off the bench to win a few games for the Blues this season, but he has also said that he wants to play the full 90 minutes in every game, something that Villas-Boas refuses to guarantee.

With Abramovich and Villas-Boas trying to build a new young team, I could easily see them letting Lampard move on if he so desires, but could Frank leave his friends and family in London to try a new challenge at this stage of his career?

Dec 182011
 

After Andres Villas-Boas came to Chelsea and started to change things, a bucket load of rumours linking players to and from Chelsea have appeared but one thing is certain, the Blues’ strikers are the most wanted ones in the team.

After Anelka left for China and rumours are linking Salomon Kalou with a possible transfer to PSG or across town at Arsenal, Torres was linked with a possible move to Real Madrid and now Didier Drogba is one of the most wanted strikers in the world.

Eto’o’s Russian side Anzhi declared interest in Drogba several months ago, Anelka’s Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua also want to transfer him and now the biggest interest for the Ivorian striker is coming from France where League 1 rich side PSG want to transfer the striker who can perhaps help them make a better impression in next season’s European Leagues.

PSG are currently encountering problems in the championship as well, where Montpellier seem favourites at the moment. A striker like Drogba could boost their chances of winning the league and qualify for the Champions League groups.

Jul 112011
 

The Chelsea striker Nicklas Anelka is already surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge after Andre Villas-Boas announced hat he would be changing the formation to 4-3-3.

Anelka had been angling for a one-year extension at Chelsea, but it seems that AVB can’t wait to sell him and a couple of others to make room for Luka Modric and Radamel Falcao, and it seems that the 32 year-old has now got an offer from his old club PSG.

The newly-rich Ligue 1 team believe that Anelka could refind his scoring boots back in the French League and in his favourite position of centre-forward.

The new Qatari owners have made PSG into one of the few teams that would be willing to match Anelka’s £90,000 a week wages so Chelsea may even let the Frenchman go cheap just to remove gim from the wage bill, or just accept that he will be sitting out the rest of his contract on the bench.