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Jan 122013
 

Chelsea lost out on their bid to sign Taison Freda yesterday, as the Brazilian joined Shakhtar Donestk.

This could turn out to be a blessing in disguise, with Shakhtar thought to have signed Taison to soften the loss of Willian to the Premier League.

Willian has been a long-time target of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, with his impressionable performances in the Champions League for the Ukrainian club.

The 24 year-old’s £22Million fee is thought to be quite steep for Spurs, but may wish to try and splash the cash for such a highly rated player.

Tottenham have lost Emmanuel Adebayor to African Cup of Nations duty, leaving the in-form Jermain Defoe as their only out-and-out striker. Willian is mainly used as an attacking midfielder, but can double up as a forward and could fill the void left by the Togo striker´s absence.

Chelsea however are seeking a long term replacement for Frank Lampard, who is set to be released from the club at the end of the season when his contract expires.

The Blues have been linked with the Brazilian midfielder constantly in recent months, partly down to his input in eliminating the West-London club from the Champions League with his two outstanding performances against us in the group stages.

I would like to see Willian join the club, but personally believe he would be bolstering the attacking midfield position, as opposed to our aim of attracting a quality replacement for Lampard. I place Modric in the same light, with Marouane Fellaini a more fitting alternative.

The Belgian can play anywhere in midfield or as a second-striker, and would prefer to see the Evertonian join the club. Do you agree?

Jan 112013
 

Chelsea had looked as if they had completed a deal with Metalist Kharkiv for their forward, Taison Freda, but now look set to lose out to Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Blues had agreed terms with the player last week, and was all set to raise their initial £8.4Million bid up to the £11M requested by the Ukrainian club.

Metalist’s new owner Serhiy Kurchenko appears to be the new stumbling block for the deal, with his proposed dis-like of Chelsea oligarch Roman Abramovich. Kurchenko purchased Taison’s club from owner Oleksandr Yaroslavsky who had been assisting the Blues in their bid to sign the Brazilian.

Chelsea will now have to meet the release clause in the attacking midfielder’s contract for the deal to go any further, which is thought to be around the £12.5Million mark. Shakhtar Donetsk are the latest team to make an approach for the player, and are now favourites for his signature.

Abramovich will not have liked being messed around, and may decide to splash his cash elsewhere, with Marouane Fellaini being heavily linked with the club for some time.

The Belgian is very ambitious, and is currently Everton’s top goalscorer despite claiming he is best as a defensive midfielder.

Fellaini is apparently available for £25Million due to a clause in his contract, and Chelsea are keen to add to their creative midfield.

The Blues are all set to let Frank Lampard leave the club at the end of the season, leaving a large hole in the squad as well as in the hearts of all Chelsea fans. Lampard is considered a legend at Stamford Bridge, having won every club competition open to English teams apart from the World Club Cup.

Chelsea won’t mind spending £12.5Million on the player should they rate the player high enough, but Roman is very stubborn and may wish to do business elsewhere. I would rather see a more established player arrive at Stamford Bridge however, such as Willian or Fellaini.

If Shakhtar were to complete the signing of Taison, that may allow us more leverage in our attempts to sign Willian, with the attacking midfielder already declaring his wish to join the Premier League. I would love to see the Shakhtar forward arrive, but who knows what is going on inside Roman’s head…

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!