Good Morning Blues and welcome to Tuesday’s updates, where we take a look a quite a few transfer rumours arriving at the club amidst reports of a January spending spree being authorised by owner Roman Abramovich in an attempt to get the club back in to a Champions League qualifying position.
John Stones is still thought to be the number one target for Chelsea and the club will go back in with an improved offer in the new year despite Everton keeping a firm hold on their stance for their England centre half.
Gonzalo Higuain is another target that is gathering pace and Fichajes are the latest publication to claim that Abramovich will be funding an offer for the 27-year old Argentine Striker in January, with the current set of forwards failing to impress. The Napoli man is also wanted by Arsenal but will not come cheap for either of the clubs after him.
Chelsea are also heavily scouting Benfica winger Concalo Guedes but will not be likely making a move for the 18-year old until the summer. The Portuguese Youth International is a regular for Benfica and is an exciting talent gaining praise from the world of football.
As is another Benfica player Talisca Anderson, another Chelsea target in what could be a potential raid on the club. The 21-year old powerful Brazilian forward has burst on to the scene and as Chelsea search for reinforcements up top, the youngster is certainly an option.
Finally, Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s frustrations have boiled over and rightly so. The England Youth International has decided that a loan move away from Chelsea is what is needed for him to get first team football and develop his career, as he looks set to follow basically every other top talent Chelsea have produced and failed to allow to break in to the first team.
The Times have reported that there are several top European clubs interested in loaning the young midfielder and that comes as no surprise to me. He has done more than enough to prove he is good enough for a run in the first team, but has received nothing but public criticism from Manager Jose Mourinho who first claimed his work rate was not high enough and then questioned his positioning.
The latter I find very odd as he started him in two different positions in two different games. I am afraid that for the player to know where he needs to be in a Mourinho line up he needs to consistently get used to one position and learn that first, after all Mourinho will want him to play differently to other manager’s he is used to in the youth set up.
For me, he has been treated unfairly and handled all wrong by Mourinho. He has pure and natural talent and I truly believe he has the ability to be the best midfielder in English football, but if this continues he will simply fade out here and then another team will reap the benefits of what will be a world class player. This is simply not acceptable – I say this time and time again but we HAVE to put faith in our own youth instead of signing mediocre players, who we then sell on and lose a few million on the following season, it’s quite frankly ridiculous.
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Simon Phillips – News Editor – CFCnet