An interesting day yesterday in regards to transfer rumours. Firstly, it emerged that Barcelona are not keen to let David Villa leave the Camp Nou and will most certainly be pushing to keep him there. Chelsea had been reportedly attempting to either loan the 31-year-old forward until the end of the season, or make a £12 million offer to buy the Spanish international. Either option was highly unlikely even before Barcelona stated they want to keep him.
Meanwhile, according to goal.com, Chelsea have had a £45 million offer rejected by Napoli for their prolific striker Edinson Cavani, who has been the subject of a Chelsea pursuit before now. I struggle to believe this has happened, many have reported that Cavani has a £48 million release clause in his contract, so for the sake of £3 million, it seems odd on both parties for many reasons.
Cavani is certainly a popular choice amongst Chelsea supporters and has been scouted by Blues officials for some time now. Cavani is the target man that Chelsea need, he has netted over 30 goals a season the last two seasons and is already on over 20 goals so far this season.
Love him or hate him, it is becoming increasingly likely that Arsenal’s Theo Walcott maybe making the short switch from London red to blue in January as his contract talks fail at his current club. Sky Bet have made Chelsea odds on favourites to sign Walcott in January. He can play as a striker and prefers to play central, this is the only reasoning I can see behind this potential buy, with us being short on strikers. However, we have just sold a winger/striker, maybe Walcott is seen as his replacement?
Finally, the name Andre Schurrle just will not stop being talked about alongside the words Chelsea and transfer. This surely has a back bone to it, with momentum growing I truly believe this could be a forward that we will see joining Chelsea, sooner rather than later. We’re constantly scouting him, he wants a move away from Leverkusen, he’s young and he fits in with our style. These are all supporting reasons that he may well end up at Stamford Bridge next month. Although he possesses more height and strength, he is another one who will play as a winger/striker. I realise we need versatility, but I think we need to prioritse an out and out target man, someone to offer us a plan b, a threat in the air, someone who will bully defenders and get at them.
Simon Phillips – News Editor
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