The one question that I have been asked frequently over the weekend from supporters is, ‘will we be signing any more players?’ Well, I answered with yes, two more players from my knowledge. And it looks as if this is to be the case, with Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay confirming that they are still looking to bring in players for ‘one or two more positions’.
Many supporters are calling for Chelsea to sign highly priced players such as Edinson Cavani, but I’m afraid that won’t happen, neither will Hulk, unless there prices drop somewhat significantly. The reason why? The new fair play regulations bought in to football meaning there is restrictions as to how much you can spend in a certain amount of time. Gourlay also stated Chelsea’s desire to ‘break even’, meaning they are looking at cheaper options, players that are worth around the £6-£12 million mark.
I think we all know by now that Chelsea want to sign a right back and a right sided winger, to improve our right sided resources. Today there have been various sources including Metro, reporting that Chelsea have had a £6 million bid rejected for Marseille right back Cesar Azpilicueta. Marseille do want to sell the player though, and are set to demand £10 million for the 23-year-old Spanish international. More than likely a deal will be agreed for somewhere in the region of £9 million. Right back position sorted? Very likely now.
There has been huge calls for Chelsea to sign another striker, with it being seen as a risk to rely on Torres and Sturridge, with Lukaku looking to go out on loan. So this is why I believe we are doing so much to try and sign Wigan’s Victor Moses, who is predominantly a winger. Di Matteo however, will be aware of the players versatility being able to play as an attacking midfielder, and more importantly, as a centre forward, hence providing suitable cover for Fernando Torres. Chelsea have already had three fairly low bids rejected by Wigan for Moses, but it is said that they are now willing to meet somewhere near to Dave Whelan’s £10 million value for the Nigerian international.
Meanwhile, it looks as if there is only a matter of time before Chelsea sell Yossi Benayoun and Florent Malouda, in order to free up some room in the squad. Whilst De Bruyne and Lukaku are expecting to tie up loan deals soon. Chelsea are even willing to listen to offers for Michael Essien, despite the player stating his desire to stake his claim in the squad.
Whatever happens, Chelsea are now looking at younger talent as apposed to older peaked players that they have done in the past. Younger players that Gourlay has described will become valued in the region of £40 million once they’ve peaked. A good move forward by the club in my opinion.
Simon Phillips – News Editor
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