With Italian sources today reporting that Maicon is set to snub Chelsea and join La Liga Champions Real Madrid, surely Chelsea will now look elsewhere for a replacement right back to departed Jose Bosingwa?
Back in May this year, The Daily Mail, and The Mirror, both reported that Chelsea had been monitoring Danny Simpson, and had shown their interest in the Newcastle full back. At the time Simpson was in contract talks with Newcastle, but it seemed to stall due the club not preparing to meet Simpson’s wage demands, that was said to be around 30k.
The contract talks have been at a stand still for 6 months now and fresh reports have surfaced yesterday that Newcastle are now ready to offload the 25-year-old right back. The Northern Echo claimed that Newcastle Untied are now ready to listen to offers for Simpson, who is said to be available for around £2 million, which is an absolute bargain.
Reading are said to be interested and should be able to meet his 30k wage demands, but with the news that Maicon is not coming to Chelsea, will the blues now move back in for a player they had publicly shown interest in before?
Simpson had been quoted saying back in May that he wanted to stay at Newcastle, but wouldn’t rule out leaving. The former Manchester United player has been a regular performer for Newcastle, and has a similar playing style to Kyle Walker, a player that Chelsea supporters want to see at the Bridge.
Featuring 84 times for Newcastle in 3 years, he is a very consistent player, has an excellent natural ability, he is decent at the back and good going forward. He’s the type of player that will always give you 100% and puts his body on the line for the team.
But is he good enough for Chelsea? Many supporters say he is, and clearly the Chelsea scouting team agrees, having been watching him for a while now. In my opinion he is definitely good enough for Chelsea, whether it be back up for Branislav Ivanovic, or a regular starter, at £2 million, he must not be ignored during our search for a right back.
With Roman Abramovich not being prepared to pay over the odds for players anymore, Simpson looks like just the kind of bargain to suit the bill. He is still only 25 years of age. He is fresh, quick, has a good stamina, and is rated highly by many pundits.
I would not be surprised if we don’t hear his name mentioned back in the frame again as the transfer window clock is ticking, and Chelsea search for a full back.
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