Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Blues Must Continue Pursuit of Victor Moses
Chelsea has been hot on the trail of Victor Moses for quite some time now but haven't been able to close the deal, leading to frustration for both the Blues and Moses. That can't stop the defending Champions League winners from trying to land the striker, though.
The Blues have made a total of three offers to Wigan Athletic in an attempt to pry Moses away and have been turned away all three times, according to the Daily Mail. The report states that Latics manager Roberto Martinez is looking for £3.5 million more than he has been offered.
Moses continued to show off glimpses of his impressive potential last season for Wigan. He had six goals and six assists in 38 games across all competitions, which amounts to his most productive season to date as a professional.
The 21-year-old Nigerian is the type of player who would be perfect for Chelsea. Since he hasn't reached his peak yet, he should still come at a reasonable price, which is somewhere between the Blues' offer and the Latics' demand and wouldn't have the immense pressure of a high-profile transfer.
And there's no doubt Chelsea could use a little more depth up front. The team was able to make its surprising run in the Champions League last season because of timely goals, often from the departed Didier Drogba.
The players that remain up front have plenty of question marks heading into the season, so having another option like Moses would be huge for manager Roberto Di Matteo.
Fernando Torres started showing signs of life near the end of the last campaign, but it's still going to take time before anybody is ready to declare that his prolonged slump is over. While he has the talent, the mental aspect of his game comes and goes.
Which team is a better fit for Moses?
Daniel Sturridge has been plagued by inconsistency during his time at Stamford Bridge. Sometimes he looks like he's going to become the next Blues superstar, and at other times it's easy to forget the English international is on the field.
Romelu Lukaku has a lot of potential but should still be expected to go through some growing pains at age 19.
So, it's clear Chelsea would benefit from having another option up top. Although the negotiations for Moses haven't gone as smoothly as the club would have liked, they should keep pushing to get a deal done before the season starts.
Even though it has taken a lot of patience, Moses will be well worth the wait if a deal finally gets done.
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