Retail therapy is a phenomenon that Sex and the City fans are likely familiar with, and it is something Chelsea supporters are also used to.
But instead of buying clothing or shoes, Blues owner Roman Abramovich needs top-class footballers to cheer him up.
Chelsea’s poor form in recent weeks certainly has its temperamental owner in a poor mood, and he has already fired manager Roberto Di Matteo. There have been several rumored targets for the club in the rapidly approaching January transfer window, but Shakhtar Donetsk’s Willian is one that should not take up the Blues’ time and energy.
The talented Brazilian is certainly open to leaving the Ukrainian side down the road, and Sky Sports’ Paulo Freitas notes that he told Globo Esporte, “As for a possible transfer, there will be offers for sure and I work so that it happens.”
But Freitas’ report also quotes Willian saying, “My club and my representatives will decide my future. I'm focused on helping Shakhtar to keep making history in the Champions League.”
The Ukrainians are in the same Champions League group as Chelsea and are the only team to have qualified for the knockout stage heading into the final round of games. If they fail to defend their home turf next week, the Blues will be the first team to be eliminated in the group stage the year after winning the tournament.
That will send Abramovich’s desire to make a splash in the transfer market into overdrive, but Shakhtar have nothing to gain from selling Willian this winter.
He's the team’s best player and has been incredible in European fixtures. He has four goals and two assists in just five matches.
Shakhtar will have little chance at advancing past the first set of knockout matches without Willian, and selling him would lead to the club missing out on further lucrative Champions League matches.
Unless Shakhtar gets a massively inflated offer from the Blues to cover this missed opportunity to generate revenue, they would be wise to hold on to Willian until the summer.
For Chelsea, overpaying for Willian would not be an advisable move. The 24-year-old is undoubtedly talented, but the team is already stacked with playmakers.
Signing another striker needs to be the team’s first priority, and while there are no other glaring holes on the team’s roster, every other position on the pitch presents a greater need than attacking midfielder.
While Willian could certainly be bound for London in the near future, the time frame for his arrival at Stamford Bridge should be measured in months, not weeks.
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