After becoming the first team ever to win the Champions League and fail to make the knockout stage in the following season, Chelsea need to do more than make a splash in the transfer window. Roman Abramovich needs to do a cannon ball right into the action on January 1, and Corinthian’s Guerrero is not the player to help him make this type of impact.
Sky Sports’ Paulo Freitas reported that the Blues were interested in signing the 28-year-old, but Corinthians president Mario Gobbi has no desire to sell his players, saying, "The principle is to strengthen [the squad], not to let any player leave. Our cycle is from July to July, so until the end of the Copa Libertadores, our squad will remain the same. Nobody will leave."
This is for the best, as spending time with a stubborn bargaining partner over Guerrero would be an inadvisable strategy.
The Peruvian striker showcased his ability in the final of the Club World Cup when he scored the game’s lone goal. He was active and aggressive both on and off the ball throughout the match.
While he undoubtedly turned in an impressive performance, he is still a player nearing the end of his 20s whose European career has featured injury, inconsistency and controversy.
This is Guerrero’s first year back in South America after being in the Bundesliga since 2002 with Bayern Munich and Hamburg. He never fully established himself with Bayern and attracted the wrong kind of attention when he threw a water bottle at a fan while playing with Hamburg in 2010.
He certainly has the skills to be a productive player in the Premier League, but he is not the type of impact player who will help drastically elevate Chelsea’s form. The Blues will need a massive boost in the second half of their campaign to catch the Manchester clubs in the table, and Guerrero will not be able to provide this.
If the Blues are to avoid disappointment this season, it cannot settle in January, and Falcao must be brought to London.
Fernando Torres has shown flashes of his old self, but he has not been able to perform consistently, and Chelsea need to bring in attacking reinforcements. Falcao would be an ideal addition as he is one of the most lethal strikers in the world and has 17 goals in just 16 La Liga matches.
Guerrero would not be an acceptable consolation prize if the Blues miss out on Falcao, and the club must not waste time and resources in trying to pry him away from Corinthians’ difficult management.