The Londoners have already signalled their intent for the new season by launching a bid to prise Rooney away from Old Trafford, according to the BBC, and have also been linked with a move for Liverpool’s Suarez after Blues defender Branislav Ivanovic said he wouldn’t mind playing alongside the player who infamously bit him.
“Whatever happened on the field finished there,” said Ivanovic, according to The Telegraph. “He's one of the best strikers in the Premier League. I don't have any problem with him or doubt about that.”
Rooney was reported to be “angry and confused” yesterday by a host of media organisations by the treatment he’s received at Manchester United, and Sky Sports also suggested he is favourable to a move to London.
The 2013/14 Premier League season is set to be the closest in years, and the Blues are considered slight title favourites by many bookies as they look to bolster their attacking options.
Blues fans will be licking their lips at the prospect of the league’s most creative trio—Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar—playing behind Suarez or Rooney. It’s frightening. Both forwards have the ability to drop deep and get involved with intricate build-up play and are equally capable of being the attacking spearhead.
Rooney could also adapt to a role in the offensive midfield three. With a long season of battling for domestic and European honours anticipated, Chelsea need to make sure their squad has enough depth to cope with the inevitable injuries and fatigue that occur over the season.
What’s frustrating is that the player who once terrorised defenders, scored outrageous goals and created chances out of nothing has gone off the boil.
Remember the plucky teenager who burst onto the world stage at Euro 2004? The 27-year-old is an unbelievable talent but threatens to fall by the wayside unless he can reignite his career. A change of personnel and scenery is what the striker needs to reignite his club and international career, and Chelsea are the perfect team to provide that change.
Whilst quite a few teams would also look nailed-on title favourites with Rooney and Suarez in their ranks, Chelsea are the only team in the Premier League capable of landing both.
Fernando Torres struck just eight league goals last season, and although Romelu Lukaku returns after an impressive loan season at West Bromwich Albion, the sense is the Blues need more firepower upfront.
If Chelsea could sign one of Rooney or Suarez, the Premier League title is there for the taking. If they sign both, it’s practically guaranteed.
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