Chelsea Ban Suspended, But Who Are the Targets?
Now that the Court of Arbitration suspended the transfer ban on Chelsea, it is time to look at some possible January transfers.
Yes, I know that Ancelotti has said that they are unimportant at the moment, and yes, I am well aware that the club has lacked a marquee signing in the past few years.
However, this does not deter me from thinking that Ancelotti will attempt to strengthen the squad during the African Cup of Nations in the midst of what may be a title run. The fact that our best defensive midfielder and top striker will be away will help to spur Chelsea's deals throughout the January transfer window.
Now if you all remember, Sergio Kun Aguero was rumored to be going to Chelsea all summer long and, after his brilliant display on Tuesday, he once again has Blues fans salivating.
This time however, the question of pricing may be a little different. Aguero is cup—tied, his team is stumbling, and worst of all Athletico are in rather dire financial straits.
Maybe a 35 million pound bid would be able to bring him to the Bridge, and bring some style and flair to a team that is more known for power and control.
The next big name appearing is none other than Franck Ribéry, another summer rumor.
The Bayern Midfielder combined well with former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben to start the season for the Bavarians. However, injuries have caught up to the squad and it is rumored that if they miss Champions League qualification, then Ribéry will want out.
Still, the veracity of these rumors is a bit on the low side (even for rumors), and last time Bayern wanted a ridiculous sum of money. 45 million pounds will more than likely be the top offer from Chelsea, but I do not see this transfer occurring.
For the next player, we return to another cash strapped Spanish side in Valencia. David Villa has been the talk of the transfer market for ages now, but January will be the best time to pry him loose.
Villa is now saying that he would not mind a change of scenery, making teams from other leagues salivate. Manchester United are rumored to also be in the market for both Villa and David Silva to enhance their punch since Ronaldo's departure to Madrid.
However, Chelsea may be able to offer Villa a more interesting package considering the strength of their midfield, the tutoring of Ancelotti whose track record with Villa style players is impressive, and the chance to partner with the blazing hot Drogba, that is reminiscent of his partnership with Fernando Torres.
I can see a move happening in the 30 million pound range, and may be more likely than Kun Aguero to move.
The final player that is on Chelsea's Big Board is the next big thing out of Brazil (kudos to S B for running an article on him a couple weeks ago). Alex Teixeira is an attacking midfielder that would not only be perfect for the Diamond, but provide a long term investment for Chelsea and Ancelotti.
His game is dazzling and while there is no doubt he would need some time to adjust to the rough pinball style of England (along with its less than pleasant weather), he is more than worth the risk.
His current club Vasco de Gama is asking for 30 million pounds or so, but the chances of Chelsea paying that are next to zero. However, somewhere between 15—25 million should be enough to pry him away and give him a chance to star for one of the biggest clubs in the world.
It will be impossible to know who will and will not be making phone calls in boardrooms over the next few months, but I for one will enjoy watching the spectacle of European transfers all over again.
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