Dani Alves: Chelsea's Biggest Buy This Summer?

Saura BhattacharjeeAnalyst IMarch 9, 2010

If rumours are to be believed then Chelsea is set to launch a massive bid for Barcelona's attacking right back Dani Alves this summer.

Chelsea's right flank has been the club's Achilles' heel this season. First-choice right back Jose Bosingwa has been out for most of the season due to injury and Chelsea have had problem in their right side against quality clubs. They also have had problem defending set pieces. Bringing the talented Brazilian into the fold would provide a huge boost for the Blues' defensive unit.

Daniel Alves da Silva can provide good cover for Bosingwa since he plays as an attacking right back in Barcelona. He will also increase Chelsea's attacking options from the right flank. The Brazilian was a key player in Barcelona's dream run last season when the Catalans won the Treble. Alves can very well fit in the formation in which Chelsea played most of the season.

Barcelona had signed the talented right back away from Sevilla in 2008 for approximately £34 million, making Dani Alves the most expensive defender in football history. In his first season at Barca, he was part of the team that created history. If Chelsea makes a bid to bring Alves to Stamford Bridge it is going to leave a big hole in the pocket for Abramovich since there is also a £90 million buy-out clause in Alves' contract. There is also doubt regarding Alves' willingness to leave Nou Camp given the success he has achieved there. But the Blues' fans would surely love to have him don Chelsea's colours.

There has been also news that Chelsea executive Peter Kenyon has gone to Portugal to negotiate with Benfica regarding the signing of their highly skilled and talented Argentinian midfielder Angel Di Maria. Moreover, Chelsea are also the favourites for signing Athletico Madrid's goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo and striker Sergio Aguero in the summer. With so many possible moves, it remains to be seen if any official announcement from the Blues will be made regarding their aims or if fans will have to wait until the summer to know who will be the new face arriving at Stamford Bridge for the next season.