Neven Subotić: Can the Serbian Solve Chelsea's Defensive Woes?

Saura BhattacharjeeAnalyst IMarch 17, 2010

Neven Subotić, the 21-year-old Serbian defender, has been a hot bone of contention for top European clubs this summer after his impressive displays for Borussia Dortmund.

The 6'4" defender made his professional debut for Mainz 05, in their last match of the 2006-07 season. Mainz 05 were relegated that season from the German top division. Thereafter he played a crucial part in Mainz's fight for return to the top flight. In June 2008 he signed for Borussia Dortmund on a five year contract. In June 2009 he signed a new contract that binds him till 2014.

The young Serb has interested various European clubs like Juventus, Manchester City, and Chelsea.

Chelsea has been rumoured to be the frontrunners in signing the services of Subotić. But Dortmund officials have informed that Chelsea will have to shell out a lot of money for signing the sensational young defender. He might cost something around £10-12 million.

Ancelotti has expressed his plans of revamping the ageing squad with some fresh blood come this summer. Subotić has been one of the prime interests of Ancelotti. With talks doing the rounds that our owner has approved approximately £80 million as the transfer budget for summer 2010, signing the Serb should not be much of a problem for Ancelotti.

The Chelsea defence is ageing with the likes of Carvalho and Ferreira all aged above 30. Terry and Ashley Cole will also be reaching their 30s this winter. The 2009-10 season has seen numerous instances of defensive errors that has cost Chelsea valuable points. Young blood is required to shake things up a bit. With talks making rounds that Carvalho may leave this summer a bright prospect like Subotić could be an ideal replacement for him.

With Blues' youngsters like Kakuta, Sturridge, Bruma all poised for first team responsibilities next season, the young Serbian defender could well be involved in Ancelotti's plans. With the likes of Ivanovic, Alex, Ashley Cole, and Terry for company the youngster could be developed into the next big thing for Chelsea.

All these are speculations. The summer will decide which players arrive and which of the present lot leaves the Bridge. All depends on whether our owner approves the massive transfer budget of £80 million as rumoured, as well as on the plans of our manager.