Ángel Fabián Di María has been the most talked about young player this season. The 22-year-old Argentine midfielder has been backed by Diego Maradona to be the country's next superstar. By the looks of it he may make Maradona's wishes come true.
The lanky 5'11" midfielder has garnered much interest among top European clubs with his skillful displays during his three-year stay at Benfica. He is a very talented youngster who will hopefully develop into Argentina's next big man after Lionel Messi.
With Michael Ballack looking jaded in the midfield, it is time to bring a replacement for the 33-year-old German national team captain. Ballack has looked completely out of form this season and his age also is a factor. Frank Lampard is 31, and the in-form Florent Malouda is one year away from 30. Hence, with an eye on the future, it is high time for Chelsea to bring in young legs to shake things up.
Di Maria already has scored 11 goals in 30 appearances for Benfica this season. With the right mix of talented youth and experienced players, Chelsea could make a bid for the elusive European glory that will help establish itself as a powerhouse in club football.
In October 2009, Di Maria signed a new deal with Benfica that ends in June 2015 and includes a €40 million minimum fee release. Chelsea is set to make a move for him this summer. Chelsea's ex-chief executive Peter Kenyon is reported to have left for Benfica to try to persuade the midfielder to move to Stamford Bridge.
Di Maria's arrival in Chelsea would be surely welcomed. Although, it would be left to see if the Argentinian could fulfill the high expectations, unlike predecessors Hernan Crespo and Juan Sebastian Veron, who failed to make their mark in Chelsea.