With every promising player being linked with top European clubs, it is no surprise that the 2009/10 Premier League champions Chelsea have also been linked with a host of promising stars ahead of the transfer window.
While some of those link-ups seems likely, others are just mere rumors and wild speculation. The "double" winning Blues have been linked from Aguero to Pato and Silva to Milner over the past couple of months.
But the most recent reports of Barcelona's defensive midfielder Yaya Toure's speculated move to Stamford Bridge has been gathering strength with each passing day. The Ivorian has reportedly placed his transfer request with Barca authorities and is looking for a move away from Nou Camp.
The 27-year-old has cited the lack of first-team action as his reason to ask for a move away from the La Liga champions. The Côte d'Ivoire midfielder has seen himself fall through the ranks at the Catalans, with manager Pep Guardiola preferring Xavi, Sergio Busquets, and Seydou Keita ahead of the Ivory Coast international.
Toure's agent Dmitri Seluk has sparked further speculations when he revealed in a recent interview that his client is mentally prepared to make a move away from Barca if a lucrative offer comes through. The 6'3" midfielder had earlier been linked with a move to Arsenal as a part of an exchange deal for Cesc Fabregas. But it has been reported that Toure is not willing to move to the Emirates.
Yaya Toure has recently been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge and he has expressed his desire to switch Barcelona for Chelsea if a deal came through. According to reports in the Spanish media, Chelsea's £17million bid for Yaya Toure had been rejected by Barca.
With high-spending Manchester City also planning to make a move for Barca's out-of-favour midfielder, it seems that Barca might wait for the right price to sell Yaya Toure.
But does Chelsea really need a defensive midfielder like Toure? There is no doubt that he has been very impressive for the Catalans and although he has not been able to seal a permanent place he is highly rated by his peers.
Nicknamed “Firewall” because of his strong physique and impressive skills in stopping the opponents, Toure is one of the most sought after midfielders presently. In one-on-one situations, the 26-year-old Ivorian's superior physical features give him an edge over his opponents.
Yaya Toure is a tower of solid muscle and immense strength. Standing tall at 6'3" he is hard to out-jump and his long legs make him even harder to out-run, which makes him a very important holding midfielder for his team.
He capable to make those sudden incisive runs into opposition defenses while equally keeping guard at Barca's backline. Toure has developed in leaps and bounds since his arrival at Barca and is one of the most widely acclaimed defensive midfielders in Europe presently.
With Ballack, Deco, and Joe Cole speculated to depart, it is likely going to create a void in Chelsea's midfield. Chelsea manager Ancelotti has revealed that the Blues will make two or three new signings with a striker and a midfielder likely to arrive at Stamford Bridge when the summer transfer window opens.
But Chelsea already have players who can fill in the role of Yaya Toure in defensive midfield position with the likes of Essien and Mikel doing impressively for the Blues. Essien was sidelined for the last part of season due to an injury and in his absence Mikel did a pretty impressive job.
Chelsea should sign some attacking midfielders instead of a defensive one to fill the gap left by Deco or Joe Cole's departure. Yaya Toure does not seem the right signing for Chelsea at the moment. Essien is the preferred player for that position and it seems unlikely that Ancelotti will overlook his dependable defensive midfielder for a new signing.
Since Toure's sole reason to leave Barcelona is lack of regular first team play his arrival at Chelsea just might not be the correct move either for him or Chelsea since the Blues cannot guarantee a regular spot for the Ivorian and he may end up as a second fiddle to Essien.
Instead, he can make a move to Manchester City, who have also expressed their desire in placing a bid for the Ivorian midfielder. With City facing a mass exodus of players this summer, Toure has a bright chance of displaying his skills and secure a permanent place in Roberto Mancini's squad.