Is a Mega-Swap to Madrid a Good Idea?
The latest rumor to come from The Daily Mail reports that Jose Mourinho wants to swap Kaka and Gonzalo Higuain for Chelsea pair Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole.
Yes, you've read that right, Kaka and Higuain for Lampard and A. Cole.
For the Chelsea faithful it looks to be an insane swap, considering both players played extremely well this past season when they won the double for the first time ever and are about to compete for England in South Africa. Kaka was injured for much of the season and Higuain is already unsettled due to Madrid president Perez's disregard for the superb striker.
So what would be the motivation for Carlo Ancelotti to make such a major change to a successful side? He did bring out the best in Kaka in Milan, but can he recapture that kind of form for the Blues? Can Higuain partner up with Drogba? Would he really sell Lampard who has been such a consistent player for Chelsea as to be a legend at Stamford Bridge?
While I am not sure if it is a good idea or not, there are a few things that may motivate Chelsea to pull the trigger.
Lampard and Cole will be on the down slope of their careers soon enough as the dreaded age of 30 has arrived and will arrive soon respectively.
Kaka is 29 and has lost some pace, but his passing is easily as superb as ever. Higuain is the difference maker, he is 23 and about to enter the prime of his career.
Lampard's place in the midfield is unquestioned. He has the leadership, passing skills, tackling, and goal-scoring abilities that any manager would want on their team. Cole can provide both shackling defense (just ask Cristiano Ronaldo) and superb offense from the back, making him one of the top left-backs in the world.
That being said, Chelsea's midfield is still fairly deep, especially if Yaya Toure or Luka Modric are bought this summer. Granted, it would not be the same, Michael Essien would be moved up, Toure would anchor the Diamond, Malouda would be on the left, and Kaka at the tip providing passes for a Drogba/Higuain duo.
Look at Ancelotti's old Milan diamond formation:
Andrea Pirlo providing the deep passes and break-up play in the back. Genarro Gattusso battling on one side of the midfield while Clarence Seedorf bombed down the other wing. At the tip was the sparkling Kaka that could provide the magic that could win games from out of nowhere. Up front were Hernan Crespo and Andriy Shevchenko providing a deadly strike force.
Could Stamford Bridge witness the rebirth of Ancelotti's diamond? Would it be worth it?
Whatever the case may be, this transfer window continues to get more and more exciting by the day.
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