Chelsea Transfer Rumours: 8 Potential Additions Who Will Bring the EPL Title
Andre Villas-Boas, already dubbed the “new Mourinho,” is about to step into the hottest seat in English football as Carlo Ancelotti’s replacement.
It is vital that Villas-Boas quickly establish himself as the main man and put his reputation as one of Mourinho’s backroom boys behind him.
With Abramovich’s billions behind him, Villas Boas can afford to raid the transfer market for fresh talent that will spark a new era for Chelsea. Just like Mourinho brought with him the likes of Carvalho, Drogba and Robben, Villas-Boas can pick and choose from the cream of Europe’s crop.
Here are eight potential signings that could help to further Villas-Boas' growing reputation within the game by inspiring Chelsea to their fourth league title.
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Torres has so far been unable to forge an effective partnership with either Nicholas Anelka or Didier Drogba.
So why not bring in a player who has played with Torres before at Athletico Madrid and has a fantastic future ahead of him?
Aguero has been compared to Lionel Messi, and for the past four seasons he has never failed to break the 20-goal barrier in all competitions.
His mercurial dribbling ability, uncanny striker's instinct, and his diminutive link-up play make him Athetico's most valuable asset.
He has been deserving of a big money move for some time now, and this could be the year for "El Kun" to finally make his mark in the Premier League.
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Wesley Sneijder is another playmaker figure that has, at one time, been called the best player in the world.
He has lit up two major international tournaments for Holland, and he has an impressive club record for Real Madrid and Inter Milan.
He was arguably the key man for Inter during their successful Champions League campaign, and the Dutchman has shown signs of discontent ever since Mourinho left.
There is no doubt that Chelsea would have to fork out the cash with Manchester United also said to be in the mix for Sneijder's signature.
Chelsea lacked creativity in midfield for the duration of the 2010/11 campaign, and Sneijder could be the answer to all Villas Boas' problems.
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At this point, it seems very likely that the signing of Radamel Falcao will be completed within the next few days.
The Colombian forward is considered one of the best strikers in the world, and his goalscoring record backs up these claims.
One of the key players of Villas Boas' ultra-successful Porto side, Falcao nabbed 73 goals in just 85 appearances during his two seasons at Estadio do Dragao.
£26.5 million is the rumored price that the Blues will have to pay for his services but with Drogba's future at the club looking ever more unlikely, Chelsea needs to find a suitable partner for Torres.
Falcao could be their man, and it will be interesting to see if he can successfully make the transition into a major European league.
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Modric was rumored to be an Abramovich transfer target in the January transfer window, and he might have made all the difference in Chelsea's ultimately unsuccessful season.
His small stature and his low center of gravity make it very difficult to dispossess the Croatian, and his passing range is superb.
Chelsea are still in the market for him, and the fact that Tottenham will not be playing Champions League football next season may influence his decision.
Tottenham has already shown that they will be very reluctant to part with him, as most Spurs fans will tell you that he was their player of the season in 2010/11.
Harry Redknapp has already dismissed a £22 million bid as ridiculous and has hinted that it will take at least £40 million for the club to part with their main creative spark.
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Often touted as the premier front man in world football, Villa would be the ultimate strike partner for the struggling Torres.
The two have an intuitive understanding borne from their lethal partnership with the Spanish national team that helped Spain to become European, and World Cup Champions.
Barcelona's interest in Cesc Fabregas has made it a possibility that they will decide to cash in on Villa in order to fund the Arsenal captain's potential arrival.
David Villa suffered through a goal drought similar to his Chelsea counterpart towards the end of last season, which might make it an easier decision for Guardiola if they decide to sell.
Villa is a born goal-scorer, and he may be the player to finally get the best out of Torres in a Chelsea shirt.
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Chelsea has long been a club full of egos and renowned for its player power, and Villas-Boas’ limited managerial experience and tender age may make it difficult for him to earn the respect of a squad that has worked with the best coaches in the world.
Key to his success, however, will be how quickly he can weed out the dead weight from Ancelotti’s tenure and build a new squad in his own image that will fit into his fluid, attacking style of football.
That may well mean getting rid of Yury Zhirkov, Salomon Kalou, Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda, all players that have shown inconsistency and have lacked the necessary passion in the big games.
He needs to sign young players hungry for recognition on a larger stage.
One such player would be Joao Moutinho, who gave Porto their creative spark in 2010/11 and helped Villas Boas' team to four trophies.
What better way for the new manager to establish his control and authority immediately than to bring in one of his own.
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The Brazilian sensation has been making headlines all year for Santos, both for his footballing prowess and his off-the-pitch antics.
He has similar characteristics to Mario Balotelli, and the Brazilian national team have already dropped hints that Neymar is the future.
This explosive striker cannot stop scoring in South America, and although he has the potential to be a loose cannon, Neymar is someone that would be worth an investment.
His sensational close control and exceptional ability to run defenses ragged could be the perfect foil for Torres' sharp pace and finishing ability.
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Eden Hazard could be the hottest property in world football with Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid reported to be knocking at his door.
The Belgian playmaker could be the long-term replacement for Frank Lampard in terms of goalscoring from midfield.
He has sensational ball skills, perfect close control, and an eye for the goal that is uncanny.
Fernando Torres needs someone to create chances for him to feed on, and Hazard could be effectively employed in the deep-lying center-forward role made famous by Gianfranco Zola.
This 20-year-old playmaker has the potential to be something special, and Stamford Bridge could be the place to make it happen.