The next transfer window is fast approaching and the rumors are starting to swirl around already.
Chelsea, by its very nature, is linked to many top-quality, world-class players every window. Some we'll sign and some we won't.
And even though many of the players we're linked with would be great additions to our side, there are some whom I believe we'd be wise to stay well clear of.
Here's five of those players.
Kaka is a world-class midfielder, former Ballon d'Or winner and a true football legend. But despite all these things, Chelsea should stay away from him.
CFC was heavily linked with the Kaka in the early summer when a deal to bring him to West London looked inevitable, with Jose Mourinho preferring Mesut Ozil to the Brazilian, and with him wanting more regular football.
Obviously, the transfer never happened, and it's a good thing for our club that it didn't.
Kaka is a good player, and even though he seems to have found his way back into Mourinho's plans at Real Madrid, the fact of the matter is he's almost 30 years old and on the decline. His injuries have hurt his playing, and it shows.
Not to mention, a move for Kaka would be very costly; Real Madrid payed €56 million for him in 2009 when he moved to the Spanish capital from AC Milan, and even if they did want to offload him in the near future, they'd doubtless be looking to be recoup a majority of that sum from his sale. On top of that, his wages are astronomical—rumored to be in the area of €220,000 a week.
That's just too much money to shell out on an inconsistent, injury-prone player.
Hulk is another world-class player who would be a good addition to any team, but even still, I believe Chelsea should stay clear of him.
Last season, Hulk was on fire for Porto (under our own André Villas-Boas, of course), scoring 23 goals in 26 league appearances, and a total 36 goals in 53 appearances in all competitions.
Being that AVB joined Chelsea from Porto just a few months ago, there has been speculation as to whether or not he'll raid his former club for players, and who those players might be.
Naturally, Hulk has been in that category. But Porto has thrown a massive price tag on their player, inserting a whopping €100 million buy-out clause in his contract.
This sum is indeed larger than that which Real Madrid payed for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008 when he moved there from Manchester United. And with Chelsea already having a wealth of strikers, a wealth of debt and with FFP on the horizon, we'd be absolutely crazy to dish out that sum on Hulk—or any player, for that matter.
Chelsea's summertime pursuit of Luka Modric is well documented, and is well known by just about everybody who follows football. But even though they were almost obsessed with landing the playmaker just a few months ago, they should stay away from him in the future...kind of.
Here's where the "kind of" comes in: If Modric can be acquired for £20-30 million, it would be a great piece of business for the Blues that i think most fans—including me—would support. But if the sum that was being thrown around last summer (£40 million) stays the same, or even increases, Chelsea should simply steer clear of this pursuit.
Modric is a great player who possesses immense talent, but at £40-plus million, he's just wouldn't be worth it. At the right fee, he's a godsend, but at the price Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy seems to want, it would be a huge waste of money.
It's no secret that Carlos Tevez has wanted to leave Manchester City for years. And especially now, after Tevez's refusal to come on as a sub in City's Champions League game against Bayern Munich and his subsequent falling out with manager Roberto Mancini, his transfer out of Manchester looks more likely than ever.
There aren't many clubs in the world that can afford the Argentinian striker, which is why Chelsea has been linked to him in the past few months—although the validity of those reports is questionable.
Nevertheless, CFC would be very astute to keep the Argentian far away from their club.
First of all, Man City has said they are seeking £50 million for him—strike No. 1 against a move for him. Also his wages are over £200,000 a week—strike No. 2. And finally, what strikes out any move for Tevez, in my opinion, is his whole attitude and demeanor.
He has absolutely zero respect for his club, his manager and his fans. He has stated repeatedly that he hates Manchester. He has yet to learn English, despite having lived in England for the past five years. He's volatile and unpredictable. And he's all-around, a remarkably hatable player.
I think most people would agree that Tevez is a ticking time bomb for whatever club takes him on in the future.
A lot of Chelsea fans will be enraged to see Neymar on a list of this sort, but I myself think the club should stay well clear of him.
He currently plays for Brazilian side Santos, and has been linked with a move to Europe for awhile now, with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid all said to be interested in the 19-year-old.
But despite his undeniable talent, he should not be a transfer target for us any time soon.
First of all, his price tag has been set at around the €50 million area, which is a huge sum to pay for any player, much less for a teenager who is completely unproven in a reputable league. Secondly, he is quickly becoming famous—or perhaps infamous—for his diving, acting and simulations on the pitch. Chelsea can't be connected with a player like that.
For these reasons, the Blues would be wise to allow Neymar to move to one of the Spanish giants, as he has indicated is his desire.
With UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules on the rise, the days of Chelsea spending obscene amounts of money on players are virtually over.
This is the reason many of these players would be bad transfer targets for us, among others.
So in conclusion, this is the beginning of a new era for football and for our club, and it promises to be an interesting and exciting ride.