Chelsea FC: 5 FC Porto Players That Andre Villas Boas Should Pursue
Chelsea FC is getting a new face this upcoming transfer period, and coach Andre Villas Boas is going to look at some previous protagonists to his past success.
Chelsea FC is no stranger to making deals with FC Porto, as moves from the Dragoes to London have consisted of Jose Mourinho, Ricardo Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira, Jose Bosingwa, Ricardo Quaresma (loan from Inter) and even Deco, who first went to Barcelona.
Now with their aging team needing some remodeling, it's only right that Villas Boas goes to the team who gave him all the fame, FC Porto. It is no shock in saying that Porto are the best Portuguese team in recent years and won the Europa Cup last season with sensational playing by the Portuguese side.
Villas Boas led the team to an undefeated campaign and that Porto became one of the best in club history. Andre Villas Boas has quite a few options for the Blues, but here are some he could use from his former club...
|Date of birth||28 November 1985 (1985-11-28) (age 25)|
|Place of birth||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Height||1.84 m (6'0")|
|Playing position||Left Wing-back|
Alvaro Pereira has been the source of interest for a long time with Chelsea, and rightfully so. The Uruguayan left-back is class and has been a solid player in Porto's success. Whispering rumors have circulated that he will be acquired by Villas Boas in the January window.
|Date of birth||September 8, 1986 (1986-09-08) (age 25)|
|Place of birth||Portimão, Portugal|
|Height||1.70 m (5'7")|
Joao Moutinho has a great vision of the game. He is one of Porto's star players after being acquired from rivals Sporting CP. The Portuguese international had a brilliant season under Villas Boas appearing in 50 matches for the Dragoes but only scoring two goals.
He isn't a statistics player but his presence is always felt. A workhorse midfielder who can do wonders for the slowing Chelsea midfield, he shouldn't be surprised if he gets a call from Stamford Bridge.
Givanildo Viera De Souza (Hulk)
|Date of birth||25 July 1986 (1986-07-25) (age 25)|
|Place of birth||Campina Grande, Paraíba, Brazil|
|Height||1.80 m (5'11")|
Hulk is FC Porto's go-to guy. He is fast, strong, athletic—and did I say fast? His control of the ball is untouchable and he controls the pace of the game.
A big physical player, Hulk would have no trouble dealing with the toughness of the Premiership. Andre Villas Boas could use his services (as he tends to drift from the middle) as a second striker and use him with Drogba or Torres. That is a nasty combination.
Hulk is probably going to be the costliest player on the list, as his clause is €100 million—although money is no object for Blues owner Roman Abramovich.
|Date of birth||February 2, 1985 (1985-02-02) (age 26)|
|Place of birth||Almada, Portugal|
|Height||1.80 m (5'11")|
Varela was a great addition to the Porto side and his speed and ability to shoot with both feet help his cause. He could interchange wings and assist goals unlike any other. Andre Villas Boas utilized him quite a bit and I am sure wouldn't mind using him in Chelsea.
His clutch performances come in big games. He scored important goals for Porto against Benfica, Guimares and Villarreal.
|Date of Birth||10 February 1986 (1986-02-10) (age 25)|
|Place of birth||Santa Marta, Colombia|
|Height||1.77 m (5'10")|
Although he is now on Atletico Madrid, Villas Boas could use his big-time scorer. Last season Falcao could not miss. He scored 18 goals in the Europa League last season, which is the most by any player in a European competition.
Falcao is doing great at his new club and Porto feels his absence. Heavily linked to Chelsea earlier this summer, it would be an intelligent thing of them to re-spark the linking between the Colombian international.