Chelsea Swoops for £16m Portugal Right-Back Jose Bosingwa

...Senior Writer IMay 12, 2008

Portugal right-back Jose Bosingwa will join Chelsea in the next 48 hours after Porto accepted a £16.2million offer from Avram Grant's side.

This news is very welcome following the end of a long, torrid-turned-great season. With United inevitably clinching the title yesterday, I turned my thoughts to two things. The Champions League final and next season.

When I woke up this morning, we had signed Boswinga from Porto, so I guess I was thinking aloud and I was heard by somebody.

Manchester United, Liverpool and Aston Villa have all made moves for the 25-year-old in recent months, but it appears Chelsea has held them off.

This is the third player Avram Grant has signed, following Anelka and Ivanovic's arrival back in January, but this player is the first part of Avram Grant's rebuilding plans as Chelsea looks to strengthen its squad before next season.

Chelsea issued a statement confirming the deal on their official Web site.

It said: "Chelsea can confirm it has reached agreement with FC Porto for the transfer of Jose Bosingwa. The player is now in England to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical."

16 million for a defender seems a lot of money and already I'm hearing rival fans slating this signing. One can never know whether he's worth that much until he starts playing.

The fact that he's "relatively unknown" to Premier League followers is not important because a lot of players have made it over here after being "relatively uknown" upon arrival.

Chelsea paid 16.8 million for Makelele in 2003, in a move that raised a lot of eye-brows because he was a defensive midfielder and ALL his attributes contributed to protecting the back four. After successfully completing five seasons at Stamford Bridge, its pretty safe to say that, it was money well spent. 

Whether Boswingwa is worth 16 million will remain to be seen but it shows that Grant wants to try and solve our right back problem "once and for all." 

United has long been in the hunt for a right-back and assistant coach Carlos Queiroz confirmed their interest in the player earlier in the season.

United saw him as a successor to Gary Neville, but Chelsea has moved swiftly to snap-up the attack-minded defender.

Bosingwa joined FC Porto in 2003, where he played under former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho and has been a first-choice right-back for the last three seasons.

This casts a doubt over Belletti, as he has been continuously ignored recently with  Essien employed at right back and Belletti on the bench.

Bosingwa won the Champions League under Jose Mourinho and alongside current Chelsea defenders Carvalho and Ferreira. He has been a first team regular ever since, and has also overtaken Valencia's Miguel in the right back spot in the national team.

We should all get a real good look at his ability during Euro 2008, when he turns out for Portugal.


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