It’s time for the footballing world to weep a collective tear, as perhaps the greatest World Cup of all time has come to a bitter-fought end. In case you’ve had your head stuck in a vase for the last 24 hours, Germany beat Argentina by a 1-0 scoreline in the final yesterday evening.
But we at Football FanCast are not prepared to relinquish the memories of Brazil 2014 just yet. Perhaps we are too needy, perhaps we are seeking closure, perhaps we simply can’t accept reality, but resultantly, we’ve conjured up this list of the FIVE World Cup finalists Chelsea would love to – and realistically could – sign this summer.
So join in our reminiscence of an event that happened less than a full day ago whilst also discussing Jose Mourinho’s summer transfer plans.
I believe that’s known as synergy. Sort of. Not really. I miss the World Cup.
Chelsea are closing in on Atletico Madrid left-back Filipe Luis, but one World Cup finalist also mooted as a potential replacement for Roma-bound Ashley Cole is Argentina’s Marcos Rojo.
— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) July 4, 2014
The 24 year-old is a classy and confident footballer, typified by this ‘Rabona’ clearance in his own penalty box against Bosnia in the World Cup’s group stages…
In fact, his overall form at Brazil 2014 was incredibly impressive, as seen below:
This nutmeg on Arjen Robben isn’t too bad either…
Measuring in at 6 foot 2 and capable of playing at centre-back or full-back, regardless of Chelsea’s Filipe Luis pursuit, the Sporting Lisbon defender remains a useful addition to Jose Mourinho’s squad.
Here’s some of Rojo’s best moments for his country and Sportinguistas:
But according to the Daily Express, Chelsea will have to stave off interest from Arsenal, Liverpool AND Manchester United for his signature.
Another Albiceleste star known to be on the Stamford Bridge radar is winger-forward Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Chelsea negotiating transfer of PSG striker Ezequiel Lavezzi: JOSE MOURINHO looks set to add another striker t… http://t.co/ESkaQnxX6T
— Barclays League (@BarclaysLeague) June 21, 2014
Rumours of Chelsea’s interest in the PSG attacker have persisted ever since the west Londoners took on the Parisians in last term’s Champions League quarter-final, when Jose Mourinho admitted his adoration for the French Champions’ forward, and Lavezzi went on to net this stunning strike in the opening leg:
The 29 year-old struggled to impact at Brazil 2014 but has been impressive at club level over the last two seasons, claiming 23 goals and 18 assists in his last 90 appearances for PSG. Here’s the 37-cap Argentine’s highlights for the French side:
Famed for his mixture of work-rate, pace and firepower, whilst also capable of playing on either wing or as an out-and-out striker, the former Napoli forward has a lot to offer the Chelsea attack.
Julian Draxler failed to feature for the Germany in the World Cup final, but the Schalke prodigy is considered to be one of the Bundesliga’s brightest sparks and was strongly linked with a west London switch at the start of last season:
Schalke slap £60m price tag on Chelsea target Julian Draxler | Football | Sport | Daily Express http://t.co/SAi4JvMuBL
— Schalke UK news (@Schalke_UK) August 29, 2013
Widespread Premier League interest in the 20 year-old stems from his ability to pull off the unthinkable, this assist to Raul for example…
…not to mention his 13 goals scored from midfield during the 2012/13 season. Here’s Draxler’s stats map from his breakthrough campaign:
Drax the Destroyer, Schalke 2013. THIS is the Draxler you want to sign. Does a bit of everything playing more central pic.twitter.com/CrM7bKDd0z
— Ted Knutson (@mixedknuts) June 30, 2014
And although the Mannschaft prospect failed to match that potency last term, he still produced good form, as detailed below:
But amid well-documented interest from Arsenal, the Miners midfielder has recently insisted he won’t be on the move this summer:
Arsenal target Julian Draxler says he is staying at Schalke http://t.co/z4i65A9FVB
— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) June 17, 2014
— Älee Niherd (@niherd09) July 14, 2014
Upon news that Real Madrid are preparing to sell industrious midfielder Sami Khedira this summer, Chelsea have emerged as potential suitors for the Germany international.
Sami Khedira eyed by Jose Mourinho, as Chelsea manager aims to prise the Germany midfielder from Real Madrid http://t.co/WyNAAZGeVp
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) July 12, 2014
The 27 year-old missed the World Cup final after picking up an injury in the warm-up, but remained a vital performer for Die Mannschaft throughout the tournament, as detailed below:
And netted his country’s fifth against Brazil in their famous 7-1 semi-final victory:
Here’s some of the former Stuttgart star’s highlights for Real Madrid:
Considered to be one of Europe’s leading box-to-box midfielders, the £23million-rated Khedira would undoubtedly be a positive addition to Chelsea’s roster. But recent speculation suggests the World Cup winner has rejected a move to Stamford Bridge in favour of Arsenal:
Arsenal set to beat Chelsea to Sami Khedira after German agrees four-year deal http://t.co/GMNsYnrsii
— Express Football (@ExpressFootball) July 14, 2014
— SB Nation (@SBNation) July 13, 2014
Jose Mourinho appears determined to improve his forward cast as much as possible this summer, and Chelsea – along with several other Premier League sides and Barcelona – have resultantly been linked yet again to Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain.
— FootballFanCast.com (@FootballFanCast) June 17, 2014
The 26 year-old endured a turbulent World Cup and was substituted after 78 minutes yesterday evening, but netted this stunning strike against Belgium in the quarter-finals:
He was in good form for Napoli last season too, following his £35million summer move from Real Madrid, as detailed below:
Here’s a look at the Argentine’s Top 20 career goals:
Higuain has been mooted as a potential Premier League star for some time, but any attempts to bring him to the English top flight this summer will cost £80million, according to the Daily Express.