After Chelsea won a historic double under Carlo Ancelotti at the weekend it was only natural that the west London club will be linked with all sorts of transfers this summer, especially as club owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly promised to spend.
One player that the Blues have been linked with is long-term transfer target Kaka, who is currently plying his trade in Spain’s La Liga with Real Madrid after making a move from AC Milan last summer.
There is no doubt that Kaka is a talented player, a star and has fantastic technique. However, Chelsea should be very wary of such a transfer.
Since his £56 million move to the Bernabeu has not been the success that the Brazilian playmaker would have hope for and his impact has seemed mediocre in comparison to former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo, who has carried Los Blancos at times this season. Kaka himself admits that he has struggled to fit into the side, but blames his problems on injuries. Some quarters had accused the player of being more concerned for being fit for his country for the World Cup more than Real’s domestic campaign, but he angrily denied rumours.
On his injury woes the 28-year-old said: “I’m not happy with my performance, but my problem is physical,” he added: “I have suffered a lot since I arrived.”
After playing under Ancelotti in Milan the newspapers have been linking the Brazilian once again with the west London club this summer. As a Chelsea fan I would have loved for us to get Kaka, but a year or two ago, not now. I would even be more against such a deal if it involved a swap with Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole, who has had an excellent season at Stamford Bridge despite a few personal problems and I’m sure he would have been in the PFA’s XI ahead of Manchester United’s Patrice Evra if he hadn’t suffered an injury earlier in the season. In my opinion it would be foolish to let one of, if not the best fullback in the world and take a massive risk on Kaka, who may also struggle to make an impact in the Premier League.
Chelsea got burned with a then British record transfer fee of £30 million for Ukrainian forward Andriy Shevchenko back in 2006, which ended in failure. Had Sheva arrived a year or two earlier (when we were originally after him) he could have been so much better as he was one of the best strikers in Europe, but instead he came to Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, who didn’t seem keen on him and was overshadowed by the mercurial talents of Didier Drogba. The Ukrainian’s Chelsea career ended in a damp squib and after an unsuccessful return to former club AC Milan he was shipped out to his first club Dynamo Kiev.
I’m not saying Kaka is certain to be an epic failure, but he does carry a similar amount of risk as the likes of Shevchenko and is likely to command a huge fee even though he has not made an impact in the Spanish capital this past season.
Such a move could have its advantages as Ancelotti enjoyed a successful six years with Kaka at the San Siro for AC Milan, winning the Champions League together in 2007. The Champions League will be the reason Abramovich would want such a player as it is no secret that the Russian craves winning UEFA’s most prestigious club award. Failure to land a so-called “marquee” signing last summer and no Champions League medals are the main reasons the club have been linked with the likes of Kaka, Fernando Torres and Sergio Aguero, who are all mooted as players who can help Chelsea take the next step and earn the west London club a European crown.
If Chelsea were to go for a player at Madrid I would prefer the cheaper option of Rafael Van der Vaart as we need a playmaker, especially as Deco is set to move back to Brazil. Kaka is an exciting prospect, but if any deal includes Ashley Cole then it is a no-go as far as I am concerned.
It is set to be an exciting transfer window for the Stamford Bridge, but the hierarchy will have to be wary and personally I think the club would have learned a lot from failed transfers for players like Juan Sebastian Veron and Shevchenko and transfer fiascos like the long-drawn Robinho saga (dodged a bullet there though).
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