So far this summer there has mainly been news of who is coming out of Chelsea as Joe Cole, Michael Ballack and Juliano Belletti going out the door, with Deco, Paulo Ferreira and Ricardo Carvalho possibly following them. But who should Chelsea bring in and where do they need to improve?
Fans should be impressed with manager Carlo Ancelotti, who won a Premier League and FA Cup double in his debut season in English football. Chelsea was deemed by their critics as being too old, not hungry enough and a team who had regressed since the departure of Jose Mourinho.
Now that Roman Abramovich appears to have found a manager he likes the former AC Milan boss has earned the right to be backed in the market, but who should he be looking at to bolster the ranks at Stamford Bridge?
It may sound ridiculous as the team scored 141 goals in all competitions last term but the Blues could really do with a playmaker to boost their creative flair, with David Silva being mooted as the most likely player to fill the role. The Spaniard would prove to be a wise signing as he can play on the left, right, or as the traditional number 10.
However, if you believe what you read in the papers this morning then Silva is Manchester City bound despite his media quotes:
“There is no doubt in my mind that Chelsea would be a great club to play for – and a club where I could fulfil my ambition of league titles and the European Cup.
“The Premier League is still the place to be, no other league in the world has six or seven Champions League quality teams.”
Should Silva end up at Eastlands there is another playmaker catching the eye who judging by articles and comments on BBC 606 the Chelsea fans would love to have at Stamford Bridge, Mesut Özil. The 21-year-old German international has been in great form during this summer’s World Cup and has been the creative force in making a usually efficient Germany side into one that plays with flair and panache. The £20m rated Werder Bremen ace is currently in the last year of his contract and it is likely his club would prefer to cash in on him after the World Cup.
Chelsea may also seek to replace their outgoing veteran Ballack and versatile midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger could be perfect for the role. The 25-year-old started off as a winger (so could fill in on the right, which isn’t as strong as Chelsea’s left flank) but he has since reinvented himself as a central midfielder who can attack or sit deep for both club and country.
Many believe it is the Champions League that Abramovich wants above all else, so the Blues have been linked with the likes of Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Fernando Torres and Kaka to take them onto the next step and win the prize they have come so close to on so many occasions.
Out of the four of them the addition of Torres would do the most to boost the club’s chances against Europe’s elite. However, the player comes with a huge price tag and Liverpool are confident of holding onto the former Atletico Madrid man.
In light of this, if the club are to reward Ancelotti for his efforts and let him make an extravagant transfer then he should be allowed to go for Kaka, a man he knows well (providing it doesn’t mean losing either Frank Lampard or Ashley Cole). The Brazilian has had sorry time at Real Madrid with injuries and lack of form, but under his former boss he could have a revival as you don’t suddenly turn into a bad player overnight, surely?
Who would the Chelsea fans like to see making their way to Stamford Bridge this summer?