The Premier League Season is almost upon us and transfer rumours are surrounding every club including Chelsea. Carlo Ancelotti’s target for this season is bound to involve winning more silverware and the Champions League is the one trophy Chelsea have failed to grasp to date.
The majority of the transfer talk involving Chelsea has included the name Fernando Torres. He’s young, athletic and when he’s not injured he is one of the world’s best strikers. The problem comes with his price tag and the simple fact that Chelsea don’t actually need another striker. Although Didier Drogba and Nikolas Anelka may be heading towards the end of their playing career they are still world class strikers. Florent Malouda, Salomon Kalou and the young Daniel Sturridge can all be called on too if goals are required. However, if Manchester City are serious about signing Didier Drogba then the situation changes and Chelsea will need a new striker who can guarantee goals.
Instead of spending a huge amount on one player Chelsea should bolster up their midfield. With the departures of Joe Cole, Michael Ballack, and Juliano Belletti; Chelsea require at least one player with some finesse and talent. An ideal candidate would be Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger. He had a terrific World Cup which didn’t benefit Chelsea as his price tag as increased but he’s still a worthwhile target. In a recent survey on Goal.com 90.1% chose Schweinsteiger as the man Chelsea should try and sign.
Chelsea have already made one new signing in the form of Yossi Benayoun. The Israeli captain cost a modest £5.5million and the attacking midfielder is likely to replace Joe Cole with a role down the wing. The newspapers have been having a field day with news that Jose Mourinho is after Ashley Cole. The Chelsea left back is a skilled defender who loves to go forward and is a vital player in the Chelsea squad. Losing such a player would create a big hole in Chelsea’s side and finding a replacement could prove difficult. Things could worsen if the Spanish Newspapers are true and Ricardo Carvalho is heading back to Real Madrid to reunite with Mourinho. Another defender would need to be drafted in.
Ancelotti should concentrate on strengthening his midfield and developing the youth team and forget about Torres. Chelsea spent big money before, remember the record breaking £30.8 million pound signing of Andriy Shevchenko back in the summer of 2006. The hype was huge at the time but his time at Chelsea was less than impressive, he scored 22 goals in 2 seasons and never secured his place in the first team line-up. Chelsea don’t want to make a huge big signing and then regret it. They need to spend where necessary and where needed and just because teams throw money at a problem doesn’t mean Chelsea should.