It was a great day for the Blues fans (myself included), but amidst all the celebrations I felt it would be the last time I would see certain players at Stamford Bridge as Juliano Belletti, Joe Cole and Michael Ballack could have played their last game at the Bridge, with Deco, Paulo Ferreira and maybe one or two more won’t be in west London next season. Who should we replace them with?
Here are five players that I believe Chelsea should sign:
Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero – The Blues have been linked with the 21-year-old Argentinean forward for a fair few months now and many believe he will be Chelsea’s big signing this summer. Aguero is also been reported to have said he would enjoy playing in London alongside players like Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard and believes the English capital could be the ideal place for him and his family. It is likely that Chelsea would have to break a British transfer record to land him, but at 21 the club could get plenty of longevity out of him and I would rather we spent £45m on him than pay a reported £70m for Fernando Torres, which would effectively give Liverpool cash to rebuild their squad. The west Londoners have also been linked with another diminutive player in Alexandre Pato, who Carlo Ancelotti knows, but I just prefer Kun Aguero.
Rafael Van der Vaart – Deco’s departure is imminent and Carlo Ancelotti will need a playmaker to replace him. According to reports the Dutchman could go for as little as £6-10m and at 27 the Real Madrid midfielder has plenty of experience at the highest level. Deco’s passing range has given Chelsea an edge at time this season and they would benefit from a more consistent playmaker, could Van der Vaart be that man?
Romelu Lakaku – 16-years-old, 6ft 2in and at 14 stone the Anderlecht forward is more akin to a heavyweight boxer than a footballer, but due to his stature he is naturally going to be dubbed as the ‘next Drogba’. With Didier’s age it would probably be smart to seek an eventual replacement and although the player may not be ready now he we could loan him back to the Belgian club he is currently at, or another. The Belgian’s stats are also impressive he has scored 19 goals in 41 games this season whilst making six assists.
Joao Moutinho – or even his team mate at Sporting Club de Portugal Miguel Veloso would be a good choice as the Pensioners may have to increase the depth of their midfield with the futures of Ballack and Joe Cole still uncertain. At times this season Chelsea have benefitted from playing a good passer deep in midfield (most recently Ballack) and Moutinho could fit the role perfectly and also give license for Ancelotti to perhaps play Essien further up the pitch (as I feel he is a little wasted in a defensive midfield position).
Pablo Hernandez – Ancelotti is not blessed with wing players at the moment and Hernandez could be a shrewd signing at £18m, which is a hell of a lot cheaper than Angel Di Maria and Franck Ribery. The 25-year-old has enjoyed a rich vein of form this season and has been one of La Liga’s top performers. Cash-strapped Valencia will do their best to hold onto their stars this summer, but considering their debt they won’t be turning down good money for the likes of Hernandez, David Villa, David Silva and Juan Mata.
For now Chelsea boss Ancelotti and the Stamford Bridge faithful will have their focus firmly on the FA Cup final against Portsmouth next weekend, but in the summer Ancelotti has a building job to do and some argue that he may have to be brutal.
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