All summer reports have suggested that Yossi Benayoun’s move from Liverpool to Chelsea is imminent and that the Stamford Bridge outfit are closing in on a £6.5million deal for the 30-year-old midfielder. Is this really a good deal for Chelsea, or should they veto the transfer?
It’s certainly a rumour which has raised a few eyebrows amongst the Chelsea fans as the club won’t be renewing fan favourite Joe Cole’s contract as his wage demands are too high. Is Benayoun an adequate replacement for Cole? It would seem that Carlo Ancelotti and the west London club seem to think so.
The Isreali midfielder has allegedly set his heart on a move to the Blues as he is not keen on going to CSKA Moscow, who are also interested in the player. Reports from his homeland have said that Benayoun will come back from his holiday to undergo a medical later this week and finalise the formalities of the transfer.
There are many benefits of bring in Benayoun, who is an underrated and talented individual. Firstly, unlike Cole he will be more comfortable with the fact that he will be more or less just a squad player. His wages are also a lot less than Cole’s, a reported £70,000-a-week (four year deal) which is a lot less than the £120,000-a-week the England man was demanding from Chelsea and even less than the £135,000-a-week than Arsenal have allegedly offered him.
However, for a side that has suggested it is willing to freshen up its squad with younger players it seems an odd move to bring in a man who is 30.
Perhaps the Chelsea hierarchy believe that the likes of Benayoun won’t curb the developments of the young midfielder at Stamford Bridge like Gael Kakuta like Cole may have as the Israeli probably won’t be expecting to play as much. Also, Benayoun is a versatile player and could successfully cover injuries whilst being a useful tool to preserve the more high profile Chelsea players.
In my opinion I think that Roman Abramovich would be better off bringing in a younger man like David Silva, who has been linked with Chelsea recently and is available as cash-strapped Valencia need the cash. Silva also possesses the versatility that the Blues would like in a player as he can play across the midfield, or as a number 10…he would probably be a step up from the likes of Joe Cole, whereas many may consider Benayoun a step down for the double winners.
Liverpool’s Benayoun is a good player, but Chelsea’s fans will hope that the club have much more up their sleeves in the coming transfer window. You would think that there will be more players to come into the club considering the recent exodus of Cole, Michael Ballack and Juliano Belletti (as well as Deco and Paulo Ferreira, who may also leave). Also, it is believed that Abramovich has funds aside to go for a star such as Silva, Kaka or Fernando Torres to win the Champions League title, the one which they crave after coming close so many times.
What do the Chelsea fans think? Is Benayoun a bargain, or a waste of time?
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