According to reports in Spain the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United will join the race to sign David Silva as the Spaniard does not seem too keen on a move to City, who will not be competing in the UEFA Champions League next season.
With Joe Cole and Michael Ballack departing Chelsea at the end of their respective contracts would the Blues be killing two birds with one stone by replacing the pair with the versatile Silva?
The Valencia and Spain midfielder is already well known amongst the Chelsea fans as the player has often caught the eye when they have met up with Valencia in the Champions League, especially when he scored a screamer at Stamford Bridge in the quarter finals of the competition back in the April of 2007.
The 24-year-old would definitely help bring a younger look to the west London club’s midfield and he is also very versatile as he can play either wing, or as a traditional number 10.
This past season has been one of Silva’s best in a Valencia shirt as he helped Los Che into fourth place whilst scoring 10 goals and making 11 assists (in all competitions). It is unlikely that he will be willing to discuss any transfer whilst on international duty with Spain in the World Cup, but it is thought that Chelsea may be his preference as despite the promise of more money he doesn’t want to go to Manchester City because they lack Champions League football. In the past it had been suggested that he wanted to go to Real Madrid but it is thought Jose Mourinho wants Argentinean winger Angel Di Maria.
Amadeo Rengel, the player’s agent, said:
“The option of Chelsea is the most interesting in terms of the sporting project.”
Valencia’s financial problem is well known and after selling their star man David Villa for £40million, so it is unlikely they will keep hold of their next most saleable asset when they have a chance to cash in on him. The Mestalla outfit seemed keen to negotiate with Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City side and Manuel Llorente, Valencia president, has intimated that the player will leave this summer, but he insisted that they won’t let the player go cheap:
“We would not sell for below €30m (£25.6m).”
Chelsea have been quiet in the transfer market over the past few seasons, with Jose Bosingwa (16.2million) and Yuri Zhirkov (£18million) being their only significant purchases over the previous two summers. But Silva would be perfect player to invest in as Carlo Ancelotti’s squad is crying out of more youth and creativity in its midfield and I think the Spaniard is an improvement on Joe Cole, who is vastly popular amongst fans, but even the most ardent Cole fan would say that the player did not deserve the wages he was reportedly demanding.
Some may think that Silva (being a predominantly left-sided player) would cash with the likes of Florent Malouda, who has just had his best season in a Chelsea shirt. But Silva can play on the right or behind the striker and Malouda himself is pretty versatile as he can play as part of a midfield three.
The Stamford Bridge faithful may love to get one over on the Citizens by nipping in for Silva after many were peeved over the whole Robinho debacle a few seasons ago…even if they did dodge a bullet by missing out on the sulky Brazilian.
Many Chelsea fans would have been upset and left scratching their heads as four midfielders have been allowed to leave the club including Cole, Ballack, Miroslav Stoch and Juliano Belletti, with Deco expected to be the next out of the door. But could Silva be the reason that so many have been let go? Is he the right man for Ancelotti and Chelsea?