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Sign him
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We need a major overhaul, simple as that. This is an aspirational target list for acquisitions by CFC over the next two or three years which would place Chelsea at the top of European football for the better part of next decade. It is informed by Chelsea related transfer talk but not exclusively beholden to such talk (I think most people would fairly acknowledge that recent events such as those that occurred during the Winter window, both demonstrate a willingness upon the part of Roman to continue to invest in the club and that transfer talk is not necessarily even a vague indication of the transfer actions that may ensue at a particular club).
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The likely clear out of unwanted players is also slowly being established, Micheal Mancienne, Jack Cork, Hilario, Fabio Borini, Ryan Bertrand and Paulo Ferreira seem likely to be moved on. Personally I’s like to see Mancienne and Borini given another loan, they seemed to be developing well not long ago, and I don’t believe we should be too hasty, we have a small enough squad as it is (Squad size is another problem that needs to be addressed but putting a winning XI on the park should be the primary priority). Jeffrey Bruma, Jacopo Sala, Gorkhan Tore, Josh McEachran and Milan Lalkovic and Patrick van Anholt all seem set for loan spells as well and Kakuta is probably an even chance to be loaned out again.
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Jose Bosingwa may be thrown a lifeline by the fact that it now appears Bayern Munich are the front runners for Gregory van der Wiel (though this has also re intensified speculation visa vi Micah Richards, and recent interest in Rafinha and Maxi Pereira should also be considered).
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DEF:
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Defensively we have a few concerning issues, a lack of options on the right, injuries to key centre backs and more talent than we can field in one team on the left.
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On the right we have Bosingwa and possibly the oft muted signing Darijo Srna, (which it should be pointed out is perhaps more off than on at present) who will both be 29 by mid season next year will be useful, but again succession for maturing players must be considered. There is also considerable talk about the future of Bosingwa at the club, and given his recent form, probably not unjustifiably so.
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Continually mentioned in the transfer pages, Gregory van Wiel could be the alternative for the future. Despite concerns about his ability under pressure van der Weil should be the main defensive target in the next transfer period. Benfica’s Maxi Pereira has potential, though his availability is in question.
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In the centre, our key interest seems to be in Rolando and Neven Subotic, but I would not regard either as of crucial necessity at this point.
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On the left, we already have Cole, Zhirkov and van Anholt, an embarassment of riches already but given that Ashley is now 30 it is time to consider the succession. Juan Manuel Vargas and Fabio Coentrao need to be considered and hopefully Yuri Zhirkov may see more time as a left mid in future, leaving the left back to van Anholt and Vargas/Coentrao/Bale (hell the left side would be incredibly strong if one of them played left back, one left mid and one left wing ).
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Gareth Bale is probably better as a left winger anyway, he will be horrendously overpriced, his signature will depend upon more than our wealthy benefactor. I am a large Zhirkov fan but would be willing to see him go should it help us land Bale. A better solution would see an aging Malouda make way for Zhirkov and have Vargas/Coentrao/Bale sit between Cole and Zhirkov or on the bench. Spain’s young star Nacho Monreal shouldn’t be ruled out withour consideration either.
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MID:
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Age, injuires and a lack of squad depth are all issues for our midfield despite the fact we have one of the finest in world football.
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We need to stiffen up our defensive midfield our current combination of Mikel, Essien and Ramires works alright, but having Essien and Ramires capable of getting further forward is an asset (my Nigerian friends would at this point note that Mikel plays much further forward for them too). Oriel Romeu, Gueida Fofana, Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe and Kwadwo Asamoah are all youthful, strong exceedingly capable defensive mids, ideally I’d sign two and loan one out for a while.The big name in this field is Moussa Sissoko, I would argue that his 30 million Euro buyout clause is probably worth it.
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As for a box to box mid, my preferences are for the likes Joao Moutinho, Steven Defour, Josip Ilicic or Armin Bacinovic. Nuri Sahin is a RM player now, which is a great shame, we’ve now missed out on three young Bundesliga midfielders (Sahin, Ozil and Khedira) all to Real Madrid.
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Next season when Cesc hopefully returns and Barca youngster Thaigo Alcantara (and perhaps his younger brother Rafa) is suddenly pushed to the outer should be considered for a contract. Joao Moutinho is apparently also a Barcelona target, he would go some ways to cover our current midfield frailties, look for example at what Raul Meireles has done for Liverpool.
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The young Shaktar Donetsk pair of Alex Teixeira and Douglas Costa would make fine additions. Teixeira was the star of the U 20 World Cup in Egypt in 2009, while Costa has been dubbed the next Ronaldinho. Another great prospect is Deportivo s new signing Uruguayan winger Urreta, young, fast and very creative, everything we need. One of them alongside Alexis Sanchez should be signed for the right. Kaka mow also may be in on the right.
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Further on left Kakuta could be joined by Willian, Antoine Griezmann, Balasz Dszudszak or Juan Mata. I’m a big Diego Perotti fan too though, despite this wealth of options Zhirkov playing more and further forward may be a simpler cheaper solution.
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Bale is rather overrated regards his league performances and also rather overpriced, however he is a genuine big game performer and it is highly likely that we will look to augment our midfield as well this summer, when Bale’s not on song he could be replaced by Ramires or Lampard. We also still have Yuri Zhirkov, (who really deserves more game time than he gets) and Malouda is now increasingly looking his age. If we further consider our options on the left, Vargas, Coentrao, Greizmann, Dszudszak, Perotti, Mata, Monreal and Willian, there are a wealth of talented playmakers and even some proven goalscorers, but no Bale esque game breakers. There is an argument that we need a Mata or Willian far more than we need a Bale, and 90% of the time that would be true, but that 10% may be a Champions League semi final.
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To properly replace Deco, Jacob Mellis just isn t good enough and with Alan Dzagoev, Paulo Henrique Ganso or Javier Pastore targets, one of them may replace Mellis. Shaktar playermaker Fernandinho would be a valuable acquisition and at only 25 would be good for years to come.
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FWD:
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Our current quartet of forwards includes Torres, Drogba, Anelka and Kalou. The only one of these players guaranteed a spot next season is Torres. Drogba I would think is likely to stay now, he’s hit some form and will be needed if Torres recent success (in scoring his first Chelsea goal) does not improve his overall form. Reports have linked Drogba to Man City, Tottenham, Marseilles and LA Galaxy, of these Marseilles would be the most likely destination, but I think Drogba leaving next season is unlikely. Anelka will probably therefore be the player sacrificed in order to bring in the new blood, he’s been a very good player for the club, but will likely be forced out by the new talent, he won’t go back to France, Tottenham, Inter and New York Red Bulls are his most likely destinations, with Chelsea preferring either of the latter. The decision about Kalou will be difficult, he’s still relatively young really and has been a good squad player. I think he’s probably safe next season, but with youngsters biting at his heels and new stars being brought in his long term future may not be with Chelsea.
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Out on loan we have Daniel Sturridge, Gael Kakuta, Fabio Borini and Daniel Philliskirk. Sturridge has been excellent while out on loan and will likely be brought back to play a part in next season’s campaigns. Kakuta has been quite impressive too and there is a reasonable chance that he will also return from loan for next season. Borini has been very good for Swansea, but the chances of him making a step up are considerably smaller, I expect he’ll likely be released, but there is also the chance he may be set for another loan spell. Philliskirk will quite likely be released. Of the reserves Lalkovic and Mitrovic are both promising, but so were Borini and Philliskirk, they will probably see some loan time next season, but it will be interesting to see where they go from there.
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Now for the new boy, Neymar. I won’t wax lyrical about the young Brazil star, his results at the recent South American U20 Championships speak for themselves. the recent issue of his becoming a father is a potential complication though.
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Now for the speculators, firstly Romelu and Jordan Lukaku. Romelu is, as I see it, a must signing but he need not necessarily join the team straight away, a loan back to Anderlecht, or preferably a small team where he would play in Europe (and England, Stoke I’m looking at you!) would be ideal, as we first need to integrate Neymar with the rest of the team and the English game. Jordan is apparently progressing very nicely too, but I view him as less essential at this point.
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The players for whom Anelka may make way are the stars Chelsea are considering, Pato, Sergio Aguero and Edinson Cavani. These guys are the options for Torres medium term partner, I’m a big fan of all three, though at present I’d have to give the job to Cavani, he’s just playing the best at present.
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Then there are the threats to Kalou’s spot, Gervinho, Seydou Doumbia (and apparently Taison from some reports I’ve heard recently) are potential support strikers, and a threat to Kalou’s future at the club. Gervinho has been good, but not great for Lille, but brings the bonus of being quite an accomplished winger as well as a striker. Doumbia is basically Drogba a decade ago, he’s still learning the game, but will develop into a great striker. Taison is very quick, and is scoring at a better rate for Metalist Kharkiv than he did for Internacional. A final entrant in this category is Lacina Traore with his great height would make an ideal super sub in the mold of Tore Andre Flo, tall and dangerous near goal.
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Then there is the Mourinho and Villa Boas factors to consider, Samuel Eto’o, Emmanuel Adebayor, Hulk and Falcao are not really on the radar at the moment for Chelsea (well Eto’o and Hulk to a certain degree), a change of manager however may shift this perception and potentially the transfer targets.
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Finally the outliers, the players for whom a move to Chelsea is unlikely to say the least, but who would each bring a certain added value to the club. Firstly there is Park Chu Young, a skillful Korean striker who would broaden Chelsea’s Asian merchandising horizons, ditto to Japan’s Takayuki Morimoto. Finally Jonathan Biabiany, the fastest man in French football is a great young striker, Inter made a mistake swapping him for Giampaolo Pazzini (not that Pazzini is a bad player, but Biabiany could have developed into a truly great one), we should consider benefiting from Inter’s folly.
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Final Considerations
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There is a wealth of talent in La Liga that Chelsea should be considering, particularly, given our recent interest the Catalan nursery, at Barcelona. The likes of Thiago and Rafa Alcantara, Sergi Roberto, Oriol Romeu, Gerard Deulofeu and Hector Bellerin have already been well documented as the next big players coming off the Catalan production line, and have all been linked with moves to Chelsea, at one time or another. A few others that Chelsea should consider are the 'next Gerard Pique', Marc Muniesa, the 'next Dani Alves', Albert Dalmau and the 'next Carlos Puyol', Andreu Fontàs.
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Some have also been pushing for an Asian star for a while, namely Park Chu Young, Shinji Kagawa or Keisuke Honda, would be a great signing not just for Merchandising in Asia, but they are good players. Other options include, Takashi Usami, Japan's young player of the year, Ryo Myaichi, Shinji Kagawa and Ki Sung Yeung.
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Finally, this is just a list of options, I’m in no way suggesting we sign them all, this isn’t FM or FIFA, this is a sensible deconstruction of the options available for the future of CFC, I welcome all constrcutive considerations.

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